Mighty’s Two-Year Anniversary Party
Friday, Nov. 23, Silk City
Overall vibe: Beautiful, very energetic. DJ Bobbito Garcia got a surprisingly warm reception, since he hasn’t spun here in ages (at that eons-ago first “Wonderfull” party, Fluid).
Most memorable: The way the women in the house responded. They danced like they haven’t had that much fun in years, which, in turn, made the guys want to dance too. The floor stayed packed, a lost art with music that’s not heard by the masses.
Scene stealer: The mind-blowing range of Bob’s set. He went with genres that you might know, but songs you weren’t familiar with—everything from ‘60s rock and rockabilly to swing and house. People went bananas! That says the DJ has the power: You get lost ‘cause he bangs you in the head with such good music. (DJ Skeme Richards)
The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward
By Harry Kyriakodis (The History Press)
In summary: A comprehensive, actually readable history tome about Philly’s arguably hippest neighborhood, detailing everything from its Billy Penn-era days to the revitalization sparked by Bart Blatstein’s Piazza at Schmidt’s.
Akin to: A primer for The Abbaye’s quizzo buffs. Seriously. Let’s play a NoLibs-themed round of quizzo.
Author fun fact: Kyriakodis is owner of possibly the largest private collection of books about Philadelphia; his stockpile clocks in at more than 2,000 titles. (Rosella Eleanor LaFevre)
Dock Street Brewing Company
701 S. 50th St. dockstreetbeer.com
Here’s the dish: Florentine Pizza
Description: Don’t expect artisanal pizza in the less gourmet climes of upper West Philly? Dock Street deliciously defies that notion. The Florentine’s lusty combination of crème fraiche, milky mozzarella cheese, fresh herbs, leeks and spinach atop a perfectly dense, brick oven-baked crust goes far beyond mere tastiness—it’s an orgasmic sensory experience.
Yum or yuck: Yum on steroids. Dock Street’s got menu items (and beer) aplenty, but in the wake of such stupendously divine pizza options, who cares? (Tonya Pendleton)
Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014