Newsletter for Wednesday, Jan. 21
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Fog and rain in Fairmount Park; photo by @thephotosociety on Instagram.
WOLF INAUGURATED: THE FOOD, THE DRINK, THE EMOJI
Reporters sometimes get weird assignments from their editors; Billy Penn is not immune to this. That’s why we sent Anna Orso to Tom Wolf’s inaugural party, sampling the foods — because the Associated Press predicted “just about everything” at the party “will have a Pennsylvania angle.” After a stroll through the “Let’s Get It Started” party in scenic Hershey, Pa…. the AP was right. Oh and we at Billy Penn think life is more fun in emoji. Here’s a recap of the swearing-in of new PA governor Tom Wolf through our fav Internet language.
TOM WOLF’S JEEP: SHOW ME THE CARFAX
Tom Wolf loves his 2006 Jeep Wrangler Sport. His daughters say he bought it to fulfill some sort of midlife crisis. At his post-election party, supporters could hop into a photo booth that featured a cardboard cutout of him in the vehicle. Billy Penn found Wolf’s license plate number and ran a CARFAX report on his beloved car. CARFAX provides information such as accidents, major repairs, registrations and owner changes on a given vehicle. Here’s what we learned.
PERELMAN GIVES $50 MILLION TO CHOP
Now THAT’s a gift. Philly philanthropist Raymond Perelman is tying the largest-ever donation the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has ever received: A whopping $50 million. The gift, which The Inquirer says will be announced today, means the hospital will name eight acres of its U. City campus for the 97-year-old Perelman. He’s given nearly $340 million to the Philadelphia region.
TO DO: AYCE RIBS AT PERCY STREET BBQ
WHAT: All of these that you can eat: Ribs braised with chipotle, root beer and orange juice, then grilled and finished with house-made barbecue sauce. Oh and french fries, coleslaw and cornbread too.
WHERE: Percy Street BBQ, 900 South Street
WHEN: 5 PM – close
HOW MUCH: $27 / person
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CRAZY IDEAS FOR THE NEW LOVE PARK
Love Park is getting a face lift and PennPraxis, the non-profit part of PennDesign that enables faculty, student and public collaboration on Philly design projects, joined forces with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy to open the forum for the #newlovepark. Since the civic engagement days held in September, ideas for the redesign have been rolling in — here are some of the best.
10 MUST-WATCH PHILLY BANDS IN 2015
If you’ve been sleeping on our city’s music scene, then stop and pay attention. Look, 2014 was a banner year for Philly artists staking claim over less-traveled sonic terrain. Americana troubadours The War on Drugs, who took critics and audiences the world over by storm with their slow-burning Lost in the Dream, were the most obvious local success story, but so many artists dropped albums and built foundations to supersede all expectations in the new year. Need a place to start? Just love lists? Then check out the 10 local artists, from bedroom composers to national superstars, to watch over the next 12 months.