Dan Gross: Marisa Tomei will be at Union League, but not in person

Posted: October 19, 2010

MARISA TOMEI won't attend Friday's Studio Incamminati gala at the Union League, but that doesn't mean the Academy Award winner won't be there in the flesh.

A nude portrait of Tomei, painted by world-renowned portrait artist Nelson Shanks, will be among the pieces on display at the event to benefit the Center City art school, which also offers art education outreach programs to area schoolchildren.

The gala is a preview of the artwork in Shanks' one-man exhibitions at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and the Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow.

Tickets are $400 and available by calling 215-592-7910.

Out and about

* Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco

and their families dined together late last week at Morton's in King of Prussia, where the Phillies outfielders went for bone-in filets and salads and graciously posed for pictures and signed autographs for customers . . . Mike Quick, Garry Cobb and Jay Fiedler were among a group that joined former WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski and several physicians for dinner at Scannicchio's (Broad & Porter) after Sunday's Eagles game. Nowin-ski, a Harvard grad, studies and writes about concussions and other head traumas suffered by athletes and is advocating that pro sports take the topic more seriously. He authored "Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis." . . . Actor Chris Mulkey, who plays Boss Frank Hague on HBO's fantastic new "Boardwalk Empire," partied at Dusk inside Caesars Atlantic City Friday night, after the veteran character actor was honored at the Downbeach Film Festival, which ran at Resorts. He returned to Dusk Saturday . . . Ryan Dunn and more "Jackass 3D" stars celebrated the film's opening- day success Friday at Trattoria Giuseppe (4799 W. Chester) in Newtown Square.

Doc crew follows fighter

A film crew has been following local MMA fighter Eddie Alvarez, who fights Roger Huerta on Thursday at the Liacouras Center.

The filmmakers shot Alvarez training the other day at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym (547 N. 3rd) with Danny Davis, who also works most days with Bernard Hopkins.

Charitably minded

NBC10's Dawn Timmeney will emcee the Stars Ball Nov. 6 at the Please Touch Museum to benefit the Little Smiles organization, which helps sick children in hospitals, hospices and shelters.

Some of the children will walk on a red carpet outside the event, which features silent and live auctions.

Tickets are $150 and available at littlesmiles.org.

Rep. Schwartz's son gets hitched

Daniel Schwartz and Lauren Ende, both doctors at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, were married Sunday at the Loews Hotel.

Schwartz, 34, a Yale grad is a son of U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and her husband, David S. Schwartz, a cardiologist at Penn Presbyterian. Ende is a graduate of Columbia and NYU Medical School according to the New York Times.

Gathers' class marks 25

Dobbins High Class of '85, which produced college basketball stars Greg "Bo" Kimble and the late Eric "Hank" Gathers, who died in 1990 while playing at Loyola Marymount University, is having its 25-year reunion Oct. 30 at the Loews Hotel. The reunion committee is still seeking classmates. Call 215-836-4191.

Signe speaks tonight

Daily News editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson speaks about her work at a free event at 6 tonight at the City Institute Library (19th & Locust).

Since she's going up against the Phillies game, Signe jokes that she'll give a free toaster to anybody who shows up.

Treasurer recognizes publisher

State Treasurer Rob McCord recognized Joe Ball, editor and publisher of the local business newspaper ACT, for his efforts promoting unclaimed-property compliance and helping the state locate people who were owed money.

Ball is also founder and president of the long-established American Advertising Services.

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