'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E25 Abby vs. Kira: Class Wars

L to R Maddie Ziegler and Kalani Hilliker, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
L to R: Maddie Ziegler and Kalani Hilliker, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller and her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) lost a competition to rival Erin Babbs and the Murrieta Dance Project (MDP). This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 25 "Abby vs. Kira," the moms believe the ALDC's losing streak stems from lack of classes since they moved to LA. When Kira Girard (Kalani Hilliker's mom) calls in choreographer Tessandra Chavez without asking Abby, it ignites a fight between Abby and Kira, and that jeopardizes Kalani's spot on the team. In happier news, Mackenzie Ziegler was away most of the week filming a guest spot on Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.

Rock & Roll Radio Icon Jerry Blavat Celebrates His 75th Birthday

Jerry Blavat and Bobby Rydell
L to R: Jerry Blavat and Bobby Rydell
By A.D. AMOROSI

World-renowned disc jockey, author and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Jerry Blavat – The Geator with the Heater, the Boss with the Hot Sauce – marks his 75th birthday on July 3. This year he'll celebrate one day early on July 2 with friends, family and admirers at Memories in Margate, NJ. As Blavat is the toast of rock, roll, and R&B oldies, and his Rolodex includes old pals such as Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell, any 50s and 60s music celebrity within driving distance on the East Coast will surely attend this party.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E24 West Coast Strikes Back: ALDC vs. MDP

Dance Moms S5 E24 West Coast Strikes Back: ALDC vs. MDP
On Dance Moms S5 E24 West Coast Strikes Back, the ALDC vs. MDP
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller brought in celebrity choreographer Travis Payne to work with the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC), and Mackenzie Ziegler beat her famous older sister Maddie in a competition. This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 24 titled "West Coast Strikes Back," the ALDC competes against rival Erin Babbs and her talented team known as the Murrieta Dance Project (MDP), and the moms question Melissa (Maddie and Mackenzie's mom) when she doesn’t step in after Abby takes a lead role away from Mackenzie and gives it to Maddie. Also in this episode, JoJo Siwa does a special solo for her grandmother.

Madonna Posts New Video, Announces Tour Opener Amy Schumer

Bitch I'm Madonna
Bitch I'm Madonna
By A.D. AMOROSI

Between June 17 and June 18, Madonna dropped a star-studded new video for "Bitch I'm Madonna" and announced her special opening act for three of her Rebel Heart Tour shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan: comedian Amy Schumer.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E23 "Maddie vs. Mackenzie" Featuring Travis Payne

L to R: Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler on Dance Moms season 5
L to R: Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler on Dance Moms season 5
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller and her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) officially moved to Los Angeles.  Abby was preoccupied and didn't attend their first competition, but she did organize and emcee the premiere of Kendall Vertes' (aka Kendall K) premiere for her "Wear 'Em Out" video. This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 23 titled "Maddie vs. Mackenzie." the Ziegler sisters and teammate JoJo Siwa compete against each other in the same age division, and the team works with celebrity choreographer Travis Payne, who brings a positive, happy, inspirational vibe to the ALDC. 

Reality Stars Rasheeda and NeNe Leakes Expand Their Brands

Rasheeda will open her Pressed boutique in Phipps Plaza inn Atlanta, Georgia
Rasheeda will open her Pressed boutique in Phipps Plaza inn Atlanta, Georgia
By A.D. AMOROSI

Everybody in reality television says they're going launch a wine line, open a store or make a record. In the case of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star Rasheeda Frost, she's already made six albums, so opening a shop comes next when her Pressed boutique debuts at Atlanta, GA's Phipps Plaza on June 17, 2015. Not to be outdone, Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes is opening a shop for her eponymously-named clothing line (the one she currently sells on HSN) and is touring the country in search of the perfect location.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E22 Summer Premiere: Live From LA, It's Kendall K

The cast of Lifetime TV's Dance Moms
The cast of Lifetime TV's Dance Moms
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller and her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) were on tour in Australia where Nia Frazier (aka Nia Sioux) made her triumphant live debut singing "Star in Your Own Life." This week on Dance Moms Summer Premiere (season 5, episode 22) "Live From LA, It's Kendall K," the ALDC is back in the USA, but not in their Pittsburgh, PA hometown; they have officially moved to Los Angeles where Abby is opening ALDC-LA. Abby's lack of attention frustrates the team – she's busy working on her new studio and doesn't attend their competition – but she does make time to emcee the video premiere for "Wear 'Em Out" by Kendall Vertes (aka Kendall K).

Lifetime TV Premieres 'UnREAL' Scripted Comedy Series

The cast of Lifetime TV's UnREAL
The cast of Lifetime TV's UnREAL
By A.D. AMOROSI

It's hard to satirize something that seems so farcical to start. Yet, that's exactly what's behind UnREAL, the first scripted series produced and distributed by A+E Studios. The comedy, which premieres Monday, June 1 on Lifetime, lampoons the chaos and behind-the-scenes manipulation that takes place on dating shows, in this case, the fictional series Everlasting. Ten episodes of UnREAL have been ordered.

Anthony Bourdain Joins 'Roads & Kingdoms', Brings 'Parts Unknown' to New Jersey

Anthony Bourdain brings his CNN show, Parts Unknown, to New Jersey
Anthony Bourdain brings his CNN show, Parts Unknown, to New Jersey
By A.D. AMOROSI

Everything that Anthony Bourdain does is for the sake of food. We first came to know him as a chef in 2000's Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly with its raw-knuckle tales of the Manhattan restaurant scene. Then it was for his culinary globetrotting for his Emmy-winning CNN show Parts Unknown. Now, he's investing in food, or at least a website about it – Roads & Kingdoms – and has been named as is its editor-at-large.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E21 Down Under, Part 2: Nia Sioux Debut

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

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller and the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) landed in Australia and performed at the ASTRA Awards. For the remainder of the trip though, Abby has excluded two of the girls – Nia Frazier and JoJo Siwa – from participating in the rest of the team's events. This week on "Dance Moms Down Under, Part 2" (season 5, episode 21), Holly (Nia's mom) makes a proactive decision and invites Mikey Minden (Nia's video director) to join them in Australia to produce Nia's live singing debut for "Star in Your Own Life." This makes Abby angry, of course, but Nia emerges triumphant with a brilliant performance (and she included JoJo!).

Weekend Pick: James Beard Foundation Launches Better Burger Project

The James Beard Foundation's Better Burger Project poster
The James Beard Foundation's Better Burger Project runs May 25-July 31, 2015
By A.D. AMOROSI

What could be a better food pick for the Memorial Day weekend than news about hamburgers? On May 25th – Memorial Day 2015 – the James Beard Foundation (JBF) launches the Better Burger Project, a contest and challenge held in restaurants across America, to make the best hamburger by blending ground meat with cultivated mushrooms for sustainable, healthier meals. The Better Burger Project runs through July 31, 2015; you can vote for your favorites through Instagram.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E20 Down Under, Part 1

The cast of Dance Moms on the red carpet at the ASTRA Awards in Australia
The cast of Dance Moms on the red carpet at the ASTRA Awards in Australia
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller announced that the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) would be traveling to Australia. This week on season 5, episode 20 titled "Dance Moms Down Under, Part 1," the team arrives in Sydney and prepares for their performance at the ASTRA Awards, but Abby is stuck in the U.S. because she loses her passport. In addition to that drama, Abby schedules the team for additional appearances in Australia but excludes two of the girls, Nia Frazier and JoJo Siwa. Also, the adults on Dance Moms really like the word "s--t."

Weekend Pick: Philadelphia Goes to the Dogs - Pet Adoption Events

Fliers for pet adoption events in Philadelphia
Fliers for pet adoption events in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 17
By REESE AMOROSI

On Sunday, May 17, Philadelphia goes to the dogs, in a wonderful way, when two organizations – Street Tails Animal Rescue (via SPADO) and Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia – hold separate outdoor events highlighted by adoptions for pet lovers to find four-legged family members.

'The Mountain' from 'Game of Thrones' to Appear in Philadelphia May 14-17

Hafpor Julius Bjornsson plays Gregor Clegane aka The Mountain on Game of Thrones
Hafpor Julius Bjornsson plays 'The Mountain' on Game of Thrones
By A.D. AMOROSI

Game of Thrones fans looking for action before their usual Sunday night of viewing can check out Hafpor Julius Bjornsson live in Philadelphia, PA, between May 14 and May 17. The world class wrestler-turned-actor who plays "Gregor Clegane" aka "The Mountain" on the HBO hit series will be at Devil's Den (1148 S. 11th St.) on May 14 from 5 to 6 PM, and will also take part in the first Philadelphia Renaissance Faire (4100 Chamounix Drive in Fairmount Park) on May 16 and 17 from noon to 8:30 PM.

John Cooper Clarke Plays America for First Time in Three Decades

Dr. John Cooper Clarke
Dr. John Cooper Clarke
By A.D. AMOROSI

When Dr. John Cooper Clarke plays Philadelphia's World Café Live on Monday, May 11, he brings with him the pedigrees of being a British first wave punk original (circa 1977), a published poet of the highest order, an artist whose music has been heard on HBO's The Sopranos and he holds an honorary doctorate from England's University of Salford. Plus, with his ever-present black sunglasses, skinny suits and high, corkscrew hairdo, Cooper will always look like the Bob Dylan of Don't Look Back fame.

Weekend Pick: 'Almost Midnight Madness' Wine Dinner at Il Pittore

Chef Chris Painter at Il Pittore
Chef Chris Painter at Il Pittore
By A.D. AMOROSI

On Saturday, May 9, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr and co-owner/Chef Chris Painter will stay up late when they hold an Almost Midnight Madness dinner at their Il Pittore in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse area (2025 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103). The four-course dinner will begin at 11 PM, and will feature wine pairings by Roberto Damonte, the owner and winemaker of Piemonte’s Roero Vineyards.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E18 Mid-Season Finale: Showdown in Pittsburgh Part 2

JoJo Siwa and Maddie Ziegler, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
L to R: JoJo Siwa and Maddie Ziegler, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Nia Frazier premiered the music video for her single "Star in Your Own Life," but some of her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) teammates didn't make the party because they were at JUMP, a dance convention. This week on the Dance Moms season 5, episode 18 mid-season finale titled "Showdown in Pittsburgh, Part 2," Abby Lee Miller and the ALDC are scheduled to compete with two rivals – Cathy Nesbitt Stein and her Candy Apples Dance Center (CADC) and Jeanette Cota and her Broadway Dance Academy (BDA) – but they are late for the show and risk disqualification.

New Chefs, Drinks and Dishes Debut at Taste of the Nation 2015

Creekstone Farms' David Katz and Philly chef Jen Zavala at Taste of the Nation 2015
Creekstone Farms' David Katz and Philly chef Jen Zavala at Taste of the Nation
By A.D. AMOROSI

On May 3, Taste of the Nation, the largest charity event from Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry initiative, held its annual festival in Philadelphia at Loews Hotel with 50 of the city's best chefs, bartenders and restaurants giving away food and drink for a good cause. The event raised over $35,000 for No Kid Hungry and its beneficiaries, which equates to giving children access to 350,000 meals, according to Samantha DeNafo from Share Our Strength.

Weekend Pick: South Street Spring Festival on Saturday, May 2

Glamorosi Magazine Weekend Pick - South Street Festival
 Glamorosi Magazine Weekend Pick: South Street Festival on Saturday, May 2
By A.D. AMOROSI

On Saturday, May 2, the street where hippies meet will host the annual South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival from 11 AM to 8 PM, between Front and 8th Street and along Headhouse Plaza. As always, the day-long party is a celebration of that famous neighborhood with live music and shopping including 150+ vendors, 40+ bands, and 30+ restaurants and bars participating.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E17 Showdown in Pittsburgh, Part 1: Nia's Video Premiere

Nia Frazier premiered her Star in Your Own Life video on Dance Moms season 5 episode 17
Nia Frazier premiered her "Star in Your Own Life" video on Dance Moms
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller and her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) were in LA, and Jill Vertes and Holly Frazier ramped up the mama drama while their daughters – Kendall K and Nia Frazier, respectively – shot music videos. This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 17 titled "Showdown in Pittsburgh, Part 1," Abby and the team are back in Pittsburgh, PA; Holly plans a premiere party for Nia's "Star in Your Own Life" video; and the ALDC prepares to compete against two rivals: Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, owner of the Candy Apples Dance Center (CADC), and Jeanette Cota, owner of the Broadway Dance Academy (and mom of former ALDC Select Team member Ava Cota).

Philadelphia's Deesha Dyer Named as Special Assistant to the President

President Obama
President Obama
By A.D. AMOROSI

In mid-April 2015, the United States' White House announced that Philadelphia-native Deesha Dyer had been promoted to Special Assistant to the President and Social Secretary. This is a considerable leap for a woman who started as a young White House intern in 2009, then served as Deputy Director and Hotel Program Director in the Obama administration's White House Office of Scheduling and Advance. Mostly though, Dyer's new job is just one more step in the fine career of a Philadelphian who was a club promoter and a freelance reporter.

East Passyunk Celebrates Flavors of the Avenue and Grace & Pat's Opening

From Plenty for East Passyunk Flavors of the Avenue, Crostini with Tasso ham, fig jam, sliced green apple and Gruyere
From Plenty: Crostini with Tasso ham, fig jam, sliced green apple and Gruyere
By A.D. AMOROSI

On Sunday, April 26, East Passyunk Avenue (EPA) – home to South Philadelphia's famed Restaurant Row – will show off its finest culinary wares in one place at the 8th annual Flavors of the Avenue under the big top tent between Tasker and Morris Avenues from noon to 4 PM. That same day will also be the debut of East Passyunk Avenue's newest eatery, Grace & Pat's ristorante, across from EPA's Singing Fountain.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E16 Video Killed the ALDC Star: Abby vs. Aubrey

Nia Frazier and Kendall Vertes, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
L to R: Nia Frazier and Kendall Vertes, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller and the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) were victorious in their rematch with Erin Babbs and the Murrieta Dance Project. This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 16 titled "Video Killed the ALDC Star," the ALDC spends their last week in LA in a competition judged by kids, and the ongoing tension between Holly (Nia Frazier's mom) and Jill (Kendall Vertes' mom) comes to a head as both of their daughters shoot music videos, one produced by Abby (Kendall), and one not (Nia).

The Spirit of 'The Honeymooners' Jackie Gleason Lives on in 'To the Moon'

A still from To the Moon by 1812 Productions
A still from "To the Moon" by 1812 Productions
By A.D. AMOROSI

On April 22, 1812 Productions – Philadelphia's sole "all-comedy theatre company" – premieres To the Moon, a fantastical tale of a hard working mook who dreams of hitting the big time, whatever that may be, with The Honeymooners' Jackie Gleason as his ideal. The play stars Scott Greer, known to 2015 audiences as the critically-acclaimed lead in Theatre Exile's The Whale (and also for the press surrounding his titular role in that company's upcoming Rizzo), is directed by Matt Pfeiffer and is written by 1812's Artistic Director (and Greer's wife) Jennifer Childs, with additional choreography from Bill Irwin.

Real Estate: Will Cavanaugh's Purchase Katmandu in Philadelphia?

Journalist A.D. Amorosi and Mayor Michael Nutter
Journalist A.D. Amorosi and Mayor Michael Nutter at an event in 2013
By A.D. AMOROSI

When Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia developer Michael Samschick announce, on April 16, the development of a new 3,000 capacity Live Nation concert hall – the 2,500 person Fillmore and its 500-person artist development Foundry – at Frankford and N. Delaware Avenue, that won't be the only juicy news on the block. There's some great gossip going on just down the street from the Samschick/Live Nation workplace at the old Ajax Metal Company on Delaware Avenue: the rumored sale of the legendary Katmandu at Pier 25 to the folks behind the Cavanaugh's family of clubs.