Hometown heroes Boyz II Men were in Philly Saturday to celebrate the renaming of Broad Street between Christian and Carpenter. The section of the Avenue of the Arts that's home to the group's alma mater, Creative and Performing Arts High School, is now officially known as Boyz II Men Boulevard. At the ceremony, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, who grew up in Point Breeze, described the honor of the South Philly natives as a special day: "When they got that record deal, it was like we all made it." Boyz II Men will also perform at the free Wawa Welcome America concert on July 4.
Paul Johnson took a few college courses right after he graduated Overbook High, but it didn’t stick. He dropped out and took a path that landed him in jail instead. But his probation officer connected him to the PowerCorps program, and Johnson began data and mapping training that eventually led him back to college. His Q&A in our re-entry series details how he found his way back school and what he’ll do next.
When word began circulating that Bob Bitros had sold Interstate Drafthouse, it caused some consternation among Fishtowners and other regular patrons of the East Palmer Street bar. Where would they go to for great, cheap food and good, inexpensive beer in a laid-back, friendly environment (with a covered patio to boot)? Turns out there's no need to worry, because the new owners, a trio of local accountant pals, plan to keep the spot pretty much as is. After all, per Bitros, it is making money — which is why it selling was a very tough decision.
We get it. Squeezing into tight city parking spaces sometimes means you lightly hit a bumper or two. But when the space is big enough for a yacht and you're driving a compact Camry...there's really no excuse for this rough love pat we caught on camera on South Street. Plus the Rumor truck getting towed and a Chadds Ford "Sun Girl" who couldn't get her car between the lines, in This Week in Parking.
On the Calendar
A way to check out the secrets of the imposing Broad Street private club without ponying up an expensive membership fee. Register online to take a tour of the building, learn about its role in history and check out the archives of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation. Do note: The dress code will still be enforced, aka no jeans.
Where: Union League of Philadelphia at 140 S. Broad St. 19102
When: June 26, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $5
To formally celebrate the move of nationally-renowned South Philly Barbacoa to the El Compadre space on South Ninth Street, Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez are hosting an evening of live music. Musicians will sing, play the tumbadora drums, ring güataca bells and shake chékeres gourds. Everyone is welcome, and asked to wear all white to mark the "New Beginnings" fiesta.
Where: South Philly Barbacoa at 1149 S. 9th St. 19147
When: June 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The latest in the summer outdoor movie series at the side of the Ben Franklin Bridge is this 1982 Spielberg classic. Get teary-eyed over an extraterrestrial while wondering how long M&M execs kicked themselves for passing up the product placement that made Reeses Pieces a pseudo-star.
Where: La Peg at FringeArts at 140 N. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: June 28, 2017 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free (food and drink pay as you go)
Cheese maestro Tenaya Darling, aka Madame Fromage, wants you to be part of her posse. All you need to do to get cheesed up is grab a hunk of your favorite kind and bring it to the Kensington bar. She'll be there with knives, wooden boards and name tags, plus free condiments to enliven the smorgasbord share session. Basically, the only requirement is "Must love cheese."
Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St. 19125
When: June 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free (drinks pay as you go)
The Parkway museum is hosting the first US project from Paris-based Mohamed Bouroissa, which focuses on North Philly's Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club. The neighborhood it serves is a lot like Paris’s banlieues, where the artist grew up. Expect refreshments, bites and live music throughout the evening.
Where: The Barnes Foundation at 2025 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: June 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $25 ($20 for members)