Newsletter for Monday, Oct. 27
METAPHOR ALERT: PHILLY COPS ON HORSES BUST UBERX DRIVERS IN ‘STING’
UberX, the popular though controversial ride-sharing company that promises fares 20 percent cheaper than taxis, tried to jump-start its presence in Philly this weekend by offering free rides. That didn’t go so well — in what’s being characterized as a “sting operation,” Philadelphia Parking Authority cops (some on horseback [Ed. note: !!!]) busted five drivers, fining them $1,000 apiece. Now, UberX works by downloading an app and requesting a car come to your location, so we’re not exactly talking about Holmesian levels of detective work here. (Billy Penn‘s Mark Dent happened upon the anachronistic scene this weekend.) Still: It’s a setback for the ride-sharing service.
SEPTA UNION VOTES TO STRIKE, STAYS ON JOB, HOPEFULLY EXPLAINS THAT TODAY
Citing disagreements over pension fund contributions, SEPTA’s largest union (the one that covers trolleys, buses, the El and the BSL) voted Sunday to strike. Sources are telling reporters there’s no work stoppage planned this week. “If we are still as far apart as we are now (at the end of the week), we will have no choice but to strike,”union chief Willie Brown told The Inquirer, “but we will see if we can get a little closer.” Brown promises a press conference today to explain that, hopefully… Inquirer transportation reporter Paul Nussbaum will be live-tweeting that 4 PM event. Extra click: The Inq‘s Jane Bergen has a Q& A with Brown, who was voted out and back into office as head of the union — she asked whether the experience of being voted out and back into office taught any lessons. Brown’s reply: “I might have taken some things for granted… That the members understood the contract and the politics.”
HOW LGBT FAITHFUL WORSHIP IN PHILLY
The Rev. Jeffrey Jordan-Pickett knows how traditional churches treat gay congregants. The former African Methodist Episcopal church minister lost his flock in the early 90s when a fellow bishop saw him leave a gay bar, and reported him. More than two decades later, Jordan-Pickett is an out, married gay man and a preacher in Philadelphia, leading one of several hundred churches in the area that’s open to people of all sexual and gender identities. Billy Penn looks at what it’s like for Philly’s LGBT faithful.
TO DO: WATCH NED FLANDERS PLAY RICHARD NIXON
WHAT: Harry Shearer in an “interactive conversation” as he plays Tricky Dick
WHERE: World Cafe Live
WHEN: Doors, 6:30 PM; show, 8 PM
HOW MUCH: $18-20
TIMBERLAKE, BEYONCE’S CHOREOGRAPHERS TO TEACH IN S. PHILLY
The Millennium Dance Complex Philadelphia, at the site of the former Pearl Arts & Crafts building at 417 South Street, is a project from Lori Ramsay Long and Terry and Robert Ramsay. The MCDP will hold classes from dance pros who’ve worked with JT, Usher, Beyonce and Justin Bieber (but don’t hold the last name against them). That’s just part of the plans for the 39,ooo-square-foot facility; other features include an indoor running track, child care space, and a third-floor adorned with Philly wall art. And the roof includes skyline views.
EATER MAPPED 12 PHILLY HAPPY HOUR DEALS
Huh, a $5 cocktail at Zavino? Sold. Eater found 11 more deals at Philadelphia’s watering holes. The list also includes food specials; several of these spots (Tinto! Oyster House!) are also pretty great places to grab a bite. It’s worth a few clicks, and fairly compelling argument to leave work a little early today.