This Tuesday, May 15, is the Pennsylvania primary election. There aren’t any municipal seats up for grabs, but your votes will determine the battles for Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor, as well as several national and state legislative seats. We put together capsule profiles of the governor candidates, quick summaries of the LG candidates, a rundown of the questions you’ll be asked about the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, and links to more info on other races you might see on the ballot. Here's the Billy Penn procrastinator’s guide to the 2018 Pennsylvania primary. Keep the link handy for when you head to the polls.
At the end of April, the city announced it was launching a new effort to clean up the encampments in Kensington where many drug users make their homes. People living beneath the El and the Tulip Street bridge have until the end of May to clear out. But so far, reporter Courtenay Harris Bond writes for Billy Penn, many of them either haven't taken notice of the signs advising of the cleanup, or simply don't see where else they're supposed to go. To help answer that, the city is has set up a new 40-bed shelter to deal with the forced exodus, and is working on partnering for additional housing that doesn't require a drug test to get in.
Competitive online gaming is a hot market, and its allure hasn't escaped local biz leaders. A symposium at Temple brought together cheerleaders like the owners of the Sixers (who also own pro gamers Team Dignitas), the owners of the Flyers (they own the Philadelphia Fusion) and the folks behind Old City startup N3rd Street Gamers, among others. “We think this esports world is the next, next thing,” said Wayne Kimmel of VC firm SeventySix Capital. Meanwhile, members of the Fusion were in Philly last week for the first time — the team plays out in Burbank, California. They gamed in front of fans at Xfinity Live, hit up Tommy DiNic's at Reading Terminal and tried cheesesteaks for the first time. All in all, the Fusion's NeptuNo tweeted, "It's been amazing."
Graffiti Pier is the extreme example, but there are other places in Philly where street art has become a defining part of the landscape. One of those locations used to be the Divine Lorraine. The grand structure at Broad and Ridge recently underwent a total rehab that created modern apartments out of the former Gilded Age hotel, which will soon be joined by restaurants and retail. But artist Cody Gladstone loved the old version of the building, with its giant, scrawled on messages adorning the sides. So that's the version he captured in an intricate sketch. Check it out here, and if you have suggestions for future Philly architecture he can draw, he's looking for ideas.
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Science on Tap goes sporting this month, with professor Scott Paulson discussing some of the physics behind routine and not-so-routine baseball plays. If you've ever wondered “Why do curve balls curve?” “How important is the follow through in a swing?” or “Why are there so many home runs in Denver?”, this happy hour event is for you.
Where: National Mechanics at 22 S. 3rd St., 19106
When: May 14, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
On the evening of March 14, 38-year-old Marielle Franco, a black feminist, human rights activist and local politician in Rio de Janeiro, was assassinated. Drexel's Dr. Sharrelle Barber met Franco during a recent trip to South America. She'll talk about the experience and the connections between intersectional, anti-racist struggles in Brazil, the U.S. and around the globe.
Where: Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, Nesbitt Hall, Room 719 at 3215 Market St., 19104
When: May 15, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Philly native André W.Y.Z.E., of Humble Media, hosts an evening called "Philly Unplugged." Joining W.Y.Z.E. on the mic at this South Street soul food destination will be local artists C. Jae, Kyle Sparkman and India Sage André. Advance tickets are required; VIP tix include a drink.
Where: Ms. Tootsie's Soul Food Cafe at 1312 South St., 19147
When: May 16, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $20 or $30 for VIP
The Food Trust's ultra successful outdoor bazaar is heading to Burholme with a special guest: rapper Freeway, who'll perform live at 9 pm. Before that, he'll be hanging at the "Think Free" juice bar and music station, one of dozens of stands. Along with food and drink aplenty, look for caricatures, karaoke and dancing.
Where: Cottman & Rising Sun Avenues
When: May 17, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go