A Roxborough little free library that matches the porch (Instagram/@city_of_architectural_love)

Procrastinator’s guide to the November election in Philly

The Nov. 7 election is set to usher in a big leadership shift for Philadelphia. A new mayor, who’ll bring in a whole new group to run the many city administration offices. Fresh faces on City Council, who’ll choose a new president. A handful of row office changes. A new Supreme Court justice. 

And what about all those lower court judges, including some controversial retention votes? All the info you need is in Billy Penn’s twice-annual guide, your cheat sheet for Election Day. Continue reading…

American flag flying at Independence Mall. (Mark Henninger/Imagic Digital)

A track-by-track review of the new Eagles Christmas album

The Eagles offensive linemen are back with a whole new Christmas album. It has 11 songs, including the sultry tones of Jordan Maliata, a showcase for Lane Johnson, a Jason Kelce original, and a Travis Kelce cameo. Pre-orders for vinyl records start Friday — and unlike last year, there should be enough for everyone.

The whole album will be available for streaming at the beginning of December, but Asha Prihar got a sneak preview. Continue reading…

Eagles teammates Jordan Mailata, Jason Kelce, and Lane Johnson are back for an all-new holiday album, this time dubbed “A Philly Special Christmas Special.” (Instagram/@aphillyspecialchristmas)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• The Pa. GOP is running a campaign encouraging mail voting in November — a major switch from the past, including in May, when Supreme Court candidate Carolyn Carluccio called it “bad” for the state. If you have a mail ballot in Philadelphia, you can visit a 24/7 drop box or find officials at a drop-off event. [Yahoo/AP/Billy Penn/Phila Gov]

• Another school is temporarily closing for remediation of possible asbestos: Southwark School at 9th and Mifflin in South Philly. Students will shift to virtual learning for a week or more. [NBC10]

• Fans are upset after realizing that as part of recent renovations, the Wells Fargo Center removed hundreds of commemorative bricks originally sold as “immortal.” Arena owner Comcast Spectacor says everyone who bought one will be part of some kind of new display.[Reddit/6ABC]

• Multiverse is a new Chestnut Hill comic book store that celebrates diversity, from couple Gralin Hughes Jr. and Sara Zia Ebrahimi Hughes. [Technically]

• Seasonally relevant wildlife fact: There are hundreds of bats in FDR Park, living in a complex society that’s vital to the urban ecology. [Billy Penn]

• A.J. Brown set an NFL receiving record as the Eagles pulled out a win in Washington yesterday. And despite the loss the week prior, a lovely thing happened: two longtime fans were gifted sideline passes and were absolutely thrilled. [CBS3/Instagram]


At City Hall, Mayor Kenney introduces the winning artist and design selected by the African American Historic Statue Advisory Committee for the forthcoming statue of Harriet Tubman, the city’s first of a Black woman historical figure (11 a.m.). 


🍻 Billy Penn event: BP Quizzo lands in Germantown, as we return to the spacious Attic Brewing Co. for Philly news and history trivia, with happy hour specials and prizes. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16)

👻 Upstairs at Abyssinia in West Philly hosts Case Comedy presenting “Ghosted,” a show where comedians ghostwrite new sets for each other to perform. Free with RSVP. (7:30 to 9 p.m.)

🎥 The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival kicks off 10 days of movies, documentaries, parties, and discussions with “Above and Below the Ground,” by Seoul-born director Emily Hong. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2)

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