Newsletter for Saturday, October 17
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Paddington Bear has nothing on this guy; photo via @emencher on Instagram
HOW WAWA PICKS THAT MUSIC: ‘SONGS YOU’D EXPECT, LIKE YOU EXPECT A GOOD HOAGIE’
Perhaps the song that got to you was “Mmm Bop,” those high-pitched words washing over for the first time in like 20 years as you punched your order for a turkey Shorti. Or maybe it was Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road.” Lately at Wawa, memorable music has been as consistent as the coffee and for good reason. The stores’ playlists are not put together by a manager or some employee who won’t stop talking about the Smiths and his extensive vinyl collection. It’s put together by professionals — with a lot of thought and research.
LEGAL FEES MEAN REP. CHAKA FATTAH IS LOW ON CASH, WITH JUST $822 ON HAND
Granted, the battle he faces in the 2016 Democratic primary election is still seven months away, but Rep. Chaka Fattah has less than $1,000 in his campaign fund right now, the Inquirer reports. That’s a pretty grim figure — for comparison, his colleagues Bob Brady and Brendan Boyle each have more than $600,000 in their coffers, and they’re not even facing primary challenges. The reason the longtime Congressman is broke is basically the same as the reason he’s being challenged: He was indicted on federal corruption charges, and legal fees are draining his bank account. He does have a loyal base, but if it doesn’t cough up some cash soon, he may be in serious trouble this spring.
WHY STREET ARTIST SHEPARD FAIREY WORKED WITH PRISONERS ON HIS NEW PHILLY MURALS
Shepard Fairey, the street artist best known for designing the Obama “Hope” portrait, enjoyed escaping to Philadelphia in the 1990s, when he dated a woman who attended Haverford. He’s been back in Philly recently, working on Mural Arts’ Open Source exhibition to help broaden Philadelphia’s perspectives on mass incarceration and prison reform by painting murals of and with incarcerated people. Fairey hopes that people who see it will start to change the way they think about convicts.
ON THE CALENDAR
What's better than cheese from Di Bruno Bros.? Cheese from ALL the Di Bruno Bros. stores, with pairings and live music and followed up with free beer. Join the second annual Cheese Crawl and cheese your way around the city, getting your map stamped as you go. Then head to the Italian Market for a party where you can redeem the stamps for food and beer.
Where: All Di Bruno Bros. locations at around the city
When: October 17, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: $20
A pair of former Ailey superstars run this "melting pot" of a modern ballet company, which is in Philadelphia right now putting on a show called NextMove. Expect high energy dance with no boundaries. Tickets are available for two performances on Saturday and one on Sunday.
Where: The Prince Theater at 1412 Chestnut St.
When: October 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
How much: $26 and up
One of the East Coast's oldest and most famous craft breweries has made Philadelphia one of eight stops on its annual beer-food-music tour, and events start Saturday and continue throughout the week. This year's Brooklyn Brewery Mash features a TLA concert sponsored by Timberland, a DIY dinner party, a found footage film festival and tons of beer tastings around the city.
Where: Various venues at around the city
When: October 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to October 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Varies
Hard to believe it was only 10 years ago when Jose Garces left his job at Stephen Starr's El Vez to branch out and start his own restaurant empire. Amada is celebrating its 10th anniversary ("Amadaversary," if you will) with a giant paella street festival on Sunday in Old City with live music, cocktails and tons of Spanish food.
Where: Amada at 217 Chestnut St.
When: October 18, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Swedish meatballs aren't just something you can chow down on at Ikea (not that there's anything wrong with that). In South Philly on Sunday, this fifth annual meatball contest will get you all the balls you care to eat and a chance to vote on the best, all for the very low price of museum admission.
Where: American Swedish Historical Museum at 1900 Pattison Ave.
When: October 18, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $4-$8