It's budget season again -- and hopefully you haven't fallen back asleep after reading the first half of that sentence. Today, Mayor Jim Kenney will give his budget address to City Council. The budget includes no tax increases (and proposes a small reduction of the wage tax). But what if President Donald Trump finds a way to punish sanctuary cities like Philly and cut federal funding? The city isn't planning for that. Finance director Rob Dubow said it wouldn't make sense to have a Plan B in the budget. "There are many different scenarios for what could happen...so we are not pre-judging any of that," he said to Newsworks. "That said, we do have a working group that meets every week to kind of keep track of what's going on and keep our eyes on it."
Joel Embiid needed an MRI on his knee after swelling — or “swellness,” as the Sixers originally tweeted — developed earlier in the week. Wednesday, the Sixers announced that Embiid is being shut down for the season. There is nothing swell about this. Embiid got an MRI showing a more pronounced meniscus tear than previously discovered. When on the court, Embiid was a dynamic force, averaging 20.2 points 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, playing just 25.4 minutes per game. His 31-game rookie season has set the Sixers on a path to potential future success, but Sixers fans will have to wait until the 2017-18 season to see what they have in this young corps.
The finish line may finally be in sight for Fishtown’s long-awaited hotel. Construction will begin by the end of the year and the project should be ready to open in 2020, developer Roland Kassis told Billy Penn in a phone call. It's been a long time coming for the project, which was discussed as early as 2012 and approved by the Zoning Board in 2015. Kassis said the project needs his "100 percent" concentration, and that's why he's been waiting to build.
|What||Spirit of Philadelphia is hosting Philadelphia themed First Friday dinner cruises. Enjoy a delicious buffet menu featuring a build your own cheesesteak station, a free Yards beer or glass of wine for each guest over 21, DJ entertainment, and of course, unbeatable views of the Philadelphia skyline. Cruises start April 7th and continue every First Friday of the year.|
|Where||Spirit of Philadelphia at 401 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106|
|When||April 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm|
|How much||From $66.90 per adult / $39.95 per child age 3-12|
|What||This edition of Philadelphia Film Society's Throwback Thursday pays homage to Women's History Month with a showing of "A League of Their Own." The Tom Hanks and Geena Davis movie about America's first female baseball pros is 25 years old, so kudos to your memory (or fandom) if you score well in the themed trivia games before the screening.|
|Where||Prince Theater, Black Box at 1412 Chestnut St. 19102|
|When||March 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm|
|How much||$13 / $12 for students|
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In the market for a conversation piece? A West Philly artist is offering dick plaques in the popular local Facebook group Internet Yard Sale of Philadelphia for selling and trading. The dicks are $15 each, but the sculptor, Katie Rauth, is open to bidding wars, per the ad she penned late this afternoon. If you want one, act fast: Out of the four she has posted, one has already sold. Only small dicks are available, though. “Honestly, because the bigger ones are on display in my house right now, and I’m too attached to give them up,” Rauth explained. In Clark Park where she lives, the plaques are mounted above the fireplace, near hanging heart-leaf plants. You have to check it out.
Burger hunters, there’s a new deal in town. Starting next week, every Monday is half-price burger day at Pinefish in Wash West. The corner restaurant, which took over the old Pine Street Pizza space, is ostensibly focused on seafood (it’s in the name, after all), but it’s had a killer sirloin steak on the menu since opening last summer. To make the deal even better, these burgers have a pedigree. They're made from the same breed of steer that produces the renowned Kobe beef.