Newsletter for Friday, July 31
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Graffiti Pier, aka a swimming hole, on a steamy day in late July; photo via @chuckseye on Instagram.
SECRET SERVICE: WE’RE NOT SAYING STUFF SHOULD CLOSE, BUT…
The Secret Service would like you to know that it’s not behind decisions to shut down most of SEPTA and seal off parts of the city for security purposes during the Pope’s visit next month. But it makes sense to ‘streamline’ stops for the transit agency, purely because of expected volume on its trains. Oh, and it’s not Mayor Nutter’s fault, either, apparently. As this giant game of ‘Not it!” continues, The Inquirer reports today that the Ben Franklin Bridge will, indeed, close during the weekend of September 26. (That was one detail the mayor refused to dignify with a response during a super-pissy press conference, hastily arranged Monday after our map capped a weekend of speculation about what would be closed.)
HOW TICKETLEAP GOT PICKED FOR THE POPE PASS LOTTERY
Since it was founded in 2003 by a Wharton grad, online ticketing platform TicketLeap has been organizing events small and large. Now, they’re gearing up for their — and Philly’s — biggest yet. TicketLeap was tapped by Amazon and SEPTA to help sell passes to ride the Regional Rail from the ‘burbs during Pope Francis’ visit in late September. SEPTA’s first go at selling the passes was a bust — now they hope with a new structure and a new partner, things will be better the second time around. Here’s how they connected with the Philly startup for the upcoming Pope pass lottery.
BILLY PENN LIKES
DONALD TRUMP IS BARELY REMEMBERED AT PENN
For many famous businesspeople, college days are remembered as the last time they felt normal or inspirational points for the success they would later have. Fellow graduates remember them fondly, and they give back to their schools. That hasn’t been the case with Donald Trump and Penn. His classmates hardly remember him (and certainly don’t remember his hair). Current students think little of his connection to their school; the university hasn’t received the type of major gifts from him other prominent graduates have given. Penn is hardly discussed in Trump biographies. And some classmates and current students couldn’t be happier.
WHO’S NEXT: 16 BANDS AND MUSICIANS CHANGING PHILLY’S MUSIC SCENE
Philadelphia has a music scene as diverse as its residents: Everything from prolific rappers and hip-hop artists to the next big indie rock bands of our time. You’ve got performers like Chynna, the 20-year-old Philly-born artist who has rapped alongside the A$AP Mob; we’ve seen pop singers like GoGo Morrow sing backup for Lady Gaga on her Monster Ball Tour. Then there are indie bands who shred in bars and basements, while classical artists like Andrea Levine have performed with some of the best orchestras in the country. Billy Penn is recognizing these people and some of their peers as outstanding young musicians as this month’s version of Who’s Next. Meet all 16 of them here.