Hailed as the first Hollywood comic book blockbuster with a predominantly black cast led by a black hero, "Black Panther" is breaking box office records. Per Deadline, by the end of the four-day weekend, the Ryan Coogler-directed film is poised to beat "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in sales. Its presales were only topped by the recent Star Wars flicks. ComScore is reporting around 40 percent of ticket-buyers are African American, and many of the tickets were bought in groups by schools, churches or community centers — like Francis Myers Rec Center in Kingsessing. On Friday night, after a weeklong buildup where they made masks and posed as superheros, the kids were taken by Philly Parks & Rec staff to see "Black Panther" in person.
In an epic Twitter thread that's now gone viral (42k retweets, 103k likes), Eagles defensive end Chris Long — the one who donated all his paychecks last season to help city kids go to school — took on Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham. Specifically, he pointed out the hypocrisy of her recent on-air comment that basketball stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant should refrain from political commentary, that they should "Shut up and dribble" instead of weigh in on Trump. If that's the case, Long said, what about all the other people Fox has asked for political comment? He tweeted screenshots of the network hosting actors (Jon Voigt, Clint Eastwood), musicians (Kid Rock, Gene Simmons) and other sports figures (Bobby Knight). Others supplied more examples, including former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling.
Happy Lunar New Year! One of the traditional foods to celebrate the holiday is potstickers — aka dumplings. Per Judy Ni, who co-owns Center City fast casual Baology, the mini purses filled with good flavors symbolize wealth and prosperity. She's hosting a special dinner at the restaurant tonight, but if you want to celebrate at home (or plan to tackle some new cooking this month), she provided Billy Penn with detailed info on how to make them. Get the recipe for traditional Taiwanese shrimp and pork potstickers here.
The first semi-automatic weapons — which are a far cry from the AR-15s used in the horrific recent shootings — may have roots in Philly. In 1777, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to George Washington recommending the president commission 100 “rapid-fire muskets” invented by Philadelphia resident Joseph Belton. And Washington agreed…but then he abruptly nixed the deal. (Apparently Belton asked for too much money.)
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P'unk Burger owner Marlo Dilks is all about supporting future empowered women by helping the Girl Scouts. Throughout the week, she'll offer five shakes made with five different cookies — toasted coconut with Caramel deLites, anyone? — all purchased from area troops. $1 from each shake will be donated back to the Scouts, who'll be selling outside the shop on Sat. and Sun.
Where: P'unk Burger at 1823 E. Passyunk Ave., 19148
When: February 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. to February 25, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Some dogs up for adoption are perfectly wonderful, but just don't "show well," whether it's because they're shy, or nervous, or not immediately beautiful. The PSCPA staffers who know and love these long-termers are hosting a special event to try to find them a forever home.
Where: PSPCA Fishtown Center at 1546 Frankford Ave., 19125
When: February 18, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra is the youngest division of the renowned Philadelphia Youth Orchestra — performers are between the ages of 12 and 18. Director and conductor Rosalind Erwin will lead them in Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Franck’s Symphony in D minor
Where: Kimmel Center at 300 S. Broad St., 19102
When: February 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
How much: $10-$20
Chef Kurt Evans' "End Mass Incarceration" dinners raise money for various nonprofits that help families with people behind bars, but the events are more than just fundraisers — they're places where concerned people can discuss ideas and come up with plans of action to move the conversation forward. If you can't attend, you can still donate at the link.
Where: El Compadre at 1149 S. 9th St., 19147
When: February 18, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $35 minimum donation
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 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $15 (including Eventbrite fee)