WIP SportsRadio fanatics feeling adrift since host Anthony Gargano left the station in December can relax. It was announced during Friday’s 23rd annual Wing Bowl that Philly radio veteran Tony Bruno and WIP’s Josh Innes snagged the slot.
Brauhaus Schmitz’ Jeremy and Jessica Nolen are finally ready to publish “New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited,” co-authored with Drew Lazor, and will host a signing/eating party at their Haus on South Street on Feb. 4. Feel free to ask Jeremy if his Whetstone American bistro at Fifth and Bainbridge will be ready for late March as rumored.
Is Walnut Street retail falling apart, literally and figuratively? While it’s not at all funny that bricks fell onto Lululemon Athletica (1527 Walnut) from an adjoining building injuring three shoppers, the Coach salon (1703 Walnut) just closed for good, Zara (1715 Walnut) is shuttering March 1 for renovations (block gossip has them ending their Walnut Street run) and, if rumor holds true, Talbots (1719 Walnut) will cease to operate soon.
When emo-punks The Wonder Years, out of Lancaster, play three sold-out shows at Union Transfer this weekend, they’ll welcome unannounced Philly faves as their surprise openers, such as Drexel University’s Modern Baseball on Feb. 8.
“Creed” director Ryan Coogler, star Michael B. Jordan and crew will not use NoLibs’ Joe Hand Boxing Gym as their fighter’s filmic home base, as originally rumored. Instead, the team has claimed a storefront along Aramingo Avenue’s 3300 block. Look for “Creed”’s big battle scenes to take place at the 2300 Arena on Swanson Street within the next two weeks.
• Comedic actor-musician John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy) was spied roaming Reading Terminal Market before heading to his gig that evening at World Cafe Live.
• France’s “Le Clan des Divorcees” comedy – known here as “The Divorcee’s Club” – opened at Penn’s Landing Playhouse on Jan. 22. Since then, its stars, Philly’s Aileen Goldberg, New Jersey’s Stephen Croce (cousin of Philly folk legend Jim Croce) and Kellie Cooper have become darlings of local media folk, hanging out with Mix 106.1’s Chio, 95.7 BEN FM’s Marilyn Russell and NBC10’s Vai Sikahema.