Going to the Philly Geek Awards August 26? If you are (and you should!) we're hosting the event's inaugural cosplay contest. The award show is a black-tie affair — unless you come dressed as your favorite character from the comics, graphic novels, anime, TV or movies. The only rule is to be creative. Don't think you can impress by just painting on a fake goatee and wearing sunglasses to say you're Tony Stark. You'll need to build your own Iron Man suit if you want to win. Here's how to get involved.
Do you know how far away you’re supposed to park from a fire station? Neither did we. (It’s 20 feet, btw.) We spent last week asking our Twitter followers a bunch of questions about parking laws and they did...well, they did ok. Now it's your turn. Take the parking pop quiz and find out if there's a boot in your future.
Nitro cold brew coffee is the cool drink of summer. Effervescent like Guinness, it's creamy and sweet without any added milk or sugar. It's been a thing at local cafes like Rival Bros, HubBub and La Colombe for a couple years now, but it's about to pop off. Not only is Dunkin' Donuts testing the product (in Wilkes-Barre, for some reason), but Wawa is also rolling it out. Here's why nitro coffee is hitting the mainstream, and a list of where to get it in Philly.
The Philadelphia Union beat FC Dallas 3-1 Saturday, but the big story was over a goal that didn't count. In the 79th minute, with the Union already up 3-0, Dallas scored what looked like its first goal of the match before the referee stopped their celebration to announce he would review the play. Upon review, it was clear a Dallas player forced Philly goalkeeper John McCarthy to lose control of the ball by kicking him in his... Anywho, a foul was called and the goal was disallowed, marking the first time in MLS history video replay was used. And they got the call right. Watch the decision here.
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Calling all fans of "The Wire": Philly native Brian Anthony Wilson — who played Detective Vernon Holley — will be in the house for a special edition of Quizzo based all around the show. Look for specials on food and drinks during the game.
Where: London Grill at 2301 Fairmount Ave. 19130
When: August 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free game; pay-as-you-go food and drink
Philadelphia Distilling bartenders will lead an outdoor class on the art of mixing fresh herbs and other seasonal ingredients with booze. Try your hand at making your own, then sip and sample the evening away.
Where: PHS Pop Up Garden UCity at 36th & Filbert St. 19104
When: August 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $25 (tickets available online)
Spend mid-day beneath the giant paintbrush in the plaza outside the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art at an arts and crafts fair featuring works and wares from students and faculty. Look for handmade jewelry, home goods, cards, paintings and other one-of-a-kind finds.
Where: Lenfest Plaza at 1537 Cherry St. 19102
When: August 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Second District Brewing chef (and Billy Penn Who's Nexter) Doreen DeMarco is teaming up with her twin brother — chef and proprietor at Hobbs Coffee in Swarthmore — for a fried chicken pop-up. The indoor food cart will serve Southern-style chicken and waffles — cornbread base, sweet tea-brined birds, jalapeno honey butter and pickled green tomatoes.
Where: Garage Fishtown at 100 E. Girard Ave.
When: August 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
'Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture' is the first major retrospective of the Philly-based designer's work in two decades. The show comprises more than 200 objects related to Kahn’s buildings and projects — architectural models, plans, original drawings, photographs and films. It has been touring the globe, and makes its final stop in Philadelphia, on display through November 5.
Where: The Fabric Workshop and Museum at 1214 Arch St. 19107
When: August 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to November 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free; $3 donation suggested