Quaker City Flea Market in the shadow of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge is more than a century old. Many of the items for sale on the outdoor tables look about that age too. On a recent Sunday afternoon, there are fragments of a Mister Potato Head; an Iron Butterfly album; an antique washboard; a painted plastic virgin and child; a pink violin; and a glass table with a naked mermaid pedestal. So many reverberations—tacky and urbane—of history.
Fox's new "Mental" is about a psychiatric institution and its Patch Adams-style director. And it sucks.
Stella Iliopoulos is sort of a local rock star. Although the friendly, petite 37-year-old was diagnosed with schizophrenia years ago, she’s managed to carve out a niche for herself on the ever-changing South Street—simply by going there a few days a week on and off for about 12 years. People there dig her.
If you’re reading this the same day it’s published (Tuesday, May 21, 2013), then you’re in luck. Because today is Election Day in Philadelphia and you get a chance to vote for the future of your city—in an off off-year no less! It’s May and that means primaries for the prominent offices — Republican and [...]
This weekend’s Smoke Down Prohibition demonstration at Independence Mall ended in arrests when federal park rangers and Philadelphia police officers descended upon the protest at 4:20pm, breaking it up and handcuffing several activists who lit up joints on the federal grounds. The event was organized by PhillyNORML and comedy troupe the Panic Hour, the fifth such [...]