He's a doctor, painter, author, and he cooks too! Sorry, gals, he's taken. We refer to former "fight doctor" Ferdie Pacheco. Remember him? He was the guy who was always ringside with Howard Cosell as a TV boxing commentator during the days when there was usually only one heavyweight champion at a time. He was also known for imploring Muhammad Ali to hurry up and end his career before his brains got bashed to a pulp. Well, Pacheco left the fight game a while ago, and lately all he seems to do is pump out book after book. This time he enlisted the help of his wife for The Christmas Eve Cookbook: With Tales of Nochebuena and Chanukah, which features 200 tasty recipes and 25 engaging holiday stories from all over the world. Ferdie and Luisita Pacheco discuss their book tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books, 296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408.
In his early days as a museumgoer, esteemed Detroit physician Walter O. Evans was always shocked at the dearth of art by blacks. Now, as one of this country's foremost art collectors, he has made strides to change that fact. See how at 8:00 tonight when the Lowe Art Museum (University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables) opens The Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art. The exhibition features more than 80 paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs by artists such as Romare Bearden, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, and others that illustrate several periods of artistic development and delineate the role that African-Americans played in the visual arts from the mid-Nineteenth Century to the present. Acclaimed percussionist Robert "Bobby" Thomas, Jr., provides the sounds to go with the sights. The show runs through February 7, 1999. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-284-3535.