Newsletter for Thursday, Feb. 17
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Here’s the dragon HBO promised would fly over the city; photo via @nicholas.bergmann on Instagram.
PHILLY FANS BOO HBO’S GAME OF THRONES ‘DRAGON’
Scores of people were waiting on that dragon. At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Game of Thrones fans had Dilworth Park buzzing. To commemorate the release of the fifth season of the smash series on DVD, HBO has planned dragon landings in four cities over three days — New York, Los Angeles, Philly and San Francisco — with morning giveaways and nighttime 3D animations. Crowds formed around the north side of City Hall. Between Market Street and Dilworth, hundreds had gathered. Then the “3D projection” appeared. It didn’t go well.
PENNSYLVANIA FINALLY GETS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
The guy who the Republican establishment is praying for brought his road show to the Philly area where hundreds of mostly preppy Main Line white kids packed like sardines to hear him speak. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who Tuesday night won his home state of Ohio in his quest for the presidency, held a town hall event at Villanova University on Wednesday (he said he was in Philadelphia — he was not!) and spent a large portion of the time either sounding like a therapist or talking like a teen. Kasich wants to win the Pennsylvania primary next month; his visit was the first for any 2016 Presidential candidate, since our date falls so late on the calendar. He talked about Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon and Uber, among other things.
Michael Rakowitz is an artist known for thought-provoking projects about the Middle East. He'll talk about his upcoming collab with Mural Arts: 'A Desert Home Companion.'
Where: Moore College of Art & Design at 1916 Race St. 19103
When: March 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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SEPTA KEY AND PHILLY’S MANY LANGUAGES
After a series of meetings between SEPTA and Xerox through next week, the companies will determine when the new Key digital payment system will launch. But will the new fare system be accessible in all languages? A SEPTA spokesman said instructional handouts will be printed in both English and Spanish and fare kiosks; users will have the option to translate purchasing directions into Spanish. A customer service center is staffed with both English and Spanish-speaking customer service representatives. And there’ll be a Key Call Center Interactive Voice Response system in English, Spanish, French and German. But those languages don’t cover a large swath of Philadelphians who speak other languages.
SODA TAX BATTLE: HOW JIM KENNEY’S PLANNING TO FIGHT IN COURT
Let’s say Mayor Jim Kenney proves more persuasive than soda lobbyists and convinces City Council to approve his recently proposed soda tax. Clear sailing from there, right? Not quite. It’s possible, even likely, the soda industry would mount a legal challenge and attempt to overturn the law. Even Kenney apparently believes such a scenario could unfold. He recently appeared in former Mayor John Street’s Temple University government class as a guest speaker, and Street confirmed Kenney acknowledged to students a legal challenge over an enacted soda tax was a “very real possibility.” If it does, here’s how they’ll fight it.