Big changes are coming to two of Center City’s most prominent roadways. At the Vision Zero Conference on Saturday, Mayor Kenney announced that a five block stretch of Market Street and JFK Boulevard would be transformed in a pilot program designed to increase safety. The project calls for parking protected bike lanes, new traffic patterns, new bus shelters and new, shorter crosswalks for pedestrians. Results of the test will be evaluated after nine months. Here's what you need to know about the coming changes.
At the beginning of March, the Miami outposts of beloved Philly fast-casual siblings Federal Donuts and Dizengoff ceased operations. The shutter, which came just six months after launch, was chalked up to "construction" in the area. Per parent company CookNSolo, reopening is still on the table. If the restaurant group does try again in the Magic City, it might want to take into account that many Miamians have very different habits than Philadelphians — including partying all night and going out for snacks late.
The Mural Arts Program is asking for feedback on the three-story image of former Mayor and Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo. The image, which was commissioned in 1995, now has the unenviable status as the most-defaced mural in Philly. Celebrating Rizzo's legacy has become controversial, with some supporting him as a man who "cleaned up" Philly crime and others decrying his methods as abusive, totalitarian and racist. After protests last year, a statue in his honor is scheduled to be moved from its place near City Hall. But the mural, despite being regularly splattered with paint and scrawled over with words, persists. Mural Arts doesn't have the final say — the owner of the building will have to approve any chance — but will play a large role in deciding if action is taken. You can weigh in on the topic here, until March 28.
After a few years in hiatus, rock-paper-scissors is rocking Philly again. Last week, American Sardine Bar in Point Breeze hosted the Philadelphia Rock Paper Scissors Championship tournament, and it was more intense than expected. Billy Penn was there to catch the scene, where 70 people packed the room to watch RPS competitors with names like Pickle Rick and Panty Bandit throw it out on stage.
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One of the most sought-after beers in the world is Russian River's Pliny the Younger. Two kegs of the rare triple IPA will be tapped and sold by the glass for $15 Monday night, with all proceeds going to the fund for Dirty Franks bartender Sheila Modglin's recovery. Things kick off at Monk's Cafe at 5 p.m., then move to Fergie's Pub at 7 p.m.
Where: Monk's Cafe and Fergie's Pub at 264 S. 16th St. and 1214 Sansom St.
When: March 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Corresponding with National Meatout Day, PMN vegan columnist Vance Lehmkuhl has organized Vegan Cheesesteak Day in Philly. Around a dozen spots that sell cheesesteak alternatives — HipCityVeg, the POPE, Tmoms, etc. — are offering daylong discounts, like $1 or $2 off each sandwich you buy. If you've never tried a meatless cheesesteak, never been a better time.
Where: Restaurants at various locations around Philly
When: March 20, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The Trestle's Inn's sixth annual Bourbon Battle benefits Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and gives local bartenders a chance to show off their whiskey chops. Tickets include four cocktails, complimentary snacks, drink deals throughout the night and a straight $25 donation to the animal rescue nonprofit.
Where: The Trestle Inn at 339 N. 11th St., 19107
When: March 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $35
Equal parts job fair, showcase, market and conference, the inaugural Rad Fest brings together women-led businesses and ideas for a productive day of networking and celebration in honor of Women’s History Month.
Where: 421 at 421 N. 7th St., 19123
When: March 22, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
How much: $10
The Women's Film Festival hosts a series of short films that show "the things we're up against," including:
- Irene Lusztig's Forty Years
- Thiago Dadalt's Chocolate
- Kenny Dieudonne's Tinseltown
Where: Drexel University URBN Center at 3501 Market St., Rm. 349, 19104
When: March 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $10