Something weird is going on at Percy Street Barbecue. The South Street restaurant has been closed for nearly three weeks now, and proprietors say — sadly — that there's currently no timetable for reopening. The issue has something to do with water damage, and lawyers are involved. The good news: In the interim, the owners are still paying their entire staff.
On Friday, the Eagles traded wide receiver Jordan Matthews to the Buffalo Bills. The team got starting cornerback Ronald Darby in return, boosting their secondary. But Matthews has been a key player for the Birds — he's the one Carson Wentz felt most comfortable throwing to, plus he was one of the QB's best friends. Here's what the move means for the upcoming season.
If it feels like there are way too many Starbucks dotting the streets, just know it could be worse. Per capita, Philadelphia has the fewest of them when compared to 11 major US cities. Check out the details on that and other coffee stats, like how we stack up in overall cafe saturation (we're pretty chain-heavy) and where to find the city's top-rated Dunkin' Donuts.
Aannnnnd it's back. Pumpkin beer, that is. The calendar still says August, but the brands say WHAT UP, FALL? It happened last year, too, and it's safe to say bars and brewers are about as over it as the rest of us. Of course, beer's not the only thing that suffers from seasonal creep — pumpkin spice lattes are already here, too. Spot something pumpkin pre-October? Tag us on Instagram.
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Hundreds of millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, stick insects, caterpillars, tarantulas and live beetles — including one of the world's largest. It sounds like a movie from '70s Italian horror director Dario Argento, but it's all in the name of science and fun. This annual event celebrates insects with hands-on activities like roach-petting (seriously) and demos of bedbug sniffing dogs, plus cricket cookies and other eats. Great for kids and anyone entomologically inclined.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103
When: August 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to August 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free with admission ($18 adults, $14 kids)
The "Jazz on the Ave" music fest is back for an eleventh year, with two stages hosting performers all day long. Thousands are expected to flood the North Philly street, which was once a legendary jazz bar destination.
Where: Cecil B. Moore Avenue at Broad to 17th St.
When: August 12, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
How'd Philly end up with the picturesque but very pedestrian-unfriendly Ben Franklin Parkway? Penn prof David Brownlee will lead a discussion about the boulevard's storied history in the Oval beer garden at the first outdoor meeting of the group Civics on Tap. RESCHEDULED FOR 8/19 DUE TO RAIN.
Where: The Oval+ at 2451 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: August 19, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Find a screen of any size and a squeegee to go with it and bring them along to this hands-on workshop on the art of printing on fabric and other materials. Don't have your own supplies? Follow the YouTube instructions to make your own (link under "Find out more") or just bring a sketchbook and some design ideas to get started. RSVP requested.
Where: Warehouse on Watts at 923 N. Watts St. 19123
When: August 13, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
If you're looking to check out some of the dining spots along Chestnut Hill's cobblestoned strip, this is the time to do it. A dozen or so restaurants are offering three course deals at lunch ($15) and dinner ($30). Find out what McNally's offers outside of the Schmitter, get a taste of the new acclaimed chef at Mica or catch jazz with French food at Paris Bistro.
Where: Chestnut Hill
When: August 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to August 18, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $15 lunch, $30 dinner