When Miss America bolted Atlantic City for Vegas, that was kind of a drag for the Miss'd America Pageant, the bawdy cross-dressers' spoof traditionally held the day after Miss A.
Today, organizers in A.C. will announce the revival of Miss'd America after a five-year hiatus. Instead of Studio Six nightclub, which closed two years ago, Boardwalk Hall itself will be the drag queens' venue. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alumnus Carson Kressley will host.
Richard Helfant, president of the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance, says it will be a combination gala, membership drive, and fund-raiser on Jan. 31, the day after the 2010 Miss A Pageant, 2,200 miles away at Planet Hollywood. Robert "Sandy Beach" Hitchen will write and direct, as he has since its 1991 inception.
"Ours will be much better and funnier," says Helfant, whose group picked up sponsorship from Harrah's and Trump casinos, and got Grey Goose as title sponsor.
One other difference, as The Inquirer's Amy S. Rosenberg notes: Vince Fumo won't be around this time to judge.
Playing with pain
got through 31 years at
with nary a scratch, but on his way to his last broadcast Friday, the weathercaster injured a knee outside the studio while walking with his family.
Roberts put on his game face and did the show, but he had to bow out as host of yesterday's Philadelphia Public Relations Association luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, at which Action News anchor Jim Gardner received the PPRA's 2009 Gold Medal Award.
Action News meteorologist Cecily Tynan, who subbed for him, explained the absence.
Gardner, typically self-effacing, thanked the PPRA and paid tribute to Roberts, even choking up when explaining how he was going to miss him and how PPRA should have honored him. Colleagues Vernon Odom and Lisa Thomas-Laury also spoke.
Roberts' injury, which he declined to discuss during a Saturday phone call, explains why he and Gardner toyed with a blue ice pack during Roberts' on-air swan song Friday. He's due to get an MRI today.
Some local sports authors are making the rounds together to sign books, starting Friday at Oxford Valley Mall: ESPN's
, Comcast SportsNet's
, and Calkins Newspapers'
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Alex's Lemonade Stand has booked American Idol alumna Jordin Sparks to perform at its Lemon Ball on Jan. 9 at the Center City Marriott. Info: www.alexslemonade.org.
The Groovaloos, the dance troupe, will appear tomorrow night on the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance (8 p.m., Fox). Their stage show, cleverly called Groovaloo, is booked for a March 9-14 run at the Merriam Theater.
Quite a mellifluous lunch bunch at Ponzio's Diner in Cherry Hill yesterday: All have ties, past and present, to KYW Newsradio, including anchor Bill Campbell, salesman Tim Sherry, sports anchor Phil Neuman, newsmen Larry Litwin, Dave Madden, and Paul Kurtz, program director Mark Helms, supplemented by KYW-TV anchor Ukee Washington, alumnus Tom Lamaine, and - for comic relief - WIP's Joe Conklin.