Philly basketball fans had a painful night Saturday, watching the Sixers trip over themselves multiple times and give away a game they absolutely could've won. Even operations messed up, dropping confetti on the floor because they thought the Belinelli buzzer-beater was a 3-pointer instead of a regular basket. Ben Simmons was responsible for many of the chokes, including a decision to toss up a rebound with 18 seconds left in OT (it didn't go in) and a sloppy pass to Embiid in the very final seconds that was stolen by Boston and gave them a 101-98 win. Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals is 6 p.m. Monday at the Wells Fargo.
While streets like Frankford Avenue and East Passyunk are popping with restaurants, retail and nightlife, South Street — one of Philly's original hot destinations — continues to struggle to regain former cachet. Right now, Ashley Primis writes in an insightful overview for Philly Mag, the street has "a Jekyll-and-Hyde quality," where it's empty during the day and overcrowded at night. Will new curbs at Headhouse Square and the many festivals throughout the year help fill empty storefronts and bring cohesion to the strip? The people working to make it happen are plugging ahead.
Columnist-playwright R. Eric Thomas isn't from Philly. But he'd made a name for himself here, and founded local workshop group The Foundry. Right after he scored a 2016 Barrymore Award for his first musical, Thomas, who also writes a scathing humor column for Elle, moved to Baltimore. But he misses Philadelphia, he told Billy Penn, and is thrilled to be back this month, mounting a production of his new work, Mrs. Harrison, on Azuka Theatre at The Drake.
The excitement over Bernie Sanders is considerably more muted than during the 2016 campaign. The announcement that he'd be in Philly on Friday — to participate in a criminal justice roundtable with DA Larry Krasner and to stump for Lt. Gov. candidate John Fetterman — elicited plenty of "yawn" responses on social media. Not yawning: Billy Taylor, a protester who leapt on stage as Sanders was rallying support for Fetterman at City Hall, and locked himself to the platform. Security and police eventually were able to cut through his metal chain and take him away in handcuffs. Later, a fellow activist explained Taylor was trying to hold Sanders accountable "for echoing false narratives" about the 2016 election. Meanwhile, Fetterman just picked up the Inquirer's endorsement in the primary on May 15.
On the Calendar
If you're fascinated by what happens in hospitals and doctor's offices when you're not there, head to this special competition, which pits teams of storytellers from the seven metro Philly medical schools. Each contestant has five minutes to tell a tale, and and the end the audience votes on whose yarn was best.
Where: The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (aka Mutter Museum) at 19 S. 22nd St., 19103
When: May 7, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: $10
The Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia is hosting a panel to explore what transit authorities and other stakeholders are doing to deal with the crazy amounts of traffic and congestion that come from being a city on the rise.
Where: Center for Architecture + Design at 1218 Arch St., 19107
When: May 8, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Arts collective Philadelphia Contemporary has brought on former Philly Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher as curator, and her first big project is a three-day festival called "Stellar Masses." The events are described as falling "somewhere between the ecclesiastical and the interstellar, embracing traditions of both the African-American church and Afrofuturism," and take place over several days, featuring artists including Terence Nance, King Britt, Moor Mother, Samuel R. Delany and more. The first is called "Firmament."
Where: Skyline Terrace, Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St., 19103
When: May 9, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free
The second annual fundraiser for the local ACLU chapter isn't getting as much attention as it did last year, but the legal action it benefits continues apace. At the party, expect tunes from Brazilian funk band Philly Bloco and DJ Beer Lass Suzy Woods, plus food, drinks and a silent auction. And lots of dancing.
Where: World Cafe Live at 3025 Walnut St., 19104
When: May 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest returns for a fourth season on Friday with roller skating, mini golf, games, rides and concessions. It's open weekend-only through the end of May, then seven days a week starting after Memorial Day.
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest at 101 Columbus Blvd., 19106
When: May 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. to May 13, 2018 at 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go