Last month, PHS planted a miniature farm in the middle of Center City. For the rest of the summer, it will offer daily programming with the goal of helping Philadelphians better understand urban farming. To accomplish that, program directors planned a slew of events that explore the intersection of agriculture and race. Upcoming workshops will teach black men to build trellises, offer readings of African-American books and poetry and discuss the role farming plays in the sanctuary movement.
In the annals of weird food, the Philly Taco is famous. Made by wrapping a slice of Lorenzo's pizza around a Jim's cheesesteak, this turducken of munchies has been featured on TV and shows up in numerous listicles online. But Billy Penn intern and Philly native Kris Rhim had never heard of the thing — so of course we made him try it.
Calling all intrepid trivia fans: We've set the date for the next edition of Philly Quizzo, when we'll test your local knowledge with three rounds of questions about the city's past, present and future. Winners will take home a pair of tickets to the inaugural Keystone Comic Con, which lands here in September. There are also prizes for second and third place, and the whole thing's entirely free. Bonus: We secured a backup location, so even if it rains we don't have to cancel. RSVPs are welcome — see you there.
- Yesterday was "National Pennsylvania Day," which it turns out was made up by a random company in North Dakota.
- A beloved Philly teacher's son is fighting a rare genetic disease that threatens to kill him before adulthood.
- Yeah, there's really probably NOT a serial killer on the loose in Philadelphia.
- Um, not ok. KKK recruitment literature has been showing up around Bridesburg.
- Gov candidate Scott Wagner is "baffled" by the Philly soda tax.
- Phillies fans get to be the first to test out Aramark's new text-for-beer service.
- Via NYT: "Immigrant or hipster, there’s a chief reason for choosing Philadelphia over New York: Cost of living."
After spending last weekend in Quebec, Mayor Kenney does not have any public events on his weekend schedule. That could change of course should he, say, piss off yet another hip-hop star.
🍃 A Midsummer Night's Dream is best when performed outdoors, and The Mechanical Theater company picked a perfect location: Laurel Hill Cemetery. BYO blankets or chairs and snacks. (Saturday, July 21, 7 p.m.)
📻 The Life Do Grow Farm in North Philly hosts the "CareFreeBlackGirl Cookout," a festival featuring women DJs, a glam bar, health activities, vendors and generally good vibes. Entry is free, goods and services are pay as you go. (Saturday, July 21, 1 to 7 p.m.)
📚 Blue Stoop, the new writers collective, is hosting a literary-minded happy hour at Win Win Coffee Bar on Spring Garden. Expect readings, Q&A and a chance to share your own work. (Sunday, July 22, 5 to 7 p.m.)
🥗 Cooking for the Culture is a new event series that aims to showcase and connect the cohort of black talent in Philadelphia kitchens. The first high-end tasting dinner happens at South Kitchen & Bar. (Monday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.)
❓ Join Billy Penn for night of Philly-themed questions and excellent prizes at the PHS Pop Up in West Philly. We've scored a fallback location so we won't have to cancel if it rains. (Wednesday, July 25, 6 to 9 p.m.)
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