One of the works available at auction this weekend. | Lauren McGrath.
InLiquid is one of Philly’s best-kept secrets: The nonprofit organization, based in the Crane Arts building in Kensington, is a hub of art-world resources and a huge support to the local visual art scene. (Insider tip: Did you know you can visit the offices and they’ll show you some 200 pieces and help you figure out what to hang on your wall? Fledgling collectors: Do this.) This weekend, InLiquid hosts its annual benefit, a buzzy event that’s part party and part art auction.
I got the chance to check out the selection yesterday afternoon and curate my favorite pieces. It was incredibly difficult – there are 350 works, ranging from photography to jewelry – but after a few loops around, here are the ones I’m dying to hang on my walls (or slip on my finger – I couldn’t resist a Wonder Woman ring). Click here to bid on my picks directly if you can’t make it to tomorrow’s benefit. The auction ends tomorrow at 10pm. (Get ticket and event information here.) Read more »
“Mean Gays” is a drag retelling of the iconic film Mean Girls.
Charity drag shows and themed parties ring in the new month. Check out what events will have you showing out this weekend. Read more »
January ends on a very eclectic note with thrills in music, fitness, and culture events in the Gayborhood and beyond this weekend. Read more »
Expert help at navigating the makeup aisle. | Images via black|Up.
For women of color, finding the perfect foundation shade can be a nearly impossible task. True, there’s long-time drugstore brands like Black Radiance and Black Opal, but most upscale lines just don’t offer a wide enough range of textures and colors suited specifically for darker skin tones. It’s not just everyday women who have to struggle — not too long ago, model Nykhor Paul claimed she had to bring her own makeup to runway shows because the backstage makeup artists weren’t supplied with the cosmetics to accommodate her skin color. One word: unacceptable.
Starting tomorrow, Philly’s beauties of color might be getting the answer they’ve been waiting for: Paris-based black|Up Cosmetics is at Sephora’s Center City today through Saturday to introduce the luxury line. The brand has quickly become known for it’s range of paraben-free, professional-quality makeup developed to meet the specific needs of medium to darker complected women with complex undertones. I’m also talking rich jewel-tone eyeshadows and highly pigmented lip colors that actually complement rather than contrast. Read more »
The Rescue Run 5K | Photo via Facebook
The weekend is almost upon us, friends. There’s plenty going on to keep you busy, of course — free barre and yoga, the Rescue Run 5K (puppies!) and even a pop-up tea picnic — but just remember: many of these activities are outdoors, and with the weather forecast as it currently sits (why, Joaquin, whyyyyy), keep an eye on the event websites to see if rain dates go into effect. Read more »
Rooftop yoga at Le Bok Fin | Photo by Josh Thornton
With the dog days of summer (hopefully?) behind us, fun, outdoor fitness options are really picking up around town. Take this weekend, for example: We’ve got runs, outdoor yoga sessions, and even an opportunity to learn to row on the Schuylkill. Check out our picks for how to stay busy (and then some) below. Read more »
How to update your beauty routine for fall. | Shutterstock.
Some things are impossible to find: a manicure that lasts longer than three weeks, a Chanel bag that costs less than four figures, a good reason to set your alarm on a Saturday morning. While I’ve struck out on the first two, I have managed to find the last one, and it’s happening this Saturday.
I’ll be at Bloomingdale’s King of Prussia to host a major makeup event featuring an exclusive runway show of fall’s best new beauty trends. You’ll get a one-on-one session with a pro makeup artist, free gifts and breakfast. You in? Read more »
Catch GLOWGA this month at Priya Hot Yoga
Get your calendars ready, people. September is shaping up to be a jam-packed month, as far fitness fun goes. From trail runs to glow-in-the-dark yoga to bike rides galore, we’ve got 10 awesome ways to keep you busy. Read more »
Larry Holmes is doing a Don King impression, but he sounds more like The Count from Sesame Street. He’s on a stage at Chickie’s and Pete’s, promoting his one-man show. Holmes, the former heavyweight champ who won the first 48 fights of his career, will perform his one-man show this Friday at Harrah’s in Chester.
Holmes, known as the Easton Assassin (after his hometown), was doing a Don King impression to show off the kinds of stories he tells in his show. He was talking about coming out of retirement in 1988 to face Mike Tyson in Atlantic City. According to Holmes, it all started with a knock on the door late at night.
“At 9:30, 10 o’clock, somebody knocked on the door — boom, boom, boom,” he said. “I say to my wife, ‘You check it.” She says, ‘No, you check it.’ So I go to the door, and Don King’s there, with his hair sticking up like this. ‘Ha, ha, ha.’ I said, ‘What are you doing down here this time of night?’ He says, ‘I brought you a contract to fight Mike Tyson.’ I said, ‘Don, don’t you know I gave it up?’… he says, ‘The contract is for $3.1 million.’ I said, ‘Where do I sign?'” Read more »
A snap from last year’s event. | Cat Smith.
Buying art can be a tricky proposition, and to less-than-savvy shoppers it seems pretty black and white: Either you invest thousands in a museum-worthy piece or you frame that crappy caricature you got on the side of the road. Enter InLiquid, a nonprofit organization that’s become a comprehensive hub of information on nearly 300 independent, local artists. Even better? The organization hosts an annual art sale, Art for the Cash Poor, which kicks off tonight at Crane Arts in Kensington. Here, you’ll find more than 100 artists, all selling work (from paintings to ceramics to jewelry) that’s priced at under $199.
Get first dibs by checking out the ticketed preview party tonight from 5:30pm to 9pm ($30; half of all proceeds benefit AIDS Fund). You’ll also get to shop a special installation of The Artemisian jewelry — impossibly lovely, one-of-a-kind jewelry that’s crafted from repurposed antique pieces. Read more »