Newsletter for Sunday, July 31
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
When you can’t make it to the beach, Swann Fountain will have to do (Instagram via @tfw_philly)
WHY HALAL CARTS ARE FLOODING CENTER CITY STREET CORNERS
While the hipster food truck trend seems like it might have peaked, the subcategory of halal carts shows no sign of letting up. If there’s an empty corner downtown these days, it’s likely that before too long, a halal vendor will show up there. So how did the city go from a handful of these carts to a Starbucks-level ubiquity in just a few years?
PETITION TO ‘SAVE THE WEISBROD & HESS BREWERY’
Martha Street in Kensington is getting hipper and hipper — viz popular new bar Martha, which sells a hoagie called “the Jawn.” Philadelphia Brewing Co. has rehabilitated part of the 19th century Weisbrod & Hess brewery to gorgeous effect, but the structures on the other side are now up for sale. A petition on Change.org asking city leaders to ensure its preservation has 624 signatures so far.
MORE SEPTA KEYS AVAILABLE STARTING MONDAY
If you weren’t in the first round of SEPTA Key “Early Adopters,” here’s your next chance to go electronic. Starting Monday, Aug. 1, Key Cards loaded with either weekly or monthly TransPasses will be available for sale at 15th Street Station and SEPTA HQ at 1234 Market St. Each Monday after that, an additional purchase location will be added, according to this schedule.
ON THE CALENDAR
You've seen the video, now see it in person. Help the Franklin Institute wrap giant rubber bands around a watermelon and watch the pressure build until it finally splits. It's like Jenga, but messier.
Where: PHS Pop Up Garden South Street at 15th & South St. 19146
When: August 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
There's a potluck for the South Street mini station, a coordinated stoop-sit in Fishtown, and a picnic in Graduate Hospital. Gatherings across the city will help raise awareness about safety and crime prevention and strengthen police-community relations. Do a search to find what's going on in your neighborhood.
Where: Neighborhoods at locations across Philly
When: August 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Rittenhouse Square is always hopping, Washington Square is a gorgeous national park and Franklin Square is full of family fun. But there's another square just waiting for its time in the sun, and this traveling pop-up is the best excuse to head to Pennsport and check it out.
Where: Jefferson Square Park at 400 Washington Ave. 19147
When: August 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to August 7, 2016 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go food and drink
A five-day celebration of female stage performances and workshops. Thursday night's show is a musical comedy celebrating the life and friendship of Ethel Merman and Mary Martin.
Where: Caplan Studio Theater at 211 S. Broad St., 16th Floor 19107
When: August 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to August 7, 2016 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $10 and up