It's been a time for parties recently in Philadelphia, as we've watched the Eagles ram their way into their first Super Bowl in 13 years. Proof? Booze sales at Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in the city are up 14 percent during the NFL Playoffs, per data the LCB provided to NBC10. Sales in the surrounding counties are up too, though not quite as much. That's in contrast to the western part of the state. In areas where fans wave terrible towels for the Steelers, sales have dropped 14 percent over the past few weeks.
One year ago today, Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney and Sen. Bob Brady dropped whatever they were doing and headed to PHL Airport. They joined hundreds of people there to protest the restrictive travel ban enacted in a surprise move by then-new President Trump. The ban, as originally designed, would have immediately affected more than 2,200 Philadelphians. Trump's moves mobilized a surge of support for immigrants — the PA ACLU tripled its membership over just two months. Courts struck down parts of the ban, but a look at Philly's immigrant communities last August showed it still had far-reaching effects.
How much does experience matter when it comes to playing in the Super Bowl? The Eagles hope the answer is “not much.” Only eight Eagles on the team’s roster have Super Bowl experience. The Patriots boast 41 players that have been to a Super Bowl. Led by Tom Brady’s previous seven appearances, the Pats players combine for 73 Super Bowls to the Eagles' nine. But get this, the Eagles have more coaches who have gone to a Super Bowl as players. As coaches...that's a different story. Here's a look at the difference in Super Bowl experience between the Birds and Pats.
Lack of experience didn't didn't stop Aicha Brown from showing her Eagles love. The fourth grader at Philadelphia Performing Arts charter school in South Philly wrote an entirely new fight song to support the home team. Her older sister edited it, and her dad shot a sweet music video of Brown performing the song, complete with footage of the Philadelphia skyline, tailgating at the Linc and a triumphant pose on the Art Museum steps. Check out the young talent and read her lyrics here.
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Cooks Who Care is hosting a pop-up buffet at Judy Ni's petite fast-casual that specializes in food from Taiwan. Get interactive with build-your-own rice bowls and gwa bao buns, the pile on potstickers to round out the meal.
Where: Baology at 1829 JFK Blvd., 19103
When: January 29, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: $8
Representatives from Fair Districts PA and the Committee of Seventy will talk about the current state of PA's congressional districts — which are up in the air after the state Supreme Court ordered the map redrawn.
Where: Palumbo Recreation Center at 725 S. 10th St., 19147
When: January 30, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
How much: Free
Don't worry, this isn't a Wing Bowl-style free for all. But if you think you can down 20 wings in a hurry and want to win $200 cash, head to this Manayunk tavern and pit your eating skills against Bill Simmons, aka El Wingador. The referee will be NFL All-Pro offensive guard and Philly native Jahri Evans, who's also a co-owner of the bar. Advance registration suggested.
Where: SOMO Manayunk at 4311 Main St., 19127
When: January 31, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $20
Even if Amazon doesn't chose Philadelphia for HQ2, there's lots to be gleaned from the RFP process. Philly's Design Advocacy Group hosts reps from the Commerce Department and PIDC to talk about how that info can be leveraged to boost the city going forward.
Where: Center for Architecture + Design at 1218 Arch St., 19107
When: February 1, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
How much: Free
This pop-up movie theater invites you to inhabit the life of Phil Connors and relive Groundhog's Day over and over and over and over again. Shows start and noon and continue through midnight.
Where: South Street Cinema at 327 South St., 19147
When: February 2, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
How much: $5