Brandon Bostian, the man who was driving Amtrak train No. 188 when it flew off the rails in Philadelphia two years ago, killing eight people and injuring 200, is now facing criminal charges. The action comes on the brink of the expiration of the statute of limitations and just days after the Philly DA's office said it was declining to press charges. That statement spurred a motion to reopen the case by attorneys representing victims of the crash. After a judge ruled in their favor, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro decided to take action.
So, how many feature films get Philadelphia right? Introducing the Philly Movie Index. The scorecard looks at how accurately the city is reflected in a dozen movies — ones that depend on it to advance their storylines — and ranks them based on a totally made-up point system (but one we put a lot of thought into). Here's how they stand, in order of worst to best.
The hot thing right now in the Philly party scene is to focus on one megastar (or two, or five) and play only their music, all night long. Why is the format so successful? On the biz side, turns out there’s a connection to digital streaming services. For guests, partygoers say they love knowing what’ll be played before they arrive. Here’s how the trend developed, and where DJs and promoters think it’s headed.
A reader captured a parking fail in Devil's Pocket that'll have you patting yourself on the back for your parallel parking skills, no matter how challenged. In the video, a driver is presented with enough space to fit a yacht and somehow ends up spending three minutes trying to squeeze a hatchback in. Plus, parking in cars with chickens in Port Richmond.
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The Art Museum exhibit exploring how white male painters Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent elevated watercolor to the status of fine art has been so successful that viewing hours were extended through 7 p.m. on each of its last two days. Duck in from the rain or take mom to check it out.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: May 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to May 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $20 adults; $14 youths and students
There's an equipment showcase happening every weekend at this kitchenware wonderland on South Ninth Street — today's is an All-Clad stainless steel frying pan — and it's always worth wandering past, especially if you also take the opportunity to score what might be the city's best value espresso: $1 for a strong robusta shot.
Where: Fante's Kitchen Shop at 1006 S. 9th St. 19147
When: May 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free / Pay as you go
If you haven't checked out Kensington's Saint Benjamin Brewing, this Sunday is a perfect opportunity. Not only did the brewery just tie for best new beer at Craig LaBan's annual "Brewvitational" competition (for Abbey Dubbel), it also snagged first place in the lager category with Pilsner Prosim. Big Rube Harley will be in the house doing soul food brunch, making it special for all the moms out there.
Where: Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. at 1710 N. 5th St. 19122
When: May 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
As part of the 2017 Black Arts Festival, Yale sociology prof Elijah Anderson will talk about what he calls the "cosmopolitan canopy," a potential island of mutual respect in a sea of segregation and animosity. A terrace reception follows his lecture on the racial divide and how we can build a more inclusive and diverse society.
Where: The Barnes at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: May 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $10 (students free)
A season of second Sunday concerts at this neighborhood farm kicks off with a trio of performers. Bring a dish and share dinner first, paired with local beer on tap, then lean back and listen to the music with your loved ones among the veggies. Kids welcome; dogs not so much (because farm).
Where: Germantown Kitchen Garden at 215 E. Penn St. 19144
When: May 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $10