Sometimes, living just one normal day in Philadelphia feels like a prank. But in a city where a lot of things are ridiculous all the time, Philly still finds a way to step it up every April Fools’ Day. We’ve got a pretty rich pranking history, including (but not limited to) tacos, armageddon and mayoral campaigns. Here's a rundown of some of the best — not including tonight's possible snow 😞.
An overview analysis published by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has high praise for Philly's efforts in tackling stormwater management. The city is several years into a program that will use an estimated $2.4 billion in public funds to create green infrastructure — from rain gardens and green roofs to porous pavement and pocket parks — that reduces pollution and the load on the overburdened sewer systems. And there's been lots of progress, the article reports, with benefits that extend beyond the environment, including new jobs created and lowered rates of crime.
By most measures, Northern Liberties is doing great. The neighborhood has the third-highest median income in the city, per this PMN report, and more than 8,000 people live there, more than double the number at the turn of the millennium. But one thing that's lacking is storefronts and independent shops that aren't restaurants, say a group of residents. So they're launching an effort to start a business improvement district. Without a BID, which collects a surcharge from all commercial property owners in its boundaries, the neighborhood is at risk of stagnating, said one community leader.
If you’re into beer and haven’t checked out Philly’s brewing scene in the past couple years, what’s the best way to spend a day or two in town? Answering that question recently for a friend — whose beer salesman brother was planning a trip here — led to a short list that also makes a great itinerary for locals looking to kick off spring with a beer immersion weekend. If you’ve got visitors coming to town or are just looking to catch up, here’s a quick and handy guide for where to go.
On the Calendar
What if you hooked up a chopping block to an amplifier and turned it into a musical instrument? That's what restaurant co-owner Ben Miller has done, and he'll show off his culinary soundmaking at a series of performance dinners. He'll be joined by Shakoor Hakeem (percussion) and Vincent Arp (bass). Tickets are $40, including the show and the food. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a spot. Also happening Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Where: El Compadre / South Philly Barbacoa at 1149 S. 9th St., 19148
When: April 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $40 per person
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
Sonya Renee Taylor's The Body is Not An Apology examines the intersection of radical self-love and social justice. Join her at a book signing to discuss the power of language and how it forms our relationship to our bodies.
Where: Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books at 5445 Germantown Ave., 19144
When: April 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Alex Jones of Collective Creamery will lead a tasting session featuring a variety of locally produced cheeses, showing off how well they pair with different sparkling beverages. All food and drink is included in ticket price.
Where: Alchemist Society at 1100 N. Front St., Suite 102, 19123
When: April 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $25
In 1960, the Philadelphia Planning Commission released its first Comprehensive Plan. From July 2017 to January of this year, 17 local photographers documented the 12 sections' unique people and places. Their work has been made into a book, which will be available to purchase at the physical show, which opens with a reception on Friday.
Where: 990 Spring Garden at 990 Spring Garden St., 19123
When: April 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free