Newsletter for Saturday, August 15
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Don’t have to wait for autumn to have colorful leaves on the sidewalk; photo via @phillypublicart on Instagram
THE BIG ED RENDELL Q&A: THE MAYOR-FOR-LIFE ON PHILLY’S COMEBACK, WHY CORBETT’S BUDGETS ‘SUCKED’ AND THE BEST CHEESESTEAKS, PIZZA AND BURGERS
The downtown is booming. The pope is coming. The DNC will be held here. The restaurant scene is world-class. Philadelphia’s rise as a globally recognized city is the result of the vision and determination of many people, from elected officials to business leaders to philanthropists to citizens, and it didn’t happen overnight. But if there’s one individual credited with having sparked the current renaissance, it’s former Mayor and Pa. Governor Ed Rendell. Recently, Billy Penn had a chance to sit down with him for a brief but wide-ranging interview.
DAY-TRIPPING AMBLER: BARBECUE, MICROBREWS AND OLD-SCHOOL MOVIES
Though it takes up less one square mile of Montgomery County, Ambler brings many of the same trappings of Philadelphia — but in a quaint and reserved atmosphere. Ambler has a classic Main Street that features a brewpub, several quality restaurants and an old-fashioned movie theater. Bonus: it only costs $10 to get there on SEPTA. Here’s how to do it and where to go.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: JIM KENNEY’S PROBLEM WITH ‘CAMERAS’ AND DID KATHLEEN KANE HOP ABOARD THE ‘CRAZY TRAIN?’
Press conferences ruled this week, at least if you could call Kathleen Kane’s Wednesday performance a press conference. She didn’t even let the press ask questions, while Thursday, Michael Nutter held another papal security press conference, and many more are promised. Billy Penn sums up this week’s stories and combines them with music in the #BillyPennPlaylist.
ON THE CALENDAR
Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held a Freedom Now rally in West Philly that drew a crowd of 10,000 listeners. HUB Coalition is hosting a mini-march to celebrate the anniversary. Things start at 34th and Haverford around 10 and end up at 40th and Haverford around 11 for songs and speeches.
Where: James Wright Recreation Center at 40th St. & Haverford Ave.
When: August 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The big second-floor roof deck at City Tap House in UCity is perfect for outdoor partying, and if you like crabs and beer, this is the way to do it. Live soul and funk music will set the scene for all-you-can-eat Maryland blue crabs and beer from Missouri's Boulevard Brewing.
Where: City Tap House at 3925 Walnut St.
When: August 15, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $35
This all-day music fest will be the first event at the outdoor amphitheater at the brand new arts center on the Schuylkill River in Manayunk. Food vendors and a beer garden will complement several different acts, and your ticket gets you a wrist band so you can leave and return as you wish throughout the day.
Where: Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center at 1 Rector St.
When: August 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $15
As part of the ongoing celebration of the 9th Street Italian Market's centennial, local neighborhood groups are hosting an afternoon of traditional Italian lawn games. This is your chance to learn bocce and scopa (a card game) from the masters.
Where: Bardascino Park at 10th & Carpenter streets
When: August 16, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
This Loft District pioneer and damn good beer bar is hosting a mid-August BBQ featuring housemade bratwursts. A brat sandwich with mustard, kraut and pickles comes with corn on the cob, slaw, mac salad and house potato chips, plus a pint of Yards PPA, for $15. Cornhole will definitely also be happening.
Where: Prohibition Taproom at 501 N 13th St.
When: August 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: $15 for a platter + beer