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DRITA D'AVANZO, of VH1's "Mob Wives," hosts the South Philly Summer Kick-Off party at Galdo's (20th & Moyamensing) May 21.

DRITA D'AVANZO, of VH1's "Mob Wives," hosts the South Philly Summer Kick-Off party at Galdo's (20th & Moyamensing) May 21.

The Albanian-born D'avanzo, who lives on Staten Island, N.Y., is married to Lee D'avanzo, who is serving time for bank robbery.

But she's not content to let him be seen as the tough one in the family, proclaiming on the first episode, "I beat up a lot of f---ing people."

Tickets are $25 at

The fete runs from 8 to 11:30 and is followed by an after-party at Lounge 879 (110 Chestnut) starting at midnight.

Kardashian hard sell

Kim Kardashian will be in West Chester Sunday night, pitching new items from her K-DASH by Kardashian line on QVC from 7 to 9 p.m.

Charitably minded

* Rita Harvey, Capathia Jenkins,

Natalie Toro and Ted Levy are among Broadway stars who appeared at Monday's appropriately named Night of Broadway Stars at the Kimmel Center. They helped to raise about $220,000 for the local Covenant House, a shelter for homeless and runaway youth. Composer Neil Berg hosted the show and played the piano during the performance. He appears each year, as does Jenkins. For more information on Covenant House,


* The Road Company Theater Group

is holding a 5K walk/run Saturday to raise money to rebuild the Grand Theatre in Williamstown, N.J., on the first anniversary of its collapse. MyPhl17's Damian Muziani serves as the emcee, and the Woodland String Band performs. Registration starts at 8 a.m. For information, visit

* Last night's Northeastern Penn-

sylvania Candidates Comedy Night in Wilkes-Barre is now the second offshoot of Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky's annual Candidates Comedy Night. The Wilkes-Barre event raised money for the GOALS Foundation, promoting youth sports in that area. Byko's event, which will be this summer, for the 21st straight year, raises money for Variety, the children's charity. State Supreme Court Justice Max Baer was the first to borrow Bykofsky's charitable comedy concept.

Honorable mentions

Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider, who has celiac disease, will introduce a video about Alice Salomon Bast before the president and founder of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness receives the 90th annual Philadelphia Award Tuesday at the College of Physicians (19 S. 22nd).

Bast's diagnosis of celiac disease fueled her desire to start a foundation to raise awareness, and push for food and restaurants to label items "gluten-free," when applicable, and also work with the FDA to develop standards for gluten-free goods.

She plans to donate the $25,000 prize that accompanies the award to her foundation. For more info on the Philadelphia award, visit

* Gloucester County's Dom Fera, 19, just

won the Audience Favorite award at the 2011 National Film Festival for Talented Youth for his Christmas musical comedy, "Deck'd 2."

Last year, "Deck'd" won the same award at the NFFTY, which is for filmmakers age 22 and younger. Fera's award-winning films are on YouTube.

Zee Bar turns 5 tonight

Five DJs from five cities are spinning the fifth-anniversary party of Zee Bar (100 Spring Garden) tonight. Josh Wink, representing Philly, will join with Miami's DJ Konflict, New York's DJ Claudius Raphael, Washington, D.C.'s DJ Enferno, and the Las Vegas drummer/DJ combo of Dustin J. and DJ Presto One, and all will perform. Party starts at 10 and is free before midnight if you RSVP to Tickets are $20 at the door after 12.

Avon calling area singer

Local singer Katelyn Krapf is in the running of the Avon Voices contest with online voting at through May 20.

The top two singers will get to record an album with a professional producer. Besides online voting from the public, guest judges include Fergie, Sheila E. and songwriter Diane Warren.

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