CBS3's Oren Liebermann sets sail for around-the-world trip

CBS3 reporter Oren Liebermann and his wife, teacher Cassie Kramer, are setting off on a 50-week tour of the world.
CBS3 reporter Oren Liebermann and his wife, teacher Cassie Kramer, are setting off on a 50-week tour of the world.
Posted: August 30, 2013

SAY BON VOYAGE to CBS3 reporter Oren Liebermann, who is leaving the station to embark on an around-the-world trip with his wife of one year, Cassie Kramer.

"It's a big world, and we haven't seen enough of it yet," Liebermann told me about why he and Kramer, an English-as-a-second-language teacher at Kensington's Stetson Charter School, decided to take the plunge.

Get ready to be jealous of this itinerary: Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Kenya, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Peru, Chile, Argentina.

Liebermann says he's most excited about seeing China, although he's having problems getting entry into the country because of his status as a journalist (even a soon-to-be-unemployed one).

So what's next for Liebermann after the 50-week retreat? "I fully believe that I'll be back into news," Liebermann said. "It's unlike any other job."

Follow Liebermann and Kramer's travels at 42ndclass.com.

'Orange' you glad?

One of the inmates on "Orange Is the New Black" may look familiar to South Jersey residents. Maddie Brewer, of Pitman, Gloucester County, did time in Litchfield prison, the setting of Netflix's critically acclaimed new dramedy about an upper-middle-class woman ( Taylor Schilling) who gets a 15-month sentence for previous dalliances.

Brewer plays heroin-addicted inmate Tricia, known for her unique neck tattoo ("We'd know we'd have a good day on set if my tattoo went on cleanly," Brewer joked about her time in the makeup chair) and blond, cornrowed hair.

But there's something striking about Brewer's face, a vulnerability that belies her character's tough exterior. "It's the eyebrows, I swear it," Brewer told me when I mentioned her unusual look. "They are natural. My mother wouldn't let me get my eyebrows waxed when I was younger and I loathed her for it. And now I can't thank her enough. A lot of people on Twitter say my eyebrows are on point."

"Orange" is Brewer's first on-screen gig, which she landed scant months after graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy last year (Brewer is also a singer). She was terrified of the prospect of acting alongside experienced actresses, but said she was able to bring that vulnerability to Tricia.

But other women in the cast were always there to help the rookie actress out. When I asked about on-set camaraderie, Brewer cut me off, gushing about the cast's closeness. "I miss them," she said of her cellmates.

The New York-based Brewer recently has been on hundreds of auditions looking for a role as great as Tricia. Despite living in the bagel capital of the world, she still can't find one thing in New York that South Jersey has - Ry's Bagels, in Glassboro.

Stinson jams  

Tommy Stinson, bassist for Guns N' Roses and the recently reunited punk band the Replacements, will rock out with local legend Kenn Kweder and Chip Roberts today in support of former Philly DJ Anita Gevinson's book, You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio . . . My Wild Rock 'N' Roll Life. Check Stinson and his buds out at A.K.A. Music (27 N. 2nd St.) at 6:30 p.m. Don't forget to ask Stinson when he and the 'Mats plan to come to Philly.

Sing out

West Philly's Aliyah Taylor, 12, is one of 13 chosen to sing at the U.S. Open on Saturday in Flushing, Queens, N.Y. The Mastery Charter student counts Philly's own Jill Scott, Chrisette Michele and Jessie J as influences. Catch her on the Tennis Channel at 7 p.m.

OUT AND ABOUT

* Philly food legend Georges Perrier and two buddies stopped by Slate (102 S. 21st) on Tuesday, but bailed when the Center City eatery didn't have Armagnac brandy. My spy told me the owner didn't recognize the former Le Bec-Fin founder and owner.


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