May 27, 2015
We want to remember how wonderful and varied our membership is at the Pen & Pencil Club. That’s why we’re organizing a ‘Class Photo,’ May 27 in which we’ll rally as many of you members as we can to take a big group photo. We’ll be aiming to do this both outside and inside.
Come at 7p to grab a drink and we’ll begin assembling a little before 7:30p to make sure we get a great photo by 8pm.
Photos will be taken by longtime member (and former Daily Newser) Jim MacMillan. All active members are welcome. We’ll use this photo to remember for years. Come and be part of history!
May 20, 2015
The crazy, back-and-forth Pennsylvania primary election finally comes May 19.
The very next day, the Pen and Pencil Club will host a off-the-record review of the primary, hosted by ace political reporters Chris Brennan of the Inquirer and Dave Davies of WHYY, at 7:30 p.m. with a guest lineup we are still firming up but will be tasty.
As will be our chef’s menu, so come early, enjoy a meal and get a good seat for some insider political talk and analysis!
May 17, 2015
The Pen and Pencil Club is proud to announce our next poetry reading May 17, hosted by club Poet Laureate Bob Zell.
Whirlwind Magazine (www.whirlwindmagazine.org) welcomes you to join us for our fourth issue launch party on Sunday, May 17th at 8 p.m. and lasting until approximately 10 p.m.
This launch party will be co-sponsored by Larry Robin of Moonstone Arts Center, and hosted by Zell. The event is free and open to the public, although it is 21+ only. Copies of the magazine will be available for sale as well as books from the featured readers. An open mic will follow the reading.
Our Spring edition features works depicting war viewed through the eyes of veterans and civilians alike. Through this issue, we hope to fight for awareness and treatment of mental illness, especially for veterans, all the while striving for non-violence and mutual co-operation in order to solve humanity’s problems.
We have Vietnam veteran Preston Hood to thank for the inspiration of having this special issue of Whirlwind, and he will be the headline reader at this event. Other readers include veterans of Vietnam and Iraq who are featured in Whirlwind Issue #4.
May 14, 2015
The French-influenced wines of Washington State will offer the subject for the next in the series of wine tastings conducted by P&P President Brad Wilson on Thursday, May 14th at 7:30 p.m.
We’ll be tasting four wines from the land of Grand Coulee, Mt. Rainier and Microsoft that show how important French-based style is to Washington wine. Washington State wines offer outstanding value and stress pure, fresh flavors.
Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club, 215-731-9909.
May 13, 2015
Philadelphia-based author/poet/journalist Thom Nickels will discuss his new book, Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia. May 13 at 8 p.m. at the Pen and Pencil Club.
Nickels is the author of 10 published books, including: The Cliffs of Aries (1988), Two Novellas: Walking Water & After All This (1989), The Boy on the Bicycle (1991-1994), Manayunk (1997), Gay and Lesbian Philadelphia (2000), Tropic of Libra (2002), Out in History and Philadelphia Architecture (2005), SPORE (2010). A revised and updated edition of Two Novellas: Walking on Water & After All This was published by Starbooks Press in June 2013. His poetry has been featured in the annual Van Gogh’s Ear anthology published in Paris, France.
In 1990, he was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for his book, Two Novellas: Walking Water & After All This. He was awarded thePhiladelphia AIA Lewis Mumford Architecture Journalism Award in 2005 for his book Philadelphia Architecture and his weekly architectural column in Philadelphia Metro. He has written stories and columns for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, City Paper, The Philadelphia Weekly, the Broad Street Review, The New Oxford Review, and Generocity.org. His travel essays have appeared in Passport Magazine (New York) and elsewhere. His column, Different Strokes (in Philadelphia’s Welcomat) was one of the first out lgbt columns in the nation. He is currently the City Beat Editor at ICON Magazine, a contributing writer at Philadelphia’s Weekly Press, a weekly columnist for theSpirit Community Newspapers, the Religion Editor at the Lambda Book Report and a writer for The Huffington Post.
Why not find out if you make the cut as a Center City legend? Come early, get a good seat and grab dinner!
May 6, 2015
Philadelphia political legend and current Democratic candidate for Mayor Milton Street will complete the Pen and Pencil’s series off Off the Record sessions with the mayoral field when he appears at the Pen and Pencil Club May 6 at 8 p.m.
Street, a former State Senator and State Representative who was convicted of tax evasion in 2008, ran against Mayor Nutter in the 2011 Democratic primary.
The club kitchen will be open, so come early to get a good seat and enjoy a meal before the program. As always OtR events are non-smoking and, of course, strictly off the record.
April 29, 2015
The Republican candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia, Melissa Murray Bailey, will appear at The Pen and Pencil Club Wednesday, Apr. 29 at 8 p.m.
Bailey, 36, is the sole GOP contender for the Mayoralty. She grew up in South Jersey and graduated from the University of Maryland. She’ll be certain to offer a different perspective on many issues than the series of Democratic candidates who have visited the club.
The club kitchen will be open for this event, so why not come early, get a good seat and enjoy dinner?
April 24, 2015
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.
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.
April 23, 2015
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.
April 22, 2015
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.