Dan Gross: Pa. Ballet dancers featured in "Black Swan'

Posted: October 12, 2010

FOURTEEN Pennsylvania Ballet

dancers will attend the "Black Swan" screening that's opening the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Annenberg Center (3680 Walnut). The dancers are featured in the Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler," "Requiem for a Dream") film, a thriller set in the competitive world of ballet and starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder. The dancers shot their scenes at SUNY Purchase in January.

Daily News Sexy Single Barette Vance is one of the Pennsylvania Ballet dancers in the film, as are Abigail Mentzer, Adrianna de Svastich, Andre Vytoptov, Holly Lynn Fusco, Ian Hussey, Kaia Annika Tack, Laura Bowman, Lauren Fadeley, Lillian DiPiazza, Megan Dickinson, Rachel Jambois, Ryoko Sadoshima and Sergio Torrado.

The dancers shot various ballet-studio and performance scenes choreographed by Benjamin Millepied. The film festival runs through Oct. 24. A full film schedule and tickets are available at pff10.org.

Diamond Kuts dazzles Obama

Power 99/BET DJ Diamond Kuts was excited enough to spin at President Obama's rally in Germantown on Sunday even before the president gave her a shout-out from the stage. Later when Diamond Kuts met Obama, the president told her "We definitely have to get you down to the White House to do some of our parties."

Out and about

Shaquille O'Neal and the Rev. Jesse Jackson chatted for a few minutes last night and exchanged cards at Davio's (111 S. 17th) where they dined in separate parties. Shaq, whose Celtics play the Sixers tonight, was with a female companion and went for cheesesteak spring rolls, pasta bolognese, a longbone steak and a side of gnocchi and left a generous tip, while Jackson, accompanied by a male and female, chose a salmon platter . . . Whoopi Goldberg went for Chinese at P.F. Chang's inside the Quarter at Tropicana on Saturday night before her sold-out show at the Atlantic City hotel. . . . "Step Up 3-D" star Joe Slaughter sipped Dom Perignon and danced on a banquette at Dusk inside Caesars Atlantic City, where he hosted a party Saturday and was accompanied by his girlfriend and sister.

'Wire' actor playing bartender

Brian Anthony Wilson, who played Detective Vernon Holley on HBO's "The Wire," will be a guest bartender at an Oct. 22 fundraiser at Chris' Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom) to benefit the Walking Fish Theatre Co., which recently won a Barrymore Award, and B. Someday Productions. The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. with free admission and free food, but drink proceeds, raffle tickets and donations will be collected to support the nonprofit Kensington-based theater company.

Book report

"LA Ink" star Kat Von D, who's now dating Sandra Bullock's cheating ex-husband, Jesse James, signs copies of her book "Tattoo Chronicles" at 6 p.m. Oct 28 at the Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse Square.

* Friends of author Erica Domesek are

hosting a party to celebrate the publication of "P.S.-I Made This," from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tory Burch store at the King of Prussia Mall.

The Radnor High graduate's book is about making runway-style fashions yourself.

There will be music, books, autographs, cocktails and a 20 percent discount on Tory Burch items during the two-hour book party.

Fashion party for a cause

The Worthwhile Chicweek, presented by Worth Collection Center City partners Sarah Keating and Lori Tevis, kicks off tomorrow with a VIP reception at the Phoenix (16th and Arch) to benefit Girls Inc.

Comcast Network's Lynn Doyle will emcee and honorees include Laurada Byers, president and CEO of the Byers School Foundation; Barbara Gee, vice president of e-commerce for Comcast; Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown; and Nicole Ross-Giles, acting executive director of the African American Chamber of Commerce. To register for the free party or schedule an appointment to see the designer collection before Oct. 21, e-mail LTevis@WorthCollection. com or call 484-620-9626.

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