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Philadelphia Democratic Party candidate for District Attorney Jack O’Neill OtR May 10!

Join us at the Pen & Pencil Club for a night with Philadelphia Democratic Party candidate for District Attorney  Jack O’Neill Wednesday, May 10 at 8 p.m.
O’Neill is a young former prosecutor running for district attorney. The Democrat wants to expand “focused deterrence,” a crime-fighting program, in the city. He also promises to use the death penalty only in “extreme circumstances” and never accept gifts.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open, so come early for a good seat, a good meal and a good time!

NEW DATE FOR Philadelphia Democratic DA candidate Larry Krasner OtR – NOW May 3!

Join us at the Pen & Pencil Club for a night with Philadelphia Democratic Party candidate for District Attorney Larry Krasner Wednesday, MAY 3 at 8 p.m.
This has been moved from Apr. 5.
Krasner is a decades-long civil rights attorney running for district attorney. He has defended Black Lives Matter in court, is adamantly opposed to the death penalty, and wants to eliminate cash bail for nonviolent, low-level offenders.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open, so come early for a good seat, a good meal and a good time!

Philadelphia Democratic DA candidate Teresa Carr Deni OtR Apr. 26!!

Join us at the Pen & Pencil Club for a night with Philadelphia Democratic Party candidate for District Attorney Teresa Carr Deni Wednesday, Apr. 26 at 8 p.m.
Teresa Carr Deni was a longtime Municipal Court judge who is running for district attorney. She wants to revamp the civil asset forfeiture system, push to increase the penalty for smoking marijuana outside, and reduce the use of cash bail.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open, so come early for a good seat, a good meal and a good time!

Philadelphia DA candidate Joe Khan OtR Apr. 12!!

Democratic Party candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney Joe Khan will appear Off the Record at the Pen & Pencil Club Wednesday, Apr. 12 at 8 p.m.

Khan formerly worked as a city and federal prosecutor. If elected, he wants to eliminate cash bail and stop prosecuting most low-level drug cases.

Doors open at 6:3o p.m. The club kitchen will be open, so arrive early for a good seat, a good meal and a good time!

 

“Wines from places you didn’t know made wine” — next wine tasting March 30

Join P&P President and wine enthusiast Brad Wilson for the next in the series of wine tastings at the club which will feature wines from unusual locations on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

We’re going to skip France, Italy, Spain, Australia, California, Argentina and all the usual sites for some places “you didn’t know made wine”! It should be a lot of fun.

Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel OtR Wednesday March 29 — note early start

Adam Thiel, Philadelphia’s Fire Commissioner since May 2016, will appear Wednesday, March 29 Off the Record at the Pen & Pencil Club at 7:30 p.m. (please note earlier start than usual).

According to the city’s web site biography of Thiel, “(his) 25 years’ experience spans five states (Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania) as a chief fire officer, incident commander, company officer, fire and emergency services instructor, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter, swiftwater rescuer, and rescue SCUBA diver; he has directly participated in planning, response, and recovery efforts for multiple Presidentially-declared disasters and National Special Security Events (NSSEs), including the 9/11 tragedy, hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, an earthquake, and major blizzards.

Off the job, Thiel, according to the web site, “is an Ironman® triathlon finisher, Crossfit® athlete, bicyclist (road and mountain), SCUBA diver, kayaker, martial arts practitioner, and aspiring gardener.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m, and our kitchen will be open, so arrive early for a good seat, good meal, and a good time.

Poetry Night returns March 26

The next poetry reading at the Pen and Pencil Club  will take place Sunday, March 26th at 8 p.m. and feature Hanoch Guy, Jim Brennan, and Jeffrey Ethan Lee.

After the featured poets, there will be an open mic hosted by Robert Zell.

Hanoch Guy Ph.D, Ed.D spent his childhood and youth in Israel He is a bilingual poet in Hebrew and English, and an emeritus professor of Jewish and Hebrew literature in Temple University. He has taught poetry and mentored at the Musehouse center, and has published his poetry in Genre Poetry Newsletter, Voices Israel, the International Journal of Genocide Studies, Poetry Motel, and Visions International, his work appearing in the US, England, Wales, and Israel. He has won awards from both Poetica and the Mad Poets Society. Hanoch is the author of: The Road to Timbuktu-Travel Poems, Terra Treblinka-Poems of the Holocaust, We Pass Each Other on the Stairs: 120 Imaginary and Real Encounters, andSirocco and Scorpions: Poems of Israel and Palestine. In his latest, A Hawk in Midflight, he reveals: “…some poems are dark. Most are filled with vivid imagery. It will definitely offer readers different genres of poetry created by the author. Some are whimsical others funny.” His website can be found at www.hanochguy-kaner.com.

Jim Brennan was a street corner vendor, carwash grunt, and a warehouseman before he turned eighteen and went to work on the Philadelphia waterfront. Today this blue-collar heritage filters into his work as author, poet and Cityscape editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal. Jim’s poetry has appeared in Rasputin, Poetry Inc., Philadelphia Poet, Moonstone Anthologies, and Haikuniverse. His fiction has shown up in such places as Prime Number Magazine, Everyday Fiction, Fringe, Salon.com and other print and online media outlets. Jim reads at the Philadelphia Poetry Festival, Moonstone Art Center, Manayunk Roxborough Art Center, the Green Line Café and Fergie’s Poetry Series, and is organizing “Poetry in the Park” on Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park. Jim is the author of the memoirTwenty-four Years to Boston.

Jeffrey Ethan Lee’s poetry books include invisible sister (MMM Press) and identity papers(Ghost Road Press), which was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. His first novel, The Autobiography of Somebody Else, was published by White Pine Press in 2016. He won the Seven Kitchen’s Press Editor’s Prize for towards euphoria and the Sow’s Ear Prize for The Sylf (poetry chapbook). He teaches in the Humanities at Temple University and Creative Writing at various places.

Kate Banford to host next Story Slam Mar. 23!!!

Join us on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. for Painted Bride Quarterly’s Slam, Bam, Thank you, Mam–a highly warped interactive writing game. This month’s guest host is Philly comedian Kate Banford!

We lead the event but the audience is in charge of: writing prompts, performance, and ultimate judgement. The writing produced can levitate to literary heights and degenerate into absolute raunch, often simultaneously.

A PBQ Slam has been likened to “Whose Line is it Anyway” and a Henry Rollins performance, so it’s really best that you come see it for yourself. Plus, we have prizes!

Kate Banford is director of Good, Good Comedy: Follow her @kbanf and watch a clip here!

Philadelphia Democratic DA candidate Michael Untermeyer OtR Mar. 22

Join us Wednesday, Mar. 22 when Democratic candidate for District Attorney Michael Untermeyer is Off the Record at the Pen & Pencil Club at 8 p.m.

Michael Untermeyer is a former Assistant District Attorney and real estate developer. Untermeyer ran for DA before, in 2009, as a Republican. Running as a Democrat this time, Untermeyer says he opposes the death penalty in most cases, vows to keep almost all drug users out of the criminal justice system, and wants cash bail to be abolished.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open, so arrive early for a good meal, a good seat and a good time!

Desiree Peterkin Bell, former Nutter spokeswoman, OtR March 15!

Come and hear Desiree Peterkin Bell Off the Record at the P&P March 15 at 8 p.m.

Desiree Peterkin Bell is the President and CEO of DPBell & Associates, a boutique Public Affairs Firm with national and international clients, and Lecturer at Annenberg School for Communication She recently served as Special Adviser and Consultant to Reverend Leah Daughtry, the CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee.

Prior to establishing DPBell & Associates, Desiree served in the administrations of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She also served as Senior Advisor for Communications for Obama for America – Pennsylvania.

Doors open at 6:3o p.m. The club kitchen will be open, so come early, get a good seat and enjoy what should be an entertaining night.

 

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