In Philly and across the country, systems of bail are coming under increasing scrutiny, and reforms are being debated and considered. Philadelphia bail hearings, which happen some 135 times each day, are a whirlwind of videoconferencing in which a magistrate must quickly weigh various recommendations to set a number that can determine a person's fate — often with implications for the rest of their life. How does bail actually work in Philly? Here's an explainer.
At the annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival this past Saturday and Sunday, one thing stood out: the way Ninth Street has truly become a melange of both Mexican and Italian-American cultures. There were as many taco and tamale stands at the fest as there were roast pork or pasta options, and chile-dusted mangos on a stick were more popular than cannoli. During the Sunday afternoon "Procession of the Saints," several Mexican parishes joined in. There were even a few nonwhite people participating in the double-grease grease pole contest (ok, maybe just one or two). That grease in the hot sun did the trick — check out this 4k high-res video we shot of a valiant but failed attempt. To end on a satisfying note, watch this Instagram video of someone finally making it up.
This Chaps ad not only features a Dallas Cowboys star, it also neglects to identify his wife by name
Ralph Lauren is featuring former Dallas Cowboys star Tony Romo on Philly bus stops in a campaign for Chaps. Not exactly the way to endear your clothing line to Philadelphians. Even worse, the ads have a tagline of "Tony Romo and wife." Does she not have a name? (She does; it's Candice Crawford.) When we snapped a pic of the egregious display and posted it on Twitter, people noted that Chaps isn't a very respected brand, anyway. But seriously folks, what agency approved this?
In case you take weekends off from reading the internet (well done), our Saturday reads included:
- Alan Jaffe's first Naturally Philly column, on why the plant life at the Rail Park looks the way it does
- Photos of the unique human-powered contraptions at the 12th annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby
- A recap of the DAO's investigation into the desecration of the Israeli flag on the Ben Franklin Parkway
- Not an article, but worth noting: Sunday marked the fourth anniversary of gay marriage being legally recognized in Pennsylvania 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈
💼 Thinking of starting your own business? The North 5th Street Revitalization Project hosts a free entrepreneurship class every week at the Greater Olney Branch Library. (Monday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.)
🍔 Whatever your thoughts about Urban Farmer, the steakhouse at the Logan Hotel that brands itself "urban chic," the patio is gorgeous. Chef Seth Petitt's first Beer-B-Q of the season features ribs and brats plus brews from Victory. (Tuesday, May 22, 4-8 p.m.)
❓ We're hosting the first Billy Penn Philly Quizzo at the uCity PHS Pop Up in West Philly. Show off your knowledge of Philadelphia and you could win two tickets to Philly Beer Week Opening Tap. Totally free to participate. (Wednesday, May 23, 6 p.m.)
🌌 Folks who want to watch Solo: A Star Wars Story with likeminded fans can pick up tix to the Philly Film Society's advance screening at the Prince Theater. Look for Solo-themed cocktails, pre-movie trivia and a costume contest. (Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m.)
🛁 Fans of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and great local beer will want to head to Mayfair's Grey Lodge Pub for its annual Towel Day celebration. Special brews from Evil Genius and Broken Goblet, prizes for best costumes and a Vogan poetry contest. (Friday, May 25, 5 p.m.)
📚 Center City's Pen & Pencil, aka the longest continually operating press club in America, occasionally welcomes poet Bob Zell to host public readings. There's also open mic if you want to participate. (Sunday, May 27, 9 p.m.)