Suleman told us that the kids will be home in Los Angeles while she travels to town for the fight, which she says is gonna be fun. Now working as a fitness coach, Suleman says she hopes to launch a children's fitness program.
"To me it's a vacation to be away from my kids for an hour," Suleman said. "I miss them, I want to be with them, but to have a few hours away is amazing to me."
Suleman says that she is "a person turned into a parody without permission" and dislikes the nickname Octomom, but admits that she has no choice but to embrace it in order to make money.
"I shrugged it off and laughed at it" Suleman told us. "But what am I going to do? I have to generate revenue to take care of these kids. I don't take myself seriously."
She also answered the question of whether she had planned to pose nude or do porn, as had been rumored.
"Absolutely absurd," she said. "Me, of all people. I have had one boyfriend my whole life, 12 years ago. What kind of sick people would try to insult a mother who doesn't believe in anything casual?"
She probably won't be entering the bikini contest also taking place during her event. But if you are interested in entering that or the Strongest Man in South Jersey contest, email
Tickets are $20 at webtix.net, and the Suleman fight will also be broadcast at Battlecam.com.
Andy hams it up with Chesney
Eagles coach Andy Reid joined country star Kenny Chesney onstage Saturday at the Linc, where he presented Chesney with an Eagles helmet. Chesney gave Reid his cowboy hat and kept the helmet on while performing "Boys of Fall," which he used in a documentary that he made on high-school football. Playing to the sold-out crowd, Chesney also wore a Phillies hat during the show.
Popped! festival on sale today
The Shins, Girl Talk and Rakim are among performers at the POPPED! Music Festival Sept. 23 and 24 at FDR Park, in South Philadelphia.
The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Panda Bear, Patty Crash, Mates of State, Zee Avi, Black Landlord, Cults and Kreayshawn are also on the bill for the two-day festival of live bands, DJs and comedians produced by Popped! Festival Inc.'s Alexis Rosenzweig and Larry Magid Entertainment.
Two-day passes are $95 today, and VIP passes, including separate bathrooms and an up-front viewing area, are $175 until 10 p.m. Thursday online at PoppedPhiladelphia.com. Prices rise to $110 or $200 Friday online or in person at the Electric Factory (7th & Willow), with no service fees on cash purchases.
In other concert news . . .
Looks like Sean Agnew, of R5 Productions, and Avram Hornik, of Four Corners Management - which owns the three Drinker's locations, Lucy's Hat Shop and Noche - are pretty confident that their planned concert venue, Union Transfer (10th & Spring Garden), is going forward. At least two shows, Wild Flag on Oct. 19 and The Sea and Cake on Nov. 9, are already listed online as taking place at the venue, which will be at the longtime site of the Spaghetti Warehouse. Agnew and Hornik are partnered with Jim Glancey, of New York concert promotions company Bowery Presents, among other investors.
'Buffy' actor at El Vez
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor Nicholas Brendon, his twin brother, Kelly Donovan, who was also seen on the show, and several friends dined Friday at El Vez (13th & Sansom). Brendon and Donovan were in town for the Wizard World Philadelphia convention. Loyal PhillyGossip.com commenter Professor Smart E. Pants, Ph.D., a huge "Buffy" fan, saw the actors at El Vez.
* Earth, Wind & Fire, who will perform on the Parkway during the Wawa Welcome America! show July 4, connected with the local Parkinson Council, out of Bala Cynwyd, after meeting World Wide Stereo owner Bob Cole. Cole met Maurice White and Phillip Bailey from the group in January and told the guys about his friend Barry Milberg, who has Parkinson's and chairs a summer-solstice event tomorrow at Table 31 at the Comcast Center and a golf classic next week at the Philadelphia Cricket Club to aid in fighting Parkinson's. White told Cole that he also has Parkinson's. The Parkinson Council will auction off the opportunity to play golf with Bailey, as well as a stay at Atlantic City's Borgata and other goods. Earth, Wind & Fire will also do a private in-store event June 30 at World Wide Stereo, in Montgomeryville.
* LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Trevor Laws, Jamaal Jackson and Victor Abiamiri are among Eagles teammates of Todd Herremans who are expected Thursday at the offensive lineman's anti-bullying fundraiser, No Place for Hate, at SugarHouse Casino. The event runs 7 to 10 p.m. on the casino's outdoor waterfront. Jammaar Chaney, Moise Fokou and Eldra Buckley are also scheduled to appear at the party, for which tickets are $30 online at dmwt.ticketleap.com.
In February, Herremans, Jackson and DeSean Jackson appeared on "The View," along with Upper Darby middle-schooler Nadin Khoury, the victim of a savage schoolyard attack, which inspired Herremans' continued anti-bullying efforts.
McCoy will also be introduced as the new spokesman for the Kisses for Kyle Foundation Thursday at McFadden's Ballpark, when the children's cancer charity honors Vince Papale with its first Spirit of Kyle award.
Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann emcees the event, at which Larry Bowa, Greg Luzinski and Jay Johnstone are also expected. Tickets for the VIP reception, which starts at 5:30, are $100, and tickets for the main event are $25 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets, visit kissesforkyle.org.
Dobbs doc screens Thursday
Tommy Conwell, Greg Davis, Nik Everett and Skip Denenberg will perform after the screening of "Meet Me On South Street, The Story of JC Dobbs" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Franklin Institute as part of the fourth Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.
There's also a Q&A with filmmaker George Manney, former Dobbs owner John Travis, 102.9 WMGK's Debbi Calton, and Jeff Simon and Billy Blough of George Thorogood's Destroyers. Rocker Charlie Gracie and Stephen Caldwell, of the Orlons, will be on hand as well. The film documents the long-running Philly rock club JC Dobbs, at 3rd & South, which reopened recently as The Legendary Dobbs.
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