Newsletter for Monday, Aug. 24
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The melty Philly skyline via long exposure; photo via @pfisheye on Instagram.
KATHLEEN KANE GETS HER DAY IN COURT
Pennsylvania’s chief law enforcement officer has a preliminary hearing today. Kathleen Kane faces charges of leaking grand jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News, lying about that, and orchestrating a cover-up to conceal it. The hearing is at 1 PM in Montgomery County; Kane’s new attorney, notes the Associated Press, is Gerald Shargel, “a top-tier New York trial lawyer known for defending mobsters, politicians and high-profile murder suspects.” So this ought to be something to watch.
HOW SOCIAL MEDIA USERS’ PUSH MIGHT FIX A HATED CITY FOOD TRUCK BILL
Before Drexel engineering major Om Mahida created a change.org petition to “save the food trucks” on August 10, no one was talking about pending legislation to establish a highly-regulated Drexel University District for street vendors. The food truckers knew about it, even though neither Drexel or City Council had reached out to them for comment or input. When Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell introduced the bill back on June 18, the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association — which pays attention to legislation that might affect members as part of its core mission — immediately took notice. But nobody could get a meeting. Here’s what changed the University and the Councilwoman’s minds.
As the Philly performing arts community gears up for the 2015 Fringe Festival, the FringeArts theater is offering a free preview. An hour-long show features snippets of dance from Brian Sanders' JUNK, acrobatics by Tangle Movement Arts, film compositions by the Renegade Company and more. Stick around afterward so you can take advantage of the beer garden next door at La Peg.
Where: FringeArts at 140 N. Columbus Blvd.
When: August 24, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free / $5 suggested donation
BILLY PENN LIKES
SECRET SERVICE 101: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE AGENTS OVERRUNNING PHILLY
When you hear the words Secret Service, you’re probably imagining fit men in crisp suits wearing sunglasses and listening to instructions through an earpiece while standing outside of the White House. It’s hard to envision them in Philadelphia. But the agents are here. They’ve been setting plans with city officials and other agencies and talking to businesses about the pope’s visit. While doing so, the group has stirred up a reasonable amount of commotion, garnering complaints from business owners, restaurateurs and former mayor Ed Rendell. Billy Penn explains the Secret Service’s duties, the events it usually covers and all the complications it has been causing.
THE BIG BILLY PENN LIST OF FALL CONCERTS
The summer festivals are fading, but Philadelphia’s concert scene still has plenty of juice as fall comes around. There’s a show, somewhere in the Philly area, nearly every night. Billy Penn has highlighted what promise to be some of the most popular concerts this fall. Plus, we added a playlist you can listen to featuring the artists performing in Philadelphia over the next couple of months.