Briefs: October 5th, 2021 – South Philly Review


John Primerano, who will perform on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Kelly Center in Havertown.

Concert on Oct. 23

John Primerano will perform The Soundtrack of Your Life on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Kelly Center, 4 E. Eagle Road, in Havertown.

Primerano will perform popular songs from the 1940s through the ‘80s.

For tickets, go to

25th Street Transportation Safety Study is open

The 25th Street Transportation Safety Study team is looking for ways to improve traffic and road conditions along 25th Street. The study covers the area from Washington Avenue to Passyunk Avenue. The study is partnering with nearby residents and businesses to propose short- and long-term safety improvements for the corridor. There will be multiple opportunities for neighbors to share their thoughts and experiences throughout the year-long study, starting with a safety survey, which can be found at

Theatre Exile presents Extreme Home Makeover

Starting Oct. 28, Extreme Home Makeover by Makasha Copeland paints a human portrait of a contemporary Tejano family willing to go to the extreme for a spot on the popular, rags-to-riches TV show of the same name.

Following the Vega family who must fight to make their video application stand out, this earnest satire explores family dynamics in the face of financial hardship. Extreme Home Makeover is a beautifully complex, bold, funny, and hopeful story about a family striving for the American dream and begs the question – in a world where so many receive so little, how much do miracles cost?

The show runs through Nov. 21 at Theatre Exile at 1340 S. 13th St. Visit or call 215-218-4022.

Questioning Carbon opens at Da Vinci Art Alliance

The Da Vinci Art Alliance at 704 Catharine St. will open an exhibition by Andrea Krupp called Questioning Carbon. 

The exhibition documents an ongoing process of creative inquiry and learning, mapping the investigative pathways that began in 2019 when Krupp began researching Pennsylvania Anthracite coal. 

The opening reception will be held on Oct. 10. The show will be on view at DVAA gallery hours through its installment.

Columbus Day closing

PennDOT announced that all driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Oct. 9, through Monday, Oct. 11, in observance of Columbus Day. 

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling.

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.

Dougherty, Henon trial underway

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced the start of the trial for electricians union boss John Dougherty and City Councilman Bobby Henon.

Jury selection began and ended Monday in what is expected to be a month-long trial in Courtroom 12-B of the federal courthouse at 6th and Market streets. Twelve jurors and six alternates heard opening statements Tuesday.

The government alleges that the defendants were engaged in a scheme in which Henon received a salary, benefits and other items of value from Dougherty, paid for with union funds. In exchange, Henon allegedly used his position to serve Dougherty’s interests within city government.

Dougherty and Henon deny such a scheme.

Doo Wop Festival at FOP

The Doo Wop Festival will take place on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road.

There will be an indoor dance party, vocal groups and oldies radio disc jockeys.

The event is rain or shine.

Tickets cost $25 and include food, soda and draft beer. They are available at the FOP front desk, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the FOP survivors fund.

Call 215-629-3602.

March in Thanksgiving parade

Groups of any kind are invited to participate in the 44th Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade, which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 21, at noon on Frankford Avenue.

Groups are welcome to create 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

Designer Bag Bingo on Oct. 22

Holy Name of Jesus Church will host Designer Bag Bingo on Oct. 22, at its hall, 701 E. Gaul St.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Bingo starts at 7.

Tickets cost $35. They are available in the back of the church after Mass or in the rectory office, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pizza, hot dogs, water, beer and soda will be for sale. Guests can bring their own snacks.

Proceeds benefit Holy Name. 

Home runs for the homeless

Bethesda Project will host its second annual Home Run 5K as a weekend-long virtual fundraising race from Oct. 7-10, to support its 16 shelters and residences for homeless people.

The Home Run 5K is a 3.1-mile race that individuals can walk, run or bike a course of their choice while simultaneously raising awareness and funds for Bethesda Project’s shelters and programs. Throughout the weekend, racers will track their times while completing the 5K and record their times on the race page for the chance to win prizes, including fastest time, best race photo and most funds raised.

Kicking off the race weekend will be a Home Run 5K Happy Hour on Oct. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at Triple Bottom Brewery, 915 Spring Garden St.

All individuals, even if they will not be racing, are invited to attend. Race participants will receive a drink ticket, which is included in their registration.

New to the race this year is the option to run (and fundraise) as teams. Racers who select to join a team will receive $5 off their registration and should email for a team code.

Individuals can register for the race until Oct. 10, at Registration includes a Happy Hour drink ticket, racer’s bib and race bag. The first 50 registered individuals receive a race T-shirt. All racers have a $200 (minimum) fundraising goal that provides two weeks of shelter and housing.

New exhibit at revolution museum

The Museum of the American Revolution, 3rd and Chestnut streets, will host an upcoming exhibition, Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, that will feature more than 45 original paintings by artist Don Troiani. The exhibition will run from Oct. 16 to Sept. 5, 2022.

The exhibition will also include artifacts that inspired or appear in his paintings and illuminate the story of each scene. The 40 objects on display will include weapons, military equipment, textiles and manuscripts.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required for all visitors ages 5 and up, regardless of vaccination status. The 5,000-square-foot exhibition will be located in the museum’s first-floor Patriots Gallery.

The exhibition is included with regular museum admission. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling…


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