When you disrespect Philly, you do it at your own peril. That's the message Zach Ertz has for the bookmakers, sportswriters, talking heads and "experts" on social media who are still writing off the Eagles this weekend. Going into Sunday's NFC Championship against the Minnesota Vikings, the Birds are again the underdogs — Ertz opens his article for the Players' Tribune by recounting the origin of those now-famous dog masks — but unlike last week, this time around the city is rallying strong (The Roots will even perform at halftime). The team's history as the No. 1 seed in the division isn't the best (they're 1-2), but if Nick Foles and Doug Pederson can repeat what they did against the Falcons, anything's possible. Go Eagles.
Several dozen Philadelphians who’ve each paid $250 will spend today in a DoubleTree conference room learning about medical marijuana. They're there to be schooled on how to be a "budtender" — one of the most sought-after jobs in the blossoming industry. But does the certificate they'll get for their troubles actually mean anything? Billy Penn talked to the CEO of HempStaff, the company running the training, and bounced his claims off some medical weed pros, including a dispensary owner and a longtime advocate. Long story short: Taking the class doesn't do much except show initiative. Expensive initiative.
When Nasr Saradar, Syrian refugee who now works in refugee resettlement in Philly, watched the video of ISIS destroying a 3,000-year historic site in Nimrud, Iraq at Penn Museum, he was shaken. “It was heartbreaking and emotional,” he said. The Cultures in the Crossfires exhibit doesn't hold back on horrifying imagery of the destruction of antiquities and artifacts in the Middle East. It's a way to raise awareness, per the curator, and to connect people here with some of the reasons there's been a flood of refugees from the region. The display also highlights something positive: Syrians’ and Iraqis’ extensive emergency preservation efforts.
Michele Recupido, Philly native and longtime Locust Rendezvous manager, didn’t expect her letter to have such a far-reaching effect. She dropped it off anonymously to thank the young workers at Redhouse Bagels for the respect with which they'd always treated her Alzheimer's-suffering husband, who recently entered a Memory Care facility. But after the bagel shop owners posted the note on Facebook, it went viral, and even showed up on the evening news. After some hesitation, Recupido stepped forward, with good effect: Now, every time Redhouse sells her husband's favorite sandwich, they'll make a donation to Alzheimer's research.
On the Calendar
Kids At Play is hosting a second anniversary party with special activities for the little ones. Expect a magic show, balloon animals, face painting, cupcakes and goodie bags, in addition to the regular jungle gym-ball pit-trampoline fun. Advance registration suggested.
Where: Kids At Play at 3502 Scotts Ln., Suite 711, 19129
When: January 21, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: $3-$15
Acclaimed youth orchestra Philadelphia Sinfonia is donating a third of all ticket sales from the first concert of the year to the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. The program includes a Weber clarinet concerto and Beethoven's famous Symphony No. 5.
Where: Temple Performing Arts Center at 1837 N. Broad St., 19122
When: January 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
How much: $15
Join Carol Ha, owner of Okie Dokie Donuts, at this NoLibs art studio for hands-on lessons about how to glaze her gluten-free, small-batch treats. Tickets include snacks along the way plus a unique ceramic dessert plate made on site.
Where: The Clay Studio at 137-139 N. 2nd St., 19106
When: January 21, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $35 members; $40 nonmembers
You'd think it might be slumming for a sushi master to cook wings, but Royal Izakaya's Jesse Ito is all about crispy comfort. He'll collaborate with chef Brian Lofink at the Grad Hospital tavern on a special recipe for Japanese karaage-style wings, fried up crisp and served with soy-chile vinegar sauce. Available one day only.
Where: Sidecar Bar & Grille at 2201 Christian St., 19146
When: January 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go