Thousands of Philadelphians came out to rally against gun violence Saturday, in solidarity with the D.C. March for Our Lives organized by survivors of the Parkland school shooting. As reported by Julia Reyes at PMN, many Philly speakers referenced the gun violence students of color in this city live with every day, and the difference in response to that ongoing epidemic. Sixers star Ben Simmons showed support by wearing a March for Our Lives t-shirt before yesterday's game (they won, making it six in a row). Billy Penn sent a photographer to capture the sights, signs and scenes at the march — here's 25 pics from the rally in Old City.
Five years after he renamed Chink's, the iconic Northeast Philly cheesesteak shop he'd inherited, Joe Groh still hears grumbles about the change — there's at least one complaint a day at the original Joe's Steaks on Torresdale Avenue. But the new outpost at Frankford and Girard is busier than ever, and Groh is actively looking to open a third spot. In advance of the five year anniversary of removing a slur from his business name, Groh sat down with Billy Penn to talk cheesesteaks, mixed with an inevitable and unfortunate side discussion on racism.
Last week, S&P said it was downgrading the credit rating for the City of Philadelphia from A+ to A, reports Joe DiStefano for PMN. What spooked the global finance giant? The costs looming from a high and growing pension demand and an increase of school funding. Related: Last week the School District of Philadelphia voted to approve a $3.2 billion budget for the coming year, with new spending backed by Mayor Kenney's promise of additional support from the city. The budget covers education for about 130,000 public school students and another 75,000 in charters.
It was in the news recently because Bill Cosby did a surprise performance there, but over the past decade, Club LaRose in Germantown has built up a dedicated regular clientele. It's part jazz bar, part community hub, this story from Philadelphia Neighborhoods explains, where steadfast regulars mingle with young hopefuls ready to take the mic for the first time. Said the owner, Chenet LaRose, about his clientele: "It's like a family."
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Philadelphia Water, the municipal utility, has teamed up with PHS for this workshop to help people learn how they can make a difference in the city's water supply. Attendees are eligible to receive a free rain barrel, or a deeply-disounted planter, rain garden, depaving or semi-permeable pavers.
Where: Palumbo Rec Center at 725 S. 10th St., 19147
When: March 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free; preregistration requested
Get healthy...then chillax. An all-levels yoga class with Jake Panasevich of Yoga with Jake will be followed with a kombucha sampling from Baba's Brew — including some sips made with local spirits. Think of it like a cocktail party, with zero dress code stress.
Where: Alchemist Society at 100 N. Front St., Suite 102, 19123
When: March 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $25
Lydia Millet is a professional conservationist at the Center for Biological Diversity, but she's also a fiction author. How does she make room in her books for so much humor and whimsy alongside political and environmental horrors? She'll read from her latest and discuss.
Where: Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum at 3260 South St., 19104
When: March 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
This North Philly cidery is hosting Blackstone Comics for a night of drink specials, limited edition sales and raffles, all to benefit the New Sanctuary Movement, a nonprofit working for immigrants' rights.
Where: Original 13 Ciderworks at 1526 N. American St., 19122
When: March 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go