IT LOOKS as if Run-DMC will be performing on June 5 at the Festival Pier (Columbus & Spring Garden) backed by Philly hip-hop heroes The Roots as part of the Roots Picnic. At least that's what Roots' drummer, Questlove, was seriously hinting in a video he posted online Monday night. In the vid, he was wearing a big gold chain and a fedora and took the classic Run-DMC arms-crossed stance.
Rev. Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels haven't performed together since the 2002 murder of the group's DJ, Jam Master Jay. We asked Run-DMC's manager earlier if they are playing the Roots Picnic but have yet to hear back. The show also features the Roots, obviously, and Vampire Weekend, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Pattern Is Movement, the Clipse, and Mayer Hawthorne & the Country, among other acts. The Roots, who can be seen weekdays on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," backed Public Enemy, who performed their album "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" at last year's show. Tix are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday online, at Festival Pier, Live Nation's box office (111 Presidential Blvd.) in Bala Cynwyd or by calling 800-745-3000.
Actor's career really heating up
Warminster native/actor Mike Vogel is on a short list to play "Captain America," along with John Krasin-ski of "The Office," but the William Tennent High grad isn't letting that go to his head. "Of course it would be great, but we'll see what happens," Vogel told us about the potential role. He has a memorable scene talking about the importance of guys' manscaping their private parts in "She's Out Of My League," which opens March 12. He'll also soon be seen playing a doctor on Jerry Bruckheimer's "Miami Medical," which premieres April 2 on CBS. The actor is often considered an Abington native (as we've referred to him) and thinks it may be from being born at Abington Memorial Hospital. "I spent a lot of time skating at Abington Hospital," says Vogel, whose parents convin ced him to give up on skateboarding after he twice ruptured his spleen and broke his wrist. After graduating from Tennent in 1998, Vogel tried and failed to get into the Air Force Academy and then enrolled at the Philadelphia College of Bible before getting into modeling and acting and moving to Los Angeles in 2001. "I had a choice to make as to which way I wanted to go," says Vogel, adding that "my faith is a big part of who I am."
Artist preps Guggenheim show
Video artist Danny Perez is putting the finishing touches on Transverse Temporal Gyrus, a collaboration with indie/psych rockers Animal Collective being presented Friday at New York's Guggenheim Museum. Perez, 30, a Virginia native who has lived and worked in West Philly for five years, has collaborated on visuals for the band's live shows since 2002 and has also directed their music videos. Perez also works with the band Black Dice. He and Animal Collective got asked to do the Guggenheim event while at Sundance premiering their film "Oddsac," and created all new music and visuals for the show.
Despite the prestige of the Guggenheim, Perez says he's approaching Friday's show like any other. "I just approach it as no different than a shoot. On tour we could be in a museum or a squat in Germany. You go into a space and you set up your stuff and you do your thing. I'm just trying to focus on those elements," Perez said by phone the other day. "Oddsac," a video record with Animal Collective, played New York Tuesday and is set to play the International House (3701 Chestnut) in April.
Call him Sam Dalem-bear
Iman Marcano-Sewell from SunKissedMommies.com has organized an event at Designer Bear in the Plymouth Meeting Mall to benefit Haitian children in conjunction with the Samuel Dalembert Foundation. The Sixers center won't be there Saturday, but from noon to 3 p.m. any bears designed by children, for a $50 donation, will be sent to Haiti through the big baller's charity.