Whitman vacant lots on sale

Last Friday, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority placed 26 city-owned properties on the market and took their first step towards a resolution for the backlog of undeveloped, municipally owned land that pocks the city’s neighborhoods.

Click here to check out the current RFP/RFQ/Competitive Sale Bids.

The properties going out for competitive bid include 24 vacant lots and two empty buildings within City Councilman Mark Squila’s First Council District, which runs along the city’s eastern edge along the Delaware River between South Philadelphia and Port Richmond.  The parcels are clustered in sections of Kensington and Fishtown and in the Whitman and Lower Moyamensing sections of Squilla’s native South Philly.

11th Hour Theater Company 2018-2019 Season

Next Step Concert Series

The Next Step Concert Series is intimate, spontaneous and inventive – everything you love about 11th Hour.  New and seldom seen musicals are stripped down to their very essence…good storytelling and incredible music. This season 11th Hour is bringing you three beautiful and moving musicals as well as an exciting brand new musical that is in development at 11th Hour.

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Grey Gardens

Book by Doug Wright
Music by Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie
Directed by Steve Pacek
October 6th-14th, 2018
The Proscenium Theatre at the Drake

Based on the 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens is the hilarious and heartbreaking story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. This 2007 Tony Award nominee, is the tale of once bright names on the social register who became East Hampton’s most notorious recluse cat ladies.

“The score is a meticulously fashioned piece of musical theater that gains in depth the more you listen to it.” — NY Times

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Children Of Eden

Book by John Caird
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby
Directed by Michael Philip O’Brien
December 1st – 9th, 2018
The Proscenium Theatre at the Drake

Perfect for the holiday season, join 11th Hour for a joyous and inspirational musical based on the genesis story and unlike any you have seen before. Featuring a beautiful score by musical theatre great, Stephen Schwartz, this universal story about about parents, children and the unbreakable bond between them is sure to be a hit for the whole family!

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Bonnie and Clyde

Music by Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by Don Black
Book by Ivan Menchell
Directed by Megan Nicole O’Brien
January 5th – 13th, 2019
The Proscenium Theatre at the Drake

This infamous couple blazed a trail in America’s crime history and now their story is hitting the 11th Hour stage. With an eclectic score, combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music by legendary musical theatre composer Frank Wildhorn, this electrifying musical tells the story of America’s most notorious lovers and bank robbers, and how they took the country by storm.

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Something Like A War

Book by Jesse Bernstein
Music & Lyrics by Jake Blouch
May 17th – 19th, 2019
Directed by TBD
Musical Directed by Dan Kazemi
The Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake

In this folk/bluegrass musical, a Tennessee town that was rocked by the Civil War pins its hopes on a friendly game of baseball played by recently-returned soldiers of both armies. But when ex-Confederate discover they’ll be playing on the same team as a newly-freed slave, the tensions that boil over threaten to make the new peace more dangerous than the war ever was. This new musical has been commissioned by 11th Hour is being developed with the help of The Independence Foundations New Theatre Works Initiative.

 

11th Hour Theater Company
2329 South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
267-987-9865
info@11thhourtheatrecompany.org

Top 10 Dive Bars in Philly

There is nothing better than a dive bar. Rather than getting all dressed up and spending extra money to journey across town, wouldn’t you rather just walk to the corner looking however you want with the few bucks you already have in your pocket?

Here are some of the best dive bars in Philadelphia, listed in no particular order.

Bob & Barbara

1509 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
215-545-4511

Bob & Barbara’s Cocktail Lounge is more of a gritty dive than the name suggests. It’s been serving the thirsty Philly community since 1969, and its cheap and dirty brand of fun hasn’t lost its charm. Pocket pleasing specials, like a nearly free shot of Jim Beam with a can of PBR keep the floors sticky, while a diverse crowd packs into the tight space for weekly live performances, from punk to jazz. No night is more wild than Thursday, as lineups of lip-synching drag hit the bar, presided over by the beloved local trans icon Miss Lisa. Bring singles for tipping.

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar

1200 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-365-1169

At Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, everybody might not know your name, but they will give you a free birthday-cake shot on your birthday, complete with a candle. On days when it isn’t the anniversary of the hardest day of your mom’s life, Ray’s is your typical South Philly dive. You can even still smoke at Ray’s, which is either the greatest thing on Earth or a serious annoyance (where you fall on the scale is, not surprisingly, tied to your alcohol consumption).

Dirty Franks

347 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.732.5010

Dirty Frank’s got everything you need to get the job done, cheap pitchers, darts and Mrs. Pac Man.

Mcglitchey’s

259 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.735.1259

Mcglitchey’s is an old school, grimy, friendly, smoking bar. It has a huge beer list and great food. So what could make McGlinchey’s any better? How about the face that $3.25 buys you whiskey and $2.95 gets you a beer.

Bonnie’s Capistrano Bar

1503 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA

Gotta respect Bonnie’s — outside of mussel night (and maybe a pizza night if you’re lucky), they don’t serve any food. So if you’re hungry, eat before you go. Because at Bonnie’s, you’re there to drink some cheap beer or cocktails. It’s simple, but that’s the way we like it.

Mccusker’s Tavern

2601 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA

Look up ‘neighborhood bar’ in the dictionary (Wiktionary, let’s be real) and you would probably find a picture of a bar that looks pretty similar to McCuskers. The South Philly tavern, owned by two brothers, is your quintessential neighborhood drinking establishment — the menu’s got burgers, sandwiches, and wings, domestics are cheap, and they have a dart board. Pretty much all you need in a bar.

Tattooed Mom

530 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA

Looks intimidating, but the people are friendly! Regular prices might be a little higher than some other dives, but luckily, most nights they’re offering a food or drink special, including half-priced drinks every day from 5-7pm and 10-11pm.

Black Cat Tavern on 12th

2654 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
267-519-3574

Opened by owners Marlise Tkaczuk and Tom Ball in the location formerly occupied by Cheech’s Beef & Ale, Black Cat Tavern serves Polish inspired food and has six beer taps featuring mostly craft beers.

Wander Inn

2500 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
215-800-1264

Wander Inn is a Whitman neighborhood gastropub featuring homemade comfort food, draught beer, wine, and cocktails. This little spot features a jukebox, dining room and pool table, brunch, and seasonal outdoor seating.

Oscar’s Tavern

1524 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA
19103 215.972.9938

Just a few blocks from City Hall, Oscar’s is in the perfect location for anyone who works in the heart of town. The 23-ounce Yuenglings for $3.25, good bar food, and year-round Christmas lights make this cash-only bar look like a scene from that weird Ryan Gosling movie. Be sure to build up that liquid courage before braving the bathrooms.

Lipkin’s Bakery opens in Whitman, South Philadelphia

Lipkin’s started their kosher bakery at 4th and McKean in South Philly nearly 50 years ago. The famous bakery then relocated to Rhawnhurst, where it became a staple for breads, pastries, cakes, and knishes. Now, Lipkin’s is coming home to South Philadelphia!

Lipkin’s Bakery recently opened up a new storefront in the Whitman neighborhood of South Philly at 2153 S. Hancock St. South Philly residents anxiously awaited the opening. The line was around the block!

Residents waiting to enter Lipkins Bakery in South Philly
Residents waiting to enter Lipkins Bakery in South Philly

Wander Inn opens in Whitman

Otis & Pickles didn’t last very long, but luckily Wander Inn is here to take its place.

Last year, the owner of The Dive and Watkins Drinkery purchased the taproom at Third and Porter Streets in South Philadelphia that last operated as Otis & Pickles. He renamed the gastropub The Wander Inn, after the historic Wander Inn that once stood at 18th and Federal Streets in Point Breeze before becoming the home of American Sardine Bar.

Wander Inn South Philadelphia

We haven’t read any recent press releases or announcements about the opening of Wander Inn, but at least a soft opening must have happened over the past weekend (according to all the untappd checkins we’ve seen).

The Wander Inn
2500 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Step aside, Cantina: Pistola’s Del Sur is here

Mexican dining on Passyunk with attentive staff and good service? Count us in!

Pistola’s Del Sur, the East Passyunk edition of Casey Parker and Joe Gunn’s popular modern Mexican hot spot serves fusion tacos, Mexican flatbreads and more creative fare by chef Adan Trinidad. The buzzy restaurant & bar serves inventive Mexican eats, beer, tequilas & more in a lively and intimate setting.

Pistolas

Pistola’s Del Sur
1943 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(267) 519-2329

Shyamaween 2017: Philly Halloween Party

Where are you celebrating halloween this year? Join M. Night Shyamalan and Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan along with friends, special guests and celebrities, and generous donors for Philadelphia’s premiere Halloween party on October 28, 2017.

Shyamaween is the one fundraiser you won’t want to miss. The exclusive charity party will include special performance by Andra Day (for VIP), delicious eats from the Vetri Family, Open Bar, Live Auction, and more! Expect to meet M. Night and other celebrities.

Tickets start at $250 per person and can be purchased on the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation website. All proceeds go to support the leaders of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation that are doing amazing work to end poverty and inequality in their communities around the world.

M Night

The venue is in Philadelphia, but the exact location is still a secret as of now. Our team is going this year, so we’ll be sure to update everyone on the night of fun.