Newsletter for Sunday, July 3
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
When your money comes to life: Whipping out a Benjamin in front of Independence Hall (Instagram via @marisolflamenco)
SEPTA PULLS 1/3 OF REGIONAL RAIL FLEET DUE TO ‘DEFECT’
On Saturday, SEPTA sidelined 120 Silverliner V passenger cars due to a “significant structural defect” after staffers noticed they were “leaning.” The move effectively reduced the Regional Rail fleet by one third and set the stage for a potential commuting clusterf*ck when people return to work Tuesday. The Silverliner V has been plagued by design flaws since it was introduced in 2010; the latest issue is with the “truck,” the part that holds the wheels and axles in place. SEPTA officials said the flaw did not pose a safety threat, but plan to keep cars offline until it can be fixed, which could be “weeks,” i.e. possibly not until the end of summer.
WHAT WILL PHILLY SPORTS LOOK LIKE IN 5 YEARS?
Philly sports fans: Where do you want to be in five years? We’ve come up with a potential best and worst-case scenario for each of the city’s pro teams, and — with the help of local experts like Jimmy Kempski, Derek Bodner and Marshall Harris — attempted to come up with the most plausible future for each one.
JAY Z LINES UP HOT NEW ACTS AT MADE IN AMERICA
This year, the Fourth of July concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway appears to be geared towards 30-and-over Philadelphians and their families. The younger Philly music crowd will to have to get their thrills elsewhere. Good news: Made in America is that place.
ON THE CALENDAR
Start with Independence Hall's "Celebration of Freedom," follow the parade to the river, then hop on the Phlash and hit the Party on the Parkway for the afternoon.
Where: Historic District and Ben Franklin Parkway at various places — just look for the USA flags
When: July 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Philly Gay News hosts this party with a DJ, drinks specials and a 50-50 raffle. Write personal messages in cards donated by Philly AIDS Thrift.
Where: PHS Pop-up Garden South Street at 1438 South St. 19146
When: July 5, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
11-piece band Alo Brasil brings "a tornado of rhythm and sound" to the amphitheater in this pocket park as part of a free summer concert series.
Where: Pastorius Park at West Hartwell Ln. & Millman St. 19118
When: July 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
Herbalist Kelly McCarthy leads a neighborhood walk to get to know local plants and their healing properties.
Where: Jewish Farm School at 5020 Cedar Ave. 19143
When: July 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $10-$20 suggested donation