With a 74-60 win over Creighton last night, the 2016 NCAA champs have surely clinched the No. 1 seed in this year's tournament, but they're not thinking about it as a potential repeat. As the Wildcats gathered on court for a very subdued celebration of their Big East win, Villanova team members said they're focused on the coming weeks, not looking at the past. "We don't talk about it. We were the champions last year. This year, if we won again, that's two different trophies," senior forward Darryl Reynolds told ESPN. Nova finds out their path to back to the Final Four at 5:30 p.m. today.
“Why should beer get all the fun?” That sentiment could pretty much double as the founding principle behind Philly Wine Week — which is back for a third year March 19-26 — and it's one that’s spreading rapidly among American young adults. In 2015, millennials drank 42 percent of all wine in the US. But Philly isn't like other cities: It's a beer town, not known for wine. Here's what some wine-loving bartenders are doing to change that — including creating Citywide Specials that pair shots with a can of wine instead of brew.
To celebrate the United States bicentennial in 1975, a "moon tree" was planted in Washington Square, using one of the seeds astronaut Stuart Roosa carried with him when he traveled to the moon. It was a gesture full of symbolism...one that nearly fell flat when the tree became diseased and had to be removed. But! Scientists were able to save clippings and create a clone, which was then replanted in the park in 2011. So even though it's pretty damn tiny, we've still got a moon tree in Philly.
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Local production company Inis Nua Theatre is dedicating a series of readings to stories about immigration. Set in Nigeria and England, this magical realist tale debuted to great acclaim in Bristol, UK. It's about the very different destinies of twins after an unsuccessful naming ceremony. Admission includes light refreshments and a post-performance discussion with the cast.
Where: Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake at 302 S. Hicks St. 19102
When: March 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Following her annual tradition, baker extraordinaire Holly Riccardi is offering slices of her signature pie for just $3.14 a piece at her South Street West pie shop. It's a killer deal — just know to expect a line: last year on this date, she sold 547 slices of sweet pie and 82 pot pies.
Where: Magpie Artisan Pies at 1622 South St.
When: March 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $3.14 per slice
National Geographic fellow and Pew Conservation Scholar Sandra Postel is a world-renowned authority on issues regarding fresh water — that thing essential to all human life and society. She'll talk about the effects of climate change on water supply, groundwater depletion, water wars and conservation, followed by a Q&A. Registration required.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103
When: March 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
After the screening of the film Unleashed at the Kimmel, which opens the 4th annual celebration of females in film, join actors and filmmakers for a toast. The $15 ticket benefits the WFF and includes passed hors d'oeuvres plus drink specials, or spring for the $35 and partake liberally from the open bar.
Where: Fine Palate at 231 S. 15th St. 19102
When: March 16, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
How much: $15 or $35
Do you know who Black Caesar is? Did you know that Meteor Man almost won a Saturn Award for Best Sci-Fi film, but lost to Jurassic Park? Did you know that Vin Diesel is black? Hosts Yvonne Anderson, James B. Knight and Marcely Jean-Pierre have been hosting a series of discussions about black actors and comedians. This one will focus around “Leprechaun In The Hood” Starring Ice-T, because St. Patrick's Day.
Where: The Adrienne Theatre Second Stage at 2030 Sansom St., 2nd Fl. 19103
When: March 17, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $10