PHILLY-NATIVE RAPPER Eve returns to town Wednesday for a free show at the tiny Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front) in Fishtown.
The 6-to-8 p.m. party is presented by Reebok Classics and marks the first local performance for the hip-hop and former sitcom star in quite a while. Her last public appearance in the area was for a Jill Scott video shoot last year.
To attend, submit your name at tinyurl.com/evekfn. If you're selected, you will hear back from event organizers.
Geno's inspires book
The famous sticker from late Geno's Steaks owner Joey Vento — "This is America: When Ordering Please Speak English" — has inspired a book. Attorney Harper Dimmerman has turned his experience representing individuals from the Human Relations Commission in their complaint against the sticker into his first novel.
"Justice Hunter," a self-published legal thriller out now on Amazon and in stores soon, is "loosely based on" the Vento saga, Dimmerman says.
In his book, young lawyer Hunter Gray has to go after a pizza-shop owner who has a similar sign about speaking English on his South Philly pizzeria, and then his world starts to implode and he fears for his life. The Voorhees-raised Dimmerman, who graduated from Episcopal Academy, says he is working on two more novels featuring Hunter Gray.
From Philly to Fox show
Model Kourtney Reppert, who left Philadelphia last summer for Los Angeles, has been cast in "StarDate," a Fox reality show in which 30 women will vie "Bachelor"-style for the affections of a male celebrity, the identity of whom is as yet unknown. Reppert is the reigning "Hottest Blonde" on 93.3 WMMR's Preston and Steve show and is rooting for her beloved Flyers in the playoffs.
The team's website featured a photo of her in a Flyers jersey (at right) last season. Reppert is a partner in the app SeeMail, which allows people to record an audio message with a photo they can then send through phones.
DiNic's best sandwich?
The roast pork with provolone and broccoli rabe (and hot or roasted peppers, if that's what you're partial to) from Tommy DiNic's Pork & Beef at the Reading Terminal Market will be featured on "Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America," which premieres at 9 p.m. June 6 on the Travel Channel. The local creation competes against 29 sandwiches from around the country for Richman's top honor.
NFL running back Blair Thomas and Patrice Cohill, who formerly worked in Temple's football program, will bartend from 7 to 11 Thursday night at Katie O'Donnell's (4501 Woodhaven) in a benefit for the Kevin Turner Foundation, which supports ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease research.
For info, go to kevinturnerfoundation.com.
93.3 WMMR's Pierre Robert hosts Una Divina Noche on Cinco de Mayo (Saturday), a benefit for the AIDS Law Project. The Captivating Queens of Illusion drag troupe will perform at the event, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Knoll Furniture Showroom (2300 Chestnut). For tickets, call 215-587-9377 or visit aidslawpa.org.
First Friday pick
Filmmaker and photographer Kelly A. Burkhardt's exhibit "Atomic Age" — featuring a self-portrait that she titled David Lynch, as they bear a resemblance in it — opens with a First Friday reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ven and Vaida (18 S. 3rd), where it'll show until May 30. At 6 p.m. May 24, Burkhardt will give an artist talk at the Old City gallery.
A brunch fundraiser for Kevin Neary, who became a quadriplegic in November when shot during an attempted robbery, will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Union Trust (717 Chestnut). No date was listed in Wednesday's column. For more info, visit KevinNeary.com.
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