Over the years, the scene has played out again and again: Construction crew starts digging on a Philadelphia work site — and comes up with a dead body from a former cemetery. Yet each time it happens, said archaeologist Doug Mooney, people act like it's the first. That's why he and other archaeologists want the city to better regulate old burial sites. These are their ideas on how to make it work.
Wizard World has invaded the convention center this weekend, and while there is a decent list of celebrities to see, the real fun of Comic-Con is meeting tons of fantastic artists and finding great deals. Like $55,000 for a Neal Adams painting of Batman and the Ninja Turtles, or $35,000 for a replica of the Batcycle. Or $8,000 for an actual human skull. We walked the floor looking for the most expensive things you can buy this weekend. From Frog Thor to the Back to the Future Delorean to Action Comics No. 1, going for $750,000, check out the incredible list of finds.
Advocates fear PA's film tax credits could get axed during state budget talks this year, so the Greater Philadelphia Film Office is throwing a rally at 10 a.m. today. The program currently provides $60 million in credits to movies and television shows that qualify. Critics argue the program lacks oversight and favors metropolitan areas, while proponents say there already aren't enough credits to go around. Here's more on PA's film industry, and what advocates say is at stake.
- Almost 3k at Red Owl Tavern: Give yourself an excuse for a day of beer-drinking by starting with a mini race around Independence Mall. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 433 Chestnut St.
- Brewery Science Theater 3000 at Clarkville: Experts from Wyndridge and Vault Brewing will teach a beer sensory and evaluation class. 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., 4301 Baltimore Ave.
- Philly Lit Spelling Bee at Johnny Brenda’s: Watch local authors and editors compete with each other on stage in a spelling showdown for the literary ages. 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., 1201 Frankford Ave.
- Check out more of today's events and the lineup for the rest of the week here.
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Philadelphia Union players will host a meet and greet that's open to all parents and kids, whether they're visiting the hospital for a different reason or not. Why attend? Aside from being a chance to meet local soccer stars, it's also an opportunity to brush up on hands-only CPR, which you could use to save someone's life someday.
Where: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at 3401 Civic Center Blvd. 19104
When: June 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free
If you're lucky enough to have midday hours at your disposal this weekend, take advantage of a new brunch deal at the beer garden outside the FringeArts building. From noon to 2 p.m. on Sat and Sun, margaritas, Bloody Marys and mimosas will go for $4 each. A food menu's also available.
Where: La Peg at 140 N. Columbus Blvd.
When: June 3, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to June 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
How much ice cream does $10 get you? At this annual fundraiser benefiting the West Philly pottery center and kid art scholarships, it scores you all you care to eat. The dessert is served in a handmade ceramic bowl, of course, and you can also try your hand at making some crafts of your own.
Where: University City Arts League at 4226 Spruce St. 19104
When: June 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Dance party master Lee Jones is back for a 14th year of Sunday afternoon jams. He knew the Roots frontman before fame and Fallon, so of course Quest is staying around post-Picnic to spin for the season opener on a South Philly rooftop. All ages, rain or shine.
Where: Bok Bar at 1901 S. 9th St. 19148
When: June 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $10
As we reported back in January, the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic is taking a break this year (read: it was cancelled), but that's not stopping the 12th annual Bike Race Party. Nine local bands will rock this tiny and totally underrated Manayunk corner bar.
Where: Dawson Street Pub at 100 Dawson St. 19127
When: June 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to June 5, 2017 at 1:00 a.m.
How much: No cover; pay as you go