Donovan McNabb will officially go down in the annals of the Eagles when his number is retired. That gives the man the right to party. He's got an official retirement party on Thursday at the Savoy Nightclub & Entertainment Complex (1444 Route 73 N., Pennsauken, N.J.).
On Friday, McNabb will move to Caesars in AC, and I hear he's inviting some of his famous friends to fete him. Who could be on the guest list? I'm hearing names like Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Brian Westbrook, Jerome Bettis, Eddie George, Michael Strahan, Rasheed Wallace, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, Michael Vick, Warren Moon, Ron Jaworski, Randall Cunningham, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Charles Barkley and Jawan Howard are definite party possiblities. On Saturday, McNabb will hit up Harrah's Resorts' The Pool After Dark for an epic after-party.
Off to Oz
Lisa Oz, the Huntingdon Valley-raised wife of Oprah BFF and TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz, is getting into the TV game herself. "The Lisa Oz Show" starts tonight on Veria Living (Channel 218 on DISH Network, Channel 162 on Verizon FiOS).
Oz will delve into topics on how to live better, which she hopes to approach in an irreverent and humourous way. The Germantown Academy grad says that her holistic approach to health comes straight from her parents and it's governed how she's lived her life since, including her vegetarianism, which her now-husband had a hard time grasping when they first started dating.
"On my first date with Mehmet, he made chicken at his apartment and I was like, 'That's so sweet but I don't eat chicken' " because I'm a vegetarian, Oz told me. "And he said, 'That's fine, we'll go out.' So we went to Jim's Steaks on South Street! And I was like, 'Um, we don't eat that, either.' "
Mehmet has learned his lesson. Now, when the Ozes come to town, they'll hit up one of Lisa's favorite spots: Washington Square's Talulah's Garden.
* Although Oz isn't on Comcast yet, local station WMCN44 (Channel 21, in Philly proper) struck a deal with Veria to start carrying some of its programming, including "Rock Your Yoga," airing at 6 a.m., and holistic pet-care show "Natural Companions," airing at 12:30 p.m. Check wmcn.tv for more.
OUT AND ABOUT
* Thursday's FringeArts benefit Feastival saw many notable movers and shakers, including former Gov. Ed Rendell, who co-hosted the night's beaucoup bucks auction. I chatted it up with the likes of chef Michael Schulson (Sampan, St. James), recently traded Union goalie Chris Konopka (he's going to Toronto) and Councilman Mark Squilla, while chowing down on some out-of-this world fare from the city's most prominent eateries (South Philly Tap Room, Tinto and Sbraga). An impromptu after-party convened at nearby Morgan's Pier, where event co-founder chef Michael Solomonov (along with Stephen Starr and Audrey Claire Taichman) stopped by for a few minutes to hang with staff. (See Big Rube's photo spread, Page 34.)
* Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi stopped by the Barnes Foundation on Saturday before he hit up QVC to hock his goodies.
* Hot off New York Fashion Week, "Project Runway" winner Jay McCarroll stopped by South Philly boutique Nice Things Handmade (1731 E. Passyunk Ave.) for some browsing.
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