Philadelphia is nothing if not a historical town, and history was indeed in the making over the weekend.
On Saturday a packed cathedral and the City at large bid its final adieu
to Jerry Blavat, the Geator with the Heater. Very few Philadelphians
remember a time without the Geator. Truly the end of a remarkable era.
following day our Eagles made history in a much different way,
dispatching the San Francisco 49ers and in so doing punching their
ticket to the Super Bowl two weeks hence. It wasn’t “purdy”, but it’s a
A big loss one day, a big win the next. Sounds like life.
Must be a Philly Thing.
CCRA News and Events
Last Call: Get lucky at Casino Night
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are proud to partner with the Center City Business Association to bring
you a special event: Meet the Next Mayor: Connect with the Candidates
on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, from 5 PM to 8 PM.
The event will be In-Person
at WHYY-TV, Philadelphia (150 N. 6th Street). After clicking “Register
Now”, select the Guest option and after filling in your information,
enter code 20off to apply the discount. For info and to register, go here.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides local
businesses with complimentary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we featureAlimentari, the restaurant atop the legendaryDi Bruno Brothers.
“Alimentari, My Dear Watson”
quite simply is the most logical of deductions to conclude that a
restaurant version of the esteemed food store diBruno’s could only be
superb. And so it is.
word “alimentary” actually means “to nourish”, and do they ever, with
small plates, cheese, charcuterie and Pizza alla Roma, all served in a
unique, classy and minimalistic cafe with wooden tones, small plants,
and natural lighting, all perfect for sharing, nibbling and sipping
beer, wine and cocktails.
And, as with the diBruno’s store itself, CCRA members receive 10% off their food bill. See you there!
Clean, Safe and Green
Black Leaders and Legends Honored
at Smith Playground
Now here’s a trip to the park that will please local families, even in the dead of February. Come visit Smith Playgroundduring Black History Month and pay tribute to local Black leaders and legends, many of whom were alive during your lifetime (that can’t be history, right?).
Feb 4th at 12 noon, hear remarks by Mayor Kenney, elected reps and
select honorees. And don’t forget to take a ride down that incredible
iconic 44-ft wooden sliding board! The playground and playhouse will be
open afterwards. This exhibit will be on view until Feb. 28th.
Rescuing Our Green Canopy
Take pride in our “wounded warrior”, aka the Arboretum at Schuylkill
River Park. Thanks to all of our members for donating sufficient dollars
to CCRA so that we could help establish an Arboretum at our doorsteps.
But are the trees we “inherited” right for today’s park conditions?
Will your favorites need to be tended, moved, or replaced?
Dig in here
to read more about the challenges of inheriting, maintaining and
fostering our inner-city oasis and increasing the lifespan of our local
urban greenwoods. Want to volunteer to actually “dig in”? Email Susan here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Celebrating Black History Month
marks Black History Month, and as you can imagine there are a dizzying
array of options regarding how to observe and celebrate. Fortunately,
the good folks at Visit Philly have sussed the choices out for you; the
results are here.
Beards on Ice Can Heat Up Your Night
we’re all used to the “hipster” beards…full, long, and combined with a
conservative haircut…..think lumberjack! But the Bearded Ladies use
their brains instead of their brawn to create unique shows that blend
drag, cabaret, pop art and storytelling. And this month, they’ll do all
that and more, while skating at Blue Cross River Rink. Expect comedy,
camp, and sultry costumes.
the show, join in the fun by donning your own pair of skates. Adult
shows at night. Family-friendly shows in the afternoons. Catch this
iceberg of a performance here before it melts away.
Black Composer Margaret Bonds’ “Credo” to be Performed This Weekend
Bonds had a successful and prolific career as a pianist and composer,
and this weekend her composition “Credo” will be performed by Opera
Philadelphia. “Credo” is based ona prose poem by W.E.B. DuBois published in 1904, in which the writer lays out nine points of personal belief towards racial equality.
It’s all part of the Opera’s“Sounds of America: Price and Bonds,”
a two-year initiative to highlight the work of both Margaret Bonds,
Florence Price and their circle of colleagues. Details and tickets
for your five minutes of fame? Right here in Fitler!! Come perform in a
low-key, welcoming environment with exceptional support and
encouragement coming your way. Or, are you a melophile, just looking to enjoy classical music with others?
Hear Yannick Nezet-Seguin Play – Not Conduct – in an Intimate Setting
always a thrill to hear Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin conduct the
Philadelphia Orchestra, but how often do you get a chance to watch and
hear him play piano, in an intimate setting no less??
Well, you do tomorrow evening at historic Mitchell Hall at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia — home of theMütter Museum.
The program includes works from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Johannes
Brahms. The one-hour concert is followed by a reception with
complimentary beer, wine and light bites from 8-9 p.m. Tickets and info
Duuuuude: A “Stoner’s” Guide to Philly Murals
is home to over 4,000 works of painted public art – aka murals – it
only makes sense that a number are fairly psychedelic in nature. The
good news here is that you don’t have to go on a long, strange trip to
go find them, as our compadres at Billy Penn have hopped on their VW
microbus and done the spadework for us. Trip over to their results here. As for chemically enhancing the experience? We’re not here to judge. Happy Trails.
At 100, Disney Magic Comes to Town
of ALL ages are going to want to attend the 100-year celebration of
Walt Disney that starts Feb. 18 at the Franklin Institute. This World
Premiere exhibition opens Disney’s vault of treasures, showcasing more than 250 of its “Crown Jewels,” rarely
seen original artworks and artifacts, costumes and props, and other
memorabilia. Who doesn’t love Disney, and who doesn’t want to see
this? Find the magic here.
Calling an Audible: Where to Watch the Game?
Well, the hard part is over: We are in the Super Bowl! Whoo-Hoo! GO BIRDS!
now the question becomes: Where to watch the game? The good news is
that there are more awesome options than you can shake a Lombardi Trophy
at. Or more options than, well, the Niners had at Quarterback. Sorry,
it helps to get one if you are one! No such luck for protagonist Barney
Cashman in this late 1960’s Neil Simon comedy about a “typical” happily
married, overweight middle-aged man, living a decent, but boring life
in NYC. Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers
examines what it means to grow older, and asks the question, “What do
you do when it seems as if your life hasn’t been fully lived?” Laugh,
cry and, most of all, look to comedy to help everything finally make
The Walnut St. Theater is offering 50% off limited tickets through the close of the show, on Sunday.
Would you please support our local merchants and save money too? These local merchants will provide a deal or discount to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.