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.

DO THIS: Friday the 13th Zombie Skate at Dilworth Park

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but you’re so much more of a, say, Halloween person. Well you’re in luck.

This Friday, Eastern State Penitentiary‘s Terror Behind the Walls is coming out Halloween hibernation to throw a winter event at the ice rink at Dilworth Park.

Organizers invite thrill skaters to lace up and hit the ice with ghouls from Terror Behind the Walls. There will be spooky music playing, prizes and photo opportunities with the monsters.

Fittingly, it takes place on Friday, February 13th, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for kids 10 and younger. If you don’t have skates, you can rent a pair for $8. You should also consider some brain-protective head gear.

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4th Annual Nest Tweetheart Social

PAWS puppy up for adoption.

PAWS puppy up for adoption.

PAWS is hosting an early, family-friendly Valentine’s Day celebration on Friday, February 13th. Chef Chris Gouty will be creating hors d’oeuvres for the event while there will also be a candy bar, a selection of wine and beer, and a photo booth. Children can make “love potion” jars, create Rice Krispies treat snacks, dance, and meet animals that are up for adoption. The event features a silent auction with proceeds going to PAWS. Guest are also asked to bring items to donate for PAWS (full list of donation items here). February 13th, 4-6:30pm, $30-$35 per family, Nest, 1301 Locust Street.

David London’s Weekend of Magic

Magician David London mixes magic, storytelling, comedy, surrealism, puppetry, and philosophy to create a show that is focused on awakening your imagination. This Valentine’s Day weekend, he will be in Philadelphia for two Magic Outside the Box shows, a Magic and Surrealism Workshop, and a free performance of his family show, The Adventure to the Imagi Nation. February 13th – February 15th, times vary, prices varyThe Actors Center, 275 North Third Street.

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