In January, 19-year-old Kensington resident Ivan Rodriguez was shot dead in the streets of Trenton. Along with the unexpected grief, Rodriguez’s family suddenly incurred the tremendous financial responsibilities associated with putting a loved one to rest. In the end, the family was only able to pay for the $7,000 funeral because of donations from a GoFundMe campaign. And they’re not alone. In Philadelphia, more than in other cities, crowdfunding has become a popular workaround for those who can't afford memorial costs.
Context for the Starbucks arrests: In Center City, police stops are down significantly over the past five years, but blacks are still more likely to be stopped — especially indoors, an analysis of stop and frisk data by PMN found. Looking at info from the Sixth and Ninth Districts, reporters found that 69 percent of the time the cops made a stop inside, the person stopped was black. Moreover, of those stopped, blacks were much more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts.
One of the best roast pork sandwiches in Philly this summer comes with waterfront breezes and a view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Morgan's Pier is open for the season this weekend, just in time for a little warmup in the weather, and we've got a preview of this year's new menu from chef Adam Lazarick. Along with that house-roasted pork shoulder, other winners are a crackling fried chicken sandwich, onion dip made with wild ramps and housemade whoopie pies with passionfruit cream.
In advance of her two shows at Dino's Backstage in Glenside, music and theater writer A.D. Amorosi catches up with Nellie McKay. The London-born singer-songwriter and actress is as an adventurous cross between sultry artist and provocative activist, he says, who has a current predilection for brash one-woman-shows about bold heroines. Here's why McKay will be channeling both Joan Rivers and Frank Sinatra at her performance in Glenside this weekend.
The weekly "Dr. Young Unpacks" is a high energy, informative live show that explores the psychology of media, politics and popular culture. Think TED Talks...but funny. Joining host and UDel prof Danna Young this week is Diana Mutz, director of Penn's Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics, for a session on the modern media.
Where: CSz Philadelphia at 2030 Sansom St.
When: April 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $15