The William Penn Foundation has pledged to donate up to $100 million for Mayor Kenney's 'Rebuild' program to revitalize city parks, libraries and rec centers, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports (a formal announcement will happen Monday). The rebuilt facilities are also expected to house some of the mayor's universal pre-K programs. This is the largest gift ever in the foundation's history, and wasn't easy to approve, according to board chair Janet Haas, who noted, "[I]t's the right thing to do...It's out of the comfort zone. But big things always are."
Politicians are generally not known for being fashionable, and in Pennsylvania’s overwhelmingly male government, the men are expected to look professional, in way that often is tame and forgettable. But Pa. Lt. Gov. Mike Stack likes to dress. In a sea of peers wearing everyday gray or black suits with red or blue ties, he’s the guy who’s not afraid of lavender accents. Here's a look at what inspires him and which Philly fashion house gets his business.
Geno’s Steaks may have turned a new leaf this year with the removal of that “Speak English” sign, but the kindler, gentler look didn’t help among Billy Penn readers — the shop didn't make it past Round 1 of our bracket. Now we're into Round 2, and it looks like Tony Luke's might beat out the other half of Cheesesteak Vegas, Pat's (currently up 60 to 40 percent). Lots of other tough choices in the Sweet 16, too: Joe's or Max's? Abner's or Dalessandro's? Cast your votes here.
On the Calendar
Jazz trio Kunu Bi consists of Papa Ed Stokes, a vocalist who also plays more than a dozen instruments, traditional percussionist Tom Lowery and reggae-funk bassist Bert Harris. They'll play as part of the Philadelphia Jazz Project fourth Monday series.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: November 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Frybread is a Native American street food popular in the Southwest. When you top it with beans and salsa and cheese, it becomes a Navajo taco. Try it at the one-night return of the Shiprock Pop-Up.
Where: Loco Pez at 2401 E. Norris St. 19125
When: November 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Sweets master Angela Ranalli is hosting a special grab-and-go event at her South Philly enoteca. Stop in to give your Thanksgiving meal a lift with pecan-Nutella or pumpkin-mascarpone pies, olive oil apple cakes or cannoli to-go kits.
Where: Brigantessa at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave. 19147
When: November 23, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: All sweets $7-$17
After you get in a full day of volunteering and eating with friends and family, shake it all loose at the holiday edition of this Old City Bachata dance party. Drink specials through midnight, DJ through 2 a.m.
Where: Lucha Cartel at 207 Chestnut St. 19106
When: November 24, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
A perfect post-holiday activity with the family: Ice skating! The annual fest by the waterfront returns with balloon artists, flower workshops and a late-night live DJ for rinkside fun.
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink at 101 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: November 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $3 admission; $13 includes skate rental