Newsletter for Monday, May 9
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THE BABY INJURED IN LAST WEEK’S FATAL WISSAHICKON CRASH HAS DIED
A deadly crash that renewed calls last week for Vision Zero practices has become ever more tragic. Authorities announced over the weekend that a 7-week-old baby injured in the two-vehicle crash on Henry Avenue has died. A 6-year-old boy and the baby girl’s 20-year-old father also died. All three were in the back seat of a car that crossed into opposing traffic and was then T-boned by an oncoming vehicle. Four adults and two other children were injured in the crash.
DEMONSTRATORS RALLY AGAINST PLANS FOR THE SOUTH PHILLY REFINERY EXPANSION
Philadelphia Energy Solutions is aiming to create an energy port that would consist of oil storage tanks and a wharf for tankers, plus a pipeline to move refined crude from the company’s South Philadelphia facility to the Navy Yard’s 196 acre Southport section. Gov. Tom Wolf announced last year the expansion project would generate about 590 jobs. But lots of people aren’t happy with the refinery’s expansion plans, and they spent Saturday protesting the company, which the EPA says released nearly 500,000 pounds of toxic material into the air in 2014. Here’s what protestors had to say.
THE BARBARY IS FOR SALE AND FRIDAY’S BOUNCE PARTY MIGHT’VE BEEN ONE OF THE LAST
The Bounce party is almost as old as the Barbary. Every First Friday, it’ll be happening, and you can bet that it will not suck. News broke in March that the Barbary’s days are numbered — the building is for sale and owner John Redden put a lot of thought into his decision to move on. The Bounce crowd this past Friday was its usual diverse, awesome self. And though the Barbary won’t live on forever, Redden says he has plans to keep its spirit alive.
Distillers of three different Philly-made gins (yes, there are three) will talk history, process, flavor and drink-mixing with plenty of samples to illustrate their points.
Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St. 19125
When: May 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free, RSVP required
BILLY PENN LIKES
HOW OPERA PHILADELPHIA LANDED BIG NAMES AND A YOUNG AUDIENCE
Opera Philadelphia is not your average opera company. And they’ve worked damn hard to make it so. General Director David Devan told Billy Penn the company aims to blend sophistication and grit — the same qualities getting Philly attention for its food, nightlife and neighborhoods. Opera is a growth market, believe it or not, and Opera Philadelphia has found a way to break through. They have new talent and established artists, and almost half the audience is under 35. Here’s how they did it.
A 22-YEAR-OLD PHILLY KID HELPED STYLE SERENA WILLIAMS FOR BEYONCE’S LEMONADE VISUAL ALBUM
Nyle Fisher is a Chestnut Hill native and Central High grad. But even at just 22, those details are buried way at the bottom of his resume. Because Fisher was on the team that helped style a bunch of celebrities for Beyonce’s new visual album, Lemonade. NBD. He told Philly.com his job on set was to “build looks, keep track of all of the garments and pieces, and what shots they appeared in” for names like Serena Williams, Amandla Stenberg and Zendaya. That’s right, this 22-year-old Philly kid helped create the look for the video everyone’s been talking about since Lemonade dropped. Color us jealous.