Missy DePino and Michelle Saahene were both sitting in the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce when Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson were arrested. DePino's the one who originally posted the video online, and Saahene's voice can be heard in it, exclaiming, "They didn't do anything!" Although they didn't know each other before, PMN reports, they've now teamed up on a new project. Called From Privilege to Progress, its aim is to get white people to share the experiences of people of color.
If you had to create a beer that screamed "Fishtown," what would you make? Pizza Boy Brewing and Garage collaborated to come up with a pretty great answer. Introducing Arctic Trash, a sour ale inspired by the neighborhood's signature drink — Arctic Splash Iced Tea — and what happens to the empties once they're slurped dry. Cans of the limited-edition beer, which'll be released June 6, even look a lot like the familiar paper tea cartons, but with a different tagline: "Litter your mind, not the streets."
The home of the Philadelphia Union will be on the global stage next week, and its reputation rests solely on one man’s shoulders. Over the next seven days, Talen Energy Stadium will host USMNT vs. Bolivia, a Union home game and the Collegiate Rugby Championship. Making sure the field stands up to all that rough-and-tumble play, and bounces back to look perfect for the next game is all up to head groundskeeper John Torres. But he can take the pressure, writes Billy Penn intern Kris Rhim. Torres's passion and grass prowess have even earned him the nickname "Magician."
- What's Joel Embiid doing now that the Sixers have been eliminated? Apparently playing pickup with randos around Philly. Last night he was seen at the courts at Seger Park at 10th and Lombard, "dunking on some trash-talking fools," as the woman who posted the clip on Twitter said. The video itself is great, but so are some of the jokes in the replies after dozens of media outlets clogged the thread asking for permission to repost.
- Drexel mag The Smart Set has a deep dive into Philly's past and what it means for the future with Hidden City author Nathaniel Popkin.
- Into food trucks at all? Billy Penn is about to launch a bracket-style competition to find the Ultimate Philly Food Truck, but first we need your help setting the starting field of 32. Nominate your faves here.
- Speaking of Starbucks, word is the company plans to open a cafe on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, making it one of the only chains along the booming strip of independent businesses.
- We'll publish a full photo essay with video later today, but you can preview our Tall Ships pics on Instagram now.
- Official or not, it sure felt like summer yesterday, and Jim Donovan of CBS3 took the opportunity to tweet a very important question: Jimmies or sprinkles? We looked into that last year, and found that the debate is fiercely intense — but Philadelphians definitely use both.
🍦 Ogontz Avenue will be rocking with the Northwest Philly Spring Festival, bringing arts and crafts, food trucks, street performers, a kids' corner, a health pavilion and more to West Oak Lane. (Saturday, May 26, 2 to 8 p.m.)
🇺🇸 The Constitution Center hosts a weekend's worth of Memorial Day activities. There are flag ceremonies, thank-you letter writing sessions to vets and more. On Monday, a re-enactor will portray a day in the live of a Revolutionary Era soldier. (Saturday, May 26 to Monday, May 28)
⛵ The Tall Ships fleet is still at the waterfront as part of Sail Philadelphia. There's a festival at Penn's Landing, self-guided tours of the docked boats, and the chance to go on an actual sail down the river. (Saturday, May 26 to Monday, May 28)
🍽️ This weekend is your last chance to enjoy the gracious charm, elegant French food, sanely-priced wine and hidden garden at Le Cheri. Chef Pierre Calmels and wife Charlotte Calmels are shutting down the restaurant in the Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square after nearly five years in biz. (Saturday, May 26 to Sunday, May 27)
📚 Center City's Pen & Pencil, aka the longest continually operating press club in America, occasionally welcomes poet Bob Zell to host public readings. There's also open mic if you want to participate. (Sunday, May 27, 9 p.m.)