The storm that slammed the Philly region on Friday brought sideways snow and powerful winds that gusted at 60 mph, causing a lot of havoc. Power was knocked out for more than 522,000 people, per NBC 10, many trains stopped running, and several trees were felled. One toppled over a SEPTA bus on the Schuylkill Expressway, and one smashed into the house of Billy Penn freelancer Courtenay Harris Bond (the photos are stunning, but luckily no one was hurt). In Fishtown, under the El just north of Girard, an under-construction building that had reportedly reached five stories already was nearly flattened.
It’s been almost two years since the world lost the music and magic of Prince. Wendy Melvoin, guitarist for his most famous band, The Revolution, was one of the closest friends the legendary musician had. In advance of The Revolution's show in Philly next week, Billy Penn caught up with Melvoin to chat about all things Purple One. Among the things revealed: Six months before Prince died, he mostly disappeared; he once tried to buy her white Gibson guitar; and yes, he really did that thing Charlie Murphy described on Chappelle's Show, where they played basketball then ate pancakes afterward.
The chatter about LeBron James joining the Sixers got as intense as it's ever been last week — no small thanks to an Instagram from the King himself talking up Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid after they beat the Cavs 108-97 — but some sports pundits are still naysayers about the potential trade. So is Cleveland, where a sign with a crown subtly giving Philly the middle finger popped up downtown. Most Philly fans, on the other hand, are rabid for the basketball star to come. In our Twitter poll asking which would be better for Philly, LeBron or Amazon HQ2, James is currently winning, 53-47.
Appealing to Amazon HQ2 is only one of the reasons University City's forthcoming Schuylkill Yards will benefit Philly, says a long love letter to the project recently published by the New York Times. In its title, the report describes the development as "Philadelphia's first step to a platform of innovation," noting that the complex will have the advantages of being right next to 30th Street Station AND the universities AND thriving Center City. Also notable: Brandywine Realty Trust, which has leased the land from Drexel to create the complex, has agreed to help build affordable housing nearby.
The big "Sheila our SunShine Fundraiser" for Sheila Modglin, the bartender and community arts leader nearly killed by a motorist in February, will have food trucks, live bands, an art show, kids activities and lots more. The street will be closed to traffic for all-day outdoor fun. After 6 p.m., the shindig moves indoors. Oscar-watching party begins at 8 p.m.
Where: Dirty Franks at 13th and Pine streets
When: March 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. to March 5, 2018 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go