Dan Gross: Bunny Gibson of 'Bandstand' dances on 'Glee'

Posted: November 24, 2010

"AMERICAN BANDSTAND" dancer Bunny Gibson will be seen in Tuesday's episode of the Fox musical hit, "Glee."

Be warned, Gleeks, about mild spoilers in the next sentence.

Gibson, a Darby native and Northeast High grad, will be seen dancing in a wheelchair as one of The Hipsters, a group of seniors who go back to high school and compete against Lea Michelle, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer and the rest of the "Glee" regulars.

"When I was on the set, I looked back at my teenage AB ["American Bandstand"] days and just felt so grateful to be able, after fifty years, to dance on another great show like "Glee," says Gibson, who added that she had a blast working with the show's choreographer, Zach Woodlee.

Gibson also just finished the seventh Day of the Child dance contest for Children Uniting Nations in Los Angeles. All of her students are "winners" and get prizes. "It was wonderful to see the kids so happy and have a chance to give back the 'joy of dancing' that I had as a teenager on American Bandstand," she said.

Out and about

Overbrook native actor Seth Green and mom Barbara had lunch at Fitzwater Cafe (728 S. 7th) yesterday . . . Ardmore native "Office" actress Kate Flannery shopped the Lilly Pulitzer store in Suburban Square . . . Comedian Dom Irrera, who plays Helium (2031 Sansom) this week, stopped by Saloon (750 S. 7th) for a quick lunch yesterday . . . Shawn Stockman is in town from Los Angeles recording with Boyz II Men and stopped by the new home of Mitchell & Ness (12th & Chestnut) yesterday afternoon to pick up some Sixers gear . . . Delaware native actor Ryan Phillippe and his kids stopped by yesterday afternoon at Art in the Age (116 N. 3rd), where Phillippe picked up two T-shirts and a leather bracelet. Earlier he stopped by for a tour of the Eagles' NovaCare Complex . . . Musician Ben Harper, who recently announced his split from actress wife Laura Dern, was zipping around on a motorized scooter at the Franklin Institute and along the Parkway over the weekend while in town playing with Fistful of Mercy at Temple . . . Comedian George Lopez, his manager, security and some ladies partied into the wee hours Saturday at Zee Bar (100 Spring Garden).

Ripert hosts with his 'Top Chef'

Chef Eric Ripert joins Jennifer Carroll, the chef at his 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton, to host a "Top Chef All-Stars" premiere party Wednesday. There will be a $75 five-course meal featuring dishes Carroll cooked on the sixth season of "Top Chef," in addition to the restaurant's regular menu. The show airs at 10 p.m. and features Carroll returning to TV to compete with 17 other former contestants from the Bravo series.

Weatherpeople have a new toy

CBS 3 gave its meteorologists an early holiday present with its new Mobile Weather Lab. Housed in a CBS 3 SUV, the lab has two iPads and provides real-time readings of National Weather Service radar, temperature, wind speed, direction, dew point and solar radiation. The vehicle made its on-air debut Monday with Kathy Orr and Carol Erickson outside the Franklin Institute.

Ray Davies sick, cancels tour

Kinks leader Ray Davies' tour, including a Saturday show at the Kimmel Center with the Dessoff Chamber Choir, has been canceled due to illness. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Beatles art displays soon

102.9 WMGK presents The Art of the Beatles, featuring works created by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr and art that depicts them, starting Dec. 8 at the Montgomery Mall in North Wales. The show is open through Christmas Eve and is free with all works available for purchase.

Opening day, Dec. 8, is the 30th anniversary of Lennon's murder.

Diverse roster at Salon 7 Saturday

Chana Rothman, Black Ice, Rahnda Rize, Riffing on the President's House, Theodore A. Harris, Jimmy Crack Corn Experiment and DJ Supreme all perform at the Fourth Wall Arts Salon 7 Saturday night at the Jeanne Ruddy Dance/Performance Garage (1515 Brandywine). The 7-to-9 p.m. show is hosted by poet Just Greg Corbin. Tickets are $15 and available at fourthwallarts.ticketleap.com.

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