Newsletter for Sunday, December 27
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The Love Park Christmas tree slips out of focus as New Year’s Eve approaches; photo via @chris5030 on Instagram
POPE BEERS, BUDGET DRAMA, LEGAL 12-PACKS: THE YEAR IN PHILLY BOOZE
Liquor is causing major tension in the state capital — LCB reform is one of the major touchstones holding up the budget — and it also caused controversy at Philly pop-ups in Point Breeze and at the Bok. But it wasn’t all craziness: The pope got his own beer, and so did Joe Paterno, plus we gained the right to buy it in quantities other than cases or singles. Here’s a look back at the top booze stories of 2015.
EAGLES FUMBLE AWAY PLAYOFF HOPES WITH 38-24 LOSS
The verdict is in for Chip Kelly’s third season as Philadelphia NFL coach: A complete and total disaster. Last night’s game against Washington was what the Inquirer’s Zach Berman referred to as “a greatest hits of the problems that plagued the Eagles during the last four months,” including turnovers, missed connections, bad blocking and Swiss cheese defense. The sting was worse because former Eagle DeSean Jackson was on the opposing team — fans may have set fire to his jersey, but he looked smug as ever as he conducted their choruses of “boos.”
RENT YOUR HOME? YOU’RE PROBABLY PAYING MORE THAN EXPERTS SUGGEST
Philadelphia is on the low end of U.S. big cities when it comes to the average cost of renting an apartment ($1,361, vs. $1,967 in Chicago, $2,324 in Los Angeles and $3,649 in NYC, per Rent Jungle), but a new study highlighted by Philly.com still pegs it as too high. If people spend more than 30 percent of their gross monthly income on rent, they fall in a category economists call “cost-burdened,” and in Philly, that’s 57.5 percent of us.
ON THE CALENDAR
Konstantinos Pitsillides took a risk when he moved his BYOB to a much bigger location with a full bar. The gamble paid off, with Craig LaBan awarding three bells and calling it the year's Best New Restaurant. Celebrate at a special happy hour at the bar.
Where: Kanella at 757 S. Front St. 19147
When: December 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free food / $9 Perrier Jouet brut
Belt out your best Boyz II Men, Mariah, Sinead and Whitney at the last karaoke of the year at this iconic South Street West dive. There's a one-drink minimum to participate — just ask for "The Special" (but don't dare call it a Citywide).
Where: Bob & Barbara's at 1509 South St. 19146
When: December 27, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
How much: Free / 1 drink min.
It's the annual New Year's Eve-Eve-Eve show by the folk-pop/alt-country Slambovian Circus of Dreams. Expect a down-to-earth vibe and uplifting tunes that are anything but ordinary.
Where: World Cafe Live at 3025 Walnut St. 19104
When: December 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $24+
Taco whisperer Adan Trinidad (of Sancho and Jose Pistola's fame) is taking his tortilla skills north and pairing them with the spicy stylings of Kris Serviss for an evening of taco mania at his BYOB. Expect eight different variations to choose from; everything is à la carte.
Where: The Blue Duck at 2859 Holme Ave. 19152
When: December 29, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Whether you're interested in starting 2016 feeling extra-centered or just want to prepare for NYE madness, hit up this yoga session, which takes place among the artworks. Free after admission.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: December 30, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Museum admission ($14-$20)