Newsletter for Tuesday, Sept. 13
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At the Fairmount Water Works when it’s not quite fall, but after Labor Day. Photo via @hidden.mickey on Instagram.
PRESIDENT OBAMA IS HERE TODAY, SO TRAFFIC’S GONNA SUCK
Last week, Donald Trump took the Union League. Today, President Barack Obama heads to Eakins Oval just after lunchtime to make the case for his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Obama will be here with Tim Kaine, her running mate. They’ll be campaigning by the Art Museum, so a whole bunch of roads are closed. Here’s how to go — alternately, here’s how to avoid the traffic jams.
NYT REPORTER: INKY STORY WAS ‘WINK-AND-NOD WRITING ABOUT RACE’
A Philadelphia Inquirer story about a young family sending their kids to public school faced some backlash yesterday while critics said the piece cited racial stereotypes and normalized gentrification. Kristen Graham, a Pulitzer-prize winning education writer for the Inquirer, wrote the piece titled “Public school pays off for Philly family” about a young family living in Graduate Hospital sending their child to E.M. Stanton Elementary School. Nikole Hannah-Jones, a New York Times Magazine writer specializing in writing about modern school segregation, slammed the piece in a tweetstorm. Here’s what she had to say and how the Inquirer, and Graham, have responded.
WHY CITY CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ CAN’T STOP STARTING FIGHTS
The long-simmering feud between former Mayor Michael Nutter and City Controller Alan Butkovitz reached another level last month. Butkovitz described former City Representative Desiree Peterkin-Bell’s use of the Mayor’s Fund as a “special slush fund.” Nutter countered with a statement saying Butkovitz “is a sad and sick person.” Peterkin-Bell filed a defamation lawsuit the next week. Even for Philadelphia politics, the rhetoric seemed harsh. But given that this involved the City Controller’s Office, was it inevitable?
A live action version of the classic '90s Nickelodeon show. You and your team will adventure through the museum, completing physical and mental challenges and watching out for "temple guards" who might capture you. A cash bar and snacks will sustain you as you go.
Where: Penn Museum at 3260 South St. 19104
When: September 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $20
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MEET PHILLY’S LEAST PROFESSIONAL PRO BASKETBALL TEAM
Philadelphia has a new professional basketball team. No, this isn’t a clever way to market the new-look Sixers. Philadelphia does, in fact, have a new pro team. The Philadelphia Cannons are joining the American Basketball Association, which is a league that exists again in America, it seems. Here’s what we know about them.
10 YEARS OF FLYERS FROM FISHTOWN’S JOHNNY BRENDA’S
On the eve of the 10th birthday of Johnny Brenda’s concert stage, we asked JB staffers to share their fave flyers from across the years with us. The flyers they could get their hands were more recent. They reflect some of that diversity the venue has developed over time, but they also show how JB’s deep ties to the city’s indie community, not to mention their place as a launchpad for it, are thriving.