There's a new arc in the odd, very "Philly politics" situation where former District Attorney Lynne Abraham has applied to become interim DA, replacing her successor Seth Williams (who she previously sued to force out of office): The local chapter of the NAACP has vowed to stop her. The organization holds a 20-year-old grudge against Abraham for blocking the nomination of the woman who could have been Philly's first African American federal judge. One more twist: That judge, Frederica Massiah-Jackson, is chair of the committee that will decide if Abraham gets the job or not.
Pentridge Station might be the city's coolest pop-up. The West Philly beer garden has a dog run, a playground, hookahs, cocktails, jerk chicken and vegan food trucks — all in the midst of a run-down section of the quickly-changing Cedar Park neighborhood. Most notable thing about the place? No one is up in arms about gentrification. Here's how the owner worked with his 26-year-old daughter and her boyfriend to create a spot everyone can embrace.
If you want to make beats, but lack the equipment, check out the new art installation in Franklin Square. It’s a working console that allows visitors to make their own music from an archive of hundreds of songs, with the only connecting thread being that they were all made in Philadelphia. The sculpture, called Sample Philly, is an early arriving project of the public art series Monument Lab. Here’s how the interactive sculpture works, and why engineers hit delays when working out the sophisticated technology.
If you like Pennsylvania rye whiskey, check out the set-up for the dinner going down this Tuesday at Bar Amis in the Navy Yard. Four courses of food will be paired with eight — yes, eight — different rye cocktails, plus an introductory shot to kick things off. Tickets are currently available to the event, which came about to answer the pressing question: Is our culture editor's custom Dad's Hat Rye blend better, or does the Vetri Family version take top honors?
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Speaking of Vetri... Forgetting about its provenance and just judging it on its merits, any meat-loving Philadelphian would have to admit the pastrami at 125-year-old NYC icon Katz's is out of this world. Good news: This week, you don't have to go 90 miles north to get it. It's making an appearance in a limited-edition pasta at Amis on 13th Street — think carbonara with an extra bit of Jewish deli oomph. Available at dinner and brunch this Monday through next Sunday.
Where: Amis Trattoria at 412 S. 13th St. 19147
When: July 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to July 23, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $16
Every third Tuesday, the West Philadelphia Orchestra is donating funds from its upstairs dance party in the Gayborhood to a different local nonprofit. This month's lucky recipient is the Philadelphia Orchard Project, which works with communities to plant useful and edible plants around the city. Just pay the cover charge and you're helping the cause.
Where: Franky Bradley's at 1320 Chancellor St. 19107
When: July 18, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. to July 19, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: $10 cover
This spring, Philadelphia 3.0 hosted a series of well-attended sessions titled "Get Mad, Then Get Elected." It's summer and not too much is going on with re: local politics right now, so the progressive PAC is hosting an informal happy hour. Bring friends from the neighborhood, and meet other people who want to get more involved.
Where: Bok Bar at 1901 S. 9th St. 19148
When: July 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
"Connective Tissue" is the name of a new exhibition that showcases artist Lisa Nilsson's intricate works. Made using a rolled and shaped paper technique called "quilling," the miniature sculptures depict and explore the geography of human anatomy. The opening night reception features refreshments and an optional pre-show sketch session.
Where: Mutter Museum at 19 S. 22nd St. 19103
When: July 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Night Cycle Philadelphia is hosting one of its group spins through the summer evening. Meet at the Art Museum, then cycle around the city together before ending up at Fishtown Bikes and Beans for a post-ride party.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: July 21, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free