Newsletter for Friday, June 26
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Tall Ships are taking over the Delaware River; details below, and photo via @julia_gulia on Instagram.
BOOZE FIGHT IS SLOWING DOWN MONEY FOR PHILLY’S SCHOOLS (AND EVERYTHING ELSE)
It all comes down to booze. Welcome to budget season, when the weather gets warm and everyone else looks forward to vacation, our lawmakers, the Governor and their staffs are cloistered in Harrisburg, arguing for weeks over back-room deals. While those talks touch on schools, pensions and taxes, what we’re all really arguing about is liquor and what’s the best way to sell and buy it. Will anything get done before the nominal budget deadline of June 30?
ARAMARK, VENDOR FOR THE POPE’S VISIT, OFTEN SUED FOR PRISON FOOD
An estimated two million people will crush into Philly in late September for two major reasons: The World Meeting of Families and the Pope. For most, the adorable plush Pope dolls selling for $20 a pop will be the closest they get to Mr. Pontifex, and those come courtesy of Aramark. But what’s behind the name atop the skyscraper? A heaping helping of lawsuits over prison food.
TO DO: TALL SHIPS ON THE DELAWARE RIVER
WHAT: The Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015, featuring giant, historic three-masted ships as well as historical reenactments, live music, dance, youth sail training and a craft beer garden.
WHERE: Delaware River waterfront in Philly and Camden
WHEN: All weekend
HOW MUCH: Day passes start at $7
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IN 1965, THE SIXERS WERE LESS APPEALING THAN DENTAL SCHOOL
The NBA was a simpler place in 1965. Nine teams played back then, the NBA Draft went 16 rounds and there were no Europeans, meaning nearly 150 American college men got selected, nearly three times as many as today. Some would become stars. Most had no chance of making a roster if they even bothered to show up. Here’s what happened to the Sixers draft class of 1965, when the starting lineup included Wilt Chamberlain.
MADE IN AMERICA: THE SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
News hit Wednesday that for the second time, Queen Bey herself will headline her husband’s hand-curated music festival that takes place on the Parkway in the shadow of the Art Museum. Beyonce and The Weeknd — who was recently in Philly for The Roots Picnic — are headlining Jay Z’s Made in America, the two-day festival in Philly over Labor Day weekend. They’ll join a litany of other musicians ranging from Bassnectar to Big Sean to Death Cab for Cutie to Modest Mouse. To get you ready for the festival, we created this Spotify playlist of the artists that have been announced.