Dan Gross: Roots drummer '?uestlove' takes in Flyers game
ROOTS DRUMMER Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson was excited to catch his first Flyers game last night, even after Flyers fans booed him in the parking lot for taking a picture with a woman in a Blackhawks shirt.
was excited to catch his first Flyers game last night, even after Flyers fans booed him in the parking lot for taking a picture with a woman in a Blackhawks shirt.
"She was hot," he told us last night outside a Wachovia Center club box. "I was looking at her. I didn't notice her shirt until they started booing me."
The Roots leader says that he got swept up in the playoff excitement and "I needed to see it in person." The group, now the house band on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," practiced yesterday with DJ Jazzy Jeff, with whom they will perform Saturday at the Roots Picnic at Festival Pier.
They'll also play separate sets with John Legend and several members of the Wu-Tang Clan at the show, which also features Vampire Weekend among many other acts.
McNabb back to party
Donovan McNabb just moved to Washington, D.C., but he'll be back in town June 12 for his DM5 Foundation's annual White Party at Octo (221 N. Columbus).
A number of Redskins and Eagles are expected to attend the bash at which "Just a Friend" rapper Biz Markie serves as DJ. The party is open to the public; tickets are $50. Visit mcnabb.
eventbrite.com for tickets. Guests must wear white clothing from head to toe.
You're guaranteed a Phillies win if you listen to a re-broadcast of Roy Halladay's perfect game at 7:05 tonight on both The Big Talker 1210 AM and 610 WIP. The Big Talker had aired the game live Saturday from the Marlins Sun Life Stadium, in Miami.
Dunk me if you dare
Kildare's Irish Pub in Manayunk is having a dunk tank from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday during the Bike Race aka the 2010 TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship.
Your Humble Narrator will be dunkable from 1 to 2 p.m. For charity of course. Proceeds go to the North Light Community Center (175 Green Lane). 102.9 WMGK's Rob Calvert and local comedian Pat House will also be among the dunkable. We certainly hope that some of our hate-filled Philly.com commenters come out and throw for charity.
Fashion fete at Water Works
Dining Out Philadelphia and Our ModestE' clothing retailer are hosting a party and cocktail reception from 5:30 to 8:30 Sunday evening at the Water Works. A fashion auction will feature designs from Our ModestE' and Rashad Corey Productions. A portion of event proceeds benefits Philadelphia 76er Samuel Dalembert's Haiti foundation and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. To RSVP, visit waterworks.eventbrite.com.
_ Local attorney Dara Lovitz, an adjunct professor of animal law at Temple and Drexel's law schools, is just out with "Muzzling A Movement: The Effects of Anti-Terrorism Law, Money, and Politics on Animal Activism," through Lantern Books.
Lovitz's book discusses how since the passage of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in 2006 and other "eco-terror" laws, the ability of animal activists to raise awareness about the exploitation and abuse of animals has been substantially curtailed.
* Another attorney author, Peter E. Meltzer's "The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Synonyms for Common Words," just out in a second edition through Norton, is the best-selling thesaurus in the nation.
_ Bensalem's Michael Patterson, who has spent 20 years in the banking industry, has written a humor book aimed at young workers, called "Promotions Are Not Served at the Deli Counter." It's available through online retailers or through Patterson's own Web site, mikepat.com.
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