Newsletter for Saturday, August 6
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
It took 233 hours to draw the Philly skyline at sunset in intricate colored pencil (Instagram via @skyscrapersunset)
THE FBI RAIDED JOHNNY DOC, AND MAYOR KENNEY MAY BE INVOLVED
Yesterday, the FBI raided at least seven locations across Philadelphia in an investigation surrounding IBEW Local 98 boss John Dougherty. Per an anonymous source to the Inquirer, the Feds are looking at “the union’s finances and its involvement in the political campaigns of Mayor Jim Kenney and state Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty” (Johnny Doc’s brother). Here’s the latest on the raids, and an explainer on Doc’s death grip on politics, from Philly to the White House.
CAMDEN CONCERT RAILING COLLAPSES, INJURING DOZENS AND SHUTTING DOWN SNOOP DOGG
Reports of how many were injured vary from 10 to 42, but one thing is certain (because cell phone video): Last night a railing collapsed at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden as Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa came on stage. Audience members fell on top of one another and many were taken to hospitals. And no, the show did not go on.
THE BIG LIST OF PHILLY ATHLETES COMPETING IN THE OLYMPICS
There are 554 athletes representing the USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics, which kicked off with opening ceremonies last night. More than 40 of them hail from Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Get the lowdown on the five from inside the city limits, and bookmark the handy reference list with stats on all the rest.
ON THE CALENDAR
Beer and meatballs? Yes and yes. Get all you want of both plus cheese and sausage, at the sixth annual beerfest hosted by the Swedes at their beautiful FDR Park museum.
Where: American Swedish Historical Museum at 1900 Pattison Ave. 19145
When: August 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $30 at the door
Wish happy birthday to Salt N Pepa's DJ as you glide by on rollerskates and she spins tunes and mixes beats rink-side by the river.
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest at 101 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: August 6, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. to August 7, 2016 at 1:00 a.m.
How much: Free entry, $3 skating admission, $10 skate rental
Trading homemade food is a thing — apparently the "barter economy" is hot. Find out how it all works from author Emily Paster, signing copies of "Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving."
Where: Headhouse Square Farmers Market at 2nd and Lombard St.
When: August 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: $19.95 per book (chatting is free)
For the eighth year running, the stretch of 2nd Street from Germantown to Green will be closed to traffic and full of people enjoying food, drink, games and art. Of course there will be beer gardens.
Where: 2nd Street at Northern Liberties
When: August 7, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free / Pay as you go
It's like the inverse of a dumpster pool. Fill Super Soakers full of sparkling wine and battle it out in bathing suits. Ticket includes a bottle of champagne, and the sky-high door fee covers potential damage (probably).
Where: Monarch Philly at 1031 Germantown Ave. 19123
When: August 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
How much: $20 in advance plus $40 cover at the door