Dave Grohl: Drummer, guitarist, singer, awesome tipper

Muhammad Ali, pictured at a basketball game in March in Phoenix, was in Philadelphia in April to attend his grandson’s bar mitzvah. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Muhammad Ali, pictured at a basketball game in March in Phoenix, was in Philadelphia in April to attend his grandson’s bar mitzvah. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted: June 07, 2012

Bartenders at Smith & Wollensky should be singing the Foo Fighters’ "My Hero" about the band’s frontman, Dave Grohl.

We hear the former Nirvana drummer, who we reported stayed at the Rittenhouse while in town for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend, tipped $1,000 after having one drink on Friday night, and another $1,000 Saturday night when he had a few drinks.

Ali attends bar mitzvah

Muhammad Ali was in town last November for the funeral of Smokin’ Joe Frazier, but it turns out the boxing legend was back in the area on April 28 for the bar mitzvah of his grandson Jacob Wertheimer at Rodeph Shalom on North Broad Street.

Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer, Jacob’s mother, told Ali biographer Thomas Hauser that though her father raised his children Muslim, he was "supportive in every way. He followed everything and looked at the Torah very closely."

"It meant a lot to Jacob that he was there," she told Hauser, who reported on the bar mitzvah at TheSweetScience.com.

"I was born and raised as a Muslim," Khaliah said, "but I’m not into organized religion. I’m more spiritual than religious. My husband is Jewish. No one put any pressure on Jacob to believe one way or another. He chose this on his own because he felt a kinship with Judaism and Jewish culture." Her husband is attorney Spencer Wertheimer.

Ukee’s hipper than ever

CBS 3 anchor Ukee Washington is rehabbing with a new hip after having surgery to replace one last week at Riddle Memorial Hospital. Washington blames "All the years of basketball, hurdling, golf, and just ‘years’ in general," for wearing down the joint, he wrote on CBS3.com. He’ll be off air for a bit while recuperating.

Actress flying solo

Wynnewood native actress Dava Krause just appeared in the finale of Fox’s "House" during the scenes from past episodes. The Baldwin School graduate, who is also a stand-up comedian, played a cafeteria worker in a few episodes of the show.

She’ll perform June 19 at Union Transfer as one of the guest storytellers for Stripped Stories presented by First Person Arts. Find more about the show at firstpersonarts.org or Krause at davakrause.com.

Morning Glory benefit

Morning Glory (10th & Fitzwater) manager Jenny Greer is hosting a Breakfast for Dinner Fun-Raiser from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday night at the restaurant to benefit the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. The event is in memory of Morning Glory owner Samantha "Sam" Mickey, who died of brain cancer May 12 at age 44.

The cost is $15 per person and includes an all-you-can-eat spread of eggs, bacon and pancakes, as well as live music. Bloody Marys, Mimosas and other "FUN-raising beverages" will be available for a small, additional donation. For more info, call 215-413-3999.

Drink Philly expands

Drink Nation, which was founded as Drink Philly by Fairmount’s Adam Schmidt, has expanded into yet another city with the recent launch of Drink Portland. The online magazine has sites covering alcohol and drinking cities throughout the country, all headquartered at TheDrinkNation.com.

A musical book party

Mike Morsch, executive editor of Montgomery Media, is having a launch party for his first book, Dancing in My Underwear: The Soundtrack of My Life, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ambler Theater. Local singer/songwriter Dan May will perform songs that Morsch writes about in the book, including those by Hall & Oates, the Beach Boys, The Association, Three Dog Night, America and more. For more info on the book, visit edupublisher.com/soundtrack. n

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