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Dan Gross: Bonaduce's comin' back for more 'celebrity' fisticuffs

By Dan Gross
Philadelphia Daily News

DANNY BONADUCE will be back in town March 15 for another boxing match at the Marple Sports Arena. The Broomall-born "Partridge Family" actor will square-off against Steve Kwasnik, host of "The Real Estate Connection," which airs on Comcast cable.

94 WYSP's Kidd Chris will be guest referee for the Bonaduce fight, part of a full card of boxing from Damon Feldman's Celebrity Boxing Promotions, Bobby Capone and Philly Music Video.

Also on the bill is Phil Margera, father of Chester County "Jackass" Bam Margera, who will take on Jessie Sheffield, a pro wrestler and musician.

Margera, who was seen on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club," seems to take his son's abuse without fighting back so we'll see how he fares against the 6-foot-8 Sheffield.

Last month when Bonaduce boxed in town, he defeated Wired 96.5's Justice in a very close fight that prompted much of the crowd to chant that the fight was fixed.

Bonaduce later agreed on The Howard Stern Show to have a re-match with Justice, but clearly that will have to wait for another day if it ever occurs. Tickets for the March 15 spectacle are $40 ringside seats and $25 for general admission, available through Center Stage Tickets, 800-677-8499.

A portion of proceeds will benefit the Gennaro Pellegrini, Jr. Scholarship Fund. Pellegrini was a Philadelphia police officer and National Guard serviceman who was killed in Iraq in 2005. For info, pellegrinischolarshipfund.com.

'CP' alum joins Johnny Doc run

Former City Paper managing editor Brian Hickey has been named the campaign manager of electricians' union leader John Dougherty's bid for the 1st District seat that embattled state Sen. Vince Fumo is trying to hold onto.

Hickey says covering politics for the City Paper, and before that at Philadelphia Weekly has given him "a strong sense of the issues that matter most to Philadelphians. I fully expect that the lessons from the journalism world will help me share John's largely untold story with the voters. Once they hear it, they'll understand why a long-time alt-weekly guy would jump at the opportunity to work on his behalf," Hickey says.

Asked if he thinks joining a campaign is putting the nail in his journalistic coffin, Hickey, like a true political operative, didn't give a direct answer. "Writing and journalism have been my passions since I was a little kid reading the Daily News over a Saturday afternoon bologna sandwich, but I'm excited by this new challenge and opportunity," he said.

Among Doc's other hires is Micah Mahjoubian, the legislative affairs adviser to Mayor Street. He has joined Doc's campaign as senior adviser and operations director. Mahjoubian made headlines in November when Mayor Street performed the commitment ceremony for Mahjoubian and life partner Ryan Bunch.

Mazzotta adds another project

While producer Sal Mazzotta is getting ready to shoot "Mafioso II," the sequel to his first film, he's also now planning another picture called "The Rescue." The action/adventure story centers around two brothers and a kidnapping. Mazzotta has "Goodfellas" actor Johnny "Roastbeef" Williams attached to star as well as producer Beau Rogers, who served as an executive producer on "Gods and Monsters."

Any 'Wire' fans need a laugh?

The theme to comedian Gregg Gethard's next "Bedtime Stories," the monthly sketch comedy show he hosts, is all about HBO's "The Wire," which has only two episodes left, or one if you're ahead by watching them On-Demand. The show is a fundraiser for Project H.O.M.E., which works with the city's homeless. That's a good tie-in as "The Wire" has been dealing with the homeless itself this season. "Way Down in the Hole: A Comedy Tribute to the Wire" is 8 p.m. March 5 at the Shubin Theater (4th & Bainbridge). Tickets are $10. For info, write gregg_gethard@yahoo.com.

Glassman's got new game show

Former NBC10 reporter Andrew Glassman, who produced "Average Joe" and "Three Wishes" will executive produce "Bingo America" coming to the Game Show Network in late March, reports the Jewish Exponent's Stephanie Shapson Peet.

Not a war, but a gala for 1812

1812 Productions, Philadelphia's all-comedy theater company, will hold its annual gala fundraiser, Eventa du Schmancy, from 6 to 10 p.m. March 10 at World Café Live (3025 Walnut). Tickets are available by calling 215-592-9560 or online at www.1812productions.org.

The event honors Dolly Beechman Schnall, a member of 1812 Productions' board of directors, arts philanthropist, and beloved first lady of Philadelphia theater. In addition to this ceremony, 1812 Productions will also feature a special presentation of "Ron Monroe's Lunch Party" featuring performances by Scott Greer, Tony Braithwaite and Pete and Juliette Pryor, among others. The show was written specially for 1812 Productions by David Witz, creator of the Fringe Festival hit "The Many Men of Martha Manning."

Other performers include Jennifer Childs, Dave Jadico, Karen Getz, and Grace Gonglewski. All funds raised benefit the works of 1812 Productions and its ongoing efforts for a permanent home in Philadelphia.

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest stories. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or e-mail grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit go.philly.com/dangross.

-Taken from the February 25, 2008 Philadelphia Daily News

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