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April 24, 2015

619 plaque presentation Apr. 24 — celebrate a piece of Philadelphia journalism history

Before iPhones, before email, before the internet, reporters (amazingly) were still able to work and report.
Police reporters worked out of Room 619 in City Hall.
When the reporters were chased to the Roundhouse (Room 204) in the early ’60s, a plaque was created for the door of 204, marking it as 619.
Follow?
Not important. You will after the event, at which the 619 Plaque will be entrusted to the P&P.
Doors open at 7 p.m., program begins at 8 p.m. Expect many old-timers to attend. And newbies, to learn what Old School means.

Start: April 24, 2015
End: April 24, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

April 23, 2015

PBQ Story Slam returns Apr. 23!

Painted Bride Quarterly’s Slam, Bam, Thank you, Mam is a highly warped interactive writing competition. The next version comes Thursday, Apr. 23.

We lead the event but the audience is in charge of: writing prompts, performance, and ultimate judgement. In four rounds we 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 Henry Rollins performance, so it’s really best that you come see it for yourself.  Fourth Thursday of every month, though we’re sketchy in December.

Start: April 23, 2015
End: April 23, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

April 22, 2015

7th District Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez Off The Record

We’ll take a break from our all-mayoral-candidates all-the-time format with an appearance by 7th District Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, who seems to have a problem EVER getting endorsed by her own party.

Why? Maybe the two-term official will tell us.

If she does, of course, it is off the record, but this promises to be a lively appearance.

The program will begin at 8 p.m..  The kitchen will be open so arrive early to order.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Club is no-smoking during and immediately after the event.

Start: April 22, 2015
End: April 22, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

April 19, 2015

Trio of poets plus open mike at Poetry Night Apr. 19!!

The next poetry reading at the Pen & Pencil Club will take place on Sunday, Apr. 19. The event will begin at 8 p.m. and last until approximately 10 p.m. The featured readers are Gina Myers, Elizabeth Catanese, and Darla Himeles. An open mic will follow.

Come out to welcome Gina to Philly and bring a poem with you to read if you like. And check out Elizabeth and Darla who sometimes collaborate on their poetry. You may get a chance to hear them both performing at the same time.

The event is hosted by P & P’s own Robert Zell.

Here’s info on the poets:

Gina Myers is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Hold It Down (Coconut Books, 2013) and A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009), as well as numerous chapbooks. Originally from Saginaw, Mich., she now lives in Philadelphia where she works in media communications.

Elizabeth Catanese is an artist and writer embracing creative hybridity. She likes to write about visual art and make paintings that include writing. Her work has appeared in Adanna Literary Journal, OVS, Anomalous Press and Referential Magazine. Her mixed media and installation art has been exhibited in galleries at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Bryn Mawr College, Mercer County College, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and other venues. She lives in Philadelphia and is an English, creative writing and humanities instructor at Community College of Philadelphia.

Darla Himeles is a poet, translator, and essayist with work in recent or forthcoming issues of Mantis, APR, Storyscape, and Women’s Review of Books. She holds an MFA in poetry and poetry in translation from Drew University and an AB in English from Bryn Mawr College. She is currently at Temple University, where she’s pursuing a PhD in English.

Start: April 19, 2015
End: April 19, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

April 16, 2015

South Africa wine tasting April 16th!!

The wines of South Africa will offer the subject for the next in the series of wine tastings conducted by P&P President Brad Wilson on Thursday, April 16th at 7:30 p.m.

South Africa’s vineyards date back centuries but are in the forefront of “New World” winemaking for innovation, both in the field and in the bottle.

Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club, 215-731-9909.

Start: April 16, 2015
End: April 16, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102
Cost: $30.00

April 8, 2015

Police commissioner Charles Ramsey Off the Record Apr. 8

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey will appear at The Pen and Pencil Club Apr. 8 for an Off the Record session at 8 p.m.

Ramsey has been head of the city police since 2008.

This promises to be a very well-attended event, so come early to secure your seat and why not join us for dinner?

 

Start: April 8, 2015
End: April 8, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

April 7, 2015

“Your an Idiot”: A Dramatic Reading of Philly.com Comments and Tweets Apr. 7

Come join The Pen and Pencil Club and a collection of Philly.com, Inquirer and Daily News journalists in a first-ever event: a dramatic reading of nasty comments, rude Tweets and the like Tuesday, Apr. 7 at 7 p.m.

This promises to be a no-holds-barred night of frivolity and fun. Imagine some of the comments you’ve seen read by the people they are directed at for fun and frolic – should be a classic.

Please note that the club kitchen WILL NOT be open for this event.

 

Start: April 7, 2015
End: April 7, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

March 25, 2015

City Council candidate Ori Feibush Off-The-Record on March 25

Ori Feibush, who is running for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd City Council district against incumbent Kenyatta Johnson, will appear at The Pen and Pencil Club for an off-the-record session Wednesday, March 25 at 8 p.m.

Feibush is a developer and small businessman in the Point Breeze neighborhood.

The club kitchen will be open so this will be the perfect night to arrive early and enjoy a meal perhaps with a glass of fine wine or a bottle of craft beer.

NOTE: we have invited Councilman Johnson to an appear at an Off the Record session and hope to have that date announced soon.

Start: March 25, 2015
End: March 25, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

March 18, 2015

CORRECTION: Nelson Diaz Off the Record March 18!!!

Nelson Diaz will join our series of Off the Record sessions with candidates for the Democratic Party’s Mayoral nomination when he appears Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m.

Diaz, 68, was a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge from 1981 to 1993. He served as General Counsel of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in President Bill Clinton’s first team and was City Solicitor in the John Street administration from 20o1 to 2004.

The club kitchen will be open, so come in early and grab a seat and a meal before the show starts.

Start: March 18, 2015
End: March 18, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 215-731-9909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

March 12, 2015

Next wine tasting March 12: “Wine and Cheese pairing: harder than it seems”

The next wine tasting in the series conducted by Pen and Pencil Club President Brad Wilson will be Thursday, Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

We will explore the theme of pairing wine with cheese, a subject that offers considerably more challenges than the usual stale couplings of the two involve. We’ll taste both domestic and international cheese and wines and discover the principles behind matching them to show each other off to the best advantage.

Cost is $30. Cheese will make up the food offering (with the usual bread, fruit, etc.) at this tasting, so there will not the usual small plates offered.

Please sign up at the bar or call the club.

 

Start: March 12, 2015
End: March 12, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 215-731-9909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102
Cost: $30