| June 24, 2013 | People
Mayor Michael Nutter takes a stand by the LOVE sculpture. The original image was created by Robert Indiana in 1965 when he was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art to design its Christmas card.
MICHAEL NUTTER, Mayor of Philadelphia
It promises to be another busy summer of events in Philadelphia, and Mayor Michael Nutter will be at all of them, from hosting the Wawa Welcome America! festival, with a concert by John Mayer and many others and a fireworks spectacular on the Fourth of July, to rubbing elbows with Jay-Z and BeyoncÃ© at the two-day musical throwdown that is Made in America over Labor Day weekend.
Famous Philadelphian Iâ€™d most like to have dinner with: Mayor Richardson Dilworth and Marian Anderson.
On my Philadelphia bucket list: Iâ€™d love to go up in the Channel 6 Zooballoon.
Philadelphians are so...: Funny. This town really does have a great sense of humor.
Favorite summer events: The Party on the Parkway and Philly 4th of July Jam & Fireworks during Wawa Welcome America!
Philly guilty pleasure: Ice cream from The Franklin Fountain.
Favorite Philly music act: The Roots.
Philadelphia project Iâ€™m most excited about: Dilworth Plaza.
Favorite mayor moments: Whenever I have the opportunity to speak to children. Oftentimes theyâ€™ll crowd around me to say hi or take a picture.
What inspires you about Philly: The people. Philadelphians are resilient, dynamic individuals who care passionately about their city. I draw strength and inspiration from them every day.
Lindsey Callaâ€™s ensemble features an Elizabeth and James top and a Haute Hippie skirt, two of the smart yet striking pieces you can find at Knit Wit in Center City.
LINDSEY CALLA, TV Host and Style Expert
Youâ€™ve seen her in T.J. Maxxâ€™s Maxxinista commercials, but this South Jerseyâ€“born style setter, who pens the fashion blog SaucyGlossie.com, has worked with everyone: Lâ€™Oreal, Tiffany & Co., even the television station TBS. Calla is in the midst of writing a book on budget-friendly fashion and launching a new digital video series.
What makes Philly such a special place to live: The pride in our sports teams.
Beauty essential: Rescueâ€”for everything!
Favorite brunch spot: Devon.
Philadelphians are soâ€¦: Misrepresented.
On my Philadelphia bucket list: Take a ghost tour through Old City!
Philly guilty pleasure: Patâ€™s cheese fries.
My Philadelphia tradition: Each spring my mom and I take pictures for my blog when the cherry blossom trees are blooming at the Art Museum.
Famous Philadelphian Iâ€™d most like to have dinner with: Grace Kelly, so we can grab a glass of Champagne, gab about jet-setting, and then raid her closet.
What inspires you about Philadelphia: Itâ€™s a city thatâ€™s carefully curated with everything you could ever ask for in such a manageable radius.
Tina Simmons is making a splash at the Rodin Museum, which in its opening year received more than 390,000 guests.
TINA SIMMONS, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Comcast
As one of the youngest people ever promoted to vice president at the nationâ€™s largest cable provider, Simmons is dedicated to improving the customer experience. But outside the office, her focus is on giving back, particularly with the Urban League of Philadelphia, which hosts its national conference in late July.
My perfect Philadelphia day: Going to The Franklin Fountain for a sundae with my family and then walking to the stores on Market Street.
On my Philadelphia bucket list: Sculling on the Schuylkill River.
Famous Philadelphian Iâ€™d most like to have dinner with: Bradley Cooper. Please donâ€™t tell my husband!
Favorite restaurant: Fare.
Favorite local landmark: Academy of Music. Every Christmas, I take my niece, Mia, to see The Nutcracker here.
Favorite Philadelphia neighborhood: Northern Liberties.
Philly guilty pleasure: Jimâ€™s Steaks.
Canâ€™t-miss cultural event: Philadanco! season opener.
What inspires you about Philadelphia: The down-to-earth people.
Bernard Harvard, seen here at Host, sitting next to a driftwood sculpture, knows that itâ€™s whatâ€™s on the inside that counts.
BERNARD HARVARD President and Producing Artistic Director, Walnut Street Theatre
Harvard is celebrating 30 years since founding The Walnut Street Theatre Company. With a new season slated to begin in September, he is excited to close out 2012-13â€™s lineup with Grease, running through July 21.
Favorite local landmark: Boathouse Row.
Favorite Philly music act: Jim Croce.
On my Philadelphia bucket list: Build a theater-in-the-round.
Philadelphians are soâ€¦: Supportive of the arts.
My Philadelphia tradition: Celebrating my birthday at The Union League.
Canâ€™t-miss cultural event: Walnutâ€™s annual production of Charles Dickensâ€™s A Christmas Carol.
On my Philly Rolodex: The Restoration Center on Jewelersâ€™ Row. Our costume shop manager frequents the same shop with the shoes used in our shows as well.
After the show: Youâ€™ll most likely find me at Ristorante La Buca, enjoying a glass of wine with my wife.
Famous Philadelphian Iâ€™d most like to have dinner with: Philadelphia actor Edwin Forrest, who made his stage debut at the Walnut in 1820.
Favorite neighborhood: My home is in Washington Square West. Itâ€™s right in the heart of Philly.
Jennifer Weiner takes a seat at Blo/Out Blow Dry Bar, whose services also include a variety of braiding styles.
JENNIFER WEINER, Best-Selling Author
This Philly nativeâ€™s breakout novel, 2002â€™s Good in Bed, is now in its 56th printing, and In Her Shoes brought actress Cameron Diaz to the city to shoot the 2005 film adaptation. Weinerâ€™s latest book, The Next Best Thing, is out now in paperback.
Favorite local landmark: The Magnolia Tribute Garden.
Famous Philadelphian Iâ€™d most like to have dinner with: Terry Gross.
Philly guilty pleasure: Cannoli from Potitoâ€™s.
My Philadelphia tradition: At least one 5K race with my 10-year-old in Fairmount Park.
Favorite neighborhood: Queen Village. Iâ€™ve lived in three different places in the same block and a half for almost 20 years.
Best part about living in Philadelphia: Being able to open my door and walk everywhere.
Domonic Brown is perched on the bar at Stratus Rooftop Lounge. The space is bookended by two pavilions decorated like living rooms.
DOMONIC BROWN Outfielder, Philadelphia Phillies
Named the Philliesâ€™ top prospect in 2009, Brown is having a breakout moment this season. After hitting three home runs and 11 RBIs in April, he tallied a league-leading 12 round-trippers in May. Can the Georgia native keep up the momentum? It will be nothing short of exciting to find out.
Favorite Philadelphia athlete: Allen Iverson.
Favorite Philly hangout: PYT.
Pregame rituals: Watching video of the starting pitcher.
Favorite Philly music group: Boyz II Men.
On my Philadelphia bucket list: Run the Art Museum steps like Rocky.
Favorite local landmark: The Philadelphia Zoo.
Philadelphians are soâ€¦: Passionate.
On my Philly Rolodex: Andyâ€™s Detailing and Automotive Enhancement in Holmes.
Favorite neighborhood: Northern Liberties.
Philly guilty pleasure: Shopping on Walnut Street.
Favorite Philly-themed movie: Rocky.
Erika von Tiehl lounges at Joe Coffee, a New Yorkâ€“based cafÃ© that marked its 10th anniversary by opening its first out-of-state location, in Center City, this spring.
ERIKA VON TIEHL, Eyewitness News This Morning Coanchor, CBS 3
She may have grown up on the West Coast, but von Tiehl is now comfortably settled into her adopted hometown of three years, where she anchors at both CBS 3 and The CW Philly. She uses her visibility in the local community to give back, especially to Gift of Life, a cause close to her heart: A few of von Tiehlâ€™s family members are alive today thanks to organ donations.
Favorite local landmark: City Hall. I walk by it every day and am always amazed by its grandeur.
Beauty essential: AMS Luxury Salon.
Famous Philadelphian Iâ€™d most like to have dinner with: Ben Franklin. I would love to hear a firsthand account of our countryâ€™s birth.
Favorite restaurant: Amada. I had dinner there on my first night in Philly.
All-time favorite Philly-shot movie: Itâ€™s a toss-up between Trading Places and In Her Shoes.
On my Philadelphia Rolodex: Master Tailor & Cleaners on Spruce Street.
Philadelphia tradition: Picnicking on Kelly Drive during the summer.
Canâ€™t-miss cultural event: The Flower Show!
What inspires you about Philadelphia: The history. I love that a simple walk across town takes you by buildings people travel hundreds of miles to see.
photography by michael sahadi