Newsletter for Sunday, August 30
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
She ’embodies’ the message behind the Philly Naked Bike Ride; photo via @sarahgoreiki on Instagram
MIKE TYSON’S EARS, ANDREW ZIMMERN’S ONIONS: THE STORIES BEHIND DR. CHOCKENSTEIN’S MOST BIZARRE CREATIONS
Last year, Glenn Mueller (aka Dr. Chockenstein) created a monster. It’s called the Monstrosity of Chocolate Proportions, and it’s a giant chocolate-dipped stack of a Rice Krispie treat, a chocolate chip cookie, an Oreo, a marshmallow and a peanut butter cup. But the tower isn’t even the most creative thing at the Reading Terminal Market confectionery his parents started 35 years ago. Mueller Chocolate also makes chocolate covered onions — a hot seller since they were featured on Andrew Zimmern’s Bizzare Foods — and anatomically correct body parts, like hearts, brains, lungs, eyes, noses and ears — which were once shouted out by Mike Tyson himself.
JACK THE RIPPER MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE PHILADELPHIA SERIAL KILLER WHO BUILT A ‘MURDER CASTLE’ IN CHICAGO
One of the most infamous serial killers never to have been caught was London’s Jack the Ripper. The Inquirer reports that a new theory put forth by a Berks County history buff suggests the mysterious murderer might have been one and the same with H.H. Holmes. Holmes was an American psychopath who built a Chicago hotel in the 1890s solely for the reason of luring victims there to kill them, and subsequently moved to Philadelphia, where he was eventually hanged. (Leonardo DiCaprio is even starring in a Martin Scorcesse movie about him.) But before Holmes opened his hotel, there was a period when he went missing — the same period the Ripper murders happened.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: FROM KATHLEEN KANE’S ‘DOUBLE VISION’ TO ‘WISHFUL THINKING’ ABOUT A LEGAL UBERX
This was a week in which Philadelphians got many of the things they wanted: A state lawmaker has crafted legislation to make UberX legal here. And online voter registration is happening. Way to get with the times, PA. Of course, we also had to deal with that damn “Great Controversy” book in our mailbox. So you can’t win ’em all! Billy Penn recaps these stories and more from this week and combines them with music as part of the #BillyPennPlaylist.
ON THE CALENDAR
You probably already know about the abandoned lot in Point Breeze that was turned into a pop-up beer garden, but this one is something more permanent. Developer Jeffrey Tubbs worked with Urban Roots to create Ralph Brooks Park at the corner of 20th and Tasker, where as of Monday's ribbon cutting, there will be basketball course, community gardens, a gaming terrace and a tot lot.
Where: Ralph Brooks Park at 20th & Tasker streets
When: August 31, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Beer-centric event coordinators Philly Tour Hub and Home Brewed Events are forming a new partnership, which means your next party/wedding/special occasion could be full of tons of great brew. Even if you don't have something coming on the horizon, it might be worth checking out what they have to offer at this preview shindig — plus it includes free food and drink. RSVP requested.
Where: Philly Tour Hub at 229 Arch St.
When: August 31, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
No, whatever you might think, Philly Fashion Week is not an oxymoron. From August 31 to September 4, there are several free events where you can prove it to yourself, including an outdoor fashion show at Geno's Steaks at 9th and Passyunk. Cheesesteaks + couture = pretty darn Philly.
Where: Venues around Philly at Various addresses
When: August 31, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. to September 4, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: Varies
Even if you don't work down there, there are reasons to go to the Navy Yard these days — one of which is big green lawns with lots of public art and a great view of giant ships. Another is Vetri's Lo Spiedo — even more enticing at happy hour, especially when it features guest chef Adan Trinidad of Sancho Pistola's doing special $1 spit-roasted wings.
Where: Lo Spiedo at 4503 S. Broad St.
When: September 2, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: $1 per wing
At this month's meeting of the open group Design Advocacy Group (DAG), you can find out about the process behind and how to get involved with making Philadelphia the first World Heritage City in the U.S., which — no matter what it actually entails — sounds like it should be in this city's arsenal of firsts.
Where: Center for Architecture at 1218 Arch St.
When: September 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.
How much: Free