This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show is themed “Celebrate the Movies,” so it’s no wonder they’ve teamed up with the Philadelphia Film Society on a pop-up film festival that will take place in the Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center throughout the run of the Flower Show. Among the films being shown are classics, like Ghostbusters, Wizard of Oz and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, all shown on loop during regular show hours. Check out the full schedule below:
The Teamsters and Carpenters unions have reportedly lost their latest bid to return to work at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The two unions had filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the center, where they’ve been shut out since a coalition of other Philadelphia unions signed a work agreement last year. An official said Monday that a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board had dismissed the complaint, NewsWorks reports. The unions have 20 days to appeal to the full board, reports the Inquirer, pending a written report from the examiner who dismissed the complaint.
CBS Philly reports that the still-young labor agreement at the Pennsylvania Convention Center gets a big test this week when the Infectious Diseases Society of America meets here.
Why? Because the society is a return visitor, and will be able help local officials assess if the agreement they struck — in which some of the unions made concessions in exchange for the promise of more jobs — has led to an improved experience for customers at the convention center. Previous problems at the center were blamed on overly onerous labor rules that were reportedly costly and irritating to convention attendees.
Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced it had seized $500,000 from former South Korean president Chun Doo-hwan. Obviously, there is a Philadelphia connection: The money seized from Chun was bribe money laundered through the Convention Center expansion.
Chun was South Korea’s president in the 1980s and owes the country $143.5 million from corruption during his time in office. He’s considered the country’s last military strongman. He was sentenced to death in the 1990s, but it was commuted.
Expect more labor protests at the Pennsylvania Convention Center today. “Tensions are mounting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where protesting union carpenters – excluded, unfairly they say, from working at the complex – plan another big protest Friday morning,” the Inquirer reports this morning.
The current fracas between some of the city’s biggest and most-powerful labor unions began taking shape last year during the debate over the state’s multibillion transportation bill, the Inquirer reported Wednesday, helping spark a rivalry that still burns in the dispute over work rules and employment at the city’s Convention Center.
It’s not been so long since the Pennsylvania Convention Center underwent a massive expansion. It hasn’t mattered much; bookings at the center are on the wane, and labor issues have borne much of the blame. Now, CBS Philly reports, operations are finally being shifted to control of a private company, Conshohocken-based SMG, to see if the situation can be fixed.
Celebrate the Amish way with the traditions, foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch. The three day festival takes place in the Reading Terminal Market’s Center Court and features crafts, donuts, ice cream, fudge, sausage and more.
On Saturday, the festival expands outdoors to Arch Street with Amsh buggy rides, horse drawn wagons, a petting zoo and live bluegrass music.
Pennsylvania Dutch Festival [Reading Terminal Market]
Like spaghetti & meatballs and peanut butter & jelly, one of history’s greatest pairings is the always-compatible wine and cheese. Philly’s showcase of the dynamic duo starts May 10th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The showcase will feature hundreds of wines, dozens of gourmet cheeses, hors d’oeuvres, and other specialty foods.
Guests start off the night by receiving a complimentary wine glass and guidebook featuring the wide selection of wines and cheeses. They will also get a chance to bid on silent auction baskets featuring one-of-a-kind items from jewelry to paintings, sports memorabilia, wines and much, much more!
Tickets are $50 and available online or at Wegmans stores.
The Philly Showcase of Wine & Cheese [Official Site]