Newsletter for Sunday, January 31
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Frosty mornings in the Italian Market — the produce sales must go on; photo via @ryanmcg2015 on Instagram.
MUMMERS BACKLASH HURTS MANAYUNK PARADE
Last year, the Manayunk Development Corp. decided it would be great to host a small, family-friendly version of a Mummers Parade — and it went off without a hitch. All 17 string bands marched a mile down Main Street and fun was had. But this year, funding has dried up, according to a report in the Inquirer, and no one really questions why: Donors were scared off by the backlash to the homophobic and racist shenanigans that put the 2016 New Year’s Parade in the international spotlight. Sorry?
WING BOWL EXPLAINED: 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PHILLY’S GROSSEST EVENT
Philly doesn’t get a Super Bowl. Instead, we have Wing Bowl. Few events draw such a large combination of sheer excitement and utter disgust — in nearly equal measure — as the annual bacchanalia organized by 94WIP Sports Radio. On Feb. 5, it’s back for a 24th year, pitting professional eaters against one another to see how many hundreds of wings they can consume. Here are 10 things about the spectacle you probably won’t be able to forget.
CHANGES PLANNED FOR CONTROVERSIAL MUSIC BILL
The “Special Assembly Occupancy” bill that caused a social media uproar appears to be on the mend. With assistance from the Kenney administration and the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Councilman Mark Squilla is working to revise the bill to remove the clause creating an “artists registry” and take out police approval of performance licenses. Here’s the latest on the controversial music bill.
ON THE CALENDAR
|What||Garrett Oliver is a luminary in the beer world. In addition to being brewmaster at Brooklyn, he's the guy responsible for The Oxford Companion to Beer. In other words, he knows a ton — but he's also a cool dude. He'll give a short talk and answer questions.|
|Where||City Tap House Logan at 2 Logan Sq. 19102|
|When||February 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm|
|How much||Pay as you go|
|What||Reasons to get up early on a Tuesday: Beer for breakfast! Roll out of bed, pull on your best/worst Hawaiian shirt and head out to Gray Lodge, where the 14th annual celebration of Punxsutawney Phil continues with hula hoops, a dance off and more.|
|Where||Grey Lodge Pub at 6235 Frankford Ave. 19135|
|When||February 2, 2016 at 7:00 am to 2:00 pm|
|How much||Pay as you go|
|What||You've seen the building presiding over the northeast corner of Independence Mall, but have you ever been inside? Starting Tuesday, a month of free admission leaves no excuse. Check out a 1790 letter from George Washington about religious liberty and other unique artifacts.|
|Where||National Museum of American Jewish History at 101 S. Independence Mall|
|When||February 2, 2016 at 10:00 am to February 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm|
|What||At the February meeting of DAG (Design Advocacy Group), reps from the Kenney admin will talk about what climate change means for Philly, and how the government (and you) can prepare.|
|Where||Ballinger at 833 Chestnut St., Suite 1400, 19107|
|When||February 4, 2016 at 8:00 am|
|What||Cut down on your degrees of separation with tix to see Philly natives Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon rock out on stage. It's a benefit for the Reading Viaduct Rail Park, which will hopefully revitalize an abandoned Center City track and turn it into an above-street oasis of chill.|
|Where||Union Transfer at 1026 Spring Garden St. 19123|
|When||February 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm|