It was a tough week for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. On Friday, news broke that intelligence reports show he did in fact discuss the Trump campaign with Russian contacts. That's after the President himself expressed disapproval for his top cop in an NYT interview, saying he regretted appointing him. But all that didn't stop Sessions from his planned trip to Philly yesterday for a speech at the US Attorney's office. Of course he brought up sanctuary cities, of which Philadelphia is one. Sessions told his audience that the city needed to 'rethink' its policy — and more. Here's the lowdown on the sanctuary dig, plus four other takeaways from the event.
People park on the median along South Broad Street. It's illegal, but just a Philly thing that's been going on forever, right? Not so fast, says 5th Square. The millennial-focused PAC has filed suit against the PPD and PPA to make them enforce the law. It's a sticky situation for sure. We've got a whole video showing that sometimes, the agencies do tow along the median — but sometimes they don't. Watch it here, along with a pic of the best "no parking" garage artwork ever in this edition of The Week in Parking.
People know John Kruk as the lovable first baseman from the '93 Phillies, but did you know he writes country music songs? Or owns a cheesesteak shop in Florida with plans to turn it into a franchise? Billy Penn sports editor Dan Levy talked with the man himself this week about his role as a Phillies analyst for CSN Philly, what he thinks of the current team, how crazy his '93 teammates were (hint: very crazy) and how reading about Delaware hoops legend Elena Delle Donne turned him into a songwriter. Here's Kruk in his own words.
A new milestone in Federal Donuts' march toward world domination: Phish is now repping the Philly-born brand. The jam band is in NYC through August 6, and as fans enter the show each night, they'll be handed free special edition FedNuts treats. Why? It's a theme tie-in: The concert series is titled "The Baker's Dozen."
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You might know her from Entourage or Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience (or, you know, her adult films...), but Sasha Grey is also apparently adept on the turntables. Makes sense — Questlove is one of her best friends. She'll be spinning at the Hotel Monaco rooftop lounge throughout the night. 21+
Where: Stratus Lounge at 433 Chestnut St. 19106
When: July 22, 2017 from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
How much: $15, available in advance
The whole beer + yoga thing is really taking off, so there must be something to it. (Those electrolytes in the brew really help, that must be it.) This is the first edition taking place at Evil Genius under the El. Bring your own mat; your ticket includes the hour class and a 16-oz. pint afterwards.
Where: Evil Genius Lab at 1727 N. Front St. 19122
When: July 23, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
How much: $25
File this among reasons to visit a casino — and you're not really inside the casino anyway, just at the beer garden out back. The Fishtown PSPCA will be there too, along with cute pups in need of homes. Look for deals on food and drink, from which a portion of proceeds will benefit the animal rescue nonprofit. Plus, BYODog if you want.
Where: Fishtown Hops at 1001 N. Delaware Ave. 19125
When: July 23, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The first in a series of two workshops about growing greens native to the region, this one focuses on water. Specifically, "the hydrologic cycle" — what it is and comprehending it is key to having a flourishing garden. Leading the program is Sarah Endriss, a professor of sustainable landscape design at Phila U.
Where: Weavers Way Mercantile at 542 Carpenter Ln. 19119
When: July 23, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $10 suggested donation
The city's traveling pop-up lands at the Dragon Boat Docks in Fairmount Park this weekend, and on Sunday night will host the Twilight Music Festival. Sun Ra Arkestra will fill the air with reggae beats.
Where: Parks on Tap Beer Garden at 1233 MLK Jr. Dr. 19131
When: July 23, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free music, pay-as-you-go food and drink