The trial of Bill Cosby starts today. The comedian has been accused of sexually assaulting nearly 60 women, but his fate comes down to charges stemming from one allegation — that of former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Billy Penn will be in court as the case begins. We'll be posting updates throughout the trial. Sign up here to get trial reports sent directly to your inbox.
Anika Wuestefeld came to Philly from Cologne to see the Rocky statue and steps. Her mission is 50 percent complete. The statue is currently fenced off during construction, and tourists who showed up late last week as the sun finally broke through were a bit surprised. Wuestefeld snapped a pic through a hole in the fence but said it was most important that she "get the feeling." See what other tourists had to say about the fenced-off statue.
In case you missed the story everyone's still talking about from the weekend, or in case you just want to see it again: There was a camel in North Philly on Friday night, and it was part of a lavish $25,000-prom send-off Saudia Shuler created for her son. The party-before-the-prom featured three tons of sand, high-end cars and three dates for the man of honor. Shuler, who is battling cancer, told Billy Penn she wanted to send her son to Dubai for a graduation present. Then, she figured, "why not take everyone to Dubai." Check out the scene from this weekend.
Chef Kris Serviss of The Blue Duck is making good on his 2016 Billy Penn Who’s Next honor as one to watch. One year later, he's gearing up to launch two new restaurants in Center City, the long-in-the-works space on 11th near Locust (The Ugly Duckling) and a rebranding of the former Bop on Broad, which will open this Friday as Blue Duck on Broad. We caught up with Serviss to see what he’s been up to and what exciting food adventures await in his future.
More than 50 local bars are participating in this annual celebration of the classic gin-vermouth-Campari aperitif, by offering specials and riffs on the cocktail and pledging to donate a portion of proceeds from each one sold to charity. As usual, the promotion takes place during Philly Beer Week, which is great if you're looking to switch things up and drink something other than brew.
Where: Bars across Philly
When: June 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to June 11, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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- American Pie at Drury Beer Garden: What better to pair with Yuengling, America’s oldest brewery, than a pie eating contest? 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., 1311 Sansom St.
- Zombie Apocalypse at Tria Taproom: Indulge your inner spook and enjoy meads and ciders while you get your face painted in full zombie regalia. 5 to 7 p.m., 2005 Walnut St.
- 23 Years of The Special at Bob & Barbara’s: After 23 years, PBR and Jim Beam are finally “making it official” with a drag show wedding and live music. 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., 1509 South St.
- Check out more of today's events and the lineup for the rest of the week here.
Presented in partnership with Philly Loves Beer
What happens when a brewer that specializes in dry beer takes on a juicy stout? That's what worried Monk's Cafe co-owner Tom Peters, who wasn't sure how this year's Philly Beer Week Belgian collab would work out. Not that he didn't have faith in 2SP's Bob Barrar — one of the most medal-awarded brewers in history — but the style clash loomed large. In the end, the final result, which you can taste this week only, achieved Goldilocks-level perfection.