Newsletter for Saturday, April 23
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Philadelphia Lantern Festival looks super cool from the inside, but is closing off a public park for a ticketed event really fair or right? Photo via @aaronricketts_ on Instagram.
FLYERS STAY ALIVE IN PLAYOFFS, FORCE GAME 6 AT HOME
The Flyboys came through. On the strength of the performance by goaltender Michal Neuvirth — which team captain Claude Giroux called “amazing” — the Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 last night. After being down 3-0 in the first round playoff series, Philly is now at 3-2, with a chance to even things up this Sunday at home.
WHY FISHTOWN’S FRONT STREET CAFE IS MSNBC’S PHILLY BROADCAST HQ
Last week, the back of Front Street Cafe was home base for MSNBC, which was broadcasting from Philly in advance of Tuesday’s primary election. How’d producers pick this relative newcomer beneath the El? For one thing, the coffee was good. The only snag was when reporters tried to get a coherent man-on-the-street interview done on 4/20.
GASP: THE DONALD PULLS OFF A MOSTLY TRUE FACT ABOUT LOST JOBS IN PA
At a campaign rally in Harrisburg last week, Donald Trump told the crowd: “Pennsylvania has lost 35 percent of its manufacturing jobs since 2001″ and later added that the state capital “has lost 40 percent of its manufacturing jobs since 2001.” That seemed like a large percentage of jobs lost, but it turns out the dip was (mostly) real.
ON THE CALENDAR
The finale to this year's festival transforms six blocks of the Avenue of the Arts into a free outdoor party with a zip line, performances and an enormous waterfall in the middle of the street.
Where: Broad Street at Chestnut to South streets
When: April 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free / Pay-as-you-go food and drink
Their Spring Garden restaurant's not open yet, but the folks behind this forthcoming farm-to-sandwich spot (sorry) are showing their stuff at a special brunch in Grays Ferry.
Where: Devil's Pocket Food & Spirits at 2425 Grays Ferry Ave. 19146
When: April 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
In honor of Earth Day, the Roxy is showing this classic Dr. Seuss flick. Yeah, the theaters here are tiny compared to modern multiplexes, but maybe that fits the message. Showings at 12 and 2.
Where: PFS Roxy Theater at 2023 Sansom St. 19103
When: April 23, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: $4 adults / $1 kids
This annual block party returns with more than two dozen restaurants serving food beneath a tent with a fashion show and craft show next door. Live music, too.
Where: East Passyunk Avenue at 1904 E. Passyunk Ave. 19148
When: April 24, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The owners of this petite shop on Pine are closing down Hicks Street for a bash to celebrate one year in biz. Free samples of beer, wine and coffee, plus live music and plenty of waffle bites.
Where: Waffles & Wedges at 1511 Pine St. 19102
When: April 24, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free / Pay as you go