For 17 years, the Last Stop on Kensington Avenue has been an anchor for the Philly recovery community. But this month, the shelter and 12-step meeting hub is moving to a new home. Founder Eddie Zampitella sold the building and bought a place half a mile north. Why? The neighborhood was rapidly changing — Last Stop's original spot will reportedly turn into an apartment complex — and Zampitella felt he could help more people at the new location. Still, for many people, the move is bittersweet.
You could get whiplash trying to follow every twist in the Stormy Daniels news right now, but one thing is settled: Come November, she will be performing in Philadelphia. Club Risque is the local outfit that successfully executed the snag, booking the adult film star for three nights, one at each of its area locations. Even though she’s in high demand right now, it wasn’t all that tough to score the big name, a Risque marketing manager told Billy Penn — they've got connections.
Per a dispatch from the Bicycle Coalition, signups are now open for the first annual ProfiteROLL. The April 15 charity ride is being held in honor of Emily Fredricks, the young pastry chef who was killed on her bicycle last year, which is why the event is also a pastry scavenger hunt, with prizes for those who collect the most sweet stamps along the way. Register here for $35 — proceeds go toward cycling safety and bike replacement efforts.
A story in Architectural Digest uses the curvy metal benches at SEPTA's 8th Street Station to illustrate the rise of "hostile architecture" — structures that are purposely designed to discourage lingering and loitering. When those benches were installed in 2011, that wasn't a specific stated goal. Instead, fabricator Veyko said the design was meant to 1) better serve riders by providing seats that didn't get grungy and 2) resist vandalism and be easy to clean. Yet even back then, some called the 8th Street benches "anti-public seating." Have you ever sat down on them?
Lydia Millet is a professional conservationist at the Center for Biological Diversity, but she's also a fiction author. How does she make room in her books for so much humor and whimsy alongside political and environmental horrors? She'll read from her latest and discuss.
Where: Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum at 3260 South St., 19104
When: March 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP