SEPTA has hired a consulting firm to examine its bus routes and recommend changes after numbers show ridership dropping dramatically. Bus ride trips are down 4.4 million from 2014 to 2016, a decrease of 2.7 percent, and the trend does not appear to be reversing. What led to the downturn? Most likely, the advent of ride-sharing. Uber has dramatically shortened its pickup time in Philly — you won't wait more than five minutes for a car, on average, anywhere in the entire city. Another issue: The more Ubers and Lyfts on the road, the worse bus service gets from increased traffic. Results from the study are expected later this year.
There's a new beer floating around Philly this summer, and it's got an unlikely theme: Opera. But the two aren't so far apart on the spectrum, according to Opera Philadelphia. The young, craft brew-loving crowd is exactly who the arts group is trying to cater to with its Netflix-style, 12-day O17 festival, so why not create a beer that commemorates it? Flying Fish to the rescue. Here's how OPA (that'd be Opera Pale Ale) came about, and where you can find it.
Planning a trip to Headhouse Farmers Market today? You'll no doubt see the Three Springs Fruit Farm stand, where peaches and cherries are having their day. Tip your hat while you're there and offer condolences — and regrets — because the Adams County farm was hit by a freak hailstorm last week. The act of nature caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage, including wiping out this year's entire Honeycrisp apple crop.
The second Philly outpost of seafood specialist Luke's Lobster opened in Market East last week, and this one's a whole lot more spacious and airy than the below-ground Rittenhouse location. There's still kind of a "seafood shack" feel, but there's also lots of light and plenty of seating at long hardwood tables. Here's a look at the new spot, plus details on a couple new menu items (hint: think lobster tail).
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The prize for most beer taps in the city goes to Chinatown's Bar-Ly, which sports 60 rotating handles at any given time. From Monday through Saturday of this week, every single one of them will be on special for $3.50 to $5.50 a pour. Why? The spot is closing for a big renovation, and no reason to let good brew go to waste.
Where: Bar-Ly at 101 N. 11th St. 19107
When: July 24, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to July 30, 2017 at 1:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
You know the name von Trapp from the famous musical that depicted the family's narrow escape from Nazi Austria. As it happens grandson Samuel von Trapp is now a brewer, and he's bringing Austrian-inspired beer to Philly for the first time this week. He'll be welcomed by a performance of the film's greatest hits by the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus.
Where: Tria Taproom at 2005 Walnut St. 19103
When: July 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Last we heard, chef David Ansill was having success with his underground "infused" dinner pop-ups, but this one is fully public (and not infused, to be clear). He'll be channeling his beloved Jamaica at this brewery tasting room with a menu that includes salt fish fritters, coconut shrimp, jerk chicken, curried goat and more. Live steel drums will add to the island vibes.
Where: Saint Benjamin's Taproom at 1710 N. 5th St. 19122
When: July 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: There's a $50 prix-fixe option but you can also do a la carte
Christopher Nolen's new movie, Dunkirk, has been well received by critics and audiences alike. It's a World War II movie unlike any before it. Also: It was shot on large-format film — aka not digitally , as is the norm these days. After the showing, the Philadelphia Film Society has rounded up cinema professors from Drexel and Temple to lead a talk about what you just saw.
Where: Prince Theater at 1412 Chestnut St. 19102
When: July 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $13
Arts group Orbiter 3 somehow convinced the museum powers that be to let them perform a short excerpt from their show Peaceable Kingdom inside the special WILD exhibition currently on display. The tie-in is there: The play is about wild animals struggling to live together. After the performance, which includes song, head upstairs to chat about the overlap between environmental and art conservation.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: July 28, 2017 at 6:15 p.m.
How much: Free with museum admission ($20)