The signs indicate bikes “may use full lane” and state “13th Street Bikeway Northbound Bicycle Route.” For some South Philly residents, those posts signal a neighborhood crisis. Coupled with a lawsuit that asks the PPA and Philadelphia Police to enforce median parking restrictions on South Broad, they've lead to higher-than-usual tensions between car-lovers and cyclists — in an area already known for its biker-driver tiffs. And Frank Rizzo's former secretary is in the middle of it.
The one redeeming thing about silly made-up food holidays is when they bring deep discounts. That's the case with National Oyster Day, which comes around every August 5 — in other words, today. From a Garces seafood house to a swish Rittenhouse bar, here's where to find fancy buck-a-shucks, discounted sliders and more slurp-able specials.
There’s almost nothing on the planet bigger than esports right now, and the local NBC Sports TV outlets are all over the video gaming phenomenon. Starting at 12:30 p.m. today, CSNPhilly.com will show full coverage of the Universal Open Rocket League, a 2v2 tournament featuring the popular sports-action game played by more than 30 million people. The final hour of the tournament will air on TV starting at 6:30 p.m., with the winners advancing to the national finals to compete for a $100,000 prize pool. Check out the show online or on TV today, and click here for more details on the Universal Open.
If you've been to one beer fest, you've been to them all. Except this time. Brooklyn Brewery chose Philly as one of eight stops on the international tour for its "Beer Mansion," a festival that melds music, art, tech, food and brew into one event spread throughout the rooms of a giant house. The party lands August 11 and 12 in the main building at the Woodlands Cemetery. Here's details and ticket info (tip: prices increase tomorrow). If anything else, go for the spin art ceviche.
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Often thought of as the national dish of Taiwan, beef noodle soup is a quintessential part of the island's cuisine. For one night only, lunchtime street food spot Baology is hosting a dinner pop-up to serve it. Chef Andy Tessier and partner Judy Ni have been working for weeks on the dish, making noodles from scratch and breaking down a steer from Wyebrook Farm. Giant hearty bowls go for for $15 each. BYOB.
Where: Baology at 1829 JFK Blvd.
When: August 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Local record label Astro Nautico is hosting a release party for the debut single from West Philly duo The I Rise Project. In the song, interfaith minister Rev. Rhetta Morgan and label co-founder Bennett Kuhn combine club beats with spiritual music traditions. The night features performances by other local musicians, food trucks and an outdoor DJ dance party.
Where: Bartram's Garden at 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. 19143
When: August 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
How much: $10
For more than two decades, modern dancer Melissa Rector has been a performer in Koresh Dance Company. But as assistant director to Roni Koresh, she doesn't usually get a chance to show off her own choreography. At a new show called "Side Effect," she will. This promises to be a night of dance that's raw and emotional, but also physically stunning and impressive. Choose from two showings Saturday night and one on Sunday.
Where: Koresh Dance Company at 2002 Rittenhouse Sq. 19103
When: August 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to August 6, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $15-$20
If you don't like crowds of people enjoying outdoor eating, drinking, shopping and dancing, stay away from NoLibs on Sunday. But if you're like the more than 6k folks interested in the FB event, definitely head to Second Street. Instead of speeding cars, the stretch from Germantown to Green will be full of 250 vendors, three music stages, beer gardens and more.
Where: North Second Street at Germantown Ave. & N. 2nd St. 19123
When: August 6, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Island sounds will take over South Street from Broad to 16th as the Jamaica Pennsylvania Association hosts a party in honor of the 55th anniversary of the nation's independence. Win prizes in contests like patty eating, beer drinking and Bob Marley cover singing, do arts and crafts and enjoy food from Jamaican Jerk Hut and other Caribbean vendors.
Where: South Street West at Broad & South St. 19146
When: August 6, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free