T-minus five days until May 29, when Starbucks will close all 8,000 of its U.S. stores to host racial bias training. The day of training comes on the heels of the unwarranted arrests of two black men at the Starbucks on 18th and Spruce streets last month. While the company spends the day working toward racial justice, you can join the cause. Here’s 10 places that could use your help on the Day Without A Starbucks.
If you received a new property assessment for 2019 and don't think it's accurate, tomorrow is the last day to start the process of appeal. Why might you feel that's warranted? The way Philly does assessments has been called haphazard, as the city tries to catch up with decades of undervaluation. You can use the interactive maps here to see how your number compares with your neighbors, and use this tool to see how your tax would change with the new value. If you're ready to start the appeal process, PMN has a guide here.
Philly has a lot of food trucks. The Vendy Awards used to help guide us through the fray, but the annual event no longer takes place. We’ve got a new way to suss out the best of the best. Welcome to our Ultimate Philly Food Truck bracket, an NCAA-style competition where readers will decide who's top dog. First, we need your help to set the starting field of 32. Have a favorite truck, or one you think deserves the honor? Nominate them here, and stay tuned for the first round of voting next week.
Is a hot dog a sandwich? If you thought this question was over and done with, you might not have been paying attention to Pennsylvania politics. Last month, Gov. Tom Wolf came out swinging for the YES camp — and subsequently caught a lot of flak. We ran down the latest twists and turns in the debate. Somewhere, GOP gov candidate Scott Wagner is drafting an attack ad titled “The wurst of Harrisburg.”
🌌 Folks who want to watch Solo: A Star Wars Story with likeminded fans can pick up tix to the Philly Film Society's advance screening at the Prince Theater. Look for Solo-themed cocktails, pre-movie trivia and a costume contest. (Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m.)
🛁 Fans of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and great local beer will want to head to Mayfair's Grey Lodge Pub for its annual Towel Day celebration. Special brews from Evil Genius and Broken Goblet, prizes for best costumes and a Vogan poetry contest. (Friday, May 25, 5 p.m.)
🥖 Memorial Day weekend means that somehow, the sourdough workshop with the baker at La Colombe Fishtown hasn't sold out yet. At $45 per person, this class is a bit pricier than what we usually include, but the bread you make will likely be worth it. (Saturday, May 26, 3 p.m.)
📚 Center City's Pen & Pencil, aka the longest continually operating press club in America, occasionally welcomes poet Bob Zell to host public readings. There's also open mic if you want to participate. (Sunday, May 27, 9 p.m.)