It's going to be rainy and in the 30s for the better part of the day today, and forecasters say it probably won't clear up until 6 p.m. or so. We'd recommend packing an umbrella. And your rain boots. And that coat that's good for when it's wet *and* cold. On second thought, how does your boss feel about working from home? Here's today's weather forecast (without snow in it) from Dark Sky.
Mayor Jim Kenney has generally been a hands-on adopter of technology, especially for a middle-aged man hailing from a South Philly rowhome (remember when he called Trump an oompa loompa on Twitter, lol). But this weekend is going to be a whole new experience. Kenney is at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival with local startup leaders and other reps from the city. Kenney talked to us about why he's there and what it means as Philadelphia works to compete with other cities at the forefront of the startup scene.
The Eagles announced Thursday morning they cut defensive end Connor Barwin who, during his time in Philly, became a champion for the city through his work in the community -- an impact that will be missed far more than his production on the field. Later Thursday, the Birds started to address their serious issues at wide receiver by signing former Ravens and 49ers wideout Torrey Smith. But Smith, who had an abysmal time in San Francisco under Chip Kelly (ahem), might end up sucking. But then the Birds also signed Alshon Jeffery who, when healthy (and not suspended for PEDs), is one of the top pass catchers in the NFL. He's a clear No. 1 receiver for Carson Wentz. Learn all about the Eagles' new offensive weapons from a crazy first day of free agency.
Heard of the phrase "middle neighborhoods?" Two weeks ago at Temple, a researcher described them as at-risk and often forgotten -- they're stable neighborhoods that don't attract private investment, but also aren't distressed enough to qualify for federal grant dollars. He talked about the need for advocates to step up, directly calling out local politicians. It appears City Council was listening. Ninth District Councilwoman Cherelle Parker introduced a resolution Thursday calling for a hearing on middle neighborhoods.
Forget about the Erin Express and get ready for St. Patrick's with a whiskey pairing dinner at this Port Richmond bar, which was recently revamped by Scoats of Grey Lodge fame. Price includes six varieties of brown liquor, complete with tutored tasting, plus soup, entree and dessert. Call to reserve a spot.
Where: Bonks Bar at 3467 Richmond St. 19134
When: March 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $35 per person
Billy Penn Likes
They’re tubes of lipstick on stickers, and each shade has a name: labels typically assigned to women. “Nasty” is a deep pink; “high maintenance” is mulberry; “bossy” is brick red. The “Lipstick Series,” which has gathered buzz in street art circles, is the product of 27-year-old Alex Sayer. Billy Penn caught up with Sayer while browsing Sephora lipsticks and talked about her feminist public art around Fabric Row.
Buckle up. The Erin Express -- the bar tour that allows thousands of drunken fools to parade around the city in green on two Saturdays before St. Patrick’s Day, often with no consideration of the people or the city around them -- is back this weekend. For the second time in two weeks. A couple years ago, a Billy Penn reporter joined along on the Erin Express and chronicled what it was like, including the the fake IDs, the long lines and the punch in the gut along the way.