Stabilizing Pier 9 | Dilworth Plaza demo update | San Mateo Carnavalero | Barnes move madness | cheesesteak opera

It would take about $3.5 million to stabilize Pier 9, or $11 million to turn the pier south of Race Street into an adaptable event space. PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates reports that a study by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson revealed extensive deterioration of the Pier’s structure and examined alternatives for its repair and reuse. Before anything else, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will have to stabilize the Pier.

At Dilworth Plaza demolition and clearance continues. NewsWorks reports that because work to prepare the site is happening above and below ground, it’s hard to appreciate the progress, but the Center City District says the project is on schedule.

Sunday’s San Mateo Carnavalero in Sacks Playground included a parade commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, the conflict on May 5, 1862 where Mexican fighters defeated the French. (Yes, Cinco de Mayo.) The celebration is part of a larger Mexican cultural festival in Philly that lasts into June. The Daily News was on hand for the colorful celebration.

The Barnes collection’s move is as carefully curated as the collection, and the staff is working double-time to make it all happen smoothly. The Inquirer takes a peek behind the move and run-up to the Barnes’ May 19th public opening.

Would you choke if someone burst into Verdi’s ‘Anvil Chorus’ at Geno’s? It’s just the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s random act of culture, reports the Inquirer.

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