Dan Gross: Too Tuff is now free to travel

Posted: November 04, 2010

GOOD NEWS for DJ Too Tuff, of the legendary Philly hip-hop act Tuff Crew. He's off probation.

Too Tuff, born Joseph Hicks, was released from jail earlier this year - he was sentenced on an assault charge stemming from a fight at Silk City (5th & Spring Garden) while on parole for weed possession.

Now that he's free to travel, Too Tuff can join fellow original Tuff Crew members LA Kidd, Ice Dog and Tone Love for a European tour in March, when the group will play Paris, Denmark, Wales, London and Amsterdam, performing some of their hits and new material.

Too Tuff, who is battling thyroid cancer, grew up at 4th & Girard and attended St. Joe's Prep.

He recently teamed up with Michael "Big Dog" Torres to create Big Dog Recordz and Promotions, which has released "DJ Too Tuff's Escape from Alcachaz" and "Tuff Crew's Greatest Hits."

A portion of proceeds benefits the American Cancer Society.

For info, visitTuffCrew.net.

A gay old time

Ryan Nicklaus and TJ Kelly from the Logo series "The A-List New York" will be in town Nov. 12 and 13 to help judge the new U.S. Mr. Gay Competition, which starts at Q Lounge (1234 Locust) at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 and resumes at 9 the next night at Voyeur (1221 St. James). Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, celebrity stylist David Evangelista, Emmy-winning TV producer Terence Noonan and Paper magazine editor Mickey Boardman are also judging the contest. It's being hosted by Sirius Satellite Radio's Frank DeCaro and drag performer Brittany Lynn.

For info or tickets, visit nightlifegay.com.

Charitably minded

* NBC10 anchor Renee Chenault-

Fattah will emcee and take part in PurpleStride Philadelphia, a 5K walk/run Saturday to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The anchor lost her father, Elmer Chenault, to pancreatic cancer in 2008. Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who lost his father, Bill Jackson, to the disease last year, is honorary chairman of the event, though he will not participate Saturday.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. for the 8:30 a.m. event at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. It costs $30 or is free for kids under 10 and pancreatic cancer survivors.

For info, visit purplestride.org.

* 98.1 WOGL's Bob Pantano hosts this

year's Dance Philly event to benefit the Susanna DeLaurentis Charitable Foundation. Eagles veteran Vince Papale will be a special guest as will 'OGL's Tom McCarthy, and Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross (a/k/a Ralph Archbold and wife Linda Wilde). The Nov. 12 party runs from 7 to midnight at Trust (249 Arch). Tickets are $50 for dinner and drinks or $25 without dinner. All proceeds benefit the charity, which researches pediatric cancer and cystic fibrosis and provides college scholarships for high-school seniors with serious health issues.

For tickets or additional information, visit dancephilly.com.

Flack dishes

Reformed celebrity publicist Rob Shuter, who is now in a much-more-honest profession, as the Naughty But Nice gossip columnist for AOL's Popeater.com, speaks at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Ruth Auditorium at Nesbitt Hall (3215 Market) at Drexel University. It's free and open to the public. Shuter, whose clients included Diddy, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi, will discuss both of his careers at the event. It's being put on by the Kal & Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, which is part of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.

For info on the event, call 215-895-1029 or visit drexel.edu/westphal.

Players steak out

In separate visits, Eagles teammates Brent Celek and Victor Abiamiri and Sixers teammates Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala popped into Talk of the Town (3020 S. Broad) for cheesesteaks and chicken cheesesteaks the other day.

A 'Jerseylicious' party

Olivia Blois Sharpe, of the Style Network's "Jerseylicious," hosts the "Roxxylicious" party at 9 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Roxxy (939 N. Delaware). DJ Encore from Miami club Karma, as seen on "Jersey Shore," spins as well.

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or e-mail grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit go.philly.com/dangross.

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