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July 22, 2012

August 2 Varsity Letters: Boxing & Soccer

Gelf's Varsity Letters, New York's sports reading series, returns on August 2 with a night devoted to two sports that will be in the limelight at the London Olympics: boxing and soccer. Former Washington Post sportswriter William Gildea, who has covered about 50 major fights, tells the story of Joe Gans, boxing's first African-American champion (read Gelf's interview with Gildea here). Theresa Runstedtler, a former professional dancer and actress who is now a scholar of American studies, has written about Jack Johnson, the sport's first African-American heavyweight champ, who once was the most famous black man on the planet (interview here). And GQ's Mark Kirby will discuss his plans to help launch a US soccer magazine featuring some of the sport's most notable writers (interview here).

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Event Details:

The Gallery at LPR (Official site, map)
158 Bleecker St. (between Sullivan St. and Thompson St.)
New York, NY 10012
Blocks from A/C/E/B/D/F/M/N/R/1/6 trains

Doors open at 7.
Event starts at 7:30.
There is no admission charge.
Attendees must be 21 or older, as per Le Poisson Rouge rules. (Email michael@gelfmagazine.com if you are under 21 and would like to attend. The farther in advance, the better; no guarantees.)

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