Most historians agree the origin of Mother’s Day can be traced to Philadelphia's Anna Jarvis, who worked her whole life to establish a holiday to honor motherhood and traditional family values. That’s the message relayed on a historical marker in the shadow of City Hall at the intersection of Market and Juniper streets. But it leaves out an important fact: The woman who founded Mother's Day? She ended up hating what it became.
East Oak Lane native and Temple grad Jane Norman Beazley died in her Bala Cynwyd home at age 83 Saturday, saddening baby boomers across the region. Beazley was the namesake star and creator of "Pixanne," a super-popular Philly kids TV show that ran from 1960 to 1969. It once notched a 62 percent market share, and was one of the first shows ever to be broadcast in full color. Not many tapes survive, but this blooper clip of a hoop skirt being set on fire lives on.
Marc Vetri is hard at work on his fourth cookbook, Mastering Pizza (2018), and Billy Penn caught up with him and longtime co-author David Joachim during a recipe testing session to see how the sausage gets...written. Things we learned: Vetri moves fast while Joachim does a banner job of keeping up, and there's a certain kind of pizza that needs to be baked with ice on top to come out right.
Remember that custom blend of Dad's Hat Rye whiskey Billy Penn culture editor Danya Henninger helped make? Now's your chance to taste it in Philly. The peppery brown liquor is being featured in a special cocktail at Pinefish — the DH Cherry, with Cherry Heering, Ramazzotti amaro and Luxardo cherries — and it will also star at a special Memorial Day weekend happy hour at Butcher Bar. Here's all the details.
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As part of Love Your Park Week, the Parks Alliance is hosting a panel discussion and happy hour about "equity" and our public spaces. Ticket includes your first drink and a light buffet.
Where: Strangelove's at 216 S. 11th St. 19107
When: May 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $10 in advance; $15 at the door
There's two possibilities when you take a cheesesteak and try to fancy it up. 1) It becomes something totally different and way less enjoyable. 2) It uses grass-fed beef, local gouda, Sly Fox caramelized onions and Ba Le bakery rolls to become a truly idealized version of the street food, one that won't give you a stomachache after. Option No. 2 is back in da cart in South Philly — at a bar right in the center of Cheesesteak Vegas.
Where: Garage Passyunk at 1231 E. Passyunk Ave. 19147
When: May 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $12 per cheesesteak
To celebrate National Bike Month, the Kimpton hotel has enlisted mechanics from Keswick Cycle to set up in front of their doors and host a free tuneup session. Get your front and rear derailleurs adjusted, brakes tightened, tires inspected and other fixes while you wait. The pop-up shop will be open from 7-9 a.m., 12-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m..
Where: Hotel Monaco at 433 Chestnut St. 19106
When: May 17, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Yes, another pop-up beer garden, but can there really be too many? Each Thursday through the end of June, Brulee Catering is collaborating with the Free Library to turn the roof overlooking the Parkway into an outdoor party. Expect local beers, wine, cocktails and made-to-order snacks like charcuterie and cheese and house-baked pretzels. 21+
Where: Parkway Free Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: May 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Riot Nerd and Atomic City Comics are hype for the new series of Twin Peaks, so in advance of the May 21 debut, they're hosting a "Black Lodge Dance Party." Expect goth/industrial/darkwave tunes from the DJ, a themed photo booth, props and decor. Sip a Laura Palmer cocktail or a Joe Coffee Porter stout, and eat free donuts provided by FedNuts. 21+
Where: The Barbary at 951 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: May 19, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. to May 20, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $5 cover