Dan Gross: 'Bad Girl' to make stage debut

Posted: April 06, 2011

"BAD GIRLS CLUB" star Catya Washington is among the stars of "Single Black Female," a new play by South Philly-native playwright/director Kash Goins.

Washington, who has been arrested on drug, weapon and assault charges since appearing on the Oxygen reality series, is making her stage debut in the play about a woman looking for love.

Eagles center Jamaal Jackson has partnered with Goins in GoKash Productions. "Single Black Female" co-stars KiKi Shepard, longtime host of "Showtime at the Apollo"; Nashawn Kearse, who appeared on "Desperate Housewives"; singer Carol Riddick; and John Canada Terrell, of "The Five Heartbeats."

The play will be performed at 3 and 8 p.m. May 7 at the DuPont Theatre (1007 Market) in Wilmington.

For more info or tickets, visit singleblackfemaleplay.com.

Out and about

Patti LaBelle surprised the audience at the Marsha Ambrosius show at the TLA (334 South) on Monday, when she strolled onstage to sing with Ambrosius.

* We hear Joey Fatone loved the cheesecake at the Aramingo Diner (3888 Aramingo), where "Mancation," the indie comedy in which he is starring, was shooting a couple of days back.

* Angel Porrino, from E!'s "Holly's World," was at the Fishtown headquarters of Invincible Pictures yesterday shooting a TV spot for FlixFling, a new service that lets you stream movies and TV shows through Facebook and mobile devices. FlixFling will soon offer "A Serbian Film," a depraved thriller that Invincible will release in theaters May 13. For more info on the service, visit FlixFling.com.

So long, Sally

 Citing health reasons, Sally Starr signed off radio Saturday after more than 60 years on air.

She recently hosted a show on Cruisin' 92.1 WVLT-FM, but the longtime entertainer first started on the old WJMJ-AM in 1949.

Mingle with Millepied

Pennsylvania Ballet and the Star Group are hosting a reception for choreographer Benjamin Millepied, who brings "Building on Balanchine" to the Merriam Theatre April 14 to 17 as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

No word on whether Millepied's fiancee/soon-to-be baby mama, Natalie Portman, will attend the reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 14 at the Star Group (235 S. 17th), though she was in town with him recently. The party is $75, or $125 for admission and a ticket to the 7:30 performance that night. RSVP at PaBallet.org or by contacting Barbara Vogdes at 215-587-6916 or bvogdes@paballet.org.

From en pointe to en paint

Speaking of the Pennsylvania Ballet, dancer Lauren Fadeley, one of the 14 dancers whom Millepied choreographed in the film "Black Swan," will model for Nelson Shanks' painting demonstration from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 at Freeman's Auctioneers & Appraisers (1808 Chestnut). The event is part of the annual Artists of Studio Incamminati Exhibition, April 15-21 at Freeman's. Tickets, which include food and drink, are $50 at studioincamminati.ticketleap.com. All proceeds benefit Studio Incamminati, the contemporary realist art school that Shanks founded.

Andy Reid supporting Magee

Andy Reid will join Billy Cunningham, Fran Dunphy, Scott Palmer, Mike Mamula, John Spagnola, Howard Eskin, Adam Taliaferro and Steve Cunningham as a guest at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's 11th annual Night of Champions on May 6 at the Sheet Metal Workers' Union Hall (1301 S. Columbus). The event features dinner, a raffle, auctions of sports memorabilia and prizes, all to benefit Magee's patient programs, which include wheelchair sports and art therapy, among other services.

For tickets or info, call 215-587-3090 or visit MageeRehab.org.

Bucks bounty on 'Wheel'

A Bucks County getaway, featuring a six-night stay at The Inn at Bowman's Hill (518 Lurgan) in New Hope, is a prize on tonight's "Wheel of Fortune" (7:30, ABC).

The package also features a hot-air balloon ride, dinner at Marsha Brown (15 S. Main) in New Hope and a $250 shopping trip at Peddler's Village.

They shootin'

The Philadelphia Archery & Gun Club (9th & Ellsworth), gun range and retailer to the stars, hosts its annual Glock Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday with free rentals and range time, discounted memberships and a raffle to win a free Glock pistol.

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