Newsletter for Saturday, February 20
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Philly: Home to the most elegant pair of skyscrapers on the East Coast; photo via @chrisolstein on Instagram.
BAR OWNERS WARY OF CITY’S NEW POP-UP GARDEN PLAN
A meeting this week about the city’s plan to host pop-up beer gardens at up to 18 different parks this summer left many potential operators scratching their heads. The Department of Parks and Recreation is diving headlong into the pop-up game with a new “Mobile Food & Beverage Garden Program.” The city is looking for one single entity to operate the food and drink stands in various city parks. Can someone in Philly’s robust hospitality community figure out how to make it work?
A MUSIC TOUR FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
For Black History Month, we put together a map of significant places for black music in the city. From places that recorded ground-breaking albums in soul, disco, jazz, hip hop and gospel to venues that launched legends’ careers, here’s a guide to the spots to check out. We’re sure there are more places to be marked and more stories to be told, so don’t be shy about letting us know.
ABOLISH THE CITY COMMISSIONERS OFFICE?
Do the people of Philadelphia really need to pay hundred-plus-thousand dollar salaries for City Commissioner Anthony Clark — who rarely shows up to work and doesn’t bother to vote — and the other two elected officials who “oversee” our elections? Citing the surge in public support that squashed Councilman Squilla’s music bill, a new online petiton from the Philadelphia Citizen and the Committee of Seventy calls for the abolition of the City Commissioners office entirely. No one showed up to voice complaints at a recent City Commissioners meeting; maybe the internet can do the trick.
ON THE CALENDAR
It's a gorgeous day for the more family-friendly (and less offensive, we are assured) alternate Mummers Parade in Manayunk. All 17 string bands will march down Main Street flanked by face-painting, photo booths, food and drink.
Where: Manayunk at Main St. 19147
When: February 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free
As part of Hockey Weekend Across America, the Flyers are offering free 60-minute sessions for boys and girls aged 4 to 9 — skates and equipment included. Check the website for exact times and addresses of the four area locations.
Where: Rinks around the area at Varies
When: February 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
How much: Free
Maybe now that Fishtown's getting all the hype, reservations will be easier in East Passyunk? Check out the hot scene for less dough during this promotion that runs Feb 21-27 with prix-fixe menus at restaurants all along the Ave.
Where: Restaurants at various East Passyunk Ave. addresses
When: February 21, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to February 27, 2016 at 11:00 p.m.
How much: $15, $25 or $35
Located about a half hour west of Philly is this Asian fusion restaurant with killer sushi. Learn how to roll your own at a class with master chef Akihiko Takeshima. Call to reserve your ticket.
Where: Azie in Media at 217 W. State St., Media 19063
When: February 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $30
Uri Caine, one of Philly's best-known jazz musicians, will split the bill with band Cleric (which XPN describes as "prog-doom-death-whatever metal") in a tribute to ground-breaking modern composer John Zorn.
Where: Johnny Brenda's at 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 19125
When: February 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $15-$25