Briefs: November 2nd, 2021

Damian Smith will be exhibiting an art show at the Nocturnal Skateshop on Nov. 5.

Oil painting exhibition to open at Nocturnal Skateshop

Artist Damian Smith is exhibiting an art show called “Praising Philadelphia” at the Nocturnal Skateshop at 612 S. 5th St.

The exhibition will include oil paintings of Philadelphia cityscapes and portraits of skateboarders whom Smith grew up skateboarding with at Love Park.

Opening reception is on Nov. 5 from 6-9 p.m. and Nov. 7 from noon to 3 p.m.

Da Vinci Art Alliance opens two solo exhibitions

The Da Vinci Art Alliance at 704 Catharine St. will open two new solo exhibitions on Nov. 3 by artists Marcie Ziskind and Scout Cartagena.

Both shows will run from Nov. 3 through Nov. 24 with opening receptions on Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m.

Sticks and Stones by Marcie Ziskind is the artist’s recollection of the city’s experience with pandemic, including business shutdowns, political divides and racial injustices. Ziskind walked around the city, witnessing the emotional and physical wreckage of a broken city.

According to the Da Vinci Art Alliance, Sticks and Stones is “the physical embodiment of the way words can hit you, pummel you, stick with you, and forever change your perspective. It is meant to remind us that although they can hurt, words must be said to evoke thoughtful transformation.”

Fifteen percent of all proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

You Have Their Eyes by Scout Cartagena recounts an experience with a rare auto-immune disorder, making it feel like the artist was a stranger in their own body.

Each year, Cartagena loses parts of their memory and mobility, fueling their desire to preserve

their sense of self by creating art that is tangible. Through You Have Their Eyes, Cartagena uses art to process their identity as a queer, Afro-latinx and non-able-bodied person. Using reflection, diffusion, imagery and transparency as metaphors, Scout is working to unearth the identity they have come to know against the memory they have begun to lose.

Upcoming screenings of music documentary Safe X Sound

A music documentary told by musician Brian Walker and produced by South Philly resident Brianna Spause will be screened at multiple locations in the city over the next month.

“Safe X Sound” is an exploration of consent and safe spaces in the East Coast underground music scene. According to the creators, the intent of the documentary is to address the value of consent, safe spaces, inclusion and the value of live music for underrepresented voices. 

The pilot version of the documentary will be screened first at a free event at Monkey and the Elephant Coffee Shop in Brewerytown from 4-7 p.m. on Nov. 5. A digital Screening by Spiral Bookcase on Main Street is scheduled for Nov. 14 (donations suggested). Other screenings will be at the Grape Room (with performance by Space Ghosties) on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance/$10 at the door. And a South Philly event at A Novel Idea at 1726 East Passyunk Ave on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Monster Jam at the Linc

Monster Jam returns to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, April 16.

The show starts at 7 p.m., with a pit party for fans going from 2:30 to 5:30.

At the pit party, fans can see the massive 12,000-pound trucks up close, meet their favorite drivers and crews, and take pictures.

Tickets are available at

Veterans celebration at Navy Yard

The American Legion Eastern Federal Judicial District will be holding an event on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Chapel of The Four Chaplains located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

The event will include a flag-blessing ceremony at 12:45 p.m., led by the Philadelphia Military Academy JROTC Honor Guard.

Later in the program, at about 2:30 p.m., there will be a series of recognitions and presentations, including the recognition of 103-year-old commander of Post 821 Bridesburg, Albert Gannotta; presentation of the Terry D Lewis Meritorious Service Award and Louise Chase Meritorious Service Award; induction into the Chapel of The Four Chaplains Legion of Honor; a tribute to the Afghanistan 13 fallen soldiers; and a dedication at the Lost Souls Memorial.

The event is a preliminary celebration prior to the Philadelphia Veterans Day Parade, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 7.

Veterans parade on Sunday

The Philadelphia Veterans Parade & Festival announced the two members of the veterans community who will host the parade with 6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli.

This year’s co-hosts are Maureen Weigl, deputy adjutant general for the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Municipal Court President Judge Patrick Dugan.

The seventh annual Philadelphia Veterans Parade, broadcast by 6ABC, will take place on Market Street on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 12:30 p.m.

Dugan is a founder of Philadelphia’s Veterans Court and a retired U.S. Army captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

New partnership in senior care

Vesta Healthcare, a 24/7 technology and clinical services organization that supports patients and empowers caregivers to help everyone stay healthy at home, announced a new partnership with Abramson Senior Care, a leader in caring for the aging for more than 150 years. The partnership incorporates Abramson Senior Care’s connected continuum of home and community-based services with Vesta technology, enabling real-time data sharing, notification of changes in health status and access to 24/7 healthcare expertise. The partnership aims to provide clients and their caregivers with an added level of in-home support and enhanced clinical oversight. The goal is to catch early warning signs of a worsening health condition, prompting preventative interventions and, ultimately, leading to better health outcomes.

Vesta’s program includes access to 24/7 monitoring, with a team of nurse practitioners, nurses and other clinicians available via telephone, video and other virtual technology to receive and respond to alerts as well as provide triage support to clients and caregivers. If symptoms or warning signs suggest additional intervention is needed, Vesta’s clinical team coordinates with Abramson Senior Care’s integrated care team, primary care provider and the rest of the member’s care team.

The Vesta program has shown that 88% of clients’ urgent alerts can be managed and resolved in the home, in partnership with caregivers and their care team, resulting in a more than 30% reduction in emergency room visits and hospital admission rates. 

Alzheimer’s walk at Citizens Bank Park

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Philadelphia-area residents to participate in the Philadelphia Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Nov. 13 at Citizens Bank Park.

Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, visit or call 800-272-3900. 

Conto fighting at Live!

South Philadelphia heavyweight fighter Sonny Conto (7-0, 6 KOs) will put his undefeated streak on the line when he enters the boxing ring at the new Live! Casino & Hotel, 900 Packer Ave., on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. It will be the first live boxing event at the newly opened 1,000-plus-seat Live! Event Center. Conto will face Ed Fountain (12-8, 5 K0s) of St. Louis in a six-round fight.

The main event and full card will be announced. The card will consist of a minimum of seven fights, with the first one beginning at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. The card is promoted by Joe Hand Promotions.

Tickets at $50, $75 and $125 are on sale now and are available at, or by calling 215-364-9000. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

Parade grand marshal named

Pat’s Music Center will be the grand marshal for the 44th Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade, which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 21, at noon on Frankford Avenue.

Groups are welcome to march in the parade on foot or by creating their own family-friendly floats.

Anyone interested in marching in the parade can call Lisa Greco at 215-624-6667 or Donny Smith at 267-538-4668, or email

Open house at Orleans

JEVS will hold open houses for its Project WOW and IT Pre-Apprenticeship programs, which help low-income Philadelphia youth develop skills in building trades and information technology, every Monday and Wednesday in November at Orleans Technical College, 2770 Red Lion Road.

The dates are Nov. 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, go to

Sisterhood meeting on Tuesday

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a virtual general meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

The program will be a presentation by Jim Palmquist, a past president of AARP – Pennsylvania. He will speak about civic engagement, volunteerism and local advocacy.

There is no charge for this evening, but the group will need your email address to send the link for the meeting. Call 215-677-1600. 


The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting a virtual bingo on two consecutive Mondays, Dec. 6 and 13, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The cost is $36 per person and includes two cards for eight games of bingo each night. There is also a 50/50 for $5 that will be drawn on Dec. 13.

Send your payment to the CSS office, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115, attention: Bingo. Payment must be received no later than Nov. 24, and you must include your email address for the link to be sent to you.

Call Gerry or Nancy at 215-677-1600. 

Donate food at AHCU

American Heritage Credit Union invites the community to take part in its Spirit of Giving Food Drive. All nonperishable food donations will be given out to various food pantries and food banks throughout the community to help families in need this holiday season.

The donations will be collected through Nov. 27 at all American Heritage branch locations. Nonperishable goods such as soups, canned meat and vegetables, rice and pasta are at a higher demand this time of year. 

Christmas bazaar at Cannstatter

The St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association will hold a Christmas bazaar on Nov. 28, from 3-7 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.

The cost is $30 and includes food, live music, wine, beer, Christmas shopping, wood crafts, candles, Irish shops, pictures with Santa and raffles.

Vendor space is $40 per spot. Reserve by emailing

Activities at Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is hosting several current and upcoming exhibits.

Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs goes through Jan. 17, 2022.

Paleo Playdate dates are Wednesdays, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. The event is geared to preschool children, who will listen to science story time and take part in activities and crafts. For more information and to register, go to

Academy Nightcap: Angry, Scared or Feeling Frisky will be on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register at

Junior Scientist Workshop: How Do Trees Get Ready for Winter? will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register, visit

Invisible World of Water runs from Nov. 13 to April 17, 2022.

A Diet for the Climate will take place virtually on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 7-8 p.m. To register, go to

Cinema for the Climate is set for Saturday, Nov. 20. Kids and families are welcome from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Adults and Drexel students are invited from 2-4 p.m. To register, visit

Junior Scientist Workshop: Do Birds Say Brrr? is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is geared for kids in grades 3-5. To register, visit

A “winter break” camp will run from Monday to Thursday, Dec. 27-30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is for ages 6-10. Register at

Hall of Fame ceremony at Rivers

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony and dinner reception on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Rivers Casino’s Event Center, 1001 N. Delaware Ave.

The class consists of Bill Bradley (football), Bonnie Rosen (lacrosse), Charles “Kid” Keinath (football/basketball), Dallas Green (baseball), Gary Smith (Legacy of Excellence), Jim Katcavage (football), Larry Foust (basketball), Lew Tendler (boxing), Mark Recchi (hockey), Mike Teti (rowing), Olga Dorfner (swimming), Richard Hamilton (basketball), Seth Joyner (football), Yolanda Laney (basketball), “Zack” Clayton (basketball and boxing) and the 1947 Basketball Association of America-champion Philadelphia Warriors.

The emcee will be Joe DeCamara, of WIP.

The evening will also include a fundraising auction and an exhibit featuring Philadelphia sports memorabilia.

For tickets or more information, call 215-254-5049, Ext. 3 or visit

Water exhibit to open in November

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, will present Invisible World of Water, opening Saturday, Nov. 13.

Invisible World of Water will be on view through April 17, 2022 and is free with general admission.

The exhibit coincides with “Water Year,” a 2022 initiative of the Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel University aimed to increase public attention of the resource.

For more information, visit

Kimmel schedule

The Kimmel Cultural Campus has returned to live Broadway programming.

Here is the schedule through next summer: Hamilton (through Nov. 28, Academy of Music); Anastasia (Nov. 23-28, Merriam Theater); Stomp (Dec. 28 to Jan. 2, Merriam Theater); Pretty Woman: The Musical (Jan. 4-16, Academy of Music); Hadestown (Feb. 9-20, Academy of Music); Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Feb. 22-27, Academy of Music); Rent: 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour (March 4-6, Merriam Theater); Oklahoma! (March 8-20, Forrest Theatre); Waitress (March 29 to April 3, Academy of Music); Hairspray (May 16-22, Merriam Theater); To Kill A Mockingbird (July 12-24, Academy of Music); and Dear Evan Hansen (Aug. 16-28, Forrest Theatre).

For more information, call 215-893-1955 or visit

Upcoming bus trip, cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a bus trip to the Mt. Hope Estate’s holiday dinner theater in Manheim, Lancaster County, on Nov. 29. Cost is $115.

The group is sponsoring a cruise to Charleston and Bermuda, June 2-12, 2022, on the Celebrity Summit, sailing from Cape Liberty, in North Jersey. Rates range from $1,577 to $2,387 per person, double occupancy.

Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations.