Philly has been feeling the love all week, and it doesn't have to end. Next Tuesday, the LOVE sculpture will finally return to LOVE Park — in appropriately celebratory fashion. According to Billy Penn's sources, the city is planning a parade of sorts to welcome it home. Nothing like the incredible Eagles madness, of course, but a fun procession that will see the iconic artwork roll through the city before landing at home, just in time for Valentine's Day.
This weekend brings the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention to Center City. Most local artists spent last week preparing for the gathering — one of the world's largest — but some got distracted with other things. Namely: the Eagles. One South Philly parlor that intended to stay closed Thursday opened its doors to satisfy demand from parade-goers itching for Birds ink. Another ran a special that brought in dozens of Eagles faithful. And neither thinks the craze will end anytime soon.
Is the "no one likes us" chant your new earworm? After Jason Kelce led tens of thousands of fans in the profanity-studded song during the parade, it's gained huge popularity. But it's not new. The filmmakers behind the forthcoming documentary "Dallas Sucks" shot a rousing rendition on the Art Museum steps the day before the Super Bowl. And it originally came from soccer: the Sons of Ben fan group for the Philadelphia Union has been chanting it for years. They took it from a different club, Millwall F.C., which plays in South East London. Underdogs everywhere unite.
As far as anyone knows, President Donald Trump has not yet invited the Eagles to the White House to honor their Super Bowl win. (He did send a tweet congratulating them — and no, the team did not tweet a profanity back, despite a viral meme.) But that hasn't stopped speculation as to what the team will do. There's been no official decision, per team president Don Smolenski, but the latest on the topic is a quote from Torrey Smith, one of the three players who've definitively stated they won't go. Said the wide receiver to CNN's Don Lemon, there are “plenty of guys who said they do not plan on going.”
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A theme of "black and gold" will run throughout this spoken word performance. Twenty-five artists will perform, and there will also be food and drink and mingling. Ticket proceeds benefit Viva Puerto Rico's ongoing hurricane relief efforts.
Where: Taller Puertorriqueno at 2600 N. 5th St., 19133
When: February 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $10 or $15 with parking
This sky-high observation deck is hosting a pre Valentine's Day gathering. Godiva, Di Bruno Bros. and Grace Winery will provide sweets and sips for you to sample as you enjoy the view with a loved one. Or go by yourself, no one's judging!
Where: One Liberty's Observation Deck at 1650 Market St.
When: February 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $14.50 admission
Printmaking masters at this Bella Vista art center will lead you through the process of making your own cards to say "I love you" that are way better than Hallmark's. The three Sunday sessions are open to all ages.
Where: Fleisher Art Memorial at 719 Catharine St., 19147
When: February 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
How much: $10