Now that former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater is known around the world from his recent escapade of cursing a passenger, stealing beers and exiting via a plane's emergency slide at New York's JFK Airport, he rubs elbows with the stars.
He met Barry Manilow Saturday after the singer performed with the New York Pops at Caesars Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Bring the noise, not the bus
After performing Friday with Public Enemy at the Trocadero (1003 Arch), Philly rap pioneer Schoolly D invited the group back to the Gladwyne home he shares with his wife, Jennifer Ramsay, and their kids, but their tour bus wouldn't fit in the driveway.
They then rolled to Richie Ashburn Field nearby but police showed up and asked the bus to leave due to the late hour, so Flava Flav, Chuck D and company went on their way. Schoolly, aka Jesse Weaver, and Jennifer laughed about the experience with friends Craig Kaplan and Jenna Ward over a sushi dinner Saturday at Zama (128 S. 19th).
Out and about
_ Actress Emma Thompson ("Love Actually," "Much Ado About Nothing") went for chef Jennifer Carroll's lobster bisque and a summer roasted vegetable salad for lunch Friday at 10 Arts at the Ritz Carlton, where she was promoting "Nanny McPhee Returns," which opens Friday.
* After opening for Rihanna
Saturday at the Borgata, Ke$ha performed again at the hotel's Mixx nightclub, where Jermaine Dupri was spinning and where Victoria's Secret model Selita Ebanks was among guests. The next day, Ebanks hosted the Borgata's Social Sundays party with music by Kelly Rowland.
_ Speaking of the Borgata, 610 WIP's Steve Trevelise does stand-up there tonight through Thursday at the Music Box along with Eleanor Kerrigan and Uncle Larry Reeb. The shows all start at 9 and cost $20.
Gregory's a guest of chamber
NBC's "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory will be the featured speaker at the 210th annual meeting of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Oct. 15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. More than 1,700 local professionals are expected to attend.
Eagles alums and 610 WIP hosts Ike Reese and Hugh Douglas will man a dunk tank Saturday afternoon at Trump Plaza, in Atlantic City during Bacardi & Coke's Celebrity Dunk Tank Beach Bash. Wing Bowl champ Bill "El Wingador" Simmons; 93.3 WMMR's Matt Cord; "Bachelorette" contestant Craig Robinson; Ashley Elmore, now seen on "Bachelor Pad"; and former Miss FHM Lauren Harris are also dunkable between 2 and 5 p.m. Chances are three for $2 with all proceeds going to the United Way of Atlantic County.
* The Plumstead Inn (26 W. State), in Media, hosts the 5th annual Beef & Beer from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday to benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation. The late Phillies lefthander Tug McGraw was a regular at the Plumstead. Musicians Leroy Hawkes, Skip Denenberg, Scott Paynter, Barbara Amalfitano, Frank Wolf and the Unemployment Office, and Dave Stone's Johnny Cash Experience will perform. Tickets are $45 (McGraw's number), and all proceeds benefit the foundation, which you can learn more about at tugmcgraw.org.
* The ladies of Cheerleaders (Front &
Oregon) will work a Bikini Car Wash for a Cure from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday outside the club. Proceeds benefit the City of Hope cancer charity. Minimum donation for a car wash is $25. More than a couch dance, but it's for a good cause.
Travel mag digs Rittenhouse
Travel + Leisure magazine just named the Rittenhouse Hotel No. 52 among the "Top 100 Hotels in the World" in its August issue, as well as No. 2 of the "Top 10 Small Hotels in the Continental US and Canada."
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