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or the latter part of a year, Philadelphia Weekly has been a part of the solutions-driven initiative, Broke in Philly. The project â&#x20AC;&#x201C; of which PW is part of, along with 21 other like-minded publications and organizations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is designed to tell the stories of Philadelphians living in poverty and hopefully, ďŹ nd a solve for systemic poverty. Earlier this week, Jean Friedman-Rudovsky and Cassie Haynes, creators and drivers of Resolve Philadelphia, the parent organization of the Broke initiative, penned a column in regard to a city-wide mission asking the question: What would being economically secure look like in your life? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; What would your life look like if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about money? Most Philadelphians â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it, basically everyone everywhere â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rarely allow ourselves to answer that question. Today, the two of us will. If we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about money, we would not lay awake at night worrying about whether our spouses can pursue their chosen careers, crunching numbers in spreadsheets to make sure that the salary is sufďŹ cient to cover childcare, food, and monthly payments towards an astronomical mountain of student debt. If we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about money, we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be pegging a dream of having another child to a bank account balance because of the high cost of fertility treatments. Compared to some, though, we are both ďŹ nancially fortunate. We have structurally solid roofs over our heads and our kids receive high-quality daycare at a convenientlylocated place of our choosing. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly the point: the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ghastly 25.7 percent poverty rate does not even come close to encompassing the extent of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic insecurity problem. Depending on the measure of ďŹ nancial selfsustainability, between 48 and 62 percent of Philadelphians cannot make ends meet. And, even those of us who can, suffer the stress of

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economic uncertainty. The need to reframe our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core challenge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and its potential solutions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; prompted Philadelphia City Council to adopt a resolution making January 2019 Economic Mobility Action Month. Nationally, the ďŹ rst month of the year is Poverty Awareness Month, but you know the problem is bigger than â&#x20AC;&#x153;poverty,â&#x20AC;? and we need more than â&#x20AC;&#x153;awareness.â&#x20AC;? For the last eight months, Resolve Philadelphia, through Broke in Philly, our collaborative reporting project, has facilitated solutions-oriented reporting on the economic realities facing our community. While weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re continuing coverage throughout the year on poverty alleviation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a dominant focus in 2018 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also making a concerted effort to include a better understanding of economic mobility. We want to explore what it would take for all of us to be in a place of mobility, of security, of choice, while recognizing that these words donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the same thing for all of us. In January, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sharing a new fact each day about economic mobility in our community, some of which may surprise you. Later this month, alongside allies like The Center for Returning Citizens, University of Pennsylvania, Frontline Dads, The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and others, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll facilitate discussions as we work together to better understand economic mobility and begin to paint a collective picture of what prosperity looks like in our community. But Economic Mobility Action Month is just the beginning. We have more to do throughout 2019 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and we need your voices to do it. First, ask yourself that question at the top of this piece: What what your life look like if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about money? Would you and your partner ďŹ ght less? Would your living situation look different? What about your health? Now ask yourself: What information do you need to move toward that vision? What questions do you have that local news media can work to answer? Philadelphia Weekly, and more than 20 other media outlets, is dedicated to doing community-responsive reporting and ďŹ nding those answers for you. You can text us at 215-774-3212, ďŹ ll out the contact form on brokeinphilly.org. You can also tweet or send us a direct message to our Twitter handle below. Q TWITTER: @BROKEINPHILLY

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Coach Dom Landry, a former college soccer player, started the team with a longtime friend to give kids in Fairhill another alternative to staying out of trouble.

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nside the dimly lit gym of Clymer Elementary School, the patience of AC Fairhill head coach Dominique Landry is wearing thin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guys, I shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to keep telling you to pay attention; to stop talking,â&#x20AC;? Landry starts after a long blow of his whistle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out here for you. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do this weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pack it up and go home.â&#x20AC;? Landry is speaking to a collective of boys no older than 12, all in some form a part of the AC Fairhill youth soccer program, a passion project spearheaded by Landry to introduce the sport of soccer in perhaps the most unlikely of places. On this night, Landry and fellow volunteer assistant coach Tom Johnson have no plans of packing anything up, but these boys donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all the words Landry needed to say. The rest of the night goes off without a hitch. The immense amount of respect for Landry and what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trying to do is not just apparent to the kids heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trying to impart the skills that saw him walk-on as a Division I player at Saint Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s



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University. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because, in the underglow of ďŹ&#x201A;ashing police lights and among litter that seems to have no end, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd Landry, bag of soccer balls slung over his shoulder, walking to some school, recreation center or community ďŹ eld. Nearly everyone in the community knows him solely as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Domâ&#x20AC;? and respects that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there day in and day out committed to giving Fairhillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kids another outlet to not get caught up in the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nobody messing with Coach Dom out here, man,â&#x20AC;? said Kasib Ahmad, whose son, Kasib Jr., plays on Landryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AC Fairhill under-11 travel team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People respect him around here, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the few guys that truly cares for these kids, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out here buying them water, getting them snacks, hustling to get them uniforms. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a positive part of this community.â&#x20AC;? Landryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aspirations of growing grassroots awareness for soccer comes on a bit of a backfoot (no pun intended). Almost every player in the gym is being introduced to the sport for the ďŹ rst time, made apparent by the number of kids wearing high tops to kick a soccer ball on a gym ďŹ&#x201A;oor made of hardwood. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apparent from wide-eyed soccer moms and dads on the sideline who admit theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never watched soccer before AC Fairhill came along. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a vague ideas of the rules, the construct and perhaps to some, most importantly, the value. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just coaching the kids, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coaching parents too about what soccer is,â&#x20AC;? said Landry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how their kid is going to develop because they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accustomed to seeing the sport. We go play other teams and I feel like they look at us as being different. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like that. So I think our goal as coaches with knowledge of the game is to educate the kids on the skill set and parents. For example [if] you played basketball, you probably grew up with [a family member] watching the NBA. You talked about it, knew all the players, and, at least to a certain extent, everyone has a clear understanding of the rules. Soccer is like teaching Greek. The parents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what any of the [lingo] means so they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t communicate that terminology to the kids. All they see is it as a valuable outlet, so I feel like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to me to take it from there.â&#x20AC;? Built for better things

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AC Fairhill, a soccer club that started in 2015 with just three players, is now a transient group of over 30 strong.

A ride down Allegheny Avenue, the main arterial running through Fairhill, is rife with the usual trappings of constructs designed to keep people in systemic poverty. Check cashing places juxtapose sneaker shops, budget mobile phone providers and fast food restaurants. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be cliche to say that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beer store on every corner â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but it is accurate. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essentially the deďŹ nition of oppression, almost by design. A neighborhood that once boasted farm-

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*+) land and large country estates and manors is a far cry from its former wealth, as crime, drugs and poverty have taken over a section known to some simply as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Badlands.â&#x20AC;? To cement the claim, a 2017 report from the United States Census Bureau depicted a jawdropping 61 percent poverty rate with the average household collecting a median income of just $15,979, the lowest in the city. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably one of the few sections of Philadelphia that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t felt the nudge from rampant development and subsequent gentriďŹ cation, which, for better or for worse, has left Fairhill to become Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forgotten section. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rough, man,â&#x20AC;? said Landry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The stories I have from kids on this team are crazy. I have a kid whose grandmother was in jail, dad was in jail, mom was in jail, and he was living with his great aunt. His grandmother comes home and his aunt died. Mind you, this is all during the span of him being 7, 8, 9 years old. So you have kids that dropout, but we always welcome them back. I know how rough it is out here, but I also want these kids and these parents to know that the door for them to be a part of this team is always open.â&#x20AC;? The kids who have continually walked through the door have found success. In fact, there are two athletes on Landryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club who serve as proof that his desire to bring soccer as an element into Fairhill is a smart one. Two players, Kamil Johnson, 10, and Kasib Ahmad, Jr, 11, have been invited to take part in this summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Limerick Cup, an annual event at the University of Limerick in Ireland that brings youth players aged 15-and-under from all over the world to get a real-world look and experience at soccer on a global stage. Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom, Amanda Easley has set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise the funds for not just her son, but for the pair to get the experience that could set them on a path to bigger and better things. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been looking for a mentor program, something for [Kamil] to do,â&#x20AC;? Easley said, who works as a coordinator for a manufacturing company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want him playing football...and honestly? I wanted him in something that a black kid from Fairhill would not be regularly involved in. His school offers no afterschool programs or sports at all, so without this program, I honestly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what we wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done. My goal is to get him into a better school with a soccer program so he can have that experience. AC Fairhill will always be home and because of that spark he found here, Kamil is serious about soccer. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only right that I do all that I can to try and foster that.â&#x20AC;? End goals? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter and for the foreseeable future, Landry and his bag of balls, cones and whatever else comes to practice has a home inside the gym at Clymer Elementary. A club that started with just three kids has over 30 and is

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Inside the gym at Clymer Elementary, the AC Fairhill team holds practice, but the team is on the hunt to get a field of its own in the community and discussions with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation have already started in making it a reality

poised for expansion. Ask him and Landry will tell you, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less about donating funds to help the team, although thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatly appreciated. For him, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a commitment of qualiďŹ ed bodies to foster the kids and help grow the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great, but I need soccer people that understand kids,â&#x20AC;? Landry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need behavioral counselors for when they check out to get them motivated, I need people that understand kids and what it takes for them to be their best self. I get a lot of kids in here that are coming in with all sorts of issues at home and when they check out, which is to be expected, yeah, it affects the whole group.â&#x20AC;? But perhaps the biggest thing in goals (pun again, not intended) is for his kids to have a home ďŹ eld. Since its inception, AC Fairhillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travel team has been nomadic, serving as the away side in all of its matches. Although, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found a practice spot at the 12th & Cambria Recreation Center. The space and private resources in funding to make it a solid home for the team and discussions are underway with

ofďŹ cials at Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Day 1, the folks at the rec center have been like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mi casa, su casa,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Landry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been using 12th & Cambria because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a home ďŹ eld, and even though we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play our home games there, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in that 19133 ZIP Code. The kids that join our program get to play in their own neighborhood, have that sense of identity and pride, for better or worse.â&#x20AC;? PW reached out to Philadelphia Parks and Rec, who afďŹ rmed that it is in discussion with AC Fairhill as the duo smooths out the best possible placement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been meeting with and speaking with representatives for AC Fairhill, and we are working to ďŹ nd them short- and longterm space for their program needs,â&#x20AC;? was a response from Parks commissioner Kathryn Lovell-Ott on Tuesday. At the end of the day, the hope is the kids who beneďŹ t from this initiative are truly considered in Parksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision. Kids like Kamil

Johnson, who serves as proof there is a path to make it out of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Badlandsâ&#x20AC;? if given the chance beyond the predisposed conventional routes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps me get better and to exercise and I do it with my mom now,â&#x20AC;? said a tired Kamil after his practice inside the gym/lunchroom at Clymer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my favorite sport and I love soccer and I love [the] FIFA [video game]. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just really grateful for my family, my food, AC Fairhill and for Coach Dom.â&#x20AC;? TWITTER: @SPRTSWTR

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New Director of ADA Compliance Saron McKee is setting out to get real data on accessibility standards in Philadelphia with an evaluation of approximately 500 facilities.

Philly, meet Saron McKee Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new director of ADA compliance is ready for Philly to (finally) make the accessibility grade BY ANDREA CANTOR

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unlikely. Understaffed, the commission a staff of just three has been manned by only two people in the past few months. One employee, Executive Director and Accessibility Compliance Specialist Charles W. Horton, has been out on sick leave for an undisclosed amount of time without temporary replacement. To make matters worse, the ofďŹ ce and sole cubicle that comprise the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commision on Disability are situated in the middle of the Philadelphia Department of Streets ofďŹ ce in the Municipal Services Building. But just before the new year, the adjacent City Hall welcomed in Saron McKee, the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of ADA compliance, a new role and title of its kind in Philadelphia. First Deputy of Diversity and Inclusion OfďŹ cer Steven Preston explained to Philadelphia Weekly that while Hortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position deals

with â&#x20AC;&#x153;externalâ&#x20AC;? relations with community members, McKeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new role handles the â&#x20AC;&#x153;internalâ&#x20AC;? issues of accessibility compliance as it pertains to local jurisdiction of the ADA. Both disability departments fall under the umbrella of the OfďŹ ce of Diversity and Inclusion. McKee hopes to change course for Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accessibility standards and compliance. A true show of faith in Philly, after she left her job of 10 years as the ADA coordinator for the Seattle Housing Authority. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Seattle was] almost in the place where we are here, which was to evaluate all of the policies and procedures, do survey of all the structures, ďŹ gure out where we were and how to get to where we needed to be,â&#x20AC;? said McKee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we engaged in that process and, within the time span, completed the process. They're at a point now where they are in compliance,

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The crowds for the sportsbook at SugarHouse Casino have left organizers in awe, saying there may have to be a scramble of both more machines and manpower to keep up with the demand.

How sweet it is!

SugarHouse with the impeccable timing of launching Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only legal sportsbook during the NFL playoffs is paying off BY MICHAEL GREGER

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he casino ďŹ&#x201A;oor is open 24-7 and the ticket windows are open beginning at 9 a.m until 1 a.m. every day. Three hours before Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NFC Divisional Game between the Eagles and the Saints, people stood in lines snaking around the casino ďŹ&#x201A;oor waiting for the actual ticket window or for a number of electronic kiosks situated just inside the main entrance. Sunday marked the the ďŹ fth week of legalized sports gambling in Philadelphia, and the second straight monster NFL playoff weekend at the new sportsbook at SugarHouse Casino, the ďŹ rst to open within the city limits. Earlier this week, Parx Casino in Bristol announced the unveiling of its sportsbook, but if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve dared to venture into SugarHouse at

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all the last two weekends, the sheer number of people waiting in line for a chance to win big was eye-opening, without question. A spokesman for SugarHouse Casino conďŹ rmed that 87 percent of the moneyline bets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and another 85 percent of the spread wagers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were moving hard in favor of the Eagles over the Saints. Those inďŹ&#x201A;ated percentages were backed up by roughly 130 football fans packed into the SugarHouse sportsbook around 1 p.m. There was a random Chargers jersey and one Patriots hat, but the majority were outďŹ tted in Eagles gear from head to toe, rapidly ďŹ lling out crisp sports betting slips and whispering last-minute prayers to Nick Foles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hometown fandom has deďŹ nitely factored into the wagering trends,â&#x20AC;? said Evan Davis, vice president of SugarHouse Casino.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only betting on the Eagles. People have been wagering on the Sixers, Flyers and we just put the baseball futures up for the Phillies.â&#x20AC;? But in terms of the Birds, just how much did they bet on the arm of St. Nick? Well, answering that question goes against the very ďŹ rst rule of sports wagering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I took the Eagles to win. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m saying,â&#x20AC;? said Brandon Rocus, 25, of Center City. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I typically donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bet on my team, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m riding the Nick Foles magic. I won money last week, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping to take advantage of it again.â&#x20AC;? Wait times averaged 30 minutes this past Sunday and the line for the ticket windows was at least 60 people deep, which overďŹ&#x201A;owed from the sportsbook out to a wall of ATM machines and betting kiosks, almost

by design. Meanwhile, there were another 50 people similarly jammed in like long hots behind the 24-hour betting kiosks on the casino ďŹ&#x201A;oor. The current layout of SugarHouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sportsbook is temporary. As it currently sits, the space encompasses 1,800 square feet with room for roughly 75 guests. However, the casino hopes to have a newer, larger version up and running before the end of the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been continuously busy since we opened [on Dec. 15] and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to keep up with the demand,â&#x20AC;? said Davis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already ordered more kiosks and hired more ticket makers, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re helping to further job creation. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited by the level of demand.â&#x20AC;? SugarHouse has also doubled down on its commitment to growing the surrounding community. It donates $1 million annually to the Fishtown area through its Community BeneďŹ ts Agreement with Penn Treaty Special Services District, a nonproďŹ t organization dedicated to bettering four neighborhoods: Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Old Richmond and South Kensington. In addition, SugarHouse works with other charities, like the Philadelphia Police Athletic League and Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a true community partner, and we are committed to developing this area and helping the folks that live here,â&#x20AC;? said Davis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With Penn Treaty Special Services, we donate the money, with no strings attached, and they decide how to spend it.â&#x20AC;? Last month, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported $183,238.77 in tax revenue from legalized sports gambling between Nov. 15-30. SugarHouse Casino, which opened its sportsbook on Dec. 15, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t included in that total. Those numbers will be released on Jan. 18. Looking back at the long lines at the ticket windows, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to surmise that revenues are expected to drastically increase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Commonwealth has worked extremely hard to get sports betting going â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and online sports gambling is coming soon,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great for us, great for people wagering legally and great for Pennsylvania to generate tax revenues.â&#x20AC;? It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t great for hometown fans betting big on Foles after the Eagles lost a heartbreaker to the Saints, 20-14. Of course, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the chance you take anytime you walk up to the betting window or kiosk. At SugarHouse, one veteran gambler even advised this reporter: Never bet with your heart. Sage advice. Then again, Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers are getting ready to report to Spring Training. As it stands, sportsbooks have the Phillies as 18-1 odds to win the World Series in October. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those odds are going to change if the Phillies get Bryce Harper,â&#x20AC;? my girlfriend afďŹ rms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lock that bet in right now.â&#x20AC;? Q TWITTER: @MIKE_GREGER

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The Philly POPS Big Band Furloughed government workers with a government-issued employee ID can receive one pair of tickets to Jazzed! The Philly POPS Big Band with Terell Stafford, a performance that pays tribute to Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contributions to the Jazz age of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;40s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s. Headed by the Philly POPS Big Band as part of its 40th anniversary celebration, the swinging event will include internationally-recognized, Philly-based trumpeter Terell Stafford with three-time, Grammy-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. | Jan. 18: 8pm. Jan. 19-20: 3pm. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street. phillypops.org/jazzed

The Museum of the American Revolution As a government worker in a distressing time, take three guests for free to see how this country was formed at the Museum of the American Revolution in Old City. | Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St. amrevmuseum.org/

The Academy of Natural Sciences Take a tour of the sciences with a pay-as-you-wish admission for federal employees who show their government-issued I.D. A person may have four max in their party, allowing the whole family to take a trip to the museum. This special rate will be in effect through Jan. 31 or until the government reopens. | The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway ansp.org

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Federal workers may be shutdown due to a government impasse, but there are a host of city businesses offering specials to ensure people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to sit and wait it out at home.

Friend of the feds

These city institutions are trying to ease the pain of those affected by the partial government shutdown BY ANDREA CANTOR Without pay and some without work since Dec. 22, federal employees have been trapped in a political waiting game. It canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be underestimated how the entertainment industry has historically presented itself as one of the great diversions during times of hardships. During the Great Depression, theaters reduced prices and attendance rates rose to the tune of 80 million Americans who frequented the movies at least once a week. As this past Decemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock market resembled that of the 1930s, and as the partial government shutdown continues in full force, entertainment might yet again be the pill that is the most welcomed swallow. Just as in those bygone years of old, here in Philadelphia there are private institutions stepping up to the plate and providing those without recourse various forms of stress relievers. From free pizza at Jules Thin Crust and fried chicken dinners at Fishtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pineville Tavern to a free-month subscription to Rosetta Stone, while the ultimate remedy would be to reopen of the government, many of Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment venues are offering complimentary items to government workers affected by the partial government shutdown.

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Sometimes comic relief is the best remedy during times of hardship. Get two free tickets to the Walnut Street Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s madcap show Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors. Set in 1930s Paris, the show includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;one hotel suite, two wives, three girlfriends, four tenors, and a soccer stadium ďŹ lled with screaming fans.â&#x20AC;? Hours away from â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Concert of the Century!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? will the characters be able to calm their mischief, love affairs and more for the show to go on? | Promotion through Jan. 27. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. walnutstreettheatre.org/season/ show/ken-ludwigs-a-comedy-of-tenors

Philadelphia Museum of Art Federal employees can present a government ID for a complimentary ticket and a plus one. Take a trip down the Philadelphia Museum of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest fashionable Dior exhibit or a venture into the long-standing Arms and Armour display for some culture and a much-needed reprieve. With numerous corridors and exhibits, the museum will present hours of immersive distraction. | Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin. philamuseum.org

Morris Arboretum Federal workers and their families have been invited to relieve stress by walking the 92 acres of protected city gardens at the Morris Arboretum. Show your ID and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free to peruse the grounds and witness the winter blooms of all sorts of annuals you never knew emerged in freezing temperatures. Hopefully, we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t still talking about a shutdown by this time next month, but sadly, if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the case, the Arboretum has one of the largest collections of witch hazel, which, according to the organization, is one of the earliest bloomers heading into spring and features a vibrant color scheme along with an unmistakable scent to boot. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not exactly stopping to smell the roses, but hey, it is indeed something. | Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. morrisarboretum.org Q Are you offering a special to Philadelphia's furloughed federal workers? Tell us via Twitter @PhillyWeekly or email us at mail@phillyweekly.com and we'll share it. TWITTER: @ANDREAJCANTOR

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 DANCE

Back to School Party

The concept of a 21-and-over party that also allows people to enter who are 18-andover has always confused us. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like, are you asking for underage drinking-related citations? Because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you get underage drinking-related citations. But if Concourse is willing to risk it, then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hype it. Just make sure you use the back entrance and, if you just so happen to be of the under-21 variety, be prepared to shell out an extra couple bucks at the door. That last part is not a joke, though we ďŹ nd it funny as hell. | 10pm. $15. Concourse Dance Club, 1635 Market St. eventbrite.com

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eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re way past dreams. We have demands. And with a wave of blue crashing down on Congress earlier this month, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about damn time our expectations, and the expectations of generations of the downtrodden and disenfranchised, are ďŹ nally met. Everything that Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for inexplicably remains at issue today â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a problem. A big fucking problem. In fact, it is, without question, the largest, ugliest, most turgidly obese, orange-tinged, horrid hair-piece wearing, checks and balances-testing problem weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever faced as a nation. Equality. Service to others. A view of ourselves as human beings, not colors or castes. The desire to do good, for no reason other than itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right thing to do. These were the principles on which Dr. King built a movement. And while we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you what to do today, the memorial of Dr. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you to ďŹ ll the streets, to demand of your country and government something more than theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve chosen to provide you, to stand tall in support of all of your fellow humans, no matter where they call home or who they may love â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we will say this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inclined to celebrate Dr. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and legacy, do it by loving one another. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just dream of a better world (although Dr. King was an astoundingly amazing human being and within the context of his lifetime the idea of a dream, a hope, a plea for the world to be better over a demand makes complete sense). Build it. Work for it. Demand it. Q Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service | Jan. 21. 11am. $5. Independence Hall, 525 Arch St. constitutioncenter.org

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overpriced as fuckâ&#x20AC;? is how we should describe an event like this. While that may well hold true, we have to keep it real and the real is that food ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cheap, and a really good, truly delicious culinary experience is even costlier. Look, there are plenty of opportunities around the city every day to get a good or even great meal for little to less. But every once in a while you gotta go whole hog, just let that inner foodie really hang out and as Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle would say â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;treat yoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; self.â&#x20AC;? | 7pm. $140. Hugoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Philly, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. eventbrite. com

MUSIC

Guster

We remember â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the way back when, of course â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a time when Guster was all the rage. That one song, what was it â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;Satelliteâ&#x20AC;? maybe? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amsterdamâ&#x20AC;?? We honestly canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually remember. Like, we just listened to both those songs and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have even a single moment of recognition. Oh no. Is this the end? Is this how it all comes crumbling down? Have we ďŹ nally reached the point of mental degradation where we no longer remember the artifacts of our youth? Maybe. Or maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just thinking of a different band. O.A.R. probably. Or Moe. | 8pm. $28.50. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. concerts1.livenation.com

MUSIC

Carol Riddick & Gerald Veasley: The Music of Nina Simone

Nina Simone was an amazing woman. Seriously, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to lay out all the things she did in her too-short lifetime, but

you should go look it up if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a few extra minutes (and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be honest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got more than a few). The most stunning aspect of her life is that her music, as astounding and inďŹ&#x201A;uential as it was, may not have been her greatest contribution to the world. As such, this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just an evening of celebrating her accomplishments as a singer or composer or pianist; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a celebration of the beauty of her soul. | 9pm. $30. SOUTH, 600 N. Broad St. ticketfly.com

COMEDY

Third Thursdays Improv: N Crowd with Rooster Boiz

Who the hell wants to be part of the incrowd anyway? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d much rather be part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;N Crowdâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;Ś whatever the hell that means. Seriously though, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna keep harping on this because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite getting the message â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Philly has an amazing abundance of awesomely creative events going on these days. So get off your damn couch and ďŹ nd out what Philadelphia funny is all about. Also, quit trying to be cool. No one thinks youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cool. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cool though. Like, for sure. For sure, for sure. | 730pm. $12. Ruba Club, 2030 Sansom St. eventbrite.com

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 DRINK

Whiskey Tasting

Spend an evening sipping Knob Creek varieties, turning your nose up at passed horsdevours (because the truly reďŹ ned never eat in public), and whiling the night away as you learn about the distillation process and slowly slip into inebriated bliss. | 6pm. $65. M. Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 400 Chestnut St. eventbrite.com

NETWORK

Young Professionals Night: Winter Wild

Ahh, yes. Young professionals. That doeeyed band of party-seeking revelers looking to recreate those â&#x20AC;&#x153;wildâ&#x20AC;? days at Penn on a wintery Friday night by dressing up really nice and then drinking so much they want to puke into their suit jacket or purse. Laugh all you want, but we know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the ďŹ rst ones to the gym in the morning, pounding out miles, because, overachievers, amirite?| 7pm. $35. The Barnes Foundation, 42025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. barnesfoundation.org

PARTY

90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night

Starter Jackets. Pogs. The cast of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saved by the Bell.â&#x20AC;? What do all these things have in common (besides being amazingly awesome,

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of course)? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll all be at 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night at Howl at the Moon this Friday, either in body or in spirit. Seriously though, is there any cast better than the original â&#x20AC;&#x153;Savedâ&#x20AC;?? And does anybody else remember the insane episode where Jessie Spano gets hooked on caffeine pills? We miss the 90s. | 5pm. Prices vary. Howl at the Moon, 258 S. 15th St. howlatthemoon.com

PARTY

80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance Party

Acid washed jeans. Shoulder pads. A Flock of Seagulls. What do all these things have in common (besides being amazingly awful, of course)? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll all be at the 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance Party at Evil Genius Beer Company this Friday, either in body or spirit. Seriously though, is there any decade worse than the 80s (besides now, of course)? And does anybody else remember the rise of Reaganism and the New Right? We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the 80s. | 8pm. Free. Evil Genius, 1727 N. Front St. evilgeniusbeer.com

jesus. Anyway. InďŹ ghting and accusations of impropriety have marred what was meant to be a beautiful movement, a testament to the strength and will of women. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time we get back to basics, people. | 10am. Free. Benjamin Franklin Parkway. static1.squarespace.com

MUSIC

Kimmel Center Presents DRUMLine Live!

Percussion is such an underrated element of music. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the base on which everything else is built. A drummer, no matter what band theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in, acts as a metronome, a guiding light that all the other players can return to should they ever lose their way. But the wild minds behind the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drumlineâ&#x20AC;? movies know thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all drums and percussion are capable of. And this live show proves it. | 8pm. Prices vary. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org

PARTY

Hair Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Dog-25th Annual MUSIC T-Pain & Party Favor Travis Scott: Night At The Rodeo w/Again, we gotta be honest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to go â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sicko Mode.â&#x20AC;? Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t no â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antidoteâ&#x20AC;? for this level of awesome. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for you to feel these â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goosebumps.â&#x20AC;? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a whole lot of â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drugs You Should Try (It)?â&#x20AC;? OK, not that last one. DeďŹ nitely not that last one. Seriously though, we thought for a second this was an actual Travis Scott concert. Turns out itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a night dedicated to his music. Still cool â&#x20AC;Ś we think. Though in all honesty, we â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Say.â&#x20AC;? | 8pm. $15. The Foundry, 29 E. Allen St. concerts1.livenation.com

what, exactly, Hair oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Dog is. But we do know that this event sounds fucking. Awesome. Like, legitimately amazing. T-Pain at the Crystal Tea Room! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough to pay the 100-plus bucks alone. Add on an open bar and the fact that a portion of proceeds goes to Morris Animal Refuge and it sure sounds like thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way in hell thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anything better you could be doing on Saturday night. | 8pm. Prices vary. Crystal Tea Room, 100 E. Penn Square. eventbrite.com

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20

PARTY

Poeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 210th Birthday

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna be a dark, dreary, highly-informative evening to celebrate vaunted author of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 210th day of birth. Listen as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Philly Poe Guy,â&#x20AC;? Ed Pettit, chats through all things terror and terrifying, then tour olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Edgarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former home. Or is it his current home? As in, has his spirit returned from beyond the grave to torment any poor souls stupid enough to rap, rap, rap upon his chamber door, a chilling testament to his legacy of blood-curdling horror? Nah. | 130pm. Free. Fans of Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, 532 N. 7th St. nps.gov

COMMUNITY

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March Philadelphia

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s somewhat sad whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happened to the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March in the wake of the inaugural event in Washington those â&#x20AC;Ś holy fuck itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been more than two years! Good sweet

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FOOD & DRINK

Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux

Swanktastic. Maybe more like swankalicious. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure which swank-an-ized word we should use to describe this event, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing we know for sure â&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna be swanky. Which, in all honesty, is a weird way to describe an event where people will be swishing alcohol around in their mouths and then spitting the remnants into buckets. But hey, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showbiz, baby! | 1pm. $250. The Rittenhouse, 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq. phillymag.com

PARTY

Millenium Age Hosts: Silent Party Philly

OK, so this is one of those events where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really just so intrigued by the entire idea behind it. Like, we get what it is, of course.

COMEDY

Impractical Jokers â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tourâ&#x20AC;?

We gotta be honest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Impractical Jokers isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really our thing. Which may be mean, but we feel like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK because Impractical Jokers is one of those things where you either hate it or you really, really love it. Like â&#x20AC;Ś really, really love it. In all its cringey, how-do-people-not-justpunch-you-in-the-face kind of awkwardness. As such, we bet that if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a fan, you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even read this and went straight to buying tickets. Good for you. | 5pm. Prices vary. The Met Philly, 858 N. Broad St. concerts1.livenation.com You go to a party and put on headphones and listen to music and dance or take your headphones off and watch other people dance in complete silence. But it also leaves us asking â&#x20AC;Ś why? Like, legitimately. We think the idea is cool and it has to be so wonderfully jarring to see all those people dancing and gyrating in silence, but still. Why? | 930pm. $12. Haute Restaurant & Lounge, 1420 Locust St. eventbrite.com

ple to go outside around 1130pm and look up at the moon, because at almost that exact moment on Sunday all of Philadelphia will be able to see the 2019 Lunar Eclipse. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not crazy or anything, but it deďŹ nitely could possibly also maybe be aliens. Maybe. Probably. | 1130pm. Free. Everywhere. timeanddate.com

MUSIC

FOOD & DRINK

Cheese and Beer Pairing The evil geniuses at Evil Genius really have their shit together. Honestly, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a good example of the kind of awesomeness thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brewing (see what we did there?) in and around Philly these days. Take this cheese and beer pairing, for instance. You pay a ďŹ&#x201A;at fee, you get to drink some beer and eat some cheese. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fuckinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; win-win if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen one. | 3pm. $40. Evil Genius, 1727 N. Front St. evil-genius-beer-company.ticketleap.com

NATURE

2019 Lunar Eclipse Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going *rips off sunglasses as dramatically as possible* â&#x20AC;Ś Maximum Eclipse. Just kidding. Well, sort of. So we know this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your (or, more accurately, our) traditional Philly event. But we thought it was too cool to pass up an opportunity to tell a bunch of peo-

Black Thought Presents: Delirious

Black Thought is bad â&#x20AC;Ś in the best way possible. Seriously, The Roots frontman has been killinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it on the mic since before you even knew hip hop wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just the name of Tupacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pet rabbit (it was, look it up). Now, the always socially conscious Thought is teaming up with some fellow do-gooders to put on an MLKinspired â&#x20AC;Ś comedy show? God damn right. Bruhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got range. Havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you watched â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tonight Showâ&#x20AC;? (also did you look up that Tupac thing)? | 8pm. $20. Punchline Philly, 29 E. Laurel St. concerts1.livenation.com

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MONDAY, JANUARY 21 FILM

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personal Statementâ&#x20AC;? Free Screening

Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. lived and died as a servant to all of humankind. Were he still with us today, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d likely offer careful, but ultimately kind, words for the current state of affairs, while at the same suggesting that, in truth, things could be better. The three high school students who are the focus of this documentary donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perfectly encapsulate that, but working to help their peers to reach college, when even theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make it, is damn close to the spirit of MLK. | 3pm. Free. Zellerbach Theater, 3680 Walnut St. eventbrite.com

LEARN

A Principled Man MLK Day of Service Open House

In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world, it seems principles are as important as ever. You know, principles. Those silly things that act as accepted truths upon which we build our beliefs, our monuments to what is right and good. Reverend Leon Sullivan was a principled man. He worked tirelessly to ďŹ nd hope for people of color in Philadelphia, to secure them jobs and futures. Celebrate the man with a short documentary, stay to discuss the lasting principles of his legacy. | 10am/1230pm/230pm. Free. Leon H. Sullivan Human Service Center, 1415 N. Broad St. eventbrite.com

MUSIC

Kindred the Family Soul ft. Kool Moe Dee, Kwame, MC Shan, Jaguar Wright

Gather together with some of the most inďŹ&#x201A;uential culture-builders in the world of hip hop, soul and R&B and hear the previously untold true stories of what life is like as a musician of color. Through conversations and performances youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get an intimate look at what it really means to make, to live the creative life from tumultuous start to, well, wherever that winding road may end. | 530pm. $27.50. Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, 738 S. Broad St,. kindredpresents.ticketleap.com

LEARN

The Trees Rooted in the Civil Rights Movement

This MLK Day of Service, discover your roots â&#x20AC;Ś literally. When you think of the Civil Rights Movement, of Dr. King and his fearless followers, the sit-ins and the seemingly endless strife, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often think of trees.

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But they played a larger part than many of us realize. What was a tool of the hateful and hooded became a symbol of the spreading branches of equality â&#x20AC;Ś growth that still continues to this day. | 10am. Free. UC Green, 4601 Spruce St. eventbrite.com

LEARN

MLK Day Open House: Stenton Museum

Stenton Museum is a historic house museum administered by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, which is a fancy way of saying itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maintained by a group committed to honoring the legacies of the women and men who have helped shape our nation. On MLK Day, enjoy free entry, a chance to meet the ďŹ ne ďŹ remen of Ladder 18, and a photo op with Dinah, the dame who, in 1777, helped save the house from those damn Brits. | 10am. Free. Stenton Museum, 4601 N. 18th St. eventbrite.com

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 LEARN

Science After Hours: Winter is Coming

Honestly, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting kind of sick of waiting for winter to show up. Not like, waiting for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game of Thronesâ&#x20AC;? to come back, although of course we wish it was tomorrow, though that also means itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be over a lot sooner. Ugh. We miss you, Daenerys. But no, we mean actual winter. Like, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nally cold out now, but also itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost February and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been like what, one instance of snow? Just show up already, winter! No one wants to wait anymore! | 7pm. $25. Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. tickets.fi.edu

PARTY

DIY Succulent Workshop & Drag Show

We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure what category to go with for this one. At ďŹ rst, we were like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deďŹ nitely Learn, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be teaching people how to pot and care for succulents.â&#x20AC;? But then, we were like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a drag show ďŹ rst and foremost, so it should deďŹ nitely be a Show, maybe even Comedy.â&#x20AC;? But we really just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decide so we ďŹ gured weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d split the difference and call it a Party, because you know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna be one hell of a good time. | 7pm. $30. Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;etage, 624 S. 6th St. eventbrite. com

LEARN

Anatomy Eats, Part Three: The Musculoskeletal System

This is the third class in a series (we know,

LEARN

History After Hours: A Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ball

Extended evening hours, special themed programs, happy hour food and drink specials, and full access to the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibits, including timed screenings of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War Tent â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this is gonna be one hell of a Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ball. Oh, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to come dressed to the nines; your dancing just wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look right without a remarkably wide 18th century gown fanning out about you. | 5pm. $10. Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St. amrevmuseum. org

we know; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part Threeâ&#x20AC;?) that focuses on â&#x20AC;&#x153;physiological systems of the body by way of cuisine and anatomy.â&#x20AC;? Sounds delicious, right? In all honesty, it actually is delicious (sorta?), but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also informative as heck. This week focuses on, you guessed it, the musculoskeletal system, affording you the chance to (no lie) taste diaphragm, tendon and aspic, as prepared by chef Ari Miller. Gross/cool! | 6pm. Prices vary. Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center, 1901 Vine St. eventbrite.com

LEARN

Collection Review: Preserving the Past People love to collect stuff. Historians love to collect, well, even more stuff than the average person. Like, who would think to collect George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair? We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an easy answer, and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there is one. Sure, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a testament to how meaningful good olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life was that people sought to preserve a lock of his hair while he was still alive. But also like, why? What good does having a lock of George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair do? Unless â&#x20AC;Ś clones! | 230pm. $10. The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St. eventbrite.com

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 NETWORK

Philadelphia Job Fair

AT&T, Wodify, Independence Blue Cross, SmartWatt, Starbucks, Amazon, Nestle, Wells Fargo, Friends Hospital, Southwest Airlines, Target, Dignity Memorial, Allied Barton Security Services, JetSense and more. Live interviews. 300-plus jobs available. If you need a full-time, part-time or anytime gig (or the government shutdown, well, got ya down) thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no better place to be this Wednesday. Plus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free! | 11am. Free. Courtyard by Marriott, 4100 Presidential Blvd. eventbrite.com

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Drake Night: So Far Gone

Drakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wild dude. His music is killer, his history legitimately unique â&#x20AC;&#x201C; chances are weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never see another musician like him ever again. He was a kid-actor on Degrassi for

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Drakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake! And his ďŹ rst name is Aubrey! And heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a (dun, dun DUN) â&#x20AC;Ś Canadian! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like all that stuff together shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be possible. Like it deďŹ es the laws of physics or something. And yet, here we are, touting an event centered on Aubrey the Canadian and Former Disney Starâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical oeuvre. Wild. Truly wild. | 9pm. $10. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. concerts1.livenation.com

is also a reference to the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;hatching,â&#x20AC;? which in the art world involves placing short lines close together and having them repeat on and on to ultimately produce a full visual experience. This concludes todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lesson. | 6pm. Free. Park Towne Place Premier Apartment Homes, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. North Tower. eventbrite.com

DATING FOOD & DRINK

Dinner w/ Psychic Medium Lisa Lorenzo

Yooooo. This is legit the coolest event weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in a while. Like, how awesome would it be to sit and eat pasta while a person tells you everything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen for the rest of your life? OK, maybe that last part wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be so awesome. And we totally get it if you think mediums and the entire idea of ESP are silly. But if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get into chowing down on a calzone while Lisa Lorenzo gives you a glimpse into the mysteries of the ethereal plane, then maybe we just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be friends (please still be our friend). | 6pm. $75. Lorenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafè Espresso & Ristorante Italiano, 4741 Princeton Ave. facebook.com

LEARN

Lesbian Speed Dating 20s and 30s

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent a lifetime lookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for you; singles bars and good time lovers were never true. Playinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a fools game hopinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to win; and tellinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; those sweet lies and losinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; again. I was lookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for love in all the wrong places, lookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for love in too many faces, searchinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; their eyes and lookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for traces of what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m dreaminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Johnny Lee for those of you wondering (and still reading â&#x20AC;Ś thank you, kindly). If any of the above applies to you and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still holdinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; out hope for that winning hand, head on over to Stir Lounge for an evening of quick dates and (hopefully) delicious dreams. | 7pm. $25. Stir Lounge, 1705 Chancellor St. eventbrite.com

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First Listen: Writing Workshop

MLK: An Interfaith Commemoration and Conversation in Social Justice

Featuring a conversation with the Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Dr. Camille Z. Charles, plus musical entertainment and the presentation of the MLK Community Involvement Awards, this event is free and open to the public, although registration is requested. And honestly, we should all probably be looking to learn a little more about Dr. Barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forward Together Moral Movementâ&#x20AC;? (look it up, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disappointed). | 6pm. Free. Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St. forwardjustice.org

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Hatch: Opening Reception

Hatch is a show curated by Dr. Susanna W. Gold in partnership with InLiquid (weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure what all those words mean either). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a collection of work by artists including Andrew Chalfen, Carole LoefďŹ&#x201A;er, Denise Philipbar, Donna Sensor Thomas, Jay Walker, Paul Santoleri and Stan Smokler. Hatch

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FRQ NCY & Mindset - Perplexity Tour

We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even imagine how awesome it must feel to be a young producer like FRQ NCY and watch as the music you create starts to pick up steam, gaining notoriety across all of musicdom for its complexity and crunch. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, kids. Crunchy grooves will abound at The Music Ward this Thursday, so bring your dancinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shoes and get ready to dance the blues â&#x20AC;Ś wait. Bowie Week was last week. But also time is a ďŹ&#x201A;at circle and Bowie is of the stars. *shrug* Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just gonna go with it. | 9pm. $10. The Music Ward, 5101 Grays Ave. perplexity-tour. theticketingco.com scene, head out to Tradesmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Wednesday night for the January session of Our Night, Our Philly. | 6pm. $5. Tradesmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1322 Chestnut St. co.clickandpledge.com

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PARTY

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Latin Night at the Lodge Join Dance Republic, Telemundo 62 and Blue Cross RiverRink for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Latin Night at the Lodgeâ&#x20AC;? with LIVE Band, part of Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest and best winter Latin dance events. It might be cold outside (ya know, assuming the seasons donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t continue to act like a teenager all hopped up on hormones, refusing to make up their mind about anything and swinging wildly from warm and inviting to frigid and ďŹ erce) but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna be hot, hot, hot in here. But not too hot. Like, just the right amount of hot. | 9pm. $5. Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. ticketfly.com

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a middle-aged man dating a younger guy. He wanted to be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;boyâ&#x20AC;? to a Dom top daddy, and I was happy to oblige. The sex is amazing, and we click as people, too. Then a couple days ago, he told me he wanted to explore small penis humiliation (SPH). I was taken aback â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not by the request, but because his penis is NOT small! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not huge, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at least average. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thick! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not super hung, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that he seems small in comparison â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I have maybe an inch on him. When I pointed this out, he claimed I was just trying to make him feel better about his small size! He said I was patronizing him. He ended the conversation by saying he would drop it, since it was obviously making me uncomfortable. Honestly, I am uncomfortable with it. I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine bringing myself to go on about how small his dick is when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m actually thinking how much that thing would hurt if he were to top me. But my bigger concern is that doing SPH might feed into possible body dysmorphia. The way he reacted to being told his penis wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t small was a red ďŹ&#x201A;ag â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it told me this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a fantasy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that he wants to be made to FEEL itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small; he really believes it is small. How is this different from telling a skinny boyfriend what a big fat pig he is? I really like this guy, and I think this could go somewhere. I want to be GGG, but not at the cost of his mental health. - Need Objectivity, Savage, Please Help! â&#x20AC;&#x153;The boy expressed a desire to play out a speciďŹ c scene; he did not request a fact-check on his dick size,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Reece Malone, a board-certiďŹ ed sex therapist with a doctorate in human sexuality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappointment is understandable, especially if he was feeling hopeful that the request would be met with enthusiasm and mutual excitement.â&#x20AC;? Your boy was probably nervous when he brought SPH up, NOSPH, and his reaction to your reaction â&#x20AC;&#x201C; his complaints about feeling patronized, his demand to drop the subject â&#x20AC;&#x201C; was likely motivated by shame. Not shame about the size of his dick, but shame about this particular kink. He was open with you about

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1417 CENNTENNIAL ROAD, PENN VALLEY 5 BED / 3.1 BATH | 4,371 SQ FT | $949,000

NEW LISTINGS

29 MARPLE ROAD, HAVERFORD, PA 19041 4 BED | 3.1 BATH | 2,904 SQ FT | $749,000 1150 GRANDVIEW TER, WAYNE 4 BED | 3.1 BATH | 4,249 SQ FT | $649,000

JUST REDUCED 726 CONSHOHOCKEN STATE RD, PENN VALLEY 4 BED | 3.1 BATH | 4,894 SQ FT | $1,000,000 207 LINDY LN, BALA CYNWYD 3 BED | 4.1 BATH | 4,217 SQ FT | $729,500 836 LINDY LN, BALA CYNWYD 3 BED | 4 BATH | 3,500 SQ FT | $555,000 1211 MIRABEAU LN, GLADWYNE 6 BED | 8.3 BATH | 15,317 SQ FT | $3,950,000 1320 MONK RD, GLADWYNE 6 BED | 8.2 BATH | 9,923 SQ FT | $3,850,000 1309 SUMMER HILL LANE, GLADWYNE 4 BED | 4.3 BATH | 6,465 SQ FT | $3,195,000 1461 LANES END, VILLANOVA 5 BED | 4.3 BATH | 7,322 SQ FT | $2,150,000 1124 YOUNGSFORD RD, GLADWYNE 5 BED | 4.3 BATH | 6,144 SQ FT | $1,499,000 1311 FLAT ROCK RD, PENN VALLEY 5 BED | 3.1 BATH | 3,760 SQ FT | $1,199,000 34 SANDRINGHAM RD, BALA CYNWYD 5 BED | 5.3 BATH | 5,217 SQ FT | $1,195,000

Studios 1 Bedrooms 2 Bedrooms 3 Bedrooms

210-20 S 25TH ST, UNIT#1403 PHILADELPHIA

$200,000 to $300,000 $300,000 to $400,000 $400,000 to $500,000 $500,000 to $600,000

2 BED | 2.1 BATH | 1,227 SQ FT | $1,599,000

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713 WAVERLY RD, BRYN MAWR 4 BED | 2.1 BATH | 3,526 SQ FT | $999,000 1205 CHERMAR LN, PENN VALLEY 5 BED | 4.1 BATH | 3,356 SQ FT | $899,000 239 TRIANON LN, VILLANOVA 4 BED | 3.1 BATH | 3,443 SQ FT | $855,000 200 PRICE AVE, UNIT#4, NARBETH 3 BED | 3.1 BATH | 3,038 SQ FT | $835,000 200 S NARBERTH AVE, NARBERTH MULTI-FAMILY | $749,000 1172 SAINT ANDREWS RD 3 BED | 3.1 BATH | 2,984 SQ FT | $575,000 1005 BARR LN, GLADWYNE 3 BED | 1 BATH | 1,258 SQ FT | $375,000

CONDO LIVING 1750 Oakwood Ter, Unit#1A, Penn Valley 2 BED | 2 BATH | 1,299 SQ FT | $227,000 1655 Oakwood Drive, Unit#N103, Penn Valley BED | 1 BATH | 858 SQ FT | $145,000 100 West Ave, Unit#D5, Jenkintown 3 BED | 2 BATH | 1,321 SQ FT | $142,000 1001 City Ave, Unit#EE324, Wynnewood 1 BED | 1 BATH | 910 SQ FT | $99,500 2000 Valley Forge Cir, Unit#PS176, King of Prussia GARAGE | $30,000 2000 Valley Forge Cir, Unit#36, King of Prussia STORAGE | $12,000

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1901 JOHN F KENNEDY BLVD, UNIT #2816, PHILADELPHIA STUDIO | 1 BATH | 517 SQ FT | $175,000

737 W ALLENS LANE, PHILADELPHIA 7 BED | 4.3 BATH | 7332 SQ FT | $1,750,000 236 GREENWICH ST, PHILADELPHIA 3 BED | 4.1 BATH | 3,620 SQ FT | $985,000 501 KINGSLEY COURT, UNIT#LOT 1, PHILADELPHIA 3 BED | 3.2 | BATH | $493,801 503 KINGSLEY COURT, UNIT#LOT 2, PHILADELPHIA 4 BED | 3.1 BATH | 2,400 SQ FT | $488,370 1420 LOCUST ST, UNIT#16D/B, PHILADELPHIA 1 BED | 2.1 BATH | 1,386 SQ FT | $399,999 4523 BAKER ST, PHILADELPHIA 4 BED | 2.1 BATH | 2,240 SQ FT | $325,000 2248 N CARLISLE ST, PHILADELPHIA 4 BED | 2 BATH | 1,606 SQ FT | $239,000 3900 FORD ST, UNIT#6G, PHILADELPHIA 2 BED | 2 BATH | 1,328 SQ FT | $174,500 1933 N. 52ND STREET, PHILADELPHIA 3 BED | 1 BATH | 1,424 SQ | FT $125,000

1901 JOHN F KENNEDY BLVD, PHILDELPHIA Unit#2521/2 Unit#1819 Unit#1919 Unit#2911 Unit#710

3 BED/3 BATH | 1,906 SQ FT | $950,000 1 BED/1 BATH | 606 SQ FT | $275,000 1 BED/1 BATH | 606 SQ FT | $255,000 STUDIO/1 BATH | 522 SQ FT | $189,000 STUDIO/1 BATH | 475 SQ FT | $175,000

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FEATURED OPEN HOUSES Open Houses for Sataurday 1/19 and Sunday 1/20 Kathy, Patrick and the Conway Team Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox & Roach Realtors | 215.440.8190

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12:00-1:00 905 S 2nd St Queen Village, $1,250,000 636 Addison St Society Hill, $815,000 323 Wilder St Pennsport, $329,900 12:00-2:30 524 B Christian St, Queen Village, $799,900 1:30-2:30 905 S 2nd St Queen Village, $1,250,000 636 Addison St Society Hill, $815,000 830 S Front St Queen Village, $699,000 201 Queen St #1 Queen Vilage, $1,200,000 323 Wilder St Pennsport, $329,900 3:00-4:00 201 Queen St #1 Queen Vilage, $1,200,000 830 S Front St Queen Village, $699,000 306 Queen St Queen Village, $620,000 126 Titan Pennsport, $249,900

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6816+,1(&2857&+5,67,$167%Â&#x2021;48((19,//$*(Â&#x2021; 23(1+286(6$785'$<$1'681'$<72 SUNSHINE COURT! QUEEN VILLAGE! A LOVELY LANDSCAPED, GATED, FAMILY FRIENDLY SECURE COURTYARD. THIS ONE WILL SURELY CHECK ALL OF YOUR HOUSE HUNTING BOXES. PRISTINE, BEAUTIFUL CONDITION - 2700 SQ. FT, 20 FT WIDE, WITH GARAGE. 4 BEDROOMS AND A DEN + A FINISHED BASEMENT. TWO AND A HALF BATHS, HARDWOOD FLOORS, RECESSED LIGHTING, TERRIFIC LIGHT, A GARDEN AND A GREAT DECK OFF OF THE MAIN SUITE WITH CENTER CITY VIEWS. ENTER INTO THE WELCOMING FOYER WITH DIRECT GARAGE ACCESS. THE FINISHED BASEMENT IS PERFECT FOR A GYM OR A PLAY ROOM. A FEW STEPS UP TO THE FAMILY ROOM WHICH HAS A POWDER ROOM AND SLIDING GLASS DOORS LEADING TO A LARGE PATIO GARDEN. THE DRAMATIC LIVING ROOM IS BEAUTIFUL AND WELCOMING WITH ITS 11-FOOT-HIGH CEILINGS AND A LARGE BAY WINDOW ALLOWING GOOD NATURAL LIGHT, WITH A FIREPLACE TO WARM YOU ON THOSE COLD, CHILLY NIGHTS. THE GREAT EAT-IN KITCHEN IS WELL EQUIPPED WITH ITS JENN-AIR RANGE AND STAINLESS-STEEL APPLIANCES, LOTS OF CABINETS AND COUNTER SPACE, AND A BREAKFAST BAR FOR THE KIDS TO DO HOMEWORK OR ENJOY MORNING BREAKFAST. THE DINING AREA IS WONDERFUL WITH A LARGE WINDOW ALLOWING GOOD SOUTHERN LIGHT. THE 3RD FLOOR HAS THREE LOVELY BEDROOMS WITH GOOD CLOSET SPACE + A FULL BATH AND A SEPARATE LAUNDRY ROOM. THE NEXT LEVEL IS THE ENTIRE MASTER SUITE ~ TERRIFIC SIZE, HUGE ROOM, SITTING AREA, A TO DIE FOR FITTED OUT WALK-IN CLOSET AND A BEAUTIFUL LARGE BATH WITH DOUBLE VANITY, JACUZZI TUB, AND A LARGE SEPARATE SHOWER. ALL THIS AND A GREAT SUNDECK WITH CENTER CITY VIEWS. ABOUT THE NEIGHBORS AND NEIGHBORHOOD: 150%+ GREAT. WALK TO CENTER CITY RESTAURANTS, COFFEE SHOPS, ALSO IN THE TERRIFIC SOUGHT AFTER NEBINGER SCHOOL.

What They Are Saying: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found Kathy and Patrick to be professional, honest, responsive and helpful at all times. It was a pleasure to work with them. Selling the home, I lived in for over 30 years was an emotional step which Kathy was sensitive to and applied no pressure. Her entire team was helpful when any questions came up. I would recommend them 100%.â&#x20AC;? Hannah Wallace

Patrick Conway

215-266-1537 215-850-3842 A]QWSbg6WZZ=TÂżQSÂ&#x2019;215.627.6005Â&#x2019;Please visit us online at www.conwayteam.com

New Listing Graduate Hospital This first floor unit has an open concept living space and an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, honed granite counters, and plenty of cabinet and counter space. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find two good-sized bedrooms and one full bath, with one of the two bedrooms opening onto your very own private outdoor space, which is very unique for a condo!

$315,000

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Kathy Conway

New Listing North Philadelphia Newly renovated from top to bottom with beautiful and modern finishes, this 3 story home features an eat-in kitchen with stainless steal appliances, quartz countertops, and sleek cabinetry. The kitchen leads into a large living room with plenty of natural sunlight, with easy access to the gated backyard. A video alarm system is in place with viewing access in the basement.

$345,000

Queen Village

Art Museum Area

Charming home in the desired Queen Village area. This spacious and nicely maintained home with a great layout features warm wood finishes, a cozy Vermont Castings stove, and a new Central Air/HVAC system, a new roof and sewer line. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a patio area off of the kitchen through custom sliding doors. 3 Bedrooms & 1 Bath

This almost 2,100 square foot corner unit features an expansive living room/dining room with 2 full walls of windows and a large balcony. This amenity filled Apartment Building has a gym, a pool, a cafe, a deli, a bank, an event space, a commuter bus into Center City and much more! 3 Bedrooms & 2 Baths

$399,900

$587,000

New Listing Bella Vista

New Listing Fairmount

This nearly 1,700 square foot, bi-level condo with soaring ceilings is ready to move in! Be welcomed by an open floor plan into a grand living and dining room. This unit boasts very high ceilings, gorgeous hardwood floors (heated on the first floor), and 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; solid wood doors. The expansive, shared roof deck has a center city view and additional shared storage.

Lovingly maintained and updated over the years, this 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home offers a rare mix of original character and charm, including hardwood floors and woodwork, along with all the updates you would want, like a beautifully renovated kitchen and bathrooms, central air and double paned, energy efficient windows.

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