Newsletter for Saturday, May 7
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Get some needed spring cheer from this forest creature cake made in Fishtown; via @cakelifebakeshop on Instagram.
CITY COUNCIL AND THE SODA TAX, A ‘LOBBYIST EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM’
The caucus before Thursday morning City Council sessions is one of the most important times of the week for lobbyists. Anybody can walk up to a Councilperson or staffer and say anything they’d like. The profession is bigger in DC and Harrisburg, but Philadelphia has full-timers too — and right now, the dominant message is the soda tax.
HOW PHILLY BANDS GET THEIR START: BELOW GROUND
Long considered a signature of West Philly’s musical culture, basement shows have also become a common concert option in the Riverwards, South Philly and other pockets of the city. At a basement show, the artist is right there. Generally, there’s no stage, just people — but that’s part of the appeal.
ULTIMATE PHILLIES FINAL FOUR: THE CASE FOR CHOOCH
Last week, guest writers made the case for their favorites in our final four Ultimate Phillies Bracket. ESPN SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi spoke for Lefty and Karen Travers from ABC News hyped Chase. Last in the series we have full-time Philly-internet celebrity and part-time amateur sleuth, FanSince09 — and he’s talking up Chooch.
ON THE CALENDAR
|What||Starting on Saturday and continuing through May 14, parks across the city are hosting days of service, with planting, mulching and games. Check listings for details.|
|Where||Philadelphia parks at various addresses|
|When||May 7, 2016 at 8:00 am to May 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm|
|What||Kick off block party season at the all-day fest featuring 40 bands on three stages and 30-plus bars and restaurants serving outside.|
|Where||South Street Headhouse District at Front to Eighth streets|
|When||May 7, 2016 at 11:00 am to 8:00 pm|
|How much||Free/Pay as you go|
|What||This Philly-based suspense flick telling the story of a group of friends who find trouble in a childhood hideout racked up awards on the film festival circuit.|
|Where||Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall, University of the Arts at 211 S. Broad St. 19147|
|When||May 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm|
|How much||$10 (or two for $15)|
|What||Homebrew clubs from Rodeph Shalom and St. Tim's Episcopal Church go head to head to see who makes the most virtuous beer. Proceeds go to charity, of course.|
|Where||Rodeph Shalom Synagogue at 615 N. Broad St. 19123|
|When||May 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm|
|How much||$25 includes food, drink and pint glass|
|What||Marijuana reform advocates lead a march to celebrate significant progress for the issue. At City Hall, Rep. Jordan Harris will introduce a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill for Pa.|
|Where||Center City at 8th and Market streets|
|When||May 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm|