Briefs: December 14th, 2021

Bianca Ryan will host a holiday CD release party on Dec. 18.

Stubblebine opens ‘Color Says’ at Da Vinci Art Alliance 

A new exhibition by artist Marilyn Stubblebine will run through Dec. 19 at the Da Vinci Art Alliance at 704 Catharine St.

The exhibition called “Color Says” derived from an in-progress artist book created from a used mystery paperback and has a principle focus on the play of color. Through repeating palettes of limited color choices oriented in rectangular blocks defined by the original paragraphs, the color replaces text to relay a new story. Each artwork propels the narrative into a different direction. Color Says will also be available as a video walkthrough. Learn more at

Bianca Ryan CD release party

Bianca Ryan, former winner on America’s Got Talent, will be hosting a holiday CD release party on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 1-4 p.m. at Curran’s Irish Inn, 6900 State Road.

Ryan will perform and greet guests. The event is free and for all ages. Autographed merchandise will be for sale. 

McSwain presents education plan

Bill McSwain, Republican candidate for governor, shared his plans for comprehensive education reform across the state.

As governor, McSwain will empower parents by supporting school choice, working to expand charter schools, standing up to teachers’ union bosses and banning critical race theory from being taught in Pennsylvania schools.

McSwain released the Pillars of Education Reform, which outline his education reform priorities, including a pledge to never accept a cent from teachers’ unions, a promise to restore power to parents by enacting a Parents’ Bill of Rights, and increasing educational opportunity for all students via school choice resources.

In tandem with the Pillars of Education Reform, McSwain released the Parents’ Bill of Rights, which outlines the powers, authorities and freedoms that he will restore to parents across the state. These include the right to an in-person education, the right to know the curriculum that your child is being taught and the right to have your child educated free from political indoctrination.

“Education is a gateway to a better life, and every family deserves the freedom to choose the education that is best for their children,” McSwain said. “As governor, I will empower parents to have the final authority over their children’s education, and fight back against teachers’ union bosses in defense of students and good teachers. Our schools will be open, and there will be no more heavy-handed statewide mandates forcing families to turn their kitchens into classrooms. I will ban critical race theory and other hateful and divisive rhetoric, and increase access to school choice resources. I will put the power back where it belongs – with parents and families.” 

Barletta honors Danny Faulkner

Lou Barletta, a Republican candidate for governor, remembered the 40th anniversary of the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

Faulkner made a routine traffic stop near 13th and Locust streets on Dec. 9, 1981 on a vehicle going the wrong way on a one-way street. Faulkner was handcuffing the driver of the vehicle, William Cook, when Cook’s brother, former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, ran from across the street and shot the officer in the back. Faulkner managed to return fire as he fell to the pavement, striking Abu-Jamal, who then stood over the fallen officer and shot him four more times, including in the face.

Abu-Jamal, whose real name is Wesley Cook, was arrested, tried, convicted of capital murder of a police officer, and sentenced to death. Gov. Tom Ridge signed his death warrant in 1995. After spending decades on death row, and after becoming a cause for many activists and celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, his death sentence was overturned, and he is now serving life in prison.

Barletta said, “What happened to Officer Daniel Faulkner could happen to any law enforcement officer at any moment, and tragically, it does occur too often. The men and women who are sworn to protect our communities put their own lives on the line every single day. We see from the record number of murders in Philadelphia this year that violent criminals are increasingly out of control, which makes the job of a cop even harder and more dangerous.

“Daniel Faulkner died a hero, doing his job to protect the people of Philadelphia. For far too long, his killer has been revered by leftist activists who promoted his bogus claims of innocence. When I am governor, we will honor our police officers, not their murderers, and give them the support they need to do their jobs. On the anniversary of Officer Daniel Faulkner’s death, I join countless Pennsylvanians in honoring his memory. May he finally rest in peace.”

Flower show tickets available

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society announced that tickets are on sale for the Philadelphia Flower Show.

The theme is In Full Bloom. The show will take place at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, 1500 Pattison Ave., from Saturday, June 11, through Sunday, June 19.

For tickets, go to

Apply for scholarship

The deadline is March 1 to apply for the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia.

Scholarships are available to income-eligible kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. They are awarded by random lottery.

Apply at

Shop small businesses

December is National Small Business Month.

For more information, visit or

North alums awarding grants

The Northeast Catholic Alumni Association awards tuition grants to the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of its members.

The checks are awarded to students who meet criteria, and the monies are sent to the Catholic school that they are choosing to attend. Aid is sent to Catholic elementary and high schools and universities in the Philadelphia, Camden and Trenton dioceses.

Grants are given to 32 students annually for their four years in high school or college and three years in elementary school.

Students can apply for a grant if their father or grandfather attended Northeast Catholic and is a dues-paying member of the alumni association. Applications are accepted until Jan 31, 2022.

Call 215-543-1051 or email

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

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.

Hidden Works of Nature: The Microscopic World in the Library & Archives will be on exhibit on the following Fridays, hourly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Jan. 7 and 21, Feb. 4 and 18 and March 4 and 18.

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

A junior scientist workshop, What’s So Amazing About a Diatom?, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is geared to kids in third to fifth grades. Register at

The presentation Invisible Worlds and the Cycle of Life  is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m.

A junior scientist workshop, How Do Plants Communicate?, is set for Saturday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is for kids in third to fifth grades. Register at 

The discussion Growing Art from Science will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Register at

A junior scientist workshop titled Water Bugs, geared to kids in third to fifth grades, is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Register at

Invisible World of Water runs through April 17, 2022.

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

Water exhibit opens

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is presenting Invisible World of Water, on view through April 17, 2022 and 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: 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 cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation 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.