Dan Gross: Serena Williams: A real heel?

THAT FOOT injury that kept Serena Williams from appearing at Villanova's Pavilion Tuesday didn't keep her from wearing heels to her ESPY Awards party Monday in Bel Air.

The Wimbledon champ was supposed to take part in the Philadelphia Freedoms event in an exhibition match, but organizers said that she bailed due to a foot injury. Williams missed three other World Team Tennis events due to what appears to be a small cut on her right foot.

We can't imagine that the high heels that Williams was photographed wearing (with a small Band-Aid on her foot) at her party Monday or at the Saturday wedding of Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and former MTV personality LaLa Vazquez would have made walking any easier for her.

"She loves World Team Tennis and loves playing every year, and was disappointed she couldn't play," said World Team Tennis spokeswoman Rosie Crews. Williams' spokeswoman said that she had "no comment at this time" on the extent of the injury.

Music video for Mumia film

Tigre Hill is shooting a video with Extreme frontman Gary Cherone on Sunday morning in Center City. The video is for a song that Cherone is contributing to Hill's upcoming film "The Barrel of A Gun," about the controversy surrounding Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted in the 1981 murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulker.

The film premieres Sept. 21 at the Merriam Theater (250 S. Broad). Tix are on sale tomorrow, at kimmelcenter.org.

They're priced at $46.99 (4699 was Faulkner's badge number) or $100 for a VIP ticket, which gets you a good seat and an after-party at the Irish Pub (1123 Walnut). Faulkner's widow, Maureen, is here for Sunday's 23rd annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore, which supports the Daniel Faulkner Education Fund. Bicyclists leave the Irish Pub (2007 Walnut) for a 65-mile-ride to its sister location in A.C.

Chris Noth appearing at Parx

Chris Noth, best known as the hunky Mr. Big from "Sex and the City," will be at Parx Casino (2999 Street Road) in Bensalem Sunday night to host the launch of live table games. Noth, now seen on "The Good Wife," will throw out the ceremonial first dice about 6:30 p.m. Parx is opening 57 table games - craps, blackjack, three-card poker, baccarat and roulette.

CBS 3's Barnett has baby boy

CBS 3 /CW Philly anchor Susan Barnett and husband, Dr. Greg Persichetti, welcomed a son, Steele Thomas Persichetti, Tuesday afternoon. The baby boy, who has a brother, Blase, 3 1/2, weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces.

Actor in two Emmy nod shows

Local actor Shane Radford appeared on two Emmy-nominated series this year. Radford was seen on "The Good Wife," up for best dramatic series, and "30 Rock," again up for best comedy. He tends to turn up in award-nominated works. He was seen, uncredited, in 1978's Best Picture, "Annie Hall," and two Oscar-nominated films that year, "Saturday Night Fever" and "The Goodbye Girl."

Jill Scott's camp seeking kids

Camp Jill Scott, which the soulful songbird's Blues Babe Foundation sponsors Aug. 23 to Aug. 27, is seeking campers from the 19132 ZIP code in North Philly.

The free camp is at the Cherokee Day Camp near the Neshaminy Mall, and kids will be bused from the Cecil B. Moore Rec Center (22nd & Lehigh) and back each day. To apply, call 215-552-8730, visit bluesbabefoundation.org, or stop into state Rep. Jewell Williams office at Broad & Susquehanna.

Sorbet samples Saturday

Le Bec-Fin chef Georges Perrier, his wife, Andrea Perrier, and her brother and sister-in-law Michael and Kelly

MacLeod will hand out samples of Pure Gourmet sorbets, in which the women are partners, from noon to 2 Saturday at the Ultimate Philadelphia Ice Cream Festival at the Reading Terminal Market.

Army art heading here soon

Reps from the National Constitution Center and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. will be at the Pentagon tomorrow to see artwork by soldiers in the line of duty. The Army's collection will be on its first-ever public display at the NCC in September, in "Art of the American Soldier."

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