Dan Gross: Clinton to talk at Kimmel

Always-in-demand Bill Clinton will open Widener University's Philadelphia Speakers Series Oct. 1 at the Kimmel Center.

He'll address "the challenge of globalization, emphasizing our growing interdependence, and point the way toward a common future based on shared goals and values," says a Widener announcement.

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Artie Lange , who attended the Springsteen concert Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center, will perform with his WIP sidekick Nick DiPaolo at the Tower Theatre in May.

Widener also has recruited author Jeanette Walls; journalist Lisa Ling; 21st-century warfare expert P.W. Singer; Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility; former Mexican President Vicente Fox; and Nando Parrado, a survivor of the 1972 Andes Mountain plane crash involving his rugby team.

Schedule and ticket info is available at PhiladelphiaSpeakers Series.org or by calling 215-893- 1955.

 

Lange at the Tower

Comedian Artie Lange and his radio sidekick, Nick DiPaolo, who together host a weeknight sports-talk show on 610 WIP, perform May 5 at the Tower Theatre.

Lange caught Thursday's Bruce Springsteen concert at the Wells Fargo Center. LiveNation got tickets for the former Howard Stern sidekick.

And also for Australian singer Gotye, who sold out the Tower on March 23, and who brought his band to the same show.

 

Iguodala fills up at Fuel

Rehabbing Sixer Andre Iguodala went for guacamole and a protein shake the other day at Fuel (1225 Walnut), owned by Q102's Rocco, telling restaurant staff that he is looking forward to getting back into the lineup.

 

Tourism-guy sendoff

Drag sensation Brenda Darling performed "I Want to Be a Rockette" at the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.'s farewell party for vice president of communications Jeff Guaracino Friday evening hosted by Larry Cohen and Barry Gutin at Cuba Libre (10 S. 2nd).

Guaracino is off to become chief strategy officer for Atlantic City Alliance, a newly formed A.C. tourism-marketing organization. Guaracino, toasted by GPTMC president Meryl Levitz and City Representative Melanie Johnson, received a citation from Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Council President Darrell Clarke, presented by Brown staffer Jason Lewis.

Guaracino's GPTMC colleagues and pals, including local CBS executives David Yadgaroff, Steve Butler and Joanne Calabria, helped him celebrate, as did Nicole Cashman, of Cashman and Associates, Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal, business consultant Laura Burkhardt, Common Pleas Judge Dan Anders and attorney Brian Sims, state House candidate in Philly's 182nd District, and recently endorsed by Liberty City and the Democratic 5th Ward.

 

'Jerseylicious' in A.C.

"Jerseylicious" taped its season finale Sunday night in the arena at the Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City. Cameras from the Style Network series shot inside the hotel Saturday but the cast mates, six New Jersey hairstylists, didn't show until Sunday.

 

Local teen goes viral

Jo-Hannah Lynn Armbruster, a junior at St. Hubert's, became the target of jealous One Direction fans after she posted online a video of her meeting the English boy-band at Walmart in Somerdale, N.J., on St. Patrick's Day.

In the video, band member Harry Styles asked for Jo-Hannah's number and she gave it to him, but never heard from him. After posting a video on her tumblr page, hannahlynnn.tumblr.com, in a matter of days she gained 4,000 followers on Twitter, where she is @_hannahlynnn, and has received 1,000 messages. Jo-Hannah says that she's ignoring the nasty ones but has been communicating with One Direction fans from around the world.

 

From radio news to TV sports

Ellen Kolodziej says that she's looking forward to giving her husband, ESPN reporter John Barr, a run for his money covering sports. Kolodziej, formerly of Talk Radio 1210 AM's "Chris Stigall Show," is the new reporter for myPHL17's "Charlie Manuel Show," and will join John Clark and Mike Missanelli for its "Phillies Post Game Show." She's just back from Clearwater, Fla., where she toured Manuel's house with the skipper and his longtime girlfriend, Missy Martin. Kolodziej, who is part of CCI Communications, in West Chester, is also hosting Comcast SportsNet's "Inside Golf," along with Harry Donahue.

 


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