Today is the last day of Kwanzaa, so to mark the occasion we headed to the candle-lighting ceremony over at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP). We asked Stephanie Cunningham, AAMP’s curator of education who led the ceremony, to tell us what the museum puts into its Kwanzaa spread. The items on the holiday table, aside from the fresh fruit and vegetables, have been used in celebrations through the years. Here's what we found out.
The saints will tell you: as one year turns into another, there’s simply no better place to be. A number of black churches throughout the city last night opened their doors for the long-held tradition of Watch Night, the service where worshippers count down and celebrate the new year together. For many millennials and churched-up blacks, Watch Night is more than a righteous spot on the calendar. It presents a choice, with loaded connotations.
Chaka Fattah is supposed to report for federal prison January 25 to begin serving a 10-year sentence, but he’s pulling every move to try and stay out. Fattah’s attorneys filed a motion yesterday asking for his release pending his appeal of the conviction because they claim at least two aspects of the case are likely to lead to a retrial. Here are all the details.
On the Calendar
Apparently the hot new drink of winter 2017 is red wine hot chocolate — it got a big writeup in the NYT a couple weeks ago. Is it actually good? Word is yes, but you can try for yourself starting Jan. 2 at this wine-beer-cheese cafes.
Where: Tria Fitler Square and Tria Taproom at 2227 Pine St. & 2005 Walnut St.
When: January 2, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Publetters motto: A good and sincere letter can be written in two drinks' time. Test it out at the first gathering of the year. Everything you need is provided, including paper, envelopes, stamps and pens — just bring ideas for who to send your missives to.
Where: East Passyunk Community Rec Center at 1025 Mifflin St. 19148
When: January 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free letter writing; pay-as-you-go drinks and food
Ground has been broken on the elevated public park planned for the old Reading Viaduct. This repeating first Wednesday happy hour will help grow awareness of the project and also raise funds — 20% of proceeds go to support construction. Specials include $7 Ryed The Rails cocktails. Pre-registration requested.
Where: The Trestle Inn at 339 N. 11th St. 19107
When: January 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
In this Mike Judge flick, the future US has been dumbed down so much that a dorky average guy (Luke Wilson) is the smartest dude around — so they make him president. It's fiction, of course, but also pretty incisive commentary.
Where: CineMug at 1607 S. Broad St. 19148
When: January 5, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $3 admission
Artists from around the region are coming together for a one-week joint show of art inspired by the beloved musician.
Where: Ruckus Gallery at 27 N. 2nd St. 19106
When: January 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free