What does it mean to work in public service? In this edition of Who's Next, presented by the Fels Institute, we highlight young Philadelphians in the broad-reaching field. Though their job titles vary greatly — from language access manager to CEO — we found they have a couple of things in common: an abundance of enthusiasm for their respective cause, and humility when engaging with their fellow citizens. Meet our 19 honorees working toward a better Philly.
Philly's having a parade for Villanova men's basketball today — there's no stopping it now. But some naysayers are still up in arms about the city hosting a celebration for a Main Line school. That line of thinking is, in the words of SportsRadio 94WIP's Glen Macnow, stupid. "I know this isn’t the Eagles winning the Super Bowl," he told Billy Penn, "but bringing home an NCAA championship is an amazing accomplishment." Here's the argument for enjoying the celebration without throwing shade.
Right now, they're just names. On Wednesday, Mayor Kenney announced the nine people who will make up Philadelphia's inaugural school board, which takes over the district in June after a decade and a half of state control. Seven of the nine are Philly natives who attended public school here, NBC10 reports. Two thirds are women, and two are former members of the disbanding School Reform Commission who resigned to apply for this position.
In October, MIT music prof and inventor Tod Machover came to Philadelphia to create something new: an orchestra symphony based on the sounds of the city. This is apparently a thing Machover does from time to time, in cities around the globe. He chose Philly because of its place in American history — "It’s a very important time now to be thinking about democracy," he told Billy Penn last fall. Now, six months later, Philadelphia Voices is ready for its world premiere. It takes place tonight at the Kimmel Center, with repeat performances happening tomorrow and Saturday.
- What does an all-male revue of Philly's best beer industry workers look like? Danya's about to find out on Sunday at Johnny Brenda's, when she joins WMMR's Marissa Magnatta and sexologist Dr. Timaree to judge Flannel Animal. The annual event is a fundraiser for Philly Loves Beer. Metro has a rundown of what to expect.
- Compared to the men's fashion show, a much lower ratio of plaid is guaranteed at BP's next cooking demo — which will also have a much higher quotient of deliciousness. Join us April 17 to learn how to use honey in your cooking, and go home with a pair of recipes and a jar of the sweet stuff made by local bees.
- Quick note to stay tuned for Michaela's first official PolitiFact PA fact check, due out later this morning.
In 1960, the Philadelphia Planning Commission released its first Comprehensive Plan. From July 2017 to January of this year, 17 local photographers documented the 12 sections' unique people and places. Their work has been made into a book, which will be available to purchase at the physical show, which opens with a reception on Friday.
Where: 990 Spring Garden at 990 Spring Garden St., 19123
When: April 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free