Think of King Tut, and a sandwich is probably the last thing that comes to mind. But a photo collage circulating online makes the case that, from some angles at least, the two aren't so far apart. The pic shows scientists getting ready to do a CT scan on the famous mummy...which looks exactly like a cheesesteak. "I’ll have a King Tut whiz wit," joked a Philly artist when she posted the image on Twitter, catching the attention of people in at least four Middle Eastern countries.
The Eagles are resting some of their starters against the Cowboys, to get healthy and ready for the playoffs. As Week 17 gets underway, it looks like other teams headed for the postseason may be resting their starters as well. That begs the question: Is it better to be the 4 seed than the 3 seed? In other words, are NFC playoff teams hoping to lose this week to set up a second-round game with the Eagles? It sure looks like the Eagles have become the playoff team everyone wants to play.
Hot new restaurants get all the buzz, but places that withstand the test of time deserve plaudits, too. How’d they manage to make it through the years of ups and downs? Often, it isn’t by staying the same, but by embracing change. Here are five classic Philly restaurants that successfully refreshed or reinvented themselves this year.
Thanks to the PA Department of Environmental Protection's Growing Greener program, several treeless areas of Philly will grow a little greener over the next three years. The state awarded a $250,000 grant to the city, which Parks & Rec officials told PlanPhilly will allow it to plant "at least 400 trees extra in the next three years." The TreePhilly program's annual budget has hovered between $300k and $400k annually recently, but there is still a backlog of requests. This new funding should help eliminate it.
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The big Christmas Day re-enactment of George Washington actually crossing the Delaware River was called off due to high winds, but if you (or the little ones) want to experience the moment, you can do it indoors. The Independence National Historic Park's Ranger Program is putting on a half-hour show with film and discussion at 3 p.m. both Sat and Sun.
Where: Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S. at 420 Chestnut St., 19106
When: December 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to December 31, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
How much: Free
Bacon impresario Ari Miller of 1732 Meats produces a whole line of charcuterie nowadays, and he'll be sampling all the cured meat at Manatawny's South Philly outpost. Expect recommendations of whiskey, gin, vodka and rum cocktails to go with the salumi.
Where: Mantawny Still Works at 1603 E. Passyunk Ave., 19148
When: December 30, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free meat, drinks PAYG
The Kwanzaa Cooperative, The National Association of Kawaida Organizations and the Black Writers Museum host their annual celebration of the winter holiday with a candle lighting ceremony, a kids area, live entertainment, market vendors and speakers. This year's talks will be led by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Dr. Segun Shabaka.
Where: West Philadelphia High School at 4901 Chestnut St., 19139
When: December 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $7; kids & seniors $5
This Fishtown cafe slash record store has turned weekend evenings into a BYOB bar with live DJ sets. Look for new menu items and a bartender ready to turn your bring-along booze into classy cocktails with juice and mixers.
Where: Milkcrate Cafe at 400 E. Girard Ave., 19125
When: December 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission, PAYG food and drink
This Port Richmond/Harrowgate shop is hosting a three-day sale to clear out lots of inventory before 2018 really kicks in. Look for 50% off back issues, four for $1 deals and buy one, get one free in the Dollar Comics section. Discounts on paperbacks, hardcover and manga books, too.
Where: Ontario Street Comics at 2235 E. Ontario St., 19134
When: December 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to January 2, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go