Newsletter for Sunday, May 22, 2016
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
See you next year, Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby! (Instagram via @jwstoff.)
‘LARD HAVE MERCY’: SOUTH PHILLY’S 30-FOOT GREASE POLE IS BACK
For nearly 20 years, the South Ninth Street Italian Market went without a cherished tradition: a tall af grease pole covered in lard with prizes at the top for the taking. Nobody made it all the way up yesterday, so the prizes have doubled, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Catch the competition at the festival today; scroll down for event details.
THE DEBATE BEHIND PUTTING ‘JAWN’ ON MENUS
Many local restaurants embrace ‘jawn’ when naming dishes and drinks. But does including one of the city’s most famous slang words on a menu ring true of good marketing, or do the names wind up sounding corny? Here’s what chefs think, plus a list of dope jawns that you can order around the city.
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE UNDERGROUND EXPLOSIONS
A manhole exploded yesterday around 30th and Market. Early this morning, there was a second, seemingly unconnected underground explosion in Society Hill. No injuries came from either incident, but in Society Hill, neighbors have been evacuated. We’re still awaiting official responses from authorities as to what caused the blasts. As for the 30th Street explosion, 6ABC reported that it may have been an old, but still live, wire from 1932 that sparked it.
ON THE CALENDAR
|What||Almost 100 restaurants, stores and artists will be outside on Ninth Street between Fitzwater and Wharton. Highlights include live entertainment and a doggie play area.|
|Where||Italian Market at 919 S. Ninth St. 19147|
|When||May 21, 2016 at 11:00 am to May 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm|
|What||The city's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services is partnering with the Porch Light Department for this Painting a Health City event. Stop by the park to help paint a mural in progress.|
|Where||Malcolm X Park at 5100 Pine St. 19143|
|When||May 22, 2016 at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm|
|What||The Bloom Consort and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Music Department present a Concert Celebrating the Life and Works of William Shakespeare. Expect a cappella music of the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.|
|Where||Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103|
|When||May 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm|
|What||This festival enters its last day today. The schedule is jam-packed with workshops, in case your aching to learn to how to do Argentina's iconic dance with more style. Beginners classes available. When the seminars are over, a dance party (of course) will follow.|
|Where||Christ Church Neighborhood House at 20 North American Street|
|When||May 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm to May 23, 2016 at 2:00 am|
|How much||varies, single events from $10-$45|