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Give back and take a swing at the Front Row Foundation’s first annual golf outingGive back and take a swing at the Front Row Foundation’s first annual golf outing

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Sept. 27, 2011— The Front Row Foundation is gearing up for its first annual charitable golf outing at Plymouth Country Club  in Plymouth Meeting on Monday, October 3, 2011.

The event, sponsored by Axis Construction Management, will benefit the Front Row Foundation whose mission is to help individuals and families who have life threatening illnesses to live their lives to the fullest by providing front row seats to various performances, concerts and sporting events.

Founder of Axis Construction Management and Front Row Sponsor William Bostic said, “We wanted to get involved because of the charity’s methods. The Front Row Foundation creates unique experiences (concerts, sporting events or other life goal experiences) that take the recipient’s mind off of what’s happening to them physically.  As a bonus, these experiences are shared with the recipient’s family and loved ones andthose memories live on even when, sadly, sometimes the recipients do not.”

The head of the foundation, Jon Vroman, is thankful that Axis came up with this generous opportunity to raise money and give back to hundreds of individuals and families.

“The Front Row Foundation has had the privilege of creating life-changing experiences for more than 40 extraordinary individuals during the past six years,” said Vroman. “The foundation helps those people and their families who are braving critical health challenges and provides them with the tools necessary to live life to the fullest through positive experiences.”

The event is not just a golf tournament, but it includes a lunch buffet before tee off, a cocktail hour, dinner, raffles and awards. A silent auction will culminate the night, which boasts many exciting items, including jewelry by Lagos, four tickets to a 2012 season Phillies game in the Diamond Club, a stay at a privately owned home in the Poconos, a stay at the W Hotel in Washington D.C. and more.

About The Front Row Foundation:

The Front Row Foundation is a registered 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage everyone to "experience life in the front row."  We do so by helping individuals and their families who have life threatening illnesses to live their lives to the fullest by providing front row seats to concerts, sporting events and live performances of our recipients' choice. Our goal is to create magical moments that positively affect the mind, body, and spirit of each person involved, including our sponsorsand event organizers.  www.FrontRowFoundation.org.

The 2011 Drive it First Tour, sponsored by Ford, has arrived to the Oxford Valley Mall. Ford Motor Company is pleased to welcome those interested to a special VIP drive of the 2012 Explorer and 2012 Edge with the new 2.0L EcoBoost Engine.

This is more than a test drive, it is a chance to experience Ford’s new technology. There are various activities that take place at the event. Participants can indulge in new features such as the EcoBoost Experience™, Technology Drive™, and Sync with MyFord Touch™. Each of these activities brings fun and excitement into the world of driving.

The Drive it First Tour will arrive in Langhorne on Friday, September 30 from 9am to 6pm at the Oxford Valley Mall (2300 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, PA 19047). Registration closes at 4:30pm. Space is limited so drivers should register at www.driveitfirsttour.com

Those who register online beforehand can take the survey onsite to get a free giveaway. Participants must have a valid driver’s license and be 18 years old to drive. There will be a family activity available for those with small children.

Jailed American hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have finally been freed by Iran officials as of this morning EST - following the posting of $1 million bail.

Thus ends the more than two year long saga in which the pair along with Sarah Shourd were imprisoned for espionage. Shourd was released a little over one year ago for humanitarian reasons when she was feared to have cancer. Her family was forced to cough up $500,000.

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer will immediately fly to Oman, which helped broker the bail deal.

Make no mistake, the freeing of Bauer and Fattal is a merely PR stunt. Iranian President Mahmoud Amahdinejad is due to set foot in New York City tomorrow for a U.N. Summit.

Nonetheless, it's good to see the American hikers FINALLY return home - for propaganda reasons or not.

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Let’s face it, we all have had that one night of insomnia in which we flip rigorously through the television channels finding some hope of relief of boredom at 3:00 a.m. when we stumble upon the Adult Swim  channel.  Underbelly receiving their award at the Philly Geek Awards.

You think to yourself, “It’s 3:00 in the morning, who is going to know I’m watching Anime?” which is, let’s face it, borderline cartoon porn at times. Yet, we get that guilty satisfaction in which we can’t stop watching whichever program is on.  

The scarier part? The fact that these shows used to be aired during daytime television for children. Prime example, Pokémon. I remember back in 6th grade the biggest “it” thing to do was to trade Pokémon cards and win infinite battles with ridiculously over priced cardboard cards that had certain powers and strengths.

Well, it’s been quite a few years since those days and I have the next “it” thing:


Underbelly is a YouTube sensation that has soared with fans and the recent recipient of the best web series award at the Philly Geek Awards.  The comical web series has over 20,000 followers and a worldwide viewership. Underbelly is a group of actors/comedians that in a nut shell analyze a variety of anime shows and mock them with their commentary over episodes, games, comic slides and at times own person skits. Underbelly is a YouTube sensation that has soared with fans and the recent recipient of the best web series award at the Philly Geek Awards.

I couldn’t find a skit that didn’t have me laughing out of my chair and completely agreeing with every factor they pointed out to poke fun of about each show ranging from the Pokémon obsession to the breast enhancing of the female anime characters over the years. My favorite has to be the Pokemonaholics series, which almost had me reaching for my inhaler gasping for air I was laughing so hard.

Now, don’t get me wrong, their skits are not always about Anime series, but comic books as well with the characters trying to get “George Lucas” rich as they re-create famous comic book heroes.  The actors are hysterical and extremely talented.  I couldn’t find a webisode I didn’t like.  

And for all you ladies out there who may not get that college guy who hasn’t matured hysterical humor yet, they have something to cater to you as well. ‘The Top Ten Sexual Pokémon’ had me wondering if I should be disturbed by how accurate the assumptions were or turned on, but none the less hysterical, and from a female point of view.

And if after all that you still can’t motivate yourself to show any interest in the gaming, comic, anime specter, Underbelly shows that it can cater to any audience and adapt to any “review” by having their own hilarious commentaries on popular movies.  Underbelly speaks what we all say whisper to one another during the scene while watching the events unfold at the theater, and overall just adds talent and most likely better one liners then what we would point out.


The next time you decide to log onto Facebook for the hundredth time that day, or have insomnia, or need to pass time while enduring having to sit at yet another one of your children’s sporting events, check out Underbelly's YouTube channel. 

Karen Stebbins is a writer, student, full-time employee, cheauffer, chef, educater,comedian, soccer mom, party girl (when she's not in bed by 9:00 p.m.) and a friend to all.  aspires to be a professional writer and maybe make it to the New York Times best seller one day! This is her first article for Philly2Philly. Welcome to the team, Karen!!

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9/11 National Moment of Remembrance


Stop and Remember


9/11 Memorial Moment


The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution(S. Res. 237) calling on all Americans to participate in a Moment of Remembrance on September 11, 2011 at 1 pm. For one minute, first responders, houses of worship, towns, and others throughout the country will sound sirens and bells in a signal to each of us to STOP AND REMEMBER the 10th anniversary of the tragedies of September 11, 2001.



Lest you think this post-modern sculptural detail at left — one of many small treasures from the Blue Grotto — is merely a slapdash piece of whimsy made up of two found objects, allow me to explain its meaning as told to me directly by the artist, Randy Dalton.

There is a reason that it’s become a part of my show, BEAUTIFUL ZION: A BOOK OF THE DEAD. The Caged Unicorn was created about a decade ago to symbolize the extradition, conviction and life imprisonment of “the unicorn killer,”  CEC neighbor Ira Einhorn (his surname meaning literally one horn;  “the unicorn” was also Einhorn’s nickname).  

Einhorn was a pal of ’60s radicals Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin and involved with the first Earth Day celebrations in 1970.  He also counted rock star Peter Gabriel among his friends and was sometimes paid well by socialites for serving as their New Age guru. Ira went on to murder his girlfriend, a young ballerina and privileged graduate of Bryn Mawr College named Holly Maddux, in 1977. The cold-blooded killing happened around the corner from the CEC in Ira’s home at 3411 Race Street.

Ira was a fixture in West Philadelphia, a charismatic and eccentric celebrity, community activist and nearby UPenn graduate who was no stranger to the CEC staff of artists and activists, some of whom also knew and admired Holly. Despite Ira’s pose as a hippie and supporter of love and nonviolence, he was known locally to be a physically abusive womanizer. When Holly tried to break up with Ira he killed her, stuffed her body in a trunk and hid it in his closet.  18 months later in 1979 police found her body there and arrested Ira, who didn’t seem surprised but refused to admit guilt, instead shrugging it off and telling officers, “you found what you found.”

“The unicorn killer,” as the media dubbed him, had his bail reduced thanks to his clever defense lawyer, future US Senator Arlen Specter.  One of Ira’s wealthy friends paid the bail and he promptly fled to Europe before the murder trial began, perhaps also with the help of wealthy friends.

Ira was tried and convicted while living the good life in Europe under an assumed name and with a new Swedish wife. 16 years later in the early 1990s he was finally found in France and arrested. However France, which has  no death penalty, refused to extradite him to Pennsylvania, a frying state, as part of its international human rights policy.  

With some legal hoop-jumping, prosecutors in Pennsylvania were able to guarantee the French government that if found guilty Einhorn would not be executed.  In the end he was tried in absentia, found guilty and sentenced to life without parole. Still, France delayed 8 more years before finally extraditing him, only after feeling certain he would get a fair retrial.  Einhorn was given a new trial, again found guilty, and finally began serving his life sentence in Pennsylvania 2002.

Coincidentally, around the same time Holly  went missing in the late 1970s someone donated two holly trees to the CEC which Randy Dalton planted on the grounds. They were a  male and female tree (both are required in order to produce berries).  The staff named the female holly tree Holly in honor of the missing Holly Maddux, making it a living vigil on public display in a show of local support for the victim.  

When Einhorn was arrested  they celebrated, ceremonially wrapping the male tree loosely in barbed wire, symbolically “imprisoning” Einhorn.  By the time of Einhorn’s extradition in 2001 the male tree had caught a disease and died, and a joyful ceremony was held to uproot the tree and discard it. “Holly” has continued to thrive on the CEC grounds to this day (pictured at right).

Holly MadduxAn old photo of Holly Maddux also hangs on the wall of the Blue Grotto near the Caged Unicorn. Today there is also a memorial Myspace page in honor of Holly.  Ira’s grisly act was covered in detail in the New York Times  and Time magazine  and was covered in depth on TruTV.  (Another website provides gruesome crime scene photos of Holly’s decaying corpse in Ira’s trunk, to which I won’t bother providing a link.)

Although neither the CEC nor its staff were directly involved with the case, their physical, social and emotional proximity to the events left its mark on their psyches and even crept into the Blue Grotto, which is perhaps blue for more than one reason.

The more I get to know the joint the more it seems an appropriate match for the darkness and light traversed in BEAUTIFUL ZION: A BOOK OF THE DEAD.  Tickets are available here. The show closes 9/17/11.
- Jeffrey Stanley, East Passyunk, South Philly

Jeffrey Stanley is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and recent transplant to Philadelphia from New York City.  He is a faculty member at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and will be teaching two theatre courses at Drexel University this fall.  His solo show Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead is currently running in the Philly Fringe at the Blue Grotto in the cellar of the CEC in West Philly. For tickets and more info please see http://www.brain-on-fire.com/beautifulzion .

Watch Margaret Dunning from Michigan drive her 1930 Packard. She is 101 years old!!  Great story.

Courtesy of the New York Times.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed Michael Vick to a six-year $100 million contract. Furthermore, the Eagles are going to give Vick $40 million guaranteed.

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One of the Eagles' top priorities this offseason was to re-up Vick and this will pretty much guarantee he finishes his career in Philadelphia.

Last season Vick was an MVP candidate as he revitalized his career. He racked up 3018 passing yards, with 21 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions to go along with 676 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns.

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For those of you who just felt the building shake you weren't imagining things. A 6.2 magnitude earthquake just hit around 2:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time and was felt from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia to New York and Boston.

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Quick question and don’t think about it. What do dinosaurs, robots and funk have in common? Come up with anything? I didn’t think so. While you may not have had an immediate answer before, Philadelphia-based band Mojoceratops is aiming to change that. And with a new album nearly ready for release and a single, “Partybot-9000,” available on iTunes, Mojoceratops is poised to take over the Philly funk scene.Mojoceratops pictured (from left) are BJ Felsted, Jerry D'Agostino, Brent Penman and Schuyler Schweers.

The funk beast, recently reappearing on earth after spending a few million years at an intergalactic dance party, took note of how drastically unfunky Earth parties had become and decided he was just the dinosaur to change that. Using an arsenal of funk-infused, danceable beats, radio friendly hooks and fun, inventive lyrics, Mojoceratops is aiming to save Philadelphia and then the whole world from the dull mediocrity that has pervaded our planet’s parties. 

While searching the popular news aggregator Reddit one day, Jerry D’Agostino (vocals/keyboards) came across a news story about the discovery of a new species of dinosaur. After a few drinks, the man who made the discovery landed on the unconventional name “Mojoceratops” for his find.

While it may sound like an odd choice, the name lends itself well to the dinosaur, which sports a unique, almost heart-shaped, design on the top of its head and it’s thought to have used these frills to attract mates. It was then that D’Agostino knew he had found the perfect mascot to embody his new project – a dinosaur that evolved to look funkier than its mates.

A huge fan of monster movies, such as “Godzilla,” D’Agostino noted that he loved the way monsters can represent so many different aspects of our personality and felt that the Mojoceratops embodied the spirit of his latest project – a funky beast that just wants to party and have a good time.
“It’s like that character Slurms McKenzie on ‘Futurama,’” said D’Agostino. “Mojoceratops just wants everyone to party all night long.”

As incredible as it may sound, and despite already recording, producing and mastering their first album “Dino Dance Party,” Mojoceratops has only been in existence since March, 2011. Initially formed by friends D’Agostino and drummer Brent Penman, the longtime duo teamed up with producer/bassist B.J. Felsted and the current incarnation of Mojoceratops began to take shape. It was only once the trio added the shredding guitar work of Schuyler Schweers that the group was complete and production began on their first album of 11 dance party hits. 

D’Agostino and Penman, initially from New Jersey but now calling Philadelphia home, were formerly members of the band “Jersey Fresh,” where D’Agostino played guitar. After putting an ad on Craigslist searching for a local bass player, the two were hooked up with Felsted and the trio realized they had a great deal in common, both musically and personality-wise.

“We had a bunch of songs, but didn’t have a bass player,” said D’Agostino. “The songs grew from there but they really took form and became what they are today once BJ and then Sky came on board.”

Along with their excellent guitar work, both Felsted (a native of East Haven, CT now living in Upper Darby) and Schweers (a native of Havertown now living in Upper Darby) bring with them a background and education in music production.

“Sky brings a few key things to the group, like awesome rock and roll guitar work,” noted D’Agostino. “But his big personality and ideas always seem to go hand in hand with ours. In fact, he’s already written a new song that we’re already performing called ‘How’d You Get Away (With Murder on the Dance Floor).’”

Though “Jersey Fresh” managed to produce a handful of singles, it was nothing to the extent of Felsted’s previous band, “Bad Apples,” which recorded two albums (“Home” and “Today Begins at Night”). While the majority of songs were written by D’Agostino, once the group began recording and mixing their work, Felsted realized the potential of the sound they were creating. After that process was complete, the group had their album mastered by Gene Paul, son of legendary musician Les Paul.

“Jerry had written the songs and I put my playing and style into it,” said Felsted. “This album has more direction than the ‘Bad Apples’ albums and we had a better idea of the sound we wanted. ‘Bad Apples’ stuff was more jazzy and the tones were warmer but this is more party/rock and roll influenced – mainstream but with a sense of humor.”

While the band is focusing on producing and performing as much original material as possible, there is one cover they intend on keeping in their live-performance repertoire – James Brown’s “Living in America.” Not only because it fits perfectly with their funky sound but also because the tune conjures up images of iconic Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed as he prepares to fight the Russian Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV.”

There’s no denying the influence The City of Brotherly Love had on their work. The foursome are working hard to get their music out to as many people as possible, especially in this area, as Felsted described that “there is a lot of Philly in our sound.”

“We only have a handful of gigs lined up right now,” said D’Agostino. “You know how bands used to hit telephone poles with fliers? We’re trying to do that on the internet.  We’re trying to get our stuff on blogs and trying to get people to hear it.”

For more Mojoceratops visit their homepage, on Facebook, on iTunes and on Jango internet radio.

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