NOW HERE'S something to dance about - the Hooters are returning to their home city of Philadelphia this fall to celebrate 35 years making music.
The eclectic Philly band, known for its use of the melodica, produced some of the best songs of the 1980s, including "And We Danced," "All Your Zombies" and "Day by Day."
This week, they travel to Europe to begin touring, and in November they celebrate 35 years back at home.
Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for a special 35th-year anniversary performance at the Keswick Theatre (291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside) on Nov. 7.
Quick tidbit: Rob Hyman, of the Hooters, was spotted at the Tin Angel (20 N. 2nd St.) last month to catch fast-rising fellow piano man Jon Regen. Regen was on tour pushing his breakthrough album, "Stop Time." He also writes for Keyboard magazine and had interviewed Hyman for a piece. My sources say the two hit it off great.
Mullica Hill's home-grown musician Doreen Taylor has one goal in mind - to bring mainstream pop back to the City of Brotherly Love.
Not that I think pop's at all lost in our fine city, but Taylor will perform at a sold-out show for 325 guests at the Tendenza (969 N. 2nd St.) tonight to unveil her new hit, "Toy," produced by famed producer Larry Gold. (Sources say that Gold came out of retirement specifically to work with Taylor.) He claims that she has the elements of Justin Timberlake with music geared toward the 25-to-35-year-old demographic.
"I could have recorded my new music anywhere in the world," said Taylor. "We looked at studios in Los Angeles, New York and Miami, but my heart always led me back to Philadelphia."
"Toy" officially releases June 23.
World-renowned, Philly-based Robert Venturi is considered one of the greatest architects of the 20th century and has helped shape the way students of architecture think about their craft. Famous for designing the Guild House (711 Spring Garden St.); the Vanna Venturi House (on Millman Street), in Chestnut Hill; and the Chapel at the Episcopal Academy (1785 Bishop White Drive), in Newtown Square, he recently had a hand in helping out some struggling architecture students on the West Coast.
Last month, at age 89, Venturi provided a unique napkin sketch to students from the NewSchool of Architecture & Design for an auction. The live and silent auction raised $7,600 with all proceeds benefitting American Institute of Architecture Students scholarships, specifically its San Diego chapter.
Venturi's napkin sketch was auctioned off for $370 - not too shabby for a squiggle on a piece of cloth. Congrats to the NewSchool students for this special piece of history.
Since we're congratulating - hats off to CBS3 "Eyewitness News" reporter Walt Hunter. Today, Hunter celebrates his 35th anniversary with the station in a career that's earned him scores of awards and honors, including 16 Emmys.
"It's when your fellow reporters begin telling you, 'Oh, I watched you on TV growing up,' that it all begins to sink in just a little bit," he told me.
Little-known fact: Hunter was a volunteer firefighter for 29 years. He chased down stories by day and fought blazes in the city at night. I'd say that's certainly something to brag about.
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