It's been a weird week in Sixersland. The team dropped the news that Joel Embiid would be sidelined at least through March 3, longer than originally anticipated (the star center reportedly isn't happy with how the announcement was handled). Then there was the trade fiasco, wherein GM Bryan Colangelo dealt away the wrong big man, sending Nerlens Noel off to Dallas while holding onto Jahlil Okafor. And yesterday, the big bomb: Ben Simmons, aka the first round draft pick we earned via The Process, will not play at all this season. So after all that, what happened last night? A win. Yep, Brett Brown's team went out and beat the third best team in the East.
Since Donald Trump became president, the ACLU of Pennsylvania has nearly tripled its membership. The civil liberties organization has added just under 28,000 new Pennsylvania members from November 8 through today. More than half of the new subscribers joined between Jan. 28-31, the four-day period marked by airport protests and confusion surrounding the executive order implementing a travel ban. The volume of new membership on Jan. 29 was so high it actually broke the system.
The annual Two Piece Fest takes over the basement of the First Unitarian Church in Rittenhouse today with 22 two-person bands across two stages. It's the tenth anniversary for the music fest in Philly, but in the past decade, founders Craig Woods and Peter Helmis have seen their idea spread across the world. Festivals inspired by the original have taken place in Australia, Spain, New Zealand and maybe even Kabul.
On the Calendar
A commemorative poster exhibit from the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC that highlights the experiences of Black Americans is making a tour stop in Philly. Look for imagery like the outfit worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School and Chuck Berry's Gibson guitar.
Where: DHEx Enterprises at 6353 Germantown Ave. 19144
When: February 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
They might not be in the main troupe, but the dancers in Pennsylvania Ballet's second company are still some of the finest in the world. Artistic director Angel Corella hosts a night of four brand new works choreographed just for this group.
Where: Prince Theater at 1412 Chestnut St. 19102
When: February 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $20
What could entice you into a dance club in the middle of the afternoon? How about a Vinyasa yoga class that's entirely built around the works of Queen Bey — think everything from Destiny classics to new bangers from Lemonade. Advance tickets required; bring your own mat; 21+
Where: Voltage Lounge at 421 N. 7th St. 19123
When: February 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: $25 advance ticket
Do your own red carpet walk right into this better-than-usual-hotel-bar in Rittenhouse, where you can watch the Academy Awards with $7 champagne cocktails and free truffle popcorn. Get there early if you want to catch the stars' embarrassing pre-awards interviews while sipping happy hour-priced drinks. Triva and prizes, too.
Where: Square 1682 at 121 S. 17th St. 19103
When: February 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Belt out your best ballads for the Man in Black to celebrate the date he arrived in this world. Choose from a library of thousands of songs, although note the organizers' caveat: "Requests may be iffy after midnight."
Where: Bob & Barbara's at 1509 South St. 19146
When: February 26, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. to February 27, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Free / 1 drink minimum