February 3, 2016
Matt Katz, a current WNYC employee and author of “American Governor” on Chris Christie, will appear Off-the-Record Feb. 3 at The Pen & Pencil Club at 8 p.m.
Katz will talk about his book, “American Governor” (which will be available for purchase), Chris Christie, and politics at state and national levels.
Don’t miss this chance to hear the thoughts of one of America’s premier political reporters, coming just after the Iowa caucuses and before the New Hampshire primary.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served. Get there early and get a great seat for a great night!
January 28, 2016
Join us for a selection of rustic and rural wines from the region near and north of the great French city Toulouse with Pen and Pencil Club President Brad Wilson Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
We’ll be exploring wines from the little-known regions of Galliac and Marcillac plus wine from around Toulouse. This is a chance to get to know wines that are rather rare in the United States.
Cost is $30. Call the club to join or sign up at the bar.
January 27, 2016
Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock, Pa., a candidate for the Democratic Party’s U.S. Senate nomination in Pennsylvania, will be at The Pen & Pencil Club for an Off-the-Record session Jan. 27.
Fetterman, a former football player at Albright, has been Mayor of the western Pennsylvania town since 2005 and is serving his third term.
According to his Web site, Fetterman has “taken steps towards progress and rebuild(ing) this community, creating jobs, getting youth engaged, and bringing creative urban policy solutions to Braddock.”
Fetterman has encouraged artists and creative figures to settle in Braddock and has been a consistent supporter of LGBT rights.
Fetterman endorsed Bernie Sanders for President on Jan. 14.
Doors will open on the 27th at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 8 p.m. The club kitchen will be open, so come early for a good seat and have a meal before the program.
January 20, 2016
Once again this year, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News photojournalist David Maialetti will present our annual Photo Night Spectacular!
Join us on January 20th at 8 p.m. for this one-time presentation.
(The submission deadline has passed.)
January 13, 2016
Mark Segal is a legend in Philadelphia journalism, and he’ll join us Off the Record for what should be a memorable discussion on Jan. 13 at 8 p.m.
Segal is the long-time Publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News. His memoir of his journalism and activism for LBGT rights, ‘And Then I Danced,’ was published in 2015.
Segal has been involved in local politics for decades and was an early supporter of soon-to-be Mayor Jim Kenney.
Doors will open at 6:3o p.m. The kitchen will be open. Arrive early for a good seat and a good meal.
January 6, 2016
Newly-elected Philadelphia City Councilman At-Large Allan Domb will appear in an Off-the-Record session at The Pen & Pencil Jan. 6 at 8 p.m.
Domb, a Democrat elected in November 2015, brings an extensive background in development and real estate to council and owns his own realty company.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open so get here early, get a good seat and enjoy a fine meal before the program.
December 17, 2015
Come honor and be among the city’s best reporters and editors!
For the third year, we’ll host the Pen and Pencil Club Philadelphia News Awards on Thurs. Dec. 17 at the club. You nominated them and then voted for them. Now we’ll announce them at the club.
The Club opens at 6:30pm, we’ll get started after 8pm.
- 6:30pm: Our doors open
- 7:00pm: Buffet dinners for members
- 8:00pm: Programming begins
- 9:00pm: Happy Hour kicks off
Come early to get a spot — we always pack the club — get a drink and have fun. Dinner will be served.
You can peruse the winners of the 2014 and 2013 here.
December 16, 2015
Organized by the local Online News Association chapter, we’ll be joined by Samantha McCann from the Solutions Journalism Network, a spinout of the New York Times Fixes blog.
Does the media have a larger role to play than just pointing out where society goes wrong?
The Solutions Journalism Network thinks so. SJN is building out a network of journalists around the country interested on reporting on what works. What if journalism gave society models for change? What if it highlighted programs and policies that were working and investigated how they were doing it? What if readers wanted to engage in an issue after reading an article instead of throwing their iPad across the room? It’s possible.
Join us for a casual holiday happy hour on 12/16 to learn more about what SJN is doing, and how you can participate in our network. Come with critiques of where media fails, ideas about how to we can do better, and suggestions for what an SJN community in Philadelphia could look like. We’re all ears.
We’ve got your first round for the first 20 who up (save the 12-year, you big spender, you).
Samantha McCann has a background in environmental and fiscal policy research and has held editorial positions with several publications. She has researched and published on sentencing an drug policy, racial bias in crime reporting, and the impact of a criminal record on earnings upon reentry. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in political science from Seattle University.”
December 13, 2015
Robert Zell is happy to announce the next poetry reading at The Pen & Pencil Club will take place on Sunday, Dec. 13th at 8 p.m.
The featured readers are Grant Clauser, Rodger Lowenthal, and Veronica O. Bowlan.
The event is hosted by Robert Zell and will include an open mic after the featured readers have spoken.
Grant Clauser is the author of two poetry books, Necessary Myths (Broadkill River Press 2013) and The Trouble with Rivers(Foothills Publishing 2012). Poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Cheat River Review, The Good Men Project, Painted Bride Quarterly, Seattle Review, Southern Poetry Review and others. In 2010 he was the Montgomery County Poet Laureate, selected by Robert Bly. In 2014 he was a guest poet of the Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates. He also writes about electronics, teaches poetry at random places around Philadelphia and chases trout with a stick. Grant’s blog is www.uniambic.com
Rodger Lowenthal is a Cheltenham resident, I have been writing since college (oh so long ago). I have been featured at several venues in the Philadelphia area as well as in NYC and Florida. I have studied with Stephen Dunn, Carl Dennis and William Heyen. Started my House Concert series 6 years ago, where poets actually get paid to read.
Veronica O. Bowlan is a Philadelphia poet who uses the experiences of life and the spoken word to shape her writing. She is interested in how sharing our experiences through words helps build creative and lasting human connections. She hosts a monthly Poetry Night at the Mermaid Inn in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
December 9, 2015
The November 3 election will result in at least a few new candidates, and a few new staffs, who will have to adapt to dealing with the media.
Politicians and their staffs are being invited to the Pen & Pencil on Wednesday, Dec. 9, for a chill session with local press, such as yourself.
Not much of a formal agenda, but a good place for them to learn the inner workings of the local media and understand what our jargon means in an off-the-record setting.
This is open to P&P members, City Council members, row office holders (Sheriff, Register of Wills, City Commissioners, Controller and District Attorney) and their staffs.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The kitchen is open, no smoking during and immediately following the program and off-the-record, of course