After a middle of the night break-in at South Philly sandwich icon John's Roast Pork, which saw thieves bust a roof vent and drop through the ceiling of the tiny shack, owner John Bucci was out more than $5,000 in cash — $1,500 of which was earmarked for the Be The Match Foundation. But the charity wasn't out of luck for long. Within a few hours of hearing the news, two other local businessmen stepped up. Frankie Olivieri Jr. of Pat's King of Steaks and Adam Spivak of the Electric Factory each gave Bucci a $1,500 check for the nonprofit. The shop will re-open for business today.
Last year, Billy Penn published our first Black Music Map, tracking 28 landmarks, homes, clubs, schools and studios in Philadelphia that changed the world of music. But with the city's rich history in sound, we knew that list was far from comprehensive. So for our second edition, we called on fans and experts for their recommendations and came up with 21 new additions. The map, complete with descriptions and history, is now live for your browsing pleasure.
How much is the name Trump worth these days? About $5,000, according to eBay seller mori_russ. The letters that formed the famous name atop the recently closed Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City were taken down — and are now for sale in an online auction, with the item location listed as Philadelphia. Where are they, exactly? We reached out to mori_russ, but he and/or she won't tell, citing fear of a lawsuit and adding that they think "think The Donald would appreciate a young entrepreneur who recognized the value of these iconic letters and snapped them up."
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Sip your Caramel Delight, Toasted S’mores, Thin Mint, Chocolate PBJ and Cinnamon Shortbread cookies through a straw with two days of limited-edition shakes (after 6 pm, you're welcome to BYO some booze to spike them). $1 from each shake goes to Girls Scouts of Eastern PA. Also, South Philly Troop #91297 will be at the shop with actual cookies from 11 to 1 on Saturday.
Where: P'unk Burger at 1823 E. Passyunk Ave. 19148
When: February 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to February 19, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $8 per shake
It's tough to know what to do with winter farmstand offerings — so let the Vetri crew school you. The Mobile Teaching Kitchen van will be doing free curbside cooking demos so you can figure out what to do with all those parsnips and rutabaga.
Where: Clark Park Farmers Market at 43rd St. & Baltimore Ave. 19104
When: February 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free demo
No matter how nice it is outside, at some point during the day, you're gonna want a pick-me-up slash kick-in-the-pants. Enter a selection of housemade whiskey-infused fudge paired with bourbon cocktails and Flying Dog beers. Why not, it's the weekend.
Where: The Institute at 549 N. 12th St. 19123
When: February 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Philly Loves Beer, the new incarnation of Philly Beer Week, is putting on its first annual fundraiser. 'Flannel Animal' features an all-male cast competing in front of a panel of beer-industry women judging them on style and panache. There are sure to be a ton of great brews on tap and plenty of incentive to drink them.
Where: Heritage at 914 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: February 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to February 20, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Suggested $5 donation enters you in a raffle
Pro-art and anti-fascism. Those are the only requirements for taking part in this pop-up show at South Street's most colorful bar. Buy a book and a poster, make a protest sign and write letters to your reps. All proceeds to ACLU of PA. 21+
Where: Tattooed Mom at 530 South St. 19147
When: March 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go