Newsletter for Sunday, June 28
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Virgil Marti mirror sculpture at the Navy Yard makes for some slick geometry; photo via @medlowminus on Instagram
INSIDE T STREET: BART BLATSTEIN’S ATTEMPT TO SAVE ATLANTIC CITY WITH A PARTY, NOT GAMBLING
Atlantic City has a new nightlife venue, and it’s huge, unique and generally pretty cool, as Jersey Shore spots go. After a less than a month of whirlwind construction, T Street is now open at The Playground. It’s modeled after music row in Nashville, Beale Street in Memphis and Sixth Street in Austin — you can carry your drinks freely between the eight-plus bars and clubs along T Street’s indoor concourse, and each has its own performance stage. We headed to the Shore to check out the vibe.
WHY NOTHING IS GROWING AT JOSE GARCES’ LUNA FARM
Right now, there’s no produce growing in the fields of Luna Farm. There’s no full-time farmer on site, no peppers hanging from rows of stakes, no rainbow carrots poking up from soil in the greenhouses and no tomatoes pulling on the trellises that stretch through the covered hoop houses. The 40-acre estate is in transition, and plans are being formulated for its next incarnation.
ON THE CALENDAR
FREE TACOS AT TUK TUK REAL
It was a nice idea while it lasted, but less than a year after opening, Alex Boonphaya is shutting down his Thai-Mexican mashup taqueria on South Street and turning it into a third outpost of Circles Thai (see you ’round, lemongrass nachos). The shop is going out with a bang and not a whimper, though — on its last evening of business, anyone who stops by will get one free taco as a thank you.
When: 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Sunday, June 28
Where: Tuk Tuk Real, 429 South Street
How Much: Free
FIREWORKS ON THE DELAWARE
Saturday night rain forced the United States Army Band to cancel its planned concert on the waterfront, but happily, the fireworks display was just rescheduled for Sunday. Head down to see Pyrotecnico produce a colorful sky-full of sparks bursting over the top of the 13 impressive tall ships currently docked along the riverfront.
When: 9:30 PM, Sunday, June 28
Where: Penn’s Landing, Walnut Street & Columbus Boulevard
How Much: Free
BRAUHAUS SCHMITZ ANNIVERSARY PARTY & WHETSTONE TAVERN PREVIEW
Hard to believe, but it’s been six years since owner Doug Hager and chef Jeremy Nolen set up shop on South Street and brought an authentic German beer hall to Philadelphia. They’re celebrating with a party that doubles as a preview for their next project, soon-to-open Whetstone Tavern (at Fifth and Bainbridge). A ticket gets all the Whetstone-style food you care to partake in (Kung Pao wings, provolone polenta, Bloody Mary mussels and more), plus a beer and wine open bar. All proceeds benefit the South Street Police Mini-Station, which helps keep the area calm and safe.
When: 7 PM – midnight, Monday, June 29
Where: Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street
How Much: $20
FREE ADMISSION TO THE PHILADELPHIA HISTORY MUSEUM
In partnership with PECO and as part of the week-long Wawa Welcome America celebration, you can check out this newly renovated museum without paying a dime. Where other historic sites might teach you about our nation, this one is dedicated to Philly and Philly only. Items on display range from the wampum belt given to William Penn by the Lenni Lenape tribe to a pair of boxing gloves Joe Frazier used to win a 1970 championship. Plus one entire room is covered with the world’s largest map of Philadelphia.
When: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesday, June 30
Where: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. Seventh Street
How Much: FREE
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CRAB FEAST
Last year, chef Nick Farina turned his taco shop just north of Northern Liberties into a space to host pop-up events, and it’s been relatively successful, hosting chefs from around the country to offer BYOB dinners at pretty great prices. Starting this week, Farina will take over the kitchen himself each Wednesday to offer an all-you-can-eat crab boil. Twenty bones gets you as many hard shell crabs as you care to crack, along with garlic butter, corn on the cob, roasted potatoes and jalapeno corn bread.
When: 6 or 7:30 PM, Wednesdays throughout July
Where: EAT, 712 W. Girard Avenue
How Much: $19.95 (tickets here)