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FEBRUARY 14-21, 2018



Blew Kind, who's real name is Brittney Lewis, is the proud owner of East Kensington staple, Franny Lou's Cafe.

From mega moguls to small business entrepreneurs, Philly's Afro-Am business scene is alive and thriving.

IN BLACK BUSINESS Meet a few of the reasons




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Its rightful place shoot. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re usually nice about you walking through since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a public park and all, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the uncomfortable feeling of doing so that makes you an asshole.



n keeping with the parade theme, earlier this week the city announced that the coveted LOVE statue would return to its rightful home in JFK Plaza. If you remember, the statue was moved (lovers of the statue can check out the replica on Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Locust Walk) but on Tuesday, the city paraded the iconic statue down the Parkway making a series of stops before an 11:15 a.m. install. I, for one am happy that soon those hideous orange sidewalk barricades will disappear and that order will be restored in whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set to be a revamped JFK Plaza. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also hoping that although the park will display new additions, the former uses of JFK Plaza of old never go away. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what I mean, let me run you down a notable selection of sights, sounds and smells of LOVE Park. If you think I missed any from this list, feel free to remind me via email at These are in no particular order â&#x20AC;&#x201C; similarly to how they occurred on a daily basis.

1. Skater bros making lame skate documentaries Given skating is synonymous with LOVE Park, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever walked through or on the outskirts of the park, then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to dodge an out-of-control skateboard after a failed grind attempt on the steps. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the buddy with the digital SLR trying to capture every moment on video and wondering how long the editing process is going to take to ďŹ nd one good moment.

2. Cliche engagement photos If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever tried to walk on a diagonal to cut to the Parkway, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generally the awkward moment of trying to dodge a cutesy engagement shoot in front of the LOVE statue. Usually, the couple is from some suburb and took a whole day to hire a photographer, map out regional rail schedules to get to Center City and subsequently Reading Terminal Market for a bite to eat after the


3. Cheesy tourist photos. These people are even worse because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the out-of-towners who do think its rude if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in their photo even though it takes them minutes to ďŹ gure out how to work their camera or the portrait feature on their smartphone. For the audacity, I usually say fuck it and am in the background on principle.

4. The familiar stinky smell of schwag marijuana. This one seems to rear its ugly head on the hottest nights of the summer and you generally smell it before you see it. What always fascinates me is why this is the mecca for smoky shitty weed considering many of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s judicial buildings are located DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET.

5. A prime place to vent. This is a sad one, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually some pissed off dad who has to pay a fuckton in child support after leaving family court or some crying family after leaving the municipal building. They usually are in the cut, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a surprise when you run up on them and is usually met with a menacing â&#x20AC;&#x153;what the fuck are you looking atâ&#x20AC;? scowl if you make eye contact.

6. The divine home of Philly Jesus. This dude has taken refuge at Dilworth, but just like Christmas Village, you know heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon claim his throne seated at the right hand of douchebaggery as he takes the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name in vain while posing for pictures. Some people like him, some hate him. For me, juryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still out.

7. Film set for C-list rap videos. This is almost as bad as the skaters, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll put money on it that there is some local rapper with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yungâ&#x20AC;? leading the moniker of his stage name that shot all or portions of his awesomely bad video under the LOVE statue. You know it and so do I. See you next week, Philly. #LOVEontheMOVE. Q TWITTER: @SPRTSWTR



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THAT WINNING FEELING We finally got one in our lifetime, Philly. An Eagles parade celebrating a Super Bowl title. One of the greatest sporting achievements weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever witness in our city. It was one that has pundits doubting the number of you that showed up in droves to line streets from South Philly to the Parkway, it was one where arguably the greatest victory speech ever uttered from an athlete transpired following an open and honest rant from Jason Kelce; one that truly embodied the â&#x20AC;&#x153;call your ass outâ&#x20AC;?attitude of a city that was starved for an NFL title. Well, we got one Philly. We have a Lombardi trophy, we have a world championship football team and we have a giant middle finger in the rematch against â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dynasty.â&#x20AC;? We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to get a shot of the MILLIONS that celebrated last Friday, but we did create another mini-photo album for you to remember a moment that carries a feeling in this city that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going anywhere anytime soon. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; KERITH GABRIEL | @SPRTSWTR PHOTO CREDIT KERITH GABRIEL AND LOGAN KRUM











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Blew Kind hopes her open and inviting cafe leads the charge in creating the same mentality in the steadily growing and gentrified section of East Kensington.



BLACK IN BUSINESS From mega moguls to small business entrepreneurs, Philly's Afro-Am business scene is alive and thriving.

Her name is Brittany Lewis, but anyone who knows her well simply calls her Blew. Blew Kind, the owner-operator and friendly face that greets each customer inside Franny Louâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe, a coffee and meetinghouse that has become an East Kensington staple. Combining her given name Brittney LEWis and adding â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the end is an accurate juxtaposition between Kind the person and how her 900-square foot shop operates. Blended is how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd everything, from her coffees to her pastries to the clientele that come in each day and get a hearty goodbye each time they leave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about values, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about having love for people in your community,â&#x20AC;? said Kind, draped with her young son on her arm, who customers will attest to being a staple most mornings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We say bye to every customer because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re important and their presence is valuable and they need to know that. This space will miss them while theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gone. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed that our regulars now have picked up on that and will say bye to us before we can even say it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changing nature, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changing the way we see how we treat people. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really beautiful to see.â&#x20AC;? Nestled on the corner of York and Coral Streets in East Kensington, Kind noted that having such a mindset is more important now than ever given the neighborhood in just the three years sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had the location has been the epicenter of rampant development, construction and as a result, gentriďŹ cation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they close streets down [to build these houses], itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extremely detrimental to our business,â&#x20AC;? said Kind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re losing green space as a result of these condos. There are great people that live [in them], but now we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have green space and lack of green space brings tension and weirdness because as people we need to be connected to nature. When people are moving to the neighborhood they are also bringing a weird culture of not talking to other people and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so isolating. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not how I want the neighborhood where my business is to be so I know that change has to start with us to show that we are inviting, we want to get to know you and that this is a community full of great people that care.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mantra that can be found not just coming from Kind, but from shared values of people she employs and the values that are clearly listed on a blackboard as soon as you walk in the shop. Offering a wide variety of teas, coffees from all over the world, Kind hopes everything she brings offer a chance to have a conversation and learn from an eclectic and growing inďŹ&#x201A;ux of residents in her tiny pocket of the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just trying to create a more conscious and aware community and for people from all walks to come in and just say hi to one another, whether is someone in a suit going to their high paying job or a addict who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough for a cup of coffee, everyone still needs love and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we institute here.â&#x20AC;? Q â&#x20AC;&#x201C; KERITH GABRIEL | @SPRTSWTR






In an effort to promote the growth of black businesses across the world, Tony Lawson and Shantrelle Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shoppe Black became a preeminent hype outlet.


Love for oneself through the art of beauty is the mission at Sable Collective, the North Philly practice founded by Shanti Mayers and Syreeta Scott.

Self-care, self-love, â&#x20AC;&#x153;meâ&#x20AC;? time. Marketers know all the buzzwords, but when it comes to tertiary health care for women of color, Shanti Mayers and Syreeta Scott felt like the industry wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speaking their language. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You were an afterthought or misrepresented in some way,â&#x20AC;? Mayers says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to create that space where black women can be seen and loved.â&#x20AC;? In November 2016, the friends opened up The Sable Collective. The storefront, located in heart of North Philly next to Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair salon, offers a wide range of carefully curated products, from home decor to healing crystals to artisanal jewelry to African-American literature. But Sable isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a place for women to ďŹ nd products that encourage better spiritual practice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place for women, many of them single mothers, to discover how that practice works. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become â&#x20AC;&#x153;a destination site,â&#x20AC;? they say. Visitors regularly venture from Brooklyn and Washington D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; often in large groups â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to their 22nd Street storefront. The entrepreneurial duo says their curatorial experience is a big lure. They scout most of their vendors through social media â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and vet them, too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People take great pictures,â&#x20AC;? they joke, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell the quality of a product on Instagram. So Mayers and Scott only sell products that pass muster with their boutique standards. CONT. NEXT PAGE


TonyLawson & ShantrelleLewis Tony Lawson and Shantrelle Lewis are the Philly duo you hit up when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for black-owned businesses. In 2016, the couple founded the website Shoppe Black, a Phillybased startup that promotes black-owned businesses around the globe. So when Philly Weekly asked them about some of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unsung entrepreneurs, Lawson and Lewis happily obliged with a list of standouts. But Shoppe Black is a business, too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking to change the optics of a city where black business owners are drastically underrepresented. While black people make up 44 percent of Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population, they own just one out of every 40 businesses, according to a 2017 report from Pew Charitable Trusts. Shoppe Black publishes lifestyle content about black culture and business, but its bread-and-butter offering is a directory that catalogs thousands of black-owned businesses from all over the world. The idea was conceived in the wake of the 2014 Ferguson protests when activists began demanding boycotts of white-owned businesses. Lawson saw a rising number of consumers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not all of them black â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who wanted spend â&#x20AC;&#x153;socially conscious dollars behind black lives.â&#x20AC;? But Lawson, a London-born Nigerian immigrant to the U.S., took a global


path to offer alternatives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only black owned businesses who want to do this,â&#x20AC;? Lawson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are non-black people who say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great idea and ask â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;how can I support this?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Shoppe Black launched to a favorable response. Viral posts. Thousands of shares. Business submissions ďŹ&#x201A;ooded in from inside and outside the country. But now, two years in â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the ďŹ zzling period for many startups â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lawson and Lewis are looking to monetize the project with business-to-business marketing. The couple offers to advertise businesses for free. But many of them, Lawson says, need an obvious boost to the next level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to how businesses present themselves,â&#x20AC;? Lawson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people have the best product in the world, but nobody is going to want to buy it if their website looks like crap and they have no social media.â&#x20AC;? So the next step for Shoppe Blackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business expansion? Offering brand development, web services and customer services consulting. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be doing the much-exalted â&#x20AC;&#x153;pivot to videoâ&#x20AC;? this year, as their audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appetite for video grows. Q

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FEATURE â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been very intentional knowing who our shopper is and what they want,â&#x20AC;? Scott says. But large as their commercial reach may be â&#x20AC;&#x201C; check out Sableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artfully curated Instagram account â&#x20AC;&#x201C; their social mission remains rooted on the ground. The storefront is open Tuesday through Saturday. On Sundays, however, they offer the space to the community at little to no charge for events. Sable hosts yoga sessions, book signings, ďŹ nancial literacy events and a variety of other workshops.

(They even recently offered the space for the local Black Lives Matter chapter to host a meeting.) Last weekend, they hosted a workshop on self-love for single mothers, where women talked about navigating relationships outside of their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, and also opened up, in Mayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; words, about â&#x20AC;&#x153;the frustrations and loneliness of being a single mother.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really our intention this year, to be a space of gathering,â&#x20AC;? Mayers says. Q â&#x20AC;&#x201C; MAX MARIN | @MAXMMARIN


West Philly native Jimmy DaSaint prides himself on being one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foremost experts on both the underground and mainstream hip-hop scene.



Jimmy DaSaint is a man of many hats. In addition to being the author of over 30 published books, the West Philly native is also the founder and publisher of Urban Celebrity Magazine, which hosts the annual Philly Hip


Hop Awards. Despite his success, he certainly endured his fair share of trials and tribulations throughout his lifetime. As a teenager, he experienced frequent run-ins with the law for burglary and trespassing. By the time he was a young adult, he had graduated to more serious crimes. His involvement in the street life caught up with him when he was shot ten times and spent 30 days in a coma. Years later, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug dealing.

Also during this time, he doubled as a manager for a rap group which he founded named Inner City Hustlers, or I.C.H. The group built a name for themselves throughout Philly and two membersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Oschino Vasquez and Omillio Sparks were later signed to JayZâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record label Roc-a-Fella Records. But just as they were signed, DaSaint was sentenced to spend a decade in prison in 2000. The experience led him to discover a passion for writing and he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop. He used his knowledge of the street life to craft compelling â&#x20AC;&#x153;street litâ&#x20AC;? tales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just sat in my cell and just kept going,â&#x20AC;? DaSaint told Philly Weekly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatever would come to my head, I just wrote it.â&#x20AC;? He then sent his work to a friend who put him in touch with a book publisher. The connection yielded a two-book deal. Thereafter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money, Desire and Regretsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Everything I Loveâ&#x20AC;? were released in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Now, DaSaintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is highly sought after and he runs DaSaint Entertainment, an entertainment company that provides marketing, booking and artist development, among many other services. The Hip Hop Awards recently hosted its seventh year in December. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year was the biggest one,â&#x20AC;? DaSaint said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just continues to get bigger. Everybody in the city has been honored.â&#x20AC;? DaSaint explained that his motivation to do everything that he does is rooted in his desire to make a difference in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I truly like knowing that when I put something out into the universe, someone will beneďŹ t from it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of schools come to the Hip Hop Awards. I personally want them to see that anything can be accomplished.â&#x20AC;? He added that ultimately, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to open a performing arts school in Philly that would also teach kids entrepreneurship and tech. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That would be my end goal,â&#x20AC;? DaSaint said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would make sure that when you start here, you are prepared on so many levels.â&#x20AC;? Q â&#x20AC;&#x201C; GREG DALE | @DA7THLETTER


The recipe for Chef Deron Mahoneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success was simple: If you cook it, they will come. He launched his own catering company Honey Hill Catering in 2016 and quickly became an overnight success. Since its inception, supporters from all over the city have tapped Mahoney to cater their events. In just two years, he has built reputable clientele thanks to word of mouth and savvy social media marketing techniques. On Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, he uses mouthwatering photos of his unique dishes to attract new clients. A number of his tweets have gone viral, garnering thousands of likes and retweets. Moreover, it seems like Mahoneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings are limitless. On his social channels, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see photos of dishes like lamb racks, creamy herb salmon or chicken and wafďŹ&#x201A;es, in addition to a number of vegan options. Mahoneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love for all things culinary began as a youth. Growing up in North


FEATURE A refusal to cut corners on ingredients, taste or price has made Khoran Horn's Stripp'd Juice not just an Old City staple but a well-known organic food entity throughout the city . IMAGE: KERITH GABRIEL




Chef Deron Mahoney took the leap to start his own catering business in 2016 and his still flying high with request for his services. and West Philly, his interest was piqued watching his parents and grandmother cook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing their passion in the kitchen made me want to see what I could bring to the kitchen table,â&#x20AC;? he told Philly Weekly. I also wanted [to see] if I could take it to the next level.â&#x20AC;? He honed his skills by taking up culinary arts in school. Then, the impetus to launch his own company came after receiving compliments for catering his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday party. Ultimately, he explained that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to expand across the country and delve into hosting events. But for now, fulďŹ lling orders around the clock every day keeps Mahoney and his staff pretty busy. He explained that he often marvels over the feedback heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s received. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes it surprises me how big itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The feedback has been nothing but love, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m truly blessed to have a good following. All honors to God for helping me reach people and reach places in such a short time.â&#x20AC;? Q â&#x20AC;&#x201C; GREG DALE | @DA7THLETTER


Khoran Horn has never believed in the old cliche, â&#x20AC;&#x153;right place, right time.â&#x20AC;? Well, the latter anyway. For Horn, the owner-operator of Old Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Strippâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Juice, his cliche of choice is â&#x20AC;&#x153;striking while the iron is hot,â&#x20AC;? or in this case when the demographic, location and opportunity is right. The opportunity found itself a perfect one in 2014 when Horn, a Philly native, decided to set up his wholly organic juice shop in the heart of Old City, admittedly in a part of the neighborhood lacking foot trafďŹ c, but fueled with devout residents who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stray very far. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew with my location, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have no foot trafďŹ c so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be a slow progression of building up my brand and ďŹ guring out what works and what doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? said Horn, of his intimate, 650-squarefoot open concept juicery at 263 N. 3rd St. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But since then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been great, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built a great brand that is known not just in our little intimate pocket, but across the city. This neighborhood is very neighborhood. People donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave here to go food shopping or eat out; so luckily because of that we get a ton of neighborhood cats and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s those same cats that have really gone out and been our voice.â&#x20AC;? Walk into Hornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shop and the ďŹ rst thing that catches you is the aesthetic. His juicery ďŹ ts the style of the neighborhood, a mix of historic and modern with exposed brick and giant old windows meeting recessed lights and subway tile. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the food in locally sourced juices, and bowls that keeps Hornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clientele coming back. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no shortcuts in his variety, with all ingredients locally sourced and organic. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that makes for a high price tab with an average price of $9 for a mix of juices and $11 for a bowl, but a tab that has see very little by way of keeping clientele at bay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not selling anything that is cheap, trust me I know it,â&#x20AC;? Horn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford it every day and I sell it. But I do believe in the end goal in that

it should change your health for the better. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to me and something that I can stand behind. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Philly guy and so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m well aware that if you try to put something out there, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotta be authentic. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you get people to latch on; put a product out there thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locally sourced, fresh and tastes good and watch it take off, and I feel like here people know what to expect.â&#x20AC;? It was that same expectation Horn took into opening his second location in the heart of Fishtown in summer 2016, when the whole foods juicery opened inside the second location of City Fitness. The idea became too much of a workout between Strippâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d and ideas of City Fitness, according to Horn, and the two amicably parted ways in 2017. No hard feelings says Horn, just not the right ďŹ t. Believe it or not, there is a plus side. Valuable lessons learned and now a renewed strategic approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the location of Fishtown, it was a great location, but the dichotomy of the gym,â&#x20AC;? Horn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look, everything doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no shame in hitting a reset button and to really focus on what I want to do. Actually, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allowed me to think a lot differently.â&#x20AC;? That way of thinking is now looking to open a second (or third) independent location in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;major section of the city,â&#x20AC;? with eyes on University City, Fairmount, South Philly or Center City. Horn says there have been inquiries, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a matter of time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; again, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not the way he rolls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about location and the freedom to continue to teach, preach and deliver goods to live your healthiest you. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people say right time, right place, I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in that, man,â&#x20AC;? Horn said, smiling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to strike when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to strike. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never know when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right time, but you know a good opportunity when you see it, so my thing is really about right location and really, is it the right ďŹ t? That has been our method to success and honestly, so far, so good.â&#x20AC;? Q â&#x20AC;&#x201C; KERITH GABRIEL | @SPRTSWTR




Learn that wine isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only thing in the finer things category courtesy of The Alchemist Society tasting room in Fishtown.

For the love of liquor Fishtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alchemist Society prepares to open its tasting room doors BY ANDREA CANTOR


he newly opened Alchemist Society in Fishtown cracked open its ďŹ rst bottle in December, but the party that is one of its many educationally delicious classes continues to roll on courtesy of co-owners Meredith Williams and Jackie Cusack. Designed for young professionals looking to gain new skills as well as those in the alcohol industry desiring further education, the classes will feature all types of libations and varying degrees of difďŹ culty. Based on the level of the class and the pairing component, the classes will range from around $15$75. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the classes are going to be very serious educational-based classes, and then some of them are just going to be fun and social, and others are going to be somewhere in


between,â&#x20AC;? said Williams, 32, a certiďŹ ed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ciceroneâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D; think a beer sommelier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to have a nice mixture of people that really want to learn a lot as well as meet new people.â&#x20AC;? The space has themed events, including monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts & Drafts,â&#x20AC;? where participants create something while they taste, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting the POP in Pop Culture,â&#x20AC;? where the class incorporates a popular ďŹ lm, T.V. series, art movement or book. Unlike many tasting rooms, Alchemist Society on 1100 N. Front St is not associated with a speciďŹ c distillery or winery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We're going to feature everybody ... we're going to feature as much local brands as we can. But you get to try a bunch of things,â&#x20AC;? explained Williams, who is a brewer for Saint Benjamins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So instead of just Evil Genius or just Saint [Benjamin], you get to try four-to-six different beers, cocktails or spirits in an evening.â&#x20AC;? Like most college students, Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interest in beer started

during her time at Penn State University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got tired of drinking the Lionshead and Budweiser, and I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;there's something more out there,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Williams remembered. Inspired, she took on a side gig and worked her way through the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bible of beerâ&#x20AC;? at a local bar, which she likens to Monkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe in Rittenhouse Square. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I'm asking the bartender a bunch of questions, trying a whole bunch of things, and really just gaining an interest in why does it taste like that, and why does this beer look like this, and why is this beer so expensive, and what is the difference between this beer and this beer?â&#x20AC;? After college, Williams moved to Harrisburg to work as an event planner with the American Cancer Society, an organization close to her heart since losing her mother to lung cancer when she was 13 years old. During her time in Harrisburg, she took a part-time job at TrĂśegs Independent Brewing, and learned to brew and bottle her own beer. Williams circled back to the Philadelphia area, raised outside the city in Pottstown, where she took another job in government relations with the American Cancer Society. Still looking to have her place in the beer world, she and her now husband, Garrett Lee Williams created Home Brew Events, a beer education and event planning company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were just basically Gypsies doing classes everywhere. So we did [classes] in breweries, we did them in coffee shops,â&#x20AC;? said Williams of Home Brew events, which still exists as a separate business with offsite events, but now has a home base at Alchemist Society. Ultimately, Williams left her job at the American Cancer Society to go into the beer world fulltime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I switched. So instead of doing American Cancer Society fulltime, I just fundraise for them personally,â&#x20AC;? said Williams, who donated all of the proceeds

from her December classes to the organization. According to Williams, a smaller percentage from future classes will also be donated to the American Cancer Society. With all her chips in, Williams has earned the title of CertiďŹ ed Cicerone from the four-leveled Cicerone CertiďŹ cation Program, which began in 2007. The beer lover prepped for a year to take the second levelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-day test that includes a tasting portion to identify beer styles and off ďŹ&#x201A;avors. Williams is now studying for her Advanced Cicerone certiďŹ cation. As for the last level of Master Cicerone, held by fewer than 20 people globally, Williams said she will â&#x20AC;&#x153;see about it. It is very hard to get to.â&#x20AC;? Putting down a storefront in a city known for its craft beers and breweries, Williams challenges the notion of beer being only for â&#x20AC;&#x153;bearded hipster guys.â&#x20AC;? Williams, who chairs the Philly Loves Beer Education Committee, is a founding member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pink Boots Society, a non proďŹ t that connects and empowers women in the beer industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being a brewer in the beer world, I'm still a minority by a lot. But I'm meeting the other female brewers in the area,â&#x20AC;? said Williams, who afďŹ rms there is a rising presence of women in the beer sphere. Confronting misconceptions about beer, Williams gave some advice to novices and to those who are convinced they do not like the drink. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don't be afraid to try it. There's tons of great beer out there. Ask for samples, do half-pours, try a bunch of things. Visit your local breweries, come to us, do classes, educate yourself, get out there,â&#x20AC;? advised Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There's just so much opportunity. It's a cool time.â&#x20AC;?Q Alchemist Society | 1100 N. Front St., Suite 400.





Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been out for a month, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a strong reason why â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Humansâ&#x20AC;? continues to captivate audiences at Walnut Street Theater.

Humans, am I right? Walnut Street Theater takes a deep dive with this Tony-award winning play BY ANDREA CANTOR


hat is it to be human â&#x20AC;&#x201C; easy enough, right? Walnut Street Theater tackles this complex question with Stephen Karamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Humans.â&#x20AC;? A ďŹ nalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, the one-act play centers on a Scranton family, the Blakes, who spend Thanksgiving with daughter Brigid and her boyfriend at their new apartment in Lower Manhattan. Premiered on Jan. 16, the show runs through March 4. Currently in the midst of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst Philadelphia Theater Week, Feb. 8-18, tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate of $30. While Thanksgiving dinners rarely go unscathed, the Blake family takes the holiday dramatics to a new height. Bringing a whole Thanksgiving mealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of problems, each family member has a deďŹ ned setback: Brigid struggles as a composer slighted by a past professor; boyfriend and perpetual student Richard lives with depression; daughter Aimee deals with a breakup from a long-time girlfriend and being laid off from work seemingly due to her chronic illnesses of Ulcerative Colitis; grandmother Fiona â&#x20AC;&#x153;Momoâ&#x20AC;? disappears into the late stages


of Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease; mother Deidre grows older while remaining stagnant and underappreciated at work; and father Erik Blake, haunted by dreams, braces himself to divulge a dark secret to his two daughters. Slathered in a dark-humored Thanksgiving gravy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Humansâ&#x20AC;? presents an emotionally charged but well-shaped narrative of family dynamics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think audiences both love it and struggle with it because it speaks so true to sort of everyone's family experience,â&#x20AC;? said Alex Keiper who plays Brigid Blake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So it's scary to confront some of that stuff.â&#x20AC;? The play is a shift for the historic Walnut Street Theater that leans heavily on musicals, according to Keiper. As opposed to the bright lights of musical theater, the lights literally go out in the bug-infested, bi-level apartment that is tolerated for its rare New York City space. But the actress noted it is a welcomed change, and the show has been well-received by audiences who engage in the piece, even bringing new perspectives to light. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was never discussed in our rehearsal room or anything, but some responses from people that I've heard have been that it's a clear depiction as to as to why Trump is president,â&#x20AC;? Keiper stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The parents speciďŹ cally, you can see this couple who has worked so hard and did everything right and still don't

have what they were promised and don't understand why, and they're looking at an ending of their life that they should not have to be looking at.â&#x20AC;? Running for almost a month, Keiper said the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s content takes its toll. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is really emotionally taxing but it's written so well that it takes very little effort to back up what Brigid is saying,â&#x20AC;? Keiper afďŹ rmed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels uncomfortably true to who I am and what some of my most negative or emotional responses can end up being sometimes.â&#x20AC;? It is not just Keiper who has internalized the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weight, stating that the whole cast has struggled with the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darkness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really is heavy, and it makes you live in this very difďŹ cult world for an hour and a half, and it can feel depressing,â&#x20AC;? Keiper revealed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the thing that we have to keep reminding ourselves of is that these people play victims in their own lives in a lot of ways. They have put the blame of bad experiences on others, and they aren't taking responsibility in the way that maybe they could be, and they learn that from their father.â&#x20AC;? But while the characters are plagued with hardships, it is their very human coping mechanism of humor that shines through. Whether it is Erik telling health-conscious Brigid, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are so miserable, why do you try to live forever?â&#x20AC;? or their Thanksgiving tradition of smashing a peppermint pig, the show capitalizes on its sadness for laugh out loud moments. It is the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deftness with comedy that makes it worth the watch. While the jokes mask the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pain and often are at someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expense, they are also a source of genuinity and comfort between family members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think [humor lifts the moment] when Aimee is devastated and talking about how she has to get the surgery [that will leave her with a] colostomy bag, and Brigid says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I would still marry you even if you shat out of your ears,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Keiper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So there's good and bad with humor, and I think that's true for all of us, you use humor for all of its purposes. It's a powerful tool.â&#x20AC;? Geographically relevant, Pennsylvania and New York are constantly butting heads within the play. So it stands to ask how Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rendition compares to the highly successful Broadway run. For Keiper, it is the Theater Philadelphia community that gives the show its strength. Having worked with many of the cast and crew previously, Keiper argued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a camaraderie and an understanding of each other that I think you lack when you don't work with the same people over and over.â&#x20AC;? Performing in the cabaret â&#x20AC;&#x153;Backwards and in Heelsâ&#x20AC;? at the 11th Hour Theater Company on April 22 and in the show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Triumph of Loveâ&#x20AC;? at Bristol Riverside Theater in May, Keiper described her relationship to the city as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a love affair.â&#x20AC;? Q TWITTER: @ANDREAJCANTOR

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Chinese New Year With the Eagles going from underdogs to top dogs, this is deďŹ nitely the Year of the Dog! Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a whole lineup of fun and cultural activities going around the city. From Reading Terminal Market to the Independence Seaport Museum, the city has got you covered when wishing luck for the upcoming year. For larger events, Chinatown streets will have two parades that will start on 10th and Race Streets. On Thursday, Feb 15 from 11pm-1am, watch the Philadelphia Sunsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnight Lion Dance Performance.â&#x20AC;? If that is past your bedtime or if you want even more festivities, enjoy the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lion Dance Paradeâ&#x20AC;? on Feb. 18 from 11am-1pm. Sunday, Feb. 18 | Times vary. Prices vary. Throughout the city.

Chocolate and wine? No! Chocolate and beer! For a special Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day treat, come to this chocolate and beer tasting! MaryEllen, the chocolatier behind Made by ME, and Nick, the brewer behind Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, will be walking you through four chocolate and beer pairings. | 7-8:30pm. $20 plus fees. Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, 8221 Germantown Ave.


Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Murder Mystery Dinner

Enjoy a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day three-corpse dinner! Have dinner and drinks, while solving a romantic, comedic murder mystery in the private dining room. Tickets include dinner, beer and wine, and the interactive show. | 7-10pm. $108 Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut St.



Sultry and Celebratory Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Beer + Chocolate Pairing You know what they say about chocolate being better thanâ&#x20AC;Ś Indulge in a fun and sexy beer and gourmet chocolate pairing. Enjoy a ďŹ ve-course guided tasting that includes a background on the intertwining origins of both fermented edibles and handmade chocolates. There will also be trivia and prizes! | 7-9pm. $45. $80 for couples ticket. Alchemist Society, 1100 N. Front St. alchemistsociety.


Sweetheart Skate


Sweetheart Skate

Skate your way into love this Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Couples will receive a rose, a box of chocolate and a souvenir picture. Dunkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Donuts will


Safe Bars Philly Happy Hour

Have fun in a safe environment! Safe Bars Philly is recognizing and celebrating Devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Den for participating in the training and becoming one of Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst bars to be a CertiďŹ ed Safe Bar. Enjoy drink specials and free appetizers. All proceeds collected at the door will be donated to Women Organized Against Rape. | 5-7pm. $10. Devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Den, 1148 S. 11th St.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marie Antoinetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

SKATE This is a pretty sweet deal for you and your sweetie. Buy one admission, and get one admission free to skate on the Rothman Ice Rink. Warm up inside the cabin lodge with cocktails. | 4pm. $5 admission. $10 skate rental. Dilworth Park. parks/dilworth-park/wintergarden/rothmanrink

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throwback Thursday, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learn about French history. Hear about cultural historian Robert Darntonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History.â&#x20AC;? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in good historical hands with the recipient of the MacArthur â&#x20AC;&#x153;geniusâ&#x20AC;? grant, National Humanities Medal, National Book Critics Circle Award, and election to the French Legion of Honor. | 7:30-9pm. $10. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St.




Robert Darnton | A Literary Tour de France

Lunar New Year 2018: Year of the Dog

Happy Chinese New Year! Also known as the Spring Festival, come wish good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year. Take in the New Year with a show of traditional music and dance performances, including the Lion Dance, martial arts demonstrations and a reception featuring tastings of traditional Chinese cuisine. | 7pm. $15, general public. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St.

Come to the opening night of the contemporary take on the famed queen of France, Marie Antoinette. In this dark and humorous tale, Marie consorts with kings, lovers and the occasional sheep, while the chants of â&#x20AC;&#x153;LibertĂŠ, EgalitĂŠ, FraternitĂŠ!â&#x20AC;? ďŹ ll the streets. The show runs through March 10. | 8pm. $30 adults. $25 seniors. $20 students. Curio Theater Company, 4740 Baltimore Ave.


X Ambassadors

OK you â&#x20AC;&#x153;Renegades,â&#x20AC;? get pumped for X Ambassadors. Lose yourself to the rock band that rose to fame with its â&#x20AC;&#x153;VHSâ&#x20AC;? album. Joining the stage is indie rock duo Now, Now. | 8pm. Price varies. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. theďŹ



waiting for Godot. What they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know is when, where or why they are to meet him. The show is running through Feb 18. | 7:30pm. Prices vary. Quintessence Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave.


Drink Philly Wine & Chocolate Social: A Drink & Dessert Tasting

Cheers to the work week being over with a wine and chocolate tasting. Sample some of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best sweet treats and boozy delights. Mix and mingle, and give some postValentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day love to the old sweet tooth. | 7-10pm. $45. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East.


Estilo Friday Mardi Gras Social

Break out the feathered masks, boas, and beads. Celebrate Mardis Gras in the signature green, gold and purple colors. BYOB, take a dance lesson and show off your moves to DJ Miguel Lebronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beats. | 8:30pm-2am. $12. Estilo Dance Studio, 2301 N. Front St.


Lunar New Year

Bring the whole family to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and learn about the heritages of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese cultures. Partnering with Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society the event will include adorable, adoptable pups - a perfect way to commemorate the Year of the Dog. JNA Institute of Culinary Arts will offer free food samples to attendees. | 11am-3pm. Free with museum admission. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.



Justin Willman

Laughter has a magical effect. A master of magic and stand-up, Justin Willman entertains audiences with clever sleight-of-hand and sly, sarcastic comedy. Praised for his Comedy Central special â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleight of Mouth,â&#x20AC;? the comedian has appeared on both â&#x20AC;&#x153;@Midnightâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conan.â&#x20AC;? Willman will have two performances both on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17. | 7:30pm, 10pm. $24 general admission. Helium Comedy Club 2031 Sansom St. events/20939

Chinese New Year at the Market

For the Year of the Dog, celebrate at Reading Terminal Market with an energetic, colorful and delicious display to ring in the New Year. Come for cooking demos, the Lion Dance, cultural performances and more. A calligrapher, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art activities and carts selling trinkets from Chinatown will be happening throughout the day. | 10am2pm. Free. Reading Terminal, 51 N. 12th St.


2018 Chinese New Year Celebration - Chinese Dumpling Making Party

Get into the Year of the Dog by making dumplings! Celebrate the Chinese New Year as you learn how to make the delicious dish. Enjoy Chinese appetizers while learning a new and yummy skill. | 6:30-8:30pm. $45. Dumpling Academy, 928 Race St. eventbrite. com/e/2018-chinese-new-year-celebration


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Waiting for Godotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Well, the one thing you no longer have to wait for is the show! Catch Samuel Beckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tragicomedy in two acts about two men


Feeling the Love Market!

Keep the love going after Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day at this all-vegan market. Peruse items from Philly vendors and beyond. Who says it needs to be Feb. 14 to get something special for your special someone? | Noon-4pm. Free. Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. eventbrite. com/e/philly-vegan-pop-ďŹ&#x201A;ea


West Philadelphia Largest Indoor Flea Market

Looking for a new ďŹ nd? Well hey, as the saying goes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;one manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trash is another manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasure.â&#x20AC;? Search among great bargains at West Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest ďŹ&#x201A;ea market. Who knows?


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Quizzo

Wish Dunder-MifďŹ&#x201A;in staff was your work family, maybe even your real family? Do you feel the urge to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what she saidâ&#x20AC;? anytime something vaguely sexual has been said? Then this is the perfect themed trivia event to show off your knowledge of the hit TV comedy. Teams may consist of one to six people, and will be admitted on a ďŹ rst-come basis. There are two game times, and sign-ups are an hour and a half before the event starts. | 2:30pm, 7:30pm. Free. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.




Drag Diva Brunch Valentines Special


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Sashay on over to the Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day edition of Drag Diva Brunch hosted by the incomparable Mimi Imfurst. Get a brunch and adult beverages game included with ticket, while being thoroughly entertained by a whole cast of fab drag performers. All ages are allowed, but adult humor and language may be a part of the sometimes naughty, never raunchy, show. | 11am. $30. Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.

Participate in a presidential festival and learn about the role of the president. For Presidents Day, enjoy free admission at the Constitutional Center courtesy of TD Bank. Throughout the weekend of Feb. 1719, get into the patriotic spirit with a variety of entertaining, educational programs for the whole family, including presidential trivia where visitors can test their knowledge of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 45 presidents, craft stations, story corners and more. | 9:30am-5pm. Free. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.



For a time as sweet as pie, make sure to watch the Broadway hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waitressâ&#x20AC;? on its last day in Philly! Inspired by Adrienne Shellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s same-titled ďŹ lm, watch as Jenna tries to escape her loveless marriage and small town through a pie baking contest. With lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, this show will be sure to captivate all your senses. | 1pm, 6:30pm. Prices vary. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.


On Sundays We Write: Silence Will Not Protect Us

Explore the power of words in celebration of Audre Lordeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday, and of One Book One Philadelphia author Jacqueline Woodson. Led by Elliott batTzedek, participate in free-writing to prompts from both authors to help us explore silence, fear and strength. | 4-6pm. $20. Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane.


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Watch the retelling of William Ingeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic American masterwork. Written in 1949, the play follows a disillusioned married couple. Tensions arise when they take in a young college student as a boarder. The show runs through Feb. 25. | 2pm. Price varies. The Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.


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Breakfast with George Washington

Who better to celebrate Presidents Day with than Gen George Washington! Dine on a delicious breakfast buffet, courtesy of BrĂťlĂŠe Catering, in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elegant Liberty Hall. Meet Gen Washington and one of his Commander in Chief Guards while you enjoy an assortment of mufďŹ ns, bagels and mini quiches. For added entertainment, create your own Diamond Eagle-inspired pendant like the one owned and worn by Washington, which is currently on display at the museum through March 4. | 10am, 11am. $50 adults, $25 children. Discounts for members. Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St.


Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Get a last look at the collection of John G. Johnson, the famous lawyer who left his trove of European art to Philadelphia in 1917. One hundred years later, ďŹ nd out new discoveries of the great personal collection that includes Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt and Monet. | 10am-5pm. $20. Discounts available for seniors, students and youth. Free for members and children 12 and under.

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Keep up with those New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions! Run a ďŹ ve mile loop to the Delaware River and back through Old City. Pace and distance vary so all levels are welcome. | 7pm. Free. William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marvel Universe Live!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Marvel fans assemble! Come for the last day of this live, action-packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. SpiderMan, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Lokiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands. With cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection, the whole family can enjoy this incredible adventure. | 3pm. Price varies. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.


Play With Purpose

Learn the therapeutic value of play by playing! The Temple University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, in partnership with childhood cancer advocacy non-proďŹ t With Purpose, hostâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a day of play. The day will include activity stations throughout the playhouse, music, food and more. | 11am-3pm. Smith Memorial Play-



Put your phone away, grab a sheet of paper and write an actual ink-on-woodpulp letter to a friend, family member or colleague. Use the infamous Publetters Cheat Sheet, with the mailing addresses of all manner of notables, including Tig Notaro, Alec Baldwin, Sonny Rollins, the guy that invented Sriracha Hot Sauce, the chancellor of Germany â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and others. Even send a letter to an Eagles player! | 7-9pm. Free. Standard Tap, 901 N. 2nd St.


Paint Nite

Painters to stick ďŹ gure drawers, all levels are welcome to come for two lively hours of creativity and drinking. With step-by-step guidance, create your own Rose Waters masterpiece. | 7-9pm. $45. Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar, 129 W. Laurel St.




Philadelphia Fashion Week â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Streetwear Show

Calling all fashionistas! Throw on your chicest outďŹ t for a catwalk featuring lux street wear. Part of Philadelphia Fashion Week, get your fashion ďŹ ll through Feb. 24 with national and international designers and models presenting exquisite garments, exhibits of luxury products and services, and world-class entertainment | 8pm. $25, general admission. $50, VIP. 2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson St.


talk and mingle without the timer! | 7-9pm. $32. Hard Rock Cafe, 1113-31 Market St.


City Lobby: Helen Gym

Come hear from City Councilwoman Helen Gym for a conversation about her most daring ideas for Philadelphia. What should we dare to dream this year to create a more just and equitable city for all? What bold urban ideas and initiatives excite her? Where can Philadelphia lead the national conversation about the future of cities? All are welcome. Bring your imagination and courage! | 5-7pm. Free. Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St, Fl 15th.


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In the aftermath of a hate crime, junior high pariah Goon befriends one of the victims, Carly, the only black girl in school. While the town plans a rally â&#x20AC;&#x153;to destroy racism forever,â&#x20AC;? a youthful romance blossoms and the two must navigate the pitfalls of falling in love while dealing with the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prying eyes, especially those of Wikipedia Jones, the crime-solving son of the chief of police. Watch the preview of the show that runs through March 11. | 8-pm. Free. Azuka Theatre, 302 S. Hicks St.

Cheesemaking 101

Are you a cheese lover? Want to learn how it is made? Come for a cooking lesson with cheese aďŹ cionado and writer Alex Jones. Find out how easy it is to make milk ricotta and paneer at home. Learn about the nutritional beneďŹ ts and sciences behind cheese. Not to get all cheesy on you, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a Gouda time! | 6pm. $15. Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center, 1901 Vine St. eventbrite. com/e/ricotta-and-paneer


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Free Improv

Get your chuckles on with an improv night. Laugh away the workday and watch local comics think on their feet all while bringing the funny. | 8-11pm. Free. The Grape Room, 105 Grape St.


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West Philly Community Collaboration Listening Session

New District Attorney Larry Krasner wants to hear from you! Join the DA and staff for the ďŹ rst in a series of listening sessions. Come ready with your concerns and ideas about how to work with the ofďŹ ce to make your neighborhood better and safer. | 6-8pm. Free. Mt Pisgah, 428 N. 41st St.

For a night at the theater, come see a preview of the French dramatist and playwright Jean Anouilhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time Remembered.â&#x20AC;? The hilarious, fairy-tale like play centers on a lovesick prince, his eccentric aunt and the lengths she will go to save him. The show runs through March 4. | 7:30pm. $15 plus fees. The Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.



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Philadelphia Weekly 2-14-2018  

BLACK IN BUSINESS; From mega moguls to small business entrepreneurs, Philly's Afro-Am business scene is alive and thriving.

Philadelphia Weekly 2-14-2018  

BLACK IN BUSINESS; From mega moguls to small business entrepreneurs, Philly's Afro-Am business scene is alive and thriving.