Surprisingly picturesque Wawa (Instagram/@strangerphilly)

Cherelle Parker on the issues facing Philadelphia

Democratic mayoral nominee Cherelle Parker hasn’t been too vocal since winning the May primary — and she’s been reluctant to agree to debates vs. Republican nominee David Oh. But in late September, Parker sat down for a wide-ranging interview with NBC10.

We recapped key takeaways from Philly’s likely next leader on the Sixers arena, policing, the situation in Kensington, and more. Continue reading…

Democratic nominee for Philadelphia mayor Cherelle Parker in May 2023. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

New exhibit remembers 50 years of Electric Factory Concerts

In the latter half of the 20th century, there was no bigger name in rock shows than Philly’s Electric Factory Concerts. It started in 1968, when Herb Spivak and Larry Magid teamed up to book bands in a converted tire warehouse, and reached a pinnacle in 1985 with the worldwide benefit known as Live Aid.

A new exhibition at Drexel looks back at 50 years of rock music history with posters, photos, and clips from famous shows. Continue reading…

RECAP: What else happened?

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• In a policy change following years of controversy over various human remains, Penn Museum will no longer put “exposed” bones, teeth, or hair on exhibition. [WHYY]

• Philadelphia school cafeteria workers and “climate” staff (aka people who help care for students but aren’t teachers) averted a strike with a tentative agreement just 48 hours before their contract expired. [Chalkbeat]

• FIFA officials were in Philly last week to tour the sports complex, check out Lincoln Financial Field, and discuss logistics for the 2026 World Cup, when Philly will be one of 16 host cities. [6ABC]

• The Inquirer is spending over $1 million on a 3-year ad campaign to get millennials to pay for subscriptions. All of the local sports teams are reportedly allowing their logos to be used as part of the push. [Axios]

• “A little piece of history”: Termini Bros. Bakery gave away keepsake floor tiles last week, drawing lines and cherished memories. [Billy Penn]

• Even if it’s warm out, you can get your pumpkin spice fix with iced lattes and other sweet treats around Philly. [Billy Penn]


Mayor Kenney joins city officials and business leaders at an awards breakfast to kick off the city’s 39th annual celebration of Minority Enterprise Development Week (9:45 a.m.).


🕺 The 2nd annual Fishtown Music & Arts Festival brings songs and dancing to Front Street under the El. Tickets are $25. (11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7)

🌾 Reading Terminal Market’s free Harvest Festival takes over Filbert Street with bluegrass, axe throwing, pumpkin painting and other family-friendly seasonal fun. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7)

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