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Stars of David - January 5, 2012

January 5, 2012 By:
Michael Elkin
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Now that those resolutions have been broken ... Here are "Stars" whose resolve to be the best and the brightest have paid off brilliantly: Laurence Steinberg, the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple U., was chosen to deliver the 2011 Henry and Bryna David Lecture by the National Research Council of the National Academies at a meeting just weeks ago. He's in prestigious company with Albert Wertheimer of the university's College of Pharmacy, as he was selected as co-keynote speaker at a World Health Organization program in Indonesia. ...

Bennett Weinstock

Sartorially splendid -- that's what Philadelphia Magazine said of Bennett Weinstock, calling the interior designer one of "The 10 Best-Dressed Philadelphians." (Obviously, "Stars" was disqualified because he chose to wear his hoodie the day of the judging.) Also making the mag's power parade: Suzanne and Ralph Roberts; Jeffrey and Marsha Perelman; and Jeffrey and Christina Lurie, among "The 10 Best Power Couples." ...

The jury is in and Oscar Madison has moved up in the world. Actually, it's the actor who played him legendarily on TV: Jack Klugman, no South Philly slob in real life, will portray Juror 9 when Jersey's George Street Playhouse stagesTwelve Angry Men in March. Time marches on, indeed: Klugman was Juror 5 when the film upon which the theatrical version is based opened in 1957. ...

Ravid Kahalani

Maybe it's the city's hummus that's attracted them, but the members of Yemen Blues -- headed up by Ravid Kahalani -- return to Philly for the second time within a year on Jan. 7, this time at Painted Bride. ...

It's about time substitute teachers got their say! And the film Detachmentmay just offer that opportunity. The flick, due in March, offers a sub's standard on what it takes to teach. And if all holds up, that may be because Philly's topnotch film editor Geoff Richman is performing his expertise on the project. ...

So ya think ya can dance? Abington's Susan Seidelman may just take ya up on that. The filmmaker -- who studied fashion design at Drexel U. -- will step to the head of the class with her latest film, Musical Chairs, premiering Jan. 28 at Lincoln Center's Dance on Camera event before its public release in March. Seidelman, of course, long ago introduced Madonna as an actress in Desperately Seeking Susan, which is either a blessing or a curse depending on whether you think the singer can act. ...

Susan Seidelman

Say it ain't so, Joe? Or should that be Silvio? The Yiddish Scissorhands of Center City have split up (not split ends, please). With the shops on their block at 20th and Sansom being torn down, Silvio's hair salon owner Silvio Coppola and fellow tonsorial talent John Pastino have found chairs elsewhere, breaking up a dynamic duo unseen since the Adlers. (OK, an exaggeration, but after 41 years of handing out haircuts and hellos in Yiddish, it is a sad day for their many fans.) They're not far apart -- Coppola's moved on to Domenick Federico a couple of blocks down while his former chair man is across the street at the March Hair. Say the two -- longtime personal buddies as well -- to their clients, hoping that they'll be following them to their respective new sites: "Azoy gait es!" (Basically, "That's show biz!").

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