On Saturday, police charged Joseph Massimino Jr. — who they'd arrested several weeks ago after seizing $200k worth of heroin from his 4th and Bainbridge home — in connection to two April deaths by overdose in Queen Village. This is notable for two reasons. One, Massimino Jr. is the son of mob underboss Joseph "Mousie" Massimino, who is four years into a 15-year prison sentence. Second, it's the first test case in Philly of a relatively new Pa. law that holds drug dealers accountable for deaths of their customers — a law that critics have suggested is unfair or unconstitutional because it puts selling drugs on the same plane as outright murder. Massimino's attorney noted that in a statement, saying "This is an uncommon charge; we will review the evidence and fight the charges."
Add one more to the long list of Philly firsts: The cupcake. At least, the first recipe for cupcakes was published here, by Philadelphian Eliza Leslie. Her 1827 cookbook was unusual for its time in that it was designed for all audiences, not just cosmopolitan elites, with simple instructions and easy measurements — like the idea to bake a cake using "cups" of butter, sugar and flour.
Sure, maybe those blue bikeshare bikes could use some extra pizzazz, but is it worth the $1,000 fine? In a series of now-deleted or expired Instagram stories, user @oneway_butchy shared videos showing an Indego bike tricked-out with LED rims. According to Philadelphia spokesperson Mike Dunn, incidences like this are super rare, but there's no doubt it happened. Check out the lit-up video — as well as one showing a hammer being taken to a bike — and see for yourself.
On the Calendar
The Troc's Movie Mondays gets wacky with Pee Wee's debut movie. Arrive before 7 p.m. and your first beer is free, or arrive anytime dressed as a character from the film to score a gratis drink. Otherwise, the $3 entry fee goes toward something at the bar (food or booze) and there's lots of other deals throughout the night — including special White Castle burgers.
Where: The Trocadero at 1003 Arch St. 19107
When: May 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $3
Expert Jamie Graves will lead a tasting and discussion session about sake. For example, did you know sake isn't accurately descirbed by the phrase "rice wine"? It's more like rice beer, but not exactly. Find out how its made and what the different types are. Useful if you plan on going out for sushi anytime soon.
Where: Culinary Literacy Center at Parkway Free Library at 1901 Vine St., 4th Fl. 19103
When: May 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $25
A cohort of monks from Tibet's Drepung Gomang monastery will be in residence at the eclectic East Falls furniture store/event space, creating a series of colorful sand mandalas. They'll be working 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday, and watching them work — which is also a chance to absorb some of their zen — is entirely free.
Where: Material Culture at 4700 Wissahickon Ave. 19144
When: May 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to May 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The summer fundraiser for the hunger nonprofit that delivers hot meals to ill or disadvantaged Philadelphians is all about guacamole. Mexican-inspired restaurants from around the city will put up their best creations, and you'll get to taste each one — with plenty of chips — and vote for your favorite.
Where: Morgan's Pier at 221 N. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: May 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $35
To celebrate the kick off of Summerfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink, Chickie's and Pete's is giving away free Crab Fries® (one per customer). Even if you don't want the flavored potato sticks, there's lots to do: Rollerskate, hang at outdoor lounges on the waterfront, play minigolf, listen to music and take in the night sky.
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink at 101 S. Columbus Blvd. 19147
When: May 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go