After speeches, song and prayer at a rally on Independence Mall Saturday afternoon, Make America Great Again organizers delayed a planned march down Market Street because of anti-Trump counter-protesters. Event organizer Kevin Efaw said he originally cancelled the march after consulting with police over safety fears, although Lieutenant John Wood told Billy Penn no such recommendation had been made. Eventually a MAGA march of several dozen did happen. Watch video of the rally and get details on what happened afterward.
The NFL Draft is just over a month away, and news is pouring out. The league announced nearly three times the number of people have signed up for the Fan Experience than they had last year in Chicago. On Friday, city officials released their timeline for street closures around the Art Museum that will start as early as April 10. (Parking restrictions start even earlier.) And the backlash the NFL is getting for asking volunteers to work the April 27-29 event for free? The league gave us 80 million reasons why they're cool with not paying.
Psychologically, chef Eli Kulp has made a lot of progress since the May 2015 Amtrak derailment left him mostly paralyzed. At a Philly Wine Week event at a.kitchen last Thursday, the High Street Hospitality Group co-owner said the first year was the hardest, but now he's focused on getting back the use of his hands. There's a promising new technology, but it needs funding — which is why AKA teamed up with Karamoor to create a special wine release benefiting spinal cord research.
Every Sunday, a small group gathers in Clark Park to practice with swords, GoT-style. The Philadelphia Common Fencers Guild is open to everyone who wants to practice historical European martial arts. Most use wooden or plastic swords, but a few are out there with real blades. "Swords are awesome and there’s actually martial arts built around them," one of the Guild founders told Billy Penn. Check out pics from the most recent practice and get info on how to join the fun.
On the Calendar
Penn Law is hosting a public forum with all the candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney, who'll answer questions posed by criminal justice experts and Penn profs regarding their platforms, policies, positions and ideas. Audience Q&A follows the panel, and the night will close with a light reception.
Where: Penn Law Levy Conference Room at 3501 Sansom St. 19104
When: March 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
420-forward California brewery Lagunitas is a sponsor for this celebration of all things weed. Shop local hemp products, check out artwork inspired by pot, bowl, eat, drink, groove to tunes from the DJ and chat with Philly marijuana reform activists about what's next in Philly and Pennsylvania.
Where: North Bowl at 909 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: March 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
You might know the name Jennifer Lin from the anecdote the former Inky reporter recently rehashed in these pages — the one where Donald Trump called her the "c-word." Over lunch, Lin will discuss her recent book, Shanghai Faithful, which combines a family memoir with a look at the rise of Christianity in the homeland of her ancestors.
Where: Kelly Writers House at 3805 Locust Walk 19104
When: March 29, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Unlike a traditional "Call for Artists" where work is juried in private to determine participation, the LoLa 38 neighborhood group is hosting a public event where you can help choose what will be installed on Lancaster Avenue this spring. Artists will present Pecha Kucha-style, with 5 minute pitches on why their work should be chosen.
Where: United Bank of Philadelphia at 3750 Lancaster Ave. 19104
When: March 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
Join fellow '90s nostalgics for a screening of Danny Boyle's black comic drama starring Ewan McGregor and pals as they muck their way through a heroin addiction. Perfect prep for the new film, "T2 Trainspotting," which riffs off the original. Doors open at 7:15 for a pre-show event with prizes.
Where: The Convent Philly at 1648 E. Berks St. 19125
When: March 31, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $8