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We have to acknowledge that a big part of this idea, that ‘Malcom isn’t viable,’ is based on nothing. People believing a...
04/10/2022

We have to acknowledge that a big part of this idea, that ‘Malcom isn’t viable,’ is based on nothing. People believing a false version of reality, that everybody was racist and homophobic. And, you know, Pennsylvania is so much better than that. That is not what Pennsylvania is, not in our small rural communities, not in our major cities. People are ready to have bold leadership more than the cynics would have you believe.

The PW Interview: Malcolm Kenyatta talks about his run against John Fetterman and Conor Lamb for the U.S. Senate.

Few things bring us together faster than similar interests. Even more so, fewer things can bring so many different types...
04/09/2022

Few things bring us together faster than similar interests. Even more so, fewer things can bring so many different types of people together more effectively than shared fandom. No matter who you are, where you live or what you worship, a bond among fans often bridges all differences.

You’re always among family when you’re a part of positive fan communities.

As time has gone by, we find ourselves fixated on aspects of Black film that have transcended the work and penetrated th...
04/09/2022

As time has gone by, we find ourselves fixated on aspects of Black film that have transcended the work and penetrated the culture. Lately, we’ve been referring to those images as a “Denzel Tear.”

Truth be told, this conversation about Black iconography and what makes an image memorable is just part of one that’s been ongoing for years.

What's the best place for a first date in Philly? Got a good idea? Email len@philadelphiaweekly.com and let us know your...
04/09/2022

What's the best place for a first date in Philly?

Got a good idea? Email [email protected] and let us know your favorites.

The Philadelphia Weekly event calendar for March 31, 2022 to April 10, 20

Baseball season officially begins in Philadelphia this weekend, but this is no ordinary opening for the Phillies. Tomorr...
04/08/2022

Baseball season officially begins in Philadelphia this weekend, but this is no ordinary opening for the Phillies. Tomorrow brings a rivalry 121 years in the making, as the Oakland A’s - originally the Philadelphia Athletics - come to town for a three-game series.

This weekend brings a rivalry 121 years in the making, as the Oakland A’s - originally the Philadelphia Athletics - come to town for a three-game series.

"I was so astounded at the response I got from my fans; the impact that “Mulan” had on so many. Wow, it was tremendous. ...
04/08/2022

"I was so astounded at the response I got from my fans; the impact that “Mulan” had on so many. Wow, it was tremendous. Agent May or any of these other roles that I’ve done, whether it was in “ER” or “Joy Luck”; it wasn’t even like science fiction fantasy stuff. It was just the body of work and, you know, some of them would cry, like I was like one of the Beatles or something, you know? I was just really moved by it. And so I love going to the conventions and meeting everyone. It’s such a happy moment and that’s why I keep doing it."

Ming-Na Wen talks about Hacks, Young Sheldon, Star Wars, and fandom.

We talk to Cassandra Dee about Delco, influences, stage names, and why she hopes that if people see her telling jokes ab...
04/08/2022

We talk to Cassandra Dee about Delco, influences, stage names, and why she hopes that if people see her telling jokes about depression, su***de and bullying, they will feel less alone.

We talk about Delco, stage names, and comedy.

Meet the classically trained artist-turned pro domme and kink activist who is making Philly better for kinksters.
04/08/2022

Meet the classically trained artist-turned pro domme and kink activist who is making Philly better for kinksters.

The tale as old as time.The classically trained artist-turned pro domme and kink activist who is making Philly better for kinksters

It seems like everyone is gardening these days. But if you live in the city, you could be short on space. Maybe you have...
04/07/2022

It seems like everyone is gardening these days. But if you live in the city, you could be short on space. Maybe you have a strip of land, a community garden, a pot on a stoop, or just a windowsill. Whatever your space, you can grow something if you grow something in a container.

Thanks to PHS : Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for the tips!

Limited space? Try thrillers, fillers, and spillers.

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04/07/2022

Your weekly event calendar has landed!

The Philadelphia Weekly event calendar for March 31, 2022 to April 10, 20

Philadelphia is home to Carousel House, the first city-funded disability rec center in the country. Construction was com...
04/07/2022

Philadelphia is home to Carousel House, the first city-funded disability rec center in the country. Construction was completed in 1987, and now, at the tender age of 35 years old, it is being demolished.

Why Every City Should Be Completely Accessible

Today we’re introducing you to one of the most well-known nonprofits in our city, Philabundance, whose mission to tackle...
04/05/2022

Today we’re introducing you to one of the most well-known nonprofits in our city, Philabundance, whose mission to tackle the root causes of hunger has made a big impact in Philadelphia.

Today we’re introducing you to one of the most well-known nonprofits in our city, Philabundance.

A newer Ethiopian restaurant in West Philly offers culinary favorites, along with an atmosphere that matches the neighbo...
04/05/2022

A newer Ethiopian restaurant in West Philly offers culinary favorites, along with an atmosphere that matches the neighborhood’s collective spirit.

04/04/2022
How can reading about the end of mankind feel like a snuggly blanket? Well, from novels like Emily St. John Mandel’s acc...
04/03/2022

How can reading about the end of mankind feel like a snuggly blanket? Well, from novels like Emily St. John Mandel’s acclaimed “Station Eleven” to local author Chuck Wendig’s epic “Wanderers,” stories set when the world is crumbling apart often allow us to see humanity at its best … even while facing down the worst.

A Philadelphia realtor just published one of the most stunning Young Adult novels of the year. Meet Erik J. Brown.

Reader question:I’ve read a lot about talking to kids about s*x, but mostly it’s aimed at people who have small children...
04/03/2022

Reader question:

I’ve read a lot about talking to kids about s*x, but mostly it’s aimed at people who have small children, so I’m hoping you can help. My husband and I share custody of my 15-year-old daughter with my ex. Generally, we can all get along and our daughter has no doubt she is loved by all of us.

About 6 months ago, she started dating a female friend of hers. We were all fine with her dating a girl, but we were forced to have a conversation about knowingly allowing her to have intimacy in our house. They had been friends for a while and had already had sleepovers when my daughter revealed they were dating. My husband and I agreed that it’s pretty much impossible to prevent a motivated teen from having s*x, and that it’s much better to make it safe for her to be honest with us. My ex wasn’t super concerned, although they didn’t stay over at his place together much anyway.

A month or so ago our daughter and her girlfriend broke up, which she took pretty hard until she started seeing a boy in the grade ahead of her. She likes him a lot and understandably wants the same privacy with him that she was allowed before. He seems like a nice boy but my husband and my ex are both very opposed to letting him stay the night.

I don’t know what the right thing to do is here. I’d like to think we’re progressive and raising her to be honest with us and s*x-positive, but I can’t get over whatever social programming it is that tells me I should treat this relationship differently. What’s the modern parent supposed to do in this situation?

I don’t know what the right thing to do is here. What’s the modern parent supposed to do in this situation

Making your weekend plans? We can help.
04/02/2022

Making your weekend plans? We can help.

The Philadelphia Weekly event calendar for March 31, 2022 to April 10, 20

45 years after the premiere of Eraserhead, artist and filmmaker David Lynch speaks to Philadelphia Weekly in a rare inte...
04/01/2022

45 years after the premiere of Eraserhead, artist and filmmaker David Lynch speaks to Philadelphia Weekly in a rare interview about how the city was an influence on his artistic life.

How Philadelphia inspired one of film’s most unique voices

When most of these cemeteries were established, they were designed like parks for folks to visit, perhaps with a picnic ...
03/28/2022

When most of these cemeteries were established, they were designed like parks for folks to visit, perhaps with a picnic lunch, enjoying their lives amongst beautiful trees and flowers while giving tribute to those who were gone.

Three of Philadelphia’s historic cemeteries.

The 2022 live music and event calendar is rapidly filling up with artists from all over the world. We thought this would...
03/26/2022

The 2022 live music and event calendar is rapidly filling up with artists from all over the world. We thought this would be an excellent opportunity to offer a refresher on some of Philadelphia’s live music venues.

Philadelphia’s well- (and not as well) known live music venues

Have you seen The Batman? What did you think?
03/25/2022

Have you seen The Batman? What did you think?

This is a new iteration of DC Comics’ caped crusader and, in many ways, the truest screen interpretation of the hero as he has been seen in the comic books since 1939.

Reader question: My girlfriend and I have been together for about 4 years and everything is generally really good with u...
03/25/2022

Reader question: My girlfriend and I have been together for about 4 years and everything is generally really good with us. I’m not afraid to talk honestly with her and we’re good at communicating on most things.

But I have one nagging concern. I’m a straight man and she’s bis*xual, which is something she has been open about with me since the beginning. We’re monogamous and have discussed that we both prefer to keep it that way, as we would both be uncomfortable with the other person doing things separately or having group s*x. But I can’t help but feel like I’m keeping her from living her full life.

We talked about what p**n we watch the other night and she revealed that she only watches le***an p**n. I don’t mind that she watches p**n — I do too. But I’m worried that she feels like she’s missing out on something or that I’m not enough. Am I being unrealistic about us being monogamous? Should I encourage her to try to hook up with a woman?

The tale as old as time.

Meet Alex London, a genre defying children’s book author creating inclusive, beautiful worlds for kids.
03/25/2022

Meet Alex London, a genre defying children’s book author creating inclusive, beautiful worlds for kids.

Mt. Airy is Home to One of Philadelphia’s Most Prolific Writers

Wondering what to do this weekend? We can help.
03/24/2022

Wondering what to do this weekend? We can help.

The Philadelphia Weekly event calendar for March 24, 2022 to March 29, 2022

If your block turned into honey, what would it taste like? Ever tried a drizzle of North Philly on your pancakes? These ...
03/24/2022

If your block turned into honey, what would it taste like? Ever tried a drizzle of North Philly on your pancakes? These locally made sweeteners uncover a hidden world of trees and bees, offering a spoonful of medicine for our troubled times.

Hat tip to Oak Lane Maple, Bee Creek and Philadelphia Bee Co.

Locally made sweeteners remind us to savor our connection to Philly’s green spaces—and to each other.

Hey Philly. You've seen our nonprofit spotlight, Doing Good, for Philly Goat Project and Why Not Prosper, Inc.. What cha...
03/23/2022

Hey Philly. You've seen our nonprofit spotlight, Doing Good, for Philly Goat Project and Why Not Prosper, Inc.. What charity should we introduce Philadelphia to next? Who is doing good in your world?

A nonprofit spotlight

In a time when I and many others are trying to cautiously re-enter the world, Backing Track at The Arden Theatre Company...
03/23/2022

In a time when I and many others are trying to cautiously re-enter the world, Backing Track at The Arden Theatre Company reminds us that the most difficult and confusing times are best faced side by side.

Doing so using karaoke and “Titanic” is optional, but strongly encouraged.

A world premiere with “cabaroke” and heart.

Reader question: I don’t know where to start. Basically: I’m interested, but nervous, about trying a**l s*x.
03/22/2022

Reader question: I don’t know where to start. Basically: I’m interested, but nervous, about trying a**l s*x.

Conducting oral history interviews is a wonderful way to capture the stories of family and friends for future generation...
03/22/2022

Conducting oral history interviews is a wonderful way to capture the stories of family and friends for future generations. Sit back, listen, and enjoy being regaled with lived history (but only after you hit record!).

Recording an oral history isn’t as simple as sitting down with someone and hitting record; it requires forethought and planning.

How did Science History Institute get from the uncertainty of the pandemic to a new exhibit?
03/20/2022

How did Science History Institute get from the uncertainty of the pandemic to a new exhibit?

By Elisabeth Berry Drago, Guest Contributor When the City of Philadelphia declared a lockdown on March 16th, 2020, our museum — like all local museums — was immediately shuttered. We took our signboard inside and closed the doors. They wouldn’t reopen for more than a year. What is a museum, wi...

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Philadelphia, perhaps America’s most historic city, is experiencing a period of seismic growth and change. As neighborhoods evolve and the constellation of human interaction grows, fewer voices than ever before are recording and reflecting these monumental shifts amongst the city and its denizens.

City dwellers who don’t simply identify as Philadelphians, but those who feel as much a part of the city as the Magic Gardens or Reading Terminal Market, look to Philadelphia’s news sources to discover what’s happening in their city. Yet they’re either met with thin exposure of the things that matter most or vacuous clickbait. Uninformed about the transformative issues defining their communities, these residents struggle to form connections to their neighborhoods and to understand the part they play in enriching, improving, and supporting their city — their identity.

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