Starting today, SEPTA riders who buy one of those one-trip tickets can now use them at any Market-Frankford or Broad Street line station… not just the one they bought it at. Hooray for a little bit more convenience. Now, you can purchase two Quick Trip tickets in one purchase: one for the first leg of your trip, and one for the second. It’s like a round-trip ticket! Sorta. Here are the deets.
Made In America has the backing of Jay Z, The Roots Picnic has Questlove’s curation skills, but what about a showcase for just up-and-coming local acts? And what about something for the neighborhoods? Sonya McDuffie noticed the void, so her company, Black Maverick Entertainment, is hosting the New Energy Live Music Festival at Stinger Square in Grays Ferry this Saturday. It’s bringing together more than a dozen local hip-hop and R&B acts to one stage on one day, and she hopes it will become an annual tradition extended to multiple neighborhoods for showcasing young, local talent. Read more about the locals performing and how the idea came together.
Nearly 40 percent of people in Philadelphia qualify as low-literate, meaning they struggle to do things like read doctors' instructions, apply for jobs and help kids with homework. Businesses on Lancaster Avenue took a step in the right direction Thursday with the launch of their book depot — a collection of donated books available to anyone at 30 storefronts on the avenue. No money or library card necessary. Getting your hair cut? Grab a book. Waiting for your laundry to dry? Grab a book. Check out photos from the launch.
The Eagles head into this weekend's game with Arizona at 3-1 and a game up in the NFC East. A win Sunday will really start to open some NFL eyes, but already the oddsmakers have taken notice of what Carson Wentz and the Birds are doing this year. Super Bowl odds for the Eagles before the season were 55-to-1, but each week they've gotten better and better. Now, they're as good as 22-to-1 which is a far cry from the Patriots, but certainly the biggest move on the board. Check out which other teams are Super Bowl contenders here, according to the money people.
Petty's Island, the privately-owned island between Fishtown and New Jersey, is undergoing a transformation into a State Park. Don't miss this opportunity to see the island and help in its transformation. Volunteers will be doing a cleanup of the shoreline where marine debris threatens the health of wildlife and humans, and will also be blazing a trail for use by schools and other visiting groups. Registration is required, as space is limited.
Where: Petty Island at 36th Street and Harrison Ave. Pennsauken Township, NJ
When: October 7, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Billy Penn Likes
You would not expect a restaurant run by out-of-towners to beat Philly at its own bar game, but truth is truth. Walnut Street Cafe, the three-month-old spot in the ground floor of the FMC Tower, is killing it on the Citywide Specials tip — even though beverage director Patrick Cappiello had never heard of the term before a year ago. His happy hour menu featuring a rotating selection of $5 beer-and-booze pairings is pretty much the best in the city.
Apple-picking sucks. So does playing around in a pumpkin patch. Hayrides are the worst. And haunted houses are kind of a ripoff. Billy Penn reporter Anna Orso is convinced she is not the only person in Philly who wants to sip a PSL and wear a flannel in a place that isn’t scary, dirty or covered in horse food. So here are some ideas for other things to do this fall (that won’t require you drive to New Jersey to pick fruit).