You were probably asleep last night when the clock on your phone automatically jumped ahead an hour for Daylight Saving Time. But Joseph Brasky was wide awake, manually cranking forward each of the 15-foot, 235-pound minute hands of the four clocks in City Hall’s tower. As part of our Secret Philly series, we looked at how Brasky works through the night, checking to ensure each of the clocks is exactly right.
A rowhome just south of South Street won a spot on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, newly recognized as a major stop on the Underground Railroad. The house was once owned by Letitia and William Still, whom one historian described to PlanPhilly as “second only to Harriet Tubman" in his work transporting people out of slavery in the American South. The designation comes after an organized campaign by scholars around the region.
The 37 Philadelphians who contributed to an art show in City Hall didn't provide works that follow a specific theme. Instead, what they have in common is they're artists with disabilities. The Philly Office of Arts & Culture put the display together to commemorate National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Called invisAbility, the show aims to show that "the people behind the art, their stories and concerns matter as much as the art they create." A reception will be held the evening of Wednesday, March 14.
- The rendering at the top of our story yesterday about upgrades coming to PHL Airport surroundings sparked a bunch of social media backlash. OLIN's presentation, one of four, showed an unprotected bike lane next to a busy highway-like road. But it wasn't presented next to I-95, as many commenters suggested. And it was just a very rough sketch of an idea, not a final engineering suggestion. Still, the landscape designers should probably have known better. (And we probably shouldn't have used the faulty image to lead the story.)
- On Wednesday, Danya's looking forward to spending the morning at Stephen Starr's Parc, where the James Beard Foundation will announce its 2018 finalists. The presentation is a national event, with the awards to be doled out in May considered the "Oscars of the food world." Philly made a great showing at the Beards last year, here's hoping we can repeat.
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The Fort Ticonderoga Museum in upstate New York preserves nearly 2000 acres of 18th century battlefields and earthworks that were part of the American Revolution, and has one of the largest collections of military material from that era. The museum's president will be in Philly to discuss and explore artifacts on loan at the Union League. RSVP required (and dress code will be in effect).
Where: The Union League at 140 S. Broad ST., 19102
When: March 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Maya K. van Rossum is a veteran environmentalist and author of The Green Amendment, in which she lays out an agenda and progress so far of the environmental advocacy movement. In essence, it says that we "all have the right to pure water, clean air and a healthy environment." A book signing will follow the talk.
Where: Tyler School of Art, ARCH 104 at 2001 N. 13th St., 19122
When: March 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
To celebrate the date of 3.14, Second District is hosting chef Sam Jacobson of East Passyunk pie shop Stargazy for an evening-long pop-up. On the menu will be flaky English pies in both meat and veg varieties, available on their own or with a pint for $10 total. Available until supplies last.
Where: Second District Brewing Co. at 1939 S. Bancroft St., 19145
When: March 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
A show called "The Power of Music" runs March 16 through Sept. 2 at the National Museum of American Jewish History, commemorating the centennial birthday of Leonard Bernstein. The display explores how he developed West Side Story plus a lot more, and tries to depict what the famed composer referred to as his “search for a solution to the 20th‐century crisis of faith.”
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History at 101 S. Independence Mall, 19106
When: March 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to September 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Adults $13; kids and seniors $12