The corner of 18th and Spruce was a sea of tailored suits trimmed with purple on Sunday, as dozens of members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity from across the region converged on the Rittenhouse Starbucks to show support for one of their own. Rashon Nelson, one of the men arrested inside, is an Omega Psi Phi member at Bloombsburg University. After the rally, which included a speech from Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, protesters were invited inside the store, where Starbucks regional VP Camille Hymes helped serve them and spoke about beginning "the process of healing in a peaceful and positive way," per PMN. Starbucks will close all 8,000 U.S. stores on May 29 for racial bias training. Keep up with all of the Starbucks arrest info by subscribing to email updates here.
Chris Kuncio, like the man he impersonates, is a visionary with a knack for word play. The high school teacher-turned-Founding Father gives tours of Old City as "The Philly O.G.," aka the Ben behind the Benjamins, in order to give a more accurate and humanizing primer on Philly icon Benjamin Franklin. His modern day twist on the history lessons? Rapping — and we've got video. Hamilton has some competition.
After starting slow, the Phillies seem to have got the hang of manager Gabe Kapler's analytics-driven M.O. Yesterday's win capped a four-game sweep of the Pirates — sorry Pittsburgh, you'll have to be satisfied with the Penguins knocking the Flyers out of the NHL Playoffs — and landed the Phils at 14-7 for the season. Moreover, the team's home start of 9-1 is the team's first since 1964. Another notable happening at Sunday's game: Tastykake mascot Kirby Krimpet showed up, after being MIA for a while. Those who remember know Kirby and the Phanatic are old pals, as evidenced by this great TV ad from the '80s.
Back for its eighth year is the weeklong Philadelphia Science Festival, with a schedule of events that range from seriously nerdy to amusingly nerdy. Really though, the calendar is packed with all kinds of things to do, for people of all ages. There's afterschool storytelling and after-work distilling classes, midday carnivals and evening food truck fests. The fest runs through April 28; check it all out here.
- Big congrats to Michaela, whose current side gig is editor of The Temple News. Her paper won the Society of Professional Journalists regional Mark of Excellence Award for best all-around college daily and best multimedia use, as well as several other accolades.
- If you want to get to know a great group of Philadelphians helping move the city forward, come out to our Who's Next: Public Service networking happy hour this Thursday. Chances are the food and drink at Convene CityView will be topped only by the conversation. Tickets are $20, available here.
- Fun throwback on a Monday morning: Danya started on this writing thing early. Here's a short story written at age seven, about a magician who lives in Central Park. The piece ended up winning a citywide prize, which was handed out by the great sci-fi author Issac Asimov.
Tibetan artist and Buddhist meditation teacher Losang Samten returns to Philly for his annual residency, during which he'll create an image of the universe out of colored sand. This year's project is the "Mandala of Compassion."
Where: Philadelphia Folklore Project at 735 S. 50th St., 19143
When: April 24, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free