Newsletter for Sunday, November 1
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A record-setting crowd of 69,280 fans were thrilled to watch the Owls nearly snag a win on Halloween night; photo via @johnny_marz123 on Instagram
THE BEST SIGNS FROM ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY IN PHILLY FOR TEMPLE VS. THE FIGHTING IRISH
There are few times when it’s socially acceptable to barbarically boo an 80-year-old man on national television while gathered on some of our nation’s most historic grounds. College GameDay is one of those times. That’s what happened when ESPN’s Lee Corso grabbed the Notre Dame headgear instead of putting on a Temple Owl headpiece yesterday morning. It was quite a scene out on Independence Mall, and the signs were on point.
13 HOLLYWOOD-WORTHY MOMENTS FROM PA POLITICS — AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY
Recently, Pennsylvania’s elected officials and public employees have been combining the normal air of trouble with the creepy (emailing Photoshopped pictures of a topless Sarah Palin) or something you’d see in a movie (allegedly advising agents to break into a fellow state employee’s office). Here are 13 of the oddest things our state’s politicians have done since 2014. Consider this not just a reminder that our state’s public officials not only overreach but do so in head-scratching ways.
WHAT’S PHILADELPHIA’S FAVORITE HALLOWEEN CANDY?
A recent survey by a website called “Influenster” suggested that Swedish Fish is Pennsylvania’s favorite candy. Really? Maybe Pittsburgh and Pennsyltucky candy fans are sweet on gummy candy in the shape of seafood, but for a look at Philly’s preferences directly, we turned to Peapod. The grocery delivery service pulled data on the most popular fall candies Philadelphians ordered through its website and listed the top 10. Spoiler: Candy corn actually ranked pretty high.
ON THE CALENDAR
South Philly Barbacoa co-owner Ben Miller has made it a mission to get the conversation about undocumented restaurant workers out in the open — it's a personal one, since it describes his wife, chef Cristina Martinez. Mayor-in-waiting Jim Kenney is ready to listen, it seems; on Monday, he'll be chatting with biz owners (and others who want to come) about the situation.
Where: Barbacoa South Philly at 1703 S. 11th St.
When: November 2, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The spot where the Atlantic Ocean mixes with the Delaware River is a critical part of the region's ecosystem, and you can help keep it healthy by eating and drinking with scientists who know how to make it happen. Tickets include apps, Delaware Bay oysters and two drinks of your choice.
Where: Oyster House at 1516 Sansom St.
When: November 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: $40
Chef Scott Schroeder is gearing up to open Hungry Pigeon on Fabric Row in Queen Village, but before he does, he's making a guest appearance at the Navy Yard Vetri spot, serving pickle-brined fried wings with pickled-chile crema for a buck a piece. Happy, meet hour.
Where: Lo Spiedo at 4503 Broad St.
When: November 4, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
If you haven't tried locally-made Side Project Jerky, you might be laboring under the idea that beef jerky is hard and boring. So much the opposite. Get even more classy with your dried meat at a special event during Manayunk Cocktail week, where the spicy, chewy stuff will be paired with high-end Scotch.
Where: Lucky's Last Chance at 4421 Main St.
When: November 4, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
This serious storytelling showdown kicks off the First Person Arts Festival, pitting winners of FPA's montly story slams against one another for the title of 'Best Storyteller in Philadelphia' — there's no way you won't be entertained.
Where: World Cafe Live, Downstairs at 3025 Walnut St.
When: November 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $15