At the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center (Instagram/@wmdkenner)

Derek Green update: Help Cherelle Parker, then run for DA?

Former Philly Councilmember Derek Green, who dropped out of the mayor’s race back in April, has been working on behalf of Democratic nominee Cherelle Parker. But he might not end up in her mayoral administration. Friends have been urging him to run for office himself, perhaps challenging Krasner for DA.

What does Green say? The Northwest Philly resident is keeping his options open, he tells Meir Rinde. Continue reading…

Former councilmember and then-mayoral candidate Derek Green at a February 2023 press conference in front of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Gabriela Sánchez on building a Philly art scene for everyone

When Gabriela Sánchez was appointed executive director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund last April, it was a full circle moment. The 32-year-old found herself overseeing the philanthropic organization that, nearly a decade prior, had helped her own theater company get off the ground.

Sánchez talked to BP freelancer Némesis Mora about her journey, growing up with strong Latina role models, and her goal to provide more access to the arts. Continue reading…

Gabriela Sánchez is executive director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. (Terrell Halsey)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Half a year after Sen. John Fetterman’s mental health crisis, his wife Gisele — a formerly undocumented immigrant who has faced public attacks — is his rock, helping him and their kids keep a positive outlook. [BP 2020/WashPost$]

• A few months after a third of members resigned from Philly’s police watchdog board, citing “toxic dysfunction,” it’s come out that two of the remaining commissioners apparently invoiced for $11k in activities not officially dictated by city law. [Billy Penn/Axios]

• There’s a new addition to the city’s Historic Register: The Byberry Store, a Northeast Philly building from the early 1800s that was significant in the abolitionist movement. [Hidden City]

• Music fans can visit a new exhibit at Drexel that looks back at longtime music venue Electric Factory and half a century of Electric Factory Concerts, from Hendrix to Live Aid to Kanye and more. [Drexel/BP 2018]

• The iconic Pat’s King of Steaks at 9th and Passyunk is about to get major renovations, so the owner is renting a $250,000, 22-foot food truck to sling cheesesteaks from December through February. [Philly Mag$]

• Philadelphians made up a conspiracy theory to explain why Eagles fan Taylor Swift would show out for the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce. Of note, a different Kelce-Swift duo made the highlight reel in last night’s Birds win, with a literal hurdle over a defender. [Billy Penn/PhillyVoice/@NFL]


Mayor Kenney joins Rebuild officials and reps from Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation for a ribbon cutting to commemorate the $2 million renovation of Waterloo Playground in West Kensington (4 p.m.). 


😋 Come hungry to Northern Liberties’ September Night Market, which brings dozens of food trucks and vendors to North 2nd Street. (5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28) 

⛲ Join a scavenger hunt at the Sustainable & Local Tour along East Passyunk, highlighting values-driven businesses along the South Philly corridor. Tickets start at $25. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30) 

🥮 Chinatown’s mooncake-eating contest is back for the 28th annual Mid-Autumn Festival, which also features lion dances, folk dancing, and carnival games. (12 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30)

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