VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden now has a Flyers jersey to match his wife's. Biden told a group of friends and family Monday night at the Water Works that Jill Biden is a huge Flyers fan and hangs a Danny Briere jersey on their door in either Wilmington or D.C. for good luck during games.
Restaurant owner Michael Karloutsos presented Biden a custom Flyers jersey with his name and the No. 2 Monday night, after Biden and about 20 friends and supporters dined at the restaurant following a cocktail fundraiser for Biden's son, Beau Biden, Delaware's Attorney General. Beau Biden, who recently spent a week at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after suffering a stroke, did not attend but his wife, Hallie, did.
After the $1,200-a-person fundraiser, Biden stuck around for Kobe beef short ribs, some octopus salad, sea bass and a chocolate waterwheel dessert, and visited chef Darryl Harmon in the kitchen afterward, telling the chef, "Man, you can really cook."
Mayor Nutter was at the restaurant for the reception, left for the Flyers game and returned later to join the dinner party, which was treated to a performance of "Old Man River" by the Keystone Boy Choir.
Karloutsos said he wanted to give Biden a Flyers jersey with No. 2 before somebody inevitably gives Chicago's Barack Obama a No. 1 Blackhawks jersey. Though Karloutsos lived and worked for a while in Chicago, the New York native is supporting the Flyers, and not only because Scott Hartnell is a restaurant regular, he says.
'Avatar' at Swarthmore
Actor Stephen Lang, who played Col. Quaritch in "Avatar" and who graduated from Swarthmore in 1973, will speak and receive an honorary doctorate at Sunday's commencement ceremony, at which his son Noah, a film-studies major, will graduate. Joining the Langs will be Stephen's father and Noah's grandfather, philanthropist Eugene Lang, a Presidential Medal of Honor recipient, who was graduated from Swarthmore in 1938.
Out and about
* Phillies reliever Danys Baez had a
Caesar salad and a surf and turf platter while dining alone Sunday at Davio's (111 S. 17th) after the loss to the Red Sox.
* Eagle Todd Herremans is usually the tallest guy in the room, but not Friday night, when the 6'6" lineman brought 6'8" draft pick Austin Howard to Del Frisco's (15th & Chestnut) for dinner. The pair were joined by Eagles draft pick Clay Harbor.
* Eagles coach Andy Reid and corner-
back Macho Harris stopped into Talk
of the Town (3020 S. Broad) for cheese- steaks the other day. Separately.
Wizard World roster released
William Shatner, Adam West and Patrick Stewart are among celebrities scheduled to appear June 11-13 at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry, Bruce Campbell, Linda Hamilton and even local sandwich mogul Tony Luke Jr. will join. For more information, check out wizardworld.com.
Comic comes home
Northeast native Jimmy Shubert plays the Comedy Cabaret at the Ramada Inn (11580 Roosevelt) Saturday night. Shubert, an Archbishop Ryan grad, had a Comedy Central special and has been seen on "The King of Queens" and in several films.
Opening are Kensington-native comedian John Kensil, who also has appeared on "The King of Queens," and in the film "Blades of Glory," and John Poveromo. For info or tickets, call 215-676-JOKE.
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