Dan Gross: Corbett, Christie visit Irish Pub

Posted: October 20, 2010

LONGTIME REGULAR Pat Burrell didn't show up at the Irish Pub (20th & Walnut) when the Giants battled the Phillies last weekend. But Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stopped at the bar briefly yesterday at the start of the NLCS Game 3.

Corbett is a Pirates fan but said that as long as the Pirates don't play the Phillies, he roots for the Phillies. Christie, from North Jersey, is a Yankees fan, but is supporting the Phillies against the Giants.

We asked Corbett if he thought he was qualified to follow in Gov. Rendell's footsteps as a Comcast SportsNet Eagles analyst. He said he's an Eagles fan but isn't interested in that gig.

The pair were off to a $25,000-per-plate Republican fundraiser at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue.

To see our video interview with Corbett and Christie, check out PhillyGossip.com this afternoon.

Shyamalan, Kennedy at PFF

Upper Darby native Jamie Kennedy will be in town tomorrow for the 19th

Philadelphia Film Festival's screening of "Cafe" at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut). The film, written and directed by the Main Line's Marc Erlbaum, was shot in Bala Cynwyd in May 2009 and co-stars Kennedy's ex-girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt. Tickets are still available for the 5 p.m. screening at filmadelphia. org.

* Also at the Prince immediately after

"Cafe," director M. Night Shyamalan introduces a 10th-anniversary screening of his "Unbreakable," which will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, whose latest film, "Devil," is in theaters now. Tickets are still available for the "Unbreakable" screening at filmadelphia.org.

Solomon's service streamed

A California funeral service for Philadelphia-born soul singer Solomon Burke will be simulcast at 1 p.m. Friday at the Sharon Baptist Church (3955 Conshohocken) in Wynnefield. The service, at the City of Refuge Church, in Gardena, will be streamed online at thekingsolomonburke.com.

Burke died last week in Amsterdam at age 70. His public wake is being held tomorrow night in Westlake Village.

Burke always said, "Give me my flowers while I'm livin'!" according to his spokeswoman. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: The Burke-Maynard Foundation (Solomon Burke Scholarship Award) and Solomon's Temples of the World House of God (a 501-c3 nonprofit) Box 2044, Beverly Hills CA. 90213.

Guests at Universoul Circus

76ers community ambassador World B. Free will ride an elephant at 10:30 tomorrow morning at the Universoul Circus production, "We Play Too Much!" which runs through Oct. 31 at Belmont and Parkside Avenues in Fairmount Park. NBC10's Monique Braxton serves as guest ringmaster at the 3 p.m. Sunday show. For more info or tickets, visit universoulcircus.com.

La Salle churning out authors

Kevin Harty, La Salle University English Department chairman, is proud that five alumni have published books in the same year, and he's bringing each of them to campus for readings this fall. The authors are Matthew Quick, who issued "Sorta Like a Rock Star"; his wife, Alicia Bessette, who wrote "Simply From Scratch"; Tom McAllister, who will read from "Bury Me In My Jersey: A Memoir of My Father, Football and Philly"; David Livewell, author of "Woven Light, Poems and Photographs from Andrew Wyeth's Pennsylvania," and the Wall Street Journal's Mets reporter, Mike Sielski, who wrote "Fading Echoes," about Central Bucks West's Bryan Buckley and Central Bucks East's Colby Umbrell, football players who served in the Iraq War.

Award for Penn prez

Penn President Amy Gutmann will receive the Philadelphia Public Relations Association's Gold Medal Award Nov. 9 at the Loews Hotel. Comcast honcho David L. Cohen, chairman of the Penn Board of Trustees, will speak at the ceremony, which will be cochaired by WURD AM's David Brown and consultant Bonnie Squires, a Penn grad. The Penn Glee Club will perform. Tickets for the luncheon are $65 for PPRA members and $75 for nonmembers. To register, e-mail ppra@comcast.net or call 215-557- 9865.

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