Newsletter for June 24, 2015
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Yesterday’s storm, which felled trees and knocked out power for plenty in the city and the suburbs, moves in; photo via @adam_wallacavage on Instagram.
JUANES IN PHILLY: THE COLOMBIAN STAR WHO’LL PERFORM FOR THE POPE
World Meeting of Families Executive Director Donna Farrell told reporters in Rome Tuesday that renowned opera singer Andrea Bocelli and the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform for Pope Francis — in addition to Juanes, a Colombian pop superstar who’s one of the best-known artists right now in all of Latin America. This makes sense: Francis is, in addition to being the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas and he hails from Argentina. Here are eight things to know about Juanes, who will perform during the Festival of Families on Sept. 26.
SAY ‘NO’ TO LOSING THAT WEDDING DRESS
It’s been nearly a month since a laundry service in Philly lost a bag of South Philly resident Levana Layendecker’s clothes that included her wedding dress she’d worn just this past April. Since then, all she’s gotten is a check for $300 and accidentally CC’d on an email about her. But no dress. She wrote a blog post that took Facebook by storm; you maybe can guess what happened next.
A ROADIE’S GUIDE TO PHILADEPHIA
When Philadelphia pops up on a tour stop — and for the big artists it usually does — roadies relish the opportunity. From the venues, the people and especially the food, the city has everything they want. “It’s always a good town for us, a good crowd,” says Rick “Chainsaw” LaPointe, a longtime guitar technician for Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. “Some cities we dread… Philly’s never one of those towns.” Adds Harley Zinker, who’s toured with Interpol, The Killers, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Strokes: “Nobody complains when you see Philly in the tour itinerary.” With their input, Billy Penn presents the Roadies’ Guide to Philly.
TO DO: WATCH KERMIT OUTSIDE
WHAT: ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan’ screening at The Shambles at Headhouse Square, feat. food trucks, etc.
WHERE: 2nd & Lombard streets
WHEN: Dinner at 6 PM, movie starts at 8 PM
HOW MUCH: Movie = free, dinner = pay-as-you-go
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THE PHILADELPHIA AMATEUR BASEBALL LEAGUE IS BRINGING AMERICA’S PASTIME BACK
A few years ago, the participants in the Philadelphia Amateur Baseball league could’ve only dreamed about playing a full game with nine players on each side. More than likely their best option for a summer sport activity on a Sunday would have been the sports du jour for most 20-somethings in Philadelphia, like kickball and softball. But the Philadelphia Amateur Baseball league is in the middle of its fifth official season. Here’s how they got there.
THANKS FOR COMING TO OUR POP-UP BEACH PARTY
With the help of PECO and iHeartRadio, we turned the Dilworth Park lawn into a beach party for a couple of hundred people at lunch Tuesday. Thanks to everyone who played with the Billy Penn frisbees, danced it out and waited in line for some free Capogiro gelato. And congrats to winners of PECO’s Coolest Summer Ever contest, who walked away with tickets to local amusement parks like Six Flags, and a chance to meet Nate Ruess of the band Fun. If you missed it, don’t fret: Keep an eye on our meetup group for more events.