A group of people gathered around a statue of Christopher Columbus in south Philadelphia over the weekend, saying they intended to protect it from vandals amid the recent protests — despite criticism from the mayor. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that about 100 people clustered around the statue of the explorer at Marconi Plaza on Saturday, at l...

Joe Laino, 71, stood near the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philadelphia’s Marconi Plaza on Saturday while leaning on a baseball bat. A woman nearby held up a sign saying “Stand Up, South Philly Won’t Stand Down." And another man, who declined to give his name, stood close to the statue while holding a rifle — one of at least two men in th...

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Schenley Park has been vandalized. The statue was sprayed with red paint and multiple phrases including “Murder.” It comes as other local statues like the Doughboy in Lawrenceville and the Mario Lemieux statue at PPG Paints Arena have been desecrated. Columbus statues have now attracted attention nationwide, as s...

Concept tweaks are becoming more commonplace as restaurateurs figure out their next moves in the coronavirus era. Jason Evenchik and Terrance Leach have switched up the menu at their Northern Liberties jazz bar Heritage from American to Italian. It’s all offered to go, of course. This was chef Mackenzie Hilton’s idea. She’s been the executive...

Picking up dinner from restaurants might seem inconvenient at times, but not when you hear live arias from a balcony above. Philadelphia's Victor Café has kept family musical traditions alive– even during COVID-19. The cafe started off as a “music lovers’ rendezvous,” in the Italian neighborhood of South Philly, serving spumoni and songs on a gramo...

The owners of Nannie Franco's Pizza decided to remove the mural of former mayor Frank Rizzo of Philadelphia from the side of their building. As their new project is being funded by online fund-seeking to replace the mural, we would like to step in and make a suggestion to paint a mural of Mother Cabrini. Mother Cabrini, the saint of immigrants, is...

One of the unexpected results of last week’s protest marches in Philadelphia was the removal of the statue of the late Police Commissioner and two-term Democratic Mayor Frank Rizzo from downtown. Rizzo’s statue, current Democratic Mayor James Kenney wrote on Twitter, "represented bigotry, hatred and oppression for too many people, for too long." (O...

Hours after the statue of Frank Rizzo was removed from the steps of the city’s Municipal Services Building, officials announced they would replace the mural of the controversial former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner near the Italian Market in South Philadelphia.  “Together, The S. 9th Street Shopping District, the property owners and th...

A crane lifted a long-polarizing statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo from its home outside a public building in the wee hours of Wednesday, whisking it away after recent protests against police brutality hastened its removal. As National Guard troops deployed for the protests watched, the crane lifted the 10-foot (3-meter) bronze statue...

PI-Philly is delighted to invite you to the lecture "Contemporary Italian Artists in Philadelphia: A Focus On Sergio Lombardo." On several occasions, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has shown peculiar attention to Italian contemporary art. Indeed, the museum collection showcased many works of different Italian contemporary artists, including Sergio...