Philly native Chill Moody, along with local rappers Kuf Knotz and Grande Marshall, will perform tonight to benefit Beyond the Bars, a local initiative that brings music education to incarcerated minors. "Whatever pain they might be feeling, there’s amazing art that can come from that," Moody told Billy Penn, "so it’s important to give them those resources." Full details here on the show and the fundraiser.
Twenty-Two Gallery’s latest exhibition features photographs captured in the brothels of Juarez. The Rittenhouse space will show the work of local artist Ada Trillo. Juarez is home to gruesome drug cartels, but also has a deep problem with sex trafficking, and many of Trillo's subjects were abducted. Trillo spoke to Billy Penn about what she witnessed in the brothels over the course of three years of visits.
Months ago, leaders of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education announced a study of the state's 14 public universities and warned there would be "no sacred cows." But recommendations from the study were released Wednesday and few major, concrete changes were proposed. That means no closures or mergers. Instead, consultants recommended schools like Cheyney, Bloomsburg and Clarion focus on educating nontraditional adult students and suggested Pennsylvania needed an organizing body to look at the state schools and state-related schools like Penn State and Temple as a whole. Here's a reminder of why PA's public universities, which largely educate the working class, are in trouble.
Packing up for a long weekend at the Jersey Shore? Get it in while you can. A report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists this week notes that by 2035 as many as 21 communities in Jersey could face "chronic inundation," or mass flooding on average of twice a month. By the turn of the century, more than 100 shore towns could be constantly flooded. The authors were surprised at the findings for NJ, which included towns like Ocean City, Beach Haven and Wildwood.
Kater Street will be shut down as "le 14 juillet" celebrations take over the street in front of this Provençal Bella Vista cafe. Expect polaroids, face-painting, games, a dunk tank, hula hoops and DJs, along with French street food snacks and plenty to drink.
Where: The Good King Tavern at 614 S. 7th St. 19147
When: July 14, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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From now through Sunday, Penn's Landing is avocado central. That's thanks to The Guac Stop, which national brand Wholly Guacamole calls "the nation's first-ever guacamole lounge." Translated from marketing speak, that means free chips and dip plus a whole lot more, including soft pretzels, an iPhone photography class, beading sessions, spa treatments and hula dancing. Check out the detailed schedule.
Months after headstones were toppled at Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery, the surrounding community in Wissinoming came together with an official response: respect. In partnership with Mural Arts and the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, a community paint day resulted in two facade coverings that celebrate the nature in Wissinoming Park and deliver a message of respecting others. Check out the photos.