Newsletter for Thursday, Jan. 29
CEDAR PARK: THE UNOFFICIAL SUBURB WHERE PETER BOYLE WAS BORN
Cedar Park has always been a place to get away from the noise. Tucked away several blocks south and west of the University of Pennsylvania, it started as an unofficial, “streetcar” suburb for Philadelphia. Home to century-old churches, the guy who played the dad on “Everybody Loves Raymond” (and, crucially, the star of “Young Frankenstein”) and a vibrant and eclectic strip of businesses on Baltimore Avenue, Cedar Park is now one of the most popular, rapidly-developing areas of the city. Billy Penn profiles the neighborhood for part 3 of our Neighborhood Project.
WING BOWL: THE CHICKEN, THE DRUNKS AND OH THE MISOGYNY
In less than 24 hours, they’ll already be plastered. By this time Friday, more than 20,000 bumbling men and a few very brave women will crowd into the Wells Fargo Center, get totally shitfaced on Miller Lite at 6 a.m. and stand in pools of vomit while managing to simultaneously degrade and ogle women. Why? For 23 years, competitive eaters have stuffed their faces with chicken wings until they A. Won B. Lost C. Projectile vomited or D. Passed out from eating too much while being surrounded by people who found this kind of thing fun and entertaining in a live-action version of their favorite morning AM sports talk radio show. Welcome to the Wing Bowl.
TO DO: WATCH A ‘STEP-BROTHERS’ STAR WITH HIS ROOTS BAND
WHAT: John Reilly and Friends, folk and bluegrass music
WHERE: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
WHEN: Doors 6:30 PM, show 8 PM
HOW MUCH: $25
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HELP US NAME THE ULTIMATE PHILLY ATHLETE
You’ve had the argument in the bar several times: Which athlete matters more to Philadelphia? Is it Mike Schmidt because of his many years of brilliance at third base? Or Julius Erving because he changed the game and the city with his dunks? Or did the Phillies’ 2008 World Series title matter so much that Cole Hamels is the best? Billy Penn and Fox 29 are teaming up so this question can be answered. We have selected 30 of the city’s best athletes and seeded them in an NCAA Tournament-style bracket — but we need your help for the last two spots. Vote in our poll to help close out the tournament.
5 IDEAS THAT COULD CHANGE #PHLED
The Philly Artrepreneurs program from Port Richmond’s Jeff Kilpatrick won SEED (Supporting Entrepreneurship in Education) 4.0, an annual event presented by PhillyCORE Leaders, a group of education leaders collaborating to come up with ideas to better education in the city. At last night’s event, five education startups had three minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of judges who then asked questions, and after each pitch, the crowd voted for their favorite pitch. Billy Penn was there; here’s how things went down.