Interview: Marky Ramone on Life as a Ramone, Writer and Entrepreneur

Marky Ramone
Marky Ramone
By A.D. AMOROSI

When it comes to interviewing Marky Ramone, there are many topics to touch on. He was a heavy metal drummer (Dust) who made his bones with transvestite rocker Wayne County and punk avatar Richard Hell. He was the first, non-original Ramones member and has carried on that band’s legend with his act, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg. He’s a satellite radio host for SiriusXM, a noted culinary entrepreneur selling his own ice cream, marinara sauce, cookies and beer, and now, an author with the release of his autobiographical Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone. Marky Ramone will appear at Philadelphia’s Free Library’s main branch on January 29 at 7 PM as part of his ongoing book tour.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E4 Bye Bye Pittsburgh: ALDC Prepares for LA Move

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

Previously on Dance Moms, Maddie Ziegler was in LA working with Sia (Maddie stars in Sia's "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" videos), so studio owner Abby Lee Miller invited JoJo Siwa (from season 2 of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition) to perform with the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC). This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 4 "Bye Bye Pittsburgh," it's the team's last few days before their move to LA, and it's JoJo's last chance to convince Abby to give her a permanent spot with the group. Like the other dancers, Nia Frazier is anticipating the move and wondering how it will affect her career, but she has the added pressure of facing her grandfather's illness.

Numero Group Releases 'Ork Box' Featuring Punk Rock Pioneers

Numero Group's Ork Box
Numero Group's Ork Box
By A.D. AMOROSI

Ork Records was arguably punk’s first record label, an operation started in 1975 by Terry Ork as a vinyl outlet for downtown New York City bands he managed including Television. The singles label only operated for 4 years and was all but forgotten since that time. Yet, its artists are seminal names within the framework of punk iconography, several of whom continue their mission. So, 40 years after its start, the label gets a comprehensive anthology – Ork Records Singles Collection, lovingly known as the Ork Box – just in time for April 18: Record Store Day 2015.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E3: JoJo with a Bow Bow Performs with ALDC

Dancer JoJo Siwa and her mom Jessalyn
Dancer JoJo Siwa and her mom Jessalynn
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller was served with legal documents (she's being sued by former student Paige Hyland), she tangled with dance teacher Jeanette Cota (her daughter Ava was on Abby's season 4 Select Team), and she had a terrible argument with Holly Frazier (Nia's mom). This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 3 titled "JoJo with a Bow Bow," Maddie Ziegler is in LA working with singer Sia, so Abby brings in two girls to perform with the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC): Sarah Hunt from the Select Team, and JoJo Siwa, a contestant from season 2 of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition (AUDC).

Kim Fowley, Music Impresario, Dead at 75

Kim Fowley
Kim Fowley
By A.D. AMOROSI

On January 15, music impresario, artist and producer Kim Fowley died at age 75 in Los Angeles. Fowley famously discovered and produced The Runaways and co-wrote their biggest hit, “Cherry Bomb,” and was one of music’s great eccentrics, a chatty raconteur who could go on for hours at a time (as he did in several interviews I conducted with him). He was a font of information with strong opinions on Hollywood and music including garage psychedelia, bubblegum, glam rock and early punk, topics he discussed on his SiriusXM radio show on Little Steven’s Garage channel. Kim Fowley will be missed.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E2: Abby Got Served

Dance Moms makeup mirrors
Dance Moms season 5, episode 2 featured several backstage arguments
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) learned that Chloe Lukasiak and her mother Christi quit the team, Kalani Hilliker re-joined the ALDC, and Abby Lee Miller found out former student Paige Hyland was suing her. This week Dance Moms season 5, episode 2 is titled "Abby Got Served" because a process server hands Abby legal papers, but that's not her only problem: she has a run-in with Jeanette Cota (mom of Ava Cota, whom Abby dismissed last season), and she has an explosive argument with Holly Frazier (Nia's mom) after Jill Vertes (Kendall's mom) reveals that Abby said that only Kalani, Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler will book work in LA.

Morimoto and Vetri Collaborate for Two Night Dining Event

Chef Benjamin Dayag of Morimoto Restaurant
Chef Benjamin Dayag of Morimoto Restaurant
By A.D. AMOROSI

On January 21 and 22, 2015, two of Philadelphia’s best known culinary powerhouses –  Stephen Starr Restaurants and Marc Vetri Restaurants – will showcase their establishments, Morimoto and Vetri, and send their esteemed chefs into a first-time collaboration. The 8-course, 16 dish Italy & Japan event, surely this year’s first great chef pairing, takes place at Morimoto at 723 Chestnut Street on the 21st and Vetri’s namesake restaurant at 1312 Spruce Street on the 22nd.

Pennsylvania Farm Show Opens this Weekend in Harrisburg, PA

Butter sculpture at the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show
Butter sculpture at the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show
By A.D. AMOROSI

The 99th edition of the Pennsylvania Farm Show starts in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, January 10, 2015. With it comes everything from lumberjack competitions, hay bale tosses, a sheep-to-shawl contest and an appearance by Food Network chef Aaron McCargo Jr. (from Big Daddy’s House) making dishes from Pennsylvania-preferred goods on the Culinary Connections stage of the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center. Before this week long celebration, the event’s annual butter sculpture was unveiled on January 8 with raw materials donated by Land O’ Lakes Butter of Carlisle, PA.

'Dance Moms' Premiere Recap S5 E1: 99 Problems but a Mom Ain't One

Abby Lee Dance Company banner
The Abby Lee Dance Company begins its 5th season on Dance Moms
By REESE AMOROSI

Last season, Dance Moms closed with teacher Abby Lee Miller announcing she was opening a studio in Los Angeles and dismissing her new Select Team because they came in 2nd to her original Elite Team, who won their 4th consecutive National title. Also, sadly, the lovely Chloe Lukasiak and her mother Christi left the show after several years of discord. On the Dance Moms S5, E1 (season 5 premiere) titled "99 Problems but a Mom Ain't One," Abby and the dancers of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) deal with Chloe's absence, a lawsuit from former student Paige Hyland, and the return of Kalani Hilliker.

The First Annual National Bobblehead Day is January 7

Bobblehead
National Bobblehead Day is January 7, 2015
By A.D. AMOROSI

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, is a banner day for the oversized headed doll known as the Bobblehead. That date happens to be the first annual National Bobblehead Day, an occasion which comes complete with a proclamation from the Registrar of the National Day Calendar recognizing the celebration for all spring-connected head-bobbing figurines. Look for sports teams across America to commemorate the day with promotions, Bobblehead unveilings and contests.

Lou Reed and Joan Jett among the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Lou Reed
Lou Reed is among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2015
By A.D. AMOROSI

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its newest inductees for 2015 and it’s a doozy of a list: Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Green Day, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Philadelphia-born Joan Jett along with her band, the Blackhearts. While Ringo Starr will receive the Award For Musical Excellence (making him the last of the Beatles to get a solo Hall of Fame accolade), 1950s R&B vocal group the "5" Royales will be honored with Hall’s Early Influence Award. The induction ceremony is held at Cleveland's Public Hall on April 18th, 2015, and tickets go on sale December 18.

Remembering Keyboardist Ian McLagan: 1945-2014

Ian McLagan, Donal McCoy, Jon Notarthomas at Tin Angel, Phila PA
L to R: Ian McLagan, Donal McCoy, Jon Notarthomas at Tin Angel, Phila PA
By A.D. AMOROSI

Ian McLagan and Bobby Keys, two of the Rolling Stones finest sidemen, passed away this week (Keys, age 70, died from a liver ailment; McLagan, age 69, died from a stroke). Each man had his signatures: Keys, a raw, honking sax sound, McLagan, a soulful piano stride and a Hammond organ’s hum. While I had seen and heard both men on numerous occasions, the last time I saw both McLagan and Keys was 24 hours apart from each other in June of 2013 when the Stones played Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center and McLagan played the intimate Tin Angel.

Philadelphia Christmas Tree Lightings, Events and Attractions 2014

South Street's Christmas tree at the historic Headhouse Square Shambles
South Street's Christmas tree at the historic Headhouse Square Shambles
By REESE AMOROSI

In the city of Philadelphia, various neighborhoods and landmarks have hung their holiday decorations and invited Santa to stop by and flip the switch on the dazzling displays. With numerous Christmas tree lightings, Macy's famous light show and Dickens Village, RiverRinks' Winterfest (where even Claus himself will be ice skating!) and Love Park's Christmas Village, Philly's 2014 holiday events and attractions will leave revelers with the joy of the season and visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads.

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.