Outside Pat Toomey's office on Friday, there were wheelchairs everywhere, but half the people weren't in them — they were lying on the floor. Around 25 members of the local chapter of ADAPT, a national disability rights activist group, staged a "die-in" after they showed up looking for the Pa. senator in Center City and he wasn't available to meet with them, according to NBC10. Members say they've "been trying to meet with him" for two years, while Toomey's spokespeople claim he's done his part, and met with national advocates at least twice in DC.
The Philly food scene is so busy these days that it's hard to keep track of who's actually doing the cooking. Some star chefs are well known, but there's many more working quietly behind the scenes. Which ones deserve your attention? In May's edition of Who's Next, a monthly Billy Penn feature sponsored by the Knight Foundation, we've highlighted 15 of the up-and-coming kitchen folks whose names you'll want to remember.
It appears Philadelphia Eagles players aren't different the rest of us Philadelphians. Like many others in this city, they're obsessed with parking — to the extent that they even apparently have contests where the prize is getting access to the top car spot at the NovaCare practice complex. They also cone park. Welcome to the Week in Philly Parking.
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There's a new monthly outdoor market in Northern Liberties. The "Local Libations" garden will feature Stateside Vodka, Saint Benjamin Brewing and other booze folks, Cheese E. Wagon and Phoebe's BBQ will be slinging eats, and a dozen artisans will offer wares for sale. There's also free yoga at 11 a.m.
Where: Schmidt's Commons at 1001 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: May 27, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Catch whatever snippets of sun you can at this outdoor fiesta at Lemon Hill. DJs will spin reggae, dancehall, salsa, cumbia, Brasillian and Afro beats all day, and jerk chicken and other eats will be sizzling on the grills.
Where: Lemon Hill at Lemon Hill Drive 19130
When: May 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go (free admission)
To mark Memorial Day, the Philly POPS are putting on a gratis show, and enlisting adult and student choruses to join them. Expect a line-up of patriotic anthems, songbook classics and showtunes — think "America the Beautiful" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Reserve your free tix online, then pick them up after 5 p.m. at the venue.
Where: Mann Center at 5201 Parkside Ave.
When: May 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
How you know Memorial Day weekend is special: Philly's hottest trend goes to the water. The Spirit of Philadelphia "cruise ship" will be docked at Penn's Landing for a rooftop party with free admission featuring a live DJ, dance floor and games like giant Jenga and shuffleboard. Free snacks, cash bar.
Where: Spirit of Philadelphia at 101 S. Columbus Blvd.
When: May 28, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Philadelphia Distilling and Victory Brewing have teamed up to create a cocktail competition for the ages. Bartenders will create four different drinks to be paired with beer, and you'll get to taste them all and vote on which is the best. Proceeds benefit City Year to support Fishtown-area schools.
Where: Philadelphia Distilling at 25 E. Allen St. 19123
When: May 28, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $30