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Celebrity news, local gossip and stories about the city you love – Metro Philadelphia

Welcome to Spotlight Philly, Metro’s new monthly column that brings you the latest celebrity news, gossip, photos, all with an extra Philly flavor.

For Spotlight’s inaugural column, we’ll dive straight into the latest movie news, including the wrap-up of filming for M. Night Shyamalan’s “A Knock at the Cabin” in Philadelphia, and the continued use of Fitler Square for the upcoming season of “Servant” from Apple TV+. ‘. The cast and crew were circling 24th and Spruce streets late Tuesday night, but hopefully M. Night Shyamalan will take a break from evening filming to see his singing and piano-playing daughter, Saleka, perform at the Met. Philadelphia on August 16 when she opened for Giveon on their “Give or Take” tour. Saleka is currently working on a new single, “Seance,” the video for which was filmed by her sister Ishana Shyamalan, who wrote and directed “Servant” episodes.

In other film news, Maori founder-conservator Karmael Holmes will host the 11th annual BlackStar Film Festival for Black, Brown and Indigenous film and media artists August 3-7, and R&B singer-turned-director Moses Sumney will debut his experimental film, Blackalachia, at the Barnes Foundation on August 5.

Jennifer Hudson – fresh off her EGOT feat – was in Philadelphia filming the new movie “Breathe” last month. She was spotted at City Hall. The film also stars Milla Jovovich, Common and Sam Worthington.

On the Philadelphia culinary scene, Barbacoa chef Cristina Martinez celebrated winning a James Beard Award Medal for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic Region, as well as appearing on “Chef’s Table “, hosting an impromptu block party outside Barbacoa on Ninth Street on Sunday with a petting zoo filled with sheep, horseback riding lessons, games and food galore.

And on deck, baseball legend and former Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench chatted with former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and former Sixers point guard Allen Iverson during a blackjack tournament in celebrities on July 29 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

Pictured are Johnny Bench, Michael Vick and Allen Iverson at a celebrity blackjack tournament at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. Hugues Dillon

A local focus

Pictured are chefs (left to right) Kiki Aranita, Jose Garces and Phila Lorn. Provided

Most Philadelphians are familiar with the culinary work of Iron Chef and several restaurant owners, Jose Garces, in and around the city, a field that continues to grow with exciting new projects. Its new concept, Garces Eats, will feature dishes and new offerings from hotspots like Amada, Olde Bar, Village Whiskey and more and launch a new open kitchen located at Wells Fargo’s Club Level in October for the start of the 2022 NHL- 23 and NBA Seasons.

Yes, Garces is busy gaining momentum at Wells Fargo, wrapping up its first season of Chefs-in-Residence at Volver, working on a new partnership with a local brewery for its Buena Onda locations and also bringing back the Garces Gala on September 29. to Live! Casino.

But currently, Garces is partying in Sun Valley, Idaho at the Global Foodservice Hospitality Exchange Conference.

“I was able to really connect with Chefs Kiki Aranita and Phila Lorn, two of our chefs-in-residence from Season 1 of Volver, during our morning walks,” says Garces. “I found our morning walks to be a source of enjoyment as we shared both the incredible views and our shared excitement for what was to come.”

As for the rest of Garces’ summer, he enjoys listening to ABC’s “A Million Little Things” with his wife, reading Jay Shanty’s “Think Like a Monk” – “I enjoy Jay’s take on Eastern religions, like Buddhism, and the ways you can apply simplified approaches to many difficult situations” – and apply Shanty’s sense of serenity to her own life.

“I spend free time meditating and working hard to find balance in life, and I’ve been in Yung Pueblo, which has been a great resource and source of mindfulness.”