Last night, around 150 Philadelphians gathered at City Hall to hold a vigil in memory of the woman killed by a driver who rammed a car into anti-Nazi counterprotesters during the rallies in Charlottesville, Va., yesterday. Newsworks photographer Bastian Slabbers was there to capture the Philly gathering, which evolved into a protest march of its own, with around 25 people making their way onto the Vine Street Expressway and briefly stopping traffic. Earlier, Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted a statement denouncing the "white supremacist rallies & violence" in Virginia, adding: "This is not what America is supposed to be."
"This wooder is so beautiful." Somehow, Leo DiCaprio's romantic musings in Titanic just don't carry the same pathos when you say them with a Philadelphia accent. A YouTuber by the name of Zeke Jenei did a brilliant overdub of the hit movie's "I'm flying" scene in the native Philly tongue. Click through to watch Kate Winslet sweetly intone, “Youse changed my mind.”
Do you know how many feet from a fire station you need to leave your car in order for it to be considered legal? How about how many tickets it takes to get booted? We took our cameras down to the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication to ask Philadelphians who'd just paid traffic violations whether they knew the answers to these and other parking law questions. That video plus some bonding over PPA hate in The Week in Philly Parking.
The newest bar to open on East Passyunk Avenue isn't really a bar at all — it's a tasting room, a satellite location for 3-year-old Pottstown distillery Manatawny Still Works. At the storefront, you can buy bottles of the local booze of retail shelves, but also pull up a stool at the copper counter and have bartenders shake you up something special. Here's what to drink when you go, including a cocktail served with a side of blue cheese.
On the Calendar
Monday is the last day to get in on a deal offered by one of South Street's ink shops: A killer new tattoo for just $30. Email your design for pre-approval and then make your 20-minute appointment. 18+ only, kids.
Where: Moo Tattoo at 513 South St., 2nd Fl. 19147
When: August 14, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
How much: $29.95
If you don't have a scattering of succulent terrariums in your living room, are you even a person living in a modern city? For some reason (because they're really cool-looking probably), these glass-enclosed mini plant landscapes are all the rage. Here's a chance to make your own. Ticket price includes materials.
Where: Piazza at Schmidt's Commons at 1050 N. Hancock St. 19123
When: August 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $18
In John Carpenter's "Escape From New York," Kurt Russell plays Snake Plissken, a dude who's called back to duty after he opted out of US society — because society has turned into a totalitarian police state. Despite uncomfortable shades of comparison with the actual present, the movie is a blast. Watch it at this Queen Village bottle shop, where you can self-medicate with beer at will.
Where: Beer Love at 714 S. 4th St. 19147
When: August 16, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Henry's Hard Sparkling is the newest line of boozy soda to hit the Philly market. The brand is hosting a complimentary yoga class to introduce itself to the city, and it'll be followed by free post-workout food, plus of course tastes of the sparkling drink itself. Pre-registration required.
Where: Power Plant Productions, Suite 3a at 230 N. 2nd St. 19106
When: August 17, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: Free
Ukranian rock group Yeezhak and former USSR singer-songwriters the Yaker Brothers will provide the live tunes to rev up this Eastern European take on the Philly block party. Bring your own food and booze and join the gathering around a bonfire. Free samples of Baba's Brew kombucha and Smithworks vodka.
Where: MAAS Building at 1325 N. Randolph St. 19122
When: August 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to August 19, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: $5 suggested donation