Newsletter for Wednesday, Aug. 3
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
When West Philly’s skyscrapers actually look like the sky (Instagram via @cachemarz).
PHILLY IS GETTING A BAVARIAN-STYLE OKTOBERFEST
Philly is a great beer town, but there’s one thing that’s been missing: A real Bavarian-style Oktoberfest. Brauhaus Schmitz proprietor Doug Hager to the rescue. The annual block party that draws thousands of people to South Street each fall will still go down, but the folks behind the city’s only authentic German bierhall are planning something even bigger.
SIN TAXES AND PA’S POOR: NEW CIGARETTE LEVY FITS PATTERN
Cigarette packs across the state now cost a dollar more than they did in July. This tax increase got approved with the new state budget. The cigarette tax hike, which accounts for 57 percent of the new tax revenue package, was hotly debated. Many Republican lawmakers argued that it was regressive, as it would disproportionately affect the poor. Sin taxes, a label applied to tobacco, gambling, fast foods, sweets and alcohol, among others, indeed trend that way. Research shows that lower-income residents purchase both cigarettes and sugary drinks in heavier amounts. But polling finds that more well-off Americans drink more alcohol. Why do sin taxes, then, typically impact the poor to a greater a degree? Here’s what we found.
Rittenhouse Square is always hopping, Washington Square is a gorgeous national park and Franklin Square is full of family fun. But there's another square just waiting for its time in the sun, and this traveling pop-up is the best excuse to head to Pennsport and check it out.
Where: Jefferson Square Park at 400 Washington Ave. 19147
When: August 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to August 7, 2016 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go food and drink
BILLY PENN LIKES
GUY WHO DIRECTED NEW BRYAN CRANSTON MOVIE IS A HUGE PHILLY SPORTS FAN
Hollywood director Brad Furman couldn’t help himself. Standing in front of a capacity crowd at the landmark Tampa Theater after the world premiere of The Infiltrator, the Bryan Cranston-starring crime drama that’s raked in $13 million so far, Furman detailed how much he’d enjoyed exploring Tampa while making the movie. He’d even gone to a bunch of Tampa Bay Lightning hockey games, he noted to the delight of the audience — but then drew a smattering of boos by adding a post-script. “But I’m a Philadelphia Flyers fan.” Furman doesn’t regret the reflexive shoutout to the orange and black. It’s part of who he is.
7 PHILLY CONNECTIONS IN THE NEW MORMON TEMPLE
The temple opens to the public from Aug. 10 to Sept. 9. Once Sept. 10 comes, you’ll literally need a Mormon card to get in — a “Temple Recommend” given by bishops to members of Latter-day Saints. The temple will serve approximately 41,000 Philadelphia-area Mormons and thousands more who live in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. Billy Penn went for an early tour. Here’s a rundown of what you can see inside the temple and how it connects with Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.