Newsletter for Wednesday, Aug. 19
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The sun sets over 30th Street Station through clouds shaded purple and pink; photo via @gabrielleeed on Instagram.
MEDIA CIRCUS: CHAKA FATTAH’S 1ST DAY IN COURT
Embattled U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah had his first day in court Tuesday on racketeering charges, and the Daily News paints a highly entertaining portrait of how that proceeding unfolded. Fattah proclaimed his innocence before a judge was ready to hear that. Then, the congressman blasted prosecutors (again) for dragging his family and friends into things. (Prosecutors say Fattah’s son, Chaka Jr., and his wife, NBC10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah, were central to the alleged misuse of federal funds.) Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Congressman felt the Eagles should not have traded
Shady McCoy DeSean Jackson. Just go read it.
SPOILER ALERT: HERE’S WHERE THE CITY SAYS DINER EN BLANC WILL BE
The annual rite of late summer when a bunch of people drape themselves head-to-foot in white and eat food in a secret, public Philadelphia location is nearly upon us. Some people hail Diner en Blanc as performance art. Others consider it obnoxious and elitist to close down a public space for an exclusive event with a dress code. And no matter your view, Diner en Blanc generally has the power to surprise the city because of its secret location, whether you’re a driver whose commute is being affected or a dinner-goer awaiting the announcement of the spot. But it doesn’t have to surprise you this year. Major spoiler alert: Billy Penn has learned the location of Thursday’s Diner en Blanc.
Fans of the Star Wars movies at Citizens Bank Park will watch the Phillies play the Blue Jays while adorned in gear ranging from Jedi to Storm Trooper; the Philly Pops and the Philly Youth Orchestra will perform selections from the famous John Williams score.
Where: Citizens Bank Park at 1 Citizens Bank Way
When: August 19, 2015 at 7:05 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $23 on StubHub
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHAT IF IT RAINS FOR DINER EN BLANC?
This year’s Diner en Blanc could have a special uninvited guest: Rain. The annual outdoor picnic, for which 4,300 tickets priced at $39 apiece sold out in a manner of hours, will absolutely go on. (Oh, and you’ve got to bring your own food, your own table, your own chairs and your own setting; all the ticket gets you is access to the location, which is a secret until right before the event.) So what do you do tomorrow if it rains? The organizers here gave us some dos and don’ts.
ECONOMIST: NO WAY THE POPE VISIT BRINGS $500M HERE
A million or more people will visit Philly in a few short weeks, and — to hear leaders from a Philly tourism agency and the World Meeting of Families tell it — we’re in for a big payday. The juicy numbers with regards to economic effect to the Philadelphia area from the pope’s visit: $390 million, $418 million, maybe $500 million. Yeah, not really. Economists have routinely debunked such beliefs. So what will really happen? If we’re lucky, we’ll break even — and that’s only because the World Meeting of Families is picking up the tab.