Your Weekend Fitness Guide: The Rescue Run, Free Barre, Bike MS and More

The Rescue Run 5K | Photo via Facebook

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 »

Outdoor Yoga All Over the Place — And Lots More Fit Fun This Weekend

Rooftop yoga at Le Bok Fin | Photo by Josh Thornton

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 »

The Ultimate Beauty Event Goes Down Saturday Morning at Bloomingdale’s


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 »

Larry Holmes to Perform in One-Man Show on Friday

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 »

InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor Kicks Off Tonight


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 »

DO THIS: Pussy Riot’s Coming to Philly Next Week

Nadya  Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina, perhaps better known as two members of Russian art collective Pussy Riot, are coming to Penn next Tuesday for a screening of their latest video and a discussion about their activism—which earned them a Lennon Ono Grant for Peace.

Pussy Riot made headlines in 2012 when they were imprisoned for staging an anti-Putin demonstration at the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The aftermath of the whole thing was chronicled in the HBO documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.

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Is Doug Oliver For Real? Meet Him & Judge For Yourself

Doug Oliver, Mayor's Press Secretary. Copyright City of Philadelphia. Photograph by Mitchell Leff.

Doug Oliver. Photograph by Mitchell Leff.

Doug Oliver is a wild card in the 2015 mayoral election. He’s the 40-year-old kid in an aging field, the first-time candidate vying against (mostly) lifelong politicians. He’s an underdog, yes, but an intriguing one.

Oliver more than held his own in the first mayoral forum of the election Thursday, and former Governor Ed Rendell has taken a shine to Oliver, counseling him and hinting that he might raise cash for Oliver or even, just maybe, endorse him.

Come judge for yourself if Oliver is ready for primetime. On Monday at 6 p.m., Citified’s Holly Otterbein will grill the candidate on his readiness for the job and his plans for the city. It’s the first in Philadelphia magazine’s Candidate Conversations series.

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Book Party With Hable Construction Designer at Egan Day This Weekend!

Photos by Rinne Allen, from A Colorful Home.

Photos by Rinne Allen, from A Colorful Home.

A great closet goes hand-in-hand with a great home, and one of the coolest designers out there is Susan Hable Smith. Design fanatics know her for Hable Construction, the New York-baased textile company she co-founded with her sister (you’ve probably seen the duo’s quirky, colorful prints on pillows, rugs and even notebooks, which I’m obsessed with).

Her design strategy is all about color, and she illustrates how to use it with wild and fabulous abandon in her new book A Colorful Home. Or you can ask her in person tomorrow (Saturday, February 14th, from 2pm to 4pm). She’ll be at one of the best fine accessory boutiques in the city, Egan Day, celebrating her book, which you’ll be able to pre-order at the event.

It’s a crazy-chic way to spend V-Day with your girlfriends before date night (or, you know, a late-night screening of 50 Shades of Grey). Better yet? Bring your guy along; it’s the perfect way to subtly hint that you desperately want that Gabriella Kiss black diamond slab ring. Get the details here.

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