Phoenix is likely going to surpass us in population this year and become the fifth-largest city in the United States. We’ll probably go down to No. 6, with a 2016 population of 1,567,872, compared to Phoenix, which is expected to grow by about 20,000 residents to about 1,580,000. But here's thing: We're not really losing. Phoenix and some of America's other biggest cities have been cheating.
The Sixers beat the Bulls 117-107 Friday night, led by 32 points from Dario Saric. But the only news anyone cares about is the health of Joel Embiid. The star center underwent surgery Friday afternoon in Los Angeles. Operating surgeon Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache said the procedure "focused on removing a small portion of the meniscus that was responsible for his symptoms" and that Embiid should be back to full weight-bearing in approximately two weeks. When will he be back to basketball? The team says summer. Suuuuure. Follow our updated timeline of the entire injury debacle.
Swipe-based dating app Bumble has exploded in popularity in Philly and elsewhere, and women especially are drawn to it — for a simple reason: Men aren’t allowed to message first. One of our reporters tested the waters and found a range of guys, from the ones who use their dogs to draw in dates to those who have a bloated sense of self-worth. Here are some of the Philly dudes you might encounter on Bumble.
Proof that every vote counts: in the last round of our search with Philly Loves Beer for the best brewery in America, one contest was decided by 0.1 percent. Now we're in the Elite Eight of Beer Madness, and the matchups are fierce. Will Downingtown’s Victory take down Hershey’s Troegs, and can Iron Hill stand its ground against Philly stalwart Yards? All up to you. Vote now.
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Michael Schulson's sprawling new Center City restaurant has pulled in some positive reviews, but at the end of March it's shutting down lunch service to better concentrate on dinner. Weekday's loss is weekend's gain: The new $35 Saturday and Sunday brunch will include omelets, waffles, carved meat, salads, mini sandwiches, smoked fish, cheese, salumi, fruit, pastry, fresh juices and more.
Where: Harp & Crown at 1525 Sansom St. 19102
When: April 1, 2017 at 10:30 p.m. to April 2, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.
How much: $35
Philadelphia artists of Lebanese, Syrian and other backgrounds will tell stories and show their work. The event features writer Ann de Forest, photographer Dave Tavani, cellist Kinan Abou-afach, percussionist Hafez Kotain and poet Nazem El Sayed. Refreshments from local Arab restaurants will be served.
Where: Philadelphia History Museum at 15 S. 7th St. 19106
When: March 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Starkbierfest will see the back room at this bierhall turn into an indoor "beer barn" with an accordion player, servers in dirndls and lederhosen and even live goats (Saturday at 1 p.m. only). Tickets to sessions, which run throughout the weekend, include samples of dozens of special German beers; pay-as-you-go food will be available.
Where: Brauhaus Schmitz at 718 South St. 19147
When: March 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to March 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
In the seven years the Fishtown Neighbors Association has been hosting an annual chili competition, the lineup of contenders has never been better. Sample bites from Loco Pez, Sancho Pistola's, Johnny Brenda's, Kensington Quarters, Fette Sau and tons more, followed by Rita's water ice and enhanced by a local live band. Free parking.
Where: Fillmore Philly at 29 E. Allen St. 19123
When: March 26, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
How much: $20
Join Philly UP — a group that describes itself as "a grassroots, feminist, intersectional group of passionate Philadelphia progressives" — for a nonpartisan discussion about the various levels of judgeships that are up for election this year and why it's important to care about them. No specific candidates will be discussed or promoted.
Where: Mugshots Coffee at 1925 Fairmount Ave. 19130
When: March 26, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free