Newsletter for Saturday, January 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
At least the Mummers Parade trash is colorful?; photo via @jerryd88 on Instagram
NEW DIVERSITY, NEW CONTROVERSY AT 116TH ANNUAL MUMMERS PARADE
A new Philadelphia Division with four groups of non-traditional Mummers (read: not white men of European descent) was added to the parade this year to help foster diversity, but others still managed to stir controversy. Mummers in brownface were decried as racist (some kind of face paint is a classic part of the Comics’ garb) and signs spoofing the Black Lives Matter movement made a repeat showing — their inclusion last year is what spurred yesterday’s protest march (two protesters were arrested). Then there was Finnegan NYB’s performance, which mocked Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out and shocked many viewers. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney even weighed in via Twitter, calling it “bad” and “hurtful to many Philadelphians.” Additionally, a Daily News reporter caught one Finnegan member shouting gay slurs on video, and another man reported being attacked by a group of Mummers because he was gay. (Meanwhile, Stu Bykofsky thinks the problem with the parade is that it moves too slowly.)
WHY FIRING CHIP KELLY DOESN’T FIX THE EAGLES
Former Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s pink slip wasn’t unwarranted. The team was 6-9 going into the season finale and had lost four of their last six by an average of 28 points. But lost in the clatter of the city’s collective tapdance on Kelly’s grave is that the Eagles still haven’t won a playoff game since 2008 — five years before Kelly’s arrival — and haven’t won a playoff game in their own stadium since 2006. In other words, the franchise’s problems didn’t start, nor will they end, with Kelly.
ON THE CALENDAR
Chill's finally here, so the Phila Flea Market is going indoors. Shop jewelry, clothing, accessories furniture and more in a warm, heated room. There's a food court, too.
Where: Phila Flea Markets at 820 Spring Garden St. 19123
When: January 2, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission / pay as you go
Jan. 3 is closing date for the Franklin Institute's extensive exhibit on "one of the world's most misunderstood conquerors," complete with 1000-year-old documents, bows, arrows and ancient treasures.
Where: The Franklin Institute at 22 N. 20th St. 19103
When: January 2, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. to January 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: $19.95-$29.95 adults; $14.95-$24.95 kids
Go beyond the boxy exterior of Broad Street's most visible venue with a free art and architecture tour of the building and its concert halls.
Where: Kimmel Center at 1500 Walnut St. 19102
When: January 2, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
How much: Free
First Saturday of the month means it's open mic night at Poetry 247's West Philly gallery. Prep your best 5-minute jam or just come to watch the show, which finishes with an hour of featured acts. Free food, discounted drinks, doors at 8.
Where: A Poet Art Gallery at 4032 Girard Ave. 19104
When: January 2, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $10
The folks at Philadelphia Runner want to help you start the year off right (and gain a few new customers), so they're hosting a short Resolution Run around Center City, followed by a party with snacks where you'll write down your goals and get running advice.
Where: Philadelphia Runner at 1601 Sansom St. 19103
When: January 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
How much: Free