Archive for April, 2007

Spotting others being helpful

Friday afternoon, around 4 pm, I was in the far right-hand lane on Market Street, waiting to turn right onto 19th Street. As the light changed, I inched up, waiting for the pedestrians to clean the crosswalk before turning (because despite what others say, you get no points if you take out a person). As I pulled through, I noticed a blind woman standing with a tall, white cane, looking as if she needed to cross the street. A man wearing a backpack and a grey sweatshirt also noticed her, as he crossed the street. I pulled onto 19th Street, and glanced into the rearview mirror in time to see him cross back and approach the woman to offer his assistance.

I didn’t have the opportunity to compliment him on his kindness like the woman did for me last week, so I thought I’d do it virtually in the public forum of the Metblog. So, to the man wearing the backpack in the grey sweatshirt who was crossing 19th Street at 4 pm on Friday, April 27th, that was a really nice thing to do. Good job.

Trisha O’Keefe CD Release!

My friend Trisha O’Keefe who plays all across the Philadelphia area has a gig up in Spring City today. Here’s the info.

Saturday, April 28th
Trisha O’Keefe (w/ cellist Krista Nielsen) and Laura Shay CO-BILL
Opening is Paul Thiessen
66 North Main Street
Spring City, PA
Doors 7pm, Showtime 8pm
$12 day of show

I’d be going but I have a meeting to attend tonight in Cape May, NJ. The show will be awesome especially because Laura Shary (♥♥♥♥♥) is also performing that night.

Remembering the good old days…

I was just searching for more information about a beer drinking event* in Fairmount tomorrow that one of my classmates was touting on Wednesday night, when I stumbled across an even more intriguing tidbit. This Sunday, April 29th, Eastern State Penitentiary will be hosting a reunion for both former innates and guards. The ESP alum will be there for most of the day (although the Philly Fun Guide website says 2:30 pm) to greet the public and answer questions. So, if you’re curious about the “good” old days of Eastern State (touted as America’s Most Historic Prison), you might want to swing over there on Sunday.

*If anyone has details about a beer and music event that starts at 10 am tomorrow in Fairmount and costs $10 to get into, we’d love to hear from you.

Three Ways to Fix the Phillies

Big and I went to the Phillies’ game yesterday, a snooze of a game versus the Washington Nationals. The Phils’ were unable to figure out the Nationals’ pitcher, Shawn Hill and his nasty sinker, and lost the game, snapping their 5 game win streak. The loss was not without suspense though as the Phillies were active in the bottom of the 9th, but in the end, unable to score more than one run thanks to Pat Burrell’s long, long, long sacrifice fly.

While at the game, three things occurred to me.

1.) Pat Burrell is the most misunderstood player on the field. In the fourth inning yesterday, when everything started falling apart for young Cole Hamels, a deep fly ball was hit to left. Burrell made a mild attempt at catching it, before letting it bounce off the wall. The crowd ran wild with boos. How could he not even try? I thought. The ball then bounced off the wall and back to a waiting Burrell, who then turned and threw what look like a Johnny Damon-like roller towards second base. The crowd at this point was a cage full of merciless grizzly bears, yelling and screaming at Burrell. That was until we realized that his throw was right on the money and nabbed the Nationals’ player, who was trying to stretch the hit into a double. It was then I realized that Burrell might be infinitely wiser than any of us could imagine. He could’ve taken a stab at catching the ball, but he would’ve missed, and then he would have had no chance at nabbing the guy at second. But Burrell was steps ahead of the rest of fools. I turned to Big and pointed at my head.

“Pat Burrell, man. He is smarter than each and every one of us,” I said.

Tonight @ The Arena Sports Bar!

Tonight my old band Robots and Racecars are playing in the Northeast, along with some band called Ghosts Aside. I used to play bass for R&R when they were called For The Film. Then I left them to start my own band and they got a new bassist, the wonderful and talented Nicholas Danger, and became Robots and Racecars. They kick ass. Here’s the info:

8011 ROOSEVELT BOULEVARD (Rhawn & Roosevelt)
$7 — 21+ w/ID

Wissahickon Day Parade – This Sunday

This Sunday is the annual Wissahickon Day Parade in Wissahickon Valley Park. The day starts off with a horse show at the Northwestern Equestrian Facility at 9:00 AM. Then, a parade of 20 classic horse drawn carriages and dozens of individual riders will parade south through the park from there on Forbidden Drive to Valley Green. The oldest continuing equine parade in the country beings at 11:15 AM. The weather is meant to clear up by Sunday, so if you’re into horses come on up to Chestnut Hill and enjoy!

Free Screening of Philadelphia

On Saturday, May 5th, 2007 at 8:00 pm at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut Street) ActionAIDS will be celebrating their 20th anniversary by screening the award winning film Philadelphia, (1993), starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. No other film better encapsulates the misconceptions surrounding HIV/AIDS and those who contract it.

Fifteen years ago, the Arch Street office of ActionAIDS was a location for filming and the clients were used as extras in clinic scenes. By the time the film had a “Hollywood-type” premiere at the SamEric (The Boyd) Theatre, those featured in the film had died. AIDS treatment today has been somewhat successful in improving health and prolonging life, but there remains no cure. The fight to educate and erradicate continues…

Admission is free but tickets are needed: For tickets and reservations, please call Larry Slagle at 215 981-3346.

Poems not Prisons Tonight!

Tonight at 7:30 pm at the A-Space (4722 Baltimore Ave.), Poems Not Prisons welcomes Lovella Calica to the stage as the featured poet at their monthly Open Mic. Lovella is a poet, photographer, artist, and activist who says that she “strives to be a creator in a society that often tries to box us all in.” She has often been a regular at the open mic and now steps up for the first time as the featured poet.

The show is free but donations are welcome. There are also free refreshments – coffee, tea and vegan treats. The space is alcohol free and kids welcome! The event is hosted by DuiJi Mshinda and Martin Wiley. Poems Not Prisons is held the last Friday of every month at the A-Space.

Next month’s featured poet is Sam Barrow.

Penn Relay Carnival

On Wednesday afternoon there were signs of the beginning of the Penn Relays. From Spruce Street I could see people inside Franklin Field (click that link for a very cool wide angle view of the field) and my husband solemnly informed me that the Relays were beginning.

By Thursday morning the streets around the Penn campus had been transformed. On my way to work, I navigated past food and vendor tents on Walnut Street, groups of track uniformed athletes, and spectators asking for directions to the stadium.

The Penn Relay Carnival is a 112-year-old competition, open to pretty much anyone who wants to participate. This year there will be over 425 races run over the course of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The track events on Friday morning open at 9 am with the College Men “Championship” 400m Hurdles, followed by events for elementary, junior high, and high school, then there is the 100m dash for Women’s Wheelchair, Men’s Amputee, and Men’s Master’s broken up in decades (e.g., 40 and older, 50 and older, up to 70 and older). The track events for the day end with sprint and distance medleys. Field events on Friday include discus throw, high jump, pole vault, etc., mostly for college men and women. (See a schedule for much more detail.)

Tickets range from $14 for general admission per day to $45 for reserved seats.

Photo of the Day: Laurel Hill Cemetary

Some local Philly Flickrites got together recently for a meetup in Laurel Hill Cemetary (I love that holding a meetup in a cemetary is a perfectly normal thing for photographers to do), and alankin captured this great view of the headstones and sculptures. I particularly like the lensflare at the top center.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make this meetup (so far, I have missed them all since I moved to Philly last summer), but I’m hoping eventually to make it to one!

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