Remember what it's like when the Phillies are good? Fans got a thrilling reminder last night, as the team came alive after dropping three of four games to set a franchise record by notching 12 runs in the first inning alone. All but one of the Phils' 16 trips to the plate that inning — which lasted 53 minutes — resulted in a runner on base or a run scored. End tally: Phillies 17, Nationals 3. If you're ready to head to Citizens Bank Park, here's a ranking of which games have the best promos. (Tip: Today is "Kids Opening Day," with hoodies for the young 'uns plus fun science demos.)
Before you could find a beer garden in every corner of Philadelphia, Memphis Taproom in Kensington was rocking one. Thing was, you could only order from the stationary food truck and only get beer in cans or plastic (no glass). But when the garden officially launches on April 22 this year, table service and the full food and drink menu will be available. That’s because Memphis has new owners. Who are also the old owners.
The last weekend of April is traditionally for Penn Relays in Philly. With the NFL Draft coming that same weekend, did the organizers think of moving their event? We asked, and... nope. The PHLCVB doesn't seem concerned either, with reps telling us the hotels are filling up, but more than capable of handling the hundreds of thousands expected at the Draft and tens of thousands at the Relays. After all, Philly is a big event city now.
We met up with local producer OddKidOut to see how he puts together samples in person. With daps from the blogosphere and new EP that dropped Friday, the young hip hop/electronic artist has a buzz growing around him. Check out the seven-minute set he played for Billy Penn.
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Food historian Dr. William Woys Weaver knows just about everything there is to know about the local farm ecosystem, and how its rich bounty has informed the cuisine of the Philly region and America in general. Attendees will also receive a packet of seeds from Weaver's heirloom Roughwood Seed Collection.
Where: Free Library Cultural Literacy Center at 1901 Vine St., 4th Fl. 19103
When: April 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $35
This bar tucked away on York Street has a nice interior, but the best thing about it — other than the great cocktail and beer menus — is the very cool backyard. Check out its chill vibe while eating Vietnamese-inspired eats from Mike's BBQ while Jesse Short plays lo-fi space pop.
Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St. 19125
When: April 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to April 12, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
An outspoken Christian reproductive justice advocate, Dr. Willie Parker is an obstetrician and gynecologist who is one of the few abortion providers to women in Mississippi and Alabama. Winner of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger award and one of Ebony’s Power 100, he's also the subject of the documentary film Trapped. He'll talk about his new book, "Life's Work."
Where: Free Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: April 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
What are the cultural effects of the media technologies that have taken over most people's daily lives? That's what hit British sci-fi show "Black Mirror" asks, and it's the topic several local profs will explore in a panel discussion about social media, gender norms, sociopsychology, micro-celebrities, drone culture, virtual reality, technological existence, nihilism and human meaning. All accompanied by scenes from the show. Free RSVP requested.
Where: Temple Center City, Rm. 308 at 1515 Market St. 19102
When: April 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
Take a tour of art collective Spiral Q's huge collection of puppets, which document 20 years of personal and collective stories of struggle, then meet up with Little Chair Printing for some screenprinting fun: Bring a shirt or a tote and you'll get to take a printed version with you. BYO snacks or drinks.
Where: Art on the Avenue at 3808 Lancaster Ave. 19104
When: April 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free