While some of us couldn't imagine watching the Super Bowl without a beer in hand, that's what fans who are in recovery will be doing — and enjoying it, too. Local recovery house owners and residents will be catching today’s game sober. But that's not a bad thing, many told Billy Penn. They'll actually remember the game the next day, one person said. They won't have to worry about getting arrested afterwards, joked another. And win or lose, they won't have the same Monday morning hangover as the rest of the city.
Super Bowl weekend got off to a great start for the Eagles, as safety Brian Dawkins and wide receiver Terrell Owens were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The duo joins an illustrious hall of fame class for 2018 that includes linebacker Ray Lewis, wide receiver Randy Moss and linebacker Brian Urlacher as modern-day selections. Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard will join them as well. Here's more on the two former Eagles — the guy who's known as Weapon X and the guy who famously did sit-ups in his South Jersey driveway.
Ringo Roseman was definitely trying to be different when he picked a pretzel bagel with mint chocolate chip spread as the Eagles tribute special. But Roseman, who owns 7-month-old Queen Village cafe The Bagel Place, wasn't quite ready for the backlash his creation got after an ESPN reporter with 2 million followers tweeted out a photo. "It was mostly vomit GIFs," he said of the reactions to the post. Nonetheless, he declined to take offense, and instead jumped on Twitter for some good-humored, Philly-inspired fun.
After a crescendo of Eagles fever, Philly's team finally gets to show what they've got in Super Bowl LII. Kickoff is 6:30, but TV coverage starts much earlier than that. Here's our guide to watching, including how to access NBC's free stream. Pink will sing the national anthem (even though she has the flu), and it looks like a hologram of Prince will NOT join Justin Timberlake at halftime. There's plenty riding on the outcome, including $5 billion in prop bets and 24 silly Philadelphia-Boston wagers. As for after the game, the police have said they aren't using Crisco, but rumor has it they might slick the poles with gear oil instead. Go Birds!
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If you've got or know little ones between 8 and 12 years old, introduce them to the powerful skill of programming with this free class by EPAM Systems. Kids will learn to code virtual pets, games, animations and interactive stories using Scratch.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St., 19103
When: February 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Students from Temple's Boyer College of Music and Dance will perform a full-length show featuring drumming traditions from Brazil, West Africa and India. Expect beats and rhythms in sequences both familiar and unusual.
Where: Lew Klein Hall at 1837 N. Broad St., 19122
When: February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The state-led School Reform Commission is disbanding, and control of local schools will be returned to Philadelphia. Specifically, to the new school board, which needs members. Nominations and applications to be one of them — here's the "job" description — are due on February 7, and can be submitted online or via mail.
When: February 7, 2018 at 6:00 a.m. to 11:59 a.m.
How much: Free
We have Restaurant Week and Beer Week, why not something similar for theater? That's the thinking behind this 10-day celebration. Companies and venues across the city have joined to offer a series of events designed to make theater more accessible. Shows are $30, $15 or entirely free, and ranges from plays to readings to interactive events. (Why did organizers choose the British spelling of "theatre"? Can't say.)
Where: Theaters across Philadelphia
When: February 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to February 18, 2018 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free to $30
Eyes Gallery, the South Street shop run by mosaic muralist Isaiah Zagar's wife, Julia Zagar, is hosting an opening night party for a multi-artist show of works celebrating love, community and Women. A portion of commission from all sales will be donated to anti-abuse nonprofit Women in Transition.
Where: Eyes Gallery at 402 South St., 19147
When: February 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free