Dan Gross: Veep to speak at museum debut

Posted: October 26, 2010

VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden will speak Nov. 14 at the grand-opening ceremony of the National Museum of American Jewish History. NBC News' chief foreign-affairs correspondent, Andrea Mitchell, a former KYW NewsRadio and KYW-TV reporter, emcees the event at the museum's new home, 5th and Market.

Jerry Seinfeld and Bette Midler perform Nov. 13 at the museum's grand-opening gala.

The 10,000-square-foot museum cost $150 million to build, $25 million of which was donated by fashion mogul Sidney Kimmel's charitable foundation.

Comcast-Spectacor chief Ed Snider donated $5 million.

CBS 3, headquartered for 35 years at the Independence Mall spot where the museum now sits, is the official media sponsor of the festivities, along with CW Philly 57 and KYW NewsRadio.

First Sixers play, then party

Sixers guard Lou Williams celebrates his 24th birthday tomorrow night at G Lounge (111 S. 17th) following the Sixers' opening-night showdown with the Miami Heat. Admission is $25 at the door, or $20 with a ticket stub from the game. It's also $20 for anyone who says he read about the party in this column, says promoter Tarik Wallace, of Hardwork Entertainment.

Delaney a Phillies staple

Roxborough native "NYPD Blue" actress Kim Delaney sat one or two rows behind home plate in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park for each of the Phillies' home-playoff games.

From HBO to Helium

Comedian Joe DeRosa, a Kennedy

Kenrick High graduate who was recently seen on an episode of HBO's fantastic "Bored to Death," plays Helium (2031 Sansom) tomorrow with Pat House, and Thursday to Saturday co-headlining with Amy Schumer.

Bringing home Bacon

Michael Bacon, who along with brother Kevin Bacon plays in the Bacon Brothers, will participate in a panel discussion Thursday night at the Center for Architecture (1218 Arch) following a screening of part of the 1984 film series "Understanding Cities," produced by their dad, late city planner Edmund Bacon.

Michael Bacon, another of Edmund's six children, worked on the films with his father. Gregory Heller, managing director of the Enterprise Center Community Development Corp. and chairman of the Ed Bacon Program Committee of the Center for Agriculture, is part of the panel, as is Scott Gabriel Knowles, assistant professor of history and politics. Knowles edited the recent book "Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City." Julie Hoffman, president-elect of AIA Philadelphia, serves as moderator at the event hosted by AIA's John DeFazio and Nick Groch.

The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Suggested donation is $5, and registration is a must at tinyurl.com/bacontalk.

Local photog on VH1

Local photographer Gerard Tomko will be seen Monday on VH1's new series "My Big Friggin' Wedding" as the wedding photographer of "Alyssa and Tyler." Tomko, who's been in business for 28 years, will be shooting the wedding of 6ABC sports reporter Jamie Apody and teacher Paul Coleman.

A gay old time in AC

Perez Hilton, comedians Sandra Bernhard, Margaret Cho and Whitney Cummings, "Chelsea Lately" sidekick Chuy Bravo and designer Richie Rich are all taking part in Out in AC, this weekend's collection of LGBT-themed events taking place at Caesars, Harrah's and Showboat.

For more info, visit harrahs.com/getoutinac.

A toon transformation

Drinker's Tavern (124 Market) is transforming itself into Homer Simpson's favorite watering hole, Moe's Tavern, on Saturday night as part of its Halloween Massacre party, from 8 to 10 p.m. Bud Lights and well drinks will be 50 cents each for those who pre-register at tinyurl.com/ drinkers1030. The same specials will be available at Drinker's Pub (1903 Chestnut) and Drinker's West (39th & Chestnut).

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