And POP! go our hearts for this new eatery attempting to find a home in University City. Looks like the space formerly occupied by Unitea (where’d you go, huh?), is set to house Lil’ Pop Shop, a new gourmet popsicle shop. Featuring such exotic flavors as Vietnamese coffee and cucumber lime mint, the store is set to open in May under the ownership of Jeanne Chang, as the DP reports.
While this week’s heat certainly makes yummy popsicles sound appealing, we worry how many Penn students will venture out to 44th in place of cheaper options closer to campus. Time will only tell if Lil’ Pop Shop can outsell boxed Firecrackers at Wawa. We suggest cleverer jokes on the sticks.
Plenty of television shows try to imitate reality, but wouldn’t it be way neater if the shows we really love could come to life instead? And furthermore, what better qualifications do you need for a job than having played the part on TV? The Gang from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is totally picking up what we’re putting down with this idea, as Mac and Sweet Dee (or, in an alternate universe, husband and wife duo Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson) have decided to go ahead and open up a real live Philly bar.
OK, so it won’t technically be Paddy’s Pub come to life, seeing as they’re calling it Mac’s Tavern, and the more we think about it, it seems unlikely that many shenanigansfromtheshow will play out without the majority of the bar getting arrested. But still! Rob/Mac is a Philly native himself, and according to philly.com, he’s joined forces with some of his St. Joe’s Prep buddies to revamp the artist formerly known as Skinner’s Dry Goods at 226 Market Street. It seems like the makeover and name change are just what the made-for-TV doctor ordered. Not only will the menu include more high-end pub food, but for extra kicks you can pay to get your name up on a plaque on the wall, with the proceeds going to various local charities.
The pub is scheduled to open under its new moniker in about a week, but in our opinion, the time to make an appearance is for the June 22nd red carpet grand opening, where the Always Sunny gang will be popping by during the filming of the upcoming season. Try not to get overly excited now – just take a few deep breaths as you register this news, and think, “What would Charlie do?”
Was “The Nightman Cometh”, last season’s finale of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a success? It depends on your definition of success. If by “success” you mean “Charlie finally scored with the coffee shop waitress he’s been stalking all this time,” then you’d most likely consider the thirty minute musical a classic, epic failure, like that other Charlie’s futile attempt to kick a football. However, if you’re thinking that selling out the Troubador twice back in April with a live rendition of said episode is a success, then the Sunny cast is very, very successful. So successful, in fact, that they’re pulling a Kerouac and taking their musical on the road. The Times reports that the tour is set to kick off in Boston on September 15. The season premiere of Sunny is two days later, and by the end of the month the gang from Paddy’s will have entertained Philly, L.A., New York, San Francisco and Seattle. To get caught up on the singing, dancing, spandex-attired performance that inspired the traveling show, check out a video clip here.
If you go to Wynn Commons tonight between 6 and 9 p.m. you will have the opportunity to take part in the most glorious event to come to campus since Robert Redford screened Lions for Lambs here last year and somehow ended up calling Penn “a sexy school.”
That’s because this Friday, Penn will play host to the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia game show! That’s right, the FX comedy about racism, sex offenders, jingoism, drinking, serial killers, and so many other wondrous topics has a trivia game. If you know a lot about the Gang, like the lyrics to “Day Man” or Sweet Dee’s nickname in high school, this is your chance to use that knowledge to win DVDs, Sunny T-shirts, and maybe even a golden trophy in the shape of a dumpster baby.
And even if you have no idea what a dumpster baby is, they’ll be giving out stuff for free, too. To all those who took free notebooks from Houston even though you totally already went to the bookstore, I’m looking at you.
The fourth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premieres Thursday, Sept. 18, at 10 p.m. on FX. Here’s a collection of commercials to give you an idea of what will happen: