Saturday at the NFL Draft was less about the picks — although beefing up the defensive line in rounds five and six was definitely good for the Eagles — and more about the fun. The giant festival that took over the Ben Franklin Parkway was hopping with fans, and quite a few were wearing Cowboys jerseys. We talked to 50 of these brave folks who weren't afraid to show Dallas love, and it turned out only three were actually from their team's hometown. So where'd they all come from? Nearly half call Philly home.
Coca-Cola says the soda tax has led the company to shed 40 jobs from its Philly workforce. However, the job losses are not layoffs. Instead, they're more like voluntary transfers or departures, as commission-based employees (drivers, warehouse and sales associates) have been quitting or just switching to suburban roles. Coke, which has around 700 local employees, will also not make some of the summer season hires in Philly it usually does. The mayor's response? The soda market is down nationally and Coke is using us as a scapegoat.
Per our restaurant critic Adam Erace, chef Craig Russell is knocking it out of the park at CO/OP, where the duck dish provided Erace's best bite all year. The restaurant in the ground floor of new University City boutique hotel Study has great service, too, and the decor is both comfortable and stylish. What CO/OP doesn't have? Bodies in seats. Yet. Here's why you'll want to head over for your next dinner out.
On the Calendar
Join Susan Glasser of Politico, Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post, and Brian Stelter of CNN as they sit on a panel at the National Constitution Center to talk about "Defining Truth in Modern Politics."
Where: National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St.
When: May 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $10 for members, teachers and students; $18 for non-members
In 1985, when brothers Sam and Aly Lynagh took over the space at the corner of Third and Catharine and turned it into New Wave, the Philly bar scene was very different. But their tavern, known for its pool table, outdoor seating, inexpensive housemade food and generally relaxed vibe, is still pretty much the same. To celebrate 32 years, there'll be a free buffet and raffle prizes all night.
Where: New Wave Cafe at 784 S. 3rd St. 19147
When: May 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
If you know any local artists (writers, musicians, performers), you probably know some who are seeking a wider audience for their work — and wouldn't mind making money from it, too. Introducing Cultureshare: A subscription-based program that curates and distributes locally produced art. This free happy hour info session will feature food, drinks and also stations to encourage creativity (think Play-Doh and guitars).
Where: Parkway Free Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: May 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The Independence Seaport invites you to wear your best "Astro Battle" outfit (¯_(ツ)_/¯) to this celestial-themed night by the river. Learn basic fight choreography, how to navigate this galaxy's waterways, make your own light-up sword on a 3D printer and meet live animals from the Academy of Natural Sciences. Ticket includes your first drink.
Where: Independence Seaport Museum at 211 S. Colombus Blvd. 19106
When: May 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $18
Pop-up beer garden pioneer Philadelphia Horticultural Society returns to its flagship location with a flora-filled hangout spot for al fresco drinking and snacking. Food and booze are provided by Cantina Los Caballitos this year, so expect great margaritas along with the brew. On opening day, the mariachi band goes on at 4:30 and a giant Corona piñata game will happen shortly after. Throughout the season there's live music on Tuesdays and a guest chef every other Thursday.
Where: PHS Pop Up South Street at 1438 South St. 19103
When: May 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to May 6, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go