'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E25: Chloe Gets Revenge, Christi Gets Crafty

L to R: Christi Lukasiak and Jeanette Cota from Dance Moms on Lifetime
L to R: Christi Lukasiak and Jeanette Cota from Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller enlisted Jade Cloud to compete against Chloe Lukasiak, and the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) went up against the talented Studio Bleu team. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 25 titled "Chloe Gets Revenge," both of Abby's teams are entered in the Believe Talent Competition in Washington DC, but she keeps Jade on the Elite Team and moves Chloe to the Select Team. Maddie Ziegler has a great week dancing to a song written about her by Rachel Sage; Ava Cota has a tough week because her prop is hard to handle.

Glamorosi Recipes: Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Honey Mustard Glaze

Glamorosi Recipes Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Honey Mustard Glaze
Glamorosi Recipes: Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Honey Mustard Glaze
By REESE AMOROSI

If you enjoy sweet and salty food pairings like fleur de sel caramels or melon and prosciutto, chances are you will love this recipe for bacon-wrapped dates. The combination of sweet and chewy dates, salty and crispy bacon, and gooey melted cheese is a decadent taste and texture sensation, and the honey-mustard glaze takes it completely over the top. Bacon-wrapped dates are quick and easy to prepare; make them once and you won't need to look at the recipe again. Stuff the dates with whatever cheese you like, or for a change of pace, you can use nuts (try almonds) instead of cheese. Preparation: 35 minutes total (15 minutes prep, 20 minutes baking); yield: 36 pieces.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E24 Abby-phobic: ALDC vs. Studio Bleu

Sisters Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler from Dance Moms
L to R: Sisters Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler from Dance Moms
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Maddie Ziegler was away taping an appearance on Ellen, so Abby Lee Miller turned to other members of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) to perform winning solos, and Christy with a Y antagonized Abby so her daughter, Sarah Hunt, was cut from the team. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 24 titled "Abby-phobic," Jade Cloud, a member of the Abby's Select Team, is invited to perform with her Elite Team. Jade competes head-to-head with teammate Chloe Lukasiak, and the group goes up against one of their toughest opponents, Studio Bleu.

Philadelphia's Chhaya Café Moves to New East Passyunk Avenue Location

Sausage Gravy and Cornbread Waffle with Fried Egg at Chhaya Café
Sausage Gravy and Cornbread Waffle with Fried Egg at Chhaya Café
By REESE AMOROSI

When Chhaya Café moves to its new location at 1819 East Passyunk on August 21, chef and owner Varnana “V” Beuria will have a larger home for her daily breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch nook. This is necessary due to the popularity of Chhaya, previously located two doors down at 1823 on East Passyunk Avenue, also known as South Philadelphia's "Restaurant Row." The concepts that V made popular at Chhaya's former space will remain: creative twists on classic dishes combined with pancakes, waffles and crepes, plus salads, sandwiches and beverages including a satisfying selection of teas and fair trade coffees.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E23, 3 Soloists One Star: Christy with a Why

Cast members from Dance Moms on Lifetime
Cast members from Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller choreographed a duet for star pupil Maddie Ziegler and Gino Cosculluella (during which Maddie got her first kiss), and the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) Elite Team took first place in a competition against the Candy Apples team. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 23 titled "3 Soloists, One Star," Maddie is in LA taping the Ellen show, so Abby assigns Kendall Vertes, Nia Frazier and Chloe Lukasiak solos to see which girl will come out on top. Christy with a Y repeatedly provokes Abby, and it leads to her daughter, Sarah Hunt, being dismissed. Her behavior is why we and some viewers call her "Christy with a 'Why?'"

Animal Lovers "Go Grey" in Celebration of World Elephant Day

The 3rd annual World Elephant Day
The 3rd annual World Elephant Day is August 12, 2014
By REESE AMOROSI

August 12, 2014, is the 3rd annual World Elephant Day, an event to raise awareness and build support for African and Asian pachyderms. Organizers are asking for help for elephants, as they are currently endangered due to human greed: they are slaughtered for their ivory tusks and exploited as performing animals. On World Elephant Day, supporters will spread the word by wearing grey, using the hashtag #GoGrey on social media and changing their avatars to grey, and urging politicians to enact and enforce laws protecting elephants. For info on how to "Go Grey," the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its 96 Elephants campaign has a helpful article.

Glamorosi Recipes: Roasted Eggplant Dip with Yogurt, Mint and Walnuts

Glamorosi Recipes: Roasted Eggplant Dip with Yogurt, Mint and Walnuts
Glamorosi Recipes: Roasted Eggplant Dip with Yogurt, Mint and Walnuts
By REESE AMOROSI

Although eggplant (aka aubergine) is available in markets year-round, in my area (the Mid-Atlantic US), August is the magic month in which many gardeners see this fruit from the nightshade family come into season. Purple eggplant is the most common, but it is also available in white, yellow, green, and mottled; I've used the different varieties in main dishes, appetizers, salads, breads and more. One of my favorite ways to prepare eggplant is in a dip with yogurt, mint and walnuts. I was inspired to make this eggplant dip after eating a Persian meal back in the 90s; this is my personal recipe refined through trial and error over the years.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E22, Kiss or Get Off the Pot: Maddie and Gino Duet

Gino Cosculluela and Maddie Ziegler on Lifetime's Dance Moms
Gino Cosculluela and Maddie Ziegler on Lifetime's Dance Moms
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller had two Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) teams compete head-to-head. The new Select Team beat the original Elite Team, but was it fair? The Select girls were older with more training and experience, better choreography and prettier costumes. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 22 titled "Kiss or Get Off the Pot," the Elite Team works to get back on top, and to do it, they'll compete against Abby's nemesis, Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, and her Candy Apples team. For that showdown, Abby pairs her star dancer, Maddie Ziegler, with former Candy Apple Gino Cosculluela. During their duet, Maddie will get her first kiss.

Remembering the Atlantic City Pop Festival on its 45th Anniversary

A poster from the 1969 Atlantic City Pop Festival
A poster from the 1969 Atlantic City Pop Festival
By A.D. AMOROSI

Currently celebrating its 45th anniversary, Woodstock Music & Art Fair at Max Yasgur's 600-acre farm in New York’s Catskills – August 15 to 18, 1969 – is certainly the best-known and most widely regarded rock festival of our time. Still, it can’t beat the three-day event which occurred weeks before Woodstock and featured many of the same acts: the Atlantic City Pop Festival – August 1 to 3 in 1969 – at the Atlantic City Racetrack.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4, E21: "Double the Moms, Double the Trouble"

Abby Lee Miller, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime TV
Abby Lee Miller, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

When we last saw the cast of Dance Moms on the season 4 midseason finale (original airdate April 15, 2014), studio owner Abby Lee Miller brought in a "Select Team" to compete against her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) regulars, aka her "Elite Team", and she moved her favorite student, Maddie Ziegler, to the new group. Now, on Dance Moms season 4, episode 21, "Double the Moms, Double the Trouble," Maddie's back on the Elite Team (Kalani Hilliker is no longer with the ALDC), and Abby deals with "double the mothers, double the problems, double the drama," including a fistfight between new moms Tami and Christy.

Bravo Stars Shine in 'Top Chef Duels' and Kevin Sbraga's "Culinary Collective"

Curtis Stone and Gail Simmons of Bravo's Top Chef Duels
Curtis Stone and Gail Simmons from Bravo's Top Chef Duels
By A.D. AMOROSI

The next two-week period is a good one for fans of Bravo’s Top Chef. While its Season 7 victor Kevin Sbraga initiates his “Culinary Collective” (four nights of fine dining surprises along Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Row, August 4-7) with a pre-party at his namesake restaurant on August 1, Top Chef’s new spinoff series, Top Chef Duels, begins on August 6, and the list of returning chefs is impressive.

Legendary Bluesman Johnny Winter Dies in Switzerland at Age 70

Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter
By A.D. AMOROSI

This summer has not been kind to musical legends. In June, we lost heavenly vocalist Jimmy Scott and New Age pioneer Paul Horn. In the first weeks of July we've seen the deaths of jazz bassist extraordinaire Charlie Haden and drummer/producer Thomas Erdelyi, a man known best by his stage name Tommy Ramone. To hear now that Texas bluesman Johnny Winter died on July 16 in Zurich, Switzerland, is yet another devastating loss. We are saddened by the passing of all of these of musical greats.

Serrano Restaurant and Ranch Road Taco Shop Join Forces for Pop-up

Pomegranate Guacamole from Ranch Road Taco Shop
Pomegranate Guacamole from Ranch Road Taco Shop
By REESE AMOROSI

Meghan Carnevale may have learned to love food while hanging in her Italian grandmother’s kitchen, but it was while living in the South of France for a year that she took her craft to the next level. That Carnevale successfully experimented with Mexican tastes and spices (at the urging of her Texas-born husband) while in France set the stage for her Philly-based food truck, Ranch Road Taco Shop. Starting on July 16, she brings Ranch Road's Mexican street food to Old City Philadelphia’s Serrano Restaurant with drink pairings to go with her cuisine.

America Celebrates National Fried Chicken Day - Sunday, July 6

Fried chicken from Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, PA
Fried chicken from Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, PA
By A.D. AMOROSI

With Sunday, July 6 being National Fried Chicken Day, it’s hard to think about much of anything else. Good weather. Great friends. Wild entertainment. Fantastic health and wealth. Nah. Our thoughts are with deep fried birds and whatever we can find to eat with it.

Cliff Richard Playing Free NYC Show in Place of Canceled Morrissey Gig

Sir Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard
By A.D. AMOROSI

Morrissey hasn’t had the best time, as of late. After bouts of pneumonia in 2013, he canceled an upcoming US tour on the eve of releasing his new World Peace is None of Your Business and re-releasing 1994’s Vauxhall and I due to a wicked cold he caught from his longtime opening act Kristeen Young. To add insult to injury, Young and producer Tony Visconti wrote mean Facebook posts dissing their old pal. But several of Morrissey’s friends came to his defense, including two band members (Jesse Tobias and Boz Boorer) and, more importantly, Sir Cliff Richard, who steps into the breach June 21, speaking with podcaster Phillip Silverstone and playing a free show in NYC that was supposed to be his opening gig for Morrissey.

MoMA Announces Multi-media Björk Exhibition for 2015

Björk
MoMA will launch a Björk exhibition in March of 2015
By A.D. AMOROSI

New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Icelandic composer, vocalist and artist Björk have announced a full-scale retrospective exhibition dedicated to the breadth of her career in music, film, costume, performance and computer graphics. The MoMA exhibition opens on March 7, 2015, and runs through June 7, 2015.

Jennifer Weiner Launches Tour for New Book 'All Fall Down'

Author Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner
By A.D. AMOROSI

Jennifer Weiner made her name with her first two novels, Good in Bed (2001) and In Her Shoes (2002), the latter made more famous by its film version starring Cameron Diaz. Although the Philadelphia native's immediate follow-ups Little Earthquakes (2004) and Goodnight Nobody (2005) didn’t earn similar critical acclaim, they were popular with readers and made the New York Times Best Seller lists. The prolific Weiner (with six more books after those first four) just released her newest and possibly best novel, All Fall Down (Atria Books, June 17, 2014), and is touring both coasts starting with June 19’s twin events at the Princeton Public Library at noon and the Philadelphia Free Library’s main branch at 7 PM.

Federal Donuts, Broad Street Ministry Launch Rooster Soup Co. Kickstarter

Chef Michael Solomonov
Chef Michael Solomonov
By A.D. AMOROSI

Nationally renowned, James Beard Award nominated, Philadelphia-based chef Michael Solomonov is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund Rooster Soup Company, a gourmet soup restaurant with Philly’s Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative. The joint venture between Solomonov – known for Zahav and his Federal Donuts chain – and Bill Golderer’s Broad Street Ministry (BSM) will be the first crowd-funded restaurant in Philadelphia directing 100% of net profits to a nonprofit partner. “This story is about business and dreamers, Jewish and Christian, everyone,” says Golderer. The Rooster Soup Company Kickstarter begins June 11, and the target is $150,000.

Interview - Steve Landes of 'Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles'

Steve Landes as John Lennon in Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
Steve Landes as John Lennon in Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
By A.D. AMOROSI

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles has long been a favorite of fans of the Fab Four with its sonic and visual recreations of the band’s finest moments. During this, The Beatles’ 50th anniversary of its American stage debut, RAIN ups its game even further with new set pieces, new LED hi-def screens, streamlined video content, and newly added classics. Starting June 10 in Newark, NJ (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), before heading to Philly (June 11 to 15 at The Academy of Music), Providence, RI (June 18 at Providence Performing Arts Center) and additional stops across the country, the RAIN shows with Steve Landes as “John Lennon” never cease to amaze.

King Crimson Announces Tour Schedule for Fall 2014

King Crimson graphic
King Crimson will tour in the Fall of 2014
By A.D. AMOROSI

When King Crimson returns to the stage this autumn after six years of being away, its shows won’t be a run-of-the-mill reunion of a one-time super-group touring to rehash old memories; innovative guitarist Robert Fripp wouldn’t hear of it. Instead, Fripp, the mind behind the King since 1969, wrote in his public diary that “King Crimson VIII is… a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.”

Caleb Johnson Crowned American Idol Winner; Album Scheduled for August

American Idol winner Caleb Johnson
American Idol winner Caleb Johnson's album will be released on August 12, 2014
By REESE AMOROSI

In a showdown that host Ryan Seacrest dubbed the "Wild Card versus the Wild Child," Ashville, NC rocker Caleb Johnson, age 23, was crowned the winner of American Idol season 13. The 1st runner-up was Farmington Hills, MI's Jena Irene, age 17, who was the show's second "Wild Card" contestant to make it to the grand finale, the first being Clay Aiken in season 2 (Aiken made news this week when he won the NC Democratic congressional primary). Following his win, Caleb has a full schedule including television appearances, American Idol's 41-city tour and the release of his self-titled album (19 Recordings/Interscope Records) on August 12.

Maks Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis Win 'Dancing with the Stars'

Maks Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis, winners of Dancing with the Stars
Maks Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis, winners of Dancing with the Stars
By REESE AMOROSI

Pro dancer Maksim "Maks" Chmerkovskiy and his celebrity partner, Olympic champion Meryl Davis, have been crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) season 18. Pro Derek Hough and athlete Amy Purdy took second place; pro Mark Ballas and actress Candace Cameron Bure came in third. Maks and Meryl, who were noted throughout the season for their technical prowess and smoldering "are-they-or-aren't-they" chemistry, were awarded the coveted Mirrorball Trophy at the end of the show's star-studded, two-hour finale. Maks has competed on 13 seasons of DWTS; this was his first win.

With Made in America Festival Lineup Coming Soon, Rumors Abound - UPDATED

Made in America graphic
2014's Made in America festival is in Philly and LA over the Labor Day weekend
By A.D. AMOROSI

When we last reported news about the 2014 Made in America festival – the newly bicoastal Labor Day weekend concert started by Jay Z, Live Nation and Budweiser – rumors about the lineups for Philadelphia and Los Angeles were rampant, and Glamorosi Magazine sources hinted that an Eminem and Rihanna pairing, OutKast, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers might be in the mix. Now, with the Made in America 3 (MIA3) lineups coming soon, additional rumors find names like Frank Ocean, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Wu-Tang Clan at the top of the list.

Lee Daniels' Upcoming 'Empire' TV Series for Fox Inspires Rally

L to R - Robert X. Golphin, Sharon Pinkenson, Lee Daniels
L to R - Robert X. Golphin, Sharon Pinkenson, Lee Daniels
By A.D. AMOROSI

Lee Daniels' work as film producer and director on The Butler, Monster’s Ball and Precious made him a household name. To Philadelphians though, he’s a native of this city and a local guy who made good. Daniels is continuing his successful run in 2014 as his dramatic, hip hop business television series Empire, starring fellow local Terrence Howard, just got picked up by the Fox network and is currently filming in Chicago, despite its Philly back-story. With that, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) – spearheaded by Sharon Pinkenson – held a rally on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on May 13 to ask Daniels to film Empire in his hometown.

Interview: Kandi Burruss on Mama Joyce and 'A Mother's Love'

Kandi Burruss (center) and the cast of A Mother's Love
Kandi Burruss (center) and the cast of A Mother's Love
By A.D. AMOROSI

Kandi Burruss is having a great season. Along with being known as the most successful and sensible member of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast, Burruss – a Grammy-winning songwriter and the CEO of the Bedroom Kandi line of sex-related products – held an invitation-only press conference to discuss the first release from her Kandi Koated Entertainment: the DVD and CD soundtrack to her musical stage show A Mother’s Love. Also, this week it was announced that her new Bravo network series, Kandi’s Wedding, will debut on June 1.