Dan Gross: A surprise party for Arlen Specter

Posted: November 29, 2010

GOV. RENDELL lured U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter to the Prime Rib (17th & Locust) last night where a group of old friends surprised the outgoing senator with a dinner party to celebrate his 30 years on Capitol Hill.

Appeals Court Judge Midge Rendell, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and VP David L. Cohen, incoming U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, electricians union Local 98 leader John Dougherty, attorney Dick Sprague, political consultant Charles Breslin, radio host and Daily News columnist Michael Smerconish and attorney Steve Harmelin were among guests celebrating with Specter and the senator's wife Joan, a former city councilwoman, and their lawyer son, Shanin.

Bonaduce weds in Maui

"Married! I am officially Dante Daniel Railsback Bonaduce and my beautiful bride is officially Amy Marie Railsback Bonaduce," tweeted the 94 WYSP morning host the other day announcing his wedding last Monday in Maui.

Bonaduce, 51, and Railsback, 28, have been together for about three years and met in line at a Starbucks in California, where Railsback told Bonaduce she enjoyed his show "Breaking Bonaduce," which dealt with his battles with addiction and his divorce from his second wife, Gretchen. A former teacher, Railsback moved to Philadelphia in 2008 when the Broomall native started at WYSP. She's now Bonaduce's manager and also helps out on the show.

Out and about

A handful of Flyers, including Claude Giroux, Ville Leino and Braydon Coburn, spent Thanksgiving together at Davio's (111 S. 17th), where they had turkey, stuffing, butternut-squash soup, potatoes and cranberry, and left a nice tip. Saturday night, NFL Films chief Steve Sabol and a female companion stopped at Davio's, where Sabol went for chopped salad and salmon, and the couple sipped Chianti and had chocolate eclairs for dessert.

Bob Dylan surprised fans at the Borgata in Atlantic City Friday night when he graciously stopped to take pictures as he strolled through the hotel after a sold-out show at the Borgata's Event Center.

'Runway' guy here for AIDS Day

Fashion designer Jack Mackenroth, an HIV/AIDS activist and former "Project Runway" contestant, will emcee a World Aids Day event at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Broad Street Ministry (315 S. Broad). Mackenroth travels the country with Merck's Living Positive By Design campaign, which tries to reduce the stigma associated with HIV through conversation and education about the disease.

The event features dinner, performances by the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus and Smoke, Lilies and Jade, as well as HIV testing and counseling. For info on local World AIDS Day events, visit www.aidsfundphilly.org or call 215-731-9255.

'Party Smashers' gets rolling

Comedians the Rev. Bob Levy and Louis "Twitchels" Centanni filmed a scene for "Party Smashers" along the 700 block of Chestnut Street the other day. The comedy, directed by Matthew Merz, is about two friends who set out to crash a bachelorette party. It also features Matt Nadu and Shaun Paul Costello, who recently directed "Booted," featuring Alan Ruck, Ryan Dunn and Marc Summers. Centanni also appeared in Merz's last film, "Operation: Get Rid of Pinky." For more info, visit getridofpinky.com.

Yukking it up in Cherry Hill

Mike Newman of the 94.5 WPST morning show took the $100 prize Saturday night at Sarcasm Comedy Club at the Cherry Hill Crowne Plaza. Newman's act mostly made fun of himself, but Brian Gallagher, who produces club owner Steve Trevelise's 610 WIP weekend overnight show, went after event judge Mitch Williams in his stand-up debut, saying he was "glad I didn't bomb like Mitch Williams in '93." Trevelise also brought up the former Phillies closer's 1993 World Series heartbreak.

Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb and Your Humble Narrator also judged Saturday's contest. On Friday night, Dave "The Hammer" Schultz picked LaTice Mitchell-Klapa as the $100 winner and then performed his own stand-up set after the competition.

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