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Hurry up, Spring KERITH GABRIEL


ersonally, I really needed this issue. With the weather weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had over the past few days, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to think about the arrival of warmer temperatures, green grass, the hammocks at Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Vineyard Vine, loafer-loving brofest that is Center City SIPS. Well, perhaps that last one can take its sweet time. Looking at the forecast, the schedule of even the drops of this print edition looks like it could be delayed as a second Norâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Easter in less than a week is slated to dump freezing rain and snow across the region. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of difďŹ cult to think about Japanese Cherry Blossoms and outdoor art festivals at a time like this. However as Philadelphians, we trudge on through the snow and the muck toward warmer days. Spring arrives on March 20 this year, a mere 13 days away. So we can all look forward to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to come, PWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Spring Guide dropped a week earlier this year. We scheduled it that way in the hopes of giving us all a head start in envisioning whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in store. From upcoming musical acts to hit a variety of area venues (page 12), to a list of mostly free arts and culture events compiled and curated by the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OfďŹ ce of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (page 10), we took a look at what you need to take advantage of. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something about the seasons change in Philly that inevitably makes you a bit happier. I mean most of us are all still riding the high of being Super Bowl champions (thanks, Eagles), but we still had to bundle up to celebrate. Let this Norâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Easter pass and later this month we get warmer, sunnier days and


watch the transformation. Kelly Drive gets a bit more crowded. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk down Walnut Street or ďŹ nd a vacant park bench in Rittenhouse Square. You have to wait to sit outside eateries along East Passyunk and you are inundated with the sounds of street bikes poppin wheelies down Delaware Ave. and Frankford Ave. and Allegheny Ave., I mean the list goes on. Those are all awesome problems to have. Our Spring Guide is all about trying something new and different. For example, our resident foodie, Swabreen Bakr, urges you to try a number of great Peruvian restaurants throughout the city (page 14). Max Marin sits down with the co-founder of InterAct Theater Company about their latest play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Rites,â&#x20AC;? on stage beginning March 23 and provides a plethora of other upcoming shows for us to check out (page 18). Andrea Cantor informs that the (un)ofďŹ cial start of Spring actually is the bloom of the cherry blossoms at Shofuso Japanese House and how Sakura Sunday will actually be the ofďŹ cial kickoff of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Parks on Tap initiative, the traveling pop-up beer garden that has forced us all to grab a brew and explore the sheer size and number of Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sprawling park system (page 20). This spring, I plan to take advantage and change it up. I tend to do the same thing every year, which is generally sports-oriented. Instead of taking in a game, perhaps Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll try a play. Instead of joining a league, maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take an art class. Working on this issue allowed for a bit of reďŹ&#x201A;ection, to be honest. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve realized that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become kind of predictable in what I choose to take part in season after season and that there are a host of (free or discounted) events to ensure I change it up. Spring is all about change. But it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just have to be the season. We hope this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s installment of our annual Spring Guide gives you an opportunity to explore a different you right here in the City of Brotherly Love. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to get outside soon enough, Philly. Make sure you soak it in and take full advantage. Q TWITTER: @SPRTSWTR


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We did win.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A month after their historic upset over the Patriots, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tells NBC Sports that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still in disbelief every time he sees clips from the game. 0$5&+

Rest in leaves to all the trees felled by last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insanely surprising norâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;easter. We shall miss thy shady limbs come springtime. Photo of this massive timber that bowed out in Rittenhouse Square comes by way of Philadelphia Reddit.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m searching for [Super Bowl reruns on TV], but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just on and so I go back through the game like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Did we win?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; One of those things. For me, it was a great way to just analyze the game from afar, just making sure I was doing everything possible to help us win.


People we felt bad for during last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storm, in order of importance: the homeless, people who had trees fall on their houses/cars and people stuck on I-76 westbound when this happened.


IN KRASNER COUNTRY Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new and highly scrutinized district attorney had a very busy week. It began when Larry Krasner got in a predictable spat with police union chief John McNesby over remarks that the DA delivered to graduating police cadets about firearms usage. (Everyone made it it bigger deal than it probably was.) Within a day, Krasner filed his first formal charges against a now-terminated Philly police officer over an excessively violent arrest that was caught on video last year in Kensington. (Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget that disgraced DA Seth Williams filed similar cases against officers; none were found guilty.) To top it all off, WHYY found out that Krasner had a $10,000 lien against one of his properties. (Krasner paid it off immediately.) Anyway, we hope the Kraz got some rest last weekend. 3+,/$'(/3+,$:((./<&20

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Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve teamed up with popular Philly Instagrammer Rob Lawless on a mission to meet and introduce us all to some of the most interesting people that cross our paths here in Philly on a daily. This week, we meet psychologist and weekend fitness instructor Alanna Gardner: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having open heart surgery at 25 physically is terrible.â&#x20AC;? When Alanna Gardner opened her eyes in the hospital, the last thing she remembered was crossing the finish line of a training race and feeling faint. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had a history of fainting so when she awoke, she thought, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I must be really dehydrated this time.â&#x20AC;? What she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know was that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d suffered a heart attack and had gone into cardiac arrest after finishing the race, and had just woken up from a 3-day, medically induced coma. Her heart attack had been caused by a heart condition she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know she had, but luckily her doctors caught it and two months later she went in for open heart surgery. As a girl who grew up playing sports and working out to @ espn fitness shows, Alanna now felt like a 70 year old whose body could only handle walking around @target - it took her 6 months to physically recover. Though the experience left her with a period of sadness, not being able to live the typical 25 year old lifestyle, it also taught her to confidently approach her dreams. Alanna had studied Psychology as an undergrad and had received her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Jefferson University. For some reason, she thought sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d open her own private practice

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when she was 50 years old once sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d gained enough wisdom and experience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; instead, she opened it that December (partly so she could simply make money while still recovering) and has now been working as a therapist for the last 6 years. She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop at therapy, though. Because her heart condition was now fixed, Alanna jumped back into fitness and now works as an instructor at both Flywheel Sports and SLT NYC helping other people appreciate and improve their health! As she reflected back on the heart attack, she shared, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really is the experience that keeps on giving.â&#x20AC;? So great to meet you and thanks for the perspective, @alannagthemft! How we met: Alanna came across my account via her friend, Keola Harrington (No. 1396), and then DMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ed me to meet!

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always sunny for the politically wired in Philadelphia. According to the Inquirer, Sheriff Jewell Williams earned this nice bonus last year working as aâ&#x20AC;&#x153;political consultant.â&#x20AC;? That was his fee between three judicial campaigns that sought his help with victory. While not an illegal move by any stretch, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the only ones scratching our heads over why an elected law enforcement official is hustling political advice on the side.


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GET OUTSIDE Warmer temperatures mean you literally have no excuse to stay inside. These upcoming events and programs help with planning where to go and what to do. Franklin Square Such great weather, but where to enjoy it? Look no further than Franklin Square, an urban green space that was part of William Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original plans for the city. The eight-acre, public square has all the elements to make for a terrific outing: a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more. | Currently open. Times vary. Free admission. Prices vary for attractions. Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th St. historicphiladelphia. org/franklin-square/what-to-see/

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden For a cultural day out, relax with the tranquil, award-winning Japanese garden. Take a tour of the gardens, sit in on a tea ceremony, and participate in a number of events that highlight Japanese traditions. | March 24. Times vary. $12, adult general admission. Discounted tickets available. Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Horticultural and Lansdowne drives. japanesehouse. org

Staying on track


The full three-mile-stretch of The Rail Park will be a citywide community decision on design and tone, according to Friends of the Rail Park vice chair Michael Garden.

Delays be damned, Philadelphia, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still going to get a taste of the highly anticipated Rail Park later this spring BY KERITH GABRIEL


t feels like forever. When the city and community organizations broke ground on the construction of The Rail Park, a three-milestretch of abandoned Conrail pathways last Halloween, it was expected the ďŹ rst phase of the park would be open, well... now. However, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a bit of delay as the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Streets Department needs to shore up the 13th Street Bridge. With that said, the appropriately named Michael Garden, vice chairman for the Friends of the Rail Park, a nonproďŹ t organization working in tandem with the city, conďŹ rmed to PW the stretch of Phase One will still open later this spring


despite the bridge delay. In addition to conďŹ rming the quartermile sneak peek, we caught up with Garden to talk FOTRPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complete vision, its partnership with the city and other community organizations, where the entire schedule stands and what more needs to be done on a stretch of land slated to change the way we travel and explore Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many neighborhoods.

integral in raising the funding as well as doing the construction management. The groundbreaking was on Halloween 2016, and at that time it was projected thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be open right about now. The work of the [Center City District] has been on schedule, but what has come up is that the Streets Department has decided that it needs to rebuild the 13th Street Bridge on Newall Street. That bridge is going to be rebuilt by the Streets Department, which is going to push back the opening until about May or June, with no ofďŹ cial date set as of yet.

The Rail Park is in Phase One of development with plans to open a stretch of it later this month. But you announced plans have been delayed a Bummer. Tell us thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good newsâ&#x20AC;Ś bit. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holding you up? Phase One is being spearheaded by the Center City District, which has been

Yep, the good news for many of us is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to open the park to the

There are so many things to do in Philly, and with the rising temps, there shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be any reason not to do as much as possible in an outing. With service every 15 minutes, this is an inexpensive ride to all the must Philly spots: Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing, National Museum of Jewish American History, The Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Perelman Building, Eastern State Penitentiary, The Franklin Institute, National Constitution Center, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, the Shops at Liberty Place, the Please Touch Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck, and the Museum of the American Revolution. | March 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 29, May 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sept. 3. Times vary. $2 per person per ride or $5 for an all-day pass. Children 4 and under and seniors, free. SEPTA pass and key card holders ride, free. Locations vary.

Reopening of LOVE Park In the City of Brotherly Love, the LOVE Park is a signature go-to hangout. While the park partially reopened from its 2016-2018 renovation for the Christmas Village, the park will now be complete with the return of the iconic LOVE statue, refurbished to its former glory. | Spring TBA. Love Park, 16th and JFK Boulevard. visitphilly. com/museums-attractions/philadelphia/love-park/

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while you watch the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest and largest collegiate meet, comprised of high school, college and professional track stars. | April 26-28. Times vary. Prices vary. Franklin Field at University of Pennsylvania, 235 S. 33rd St.

Broad Street Run During the winter you made your New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions, but during spring you can show off your hard work. Grab your sneakers or get ready to cheer by the sidelines for this 10-mile course through North, Center and South Philadelphia. | May 6. 8am. $53, individual registration for race. Free admission for spectators. Starts at the Central High School Athletic Field at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue.

Parks on Tap The traveling beer garden is heading on back to Philly green spaces. For libations, non-alcoholicbeverages and snacks, Parks on Tap hits up 20 parks over a course of 20 weeks. Bring the family, Fido too, for the pop-up beer gardens that connect man and nature â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and alcohol too. | May 17-Oct. 1. Times vary. Free admission. Locations vary. parksontap. com

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Phase One of the highly anticipated Rail Park will open in May or June as opposed to its intended March date due to city construction on a stretch of the first phase.

Ahoy, Matey! Spend Memorial Day Weekend at the waterfront for some nautical festivities. Enjoy ship tours, and sailing expeditions down the Delaware River. Watch the Parade of Sail as tall ships from U.S. and international ports dock in Philly. | May 24-28. Times vary. Prices vary. Independence Seaport Museum and Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing. sailphiladelphia. org

public as ďŹ rst impressions are important to us, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to open the quarter-mile stretch once the leaves are in full bloom later this spring. Phase One is a quarter-mile section of a three-mile long vision and for us, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about a proof of concept and an opportunity for us to show the world what is possible here in Philadelphia.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

How excited are you to have this open up, since even this little first stretch is years in the making?

Who needs to go down the shore, when you have a gorgeous urban beach in Philly? Come to the popup park for the signature hammocks complete with hanging LED lights, a floating restaurant, beer garden and outdoor games along the waterfront boardwalk. | Opens in May. Times vary. Free admission. Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. places/spruce-street-harbor-park

Night Market Philadelphia Beep, beep! The food trucks are back in the neighborhood. Get ready to dig in to street eats with The Food Trust Night Markets. Taking over different parts of Philly for evening festivities, join thousands of visitors for the pop-up market foods and live music. | Spring TBA. Times vary. Free admission. Locations vary. 


Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very exciting to have Phase One opening up. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a real brick and mortar result of this big, broad vision for many years now. But what it also does is raise the bar in terms of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next. And in regarding whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next, our organization is looking at what are the potential next phases and how are we going to go about it to be more connected to the city at-large in making this a go-to destination and involving a community at-large. Community engagement that took place during Phase One was largely limited to the Callowhill Neighborhood Association. Our vision for the three-mile site is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a forward-thinking, progressive public space for all Philadelphians. In order to achieve that, we are already actively reaching out to community organizations all across the city.

Why are you looking for community-wide

involvement for such a short stretch? Seems like a too many cooks situation, no? We have to reach out to these organizations to ask them what would you want to do if you got in your car or used a form of transportation to get here. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a travel to this park if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming from South Philly, North Philly, Southwest Philly, West Philly, all these other communities and not just the 10 neighborhoods that the park happens to connect. That [holistic] community vision is really important to us.

How much are you stressing that this is not in any way similar to the High Line in New York City? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very different. Actually, what people should know is that the predecessor of the High Line in New York is the Promenade Plantee in Paris, which opened in 1994. David Bowie once said â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not who does it ďŹ rst, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who does it second that counts,â&#x20AC;? and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the case with the High Line, it gets all the credit but the Promenade Plantee which is also about three-miles-long, like our site, also includes elevated sections, like our Viaduct and like the High Line, but it also includes street level and is â&#x20AC;&#x153;open to the skyâ&#x20AC;? which is railroad lingo for a cut. It also has some amazing tunnels and we have an amazing tunnel under Pennsylvania Avenue that we hope to develop. I will say that in a comparison to the High Line, that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s touted for

the economic development that it drove and we know that this park here in Philadelphia will drive economic development, which is a fact of all well-designed and maintained park systems.

What can people expect when they get a chance to peruse the quarter-mile stretch later this spring? I think the park itself will be enjoyable and pleasant, but this ďŹ rst phase will only be a quarter-mile long, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to walk from one end to the other and be able to take in some really great views, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to have that transformative quality that the entire stretch will have once itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completed. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to when it threads through some of our most important cultural institutions like the [Philadelphia] Museum of Art and the Pearlman, the Rodin Museum, the Barnes, the main branch of the Free Library, it cuts right through the [Community College of Philadelphia] before going east of Broad Street. The three-mile site has the potential of changing the way we move through the city, changing the way we connect with other neighborhoods and opening many of us up to parts of the city least explored. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting to be a part of and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited to provide a bit of a sneak peek, just in time for some warmer weather. Q TWITTER: @SPRTSWTR





BEAUTY IN THE EYE Art in Philadelphia isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t confined to stuffy museums. Let this rundown for whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in store for spring provide proof. Philadelphia Flower Show

Art in all forms

Put the â&#x20AC;&#x153;petalâ&#x20AC;? to the metal, because the flower show is back, baby. See beautiful displays of flora centered on this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme about the interdependence of horticulture and water, entitled the "Wonders of Water." From a live butterfly experience to craft stations to Garden Tea, enjoy a bouquet of fun activities and lovely views. | March 3-11. Times vary. Prices vary. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch streets. IMAGE: VISIT PHILADELPHIA

With a detailed calendar packed with many free or discounted events, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for Arts, Culture and Creative Economy has made not checking out Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse arts scene nearly impossible.

Just in time for spring, city announces detailed rundown of free arts and culture events throughout Philadelphia BY KERITH GABRIEL


tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a busy year for the members of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OfďŹ ce for Arts, Culture and Creative Economy. In an effort to make attending the arts affordable and accessible for all, the department announced this March that since the inception of its Arts Access Calendar last year around the same time, the events, venues and listings have grown exponentially across a wide array of events. From museum showings to theater events to hands-on instruction, there is a listing for more than 600 Philadelphia institutions situated across the entire city. The beauty of OACCEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website is not the fact that it gives access to larger venues to highlight events, but a host of smaller, niche organizations are getting their initiatives out there, which bodes well in an approach to show just how diverse the arts in Philadelphia truly are. The arts in Philadelphia have largely survived and sustained due in large part to philanthropic efforts. However, much of that funding goes into the production of events and leaves very little by way of a sizable budget to market events to both a larger audience, but also to effectively target market events. According to the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, of the roughly 2,000 arts and culture institutions in the region, 40 percent operate on annual budgets of less than $250,000, and just roughly 70 percent operate


with an annual budget of $1 million or less. Additionally, many of these same venues deal with limited interest or audiences, which then leads to dwindling contributions from sponsors. The arts in Philadelphia is quite the push-pull, if you will. So to have the OACCE act as an extra soundboard gives these places a chance to use those funds a bit smartly, but also show just how many of these same organizations offer free or discounted events to get the buzz going or simply just to get everyone from children to adults involved in the arts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are thrilled by the sheer number of free events that are on the Arts Access Calendar,â&#x20AC;? said Kelly Lee, the OACCEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief cultural ofďŹ cer said via release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Continuing to provide this resource to families, groups, and individuals seeking free quality arts and culture experiences in Philadelphia is a key OACCE initiative. Our goal is to have over 1,200 active events available on the calendar at any given time.â&#x20AC;? A lofty goal, but one that ensures you have no excuse not to get out this spring and check out the sheer size, scope and diversity that is Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art scene. Q For more information on the variety of arts and culture events there are throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region, visit TWITTER: @SPRTSWTR

Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music If you love the musical compositions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Candide,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;On The Town,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Storyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just to name a few â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then come to the exhibit that celebrates the great composer, Leonard Bernsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centenary. Not based solely on his musical works, this is the first large-scale museum exhibition to highlight Bernsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, Jewish identity, social activism, and his â&#x20AC;&#x153;search for a solution to the 20th century crisis of faith.â&#x20AC;? | March 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sept. 2. Times vary. $13, general admission. Discounted tickets available. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall E.

Game Masters OK gamers and concept artists, nerd out on work from more than 30 innovative game designers and more than 100 playable games. Learn from object and original artwork on how arcade classics to current-day video games came into fruition. | March 31Sept. 3. Times vary. Prices vary. Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. game-masters

Modern Times: American Art 1910â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1950 From the Charleston to Swing, dance on

through the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Timesâ&#x20AC;? with artists Georgia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others who revolutionized form and function. The exhibition highlights the early 20th century, which was marked by great strides in art, technology, and society. | April 18-Sept. 3. Times vary. $20, general admission. Discounted tickets available. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. philamuseum. org/exhibitions/866.html

Middle East Galleries Journey through Mesopotamia, and discover how ancient societies led to the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first cities. A 4,500-year-old crowning jewelry of a Mesopotamian queen, one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest wine vessels and a babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rattle are just some of the 1,200 objects at the Penn Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Middle East Galleries. In celebration of the exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening, the Museum will hold its biennial Golden Gala on April 14. | Opening April 21. Times vary. $15, general admission. Discounted tickets available. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. spaces/middleeastgalleries/

Celebration of Black Arts One of the oldest African-American literary events in the nation, come learn from the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top journalists, writers, singers and performance artists. Events will include a gallery exhibition, literary and arts conference, and awards ceremony. | May 1-31. Times vary. Prices vary. Locations vary.

Renoir: Father and Son / Painting and Cinema Perfect for the theater or museum goer, come see the exhibit centered on acclaimed director Jean Renoir, his works, and the influence of his father and famed painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In collaboration with the MusĂŠes dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orsay and de lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orangerie and with the participation of La CinĂŠmathèque française, the exhibition follows Jean Renoirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s path to filmmaking prominence and brings in paintings, drawings, films, costumes, and photosâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as well as the ceramics he entered the cinematic world. | May 6-Sept. 3. 11am-5pm. Closed on Tuesdays. $30, general admission. Discounted prices available.



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SPRING MUSIC SCENE Make sure you get out and check out these musical acts heading to Philly this season.

The art of keeping it real IMAGE COURTESY. SAYNAVE.COM

This spring, you have to check out N.ave, who hails from New Brunswick, N.J., but his music is all Philly.

Philly transplant rapper N.ave isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pretending to be anything he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is authentic AF BY GREGORY DALE


hese days, simply being yourself in the hip-hop world is cooler than ever. Artists like Young Thug and Lil Uzi Vert have broken typical rapper archetypes and emcees like Childish Gambino and Drake have made it cool to be uncool. Rapper N.ave (pronounced Nave) was always upfront about his background. He was raised in the suburbs, then he went to college. After that, he got a job in corporate America as a business analyst. But the 31-year-old, born Bryant Evan Gilliam, explained that earning respect in the beginning was a struggle.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;With my background, being from the suburbs, people [didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t] take me too seriously,â&#x20AC;? he told PW during a recent interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People look at you like a cornball. I had a lot of issues having to deal with people passing judgment before actually hearing anything.â&#x20AC;? Born and bred in the New Brunswick, N.J., area, N.ave, was introduced to music at an early age. He played the saxophone in middle school and then started making beats in high school. He later attended the University of Delaware where he started performing with a spoken word group called Spit. From there, he continued to produce for other people and then he started rapping. Once the group fell apart, he explained that he started taking rap

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This one-woman act has been a hit all over the country, the latest in a stop at AmericanaFest, where Bob Boilen, creator of NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tiny Deskâ&#x20AC;? called her his favorite at the show. Now, LeBlanc heads to Philadelphia for a one-night show where her mesmerizing skills with a banjo will be on display at Bourbon and Branch in Northern Liberties. | March 8, 8pm. $12-$15. Bourbon and Branch, 705 N. 2nd St. shows

From Soundcloud to the big stage, this Brooklynbased gangsta rapper has found himself on the Billboard Hot 100 and has collabed with the likes of Trippie Redd and Fetty Wap. The colorful (literally and figuratively) 6IX9INE who also goes by Tekashi 6IX9INE (his momma named him Daniel Hernandez), will hit the stage at the famous Trocadero Theater this spring. | April 21, 8pm. $30. The Trocadero Theater, 1003 Arch St.


Feels Good: A Tribute to Raphael Saadiq

A supreme fusion of reggae, hip-hop and rock, this Compton-raised musician has been bringing an eclectic sound that has also brought an eclectic and devout following across the country. Now, the West Coaster will bring that sound to the intimate venue that is the Foundry at the Fillmore later this month. | March 10, 8pm. $18. Foundry at the Fillmore, 2 E. Allen St. Event

A night of smooth dedicated to the man who defined it as a musician, artist, producer and songwriter for more than 20 years. Saadiq, who has composed music for the likes of Erykah Badu, Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Angelo and Solange Knowles, is as much a staple of R&B and soul, a note that will play tribute this spring at World Cafe Live. | April 27, 8pm. $15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive. com/event


Monnette Sudler and Friends

Touring its latest album entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Dark Age,â&#x20AC;? rockers MGMT told Rolling Stone the inspiration behind the album and name came in the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump as the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 45th president. The group will bring songs from that album and many from their first, which they claim brought them to heights they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect, to the Electric Factory courtesy of Radio 104.5-FM later this month. | March 20, 8pm. $43. The Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St. livenation. com/events

The last time we saw the Grammy Award-winning vocalist was when she lit up the stage during Philly Jazz Week last year. Well, the Germantown-based jazz artist has returned and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bringing a few friends along for her ninth annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit featuring musicians like Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Diane Monroe, Lee Smith and more. | May 12, 2pm. $30. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

The Cactus Blossoms Two brothers, who started blazing their trail as a cover band, have blossomed, so to speak, into a full-fledged band with a host of original songs with a sound that pays homage to music of yesteryear. This spring, the duo will enjoy a two-night residency at Fishtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary music house, Johnny Brendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. | April 15, 9pm. $15. Johnny Brendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1201 Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas. com/event

Mo Lowda and the Humble Gotta give love to this Philly band that literally started from the bottom (of dirty basements), and now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here. The trio released their full length album in 2013 and have been reaping the benefits of staying true to their music and to a devout fansbase thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have the chance to see them when they headline the Foundry at the Fillmore. | May 12, 9pm. $12-15. Foundry at the Fillmore, 2 E. Allen St.

The Sherlocks Coming off a remarkable 2017, which saw them 3+,/$'(/3+,$:((./<&20

rock the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glastonbury Festival and release a debut album that reached No. 6 on the UK charts, the Sherlocks have broken off on a 2018 North American tour. The band, who notes its inspiration comes from Kings of Leon and opened for the group in 2017, will have the stage all to its own as the headliners at South Philly staple, Boot and Saddle. | May 8, 8:30pm. $10. Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.

L.A. Salami Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been mentioned among the likes David Bowie, Bon Iver and Leonard Cohen. Bob Boilen of NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tiny Desk, noted Salamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2016 debut album, was one of the best of that year. Salami, whose actual name is Lookman Adekunle Salami, will head to South Philly later this month to see if that comparison holds weight to some pretty authentic critics. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about you, Philadelphia. | April 6, 8:30pm. $15-18. Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.

Soraia Lead singer Zou Zou Mansour has been compared to the likes of Iggy Pop and Joan Jett. The band itself has been described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;rawâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiery.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a combination that has made Soraia a well-known name and a top sound in South America, after a version of the Kinks song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Not Like Everybody Else,â&#x20AC;? hit No. 1 on South American charts. Now, all that success heads to Milkboy this spring. | April 12, 8pm. $10-$12. Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St.

Chad Valley Known for his R&B-inspired e-pop, Chad Valley is a unique sound that is set to headline Milkboy Philly for what should be a pretty electric night (pun intended); especially given the pairing of Phillybased artists, tiedye kye and the sounds of Chris Coulton, better known as the one-man digital show that is Dream Safari. | May 26, 8:30pm. $13-$15. Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St. milkboyphilly. com/event

Minus the Bear Known for hits likeâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Pachuca Sunrise,â&#x20AC;?andâ&#x20AC;&#x153;"Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse,â&#x20AC;? the band, which has been around for more than a decade, is still selling out major show houses and will look to do the same on this tour which hits the Electric Factory later this spring. The headliners, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll share the stage with opening act The Coathangers. | April 28, 8:30pm. $25. The Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St. 3+,/$'(/3+,$:((./<&20

seriously. After college, N.ave continued to develop his craft and eventually moved to Philadelphia, deeming himself â&#x20AC;&#x153;a city guyâ&#x20AC;? at heart. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resided here with his wife for seven years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love living in the city,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I travel a lot, and I swear Philly is one of the best food cities in America. People still ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t up on it outside of Philly.â&#x20AC;? In December, he released an EP titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Professional.â&#x20AC;? Over each track, N.ave glides over the glossy production and delivers slick bars. His subject matter ranges from life growing up in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;burbs, to turning up in the club, to navigating the corporate world. His style is reminiscent of Gambino and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also been compared to Lupe Fiasco and Kendrick Lamar. The video for the lead single, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosby Kids,â&#x20AC;? has thousands of views on YouTube. The track is an ode to his middle-class upbringing and a nod to the famed comedian. While the song was created prior to Cosbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly-publicized sexual assault allegations, the video creatively hints at the controversy at the end by featuring a quick scene of several distraught women sitting together, staring blankly at the camera. N.ave also produced every song on the project, apart from the title track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Professional.â&#x20AC;? On that song, he talks about his obsession with making it big. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most artists can get real emotional about where they are in their career and not getting things out,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all have this fascination of becoming these huge stars, but in reality, only a small percent of us actually make it. So, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;why am I doing this?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why am I so fascinated with all this fame and glamor?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The song is just talking about my thoughts and how I feel about those things.â&#x20AC;? The rest of the year is shaping up to be pretty busy for the emcee. He has two EPs that will be released in April and July. The latter, he said will focus on heavy topics such as the black struggle, poverty and politics. As the sound of Philadelphia hip-hop continues to evolve, N.ave explained he would like to see more artists in the city work with each other more often. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t collab enough,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look at artists in Houston and [Atlanta] and how they come together. You had Meek Mill and his people attacking Beanie Sigel, when we should all just be one big collective. I think we need a bit more teamwork.â&#x20AC;? And, while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common for rappers to relocate to other big cities to really blow up, N.ave said he would love to see Philly become a place where stars are cultivated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be nice if we could get some kind of hub here where people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel the need to leave.â&#x20AC;? Q

$UWXUR2¡)DUULOO WKH$IUR/DWLQ -D]](QVHPEOH Arturo Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrill, piano; Ivan Renta, saxophone; James Seeley, trumpet; RaďŹ Malkiel, trombone; Vince Cherico, drums; Carlos Maldonado, percussion; Keisel Jimenez, percussion; Carlo DeRosa, bass; Fred Miller, Arturoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manager

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You havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lived until youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried Lomo Saltado, a popular Peruvian dish served up daily in Philadelphia.

Open your mind (and palate) to great Peruvian cuisine here in Philly SWABREEN BAKR


few years ago, I spent about a week in Peru. During the visit, I got to experience Peruvian cuisine at locales that varied from the high-end (Amaz, which specializes in Peruâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amazonian cuisine, and Cafe Museo Larco, a restaurant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; attached to the incredible Museo Larco â&#x20AC;&#x201C; enclosed in one of the most beautiful gardens that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever see in your life), to highway roadside ďŹ sh-fry joints that served up fresh ceviche and daily caught fried ďŹ sh specials. The impression that Peruvian cuisine left on me was intense, the ďŹ&#x201A;avors and quality of produce made everything that I ate once I got back to America kind of taste like cardboard. I came back from that trip craving the experience of that food so when news broke that not one, but two, Peruvian restaurants were set to open this year in Philly I was excited â&#x20AC;&#x201C;


but also wondered if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d live up to what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d tasted abroad. At the end of February, Vista Peru (from the owners of El Blanchito and El Blanchito II in the Northeast) opened in Old City (20 S. 2nd St.), and Chacloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ceviche and Pisco Bar (1030 N. 2nd St.) is slated to open later this March. A friend of mine who also traveled to Peru recently, joined me for dinner at Vista Peru. Upon walking in I was impressed with the decor and atmosphere, it had beautiful authentic touches like Peruvian textiles, ceramic masks, and art that referenced the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nazcaâ&#x20AC;? lines. The drink menu has an array of Piscobased cocktails, and the upstairs of the restaurant has a Pisco bar where a special selection of cocktails can be ordered. The food menu boasts of Peruvian classics and chef specials. So, what should you try at a Peruvian restaurant? Here are a few musts that will certainly provide a real-world taste of what is feasted upon each day in-country. Cancha: In Peru, you get these before every meal and Vista Peru serves these fried corn nuts as a complimentary snack while you wait for appetizers and entrees. Salted, fried and crunchy, these are super addictive. Ceviche: At Vista Peru, we ordered pulpo

(octopus) ceviche as opposed to the more traditional ďŹ sh one. This particular one is not for those who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t handle spice and pepper, as it has an amazing kick to it that is delectable with the citrus marinade of the octopus. If you like pepper youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll really dig this. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accompanied by traditional Peruvian corn, choclo (its distinctive kernels are much larger, chewier and starchier than traditional American corn), boiled potato, onions and cilantro. Everything in this dish just complements the other to an amazing degree. Lomo Saltado: This dish was on every menu in pretty much every restaurant throughout my travels in Peru. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hearty stir fry that consists of marinated strips of sirloin, onions, tomatoes, French fries and rice. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple but mega ďŹ&#x201A;avorful. Vista Peruâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take on it was really satisfying, the meat was cooked medium rare and the seasonings were on point. Jalea: I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try this while I was in Peru but my friend did so she wanted to see how Vista Peruâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version stacked up to the ones she had while on her trip. Jalea consists of assorted selection of lighted breaded and fried seafood (white ďŹ sh, squid, shrimp, octopus, mussels) served with cassava, tomato and onions marinated in lime juice. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much lighter than expected given that everything is fried, the lightness of the batter is key. Chicha Morada: Corn is a recurring theme throughout Peruvian dishes, Chicha Morada is a juice made from purple corn. Vista Peru has a really delicious Chicha Sour (Quebranta, purple corn, lime, sugar, egg white) which I highly recommend trying! The couple sitting next to us enjoyed a couple of these so being inherently nosy and had to try it for myself. I love the taste of the regular Chicha Morada juice, the cocktail is super easy drinking and is a basically a variation on the traditional Pisco Sour. Finally for dessert, we had Mazamorra Morada. A traditional Peruvian purple corn pudding, this one is usually made with a chicha morada base and features cinnamon, cloves, dried fruits, and thickened with sweet potato ďŹ&#x201A;our. This was my ďŹ rst time having it and I found it super tasty and a nice, light way to end a meal. Peruvian cuisine is a wonderful addition to the many South American cuisines that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fortunate to have access to in Philly. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never tried Peruvian cuisine, I highly suggest taking this spring to hit local inspired spots to truly understand why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the top-rated cuisines in the world. Q TWITTER: @SSSCORVUS

Check out Cadence, an American BYOB inspired by Chefs Jon Nodler, Michael Fry and Samantha Kincaid.

SOME(PLACE) FRESH Brothership Blended Whiskey from New Liberty Distillery This St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day try something new with this blend of 10-year-old Irish and American whiskies. Brothership came about from a partnership between Connacht Distillery in Ireland and New Liberty Distillery in Fishtown. Try this award-winning whiskey on March 15 from 6-8pm at Art in the Age. | 116 N. 3rd St.

Goose Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Philly Brewhouse Goose Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first brewhouse outside of Chicago opened the first week of March next to the Fillmore. Expect new and exciting beers from Brewmaster Tim Caron, exclusives brewed for Philly, and Goose Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic styles like Goose IPA, 312 and Sofie. Chef Brennan Miller will bring elevated brewpub food to the table, made perfect for expertly-curated beer pairings. | 1002 Canal St.

Cadence This March, Chefs Jon Nodler and Michael Fry, and Pastry Chef Samantha Kincaid will open Cadence, a newAmerican BYOB, serving dinner five nights a week. Guests can expect both a la carte and set price menus as well as an intriguing non-alcoholic drink list. | 161 W. Girard Ave.

Franklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table Food Hall The food options in University City keep expanding. Slated for a mid-March opening, Franklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table Food Hall will offer dishes from some of Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest, including Double Knot, Kensington Quarters, High Street, Goldie, Pitruco Pizza, The Juice Merchant and Little Babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ice Cream. The hall will be open seven days a week and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. | 34th and Walnut streets.

The Bourse Marketplace Coming this summer, a 24,000 square-foot food hall for locals and tourists in Old City. Twenty-seven independently owned spots, including Bluebird Distilling, Baby Buns (a slider concept from Sylva Senat, chef at Maison 208), Chaat and Chai, Kaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;moon (halal Egyptian cuisine), Prescription Kitchen (soups), and Pinch Dumplings are just a few of the tenants. More info to come! | 111 S. Independence Mall East â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SWABREEN BAKR | @SSSCORVUS




BOOKS Marxism, poetry, Puerto Rico and being Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Poet Laureate.

The Tertiary is an incredibly ambitious book that deals with debt, jobs, and living - particularly for those in Puerto Rico vs. those in Philadelphia. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s both devastating and impactful. When you look at the book as a whole, how does it feel to you now?


Raquel Salas Riveraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new book, The Tertiary, expertly blends a view of labor, queerness, and self-love through Puerto Rican eyes.

â&#x20AC;&#x2122; s d n a h r u o y in e v li â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A All the feels on the latest work from poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera SARAH ROSE ETTER


hen I set out to interview Raquel Salas Rivera, Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2018 Poet Laureate, I wanted to ask the basic questions: What would life look like as the Poet Laureate? What projects would they be contributing to? How thrilling did it feel to be named Poet Laureate?


Then, Rivera sent me the text of their newest book, The Tertiary, which will be released in April from Timeless, InďŹ nite Light. And everything changed. The book is simply one of the most exciting texts to be released in recent years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it feels both timeless and now, offering a Puerto Rican translation of Karl Marxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital through a lens of Philadelphia, labor, queerness, and self-love. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a book that is alive in your hands â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it juxtaposes the coldness of capitalism and labor against the warmth of family and the small petals of ďŹ&#x201A;owers. The Tertiary is a poet in their prime-the work is heart-wrenching, political, nuanced, and innovative. I spoke with Rivera-who is non-binary, gay, and from Puerto Rico-about The Tertiary,

The book is both an ars poetica and a history of my own subjectivity. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my best book. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little boat that carries all my belongings (pun intended). I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not supposed to say that because each book is different and has its own merit, but this project marks a major shift. It is also difďŹ cult to read because of how painful the writing was. I began writing it because I felt helpless when faced with the PROMESA bill. H.R.4900, The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act or PROMESA (PROMESA means promise in Spanish) bill was introduced in the House on April 12, 2016. The PROMESA bill is designed to put ultimate control of Puerto Rico's ďŹ nances in the hands of a majority-white 8-member Oversight Board, selected undemocratically to rule over Puerto Rico. It is a return to a more direct form of colonial rule and establishes neoliberal policies to cut funding from education, health, and social services and favor private investment. It also lowers the minimum wage for all Puerto Ricans under 25 to $4.25 an hour. It was passed into law on June 30, 2016. That brought up questions about radical change and what it would take to end colonialism in Puerto Rico. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have answers, but it helped me examine the trauma I had experienced as an organizer and how much of the organizational work had fallen on those of us who were most colonized within the colony, such as the queers, the femmes, the women, and trans folks. Additionally, I faced some of my own privileges in relation to other family members that were blacker, poorer, and had less access to the books Marx (and I) read. This book asks questions more than it answers them. The language of political militancy often shuns questions because they are thought to threaten unity, so it was a relief to ďŹ nd a space in poetry where I was allowed to test limits.

The Tertiary is in direct conversation with a Puerto Rican translation of Karl Marxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital. What drew you to Marx? How did this project begin for you? Throughout lo terciario/the tertiary, the poemsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; titles come from Pedro Scaronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, El Capital, the 1976 translation of Karl

SPRING READS As a published author and novelist herself, we know Sarah Etter knows good work when she reads it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we asked her opinion on soon-tobe released works that work well with a return to warmer weather. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a few suggestions: Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation Penguin Press, June 2018 Moshfegh is the queen of sardonic narrators, and this book is no exception. Follow the life of a woman determined to sleep for a full year with the help of an array of psych meds - and get sucked into the desperate, drugged out voice Moshfegh has created.

Simon Jacobs, Palaces Two Dollar Radio If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for something a little more punk rock this spring, look no further than Jacobsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Palaces, published by indie darling press Two Dollar Radio. Surreal, strange, and drenched in mosh scenes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit of a nailbiter, too.

Chelsea Hodson, Tonight Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Someone Else Henry Holt, June 2018 Hodsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poetics are on full display as she navigates Arizona, working as an intern for NASA, and a brief stint at American Apparel in this sad, smart essay collection. Thanks to Hodsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sentences and topics, the essays take on a collage effect. The result feels much like staring at your own face in a shattered mirror.

Melissa Broder, The Pisces Hogarth/Crown, May 2018 I hated â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shape of Waterâ&#x20AC;? - and I swore off woman/ fish man sex for good after I saw it. Then I read The Pisces, Broderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neurotic love story between a woman and a mer-man. Set in Venice Beach, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compulsively readable and Tweetable - but be warned, the sex scenes are steamy.

Tom McAllister, How To Be Safe Liveright/Norton Billed as We Need to Talk about Kevin meets Dept. of Speculation, McAllisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tale of a school shooting takes on all of the complexities of a small town torn apart by tragedy, suspicion, and media attention. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an intense, timely book - and thanks to McAllisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bleak humor, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to read when a horror story like this is all too familiar. 3+,/$'(/3+,$:((./<&20

Marxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic. Published by Siglo Veintiuno Editores, this translation was commonly used by the Puerto Rican left as part of political formation programs. Lo terciario/the tertiary places this text in relation to the Puerto Rican debt crisis. Reading the PROMESA bill, I was reminded of the withholding language of capitalism, but also of Marxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critique. It brought back memories of discussions where I was asked to sacriďŹ ce for a cause, an extension of the sacriďŹ ces asked of Puerto Ricans under colonialism. This is about mimesis: in repeating, does the copy create something new, or reinforce old violences in new contexts? Scaronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s translation does both. Most of my life Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been consumed by colonialism and determined to end it, but it took me awhile to allow myself to see how the language I used to address colonialism excluded crucial parts of my own life, including those parts deemed unnecessary and tertiary (my queerness and my poetry). This book is a love letter to the parts I cut out of myself in adopting this language.

me a little bit more about that approach and what it means? How did Marxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s text help you generate this work? What was the process for you?

Most translations come into being out of necessity. This was certainly the case with Scaronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s translation. It was meant to be used as an pedagogical tool. You would think this meant that accuracy was more important than what Roman Jacokson called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;poetic function,â&#x20AC;? but the translation often ends up being more interesting than the original. All translation is a messy mediation. First -degree proximity would be if I was German and living through early stages of capitalist development. Second-degree proximity would be if I was Scaron, living in the early 1970s, or even my parents, reading Scaron, organizing during the same period, and living in a colony. Third-degree proximity is where I am now. I am neither a white, European Marxist, nor do I have the same experiences as my parents. I am quite far from Marx and that is more than okay. That is exactly where I should be. I mean, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be real, Marx was How long did it take the ultimate daddy. to write The Tertiary? He was all about that How did editing look withholding, patriarfor you? Where did chal shame. If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your fetish, go for it, you write it? but I want my Marx to I began writing lo terbe femme and hystericiario/the tertiary back cal. I want him to be in in April, when the bill crisis, to embrace the was introduced. Posymptom as more than etry is how I respond just aftershock, to talk to crises. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my coping about orgasms, acmechanism, what elsecess to hormones, and where I call â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;self-medpoetry (even and espeicating with poems.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AUTHOR RAQUEL SALAS RIVERA cially because he was a ďŹ nished the ďŹ rst verON HER LATEST BOOK, THE TERTIARY. terrible poet). sion of the manuscript There is this idea in early 2017. In spring that the closer you are 2017, Timeless, InďŹ to the origin, the purer nite Light told me they were going to publish it. Later I added the last your translation. His texts become saintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relpoem, the only poem I wrote after Hurricane ics. Folks cling to the archives, seeking some originary validation, and here I am, writing MarĂ­a. I edit from the moment I start writing un- poetry. My goal is to frustrate any attempt to til it goes to print. The editing process takes legitimize resistance because these attempts years and many, many drafts. I also share are ultimately about private property: who my work with editors I trust, including my gets to talk about Marx, who gets to own his mother, David Caleb Acevedo, and Gaddiel writings, who gets to discuss them and with Francisco Ruiz Rivera, and Allison Harris what terms. I read this translation when I was 16. It (my partner). I wrote some parts of the book in Philly, shaped my politics, my gender, and my sexusome on planes, and some in Puerto Rico. ality. I wanted Marx to like me. I also wanted For example, I wrote â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;quedarĂĄ siempre un to be him. Obviously I was queer. Obviously sustrato materialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;/â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a material substratum will I was trans, but like poor Marx, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always remainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? in the car with my mother, access my own pleasure. There was so much on the way to MayagĂźez, immediately after shame. This is why, when I began writing a conversation where she confessed she was this book it changed from being a book soley having a hard time writing poetry about the about the PROMESA bill to being a book about radical queer self-love and how colodebt crisis and the PROMESA bill. nialism tries to kill us from within. Q

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search. The primary challenges in such a scenario are to make the characters compelling, at a human level, while also presenting scholarly arguments in a way that makes them accessible and relevant to people who are not regularly immersed in these ideas.

Better question: Why this play and why now? In my opinion, we are living in a time when American culture is increasingly driven by convenience, insularity and a kind of moral superiority in the world. And through the 24-7 news media we are constantly bombarded with a binary way of looking at everything; there are always two, and only two, opposing sides to every issue and story. The result is a deeply divided American populace that is incapable of civil discourse on most major political, religious and cultural fronts. With â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Rites,â&#x20AC;? I am trying to provoke a greater engagement of ideas, perspectives and practices that do not necessarily â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ tâ&#x20AC;? our comfortable Western liberal world views.

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been with InterAct since its inception in 1987 and have directed dozens of plays over the years. Where does â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Ritesâ&#x20AC;? sit for you personally within this body of work?


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Ritesâ&#x20AC;? shows what happens when personal and philosophical feuds collide.

East vs. West BY MAX MARIN


cademic disputes donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually translate well into entertainment on stage. But Seth Rozin, co-founder of InterAct Theatre Company, will soon add another production to his long resume with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Rites,â&#x20AC;? a play about researchers that is itself a work of research. Rozin found inspiration for the story when his father, a retired University of Pennsylvania psychology professor, sent him a 2000 article by a close colleague, Dr. Richard Shweder, an early pioneer of cultural psychology. Ro-


InterAct Theatre brings an academic story to stage that speaks to our polarized politics

zin took Schwederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversial paper on female initiation rites in sub-Saharan Africa and matched it with the lived-experience of another scholar, Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, one of of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary advocates for the rite of female circumcision. Add dramatic framework, and the play was born. Philly Weekly caught up with Rozin to talk about where his new play sits in the spring theater scene.

So the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trigger moment is campus outrage â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something most have encoun-

tered â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which then opens up a broader, denser conversation about Western thinking. What are the challenges of presenting academic topics on stage? All plays seek to invite audiences into a world inhabited by speciďŹ c characters who are engaged in some kind of conďŹ&#x201A;ict. In the case of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Rites,â&#x20AC;? an African-American dean and a renowned Jewish professor of cultural psychology are battling on two fronts: they engaged in an extra-marital affair many years earlier, which fuels a personal conďŹ&#x201A;ict; and they are at odds over his controversial re-

InterActâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission has evolved over time to be distinct among both regional and national theatres. We actively strive to produce new and contemporary plays that challenge our audiences, that provoke civic discourse on the most complex, pressing and/or important stories, issues and ideas of our time, and that reďŹ&#x201A;ect the diversity of our community and our larger world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Ritesâ&#x20AC;? fulďŹ lls all of those goals, while being a play that many other theatres would be wary of because of its controversial content. So, in many ways, it is a quintessential InterAct play. InterAct prides itself on supporting new works of theater that explore political and social issues of our time. But topical plays struggle with their own unique pitfalls. What are the biggest problems you see in socially or politically conscious theater â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and what do you try to avoid as a writer and director? The brand of theatre that we champion at InterAct is necessarily relevant, and sometimes unusually prescient. The upside of that is we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to work hard to convince anyone that what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re presenting matters now. The downside is that people sometimes donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to come see a play about something that is so fully in the news. I believe that playwrights are among the best chroniclers of our time, and that through their eyes we are invited to consider real human responses to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on around us. Q Human Rites | March 23-April 15. InterAct Theatre Company at the Drake. 302 S. Hicks St. TWITTER: @MAXMMARIN


ON THE SPRING STAGE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Bluest Eyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Arden brings back a stage adaptation of Toni Morrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel about a young black girl, Pecola Breedlove, from rural Ohio who struggles to love her blackness in 1940s America. The timeless story about the destructive powers of racism has been the subject of several banning attempts since its 1970 publication. | March 1 - April 1. $15-35. The Arden Theatre. 40 N. 2nd St.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ÂĄBIENVENIDOS BLANCOS!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; You guys know Fringe Arts hosts Fringe-like shows year-round, right? This coy, subtitled show looks at the history of exploitation, race and embargoes between two-close-but-not-so-close neighbors: Cuba and the United States. | April 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 28. $20-31. FringeArts. 140 N. Columbus Blvd.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sing the Body Electricâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater Exile has been in, er, exile for several months now following the abrupt sale of its South Philly home base. But fret not, the company is still busy at work and will be opening a new play at the Latvian Society this April. Two broken families come together to help one another, but are soon put to the test by their newfound explosive relationships. | April 19 - May 13. $10+. Latvian Society. 531 N. 7th St.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Catch 22â&#x20AC;&#x2122; To plot his encyclopedic classic "Catch 22," Joseph Heller famously drew out one of the most intricate character maps in 20th century literature. In Hellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own stage adaptation of the work, the bewildering cast of characters is brought fully to life. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this one, West Philly. | April 27 - May 19. $15+. Curio Theater Company. 4740 Baltimore Ave. curiotheatre. org

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Passageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Chen is opening the world premiere of his latest, which has been described as a fantasia on â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Passage to India,â&#x20AC;? E.M. Forsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic novel of British imperialism. | April 18 May 13. $10+. The Wilma Theater. 265 S. Broad St.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Small Mouth Soundsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; After a rave reception in New York City, "Small Mouth Soundsâ&#x20AC;? finally heads our way via the Philadelphia Theater Company. Playwright Bess Wohl takes us into the lives of six city-weary runaways who set off on a silent retreat, only to have their vows of silence tested by the need for human connection. | March 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 1. $25-$65. Suzanne Roberts Theater. 480 S. Broad St.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Will Not Go Gentlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Looking for suburban theater options? If hilarious onewoman musicals about life, death and rock-and-roll are your jam, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go wrong with â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Will Not Go Gently,â&#x20AC;? which was originally staged by 1812 Productions in South Philly. | March 21 - April 15. $34+. Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Light. 39 Conestoga Road in Malvern.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Magdaleneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Coming off a delightful Fishtown-themed show about pervasive technology in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fringe Festival, Tribe of Fools returns with a one-woman show about Mary Magdalene. The show stakes a new claim for Jesus' most influential follower who was never formally recognized as an apostle. | April 5 - 22. Ticket price TBD. Adrienne Theatre. 2030 Sansom St. 3+,/$'(/3+,$:((./<&20

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mrs. Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A decade after their college graduation, former classmates Aisha and Holly cross paths at their alma materâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reunion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but neither can be sure whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re meeting for the first time or if they knew each other way back when. But when a story arises about their college years, the two womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visions of reality collide. | May 2 - 20. Pay what you wish. Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake. 302 S. Hicks St.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cagedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; This oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit off the Philly path, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be remiss not to mention a play about incarcerated men of color, written by the New Jersey Prison Cooperative. The show examines everything from the prison-industrial complex to the harsh adjustments of reentry in a for-profit justice system. | May 3 - 20. $13-38. Mill Hill Playhouse. 205 E. Front St. in Trenton, N.J.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hope and Gravityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Housed deeper in South Philly than most theater companies, 1812 Productions specializes in its own brand of comedy. Their latest â&#x20AC;&#x153;brilliantly structuredâ&#x20AC;? show, which will be staged at Rittenhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plays & Players Theatre, details the intersecting lives of nine city dwellers who cross paths with each other at the most/least fortunate times of their lives. | April 26 - May 20. Plays & Players Theatre. 1714 Delancey Place.




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Philly, in full bloom


One thing Philly doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a shortage of come spring is an array of fun things to do. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sampling of upcoming events that provide something for all of us. Wine Week Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toast to the return of Wine Week! Winos, oenophiles, sommeliers, and the regular buzz seekers will have a blast for eight days of dinner parties, educational sessions, tastings, and more wine-loving activities. The festival will feature 100s of events in 50-plus of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurants and bars. | March 22-29. Times vary. Prices vary. Locations vary.

Easter Promenade Bunny hop on over in your Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for the 87th annual Easter Promenade. Walk down South Street with the whole family during this large-scale, Philly tradition. Enjoy Easter treats, live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band, and other egg-cellent Easter fun. Children, adults, even furry friends can enter to be crowned Best Dressed, Best South Street Razzle Dazzle or Best Easter Bonnet. | April 1. 12:30pm. Free. Passyunk Ave./South St. down to Headhouse Square.

Philadelphia Science Festival


The party for Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start of a new season is celebrating the bloom of cherry blossoms at the Shofuso Japanese House.

The annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is our (un)official start of spring

Show up and show out with various events that bring together different races, ethnicities and sexual orientations. The annual event garners thousands from African-American and LGBT communities. | April 26-29. Times vary. Prices vary. Locations vary. Techies, this is the festival you have been counting down to on your tablets. Back for its eighth year, get all your gadget kicks with events in the following seven tracks: creative, access, development, civic, business, media, and sciences. Join more than 25,000 people for conferences, interactive activities, workshops, and more events that celebrate innovation and technology. | Apr. 27-May 8. Times vary. Prices vary. Locations vary.



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BY ANDREA CANTOR pring is just around the corner, and, for a short time anyway, so too are the full bloom of cherry blossoms. But skip the car ride to Washington, D.C., or the even pricier, plane ride to Japan, because Philadelphia has an abundance of these striking tree ďŹ&#x201A;owers. Back for its 21st year, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia will have nine days of Japanesethemed activities throughout the city. From April 7-15, ďŹ&#x201A;ower enthusiasts, Japanophiles, families, and sake drinkers can participate in the time-honored Japanese tradition of the celebrating cherry blossoms and the coming of Spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The Cherry Blossom Festival] has kind of become a rite of Spring here in Philadelphia,â&#x20AC;? said Aaron Dilliplane, associate director of special projects for Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We welcome more and more people every year, and it's really encouraging to see just how much people have embraced the Japanese culture in the city and really love the cherry blossoms and celebration of Spring.â&#x20AC;? While Philly may not be the ďŹ rst place associated with the coveted Japanese ďŹ&#x201A;owers, Dilliplane challenged that â&#x20AC;&#x153;even though there is not a lot of Japanese people necessarily in Philadelphia, there's an authentically curated Japanese pres-

Whoever said science is for dorks must have never experienced the Philadelphia Science Festival! Grab your lab coats, and get those beakers ready for a celebration of science, engineering, and technology. With events for all ages, participate in lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions, and other informal science education experiences. | Apr. 20-28. Times vary. Prices vary. Locations vary.

El Carnaval de Puebla


ence here in the city.â&#x20AC;? He went on to explain that Philly has a long-standing history with Japan and maintains a large number of transplanted cherry trees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japan America Society, between 1998 and 2007, planted over a thousand cherry trees along the Schuylkill River and in West Fairmount Park â&#x20AC;Ś. That's just the trees that we planted. Parks and Recreation, over the past 20 years, has planted countless cherry trees,â&#x20AC;? Dilliplane informed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You'll ďŹ nd

For some pre-Cinco de Mayo fun, experience Mexican folk traditions. The day will be filled with vibrant colors, elaborate costumes and masks, and a whole lot of cultural merriment during a parade and street fair. | April 29. 8am6pm. Free admission. Carnaval de Puebla en Philadelphia, 1112 S. 9th St.

South Street Spring Festival and Maifest Jump with Spring glee around and under a giant Maypole, jam out to a number of concerts, indulge in eating contests, shop among 100-plus vendors, and let the little ones go wild at the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; zone. For some extra gut time, celebrate Maifest with Brauhaus Schmitz for German beer and dancing. 3+,/$'(/3+,$:((./<&20

| May 5. 11am-8pm. Free admission. Headhouse Square and along South St. things-to-do/sshd-events/

Philadelphia's Largest Block Party Bring those empty bellies to the nation's oldest outdoor market. During the annual Italian Market Festival, the entire family can enjoy the Procession of Saints, the traditional Half Ball Tournament, and Grease Pole contest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; unlike the Eagles game, you are encouraged to try and climb these greased up poles! Eat food, food, and more food, while listening to live entertainment and participating in family-friendly events.| May 19-20. 11am-6pm. Free admission. Italian Market, 919 S. 9th St.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Take in the Spring weather, and head over to Rittenhouse for music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment, and food from some of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swankiest eateries. | May 19. Noon-5pm. Free admission. Rittenhouse Row.

Philly Beer Week Forget about the eventually summer bodies, and prep those beer bellies for an ultimate 10day celebration of, you guessed it, beer! Back for its 11th year, the annual celebration highlights Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impressive and acclaimed beer culture with tastings, lectures, and beer-pairing dinners. | June 1-10. Times vary. Prices vary. Locations vary.

Odunde Festival Celebrating its 43rd year, join the largest AfricanAmerican street festival on the East Coast. Building up to the festival, the week prior will be filled with events. The main day will begin with a spiritual procession to the Schuylkill River to ring in the Yoruba New Year. Afterward, dance it out to live music, and peruse vendors along South Street. | June 10. 10am-8pm. 23rd and South St. odundefestival. org

PrideDay Break out the rainbows, the pizzazz, and most importantly, the LGBT+ pride! Celebrating its 30th anniversary, party from the heart of the Gayborhood and throughout the city. After the parade, continue the fun with a festival at Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing with performances, live music, DJs, food, and drinks. | June 10. 11:30am. Free for parade. $15 for festival. Parade starts in the heart of the gayborhood. Festival is at Great Plaza at Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. 3+,/$'(/3+,$:((./<&20

them everywhere, from neighborhoods in deep South Philly to the far reaches of the Northeast. A lot of times itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just this unassuming tree in the middle of the block, and yet for a week or two out of the year, they are the most stunning things you have ever seen.â&#x20AC;? Flower spectators will be able to participate in a variety of daily activities around the city, but primarily at the nationally-ranked Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in West Fairmount Park. Ticket prices range from free to upward of $100 based on the event. Dilliplane stressed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to do as much as we can to keep it accessible and free where possible,â&#x20AC;? adding the festival provides discounted tickets for lower-income individuals and families. The festival will be replete with arts and crafts stations, cultural performances and demonstrations, dance classes, kimono dressings, ďŹ lm screenings, sushi-making classes, dining experiences, Sake Gardens, and more leading up to main events on Saturday and, everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite, Sakura Sunday. On Saturday, April 14, the day will begin with a 10K and 5K run in Fairmount Park. Among other happenings, Shofuso will host Nodate Tea Ceremonies, which unlike the traditional indoor setting, will take place outside, under the cherry blossoms. For Sakura Sunday, which amassed well over 15,000 people last year, friends, families, love birds, cosplayers, even furry friends can picnic outside the Horticulture Center for an afternoon full of Japanese culture. Aside from snacking under the white and pink trees, the day will also sport a Sushi Samurai of the Year Contest, Prettiest Pet in Pink Parade, Harajuku Fashion Show, Little Akiba Anime and Cosplay Area, and other interactive tidbits. With three stages at the Horticulture Center, Sakura Sunday will showcase an array of entertainment, including new acts to the festival, such as Molice â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dilliplane likens their aesthetic to the Beastie Boys circa 2009 Sabotage music video â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Japanese folk singer Aco Tomia. The stage also welcomes back the Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe from Tamagawa University in Machida, Tokyo. Dilliplane, who has been a part of the annual festival since 2010, is most excited about the new addition of a daily Sake Garden at Shofuso, in partnership with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parks on Tap initiative. Dilliplane noted that the Sake Garden evokes Hanami, the Japanese tradition of welcoming Spring. In Japan, people eat and drink outside to enjoy the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ&#x201A;eeting beauty, epitomized by cherry blossoms that only have a bloom cycle of about 14 days, according to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it's going to be a really cool addition to what we've been able to do and really bring an authentic cherry blossom viewing experience,â&#x20AC;? afďŹ rmed Dilliplane. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being outside, and having food and drink with friends, is a crucial part of the tradition in Japanese culture to celebrate cherry blossoms.â&#x20AC;? Q TWITTER: @ANDREAJCANTOR





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Were you able to use your phone during last month's Eagles parade? Because according to Verizon, they put plans in place to make sure you could.

Can you hear me now? Verizon Wireless boasts increased cell service along the Eagles parade route. However, many are calling BS

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just bafďŹ&#x201A;ed why they would put out a claim like that and so late after the parade,â&#x20AC;? said Dan Nolan, a contractor from Delaware County who drove in the night before for Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Verizon customer, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think that if anyone would have priority service itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be us as Verizon customers. I was down there with my son and we both have [Verizon] iPhones and we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get through all day. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just BS, man.â&#x20AC;? In a request for comment, David Weissmann who serves as Verizonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public relations manager in its Northeast market, told PW the campaign is a chance for customers to see its employees go above and beyond in providing a quality network. As it pertained to Verizon and Smallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim that Verizon was taking a charge in allowing parade-goers to use the actual network, Weissmann answered with the following via email: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Eagles Championship Parade was a historic moment for the city of Philadelphia. It also offered a unique challenge to mobile networks with so many people in the same place at the same time using their smartphones. While some users experienced intermittent issues during the parade, that doesn't take away from the preparation highlighted in the video, including boosting small cells and bringing in a temporary cell site, to help ensure the best possible experience.â&#x20AC;? I mean, it kinda does if all that preparation really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change much, no? It should be noted that in addition to the sheer number of people vying for a sliver of service at the same time, Verizonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempt at a good deed may have been hindered by the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OfďŹ ce of Emergency Management. The city offered real time updates on the parade route, transportation and other timing to people who sent EAGLESPARADE to 888-777, and to many seemed to be the only messaging that was coming in that day. But whether the city jammed cell service to get its messaging across remains to be seen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those were the only texts that came through for me,â&#x20AC;? said Nolan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m telling you it felt like until we were a couple miles away from the parade were we able to send and receive messages and even make phone calls. Again, man, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take away



tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to ďŹ nd anything to complain about during the fullday love fest that was the Eagles parade. In fact, if you had to dig deep perhaps the only gripe is that during that day cell phone service was rendered useless for the millions in attendance. The sheer of number of people trying to send photos, videos and texts made sending anything of the sort in real time an impossibility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the worst, my family couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell if I was dead or alive,â&#x20AC;? said Mark Sandiman, 28, who along with his four friends stationed themselves along 24th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the festivities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that I needed them for anything, I just thought that, God forbid, there was a legit emergency, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have no way of knowing if we were OK.â&#x20AC;? However, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not true according to the folks at Verizon Wireless, who as part of their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best for a Good Reasonâ&#x20AC;? campaign, created a video priding itself on being at the ready to assist in providing additional cell service, boosting small cells and even bringing in a mobile cell tower to combat a blackout. The video entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eagles Parade | Best for a good reason.â&#x20AC;? lives as sponsored social media posts and as a :35 second video on the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s YouTube channel. Within it, a man named Andy Small, and an engineer for Verizon, claims the following: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if the Eagles would win, but we knew weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to be prepared if they did. So when a million fans came down to the parade, we added network capacity with portable cell towers



With these comments left on Verizon's Instagram account, it's no surprise that the company disabled comments on its YouTube video. and small cell nodes along the route to get the city ready.â&#x20AC;? The claim didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sit well with those who attended parade who took to the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Instagram page to throw some serious heat. So much so, that the company disabled comments on its YouTube video.

from the day, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be one weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget, but it is funny that Verizon is trying to take credit from something that just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t true.â&#x20AC;? Q TWITTER: @SPRTSWTR


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Sarah McBride made history in 2016 as the ďŹ rst openly transgender American to address a major party convention. One of the ďŹ rst transgender people to work at the White House, she helped inďŹ&#x201A;uence the Obama administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stances on trans issues, served as an aide to Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, and currently serves as national press secretary at the Human Rights Campaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tomorrow Will Be Differentâ&#x20AC;? takes a deep dive into her tale of love, loss and accomplishment as a doorway to a larger discussion of identity and LGBTQ rights. | 7:309pm. Free. Free Library of Philadelphia,1901 Vine St.

Brothers Wine Company, delicious hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and food, open bar, desserts from Termini Brothers, rafďŹ&#x201A;e and a silent auction. Cuddle adoptable animals and help make Philadelphia a better place for at-risk youth and shelter animals. All of the proceeds will go toward programs for youth and animals. | 5:30-8pm. $50. Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St.



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St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Parade Where else to celebrate St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day than in a city thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already beaming with green pride? So wear out your Eagles jersey or other green clothes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unless you want to get pinched â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and join the festivities that honor St. Patrick and Irish culture. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Patrick, Bless Those who Respond to the Call of the Needy.â&#x20AC;? While St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is ofďŹ cially on March 17, the annual parade is a great kickoff for the upcoming St. Pattyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events in Philly. More than 245 years of St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Parade experience, Philly has it down pat for St. Pat. Come see ďŹ&#x201A;oats, Irish dancers, bagpipe players, and whole lot of green throughout the city streets.


Free Philadelphia Art Week

Support your local art scene! Featuring art from 40 different artists working and residing in Philadelphia, the exhibit runs through Sunday March 11th. In an intimate gallery setting, viewers will be able to experience art and meet different artists each night. | 6-9pm. Free. Olo Solo Gallery, 5031 Baltimore Ave.


In the spirit of the holiday, participants can come early at 9am to Saint Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church for Commemorative Parade Mass. Before Mass, the procession of the Grand Marshal and the Board Members will be led by the Emerald Society Pipe Band where the Irish and American national anthems will be sung. Just remember, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daylight Savings, so set those clocks one hour ahead. Sunday, March 11, Noon-3pm. Free. Parade starts at 20th and JFK, passes City Hall, down Market Street, and ends at Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing. Performance area will be located by Independence Hall.


The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Festival 2018 Preview Party!

Ok movie lovers, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support the women ďŹ lm and entertainment industry. Preview of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to come in The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Festival March 16-24. Enjoy complimentary hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, drink specials, networking opportunities and a glimpse of the ďŹ lms for 2018! | 6-9pm. Free. Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti, 212 Walnut St.ďŹ lm-festival

The disciplines of art and yoga share much in common: intrinsic vision, an exploration of the creative mind and a deep adoration of the human experience. Explore these themes both on the yoga mats and in the art gallery exhibition. ReďŹ&#x201A;ect upon how movement, breath and mindfulness can spark the creative impulse that lies within each of us. | 6pm. $10. Urban Art Gallery, 262 S. 52nd St. pop-up-yoga-art-ďŹ&#x201A;ow-tickets-38586431054


Educatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night at the Top

Teachers deserve a treat for their hard work. Enjoy free admission for educators and one additional guest, plus a guided tour of the observation deck. With views this breathtaking, even your students would look up from their iPhones for more than 30 seconds. | 3:30pm. Free. One Liberty Observation Deck,1650 Market St. phillyfromthetop.


Sip N Drool: A Pawsitively Awesome Fundraiser for Hand2Paw

Had a â&#x20AC;&#x153;ruffâ&#x20AC;? day? Put some pep in your step by doing good while having a great time. Enjoy a wine tasting from the famous Moore

The Swing Social with Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society

Swing into Thursday with award-winning jazz band Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society for the monthly event full of Swing, Charleston, and Lindy Hop in the traditional 1920â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style. Every second Thursday of the month, come for a dance lesson. Then put your newly acquired moves to the test at the social with games, contests and a wild period dance party! | 8-11pm. Prices vary. National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St. the-swing-social


Parkway 100: Lots to Love About the Parkway

Philly newbies, transplants, and long-timers, get ready to learn about the city like never before with Irene Levy Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die.â&#x20AC;? In honor of Parkway 100, the author will highlight attractions to LOVE on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. She will also be signing copies of her book that will help anyone build a bucket list for a long time to come. | 6-8pm. Free admission. Park Towne Place, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.



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Black Swan

For an evening of beauty, come see opening night of ballet classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swan Lake.â&#x20AC;? Set to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical score, watch as a young prince falls in love with a beautiful swan, but is tricked into pledging his love for another. The performance runs through March 18. | 7:30pm. Price varies. Academy Of Music, 240 S Broad St.



Fido Friday at the Philadelphia Flower Show The Peking Acrobats

Defying gravity, this elite, world recordsetting troupe wows with spellbinding trickcycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics. With live music and festive costumes, they transform centuries-old traditions into a modern kaleidoscope of dazzling movement, pushing the limits of human ability. | 7pm. Prices vary. Annenberg Center Live, 3680 Walnut St. event


East Passyunk Restaurant Week Best of Broadway Foodies, this is your last day to save major bucks at 26 of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award-winning restaurants. With pre-ďŹ xe lunches and dinners at discounted prices, you will be able to make both your tummy and your wallet happy. | Times vary. Locations vary throughout East Passyunk. $15, $25, $35.


OK, you Broadway babies, Philly POPS is bringing you all the musical hits you love. Broadway stars Debbie Gravitte, Susan Egan, and Christopher Seiber as well as conductor Todd Ellison will give you a night of that old razzle dazzle. | 8-10:15pm. Prices vary. The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St.

Always wanted to make your kitchen smell like a bakery? Learn how to cultivate and maintain a sourdough starter, develop recipes, and properly prep and cook the dough, all in a way thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designed for the home bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s setup. All participants of this workshop will receive 30 percent off any beverage for the evening. | 3-5pm. $50. La Colombe Fishtown Cafe, 1335 Frankford Ave.



The Historic Fairmount Water Works: Inside & Out

Tour the Fairmount Water Works â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a National Historic Landmark, Civil Engineering Landmark, and National Mechanical Engineering Landmark â&#x20AC;&#x201C; beginning outdoors on the grounds (weather permitting). FWWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour guide extraordinaire, Ken Hinde, will then take you inside the Revival buildings for a journey into todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interpretive center, connecting the Water Worksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; past and present purpose. | 4pm. Free. Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Dr. eventbrite. com/e/the-historic-fairmount

Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier contemporary ballet company presents its Spring Series 2018 through March 18. The series features world premieres by Darrell Grand Moultrie and Trey McIntyre, as well as the return of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Increasingâ&#x20AC;? (2014) by Matthew Neenan, BalletX co-founder. | 8pm. Price varies. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. seasons/spring-series-2018/

Sourdough Workshop

Want to go to the Flower Show, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave the pup at home? Once a year the Convention Center opens its doors to furry friends to experience the fabulous ďŹ&#x201A;ora at the Philadelphia Flower Show. For a barking good time, bring your dog, and add a variety of fauna to the mix! Although there will be tempting grassy patches at the ďŹ&#x201A;ower show, dogs are not permitted to urinate on the displays. | 6-9pm. $35 at the door. Philadelphia Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. events/247124896/

Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show

Planning your 2018 trip, but have no idea where to go or where to stay? Meet thousands of destination experts representing the top vacation spots from around the globe who can help you ďŹ nd, plan, book and save big on your next trip. The show will run through Sunday, where you can meet travel celebrities, taste cuisines, enjoy cultural performances, and participate in hands-on activates. | 10am5pm. Prices vary. Pennsylvania Convention Center - HALL D, 1101 Arch St. eventbrite. com/e/2018-philadelphia-travel-adventureshow-tickets-37541269949?aff=tsweb



â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marie Antoinetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Come to the closing night of the contemporary take on famed queen of France, Marie Antoinette. In this dark and humorous tale, Marie consorts with kings, lovers, and the occasional sheep, while the chants of â&#x20AC;&#x153;LibertĂŠ, EgalitĂŠ, FraternitĂŠ!â&#x20AC;? ďŹ ll the streets. | 8pm. $30 adults. $25 seniors. $20 students. Curio The-

Music in the Galleries: More Than Meets the Eye

Take in the sounds and sights of the arts. Experience the visuals of revolutionary artist Marcel Duchamp while listening to contemporary ďŹ&#x201A;ute music performed by Emma Resmini. | 1:30pm, 2:15pm. Free with general admission. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.



Big Beers & Bigger Planters Workshop

Want something to brighten up your space? Why not welcome in some plant babies! Select a vessel from a variety of vintage planters and assorted succulents. Plus, you get the added bonus of bigger planters and a second succulent. | 7-8:30pm. $20. Frankford Hall 1210 Frankford Ave.


Beyond Mimosas - Johnny Appleseed Edition

You know the old saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;an apple a day keeps the doctor away.â&#x20AC;? Explore the world of breakfast and brunch cocktails beyond the traditional Mimosa or Bellini. During this hands-on cocktail class, you will make and sample four libations crafted to be enjoyed during the early hours of the day. For this March edition of the class, celebrate Johnny Appleseed and apple-based libations! | 11am-1pm. $25. Alchemist Society, 1100 N. Front St.


Drag Diva Brunch Valentines Special

Sashay on over to the Drag Diva Brunch hosted by the incomparable Mimi Imfurst. Your ticket gets you brunch, an adult beverage and entertainment by a whole cast of fab drag performers. All ages are allowed, but adult humor and language may be a part of the sometimes naughty, never raunchy, show. | 11am. $30. Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.


sound and cost-effective option for families. The workshop will include information about how to get started with cloth diapering, the range of products that are available, and how to choose and care for these products. | 5-7pm. Free. The Nesting House, 1605 E. Passyunk Ave.

ness. | 1-5pm. $15, general admission. $10, seniors and students. The Colored Girls Museum, 4613 Newhall St. urgent-care


Wissahickon Warriors Yoga

Get into warrior pose, and tap into your inner chi. Bring a mat for this all-levels yoga session. Enjoy a vinyasa ďŹ&#x201A;ow and post-class pint. | Noon-1pm. $12. Wissahickon Brewing Company, 3705 W. School House Lane.




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Sit back and watch some Philly talent, or get up on stage and show your skills. For a night about local entertainment, winners of the open mics will get a chance to play the big stage at MilkBoy Chestnut. | 7-11pm. Free. MilkBoy South St., 401 South St.

What does safety mean to you? Artist Alisha Adams will host a series of fabric painting and writing workshops focusing on the theme of safety, and what it means for each participant. | 10am. Free. Kensington Storefront, 2774 Kensington Ave. program/porch-light/kensington-storefront/


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The Colored Girls Museum Kicks off Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month with Part Two of Urgent Care A Social Care Experience. Explore the idea of a cultural institution as a revolutionary healthcare facility. Each room transforms into healing spaces through the presence of patients/patrons who alter shared physical spaces through individual and family histories, relationships with disability and sickness, and ability to see others in their full-


Dual Face | Dwimuka

A gesture. A smile. A costume. All deďŹ ne our identity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or do they? Renowned Indonesian cross-gender dancer Didik Nini Thowok creates a radiant and insightful artistic world in a one-night-only event. | 7-9pm. $20, general admission. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St.

Last chance to check out the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kiefer Rodinâ&#x20AC;? exhibit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kiefer Rodinâ&#x20AC;? presents new works by renowned German artist Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945) inspired by the sculptures, drawings, and writings of French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1917). Organized with the MusĂŠe Rodin, Paris, the exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Rodinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death and is part of a worldwide series of tributes to the artist. | 11am-5pm. $30, adults. Discount pricing available. Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. barnesfoundation. org



six city-dwelling strangers embark on a silent retreat. As they struggle to confront their internal demons - both profound and absurd-their vows of silence collide with their achingly human need to connect. The show runs through April 1. | 7pm. Prices vary. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. philadelphiatheatrecompany. org


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How I Met Your Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Trivia

Ready for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;legendaryâ&#x20AC;? night? Suit up for ďŹ ve rounds of questions that will be more fun than Slapsgiving. Be like Barney and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;challenge acceptedâ&#x20AC;?! | 8-11pm. Free. Punchline Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.


Science After Hours: Cosmos

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get lost in the cosmos. Shake up the night with stars, nebulae and distant galaxies served on the rocks. Garnish it with a slice of science ďŹ ction and toast to the cosmos. Cheers! | 7-10pm. $20, general admission. $15, members. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. bit. ly/2ods5GV


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Noises Offâ&#x20AC;?

Brace yourself for comic chaos with the riproaring play within a play. Come see the opening night of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Noises Offâ&#x20AC;? that centers on its own opening night performance of the farce â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing On.â&#x20AC;? Although the performance is just hours away, the cast is in complete mayhem with lines being forgotten, love triangles unraveling and sardines ďŹ&#x201A;ying everywhere. Can the cast pull itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s act together? The show runs through April 29. | 8pm. Prices vary. Walnut Street Theater, 825 Walnut St.


Magically Delicious & Trust The Process Can Release!

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the magical part of a complete St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day! Magically Delicious is 7.2 percent hazy oatmeal IPA brewed with oats, lactose and Lucky Charms cereal, and hopped with Mosaic & Chinook. | 4-11pm. Free admission. Evil Genius, 1727 N. Front St. evil-genius-beercompany


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Small Mouth Soundsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Come to the opening night of the funny play that asks how we address lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest questions when words fail us. In the quiet of the woods,


The InLiquid Gallery Grand Opening Reception

Join InLiquid for the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;rescheduledâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Grand Opening (due to the Eagles parade) of the permanent gallery. The reception will feature cocktails, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and beer provided by Philadelphia Brewing Company. During the reception, explore our March exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entrances and Exits,â&#x20AC;? a show that takes a playful approach to surface and the picture plane. | 6-8pm. Free. Crane Arts - Studio 108, 1400 N. American St.


Toni Morrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Bluest Eyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Based off of Toni Morrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic novel, the story follows a young black girl growing up in the 1940s who wants nothing more than Shirley Templeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes so she can be loved. The show is a powerful adaptation of racism and an era of change. The show runs through April 1. | 2pm, 6:30pm. Price varies. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.


Shakespeare & Race

Join Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scholar-in-residence, Dr. Annalisa Castaldo, to look at all the different ways Shakespeare presented race in his plays. Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s England was a profoundly xenophobic culture, with most people considering the Irish an entirely different race than the English, never mind people from Africa or the New World. As acceptance and equal treatment have become hallmarks of modern Western thought, Shakespeare has been conceived of as a humanist who transcended his cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biases, but is that always true? | 6-7pm. Free with advance registration. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. web.ovationtix. com/trs/pr/980578


All Things Irish Quizzo

Are you ready to wear your green, and show your Irish pride? Quizmaster Jack hosts a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Irish Quizzoâ&#x20AC;? as a lead in to St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Put your knowledge to the test. Who knows, maybe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd a four-leaf clover and get lucky! | 8-10pm. Free. The Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Ave.


Paint Nite at The Field House

Spring is in the air, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take some time for #SpringTimeReďŹ&#x201A;ections. Relax after a long day of work, and get painting! All levels are welcome. Participants will be guided through the painting by artist Henry Martin. | 7-9pm. $45. Field House, 1150 Filbert St. paintnite. com/events/spring

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ghostbustersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cult Movie Night & Trivia

For a fun time, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters of course! Play trivia about the 1984 American supernatural comedy ďŹ lm. After the game, watch the cult classic. | 6pm. Free. TLA, 334 South St.

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Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the TLDR version of politics, policy and power in the City of Philadelphia right now. City Council members have been pumping the brakes on the process. The linchpins here are securing both an agreeable location and the private funding. Conservatively, any such facility likely wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open until at least September â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but more likely later.

CONGRESSIONAL MADNESS Where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at: After a litigious, drawnout battle, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently released a redrawn map of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s congressional districts, throwing the upcoming May primary into complete chaos. Philly has essentially gone from having three to two districts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and aspiring congressional members have been forced to re-announce their candidacies in new districts. What to watch for: A half a dozen candidates have re-announced their congressional ambitions in one of the newly redrawn districts. At least one Philly candidate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kenneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former labor aide Rich Lazer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has moved to a predominantly suburban Delaware County district. U.S. Rep Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) will face challengers as he runs for reelection, as well as U.S. Rep. Brandon Boyle, whose district now includes Montgomery County.

PHILLY TO HARRISBURG Where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at: Dozens of Pennsylvania state legislators are up for reelection, and challengers in every corner of the city have jumped into the race. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot to keep track of â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the stakes seem low compared to the congressional ďŹ eld â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but nonetheless, there are a few standout races. What to watch for: The most contested battles so far appear to be South Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 184th District and in the River Wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 177th District. In both of these, political outsiders â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some of them emboldened by insurgent upsets from District Attorney Larry Krasner and City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart â&#x20AC;&#x201C; have launched out to take over seats long held by Democratic insiders. But both incumbents here are either mulling retirement or not seeking reelection, and there are nearly a dozen Democratic candidates in the running between their two seats. Q TWITTER: @MAXMMARIN




Members of the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative took to the streets recently to call out the executives and business practices of Philadelphia FIGHT, a health center in the heart of the Gayborhood.

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hani Akilah, co-founder of Black and Brown Workers Cooperative (BBWC, formerly known as Black and Brown Workers Collective), states they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;not here to dismantleâ&#x20AC;? Philadelphia FIGHT, the community health center that provides services to many low-income, HIV-positive and at-risk groups. They are, however, here to â&#x20AC;&#x153;reclaim space.â&#x20AC;? Akilah is one of the organizers of the press conference BBWC held outside Philadelphia FIGHTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gayborhood location on March 1. Along with other activists, Akilah spoke about what they call the failed leadership of the health centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current CEO, Jane Shull, and the need for the election of new leaders who better represent the population being served. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those who are most impacted should be doing the leading,â&#x20AC;? says Akilah. Gathered on the corner of 12th and Lombard, protesters read prepared statements to a small assembled crowd of press and supporters. Johanna James of the Womanist Working Collective was one of the speakers, saying her group â&#x20AC;&#x153;looks forward to [Shullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] resignation and the active removal of white supremacy from your organization.â&#x20AC;?



In an interview with PW, James said she was present at the press conference â&#x20AC;&#x153;in solidarity.â&#x20AC;? She called upon allies to â&#x20AC;&#x153;stop and listenâ&#x20AC;?

because â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to be more inclusive, considerate and empathetic when people of color say there is an issue.â&#x20AC;? WWC issued a statement in solidarity with the protest, as did workers from West Philadelphia Community Health. BBWC prepared a two-page document, claiming the medical center â&#x20AC;&#x153;has created and enforced a violent workplace that currently disproportionately and adversely affects Black women (both cisgender and transgender),â&#x20AC;? including a 12-point list of accusations of racism and 10-point list of demands. The document ends with the statement that â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Board has until the end of business on March 14 to respond to the above demands.â&#x20AC;? The document was then delivered to Shullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant by protest supporter Tommy Atz. Atz, who previously worked in HIV testing for more than 10 years at a different organization, said he chose to participate because â&#x20AC;&#x153;this supports my well-being; racism doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just affect people of color.â&#x20AC;? Representatives of Philadelphia FIGHT declined a request for comment in response to the March 1 press conference. This was the latest in the ongoing saga of accusations against FIGHT by the activist group. The controversy between the two organizations dates back years, but accelerated recently with including a call for Shullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resignation, as well as that of medical director Karam Mounzer. In response to the October 2016 public hearing on Gayborhood racism held by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, an inquiry was launched into practices at Gayborhood bars and businesses. FIGHT was among the organizations accused of discriminatory treatment of employees and mandated to receive racial sensitivity training. FIGHT leadership has maintained that it is a diverse employer and champion of equality. On Feb. 26 of this year, a group of FIGHT board members, staff and patients protested at the ofďŹ ces of the PCHR demanding the health agency not be â&#x20AC;&#x153;shut downâ&#x20AC;? and that PCHR remove its Gayborhood racism report from its website. Yet some employees insist there is still much work to be done to improve race relations in the organization. On Jan. 18, FIGHT employee Elisabeth Long sent a farewell email to her fellow employees alleging â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my time here, I have seen the labor of Black staff systemically invisibilized, undervalued and underpaid.â&#x20AC;? FIGHT refuted Longâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims in a Feb. 14 press release disavowing any groups that they claim are trying to â&#x20AC;&#x153;distort, denigrate, or in any otherwise deny the validity of the work that FIGHT continues to do,â&#x20AC;? and that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we will continue to be here for our patients, our clients, and the participants in our outreach programs. We will not abandon the people who depend on us.â&#x20AC;? Q TWITTER: @TIMAREE_LEIGH





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OPEN SATURDAY 12 - 2 OPEN SUNDAY 1 - 3 1018 & 1020 Hyde Street Stunning, new row homes designed with a fresh approach to contemporary sophistication. These homes feature 10 ft ceilings, state-of-the-art kitchens with quartz counters, large windows, 5â&#x20AC;? oak hardwood floors, glass railings, and private roof decks with stunning views! 1 and 2-car parking! 10 Year tax abatement approved

From $649,000 SOCIETY HILL 2 Units for sale! Beautiful mid-modern, 1 bedroom condominiums featuring nice hardwood floors, updated kitchens, spacious living areas, and lots of storage spaces. Outdoor swimming pool and deeded parking in garage included! These condos offer security and comfort in a gated community

From $349,900 UNDER CONTRACT GRADUATE HOSPITAL Stunning, renovated home featuring a chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen with state-of-the-art Whirlpool appliances and quartz counters, hardwood floors, high ceilings with recessed lighting, an electronic skylight, and a rear decked yard with space for gardening. 10 Year tax abatement approved. 3 BR, 2.5 Baths




JUST REDUCED 418 Pennsdale St, Manayunk

4 Bed/2.1 Bath; 1649 sq ft Traditional $409,000

241 Indian Creek Rd, Wynnewood


1 Bed/1 Bath; 1,343 sq ft Condo $315,000

3 Bed/3.1 Bath; 2,535 sq ft End Row $375,000

705 Conshohocken St Rd, Bala Cynwyd

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BELLA VISTA This total renovation was custom designed with skill, purpose and quality. This spacious, functional, visually appealing oasis features gorgeous Canadian maple hardwood floors and a beautiful kitchen with a farmhouse sink and quartz counters. Spectacular 360 degree unobstructed views from your large and private rooftop deck. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths

$539,000 UNDER CONTRACT FRANCISVILLE Stunning new construction condo featuring a custom kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, a video intercom system with key fob entry, a speaker system including outdoor speakers, 5â&#x20AC;? high-end engineered wood floors, 9 ft ceilings throughout, and a spacious backyard. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths

$345,000 OPEN SATURDAY 11 - 1 432 Gaskill Street Stunning new construction home featuring an open concept living and dining space with dark hardwood floors and a beautiful European kitchen with quartz counters. This home offers a built-in speaker system, a built-in smart home system, and a WIFI-booster throughout. Enjoy all 4 outdoor spaces and a 1-car garage. 10 Year tax abatemen



781 S. 2ND STREET THE CASTLE IN CANDLE COURT QUEEN VILLAGE SPECTACULAR FURNISHED HOME WITH ONE CAR PARKING. $4,000/MONTH Recently renovated and furnished by one of the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leading Interior Designers. This unique 2 bedroom, one and half spa bath (the main bath is 2nd to none) is tucked away in a private spectacular European like cobblestone courtyard. Windows surround, great light, a ďŹ replace, 10 to 22 ft. dramatic ceiling heights incredible to display your art. There is also a deck and lovely garden. This home is beautifully equipped from soup to nuts all you need to bring is your toothbrush.

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