The Atlanta Falcons went to Los Angeles and upset the Rams last night, which set up a second-round playoff matchup with the Eagles at the Linc next Saturday. Penn Charter alum Matt Ryan brings the defending NFC champs to Philly, and the early Vegas line has the No. 6 seed as a 2.5 point favorite over Nick Foles and the Eagles. We took a look at the potential Eagles opponents last week, and this is probably the best option the Birds could have hoped for. We'll have a lot more on this game in the coming days, as it's now officially Eagles playoff week.
Saturday's high temp of 16°F was the lowest on record for Jan. 6 in Philadelphia, and the low of 7 was the coldest since 1896. Sunday morning the mercury dipped even lower, to 6 at PHL Airport, 4 at Northeast Philly Airport and 1 in Doylestown. The wind chill to go along with all that is scary — the National Weather Service says it can cause frostbite on bare skin within 30 minutes — so bundle up. (If you see someone on the street who looks like they need help, call the city's Homeless Outreach hotline at 215-232-1984.) It is forecast to warm up later this week, and even hit 60 this weekend, but in between there'll be an icy mess to contend with. Winter!
There's plenty of places to do karaoke in Philly's Chinatown, but many of them suffer from one of these issues: greasy food, dirty rooms, high minimums or watered down drinks. This new spot avoids all of those pitfalls. Ocean Harmony is now open where Rising Tide used to be, and the new owners have given the place an upgrade. There's fish tanks with live lobster and shrimp, so the seafood's always fresh. The chef from Taiwan knows his stuff. And the place is BYOB, so you can drink whatever you want — at the price you want.
The 102nd PA Farm Show is underway. The event is the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation, with thousands of animals and hundreds of exhibits (and one giant butter sculpture) drawing more than half a million people to Harrisburg's huge Farm Show Complex. The attendees represent a good cross section of the state's population, which is one reason former Philly Mayor John Street is such a fan. The self-admitted "farm show junkie" has gone to expos in 35 different states. Last year we accompanied him to this one, along with his son, Pa. Sen. Sharif Street, and ate everything we could get our hands on.
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This edition of the Free Library's "Monday Poets" series will include a special announcement: the identity of the 2018-2019 Philadelphia Poet Laureate. The newly named artist will read some works, along with spoken word from current Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim, a 17 year old from West Philly.
Where: Parkway Central Library, Rm 108 at 1901 Vine St., 19103
When: January 8, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free
The Professional Women's Roundtable was founded in 2002 to provide networking and leadership opportunities to Philly women in business. This happy hour might not be at the hippest venue, but it's central. The bonus is you don't have to pay too much attention to the wine and beer and snacks included with the $5 admission. Just concentrate on getting to know the folks in the room.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe at 1113 Market St., 19107
When: January 9, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $5
Now through Jan. 14, it's Philly Loves Bowie Week, and venues all over the city are offering specials and hosting events in the Starman's honor. Bowie superfan Patti Brett, owner of Doobies Bar, was instrumental in organizing the week. During this event, she'll give out sidewalk chalk and invite people to tag her facade and sidewalk with tributes to Ziggy Stardust. 21+ to enter, but all ages welcome to draw outside.
Where: Doobies Bar at 2201 Lombard St., 19146
When: January 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to January 11, 2018 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Free
The School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority are hosting a job fair at this West Poplar community center. Anyone interested in a position in instructional support, climate, food services, transportation, facilities or maintenance should attend to get information and apply.
Where: John F. Street Community Center at 1100 Poplar St., 19123
When: January 11, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Two centuries ago, Mary Shelley unleashed a tale of terror that has managed to remain a popular touchstone for 200 years. To celebrate the anniversary of this horror classic, The Rosenbach is featuring a special cocktail from Quaker City Mercantile, along with light refreshments and themed activities throughout the night.
Where: The Rosenbach at 2008 Delancey Pl., 19103
When: January 12, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $30 ($15 for members)