Dan Gross: Butch Patrick leaves rehab

Posted: November 17, 2010

GOOD LUCK to Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on "The Munsters" and who checked himself out of a South Jersey rehab facility on Monday.

Patrick, 57, told us he entered a five-day detox program at Maryville, in Williamstown, because he was "drinking way more than I should have been."

Monday night, Patrick and friend Robert Minto, a DJ, discussed a business opportunity with several women at Mad River (126 Chestnut), Buffalo Billiards (118 Chestnut) and Crocodile's (110 Chestnut) in Old City, where Patrick says he drank only Cokes.

Patrick moved to West Chester over the summer to be with a woman with whom he has since broken up.

The actor says he's not sure where he'll be living from now on, though he says he has several friends who have offered him lodging in the United States and abroad.

Although he says it was alcohol that drove him to rehab, Patrick told us yesterday that as recently as June he had been freebasing cocaine.

He says he hasn't used coke since June 13. "I had an issue in Los Angeles; that's one of the reasons I wanted to leave," Patrick says of his decision to move to the Philadelphia area.

Patrick will appear at 94 WYSP's Rock Expo from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, in Oaks, to sign autographs, and says he'll donate money he makes to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

That's Orr, O-R-R

CBS 3's Kathy Orr and Philadelphia's cultural director, Gary Steuer, will be guest spellers in tonight's premiere of Philadelphia Theatre Company's "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

The show plays the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad & Lombard) through Dec. 12.

Disco Biscuits solarize school

Philly jam-band superstars the Disco Biscuits will be at Greenfield Elementary School (22nd & Chestnut) this afternoon to look at the solar panels that were installed on the school as a result of a $35,000 donation the band made in March.

The donation came after the band teamed up with the nonprofit HeadCount, which Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein co-chairs. This afternoon, the group visits a fifth-grade class learning about solar energy.

Guitarist Jon Gutwillig helped conceive the project.

The group performed at the Brooklyn Bowl, a New York concert hall recognized for its environmentally friendly practices.

Visit greeninggreenfield.net to learn more about the solar-panel project at the Greenfield School.

The group plays Dec. 30 and 31 at the Tower Theatre.

Honorable mentions

Chestnut Hill's Ron Doroba just won Projection, Lights and Staging News magazine's Parnelli Award for Tour Manager of the Year for his work on "Star Wars in Concert."

Doroba, who was raised in Bala Cynwyd and attended Harriton High, is now working as tour and production manager for Sean "Diddy" Combs, who plays the American Music Awards on Sunday night.

Doroba has also worked for Yanni, Barbra Streisand, Nine Inch Nails, Paul Simon, the Dixie Chicks and Brian Wilson, and was AEG Live's production director for the Coachella music and arts festival in California.

* In related news, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts was nominated as best major outdoor-concert venue in North America by leading concert-

industry magazine Pollstar.

Charitably minded

City of Hope's fourth annual Master Hair Stylist Competition takes place Saturday night at Voyeur (1221 St. James).

Stylists from around town will compete in a Cartoon Kitties theme, producing elaborate hairstyles and colors, all to benefit City of Hope, which researches treatments and cures for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

Tickets are $25 at the door or $10 if you contact Harry Giordano at 800-344-8169 or HGiordano@coh.org. For more info, visit cityofhope.org.

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