Rival flicks set to screen
It turns out that the rival Mumia Abu-Jamal movie we told you about Thursday will play Philly the same night that Tigre Hill's "The Barrel of a Gun," premieres at the Merriam Theater. "Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal," plays at the Ritz East at 8 p.m. Sept. 21. The film's producer, Johanna Fernandez, a history prof at New York's Baruch College, says that the film's been in the works for four years and "this moment seems ideal for engaging all sides in an important conversation that has long been muted by hostility and acrimony." As we mentioned Thursday, the Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal had attacked Hill's film as propaganda, based on its trailer alone. Hill has acknowledged that his film supports that the right man, Abu-Jamal, was convicted for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. You can see the trailer for "The Barrel of a Gun" on YouTube, and one for "Justice on Trial" at tinyurl.com/justiceontrial.
Phillies Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, who made the Guinness World Records 2011 book for home-run feats, aren't the only locals in the book, which is out Wednesday. Hulmeville's Sage Werbock a/k/a The Great Nippulini, set the world record for "Heaviest Weights Lifted by Nipples" by lifting 70 pounds, 8 ounces from his nipple piercings.
_ Comcast VP David L. Cohen is the keynote speaker and honorary cochairman of the Power Shift, on Sept. 20, at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The event, in which young civic and business leaders mix and mingle, is co-chaired by Nicole Cashman and Dr. Keith Leaphart, and emceed by Cashman and Meryl Levitz, prez of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. Young professionals to be honored are: Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and music director of the Black Pearle Chamber Orchestra; Wayne Kimmel, managing partner of SeventySix Capital; Marcus Allen, chief executive officer for ACHIEVEability; Autumn Adkins, president of Girard College; Brook Lenfest, philanthropist and founder of the Brook J. Lenfest Foundation; Michael Gerber, Pennsylvania state representative,148th Legislative District, in Montgomery County; and chef Jose Garces. Tickets are $150 for the cocktails and dinner event, which starts at 5:30, and are available online at thepowershift.org.
* Nine local salons are participating in Cut Out Cancer, donating a percentage of sales from Saturday to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Light The Night Walk. The event was organized by Lisa Russo, volunteer and mother of 10-year-old leukemia survivor David.
The family has raised more than $43,000 since 2006 for the LLS in its Light the Night Walk. Participating salons are André Richard Salon, The Cutting Point, Follicle, Joseph Anthony Hair Salon, Novo Salon, Promise Hair Boutique, Salon Moda, Studio 444 and Meringue. To make an appointment, visit tinyurl.com/lightthenight. For info, call 610-544-2976 or e-mail Russo2976@yahoo.com.
* Salon Vanity (1701 Walnut) is hosting its third annual Locks of Love event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26. Men or women who donate 10 or more inches of hair receive a free cut and styling. Book by calling 215-925-2211. The hair goes to make hairpieces for children with medical hair-loss.
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610 WIP's Steve Trevelise has been added to Saturday's Italian Laugh Pack show at Glenside's Keswick Theatre, along with Philly-raised comedian Dom Irrera, Pat Cooper and Tammy Pescatelli. Tix at keswicktheatre.com.
Out and about
* NBA star turned N.J. Sen. Bill Bradley and family were at Ralph's (760 S. 9th) Friday night for the chicken Sicilian special, appetizers and some drinks. Bradley talked with several other diners and was overheard saying that it was his first time at the restaurant, but he would be back.
* Semi Precious Weapons went for mimosas, omelets and French toast at Legal Sea Foods at the airport Thursday on their way out of town to catch up with Lady Gaga on tour. They're back here tomorrow and Wednesday playing with her at the Wells Fargo Center.
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