U.S. House Speaker John Boehner stopped at the General Warren Inne in Malvern on Monday night. Boehner's large security detail was posted inside and outside the historic restaurant, which opened in 1745. Boehner shook a few hands at the restaurant and ate in a party of four seated in a private dining area. He was in the area to stump for local GOP candidates.
Singer Alicia Keys stopped by Jar Bar (113 S. 12th St.) with a girlfriend Friday night. She picked up a sprouted hummus wrap, Asian kale salad, Mexican fiesta salad, two chocolate smoothies and assorted fruit juices at the new raw-foods restaurant and juice bar.
Keys was in town with her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, who was at Ubiq (1509 Walnut St.) for an event at which Julius Erving helped unveil a new Converse leather line.
Dr. J and Beanie Sigel, Freeway and Young Chris appeared Saturday afternoon at the Converse block party at 52nd and Market streets.
Speaking of Beanie ...
Sigel's new CD, "This Time," drops Aug. 28, two weeks before the South Philly rapper reports to federal prison to serve two years for tax evasion.
Sigel's record will be released by the recently resurrected Ruffhouse label, which in the 1990s issued multiplatinum records by the Fugees, Lauryn Hill and Cypress Hill and also was home to Philly rappers the Goats. Former Ruffhouse CEO Chris Schwartz is back running the label, which is now distributed by EMI.
Ruffhouse spokesman Randy Alexander said there was no truth to online rumors that Sigel is broke and living with his mother or hooked on "sizzurp," slang for a drink of cough syrup with codeine mixed with soda that is popular among some rappers.