When word broke that Bud Light was planning to give out free beer at the Eagles Super Bowl parade, it was obvious the foreign-owned brand would have a huge presence at the event. But did the "Dilly, Dilly" viral marketing campaign have to creep all the way into City Hall? On Wednesday, the city officially hosted the Bud Light "town crier" to proclaim "Philly Philly Day." Did the beer giant offer any funds donated toward schools or help with street cleanup in return for the municipally-endorsed advertising? No, it did not, officials confirmed to Billy Penn.
"American 9475 Heavy, this is World Champion Tower." On Monday, Feb. 5, the Lombardi Trophy–winning Eagles made the return flight home from Minneapolis. It was late when they arrived over PHL Airport, and almost everyone in the plane was asleep. But the pilot and air traffic controllers bringing them home were very much awake — and totally thrilled with their champion-caliber cargo. Here's what the Super Bowl inspired chatter sounded like as air traffic control brought the champions home.
In honor of Black History Month, Philly Mag highlights six African American Philadelphians who deserve wider recognition. Each icon is showcased via an essay from a different Philly writer. There's an ode to Marian Anderson and her powerful singing voice. An homage to Sadie T.M. Alexander, the first black woman to practice law in Pa. A tribute to Michael Hinson, an early champion of LGBTQ rights in the city. And more.
Eric Lawton and his 7-year-old son, Shawn, have a great real-life relationship. It's in their online videos that things get more controversial — all for the sake of a good laugh. The Lawtons star in their self-produced comedy series GheeFunny, which has more than 650,000 followers on Facebook and another 180k on Instagram. This PMN profile looks at what makes their humor so catchy (it doesn't hold back, on topic or tone) and how friends and family react.
On the Calendar
Get young feet tapping to the disco beat. A teacher will lead a kids class on the best dance moves from the 1960s and '70s, and show how they've evolved into the modern moves seen at parties today. Arrive early, space is limited.
Where: West Oak Lane Library at 2000 E. Washington Ln., 19138
When: February 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
This weekly event series has been traveling Philly bars for a while now, and this month lands at Standard Tap. If you want a chance to disconnect from the internet for a night and think about the communication made possible by the hand-written word, swing through to dedicate an evening to letters. Paper and stamps are provided for free.
Where: Standard Tap at 901 N. 2nd St., 19123
When: February 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
How much: Free
If you're not into the V-Day date thing, check out PHL Self-Made Women — a group for women entrepreneurs, women business owners and career-oriented women. At monthly meetings, they support each others' progress and encourage success. A guest speaker takes the floor for a 10-minute talk about asking for help, then the discussion opens up to the floor. All are welcome.
Where: Make Offices at 1635 Market St., 16th Floor, 19103
When: February 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Community leaders from Philly's 32nd ward host a general info session on how North Philly residents can plan for the future in the face of rapid development. People invited to attend include neighborhood residents, homeowners, urbanists, block captains and also Temple faculty, students and alumni. Light refreshments while supplies last.
Where: Church of the Advocate at 1801 W. Diamond St., 19121
When: February 15, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
M&M The Chocolate Monthly is new monthly showcase of Philadelphia talent. This session presents rapper B.K.A Mad Matt Swayzie in his first official solo performance, though he's performed with others before, including with a jazz band at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center.
Where: M&M The Chocolate Monthly at 2301 N. 9th St., 19133
When: February 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to February 17, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: $7