Newsletter for Sunday, September 20
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Blasphemy in the Northeast: Eagles birds commingling with Cowboys stars. Philly plays Dallas today in a Week 2 must-win at Lincoln Financial Field; photo via @bandauder on Instagram
POPE FRANCIS ISSUES VIDEO MESSAGE TO PHILADELPHIA (IN ENGLISH): ‘I’LL BE THERE!’
Who knew Pope Francis was so media savvy? In advance of his upcoming visit to the World Meeting of Families, the pontiff recorded an unprecedented video address to Philadelphia. In English, he says “I look forward to greeting the pilgrims and the people of Philadelphia.” He then plays right along with the WMOF promotional campaign for the visit: “I will be there,” he says, getting the inflection slightly wrong, “because you will be there.” Watch the 30-second clip here.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT WAWA? WE ASKED ITS CENTER CITY FLAGSHIP CROWD
The corner of Broad and Walnut welcomed a new flagship Philadelphia Wawa on Friday — a full two months ahead of schedule (so the store would be open in time for Pope Francis’ visit). Lots of people came out for the launch party, including Mayor Nutter and the Eagles cheerleaders. What we wanted to know from the crowd: What’s the best thing about Wawa? How about the worst? We captured their answers on video.
DON’T EXPECT POPE FRANCIS TO STICK TO HIS PHILLY ITINERARY NEXT WEEK
Pope Francis’ itinerary for next week’s visit appears to be set. Among other activities, he’ll give a speech at Independence Hall, visit prisoners at CFC and perform an outdoor mass at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. But if his trip to Philadelphia is anything like his previous trips as pope, he might take a detour and go to North Philly. Or Kingsessing. Or Mantua. Francis is the pope of surprises. Here’s a guide to some of the pope’s previous international visits and the unscheduled detours he’s made to be with the working class or impoverished people of each city.
THIS WEEK’S DISSES FROM DALLAS MEDIA AND FANS AGAINST THE EAGLES AND PHILLY
Sunday’s Eagles home-opener at the Linc is a must-win. Favored by five points over the Cowboys, the Eagles know they’ll slip to 0-2 if they drop one to Dallas. The Texas media members and Cowboys faithful have been sounding off all week about the Eagles… and the city! As a whole! We’re all evil! Here are some of the most hilarious and/or terribly sad shade-filled comments made this week in Dallas.
ON THE CALENDAR
|What||Party on 9th Street! Fiesta en la Calle 9! Like tacos and mariachi and drinks? This is where to find it, as the South Philly Latino Business Community and the South 9th Street Biz Association come together for a big block party celebrating Mexican Independence.|
|Where||South Philly at 9th & Washington streets|
|When||September 20, 2015 at 11:00 am to 6:00 pm|
|How much||Free / pay as you go|
|What||Read a book in the past month? Great, you're all set for the September edition of this monthly group. Get to know your fellow booknerds over a few steins and pretzels in a Fishtown beer garden.|
|Where||Frankford Hall at 1210 Frankford Ave.|
|When||September 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm|
|What||The last of the season's series of multicultural festivals on the Delaware waterfront highlights the energetic, sexy, rhythm-loving culture of Brazil as a celebration of Brazilian Independence Day. Expect dance, music, food, drink and more.|
|Where||Great Plaza at Penn's Landing at Columbus Blvd. and Walnut St.|
|When||September 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm|
|How much||Free / pay as you go|
|What||There's no getting around the fact that restaurants across the city (and country) are staffed by many, many undocumented workers. That's the case at South Philly Barbacoa, where the chef who creates some of the best tacos around cannot get a green card, even though she's married to her American citizen business partner. Come talk about the issues and watch a film about the topic at the couple's South Philly spot.|
|Where||South Philly Barbacoa at 1703 S. 11th St.|
|When||September 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm|
|What||Why libraries are awesome, part 2127: For just $15 (or $7 for students), you can attend a talk with writing luminary Joyce Carol Oates. She'll be on stage at the Parkway Central Library as part of its ongoing author series. Tickets are required. NB: Take public transit — no parking near the Parkway because Pope.|
|Where||Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St.|
|When||September 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm|