Sorry, Eagles fans. The reigning Super Bowl champions aren’t repeating as Lombardi Trophy winners. It just isn’t in the cards, per local tarot reader Jenna Matlin. Matlin, who has a master’s in organizational psychology and executive coaching, swears tarot reading isn't fortune telling. It's more like what the weatherman does on a nightly basis. And when she used that skill to look at the Eagles' future, she did see another Super Bowl win — just not next year. Billy Penn asked her to read for the Sixers, Phillies and Flyers, too. At least some things are looking up.
Agree with her columns or not, there's little question Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron knows Philadelphia well. In a wordy but very tightly edited interview with Common Edge, she provides insight on the development issues facing the city. Among her thoughts: We shouldn't freak out too, too much about gentrification; we have lots of historic buildings but they're not well protected and Mayor Kenney isn't helping; blowing up high-rise projects left us without enough affordable housing; issues with tangled titles (like in Strawberry Mansion) are holding back neighborhoods. Also, Amazon will be good for Philly — but she'll hate their architecture.
The annual "Working People's Day of Action" brought hundreds of union supporters and some elected officials (including Councilpersons Helen Gym and Derek Green ) out to rally at City Hall on Saturday. The event, which was repeated across the nation, took on extra importance in advance of next week's U.S. Supreme Court hearings on Janus vs AFSME. As this Philly Weekly explainer notes, the case is "is widely considered one of the most consequential anti-union lawsuits in decades." It hinges on whether nonunion members will be allowed to stop paying fees to union bargaining collectives — which in many cases end up representing their interests anyway.
Newly discovered letters from the Civil War Era reveal a story of love that unfolded inside Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary. As detailed in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography ($12 download), the letters are from one Elizabeth Elwell, who entered the prison in 1861, and subsequently fell for another inmate named Albert Jackson. In addition to them both being behind bars, the relationship was hard because Elwell was white and Jackson was black. Philly newshound and developer Davis Shaver recaps the story here.
On the Calendar
South Philly's hippest strip is hosting its sixth annual Restaurant Week. It actually stretches over the course of two weeks (because why not?), during which 26 spots will offer three-course lunches or dinners for either $15, $25 or $35. Good excuse to go out on the town.
Where: East Passyunk Avenue
When: February 26, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. to March 9, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
If you're looking to purchase your first home, you're likely full of questions. Realtors and industry experts will offer tips on budgeting, comparing financing options, identifying good deals, choosing a neighborhood and more.
Where: Keller Williams at 728 S. Broad St., 19146
When: February 27, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Before they rejuvenated the Rocky franchise with "Creed" and roared into the Marvel Universe with "Black Panther," director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan made their names with this day-in-the-life portrait of Oscar Grant, a young Oakland man shot and killed by transit police in 2009. The Philadelphia Film Society is hosts this screening as part of its Black History Month programming.
Where: The Roxy at 2023 Sansom St., 19103
When: February 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $8 (seniors and students $7; kids under 12 $3)
The West Philadelphia Orchestra is welcoming Philly Klezmer All-Stars Susan Watz and Dan Blacksberg for a special show celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim. Expect plenty of traditional songs mixed with plenty of music that you can dance to. Food and drink will be available to purchase.
Where: World Cafe Live at 3025 Walnut St., 19104
When: March 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $15
OG coworking firm Indy Hall is turning First Fridays into a day of free access to its Market Street space. Come through to check it out or work next to friends who are members there, then head out after work to check out the galleries and art openings taking place throughout the neighborhood.
Where: Indy Hall at 399 Market St., 19106
When: March 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free