Newsletter for Saturday, October 24
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
As if rappelling down a building isn’t tough enough, how about doing it in a giant mascot costume? Stay tuned for a first-person report from our own Anna Orso, who was brave enough to scale this skyscraper herself; photo via @outwardboundphilly on Instagram
CHIP FATTAH TALKS ABOUT BEING ON TRIAL FOR FRAUD; COMPARES HIMSELF TO MARK ZUCKERBERG
Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr. is not a lawyer, but he’s currently defending himself against a long list of federal charges of bank and tax fraud. This week the trial saw people once closest to him testify that for years he used others’ money to pad a luxurious lifestyle he couldn’t afford. “Yeah, I had a good lifestyle,” Fattah conceded in an interview with Billy Penn during a break in testimony Thursday morning. “I also took care of a lot of people.” Addressing testimony that suggested he often lay around watching TV and eating pizza, he responded: “This is what I’m saying about [Facebook CEO Mark] Zuckerberg. He just sits around in Facebook’s office too, and no one says he’s a fraud.”
YET ANOTHER PHILLY TRASH TRUCK GETS STUCK IN A SINKHOLE
There must be lots of pressure on trash collectors to keep to schedule, so it’s understandable that drivers don’t feel like making detours. But when there’s a sinkhole filled with gravel and marked with plenty of Awareness Cones in the middle of the street, probably not such a great idea to move a barrier and barrel on through. A Philly reddit user caught that unfortunate situation in a series of photos posted yesterday. What makes it all sillier is that Philadelphia trash trucks get stuck in sinkholes on the regular. Maybe this should be added to Streets Department training?
HUNDREDS PACK SOUTH BOWL FOR BILLY PENN’S WHO’S NEXT BASH
Billy Penn turned 1 last week, and we celebrated at South Bowl with a giant party: “The Billy Penn Who’s Next Bash, presented by Beneficial Bank.” We honored dozens of Philadelphians who had been selected as “Who’s Next” in the last year with hundreds of people who came to the newly-renovated 25,000-square-foot venue in South Philly. (Seriously, if you haven’t been yet, it’s worth the trip to the southeast edge of the city — great food, too.) Here’s a recap of the night in tweets and photos.
ON THE CALENDAR
Stop by the Franklin Flea's last outdoor market of the season. As many as 60 vendors sell antique, vintage and handmade wares — and that chill in the air gives you an extra excuse to pick up the coolest (holidays are around the corner).
Where: Headhouse Plaza at 2nd & Lombard
When: October 24, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Kids get free pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, moon bounce and the chance to trick-or-treat down the Ave, while adults get to enjoy live music and outdoor food and brew, plus an arts and crafts fair that lines the street. Take advantage of that sun!
Where: East Passyunk Avenue at South Philly
When: October 24, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free / Pay as you go
Chef Brad Spence is hosting guest chefs Andrew Gerson (of Brooklyn Brewery) and Alex Buckner and Bryan Mayer (Local 215) for a whole-animal cookout with live music and lots of brew. Tickets include food and drink, and proceeds go to The Food Trust.
Where: Alla Spina at 1410 Mt. Vernon St.
When: October 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
How much: $35
How does public art and architecture affect urban society, and how do innovations in those fields move across geographic and socio-economic borders? Not an easy question, but architect Teddy Cruz has a talk that clearly lays out the difficult issues. As part of Mural Arts' Open Source, you can hear it for free.
Where: Moore College of Art & Design at 1916 Race St.
When: October 25, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
As part of its second anniversary celebration, Nothern Liberties BYOB Suppa is bringing Southern comfort favorites to South Philly's Taproom on 19th for an evening pop-up with a Weyerbacher tap takeover.
Where: Taproom on 19th at 2400 S. 19th St.
When: October 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go