The mayor of Philadelphia just came out as firmly pro-Rittenhouse Square wall-sitting. Jim Kenney tweeted on Saturday evening that Philadelphians should “sit where they want,” adding that a large city government means sometimes “things get by you.” His next tweet joked about the reasoning behind the ban — which went into effect last week — by asking people to not litter, graffiti the walls or "smoke weed so obviously that you scare olds [his] age." What's next, then? "Conversations" about how to address the issue.
Philabundance Community Kitchen is usually described as a vocational program that works with formerly incarcerated people. But some of them, like winter 2016 valedictorian Tahib Ali, are still in the prison system. Sometimes they were never behind bars to begin with, just down on their luck with housing or laid off from their jobs with no where else to go. Either way, PCK is there to help them take the next step — and turn them into cooks at some of Philly's best restaurants.
There’s never a shortage of talent and musical variety coming through Philly. We’re talking rock, neo-soul, hip-hop, R&B, indie-alternative, psychedelic, trip-hop, EDM, dubstep, Tropicália and country — and that’s just the start of it. Which shows are worth your time and money? We combed through the venue calendars and filtered through the listings, and found 41 unforgettable live music experiences from now through April. Here's how to navigate the next four months in music.
On the Calendar
Admission is discounted to $5 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and various activities will honor the reverend activist's lifelong dedication to equality and justice. Drop off books and school supplies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., sing along with a touring husband-wife duo, hear readings of King's famous speech and create arts and crafts to express your own dream.
Where: National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. 19106
When: January 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
How much: $5 admission
Taste beer from 30 breweries, eat light snacks and listen to live music at this all-proceeds-to-charity beerfest benefiting Philly hunger and coats-for-kids nonprofits.
Where: World Cafe Life at 3025 Walnut St. 19104
When: January 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $30
Cardboard, paints and markers will be supplied — or bring your own — for this evening session to make signs for the Philly Women's March on Jan. 21. Sip on $3 margaritas throughout the night; a portion of proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Where: Cantina Dos Segundos at 931 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: January 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go (free supplies)
Get out your best poodle skirts and spats and rock to 1950s jams with cuts of 'Grease' and 'Grease II' playing in the background. DJ David Atlas will be spinning vinyl only.
Where: The Dolphin Tavern at 1539 S. Broad St. 19147
When: January 19, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. to January 20, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: No cover
This is it, the day Donald Trump assumes the presidency. Several marches, rallies and student walk-outs will be held throughout the day (there's one at Paine Plaza, one in West Philly and one at the Liberty Bell, to name a few), so some comic relief is a good way to end the night. Songs, bits, sketches, squirt guns and ghosts are promised in this "Party Lines" variety show.
Where: Good Good Comedy Theater at 215 N. 11th St. 19107
When: January 20, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.
How much: $5