It was 36 years ago to the day that the South Philly's Joey Coyle pulled over to the side of the road to look for scrap — he wanted to trade it for some meth — and ended up with the find of his life: Two big, white bags containing $1.2 million in hundred dollar bills. The discovery marked the start of a sad adventure, chronicled in the novel "Finders Keepers" and then made into the John Cusack movie "Money for Nothing." Here's how the real-life story went down.
More than four dozen Philly restaurants participated in the “Day Without Immigrants” on February 16, either by closing entirely, shutting down for part of the day or curtailing services. It had some economic impact, but its real mission had less to do with money than with forcing conversation about the topic — which it undoubtedly did. Now organizers are gearing up for a second, similar day of action on May 1, where costs are covered by donations and chefs participate in community pot-lucks that further discussion about immigration policies.
Heads up, Art in the Age fans: If you want one last sip of Snap, Root, Sage or Rhubarb, get to a liquor store ASAP. The Colonial Era-inspired line of spirits from Philly-based Quaker City Mercantile is being permanently discontinued. But despite the sadness some devotees might feel, there’s a good reason behind the cutoff — QCM has partnered with New Liberty Distilling and is going all-local.
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If you need a reason to dine along South Philly's most restaurant-decorated strip, this is the time to do it. From Monday, Feb. 27 all the way through Friday, Mar. 10, two dozen chefs are offering special three-course dinners at set prices. Some are just $15, like the fries-burger-shake deal at P'unk Burger, but most of the best-known spots ring in at $35, which is still a good price for, say, Le Virtu or Townsend. Either way, it's a great excuse to go.
Where: East Passyunk Restaurants at various addresses
When: February 27, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to March 10, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $15, $25 or $35 per person
This new tavern from the owner of Aksum has the chef from Growlers/La Casa in the kitchen and, on Tuesday nights, live music. Catch the Interactive Jazz Trio — which actually has four members, on piano, drums, bass and fiddle — playing soulful melodies throughout the night. Eat, drink, listen and swing.
Where: Booker's Restaurant and Bar at 5021 Baltimore Ave. 19143
When: February 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Watercolor is a uniquely American medium, and this new exhibit shows how it rose to prominence via great artists like Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. Trace the legacy through classic landscapes and illustrations, plus designs for ceramics and stained glass.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: March 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to May 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: $25 adults; $19 kids
This edition of Philadelphia Film Society's Throwback Thursday pays homage to Women's History Month with a showing of "A League of Their Own." The Tom Hanks and Geena Davis movie about America's first female baseball pros is 25 years old, so kudos to your memory (or fandom) if you score well in the themed trivia games before the screening.
Where: Prince Theater, Black Box at 1412 Chestnut St. 19102
When: March 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $13 / $12 for students
You can be sure every act at this two-day festival celebrating women and trans comedians passes the infamous "Bechdel Test" (if you don't know, Google it). Acts range from the straight-forward to the wild and wacky in formats including improv, sketch and stand-up.
Where: Christ Church Neighborhood House at 20 N. American St. 19106
When: March 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to March 4, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.
How much: $15 Friday / $25 Saturday / $35 both days