A Saturday night pot meetup in Northeast Philly organized by weed activist N.A. Poe was broken up by police, and as many as a dozen people were arrested, including Poe, according to Philly.com. The breakup of the Philly Smoke Session, which charged $50 admission, was first reported by Philly Mag scribe Victor Fiorillo, who claims to not actually smoke weed but attended for journalistic purposes. As it happens, the event coincided with this weekend's Medical Pot Expo in Pittsburgh, which was hosted by Philly-based incubator Greenhouse Ventures and brought together stakeholders in the burgeoning medical marijuana field.
PHL Airport has had its eye on expansion for years, but what if the new area ends up partially underwater? These are the kinds of questions that face business owners, elected officials and residents today in Philadelphia, which has seen a 360 percent spike in heavy downpours since 1950, the third highest increase for an American city. It's likely Philly will see more of the weather events that it’s already experiencing — which pose a disproportionate risk to the city’s elderly and low-income residents. But there are ways to deal with the situation.
The Ben Franklin Parkway turns 100 this year, and to celebrate, a New York-based artist will host an exhibit of 27 “luminous, kinetic sculptures inhabiting the form of free pedicabs." From Sept. 14 through Oct. 8, you can ride around the Parkway in the pedicabs. The opening ceremony will include 900 "Chinese-inspired lanterns" that create drawings across the dark sky.
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Jordan Dodson has been called "one of the top young guitarists of his generation," and he'll be playing for free to help celebrate the 250th anniversary of this Society Hill landmark.
Where: Old Pine Street Church at 412 Pine St. 19106
When: April 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
Terra Luna Herbals founder Elise Hanks and Honeypie Cooking owner Shayna Marmar will explore multiple holistic and culinary uses of herbs during this patio dinner. All three courses use lots of herbs — sage-chocolate cake, anyone? — and all of them are vegan. Tickets available online.
Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St. 191125
When: April 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $35
Join us at Northern Liberties' coolest bowling alley to celebrate 2 years of Billy Penn, plus the 350 people we've named to our Who's Next lists. Your ticket includes unlimited bowling, billiards, food (pizza, tots, sliders, mac-n-cheese, probably something healthy), beer and wine. A DJ will spin, there's a Lyft discount code and the swag bags are seriously overflowing with good stuff.
Where: North Bowl at 909 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: April 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $35
As part of the Philadelphia Science Fest, Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts will give a series of fast-paced flash talks about the mysterious red planet, including what we know now and what scientists think we may find in the future.
Where: Ruba Club at 416 Green St. 19123
When: April 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $5 in advance; $10 at the door
Help Women Organized Against Rape form a human chain of people around City Hall. There will be moment of silence to honor the many people who have experienced sexual assault and to draw attention to the importance of continuing to support and fund rape crisis centers.
Where: Philadelphia City Hall at 1401 JFK Blvd. 19107
When: April 28, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: Free