Newsletter for Wed., March 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Meet Graffiti Pier’s mascot (Instagram via @haywire69)
KATHRYN KNOTT ALREADY WANTS OUT OF JAIL
Knott, who was found guilty in the Center City gay attack and sentenced to at least five months in prison, has been granted a resentencing hearing next week. Her lawyer, Bill Brennan, said he wants the sentence to be rehabilitative and that community service or a public service announcement “might be more proactive and productive in addressing the larger issues that this case dealt with.”
WHO’LL PAY FOR JIM KENNEY’S SODA TAX? THE POOR
Experts say if Mayor Jim Kenney gets the city to pass his soda tax proposal that would help expand a preschool program, the measure will likely disproportionately affect lower income Philadelphians. So are its benefits worth the cost? “It’s an imperfect tax,” said Carl Davis, the research director at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. “The first thing you realize is that it is regressive. It’s going to hit lower and more moderate income families more heavily than higher-income families.” Here’s why.
The inaugural Entrepreneur in Quorum event features Philly Startup Leaders President Brock Weatherup. The Pet360 founder will host the first of these monthly conversations with local entrepreneurs.
Where: Quorum at 3711 Market St. Suite 800, 19104
When: March 2, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free; advanced registration required
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE PHILLY ART FESTIVAL YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF
What if you hosted a world-class arts festival, and no one cared? It wouldn’t be quite fair to say that about the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, aka PIFA. But the city-wide collection of striking visual art and high-energy performances, which returns this spring for a third edition following events in 2011 and 2013, doesn’t yet get the notice it deserves. Find out about PIFA 2016, which will include a fire show at Penn’s Landing, a Swedish circus performing in a maze of yarn and more.
WHO’S NEXT: BEER, WINE AND SPIRITS
The perfect partner to Philly’s booming restaurant scene is the its fast-growing community of beer, wine and spirits makers and evangelists. The people who move that industry forward are highlighted in this edition of Who’s Next. From pioneers who’ve launched breweries and distilleries in underutilized neighborhoods to self-taught experts who spread knowledge that helps producers and consumers navigate the expanding drink landscape, these are the folks to keep an eye on in the world of booze in Philadelphia.