Newsletter for Sunday, July 26
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
High hopes: Giant new Phillies mural at 24th and Walnut; photo via @phillynightowl on Instagram.
WHY IT’S CALLED ‘PHILADELPHIA CREAM CHEESE’ EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT FROM HERE
Philadelphia Cream Cheese is not from Philadelphia. It’s not made here now, nor was it at any point in its 135-year history. The archetype of the thick spread that’s become part of the American breakfast canon was first developed and produced in upstate New York. In fact, the “Philadelphia” in the name stems not from location, but from reputation. Only recently has the real origin story of what is now a $500 million-plus brand sold by Kraft Foods come to light — here’s how it went down.
BAMBI, DOLPHIN, BOOT & SADDLE: SOUTH BROAD STREET’S 9 MOST ICONIC SHOP SIGNS
The stretch of South Broad that runs between Oregon and Washington is officially known as the “Avenue of the States,” and flags from all 50 U.S. states hang from lampposts along the strip. More interesting than those banners are the antique lettered marquees and neon signs that adorn several of the street’s historic buildings. Here’s a photo tour of nine of the most iconic, with a brief background about the shops they call out.
ON THE CALENDAR
If your work hours aren't strictly 9 to 5, or if you work in the hospitality industry, you probably rarely get to take advantage of happy hour. Fix that with a special weekly Monday night deal session at this bar across from the Square, which will by this hour be empty of Rittenhouse high and mighty and ready for some fun. Bartender Paul MacDonald will be shaking special drinks to go with a menu of $4 snacks.
Where: a.bar at 18th & Walnut streets
When: July 27, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. to July 28, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
"Every child deserves a second chance" reads the tagline for the film "15 to Life: Kenneth's Story." The documentary follows the redemption struggle of a kid given life without parole at age 15 — something that happens unfortunately often. The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project is screening the movie with free food and drink, and hosting a panel discussion with Congressman Tony Cardenas afterward. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Friends Center, Rufus Jones room at 1501 Cherry St.
When: July 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The gorgeous courtyard inside the Penn Museum's castle-like walls is host to a summer live music series, and this week the performers are a group called El Caribefunk from Colombia. Their sound is like funk meets calypso meets salsa, so plan for some dance time in between eats and drinks from the on-site bar.
Where: Penn Museum courtyard at 3620 South St.
When: July 29, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Each month the local LGBTQ community gathers at a different venue for a night of networking, hobnobbing, education and fun hosted by the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. This session takes place beneath the rafters at Headhouse, with $5 drinks specials and food from Brauhaus Schmitz, and all sales benefit Philly AIDS Thrift. RSVP is requested.
Where: Headhouse Square at Second & Pine streets
When: July 29, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $5 donation
What happens when a wizard nears middle age? We've got a few years yet to find out the answer to that question, because this July 31 would only be Harry Potter's 34th birthday, if you follow the books' timeline. Grab a wand and head to this British pub in Old City for a Hogwarts-related trivia session and specials on drinks and snacks like peppermint toads.
Where: The Victoria Freehouse at 10 S. Front St.
When: July 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go