The Eagles play Atlanta today at the Linc (4:35 p.m. on NBC) and while all eyes are on Nick Foles, there's another guy on the offense who'll have to step up if the Birds have any hopes of winning. Jay Ajayi was brought to Philly from Miami via trade for this exact reason. Since he's been with the Eagles, his workload has been light, but if the team has any shot at victory today, he'll have to carry the load. Here's a look at how and why.
All this nervousness about what'll happen on the field is likely to have an effect on Eagles fans. So if you happen to be an Atlanta diehard, it's advisable to be wary. “People are going to be very, very aggressive at this game, with very short fuses,” a longtime Birds stan told Billy Penn. Despite that, local Falcons fans Paul Baillif and Chris Parodi aren't deterred. They're planning to cheer loudly (maybe) and even wear Atlanta gear — albeit under a layer or two. Good luck with that, fellas.
SEPTA's underground concourse was a wet mess Friday. The situation was worse than the usual rainy day slog, and delays stretched up to an hour. The reason? The crazy temperature fluctuations of the past week, which also played havoc with SEPTA's Regional Rail app. A National Weather Service meteorologist called what Philly's been experiencing a "temperature roller coaster ride." Bad news: The soaked subway wasn't the worst of it. After last night's 30-degree mercury drop (just in time for today's game), a lot of the water will turn into standing ice, snarling transit once again. If you have to commute Monday morning, be ready for delays.
We all know not to cry over spilled milk, but that didn't stop the owner of a 120-year-old building in Kensington from making a fuss. The aging warehouse in question is attached to the iconic milk bottle water tower, and yesterday the Philadelphia HIstorical Commission voted to add the combined structure to the local historic register. That'll make doing any plans for renovation much harder to execute, which explains why the owner was fighting the designation. In the end, per PlanPhilly, the Preservation Alliance and other conservationists won out.
On the Calendar
When Dan Creskoff opened a shop offering actual physical movie rentals, people thought he was crazy. But the combination of nostalgia, fun screenings and good coffee and snacks has made his spot a success. He's celebrating his third anniversary with a party. Expect live music and other fun.
Where: CineMug at 1607 S. Broad St., 19148
When: January 13, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The museum's Great Stair Hall will welcome members of the Philadelphia Jazz Project for a performance inspired by the illustrations of Jerry Pinkney. It will celebrate John Henry and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through blues, hymns, work songs and ragtime.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy., 19130
When: January 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Included with admission (adults $20, youths $14, kids under 12 free)
From Jan. 14-26, more than 100 Center City restaurants will offer prix-fixe deals at dinner and lunch. Restaurant Week is alternately adored (by people who see it as an excuse to dine out) and decried — by regulars who abhor the "touristy" crowd, and by workers who bemoan the extra crush and lack of good tips. Which side you fall on is up to you.
Where: Various Center City restaurants
When: January 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to January 26, 2018 at 11:00 p.m.
How much: $35 dinners; $20 lunches
This NoLibs jazz and beer bar is hosting "Salsa Nocturna," a fundraiser to benefit the families of Vintage Syndicate restaurant group employees who live in Puerto Rico and were affected by the devastating hurricanes of last fall. Expect live Latin jazz, DJ sets and a special menu that includes ceviche and empanadas.
Where: Heritage at 914 N. Second St., 19123
When: January 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. to January 15, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: $5 requested donation at the door