Dan Gross: Portman shopping here

Actress Natalie Portman, left, and Benjamin Millepied arrive before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actress Natalie Portman, left, and Benjamin Millepied arrive before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) (Matt Sayles)
Posted: March 31, 2011

NATALIE PORTMAN, in a navy poncho and toting a little dog, stopped into Art in the Age (116 N. 3rd) yesterday afternoon. The pregnant Oscar winner was looking at Utility Quilt throws. She later popped into Hello Home (10th

& Pine) with the pup.

We mentioned yesterday that Portman was in town with her fiance, Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed her in "Black Swan," and is working on "Building on Balanchine," with the Pennsylvania Ballet. The show, which runs April 14 to 17, includes eight of the Pennsylvania Ballet dancers who worked with Millepied in "Black Swan." The couple dined Tuesday at Zahav (237 St. James). We're told Portman is giving her man space. She hasn't turned up at any rehearsals at the East Falls studio. The pair are expected to commute to New York between now and the show debut.

Bree bails on 'Mancation'

Porn starlet-turned-Charlie Sheen

"Goddess" Bree Olson has dropped out of "Mancation," the indie comedy shooting in the area and starring Joey Fatone and Danica McKellar. Olson had agreed to do the movie, in which she was to play a lesbian, but Sheen's tour came up and she was needed on the road, according to Tommy Avallone, a producer of "Mancation."

He said that Olson felt bad about bailing and that she said she'd work with the filmmakers on another project if they would have her. Sheen's tour stops April 16 at the Trump Taj Mahal in A.C.

Out and about

 * Darren Daulton picked up a chicken

dish to go from Scannicchio's (Broad & Porter) Tuesday, shortly after arriving from Florida. He'll appear at Delilah's (100 Spring Garden) after tomorrow's Opening Day Phillies game.

* Kevin Michael, whose CD,

"International," was just released by Atlantic Records, was among guests the other night at his stylist Brooke Dillon's appointment-only boutique, The Katacomb: Vintage (1514 Pine). Dillon styled the artist, who's worked with Wyclef Jean and Lupe Fiasco, for the CD cover.

Moyamensing jail is historic

 Yesterday we told you that the Travel Channel had shot for a new show, "Paranormal Challenge," at Eastern State Penitentiary, long said to be haunted.

Possibly haunted, too, was Moyamensing Prison, at 10th & Reed, where nearly 50 people were hanged - including H.H. Holmes, believed to be the first serial killer in the U.S. - between 1835 and 1916.

South Philly author/historian Celeste Morello has worked to get a historical marker from the state for the prison, where an Acme now sits. The plaque will be dedicated at noon on May 4.

Morello says supermarket customers have reported items falling from shelves and she wonders if maybe Moyamensing isn't spooked like Eastern State, where she was also involved in getting a historical marker placed. Moyamensing Prison, designed by Thomas Ustick Walter, was closed in 1963 and razed in 1968. It once housed 5,000 inmates.

Fox seeks 'X Factor' hopefuls

Fox 29 is looking for singers to upload performances to MyFoxPhilly.com through Monday to win a pass for guaranteed audition for the "X Factor" April 14 at the Prudential Center, in Newark, N.J. Fox 29's Jennaphr Frederick will help select winners on Tuesday. The four winners will perform on "Good Day Philadelphia" April 8, and one will sing at Q102's Jingle Ball.

Money doc screening

"To Catch a Dollar," a documentary about Grameen America and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus' efforts to bring his microfinance program to the U.S., plays at 7:30 tonight at the Ritz at the Bourse (4th & Ranstead) and the Montgomeryville Theatre in Lansdale. After the movie, a pre-taped panel discussion, moderated by CNBC's Maria Bartiromo and featuring Yunus and finance guru Suze Orman, will screen. For info, visit tocatchadollar.com.

Party at Piazza spot

Gunners Run, the newest bar/restaurant at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties, has been open for a few weeks, but celebrates its grand opening tonight. Festivities start at 8 with a performance by Black Landlord, drink specials, door prizes and guest DJs. Chef Shawn Sollberger, formerly of the Capital Grille and Ravenna, opened the spot with Olde City Tattoo artist Jason Goldberg, booking agent Tim Borror and Electric Factory promoter Bryan Dilworth.

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