Kenny Chesney playing free beach show in Wildwood

Chesney
Chesney
Posted: June 08, 2012

COUNTRY STAR Kenny Chesney will play a free concert June 20 on the beach in Wildwood, sources say.

We're told an announcement is expected Thursday morning. A Wildwood spokesman did not return our request for comment Wednesday.

Chesney, who was briefly married to actress Renee Zellweger before she divorced him, accusing him of "fraud," plays a paid, ticketed concert with Tim McGraw on June 16 at Lincoln Financial Field. His new album is to be released June 19.

We hear that American Express has something to do with the free concert and that it will also be streamed online.

Kevin Smith speaks, screens

Filmmaker Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Chasing Amy," "Jersey Girl") hosts a screening of "Bindlestiffs" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ritz East (125 Sansom) and will take questions after the film. It's the first movie by his new production company, Smodcast. Tickets, available at smodcast.com/kevinsmithpresents, are $50-$100 and include a DVD, a poster and a T-shirt with certain packages. Smodcast says the film is a comedy in which "three underage, virgin, prep-school misfits, suspended on a bogus graffiti charge, flee to the inner city in an attempt to live the plot of The Catcher in the Rye — a book they have neither read, much less understand." For more info, visit bindlestiffs.com.

OUT AND ABOUT

Tennis great Billie Jean King lunched Wednesday at Fleming's Steakhouse in Radnor and Tuesday at Smith & Wollensky at the Rittenhouse. The Philadelphia Freedoms tennis-team owner hosted Wednesday night's Coaches vs. Cancer Women for Wellness benefit at the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Education Center in East Falls.

Flyers right wing Claude Giroux was among those getting a preview of the new Shake Shack (20th & Sansom) Tuesday night. The burger/shake spot opened Wednesday.

The Honorable Teresa Sarmina, now presiding over the Catholic child-sex-abuse cover-up case of Monsignor William Lynn and purported perv priest James Brennan, attended a Cozen O'Connor law-firm party at the Barnes on Tuesday night.

District Attorney Seth Williams and his former boss Lynne Abraham, not exactly BFFs, were also among the crowd.

No more ‘Love' for Leo

So much for recent Drexel grad Leo Borriello on NBC's "Love in the Wild."

He was one of the first castoffs on the dating/adventure reality series that premiered Tuesday night. We asked Boriello, a marketing and legal studies major, last month whether he had done anything on the show that would upset his new bosses at JP Morgan Chase in Wilmington, and he said he didn't think so. But he upset Tara, the woman he was paired with, enough that she sent him packing right away. Manayunk's Jenny Blatt is still holding strong on the series on which we hear another local is among several more surprise women who join the show next Tuesday.

Singer in BET contest

West Philly reggae artist TEFF, a/k/a Travis Johnson, is among 100 finalists in BET's Next Big Music Star contest. He was in Barcelona, Spain, when the BET auditions were held in Philadelphia, so he traveled to Memphis, Tenn., to audition. Now he's asking people to vote for him, once a day, through Sunday at betmst.com.

Jewelry aids Alex's

Jewelry designer Alexandra Moosally and Govberg Jewelers have teamed up on a special lemon-shaped pendant line to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF).

A lemon pendant created by Moosally will debut Tuesday at the seventh annual Great Chefs Event to benefit ALSF and the Vetri Foundation for Children taking place at Urban Outfitters headquarters at the Navy Yard. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday ,Moosally will offer the jewelry and appear at Govberg Jewelers, in Ardmore's Suburban Square.

For more info on the Great Chefs Event, visit vetrifoundation.org or alexslemonade.org. n

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