Dan Gross: Gina Lynn, the cover girl

Gina Lynn is a Berks County resident.
Gina Lynn is a Berks County resident.
Posted: March 08, 2012

"THIS IS HUGE," says porn star-turned-actress Gina Lynn.

(And get your minds out of the gutter.)

The Berks County resident is referring to her April Penthouse cover, which hits newsstands Tuesday.

"This is one of the biggest magazine honors in the adult industry," Lynn says. "I'm really proud of how I look right now." Lynn gave up hardcore porn several years ago but still is a featured dancer at strip clubs nationwide including the Penthouse Club (3001 Castor), where she'll appear St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Lynn, born Tanya Mercado, is now working with the website ATotal10.com and says she is "probably looking my best and most fit ever." She has no plans to return to porn films but looks forward to launching a line of spirits called Curvy Rabbit later this year, starting with margaritas.

It's not her first product launch; she has a line of adult toys including penetratable molds of her body from CalExotics.

Lynn, who has appeared on "The Sopranos" and in an Eminem video, also can be seen in the film "Mancation" with Danica McKellar and Joey Fatone, which screens tonight at the Trocadero (1003 Arch). She's not able to attend, though.

Pick pocket

Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen plays World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut) Tuesday at a record-release party for the latest single for his "In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia" project. "Change Reaction," originally recorded in 1981 by Robert Hazard & the Heroes, is now available for download at songsinthepocket.org. The track features John Lilley, guitarist for the Heroes, who will perform at the show, along with Ben Arnold, the Hooters' Rob Hyman, bassist William Wittman and guitarist Steve Butler.

Tickets are $17 at worldcafe- live.com. A portion of the proceeds from the show and single will aid the Settlement Music School.

Menzel in town

Actress/singer Idina Menzel was in the WHYY-TV studio last night as the public-broadcasting station aired her "Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony" concert.

Menzel, who can now be seen on Fox's "Glee," appeared on Broadway in "Rent" and "Wicked." She'll be back in town for a June 30 concert at the Mann Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra, with whom she performed at the Mann in 2010.

As seen on TV

Penn Valley interior designer Joseph A. Berkowitz will be seen on HGTV's "Show House Showdown" at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon. The show pits two designers against each other to design and decorate an entire house. Berkowitz, of Joseph A. Berkowitz Interiors, takes on a designer from Pittsburgh, which is where the episode was taped.

'Gossip Girl' rocks

Actress Taylor Momsen, the wild teen whose antics led to her dismissal from "Gossip Girl," brings her rock band, the Pretty Reckless, to the TLA (334 South) on April 12.

The group performs with the Parlor Mob and the Hollywood Kills.

Tickets are $20-$45.


Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow @PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or email grossd@phillynews.com.

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