Lots of homeless people regularly use Suburban Station as a place to catch a bit of rest and shelter. Meanwhile, the city has been for years looking for a central place to erect a new service center for Philly's homeless. Why not do it there, using some of the sprawling concourse space that otherwise goes unused? SEPTA and the city are in the middle of jointly constructing that center in a former below-ground police mini-station that had been sitting empty, Philly.com reports. When complete, the $1.4 million "Hub of Hope" will offer showers, laundry, legal services, medical attention and psychiatric counseling, and will be staffed by workers and volunteers from Project HOME. January 2018 is the target launch date.
Held each October for the past 25 years, the Philadelphia Film Festival doesn't draw a huge crowd. Over the course of 11 days, the 110 showings are expected to bring out around 25,000 people — a far cry from the hundreds of thousands who attend bigger film fests in other cities. But that doesn't stop the organizers from pouring their hearts into the project, which they view as a labor of love. “You can’t be a great city without a great arts and culture scene,” Artistic Director Michael Lerman told Billy Penn. We sifted through the Oct. 19-29 schedule and highlighted 10 movies you really don't want to miss.
A group of around 20 white nationalists who are members of "Keystone United" rallied Saturday afternoon on Boathouse Row. Gathering near a statue of a European explorer, they told CBS3 they were there to "defend white heritage." Counterprotesters showed up to denounce the idea of white supremacy, and cops were out in full force to make sure the clashing protests stayed nonviolent. Mayor Kenney issued a statement that noted everyone has the right to protest, but also included a direct message to the white nationalists: "You are wrong. Being white is not being supreme."
The woman who peed in a Wawa cup because she was looking for parking and really had to go is probably not having a great week. But Sandra Geathers has it worse. She came home to find a PPA boot on her car and a letter saying she has unpaid parking tickets dating all the way back to 1993. Get the details on how that's even possible, plus more tweets of the week in our Week in Parking roundup.
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For two years, Franklin Fountain brothers Eric and Ryan Berley have been developing ice cream bars to sell out of their new storefront in Old City. To make them really special, they enlisted artist and Tyler School of Art prof Doug Bucci. This hands-on demo will explain the design he came up with and show the process of making them, followed by a tasting of the results.
Where: Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art at 2001 N. 13th St. 19122
When: October 16, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Temple's Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) hosts lecturer and hip-hop artist Timothy N. Welbeck to lead a conversation about marginalization in urban areas. Welbeck will talk about the ideas featured in his recent album, "No City for Young Men," and will be joined by a crew to stage an interactive performance.
Where: Temple Student Center at 1755 N. 13th St. 19122
When: October 17, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The folks behind North Philly greening project Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden are hosting a food drive to benefit people in the Yabucoa and Aguadilla sections of Puerto Rico, where supplies are still scarce. Bring canned food, powdered milk, alkaline batteries, diapers, hand sanitizer and wet wipes to the garden, and while you're there, slurp up a bowl of special Caribbean asopao rice soup.
Where: Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden at 200 N. Phiip St. 19133
When: October 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The Brews & Views Rooftop Beer Garden is popping up for a last autumn hurrah. Each night from 5 to 9 p.m., there will be a menu beer, cocktails and snacks to choose from while you enjoy one of the Ben Franklin Parkway's most gorgeous vistas.
Where: Parkway Central Library Skyline Terrace at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: October 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to October 20, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
On Oct. 20, 1987, Guns N' Roses played Philly's iconic Trocadero on the band's Appetite for Destruction tour. On the 30th anniversary of that historic show, Philly musicians are coming together for a tribute, performing songs from the groundbreaking album and other material from the G N' R repertoire. Lineup includes students from Philadelphia School of Rock, the hard-drinking metal band Welcome to My Face, the Flannel Chucks and more.
Where: Trocadero Theatre at 1003 Arch St.
When: October 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $15-$18