After going dark in November 2014, Chestnut Street's Prince Music Theater was just purchased by the Film Society of Philadelphia, with financial help from the Wyncote Foundation.
J. Andrew Greenblatt's Film Society will split screening duties between the Prince and the PFS Theater at the Roxy. "We'll do first run programming at Prince as well as host the Philadelphia Film Festival there in October," says Greenblatt, who's currently negotiating upcoming premieres with off-the-record film people.
The Prince will also be back as a live arts venue, starting March 18 with “The Last Jimmy,” a prison-themed musical by The Roots' Dice Raw.
On March 11, 102.9 MGK host John DeBella presents the eighth annual Comfort Food Fest at Philly's Simeone Foundation auto museum. "The whole thing started when I was at La Croix with Chef Matt Levin talking about comfort food and he said his favorite is tuna mac ‘n’ cheese," says DeBella. "I ate that in college." A lightbulb went off: Why not hold a contest featuring local chefs putting their twist on guilty pleasure dining? DeBella enlisted the best chefs in town to make "feel good food" and compete for the Golden Spoon Award. DeBella is doubly enthusiastic about this year's location, the Simeone, which he calls "this city's best-kept secret," saying "racing fans come from Europe to see our automotive museum."
Ellen Yin, owner of Fork and High Street on Market, just made Chef Eli Kulp co-owner of both of her neighboring Old City restaurants. He was already a partner in Yin's High Street Hospitality Group, which oversees menus at a.kitchen and a.bar in Rittenhouse.
Sylvester Stallone took time off from filming "Creed" to brunch at City Tap House Logan Square, where he dined on Chef Ian Branning's steak and eggs with fellow actor Frank Pesce.
The band Pantera ate at DelFrisco's Steakhouse, where they tipped generously and offered few devil horns.
While promoting his Crystal Head vodka at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Dan Akroyd hung out with "Ghostbuster" fans and pledged a donation to the family of Police Officer Robert Wilson III, who was killed in the line of duty.
Actress Pam Grier and singer Christina Milian were also spotted at the Flower Show.