Dan Gross: Local film up for award

Ryan Madson: On a roll
Ryan Madson: On a roll
Posted: December 01, 2010

FILMMAKER Tanya Hamilton has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for "Night Catches Us," a locally shot drama that opens in theaters on Friday.

The film, set in the '70s, deals with a man who returns to his old neighborhood, where he used to run with the Black Panthers. It was shot around Germantown last year and stars Anthony Mackie ("The Hurt Locker") Kerry Washington ("Ray") and Wendell Pierce ("The Wire").

At 2 p.m. Sunday Hamilton will answer questions after the noon screening of the film at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill. The Q&A will take place during a lunch gathering at the Empire Buffet (2100 Route 38) across from the theater. Tickets for the event, presented by Reelblack.com and other sponsors, are $23, which includes lunch and admission to the movie screening.

The film is also playing at the Ritz East (125 Sansom).

Hamilton also wrote and produced the film, which features an original score by The Roots.

You can register for Sunday's event at meetup.com/reelblack and visit nightcatchesus.com for more information on the picture.

Reality love

Haverford-raised musician Alex Jacobs, who appeared on ABC's "The Mole," is now engaged to Melody Pinkerton, who was seen on VH1's "Frank the Entertainer: A Basement Affair," RadarOnline.com reports.

Jacobs' band, Jacobs Hill, is playing Saturday at The Fire (412 W. Girard). The band's new EP will soon be available on iTunes and amazon.com. You can hear a few tracks online at reverbnation.com/


611 rebrands

DJ Nigel Richards closed his dance- music store, 611 Records, at 4th and South Streets, in 2007, after 14 years. But next weekend he's launching a weekend-only store for his 611 Lifestyle brand, which recently launched an online store 611Lifestyle.com.

The store, at 131 S. 18th St., is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Over the weekend a crop of DJs including Richards and rap legend Schoolly D will perform in the store.

Richards, who has performed this year in Colombia, Ecuador and Bulgaria, and who plays about once a month in town, is also selling real estate and developing a 10-unit condo near his home in East Kensington.

Hot party tix

* Tickets for two always-popular New

Year's Eve parties - the Glitter City Gala at the National Constitution Center and 12Midnight at the Crystal Tea Room - are on sale at NYEPhilly.com.

The Sensational Soul Cruisers perform at the Glitter City Gala, which has sold out for seven years and gives 1,500 guests a great view of the fireworks at Penn's Landing, as well as a night of food, drink and dancing.

The annual 12Midnight party also sells out every year. The Philly Funk Authority will perform at the party, which features a silent auction to benefit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

* Also on sale now are tickets to the City

Rhythm Orchestra's 10th annual New Year's Eve Supper Club at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel.

The 1920s-style event features dancing, a four-course meal, and a champagne toast. The $129 seating and $159 front-row seats are selling fast at nyephila.com and by phone at 800-598-0005.

Madson's sushi roll

Zama (128 S. 19th), which features a sushi roll created by Eagles lineman Winston Justice, is now offering a Ryan Madson roll in honor of the Phillies reliever. A portion of proceeds from the Ryan Madson roll - a yellowtail, jalapeno and avocado tempura maki roll topped with tuna, an avocado-cilantro salsa and a sushi rice crisp - will benefit Variety, the Children's Charity.

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