Newsletter for Wednesday, Sept. 14
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Up close with President Obama as he delivered a speech at Eakins Oval yesterday. (Photo via @stephtomlinson on Instagram.)
MAYBE OBAMA’S LAST VISIT AS PRESIDENT: ‘I’VE GOT INCREDIBLE MEMORIES OF PHILLY’
Joe Biden was apparently bragging to Barack Obama about Carson Wentz and the Eagles. He told him to get on the “Wentz wagon.” That’s what Obama said, anyway, as he began a Hillary Clinton campaign speech to a crowd of hundreds at Eakins Oval. Obama also threw in a reference to the nearby Rocky Steps later, while discussing his loss to Clinton in Pennsylvania in 2008: “Every time I thought I had that race won, it was like going up the Rocky Steps. I looked back and she’s there.” Yesterday, Obama spoke of optimism for the country, unlike the “crime scene” vision he says Trump has been describing. Here’s a recap of what he said — and all those Philly references.
USE THIS CALENDAR TO FIND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES IN PHILLY
Oh, how fun it is to live in a swing state! Whether it’s Donald Trump giving a speech on childcare in Delco (with a Confederate flag waving outside), Obama and Biden stumping for Hillary across the state, or any one of the candidates’ major surrogates, evidence of serious campaigning has been all over Pennsylvania in the last month. We’re expected to play a key role in the election, so don’t expect the appearances to slow down. Use this calendar tool to find out who’s stumping here and when.
WHY THE PIZZA BRAIN FOUNDER LEFT FOR CALIFORNIA
Brian Dwyer first became known in Philly for being the literal “brain” behind Pizza Brain, the Frankford Avenue pizzeria that’s also the world’s first pizza museum. But last spring he made news in a different way: By going public about how he and his wife had been treating their infant son Waldo — who was diagnosed with cancer at 6 months old — with cannabis oil. And how it had been extremely successful. But then Dwyer discovered there was a downside. In his own words, here’s why the family left Philly for the West Coast.
Philadelphia’s cultural economy is world-class and nothing represents our dynamic and innovative arts scene better than FringeArts.2016 marks the annual Fringe Festival’s 20th year, bringing the best in contemporary, innovative and ground-breaking art to Philadelphia, and will fill the city with daring artistic performances, international legends, and local pioneers. FEASTIVAL is the fantastic, chef-filled fundraiser gala that helps make it happen.
Where: FringeArts at 140 N. Columbus Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19106
When: September 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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WE WENT BEHIND THE SCENES OF MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
By the time it makes it to your TV, ESPN’s Monday Night Football is a slick, seamless football delivery mechanism, designed to make the country’s most popular sport accessible to the biggest possible audience. But behind-the-scenes, the production is anything but effortless. A lot of people spend a lot of energy making sure you don’t see their flop sweat … or the players’. For the launch of our sister site in Pittsburgh, ESPN granted The Incline behind-the-scenes access to MNF. The Eagles will be on Monday Night Football this coming week. Here’s what you don’t see on camera, including an incredible look at how former Eagles coach Jon Gruden prepares for a game.
EAGLES LONG SNAPPER PERFORMS MAGIC IN AMERICA’S GOT TALENT FINALS
John Dorenbos wowed the America’s Got Talent judges Tuesday night in the finals by performing a sentimental magic card trick that reflected his past. The Eagles long snapper/ magician is one of 10 acts in the finale of the talent show, and the winner — who will walk away with a million bucks — will be announced tonight. You can vote for Dorenbos (or any other act, if you so choose) here.