Pennsylvania is charging more for booze. Happy Monday. More than 400 products at state-operated Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores take effect today — anywhere from $1 to $100 per bottle. To be fair, this is the first Liquor Control Board price increase in 25 years and it's expected to generate $185 million for Pennsylvania's general fund this year. The kicker, though? You won't know if your favorite bottle costs more until you hit the store; the LCB isn't releasing a price list. So like we said, happy Monday.
Creatives, technologists, scientists and mission leaders. Movements, collectives, startups and games. These are the geektastic people, companies and partnerships that were recognized as best at the 2017 Philly Geek Awards this weekend. Click through to meet this year's winners and get inspired.
Another holiday is almost here, which in Philly means another big event is coming. In other words, the Parkway is going to be shut down. Again. This time it's the annual Made In America concert on Labor Day weekend, which means the closures and parking restrictions have already begun. The two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum were closed Sunday, while today at 7:00 a.m. the stretch of Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and the Parkway is shut down, with five more phases to come this week. Check out the schedule of closures, parking issues and how public transportation will be impacted here.
Each October, the Great American Beer Festival pulls hundreds of breweries from around the nation to Denver for the nation's biggest beer competition. It's not cheap to participate, with costs running to $4,000 and up. And winning a medal doesn't help sales — at least brewers say it doesn't. So why are 20 or so Philly-area beermakers making the trek? Here's how folks from Yards, Victory, Sly Fox and others explained it to us, and what beers they're sending to compete in GABF this year.
Ngoma is a performance poet and former member of Amiri Baraka's "The Spirit House Movers and Players." He was National Poetry Slam winner back in 1997, and he's visiting Philly to host this edition of Pecola Breedlove & The Freedom Party, a weekly celebration of the local black community.
Where: APoetArtGallery at 4032 W. Girard Ave. 19104
When: August 29, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $5 admission
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We all know Philly is great, but more and more people outside our area are realizing it, too. More visitors descend on the city annually than ever before — and there's a whole industry of folks working to make sure that trend continues. Our September edition of Who's Next will highlight young leaders in the tourism game, and we need your help finding them. Submit a nomination for your favorite concierge/tour guide/mapmaker/Philly ambassador here.
What up, Rhys Hoskins? The Phillies newcomer made MLB history again Sunday with his 11th home run in just the 18th game of his career. Hoskins was already the fastest player in the league to hit 10 home runs, then he hit another Sunday, a few innings after turning a triple play. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other player in MLB history has hit 11 homers in his first 22 games, and Hoskins has done this in 17 fewer at-bats than any other player in history. Watch his latest, and the triple play, here.