Nellie Fitzpatrick, the chief for the office of LGBT Affairs in Philadelphia, is gone, telling the Philly Voice, "it was not my decision, but I was very happy to move on." When asked if her removal had to do with criticism from local activist groups over how the office handled racism complaints, she said, "I was happy to be a lightning rod on this issue to help bring it some much-needed attention at higher levels of government." On Monday, the Mayor's office announced that Amber Hikes, a community leader within the Gayborhood, will take over the post on March 6.
Bill Kelly is a language teacher on Penn's campus, but he's more concerned with specific terms and idiomatic expressions — the way Americans say things — than conjugation or grammar. Kelly calls his class 'Slanguage,' and after decades of traveling for work and pleasure, he wanted to teach a class that could address those moments when regionalisms, cultural references, nods to history or simply a turn of phrase can sail right over the head of the foreign listener. Read how Kelly is helping students learn about today's America through how we speak.
The Sixers won their third-straight game, topping Charlotte 105-99 to improve to 21-34. But all the Sixers talk is about the guys who aren't playing. Ben Simmons won't feature in 5-on-5 drills for a while, leading to speculation he may miss the entire year. Joel Embiid still isn't playing after the team finally admitted he has a meniscus tear. And Jahlil Okafor didn't travel because he's about to get traded. We think. Nobody is sure. We took a look at where, and for what, Jah might go.
Archbishop Charles Chaput went on a nationally-syndicated radio show Monday to rip the mainstream media for how Donald Trump is being treated. "It's just amazing to me how hostile the press is to everything the president does," Chaput said, before admitting he didn't want to be partisan as he publicly wished Trump success.
No better way to show your beau you really care than taking them to a show paying homage to John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme.' Sweep them off their feet with smooth sax, guitar, drum and bass. 21+
Where: Underground Arts at 1200 Callowhill St. 19123
When: February 14, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $10 ticket
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After more than two years of planning, Second District Brewing is opening this week in the Newbold/Point Breeze section of South Philly. The brewpub is a joint project of the minds behind the South Philadelphia Tap Room/American Sardine Bar and Nodding Head, but it's "definitely not Nodding Head reborn." Second District is intensely local, and is just the start of what the group is planning for the area. Check out our behind-the-scenes tour.
This is real. The Philadelphia Union posted a job Monday for a Chief Tattoo Officer, stating, "As our club grows, players and staff are joining the Union from geographies outside of Philadelphia. Given their love for tattoos and unfamiliarity with their new city, they often look for guidance in seeking a new, local artist." So the team is looking for an ink partner. That's pretty cool, certainly cooler than Temple football hiring a Specialist With Advanced Graphics, or S.W.A.G. Coordinator, to help with recruiting. Yes, that is also real.