A new $900,000 grant initiative from the Pennsylvania Department of Education will provide funding for schools to start or expand morning meal programs. As the deadline to apply draws close — it's this Friday, April 6 — one of the people making school breakfast work gets a big endorsement: In this op-ed, chef Nick Elmi (of Laurel, ITV and Royal Boucherie) shines the spotlight on his "breakfast hero," aka Martin Lorenzo, director of food service at the Gateway School District.
Last month, restaurateur Avram Hornik gave the city something it never had before: an underground dance bar with a ball pit. We checked it out, and came away with a slight hangover and a solid conclusion: Whether or not Concourse is your cup of tea (or flavor of vodka, as it may be), the club is a good addition to the local nightlife. It's a place where not acting your age is encouraged — making it the perfect antidote to the quarter-life crisis facing Philly's young adults.
April is National Poetry Month, and Philly is celebrating with a multitude of word-happy events, from readings and open mic nights to public interviews and workshops. If you’re ready to get your poetry on, good news: we put together a guide to the poem-related happenings over the next four weeks. Best part? Most events are totally free.
Jury selection for Billy Cosby's retrial begins today in Norristown. WHYY has a good recap of the sexual assault case, which stems from a 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand. The case was already tried in this court last year, but it ended in a hung jury and a mistrial. What's different this time around? For one thing, prosecutors will be allowed to call as witnesses five additional women who say Cosby also abused them. Then there's the rise of the #metoo movement and the growing awareness of how widespread the problem is.
- Shout out to this amazing installation by guerrilla street artist Kid Hazo. He created a "brand" of sparkling water labeled "LaFlat" instead of LaCroix — "to quench your Flat Earth theory thirst." He then managed to stack a whole tower of the faux product inside a South Philly Acme, right in the soda aisle. Nice.
- We're psyched to run our first Who's Next list of the year this week, highlighting impressive young Philadelphians in the field of public service. Stay tuned.
- Why does Facebook's newsfeed do what it does? Damn good question. Later this week, Danya will attend an FB-led session explaining how the latest updates affect local media. Will she learn anything? Also a good question.
Three Penn neuroscientists will explain, via TED-style talks and interactive demonstrations, what transactional trade-offs your brain uses in making decisions. A reception with snacks and drinks will follow the presentation.
Where: Rubenstein Auditorium, Smilow Center for Translational Research at 3400 Civic Center Blvd.
When: April 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free