Newsletter for Tuesday, April 21
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Reflections after April showers; photo via @staceyelle on Instagram.
FOR SOME, SEPTA KEY IS ALREADY LIVE
The SEPTA Key digital turnstiles have tempted us and caused delays since they started popping up around the city last fall. SEPTA keeps saying to be patient, that the highly-anticipated technology should be ready by some point this year. But not everyone has to continue waiting: SEPTA has confirmed to Billy Penn that some people can use the Key system right now.
WHO’S WINNING THE MAYOR’S RACE? NOBODY KNOWS
In less than a month, Philadelphia voters will pick among six Democratic candidates for mayor. So who’s winning, right now? Nobody knows. Well, nobody without a vested interest in the race, anyway. No unbiased authority has commissioned a poll. What’s going on? We looked into it.
TO DO: FIND OUT WHAT’S BREWING IN PENN TECH
WHAT: Penn’s faculty on the cutting edge of science and technology talk about new developments at the Penn Labs from the schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering and Applied Sciences.
WHERE: Quorum @ the Science Center, 3711 Market Street, Floor 8
WHEN: 4:30-6 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
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THE RETURN OF THE NIGHT MARKET: WHERE, AND WHEN
The Night Market is back. The Food Trust has announced dates and locations for the 2015 markets, and all we have to say is yes, please. Technically, Night Market season began over the weekend with “Flight Market” at the Linc, but Year 5 really kicks off May 14 on South Street West. The market will hit Callowhill in June, Lancaster Avenue in August and Fishtown in October. Sorry, no Chinatown this year. Never been? Night Market is basically a street food festival that takes over different neighborhoods just in time for Thursday evening happy hour. Great food, good music and long lines. You can join the Food Trust’s Night Market email list for updates.
BRIAN SIMS ON THE GAYBORHOOD VS. ‘MIDTOWN VILLAGE’
Brian Sims is something of an LGBT hero in Philadelphia. The first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Sims has made it his mission to fight for LGBT rights in Philadelphia and statewide. Billy Penn talked with Sims about everything from hate crime legislation, to the evolution of the Gayborhood to public education here in Philly. Here’s what we talked about.