On Sunday, 2,379 days will have passed since the Syrian uprising on March 15, 2011. Civil war has been ravaging the country ever since, claiming more than 400,000 lives to date. Syrian-born, Cambridge-based artist Issam Kourbaj is in Philadelphia this weekend, reports NewsWorks, to lead a public art project meant to remind people of the conflict's toll — it has caused not just death but also displacement, creating waves of refugees forced from their homes. On Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., all are invited to join Kourbaj at Penn Museum to help build 2,379 small tin foil and plaster boats to be included in a live-streamed performance later that evening. Free admission; find out more here.
In early September, better burger chain BurgerFi rolled out a meatless patty to all its stores. Not the usual mash of beans or chickpeas or beets and grains, this patty is a "Beyond Burger," which is made from plants but does a pretty good job of mimicking the look of beef. But what does it taste like? We went to the Center City BurgerFi to find out.
For five years running, Philly taco enthusiast Brandon Gussoni organized something wonderful each September: A bike tour of the city's best taquerias. Last year's ride saw eighty or so hungry people stop at eight restaurants spread across various neighborhoods to consume 480 tortillas filled with good stuff. Gussoni didn't organize the tour this year, but he did take solace in seeing that at least someone did a cool taco crawl: Billy Penn reporter Anna Orso. He wasn't the only one who noticed Orso's taco-riffic take on the Philly 5k — the feat was picked up by a host of national publications, from Runner's World to Fox News to Bustle to Cosmo (!).
On Friday night, teams across the NBA revealed a new set of "Statement" edition uniforms, to be worn during eight games in the upcoming season. The Sixers' version is bright red with blue trim and white stars along the side, as modeled by Joel Embiid, who tweeted that he's "excited to play" in the new threads. The cursive writing for the team name is drawing the most attention online, with one fan suggesting all it's missing is a little heart over the letter "i" to look even more cutesy. Interesting tidbit, though: Per CSN Philly, the font was chosen as an homage to the Declaration of Independence.
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Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has teamed up with the Woodlands volunteer group, aka the Grave Gardeners, for a day of activities among the grave gardens at the Fairmount Park mansion. Bring a picnic and blanket and take part in workshops like building your own terrarium, natural fabric dying, learning about medicinal plants, bulb planting and more.
Where: The Woodlands at 4000 Woodland Ave. 19104
When: September 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $30
A pop-up fair called Black Mall St. is taking place along the Schuylkill today, with more than 30 black owned business, vendors, artists, performers, caterers and service providers setting up tables. Organizers invite everyone in Philly to come shop and sip and eat and show support to increase economic empowerment within Philly's diverse communities.
Where: Eastwick Pavilion at 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. 19143
When: September 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission
What do you get when you display work from 80 emerging visual artists in a club with live body painting, hot DJ sets and a free all-you-can-eat pancake bar? Only one way to find out.
Where: Underground Arts at 1200 Callowhill St.
When: September 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $7-$12
Reps from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts are taking their regular Mural Mile walking tour and dedicating it to exploring Mural Arts' new series of temporary installations known as "Monument Lab" (including the hair pick next to Frank Rizzo's statue and lots more worth talking about). Advance tickets required.
Where: PAFA Hamilton Building at 128 N. Broad ST. 19102
When: September 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: $25
It's Philly Free Week at Isaiah Zagar's Magic Gardens on South Street, which means gratis admission to the mosaic mural wonderland for all Philadelphia residents. Bring proof of address to get in, then explore the glinting tunnels and caverns to tunes from Bridgeset Sounds spinning on site. Lil' Pop Shop will be vending sweet frozen treats to perk things up more.
Where: Philly Magic Gardens at 1020 South St. 19147
When: September 17, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free with proof of address