A fire in Old City that was first reported around 3 a.m. this morning quickly turned into a four-alarm disaster, with more than 150 firefighters responding. The blaze, which reportedly originated at 239 Chestnut St., across the street from the Museum of the American Revolution, was under control by 7 a.m., according to Philly Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel. More than 160 people were evacuated, both residents and guests at the adjacent Best Western Hotel. Damage to the hotel or other nearby businesses, which include the Little Lion restaurant, has not yet been assessed. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
If you haven't seen Kiro Mankorious's video from the Eagles parade, it's definitely a fun one to watch. In it, a pair of Philly cops jump right in the middle of a giant dance circle that formed in the crowd at a gas station near Spring Garden. The clip was retweeted 17,000 times, and shared by hundreds more. The appeal was obvious; as one person put it: "Finally a good story about police and African Americans." Many outlets reposted the video without permission, but Mankorious, a 17 year old from Voorhees, wasn't too upset about it. He did get paid all of $1 by WorldStarHipHop, but in the end, he said, the money didn't matter: "It was an experience of a lifetime."
Over the past few years, the online video series 3-Minute Storyteller has highlighted more than 75 people in its three-minute shorts. The couple behind the series is local, from Phoenixville, but their subjects have ranged from NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman and "Hamilton" star Miguel Cervantes to Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione and Kensington activist Shane Claiborne. Starting this week, they're adding a podcast so people can hear the full interviews. Here's how a mid-life crisis turned a hobby into a new, inspiration-driven career.
In honor of its third anniversary on East Passyunk Avenue, Bing Bing Dim Sum has introduced a new prix-fixe dinner special — and the $35 "Bangarang" meal is better than most Restaurant Week deals. It starts with a big Pu Pu Platter, filled with snacks like cumin lamb rolls, fried wontons and spicy smashed cukes. That's followed by a Lancaster County chicken that's been marinated, browned, braised and glazed, from which you pull tender meat to build your own buns. Dessert is chocolate cheesescake bao. It's available every night for parties of two or more. Expect to have leftovers.
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One year after its release, director Jordan Peele and Universal Pictures are offering free tickets to a special Presidents’ Day screening of "Get Out" at 55 AMC theaters across the country. Near Philly, there's one in Cherry Hill, another in Neshaminy and a third in Bensalem. The gratis tickets to the racially-driven horror flick/comedic thriller will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting when the box office opens, so plan to swing by early.
Where: AMC Theaters
When: February 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Amanda Feifer, a Philly resident well-known for her fermentation blog, Phickle, will lead an interactive class on kombucha. The fermented sweetened tea is surging in popularity, and Feifer will detail why so many people are drinking it to feel healthy. She'll show how easy it is to make at home, and sample three flavors. Di Bruno Bros. will provide light bites to go along. Space is limited.
Where: Independence LIVE at 1919 Market St.
When: February 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $15 (including Eventbrite fee)
Dirty Franks bartender and founder of Sunshine Arts Center Sheila Modglin was nearly killed after a motorist slammed into her the night of the Eagles parade. The Modglin family is raising money to help pay for medical bills, and Sheila's many friends are kicking in with fundraisers like this one. Kevin Sweeney and Jordan Stalsworth of Amis will be cooking up sliders all night "in da cart" at Garage, and 100 percent of proceeds go to Sheila's recovery. There will also be raffles with prizes to raise money for the cause.
Where: Garage Passyunk at 1231 E. Passyunk Ave. 19147
When: February 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Reading Terminal Market is celebrating its 125th birthday with a day of events and specials inspired by 1893. There'll be a ribbon cutting with the governor and mayor to commemorate "the grand opening it never had"; Victorian-era street performers; throwback prices given out when a bell rings; and a special display of cakes at all the bakeries that call RTM home.
Where: Reading Terminal Market at 12th and Filbert St., 19107
When: February 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free entertainment / pay as you go
Do you want to explore careers that have an impact? This expo hosted by the SJU Career Development Center is the place for students or those looking to change jobs to speak with nonprofits, service organizations and socially responsible for-profit companies about the work they do and the opportunities they have available.
Where: Temple University, Mitten Hall, Great Court at 1755 N. 15th St., 19122
When: February 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free