The exact zenith depends on which weather service you use, with some models predicting a high of "only" 65°F and others coming out swinging with 69. The record for this date is 68°F, so there's a good chance we'll beat it — or at least match it. There should be some sunshine to go along with the mellow mercury, too, mostly in the afternoon. As PhillyWx tweeted this morning, "We are all going to graduate from Torch So Hard University again today."
Right now, Rocket Cat Cafe looks like it exists in a war zone. But its new owners, who two months ago told Billy Penn the shop would be closing temporarily for “renovations,” promise that the cafe is still coming back. The building was just in way worse shape than anyone thought — so bad that the Mural Arts mural on the side could not be saved. You can still buy a piece of it though, if you have $5 and visit Philadelphia Salvage.
At the All-Star break, the Sixers sit at 21-35. Yes it's the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference, but it's also already 11 wins more than last year’s total, thanks in large part to two rookies who have changed the path of the franchise. That would be Joel Embiid and... not Ben Simmons. The other budding star is Dario Saric. He and Embiid are the only two rookies averaging more than 10 points per game in the entire league. So which one should get the Rookie of the Year nod? We ran the numbers.
On the Calendar
Interested in the fate of undocumented immigrants in Philly? The next organizing meeting held by Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez will address a potential City Council resolution, a national dinner tour, and ROC's fiscal sponsorship of Popular Alliance for Undocumented Workers' Rights (PAUWR). All are welcome.
Where: South Philly Barbacoa at 1703 S. 11th St. 19148
When: February 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
Local Black Lives Matter organization Philly Coalition for REAL Justice hosts a screening of "13th," DuVernay's Netflix documentary. In it, she explores how a loophole in the amendment that ended slavery led to a prison industrial complex that disproportionately affects people of color. A discussion will follow the show.
Where: Friends Center at 1500 Cherry St. 19102
When: February 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
South Philly native poet Bernard Collins will be joined by DJ Razor Ramon and artist/activist Priscilla Anacakuyani for a night of spoken word, music and live painting. Collins' humorous style harkens back to the “toasting” traditions of African American culture.
Where: Fleisher Art Memorial at 719 Catharine St. 19147
When: February 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free
The winter German celebration traditionally held 40 days before Easter comes to South Street with a bang. Look for half-price kolsch beer and special $8-for-6 fasnachts (fried donuts). Best costume wins a $50 gift certificate.
Where: Brauhaus Schmitz at 718 South St. 19147
When: February 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
For the past seven years, this Queen Village gallery has offered free art classes to the community, paid for by this annual silent auction. Post-It note bidding starts at $20 for each item. (Do you have art to display? The gallery is still looking for donations, get in touch.)
Where: Paradigm Gallery + Studio at 746 S. 4th St. 19147
When: February 24, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission