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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

March 11, 2015

Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney Off The Record March 11

Jim Kenney will join the list of candidates for the Mayoral nomination of the Democratic Party who have appeared at The Pen and Pencil Club for an off-the-record session Wednesday, March 11 at 8 p.m.

The 56-year-old Kenney had been an at-large Democratic City Councilman from 1991 until January, when he resigned to conduct his mayoral campaign.

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

Start: March 11, 2015
End: March 11, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 215-731-9909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

March 4, 2015

Mayoral candidate Doug Oliver OtR Mar. 4

Doug Oliver will be the latest of Democratic mayoral candidates to appear at an Off the Record session at the Pen and Pencil Club on Wednesday, March 4 at 8 p.m.

Oliver was Philadelphia Gas Works’  vice president of marketing and corporate communications until he resigned to run for Mayor in January. Previously, he had been a spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter.

The kitchen will be open so come in early, get a meal and see what Oliver, at 40 by far the youngest of the declared candidates, has to offer.

 

Start: March 4, 2015
End: March 4, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

March 1, 2015

Poetry magazine Whirlwind Press to launch next issue at P&P Mar. 1st

Whirlwind Press will be launching its third issue at the Pen and Pencil Club, Sunday, March 1 at 8 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by Larry Robin and Moonstone Arts and will feature poets whose work was published in the third issue, as well as appearances from the artists and founder, Lamont B. Steptoe.

An open mic hosted by Bob Zell follows until 10 p.m.

Much of this edition features writing and art created by people whose families originated from Latin America or Spain, in both English and Spanish, including Whirlwind Press published Justin Vitiello.

This past year we lost many poets, including Vitiello. We honor his legacy in this issue by publishing writers and artists who share his belief in advancing human rights and equality.

The first edition of Whirlwind was also launched at the P & P and it was a well-attended and spectacular evening of poetry and conversation. Help make this one as good as, if not better than the first.

 

 

Start: March 1, 2015
End: March 1, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

February 25, 2015

Philadelphia Superintendent of Schools William Hite Off the Record Feb. 25 — note early start

We are pleased to announce that William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia since 2012, will join us Feb. 25 for an Off the Record session.

Please note the early starting time of 7 p.m.!!!

Club doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open for dinner.

 

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

February 22, 2015

Trio of distinguished poets highlight reading and open mic Feb. 22

Three terrific poets highlight the next poetry reading at the Pen and Pencil Club.

On Sunday, February 22nd, the club will be hosting a poetry reading from 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., featuring Paul Lisicky, J. C. Todd, and Megan Gillespie.

The authors will be followed by a short break and an “open mic” session hosted by Bob Zell.

The event is free and open to the public (over 21).

If you would like to read during the open mic, you can sign up at the club.

Biographical sketches of the respective authors appearing that night:

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: Lawnboy, Famous Builder, The Burning House, Unbuilt Projects, and The Narrow Door, forthcoming from Graywolf Press. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, Unstuck, and in many other magazines and anthologies. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a Fellow. He has taught in the creative writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and elsewhere. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden. He is the editor of StoryQuarterly and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

J.C. Todd is author of What Space This Body (Wind, 2008), Nightshade and Entering Pisces. Individual poems have appeared in The Paris Review, American Poetry Review and other journals. A 2014 Pew Fellow in the Arts, she has also received awards from the Leeway Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, VCCA, the Baltic Center for Writers and Translators in Sweden and Schloss Wiepersdorf in Germany. The editor of features on contemporary poetry from Lithuania and Latvia for The Drunken Boat, she has appeared at international poetry festivals in Lithuania, Macedonia and been sponsored by the U. S. Embassy in Berlin to read at universities in Germany. She is a member of the Creative Writing faculty at Bryn Mawr College and the MFA Program at Rosemont.

Megan Gillespie’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, New Delta Review, and Cimarron Review. Her honors include a Pushcart nomination and a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. By day, she is a businesswoman and mother to a teenage son.

Come out to support our featured poets and enjoy a captivating night of poetry at the club!

 

Start: February 22, 2015
End: February 22, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 215-731-9909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

February 18, 2015

State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams OtR Feb. 18!

In another in our continuing series of presenting the candidates who want to be the next Mayor of Philadelphia, State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams will be at the Pen and Pencil Club on Wed., Feb. 18 for an Off the Record session that starts at 8 p.m.

Williams is a Democratic state Senator from the 8th District, which includes parts of South, Southwest and West Philadelphia plus most of southeastern Delaware County.

The Club will open at 6:3o p.m. and dinner will be available.

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

February 12, 2015

Wine tasting Feb. 12 — bargain Italian reds

The next is the series of wine tastings conducted by Pen & Pencil Club President Brad Wilson will be Thursday Feb. 12 when we present a night of “Bargain Italian Reds”. You can spend a lot of money on Italian red wine, and you’ll usually be well-rewarded, but there are fine red wines from all over Italy that are terrific values. We’ll sample four of them. Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club, 215-731-9909.

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