Philadelphia has been buzzing with a lot of celebrities lately. First, downtown theatergoers were thrilled to catch a glimpse of actress-director Angelina Jolie and her daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt backstage at the Forrest Theater during the August airing of “Dear Evan Hansen”.
And while the cast and crew of director-producer M. Night Shyamalan have wrapped filming the fourth and final season of Apple TV’s “The Servant” in and around Fitler Square and Spruce Street, they’re not not left without a kind farewell. They offered area residents the opportunity to “grab dinner and dessert on us, at PaperMill Foods, The Munchy Machine and Mr. Softee” food trucks that hitched up along Fitler Square Park on S. 23rd . “Our deepest thanks for hosting our production for the past four years,” reads the note from Night’s production team.
Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ star Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) has been spotted moving into the dorms at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will study business.
This month, Jose Garces announces still-secret dining and dining spaces within the Comcast Center, a rejuvenated Garces Trading Company at the Cira Center near 30th Street Station, and the second season of his Chefs-in- Residence in Volver starting with barbecue chef Big Rube. As for Wells Fargo, another Philly-branded restaurateur adds his nickname to Garces and Starr’s: chef-owner Marc Vetri whose baseball-themed MVP Pizza mixes Roman and Neapolitan pie styles.
Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica Ball” stadium show at Hersheypark stadium in upstate Pennsylvania was the highest-grossing show in the venue’s history, a record previously held by the Rolling Stones in 2005.
Laura Mann, singer-songwriter turned venue owner, is preparing to open her third Living Room in Ardmore in early November.
The top three Made in America rumors from this weekend? That Beyonce stops by her husband Jay-Z’s festival for a song. Former University of P student John Legend may appear and give a brief presentation ahead of his Republic label debut, LEGEND, and former Hova RocNation client Philly’s Meek Mill – who just left Jay-Z’s management – could get back to rapping and prove there are no hard feelings.
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Philly Fringe CEO Nick Stuccio is busy year-round curating Old Town performance space Fringe Arts and its partnership with Le Peg restaurant. September, however, is the Philadelphia Fringe Festival – a live performance art craze that runs from September 8 to October 8.
So what did Stuccio do to take the stress out of running a festival nearly 18 hours a day for a month?
“We had a great summer vacation with the kids, highlighted by a really fun canoe trip on the beautiful Upper Delaware River,” says Stuccio. “This summer too I dove into 1970s Nigerian Afrobeat, I love this song, ‘Happy Survival’ by Eddie Okwedy, as I’m always on the lookout for great 70s soul music. “
Stuccio adds: “There are a lot of changes happening in the family with our children mostly gone and also at Fringe with our stunning building which is in desperate need of improvements. But change means renovating the building, which I totally and completely love. Our house is about to look like an episode of This Old House, except I’ll be playing master carpenter Norm, very badly. My wife, Annie, and I will be missing the kids but hello a bigger bathroom. And we are planning a deep makeover at FringeArts – look for a cool, updated place in the near future.