Missing Dog 'Louie' Reunited with Owner in Philadelphia

JJ Pierce and Louie
After six weeks apart, JJ Pierce and Louie were reunited on November 21, 2014
By REESE AMOROSI

On October 9, J.J. Pierce brought her dog Louie along on a quick errand to Home Depot in South Philly to get keys made for her dogsitter. When she exited the store minutes later, her car and beloved dog were gone. The vehicle was recovered in North Philly on October 14, but Louie, a 2-year-old black lab, was lost. He remained missing for six weeks until November 21 when Pierce posted an update on her "Help Louie Get Home" Facebook page announcing that she and her pup had been reunited. For "Team Louie," a 15,000+ strong group of followers dedicated to finding Louie through organized and private searches, a flyering campaign and social media, it was a dream come true.

En Vogue Stars in Christmas Movie on Lifetime

L to R, Cindy Herron, David Alan Grier, Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett in An En Vogue Christmas
A scene from Lifetime's An En Vogue Christmas
By A.D. AMOROSI

Hit-making R&B divas En Vogue have had their ups and their downs since forming in 1989. On the positive side, the harmony-filled quartet was Grammy-nominated with top-selling smashes like "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)," “Free Your Mind” and "Giving Him Something He Can Feel.” On the downside, for a harmony group, there’s been much disharmony between original members Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron as they’ve broken up, reunited, and sued each other several times. This year, current members Ellis, Herron and Rhona Bennett team up for An En Vogue Christmas airing on Lifetime starting Saturday, November 22, at 8pm ET/PT.

'Foxcatcher' is One of 2014's Best, Most Disturbing Films

Anthony Michael Hall and Lucia Oskerova at Philadelphia's Foxcatcher premiere
Anthony Michael Hall and Lucia Oskerova at Philadelphia's Foxcatcher premiere
By A.D. AMOROSI

Foxcatcher, the true crime story of Delaware multi-millionaire John du Pont and his 1996 murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz in Newtown Square, PA, unfurls on screens across America starting on November 14. Starring an unrecognizable Steve Carrell as du Pont along with Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz and Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, the film goes beyond mere biography to plumb the psyche of its lead characters and what it means to live in another family member’s shadow.

Interview: Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Knapp on Being Christian and Gay

Jennifer Knapp
Jennifer Knapp
By A.D. AMOROSI

Jennifer Knapp is one of pop’s most curious performers: she has been an icon of Christian music, of LGBT politics and, of course, damned fine songwriting. Knapp’s most famous album of the 90s, Kansas, was a gospel folk masterpiece, an edgy alternative to soft Christian music with “Hold Me Now” as that album’s elegiac centerpiece. By 2003, Knapp put her career on hold, came out as a gay woman, and moved away from Christian music into secular lyrics and broader soundscapes, starting with 2010’s Letting Go. This year, Knapp released what could be her best album, Set Me Free, on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe label, and started a tour that hits Philly’s Tin Angel on November 13.

Taproom on 19th Celebrates Anniversary with Pigheaded BBQ Pop-up

Photos from the Taproom on 19th anniversary party in Philadelphia, PA
Photos from the Taproom on 19th anniversary party in Philadelphia, PA.
By A.D. AMOROSI and REESE AMOROSI

Taproom on 19th in South Philadelphia celebrated one year under its new ownership (Michael Strauss, Pete Fry) on Saturday, November 8, with special musical guests The Gin Canaries and the crew from Pigheaded BBQ. Taproom on 19th chef Christina De Silva and sous chef Chris Myers presented pub menu items including Mac and Cheese with Fontina cheese and bacon, and Anniversary Venison Chili. Delaware-based Pigheaded BBQ created a pop-up menu featuring its Fatties (the region's only hand-rolled sausages stuffed with bacon mac-n-cheese), pulled pork nachos and a brisket sandwich.

Foo Fighters Release 'Sonic Highways', Announce 20th Anniversary Concert

Foo Fighters 20th anniversary concert lineup
Foo Fighters 20th anniversary concert lineup
By A.D. AMOROSI

Foo Fighters are as skilled at generating excitement as they are at cross-marketing. Before the November 10 release of Sonic Highways, their eighth record of soft-then-really-loud rock, screaming Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foos drum up publicity by announcing a powerhouse show scheduled for next July. The upcoming concert will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the group's debut, Foo Fighters, which came out on July 4th, 1995 (20 years!). Tickets for the 2015 Fourth of July concert in Washington, D.C. at RFK Stadium go on sale Saturday, November 8, at 10AM ET.

Glamorosi Recipes: Shakshuka with Spinach and Mushrooms

Shakshuka with spinach and mushrooms
Shakshuka with spinach and mushrooms
By REESE AMOROSI

When I was a kid, my Aunt Lily and I would spend entire days making tomato sauce, and one of my favorite treats was a bowl of it sopped up with a hunk of fresh baked bread. As I got older and expanded my culinary horizons, I learned of a Middle Eastern dish called shakshuka, also a tomato sauce eaten with bread, but different than our Italian version due to the spices used – cumin and paprika – and the fact that it's topped with poached eggs. These days, shakshuka is in regular rotation in our home and I add spinach (or kale or arugula) and mushrooms. It's a hearty meal that works for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Preparation: 1 hour (10 minutes prep, 50 minutes cooking time); yield: 4-6 servings.

Reward Offered for Safe Return of Dog Stolen in Philly Car Theft - UPDATED: Louie Found

Louie, a male black lab mix, was stolen during a car theft in South Philadelphia
Louie, a male black lab mix, was stolen during a car theft in South Philadelphia
By REESE AMOROSI

Almost a month ago on October 9, JJ Pierce's red Honda CR-V was stolen from the parking lot of the Home Depot store on Columbus Avenue (aka Delaware Avenue) in South Philadelphia, and her dog, a 2-year-old male black lab mix named Louie, was inside. The car was recovered on October 14 on Darien Street in North Philadelphia, but Louie was nowhere to be found. Louie is black with a white patch on his chest, and he is micro-chipped and neutered. There is a $3000 reward offered for information leading to Louie's safe return, no questions asked. UPDATE: We are thrilled to report that Louie was returned to JJ Pierce on Friday, November 21, 2014. Stay tuned for details.

Filmmaker Joe Kramer Releases Comedy Short 'Running the Gammatar'

A scene from Joe Kramer's comedy short Running the Gammatar
A scene from Joe Kramer's comedy short Running the Gammatar
By A.D. AMOROSI

Filmmaker Joe Kramer has released Running the Gammatar, a colorful, nearly seven-minute-long, Godzilla-inspired comedy focused as much on the relationship between self-absorbed 20-somethings as it does its blobby, fire-breathing, Japanese monster. Filmed in Philadelphia, PA, Kramer’s Gammatar short is the latest production from the 28-year old who has written, directed, shot and edited short and feature-length films, television shows and commercials for NBC-Universal, Comcast, PBS, Adidas, TMZ and The Weather Channel.

Review: Twisted Tail Introduces Fall Menu Items and Prix Fixe Option

Roasted Duck Breast at The Twisted Tail in Philadelphia, PA
Roasted Duck Breast at The Twisted Tail in Philadelphia, PA
By A.D. AMOROSI and REESE AMOROSI

The Twisted Tail – a Southern-inspired restaurant, juke joint and bar located in Philadelphia’s Headhouse Square since 2011 – is updating its Fall schedule with a new prix fixe option to go with its always evolving menu, bar program and live blues bookings. Glamorosi Magazine's husband and wife team of A.D. Amorosi and Reese Amorosi recently stopped in to review The Twisted Tail's autumnal offerings.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E32 Reunion, Playing Favorites: The Aftermath

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

Previously on the Dance Moms season 4 finale, Abby Lee Miller and her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) were in LA for Nationals, their biggest annual competition. Abby cut the Select Team after they lost to the Elite Team, who won their 4th National title. Sadly, Abby and Christi Lukasiak had one of their legendary arguments, and after, Christi and daughter Chloe left the ALDC. On this week's Dance Moms reunion (season 4, episode 32), "Playing Favorites," the moms discuss Abby's favoritism; Maddie Ziegler talks about her success; Abby rival Cathy Nesbitt-Stein stirs the pot; we see video premieres for Mackenzie "Mack Z" Ziegler's "Shine" and Todrick Hall's "Freaks Like Me."

Neil Young Calls Out President Obama and CSNY at Philly Show

Neil Young's Storytone album
Neil Young's Storytone album
By A.D. AMOROSI

On the cusp of releasing two versions of his latest album, Storytone, and a new autobiography about his first love (Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars), Neil Young caused a stir during his recent sold-out shows at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music by dissing President Obama, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the curious state of married bliss (remember, he did just leave his wife of 36 years Pegi Young, for actress Daryl Hannah).  Then again, it wouldn’t be much of a Neil Young event if the veteran songwriter didn’t raise some sort of ruckus.

David Lynch and Mark Frost's 'Twin Peaks' to Return to Television in 2016

L to R- Eric Bressler, David Lynch and Robert Hakalski at PhilaMOCA, Phila PA - Photo ©A.D. Amorosi 2014
David Lynch (center) at an appearance in Philadelphia, PA, with Eric Bressler, owner of PhilaMOCA (left), and photographer Robert Hakalski (right)
By A.D. AMOROSI

After dropping hints over summer 2014, David Lynch and Mark Frost – creators of the mysterious Twin Peaks television series – revealed it would again hit the airwaves in 2016 on Showtime, 25 years after the original ABC series ended. Lynch and Frost have mentioned revisiting the spooky show in various interviews of late, noting a scene in Twin Peaks where “Laura Palmer,” the good-girl-gone-bad character whose murder was the series’ starting point, stated "I'll see you again in 25 years." She wasn’t kidding.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E31 Season 4 Finale: Chloe Leaves the ALDC

Christi Lukasiak and daughter Chloe leave the ALDC on Dance Moms season 4 finale
Christi and daughter Chloe leave the ALDC on Dance Moms season 4 finale
By REESE AMOROSI

Last week on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller and her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) were in LA for Nationals (their biggest competition of the year), and Abby announced that she's opening a studio there. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 31 "Hollywood Here We Come, Part 2" (the season 4 finale), Abby considers pulling one of the assigned solos and having Maddie Ziegler compete instead; Abby's nemesis, Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, has her Candy Apples team do a group routine that spoofs Maddie's acclaimed dance in Sia's "Chandelier" video; in a move many fans alternately hoped for and dreaded, Christi and Chloe Lukasiak leave the ALDC.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E30 Hollywood Here We Come, Part 1: Season Finale

L to R: Abby Lee Miller and Cathy Nesbitt-Stein on Dance Moms
L to R: Abby Lee Miller and Cathy Nesbitt-Stein on Dance Moms season 4
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller presented her annual dance concert, and Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) members performed 45-second solos to audition for a spot at Nationals. This week, on the first half of the Dance Moms season 4 finale (episode 30) titled "Hollywood Here We Come, Part 1," the team is in Los Angeles to compete at Nationals, and Abby rewards Kendall Vertes, Chloe Lukasiak and Kamryn Beck with solos. Meanwhile, Maddie Ziegler is on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with singer Sia (Maddie stars in her "Chandelier" video); Cathy Nesbitt-Stein from the Candy Apples Dance Center (CADC) challenges the ALDC to a dance-off; Abby announces she's opening a studio in LA.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4, E29, 45 Second Solos: Chloe's Foot is Fractured

Christi Lukasiak and daughter Chloe, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
Christi Lukasiak and daughter Chloe, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Nia Frazier's tribute to the late Maya Angelou and the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) group routine both won 1st place. This week on Dance Moms S4 E29 titled "45 Second Solos," the girls have that much time to impress studio owner Abby Lee Miller in hopes of securing a spot at Nationals. They do this during the ALDC's annual dance concert, which this year is dedicated to Abby's late mother and is titled The Story of Maryen Lorrain: One for the History Books. There's mama drama when Kamryn Beck from the Select Team is invited to vie for a solo, and it escalates when Christi Lukasiak finds out that when her daughter Chloe beat Kamryn, Abby lobbied the judges to reverse their decision.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E28 Another One Bites the Dust: Nia Wins 1st Place

Holly and daughter Nia Frazier from Dance Moms on Lifetime
Holly and daughter Nia Frazier from Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, the parents kept a scorecard on how many times studio owner Abby insulted their daughters, and the resulting argument between Abby and Holly Frazier (Nia's mom) led to the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) being pulled from competition. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 28 titled "Another One Bites the Dust," Abby and Holly put their differences aside, so Nia Frazier gets to do a solo in tribute to the late Maya Angelou, and she wins 1st Place. Also, Sarah Reasons from the Select Team is invited to perform with the Elite Team, as is Kayleigh Cavanaugh, a dancer Abby met in auditions.

David Lynch Returns to Philadelphia for Art and Film Exhibitions

David Lynch at his "The Unified Field" exhibition at PAFA in Philadelphia, PA
David Lynch at The Unified Field exhibition at PAFA in Philadelphia, PA
By A.D. AMOROSI

This week, David Lynch returned to his alma mater, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) for The Unified Field, a retrospective exhibition of his work as a painter, past and present. He also appeared at the Prince Theater with the Philadelphia Film Society for a chat discussing his work in cinema. I was lucky enough to attend both gatherings to speak with Lynch, and will hit yet another pre-opening of The Unified Field (with Lynch in attendance) before its official start on September 13.

Laurie Anderson among Featured Guests at FUTURE FEMINISM Event in NYC

The team behind Future Feminism Exhibition and Event, Sept. 11-27 in NYC
The team behind FUTURE FEMINISM exhibition and event, Sept. 11-27, NYC
By A.D. AMOROSI

When pianist and singer Antony and friends Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine and CocoRosie’s Bianca Casady and Sierra Casady host their FUTURE FEMINISM exhibition and event series running September 11-27 at The Hole NYC, they’ll present a call to arms in the name of archetypal feminine values. The event showcases famously independent women such as transgressive spoken word artist and actress Lydia Lunch, poet Anne Waldman, performance art queen Marina Abramović and Laurie Anderson.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E27 The Understudies: Abby Cancels Group Number

The Dance Moms scorecard on season 4, episode 27
The Dance Moms scorecard on season 4, episode 27
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller began the process of deciding which of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) teams (Elite or Select) and soloists will be performing in the upcoming Nationals (their biggest annual competition). This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 27, "The Understudies," Abby designates Chloe Lukasiak and Kendall Vertes as stand-ins for Maddie Ziegler, who has a potential scheduling conflict due to an acting gig. Meanwhile, the moms are tired of Abby comparing their kids to Maddie, so they keep a scorecard detailing the offenses. Abby keeps score in her head, and when she's had enough, she retaliates by secretly pulling the group routine.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E26 No More Crybabies: Nia Rocks as Lead Dancer

Nia Frazier, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime
Nia Frazier, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller temporarily moved Chloe Lukasiak from the Elite Team to the Select Team, and moved Ava Cota from Select to Elite. Chloe wound up in the winning group, but Ava struggled and was dismissed from the Elite Team (but, apparently, not the Select Team). This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 26 titled "No More Crybabies," the three youngest Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) members do solos to determine which of them will compete at Nationals; Jeanette Cota missteps by entering daughter Ava in a competition without consulting Abby; and Nia Frazier dances the lead role in the group routine.

'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.