Newsletter for Saturday, November 21
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Life moves pretty fast — if you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it; photo via @photolope on Instagram
NEW ROCKY MOVIE ‘CREED’ DOES THE SERIES, AND PHILADELPHIA, JUSTICE
The reviews are officially out for new Rocky sequel Creed, and it looks like the movie is as good as the Philly-centric trailers made it seem. The film, which was shot in Philadelphia earlier this year and is directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), is racking up the plaudits — it scores 88 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes and gets a 75 on Metacritic. The Philadelphia Inquirer review hails it as “corny like the old Rocky films, but riveting like the old Rocky films, too,” and a sidebar on the making of the flick gets Sylvester Stallone all mushy about his adopted city: “[I]f you had told me back in 1976 that this character that came out of my head was going to become associated with the City of Brotherly Love in such a mythic way — I would not have believed you.”
PHILLY’S FIRST DIVERSITY OFFICER WILL BE PART OF KENNEY’S CITY HALL
Less than a year ago in Boston, Mayor Martin Walsh created what would become the city’s first Office of Diversity and he named the first Chief Diversity Officer. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has announced he’s making a move quite similar to Walsh: He named Nolan Atkinson Philadelphia’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. So why does Philadelphia need someone in City Hall to focus entirely on diversity and inclusion in the city’s workforce?
WILL THE GOP RUCKUS STEAL ALL THE THUNDER FROM THE PHILLY-HOSTED DNC?
The three candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination debated last Saturday night, and if you didn’t realize they were trading views on foreign policy and the economy during primetime you’re not alone. Attention-wise, the Republicans are killing it this election season so far. But political observers believe plenty of importance will have shifted back to the Democratic side by next July, when Philadelphia hosts the party’s national convention. Here’s what analysts think will go down.
ON THE CALENDAR
It might not be Black Friday yet, but that means shopping at the first of five Saturday holiday markets at the historic Strawbridge's building will be calm and easy. Expect vintage and handmade gifts and food to snack on while you shop.
Where: Strawbridge's Building at 801 Market St. 19106
When: November 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
One of the most sought-after beers in the U.S. is the coffee/chocolate/oatmeal stout made by Michigan's Founders Brewing, and it's featured at a bluegrass brunch at Heritage in Northern Liberties. A roast pig will be the star of the plate, and there will be lots of deals on other drinks and brews, as well.
Where: Heritage at 914 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: November 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
South Philly movie rental shop-slash-coffee house Cinemug is hosting a special screening of the Coen Brothers' Miller's Crossing. Yoga expert Dr. Michael Thau will start things off with a brief talk about the flick's philosophies, and continue the discussion after. Bring a $10 suggested donation or used blanket for the animals of PAWS.
Where: Cinemug at 1607 S. Broad St. 19148
When: November 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $10 suggested donation
Cat mania is coming to Philadelphia, and the latest venture is this planned storefront where you can interact with and adopt cats while chilling and sipping Keurig coffee. Want to see it happen? Hit up the fundraiser.
Where: BlueCat at 1921 Fairmount Ave. 19130
When: November 22, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: $31.74
Two new Franks were added this year to the mural that wraps around the 13th and Pine dive bar: Pope Francis and poet laureate Frank Sherlock. Mural Arts is hosting a rededication ceremony with reading from Sherlock, live music and light refreshments.
Where: Dirty Franks at 347 S. 13th St. 19107
When: November 22, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free