Newsletter for Saturday, January 30
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This morning on the Washington Avenue Pier — a great place to catch the sunrise; photo via @chuckseye on Instagram
INSIDE A VERY OBVIOUS PPA UBERX STING
Raymond Reyes thought he was being carjacked. The UberX driver, brought to a press conference Friday in which Uber Pennsylvania GM Jon Feldman denounced the Philadelphia Parking Authority as a “publicly-funded lobbyist” for the taxi industry, was one of two contractors for the service to share their stories of the “stings” that wound up with their vehicles impounded. Here’s a play-by-play of the PPA entrapment.
HOW THAT ‘ARTISTS REGISTRY’ GOT ADDED TO SQUILLA’S BILL
Why does the City of Philadelphia want phone numbers of the bands, DJs and entertainers who play here? The measure, buried in the highly controversial ‘Special Assembly License’ bill introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla, was drafted over a period of months in concert with other city departments. According to L&I Commissioner David Perri, the initial intent of the info collection was to help cut down on the temporary signage that shows up prior to a show.
HOW TO DO GROUNDHOG DAY: 8 THINGS TO KNOW
It’s not a stretch to call Groundhog Day Pennsylvania’s most bizarre tradition. Every year on Feb. 2, a small wooded area in Punxsutawney called Gobbler’s Knob becomes flooded with some 25,000 people ranging from families to drunk college kids to the weirdest people you’ve ever met. Why go? Here are eight reasons every Pennsylvanian should hit up Groundhog Day at least once.
ON THE CALENDAR
Usher in the Year of the Red Fire Monkey at this 35th annual celebration with family-friendly painting, dancing, music and even kung-fu demos. Festivities wrap up with a grand finale lion dance parade.
Where: Penn Museum at 3260 South St. 19104
When: January 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $2-$15
Did you know tarantulas are different from spiders? Get the furry, crawly scoop and check out these fascinating creatures up close at opening day of the Academy's tarantula exhibit. Don't miss the bonus display of scorpions and hissing cockroaches.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University at 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway 19103
When: January 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: General admission plus $5
Ice carving, balloon animals, pony rides, face painting and free hot chocolate make this a perfect day to get outside and fest it up with your friends, kids and neighbors.
Where: Starr Garden at 600 Lombard St. 19147
When: January 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Where in Center City is Punxsutawney Phil? Get a team together (or show up and join one) and search your way through bars to find the lil' stuffed dude. Tickets required; proceeds benefit Upper Darby's Sunshine Arts.
Where: Tap & Kitchen, Dirty Franks & other bars at 1420 Locust St. 19102
When: January 30, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
How much: $25
Which would you rather do, watch the Pro Bowl or drink tons of sour beer? If the latter's more your style, head to Midtown Village for a lineup of 28 sours and 14 over-the-top stouts, plus more special casks. No tix required, just show up.
Where: Bru Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn at 1316 Chestnut St. 19107
When: January 31, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go