Basketball pastels, behind Cherry Street Tavern (Instagram/@billlent)

Partners for Justice is expanding to Philadelphia

Children caught in the court system and people reentering society after incarceration in Philadelphia will soon have additional help getting the resources they need. Partners for Justice, a national organization focused on changing the public defense landscape, is expanding to Philly.

Jordan Levy has the scoop on how their three advocates — or “bureaucracy doulas,” as the founder describes them — will be cutting red tape around housing and child welfare.

Overview of 6th and Market Streets in Old City, with the Independence Visitors Center and U.S. Courthouse. (Mark Henninger/Imagic Digital)

DJs to know on the Philly rave scene this summer

If you’re tired of your night ending when clubs close at 2 a.m., there’s another option: raves. Philly’s scene is back with a vengeance after the pandemic slowdown — and maybe even better, with more people paying attention to safety and a wider range of music.

How to find your way? One good place to start is with the mixmasters who bring the parties to life, and BP intern Deesarine Ballayan knows just where to look

Oneeleven, Low Iron, Jewelssea, DJ Love, and Disautomatic, all spinning on the Philly rave scene this summer. (Courtesy pictured individuals)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Jefferson University’s president resigned last week, a month after he came under fire for liking tweets questioning the COVID vaccines and calling gender reassignment surgery “child mutilation.” He’ll retain his position as a professor. [Inquirer$]

• Despite recent progress, raw sewage still seeps into Philly’s waterways often enough to make the rivers hazardous for swimming about 1 of every 3 days, per a new report. Important note: That does NOT affect tap water, which is filtered and tested before heading to your pipes. [PhillyVoice/PennEnvironment/PWD]

• 61 years ago, the first transatlantic satellite TV broadcast serendipitously featured a Phillies game, because President Kennedy’s press conference was delayed. [Billy Penn]

• More than 100k ticketholders flocked to the Linc this weekend to watch three exhibition Premier League soccer games. In honor of London club Fulham FC, nearby Philips Steaks temporarily rebranded its signature sandwich as the Phulham Cheesesteak. [WHYY/Fulham/Instagram]

• Joel Embiid and longtime partner Anne de Paula officially tied the knot on Saturday, with a wedding and party in the Hamptons. [NY Post]

• In 1993, the Phillies drafted promising highschooler Scott Rolen. The third baseman was just inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but his history with Philadelphia is fraught. [Billy Penn]

• Love Philly’s coffee shops? A new poster features illustrated cuppas from three dozen of the city’s independent cafes — plus Wawa. [Cities by the Slice]


Nothing public on Mayor Kenney’s schedule today. Yesterday he wished a speedy recovery to a police officer whose ankle was reportedly broken while trying to break up a car meet on North Broad.


🥃 Scotch aficionado or Scotch curious? Laphroaig is the focus of a cocktail class at The Twisted Tail on Headhouse Square, where your $40 ticket includes drinks, snacks, and a bar tool set to take home. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 27)

🕺🏿 Melangerie, an all-queer people of color burlesque show and cabaret, makes its return to the Gayborhood in the new Franky Bradley space B.West. Tickets start at $20. (8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 27)

📖 Billy Penn is proud to headline the inaugural Philly Story Fest, joining journalists from media outlets around Philadelphia to tell the city’s best stories on stage at the Bok. Early bird tix are $17. (7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5)