Organizers have summarily cancelled Philly's biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration. NBC 10 reports that El Carnaval de Puebla, which has traditionally drawn crowds of up to 15,000, will not be held this year. People "did not feel comfortable holding the event" because of the threat of ICE raids, organizer Edgar Ramirez told the network. Instead, a few days before that party would have happened, May 1 will bring another restaurant and business shutdown similar to February's Day Without Immigrants — only this time the action is much more organized and has a new fundraising platform.
There are plenty of pockets of Philly where Irish Americans have noticeably settled, but did you know one of them used to be in West Philly? The area now known as Mantua was once called “Corktown” by the working-class Irish folks who lived there, and though the small neighborhood bearing that moniker didn’t even make it to the 1960s, it was once a hotbed of pro-Irish sentiment and racial tensions that spanned decades.
Genealogical expert Harry Boonin could tell you all about the history of Mount Carmel, the Jewish cemetery where more than 100 headstones were desecrated last month. He could also tell you that acts of vandalism have happened numerous times in local Jewish cemeteries and that it’s the media coverage that’s new. "Everyone in town knew it was happening for 100 years," he told Billy Penn. Ahead of his Sunday talk in Mt. Airy, we spoke to Boonin about old Jewish Philadelphia, the cemetery’s struggles and the media being different these days.
Whew! Villanova is still in the NCAA Tournament. The 2016 basketball champs made it into this year's tournament as the No. 1 seed, and they play No. 8 Wisconsin today at 2:40 p.m. To celebrate, we're giving you $10 off tickets to our big party on April 26. Use code NOVA today only and hang with us next month for a night of food, beer, wine and bowling.
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If you skipped out on the green beer craziness (and its slightly yellower aftermath) yesterday, here's the St. Patrick's celebration for you. Mike's BBQ truck will be serving smoked corned beef and cabbage sandwiches and smoked shepherd's pie on potato rolls, plus sides. Pair 'em with a stout from the house and you're set with Irish cheer for the day.
Where: Brewery ARS at 1927-29 W. Passyunk Ave. 19145
When: March 18, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Visiting Mozambican artist Salomao Almirante is hosting a an all-levels workshop on Afro-house and Pantsula dance styles. Whether or not you have any dance background, he'll have you shaking it by the end of the session. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and be ready to feel the rhythm.
Where: University City Arts League at 4226 Spruce St. 19104
When: March 18, 2017 at 2:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
How much: $20 in advance; $25 walk-in
T'yanna Wallace (daughter of the late, great Notorious B.I.G) is hosting a pop-up presenting her line of streetwear — the tees aren't splashed with her father's face, but instead incorporate designs like his infamous crown drawn by Keith Haring. She's joined by Philly fashion designer Bellargo Piarge. A DJ will spin so you can mix, mingle, sip drinks from the bar and shop.
Where: Ms. Tootsie's at 1312 South St. 19147
When: March 19, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go (free registration available)
An expert from Primal Apothecary will lead a session on the history, use and crafting of incense. Participants will use provided herbs and ingredients to create their own loose and cone incense to take home and enjoy. Feel free to bring your own oils and essences and even a mortar and pestle if you have one!
Where: Palo Santo Wellness Boutique at 1707 E. Passyunk Ave. 19148
When: March 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $35
Pro-art and anti-fascism. Those are the only requirements for taking part in this pop-up show at South Street's most colorful bar. Buy a book and a poster, make a protest sign and write letters to your reps. All proceeds to ACLU of PA. 21+
Where: Tattooed Mom at 530 South St. 19147
When: March 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go