'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E16 Presenting My New Team: Midseason Finale

Cast members from Lifetime TV's Dance Moms
Dance Moms cast members react to meeting teacher Abby Lee Miller's new team. L to R: Christi Lukasiak, Chloe Lukasiak, Jill Vertes, Kendall Vertes, Holly Frazier
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller stayed in Pittsburgh, PA with her ailing mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller, while the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) traveled to a competition. The girls danced in tribute to Mrs. Miller, but sadly, their 13-show winning streak came to an end. This week on the Dance Moms midseason finale, season 4, episode 16 titled, "Presenting My New Team," Abby copes with her mother's death, and introduces her new "Junior Select Ensemble" as challengers to the ALDC's "Junior Elite Competition Team." The big surprise though, is that Maddie Ziegler, Abby's star pupil, is moved to the new team. This is the 100th episode of Dance Moms.

Philadelphia's Lantern Theater Launches Athol Fugard's 'Train Driver'

Athol Fugard
Athol Fugard
By A.D. AMOROSI

Athol Fugard is one of the theater world’s most poignant, focused playwrights, never shirking from the political and social plight that his native South Africa has suffered at the hands of apartheid. Philadelphia’s Lantern Theater Company has immense respect for Fugard’s work; after presenting several of his plays during its last eight seasons (Master Harold…and the Boys; Sizwe Banzi is Dead; The Island), they are now hosting the local premiere of one of the playwright’s most gripping works, The Train Driver, April 17 through May 4, 2014.

Interview: Oscar Lopez, Winner of 'Project Runway: Under the Gunn'

Oscar Lopez, winner of Project Runway: Under the Gunn
Oscar Lopez, winner of Project Runway: Under the Gunn
By REESE AMOROSI

Under the Gunn, the Project Runway spinoff starring Tim Gunn, recently named 40-year-old, Cuban-born designer Oscar Lopez as the winner of its premiere season. At the final runway show held at the Los Angeles Theater, Lopez competed against Asha Daniels (25), Sam Donovan (23) and Shan Keith (33), but it was his sophisticated 5-piece collection that wowed the show's regular panel – celebrity stylist Jen Rade, Marie Claire magazine's senior fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi, and designer Rachel Roy – along with guest judges Heidi Klum and Neil Patrick Harris. During my phone conversation with Oscar, I was charmed by his positive attitude, enthusiasm for his work and his melodic accent.

City of Hope's Let Them Eat Cake Competition Selects 2014 Winners

Hunger Games cake by Masha Lipkovsky of The Art Institute
The Art Institute's Masha Lipkovsky won the Let Them Eat Cake 2014 Best Student award for her Hunger Games-themed entry.
By REESE AMOROSI

Earlier this week, The City of Hope Foundation held their annual Let Them Eat Cake competition at the DoubleTree Hilton in downtown Philadelphia. The event showcased twenty-one fantasy wedding cakes from professional and student bakers who competed for this year's trophies. Natanya DiBona of Diner en Blanc Philadelphia served as head judge over a panel of celebrity chefs and media including former White House Chef John Moeller, Chef Kathy Gold (President of Les Dames d’Escoffier), Michael Klein (Philly.com), Laura Burkhardt (Where Magazine), A.D. Amorosi (Philadelphia City Paper), and yours truly (Glamorosi Magazine).

Philadelphia Film Society Premieres Spring Showcase at PSF Theater

A still from the Lenny Abrahamson film Frank starring Michael Fassbender
A still from the Lenny Abrahamson film Frank starring Michael Fassbender
By A.D. AMOROSI

Fans of film and festivals, rejoice. The Philadelphia Film Society is holding its first ever Spring Showcase at its recently opened venue, the PFS Theater at the Roxy at 21st and Sansom Street in Philly. From April 11 through April 17, 2014, the Showcase will highlight seventeen dynamic films that simply couldn’t wait until the next Philadelphia Film Festival in October.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E15 Lights, Camera, Dance: RIP Maryen Lorrain Miller

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

Previously on Dance Moms, the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) won their thirteenth competition in a row, but studio owner Abby Lee Miller wasn't there to see it because she stayed in Pittsburgh, PA to be with her mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller, whose health was declining. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 15 titled "Lights, Camera, Dance," Abby once again stays with her mother, and the ALDC's competition dances are a tribute to Mrs. Miller. Also this week, Mackenzie Ziegler shoots a video for her song "It's a Girl Party."

Our Top Choices to Replace David Letterman on 'Late Show'

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By A.D. AMOROSI

When David Letterman announced his upcoming retirement from CBS’ The Late Show last week, he created a seismic shift in the nighttime talk circuit. Of course, we’re heartbroken that after 22 years (at the end of 2015, if that’s when he chooses to leave) on CBS, and 33 years total when you include his time at NBC, that Letterman will vacate his perch as television talk’s snarkiest dog. The real tremors come from the names that have been bandied about as Letterman’s replacement – from the best (Stephen Colbert) to the worst (Chelsea Handler) – as well as big celebrities that we think could do the desk justice.

Dance Moms Recap Season 4 Episode 14: Family Comes First

Abby Lee Miller and Mackenzie Ziegler on Dance Moms season 4 episode14 Family Comes First
L to R: Abby Lee Miller and Mackenzie Ziegler on Dance Moms
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller welcomed Kalani Hilliker to the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC), dismissed Payton Ackerman, and argued with Christi Lukasiak because she wouldn't call former teammate Kelly Hyland about returning costumes. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 14, "Family Comes First," Abby spends time away from the team to be with her mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller, who, at the time this episode was filmed, was in declining health. Before she leaves, Abby cuts Nia Frazier from the group routine and auditions dancers for Mackenzie Ziegler's upcoming video shoot.

Interview: Julia Udine from 'The Phantom of the Opera' 2014 Tour

Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine in The Phantom of the Opera
Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine star in The Phantom of the Opera
By A.D. AMOROSI

With the American premiere of producer Cameron Mackintosh’s new extra-Gothic take on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera recently opened in Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, it’s only fitting that one of its leads hail from the area. Amongst the Phantom’s cast and orchestra of fifty-two players is the South Jersey's Julia Udine, the actress and vocalist who portrays one Phantom’s three lead characters, “Christine DaaĆ©.  We had the opportunity to speak to Ms. Udine following The Phantom of the Opera’s opening night.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E13 Decisions, Decisions: Payton Out, Kalani In

Abby Lee Miller in Dance Moms S4 E13
Abby Lee Miller in Dance Moms S4 E13, "Decisions, Decisions"
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller made sisters Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler compete against each other, and on-again-off-again Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) member Payton Ackerman was brought back to dance a lead role as a drag queen. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 13 titled "Decisions, Decisions," Kalani Hilliker is back in, and Payton is back out; Abby and Christi Lukasiak argue when Abby wants her to contact former member Kelly Hyland about returning costumes; the ALDC keeps their winning streak alive, despite the fact that they compete in Cathy Nesbitt-Stein's hometown.

Philadelphia Flyers Honor the Late Fred Shero with Statue

Fred Shero statue in Philadelphia, PA
Fred Shero statue in Philadelphia, PA
By A.D. AMOROSI

The late, great Fred Shero is a hero of the hockey world, a one-time New York Rangers player who, as an NHL head coach for the Philadelphia Flyers, reached the Stanley Cup finals three times in a row (between 1974 and 1976) with back-to-back victories for the Broad Street Bullies in ’74 and ’75. For these wins – to say nothing of his tendency to speak in platitudes - a statue has been erected in tribute to Shero at the Philadelphia sports complex where the Spectrum once stood on Pattison Avenue.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E12 Sister Showdown: Maddie and Mackenzie Compete

Sisters Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler, stars of Lifetime TV's Dance Moms
Sisters Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler, stars of Dance Moms
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller invited 11-year-old Fallon Chapman to dance with the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) on a trial basis: she was considering Fallon for her new Elite Competition Team, but it didn't work out. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 12 titled "Sister Showdown," Abby has the Ziegler sisters – Maddie and Mackenzie – compete against each other, and Payton Ackerman returns to be featured dancer in this week's Kinky Boots-inspired group routine.

Mosaic Master Isaiah Zagar of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens Turns 75

Mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar in his studio at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar in his studio at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
By A.D. AMOROSI

Isaiah Zagar is an art world legend, one of the innovators of the mosaic mural form whose works have been included in the permanent collections of several East Coast museums as well as the 2008 documentary, In a Dream. Isaiah and Julia Zagar’s Magic Gardens at 1020 South Street in Philadelphia is made up almost entirely of Isaiah’s mosaics and is a sight-seeing landmark. Last Sunday at the Magic Gardens, Zagar celebrated his 75th birthday with an open studio tour.

'Newsies' Musical Holds Dance Auditions in Philly

Cast members from Disney's Newsies
Cast members from Disney Theatrical Productions' Newsies
By A.D. AMOROSI

Disney Theatrical Productions’ Newsies – a Tony Award-winner with music by the legendary Alan Menken and book by four-time Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein – is gearing up for a national tour that will play the Academy of Music in Philadelphia during the 2014-15 season. In preparation of those yet-unnamed dates, Newsies is holding open call auditions in Philly for male dancers, 16-12, Equity and Non-Equity, on Friday, March 14 for the North American touring production. Dancers should report to the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch Street, Phila PA, 215.418.4700) by 4 PM.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E11 Blame it on the New Girl: Fallon out of Favor

L to R Cathy Nesbitt-Stein and Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms
Cathy Nesbitt-Stein (left) and Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Kira was frustrated that her daughter Kalani wasn't allowed to compete against Maddie, studio owner Abby Lee Miller's favorite girl in the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC), and Dr. Holly (Nia's mom), published her first book. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 11 "Blame it on the New Girl," Abby introduces Fallon Chapman to the team; the girls dance at a nursing home to cheer up Abby's mom, the late Maryen Lorrain Miller; and Cathy Nesbitt-Stein from the Candy Apples Dance Center (CADC) is determined to end the ALDC's winning streak. This one of the happier, sunnier episodes we've seen so far this season.

Lana Del Rey Announces 2014 Tour Dates, Sings in 'Maleficent' Trailer

Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey
By A.D. AMOROSI

Icy pop goddess Lana Del Rey might not have toured behind her 2012 Born To Die debut, but she’s making up for lost time now with the announcement of a full-blown tour starting in April (all shows go on sale March 14), a date at Coachella, a new single for Angelina Jolie’s Disney flick, Maleficent, and a new album, ULTRAVIOLENCE.

Brewer's Plate Celebrates 10th Anniversary this Weekend in Philly

The Brewer's Plate 10th Anniversary
The Brewer's Plate is an annual beer and food pairing in Philadelphia, PA
By A.D. AMOROSI

The Brewer’s Plate, Philadelphia’s annual tasting event from restaurateur Judy Wicks’ Fair Food non-profit organization, celebrates its tenth year this weekend when participating local chefs, brewers, growers, and cheese mongers meet at the Kimmel Center on Sunday, March 9, for unique beer and food pairings and the good cause of uniting area farmers with businesses and consumers devoted to sustainability.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E10 No Solo for You: Moments of Clarity

Christi Lukasiak, Abby Lee Miller and Holly Hatcher-Frazier on Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 10
Christi Lukasiak, Abby Lee Miller and Holly Hatcher-Frazier of Dance Moms
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) moms had lunch with former team member Kelly Hyland, and the girls competed for a special role in the group routine. Kendall won, but Abby Lee Miller didn't deliver the prize. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 10 titled "No Solo for You," Kendall struggles to learn her solo; Kira is upset that her daughter Kalani doesn't have a solo because Abby won't let her dance against Maddie (her star pupil); Nia's mom, Dr. Holly Hatcher-Frazier, publishes her first book, Moments of Clarity.

Dance Moms Recap S4 E9 Nothing's Fair in Abbyville: Lunch with Kelly

Kelly Hyland on Dance Moms
Kelly Hyland on Dance Moms
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, the team dealt with the fallout from the fight between Abby Lee Miller and Kelly Hyland. Abby announced that Kelly had been arrested and that her daughters Paige and Brooke were no longer with the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC), and she welcomed Kira Girard and her daughter Kalani Hilliker to the team. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 9 titled "Nothing's Fair in Abbyville," Abby promises a starring role to a dance-off winner, but goes back on her word when Kendall Vertes wins; Abby calls Christi Lukasiak "Satan"; the moms have lunch with Kelly.

Eminem and Rihanna 'Monster Tour' Announced

Eminem
Eminem
By A.D. AMOROSI

When Eminem Tweeted the other day that he and Rihanna would be joining forces for The Monster Tour this August, we had to smile. Back in November 2013, Glamorosi Magazine had an exclusive mention of these very tour plans, a tip we got from an insider.

Boy George Tour Coming to Philly's Theater of Living Arts in April

Boy George
Boy George
By A.D. AMOROSI

When Boy George releases This is What I Do in North America this March, it will be his first pop album in 18 years. This new solo record features a soulful sound closer to how we first came to know and love Boy George back in 1982 (Culture Club’s Kissing to Be Clever and hits such as “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?”), rather than the house music he’s been spinning in recent years. Fans can hear Boy George's new material live when his 2014 tour stops in Philadelphia on April 18 at the Theater of the Living Arts (aka TLA).

Christopher Kearse's Will among Eateries at East Passyunk Restaurant Week

Parisian gnocchi by Chef Christopher Kearse at Will in Philadelphia
Parisian gnocchi by Chef Christopher Kearse at Will
By GLAMOROSI

When East Passyunk Restaurant Week returns to South Philly, February 23 through March 1, twenty-four of the avenue's eateries will offer menus at value prices: three-course meals from $15 to $35. East Passyunk Avenue is known for culinary diversity – everything from Scandinavian (Noord) to Italian (Le Virtu) to Japanese (Izumi). It is also known for being the home of Chef Christopher Kearse and his BYOB restaurant Will, where he presents French-inspired dishes rooted in tradition, but modern in execution.

Roger Lee Dance Company Premieres Black History Celebration Concerts

Roger Lee Dance Company Black History Celebration Concerts
The Roger Lee Dance Company Celebrates Black History Month
By GLAMOROSI

On Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, Philadelphia's Roger Lee Dance Company will premiere its Black History Celebration Concert series in honor of Black History Month.  Both shows will begin at 8 PM at The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130.  Tickets are $20 at the door and $18 online.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E8 Wingman Down: Abby vs. Kelly Aftermath

Christi Lukasiak and Melissa Ziegler from Dance Moms
Christi Lukasiak and Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni from Dance Moms
By GLAMOROSI

Dance Moms season 4, episode 8 titled "Wingman Down" shows the members of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) dealing with the aftermath of the physical fight between studio owner Abby Lee Miller and mom Kelly Hyland. The show begins with Abby revealing that Brooke and Paige Hyland are no longer part of the ALDC, and ends with Abby announcing that Kelly has been arrested. Christi Lukasiak (Chloe's mom), who is Kelly's best friend on the show, thinks that Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni (Maddie and Mackenzie's mom) is at fault for what happened, so she isolates herself from the team.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E7 Big Trouble in the Big Apple: Abby and Kelly Fight

Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller
Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller
By GLAMOROSI

Dance Moms season 4, episode 7 titled "Big Trouble in the Big Apple" shows the widely reported physical altercation between mom Kelly Hyland and studio owner Abby Lee Miller. What led to the fight? In addition to the usual, ongoing antagonism between them, Abby brings a new dancer into the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) and uses her as a weapon against Kelly's daughters. The new girl is none other than Kalani Hilliker, Abby's favorite contestant from season 2 of  Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition (AUDC); I predicted she'd be invited to join Dance Moms and the ALDC back on September 24, 3013.