Archive for February 12th, 2013

This Evening: Book It

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

>>> Building on her career as a New York Times Best Book of the Year winner and Pulitzer finalist (for Swamplandia!), the now-local Karen Russell will be appearing at the Free Library’s Central Branch, behind her new horror-volume Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Also appearing are Claire Vaye Watkins and Amity Gaige. We figure you’ve […]

Sports Rumblings: Son Of Son Of Nails

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

>>> Spencer Hawes was thoroughly embarrassed when Blake Griffin, seemingly stopped by his defense, just changed his dunk in mid-air and went around him. It was the most entertaining thing Sixers fans have seen in a while. [Grantland] >>> Meadow Soprano is having a baby, and that baby’s grandfather is Lenny Dykstra. [Philly.com] >>> And […]

Not Cool, Guys: With Ethics Complaint Filed Against Them, William Penn Foundation Takes Their Ball And Goes Home

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

The William Penn Foundation, usually on this site for doing some pretty great things, recently suspended grant-making to city-related agencies after the people at Parents United for Public Education filed an ethics complaint. As we mentioned before, the complaint claims that “the William Penn Foundation and private donors hired a consulting firm to lobby the […]

Recommended Reading: No Duh Philly.com Commentors Are Insecure, Full Of Shame

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

We all know that the Philly.com commentors are often (always) on the brink of insanity. They’ve got the unique internet-commentor skill of turning non-political and non-racial stories into political and racial free-for-alls in just a few words. It’d be entertaining if it wasn’t so disturbing. And one of the people who has noticed this is […]

Chase Utley Shows Up For Phils Workout A Day Early, Melts Our Hearts

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Chase Utley #ready2go twitter.com/Phillies/statu… — Phillies (@Phillies) February 12, 2013 Dude. Dude! We love you, dude. Make way, ladies: The King Of The White Girls is back!

Casino Pitches At The Convention Center: The Bad, The Bad, And The Ugly

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Gaming control board listening to casino pitches twitter.com/TMacDonaldWHYY… — Tom MacDonald–WHYY(@TMacDonaldWHYY) February 12, 2013 Those are the wealthy white men who will decide which wealthy white man gets to run a casino. We think we spot Randolph Duke in there. Starting earlier this morning, a group of people representing the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board began […]

Noontime Nuggetz: Pissed Jeans, “Bathroom Laughter”

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Honeys, the new one by Allentown/Philly anger management success stories Pissed Jeans is out now, and today, they celebrate by chatting up the new record and video on the YouTube page linked above until 1pm or so. The band headlines Underground Arts this Friday night.

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: PA General Assembly Forms The PA Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

We know how it works. This city is becoming more and more known for its abundance of arts and culture, but when budget time comes, it’s snip, snip, snip. With that in mind, the Pennsylvania General Assembly has established the Pennsylvania Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus, with support from the Pennsylvania Arts & Culture Coalition […]

This Moment In Awful Casino Pitches: Xfinity NO But Maybe XfinityYES?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

As we’ve mentioned, today, members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board are at the Convention Center hearing six pitches from developers angling for Philly’s only remaining casino license. The Daily News‘s Chris Brennan is there, live-blogging the pitches. Here’s the worst one so far: Stadium Casino LLC — a joint-venture between The Cordish Companies in […]

Attn. Post Brothers Et. Al: Have You Considered Getting The Inflatable Union Rat A Girlfriend?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

@philebrity in case you were wondering where the union inflatable rat is,he’s chilling by the convention center and blocking the sidewalk. — Rachel Zurier (@zurierr) February 12, 2013 You know, like an almost-equal-size pink one? This is a horrible time of year for a fella to be blocking sidewalks all on his lonesome. Related: Recommended […]

Michael Klein Manages To Outweird Himself In His Own Piece

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Pipe in however you want about your favorite food blog or food blogger, this much is true: Perennially annoyed-at-the-Internet and “Firsties!”-obsessed Philly.com food columnist Michael Klein still lords over the city’s gastromedia with an iron fist masked by that soft, beautiful, blown-dry hair. Klein’s continuously-challenged reign, we are told by people in the biz, is […]

Obama To Announce Return Of 34,000 Troops From Afghanistan Tonight

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

GOOD NEWS: Barry’s calling home nearly half of the U.S. soliders in Afghanistan during his State of The Union tonight.

Dept. Of Meaningless Lists: Does This City Make My Ass Look Poor?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

First, maybe a bit of good news: We think we might be this close to going out on a limb here and saying that Philly’s longstanding Brain Drain might be approaching a state of remission. Anecdotally, within the admittedly bubble-ish world of the creative class, we see things daily that say this to us. Friends […]