Dan Gross: 'Black Swan' flick to boost 'Swan' here?

Lauren Fadeley
Lauren Fadeley
Posted: February 16, 2011

THE PENNSYLVANIA Ballet can't

directly attribute the brisk ticket sales for its production of "Swan Lake" to the popularity of the film "Black Swan," but a ballet spokeswoman suspects that the movie has helped.

"Swan Lake," which runs March 3-12 at the Academy of Music, is selling "really well," says Marissa Montenegro, public- relations manager for the ballet. " 'Black Swan' is putting ballet on the tips of people's tongues and attracting people who hadn't previously thought of ballet, which is great," she said.

Lauren Fadeley was one of 14 Pennsylvania Ballet dancers featured in "Black Swan," and she will play the role of Odette/Odile that Natalie Portman played in the dark Darren Aronofsky thriller nominated for five Academy Awards. The awards ceremony is Feb. 27.

In September, when Aronofsky spoke at the Philadelphia Film Festival's opening-night screening of his film, he thanked the Pennsylvania Ballet dancers who appeared in the film. We asked Montenegro if the film encouraged the company to stage "Swan Lake" but she said that Roy Kaiser, the ballet's artistic director, had scheduled the show several years ago.

For tickets, visit paballet.org or call 215-892-1955.

No grenades need apply

"Jersey Shore" fans know that GTL stands for gym, tan, laundry, but castmate Vinny Guadagnino will host a "Gym, Tan, Leopard" contest Friday night at Field House (1150 Filbert) for the girls with the best body, tan and sexiest leopard outfit. General admission tickets are $20, and a limited number of VIP passes, which include a meet-and-greet with Vinny and an hour open bar from 9 to 10, are $50, available today at field house. ticketleap.com.

* In other "Jersey Shore"-appearance

news, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, one half of the Most Annoying Couple to Ever Appear on Television, hosts a March 12 party at the Dusk nightclub at Caesars Atlantic City.

Here she comes, Miss A

Miss America Teresa Scanlan will visit patients at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Friday afternoon, and that morning she'll be at IHOP (1320 Walnut) promoting National Pancake Day to benefit Children's Miracle Network.

Action News adds reporter

6 ABC has hired Kenneth Moton, a reporter at Orlando's WFTV, who will start at the end of March, the Orlando Sentinel reported yesterday. Moton, a South Carolina native, also has worked in Raleigh, N.C.

Punk singer's softer side

Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause

performs at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at Main Street Music (4444 Main), in Manayunk, where he'll play songs from his new solo record, "Resolutions," out on Paper/Plastick Records. Over the past year Hause has opened for acts such as Bob Mould, AFI, Hot Water Music and the Bouncing Souls, whose guitarist, Pete Steinkopf, produced the album.

Dog show aid$ student

South Philly's Monique Garcia, a junior at Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship yesterday from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, in New York. Garcia, a graduate of St. Maria Goretti High, earned bachelor and master's degrees from Temple before entering Penn's veterinary school.

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