News Briefing: April 5-11, 2019

Independence Business Alliance has something for everyone in April

Make new connections with Professional Women’s Roundtable and Independence Business Alliance members at an informal happy hour. Network with local professionals in a variety of industries; learn more about the educational, developmental and volunteer opportunities available to members; and about the IBA’s Women in Business event series.
5:30-7:30 p.m., April 6 at Porta, 1216 Chestnut St.

The IBA, in partnership with PHLDiversity and the African-American Chamber of Commerce, also invites guests for a candid conversation exploring the intersection of LGBT, African-American, Black and business communities. Delve into the impact diverse professionals can have in the workplace, in entrepreneurship, taking our seat at the table and our ability to change the narrative of under-representation.
It’ll be an honest dialogue among community and business leaders.
6-8 p.m., April 11 at WeWork, 1601 Market St.

Join the IBA at Victoria Freehouse in Old City for its April ConnX networking mixer, featuring a special presentation of the IBA/Delaware Valley Legacy Fund LGBT Business Scholarship. It’ll be a chance to make new connections with the LGBTQ business community and build business relationships.
Free for IBA members; $15 for non-members. Cash bar with drink specials.
5:30-7:30 p.m., April 16 at the Victoria Freehouse, 10 S. Front St.


New book on ‘America’s most forgotten athlete’

Through the 1920s, everyone seemed to know who Bill Tilden (1893-1953) was. The Philadelphian was a world-renowned tennis player and his talent helped shape the sport into the form it is today.

According to Amazon’s review, Tilden faced a lurid fall from grace when he was arrested after an incident involving an underage boy in his car. Tilden served seven months in prison and then tried to explain himself to the public, only to be ostracized from the tennis circuit. Sadly, his final years were much constrained and lived amid considerable public shunning.

Now, a book of his legacy is out – “American Colossus: Big Bill Tilden and the Creation of Modern Tennis” – and author Allen Hornblum will speak 7 p.m. April 16 at The Cynwyd Club. The event will be free but reservations are requested at [email protected].


McCarter Theater Center offers LGBT night packages

Every season, the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, N.J., sets aside a Thursday evening during select performances and designates them as Pride Night Parties. They have become some of McCarter’s highlight evenings.

Each package includes a pre-show party with hearty appetizers, giveaways, special guest appearances and a cash bar. All parties start at 6 p.m.

The 2019-2020 season Pride Nights are:
• “Gloria: A Life” – Sept. 19, 2019
• “Frankenstein” – Oct. 24, 2019
• “Goodnight Nobody” – Jan. 23, 2020
• “Sleuth” – March 19, 2020
  The Refuge Plays – May 21, 2020

For more information or to buy tickets, go to and look for Pride Night Parties.

— compiled by Scott Drake and Lenny Cohen