Newsletter for Saturday, February 13
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Catching air at Love Park, briefly open for skateboarding before it shuts down for renovations; photo via @notfrancislam on Instagram.
WHATEVER HAPPENED WITH PHILLY’S ‘BONNIE AND CLYDE’?
Ahh, the romance of theft. In 2007, Drexel senior Jocelyn Kirsch and Penn grad Edward Anderton — better known as Philly’s “Bonnie and Clyde” — stole over $100,000 from people, directly from their apartments or by taking their identities or setting up fake credit cards, and used the money to make lavish purchases in Philly and take trips abroad. They were arrested and pleaded guilty. Eight years later, what are they up to?
FATTAH USING LOOPHOLES AND TAXPAYER MONEY FOR PRE-ELECTION ADVERTISING
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah has very little cash — the lawyers in his federal racketeering and fraud trial recently begged to withdraw because they weren’t being paid (a request the judge denied) — but he’s still managing to advertise in advance of the April 26 primary, in which he faces four challengers. How? By using funds from his congressional budget (aka taxpayer money) and loopholes in a 1775 statute called “franking privilege” that allows reps to “inform” their constituents, reports the Inquirer.
DIVINE LORRAINE UPDATE: ‘WE’RE REALLY IN A GROOVE NOW’
The renovations — massive resuscitation? — on the Divine Lorraine, a $50 million undertaking, started in mid-September. Has progress been made? Developer Eric Blumenfeld says yes. “Construction jobs, they start out everybody’s kind of on top of each other and in each other’s way,” he explained. “Over a two or three month period though, you start to get in a rhythm. We’re really in a groove now.” Here’s what’s going on in the hulking structure on North Broad Street these days.
ON THE CALENDAR
Is braving the freeze worth it for brunch? The new menu at Headhouse Square's Southern-themed juke joint just might be. Featuring hoecakes, praline French toast, andouille sausage omelets and 'Smokin' Marys' to drink.
Where: The Twisted Tail at 509 S. 2nd St. 19147
When: February 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Steak? Champagne? If you're more into pizza and beer, swing by the newest bar from the owners of Memphis Taproom and Local 44 and split the heart-shaped pie with your special someone. It comes with two appetizers and a dessert for just $25. Available all weekend.
Where: Clarkville at 4301 Baltimore Ave. 19104
When: February 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to February 14, 2016 at 11:00 p.m.
How much: $25
Bhaskar Sunkara is founding editor and publisher of Jacobin Magazine and honorary vice-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. He'll be talking and answering questions about the past and future of our nation and society at Drexel.
Where: Drexel's Nesbitt Hall at 3215 Market St. 19104
When: February 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: Free
Every Sunday through the April 3 season finale, this Loft District tavern will be showing AMC's zombie drama with sound on. SweetWater 420 Pale Ale will be on special.
Where: The Institute at 549 N. 12th St. 19123
When: February 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go