Newsletter for Friday, June 3
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Wizard World is in full swing, and these old timey costumes are on point. Photo via @billy_penn on Instagram and taken by editor Dan Levy, who also compiled a rundown of 40 (!) of the event’s can’t-miss panels.
KATIE MCGINTY LIED ABOUT BEING THE FIRST IN HER FAM TO GO TO COLLEGE
Senate candidate Katie McGinty has a compelling story. The daughter of a Philadelphia police officer and a restaurant hostess, the would-be politician made her to way to working in the White House after being the first person in her family to go to college — well, except for that last part. The Democrats’ pick for U.S. Senate, one of the most important Senate races in the country, has claimed she was the first in her family to go to college. Sometimes she’s said she was the first in her family to graduate from a four-year college. But yesterday, BuzzFeed ran a story showing McGinty’s older brother John earned a Bachelor’s degree from La Salle years before his younger sister headed off for school.
PHILLY LAWMAKER WANTS TO SHORTEN DEADLINE FOR SEX CRIMES
A Montgomery County judge ruled last week that there’s enough evidence for sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby to move toward trial. For now, they’re the only criminal charges the comedian faces — even though 58 women have said they experienced sexual violence at the hands of Cosby. That’s because the statute of limitations has passed for most of the women, meaning authorities are unable to bring criminal charges because the cases happened too long ago. But for future victims of sexual violence in Pennsylvania, that could change.
PHILLY ORCHESTRA LEADER WILL ALSO SOMEHOW RUN NYC’S MET OPERA
Thursday’s word that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will take the reigns of the Metropolitan Opera’s coveted music director position shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. He made his Met debut in the 2009-2010 season, leading a new production of Bizet’s Carmen, and has returned to the New York opera company every season since. But there’s a catch: He’ll also be “lengthening his tenure” with the Philadelphia Orchestra through 2025-2026. In essence, he’ll be the music director of both institutions simultaneously. How’s that going to work? It isn’t that far of a stretch.
Opening Tap has a new venue this year — instead of the cavernous 23rd St. Armory, the 30-local-brewery beer fest that marks the start of PBW is at the hot new concert hall in Fishtown. Mayor Jim Kenney will be there to kick of the week.
Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia at 29 E. Allen St. 19123
When: June 3, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $46
EVENT SPONSORED BY USCPRD.COM
This is the only time to get involved in the fastest growing industry in America with little or no experience. US Cannabis Pharmaceutical Research and Development is hosting one-day seminars on everything you need to know about the Pennsylvania medical marijuana system. Get into it now!
Where: June 4th @ Philadelphia Marriott Downtown at 1201 Market Street (Philly) and June 5th @ Marriott West at 111 Crawford Ave (Conshy) Both days run 9:30am-4pm
When: June 4, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $350 per ticket
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INDOOR AXE THROWING IS COMING TO PHILLY
Pending neighborhood and zoning approval, Urban Axes is setting up to launch in Kensington this summer, with Cope serving as Axe Master General. The 8,000-square-foot entertainment space at 2019 E. Boston St. (a couple blocks northwest of Frankford) will be one of the first of its kind in the U.S. The sport is apparently all the rage in Canada, where it’s a popular leisure activity and multiple amateur leagues hold province-wide competitions. Why are people lining up to toss sharp blades at bullseyes — and is it even a good idea?
ARE ANY PHILLIES WORTH VOTING INTO THE ALL-STAR GAME?
Filling out the MLB All-Star ballot is a right of passage for any baseball fan, where voting for the home team over the best player on a division rival is a given. Yet despite Major League Baseball allowing fans to vote online for the last dozen some-odd years, the league still forces teams to submit their players for inclusion on the ballot at the start of the season. That’s why the Phillies have Cody Asche on the ballot as one of their three outfielders despite having two plate appearances in the big leagues in 2016. But is anyone on the current team really worth voting for? Here’s a primer.