Newsletter for Sunday, May 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A sliver of sunshine snuck into Philly on Saturday; photo via @photolope on Instagram.
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS + OLIVE SKIN = POSSIBLE TERRORIST? PENN PROF PROFILED ON AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT
Penn professor Guido Menzio, a dark-haired, olive-skinned, medal-winning economist from Italy, was on a plane waiting to take off from Philly when it suddenly returned to the gate and he was pulled from his seat. He was questioned by an “FBI looking” man, who told Menzio his seatmate — a blond, 30-something woman, per the Washington Post — had thought he might be a terrorist. And what were those strange figures he had been so intently scribbling, anyway? Uh, yeah, they were differential equations, some math he was trying to work out for a talk he was giving in Ontario. Oh. He was allowed to reboard and the plane took off — two hours late. “Trump’s America is already here,” he later wrote in a (now-deleted) Facebook post.
THE HARDEST HOLIDAY: MOTHER’S DAY WHEN YOUR KID IS IN PRISON
While mothers across the country Sunday are celebrating a special day meant for them, thousands see it differently. That’s because in many prisons, Mother’s Day isn’t celebrated — there’s no visitation hours or programming, whether it’s for incarcerated mothers or the thousands in prison whose moms are still on the outside.
WHY LOCAL RESTAURANTS WANT TO OPEN IN PHILLY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The owners of Yards Brewing Co., Franklin Fountain, Snap Custom Pizza and dozens of other local businesses attended a meeting last week to hear how they could get in on the busy marketplace that is the PHL Airport. More than 31 million people make their way through the concourses each year — and they spend around $203 million.
ON THE CALENDAR
Distillers of three different Philly-made gins (yes, there are three) will talk history, process, flavor and drink-mixing with plenty of samples to illustrate their points.
Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St. 19125
When: May 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free, RSVP required
Emmy Award-winning political analyst Juan Williams will talk about the 20th-century men and women who helped make our country more free and equal.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: May 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
This gorgeous outdoor space in Northeast Philly feels like it could be on the Riviera. Celebrate the opening of the new kitchen with free food and drink.
Where: P_Square Lounge at 9315 Old Bustleton Ave. 19115
When: May 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free