Newsletter for Saturday, March 19
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Before they were demolished, some slick acrobatics went down outside the Blumberg Apartments in Sharswood; photo via @VEGAN_FIT_FAM on Instagram.
WANNA REVITALIZE A NEIGHBORHOOD? START WITH IMPLODING THE PROJECTS
By imploding the two 18-story Blumberg Apartment towers this morning (video here), the Philadelphia Housing Authority took a major step in its unloved-by-Inga-Saffron plan to revitalize North Philly’s Sharswood neighborhood, which is getting hemmed in by gentrification. The idea is to reduce blight, then build back up.
‘PANTS ON FIRE’: SIMS EMAIL INVENTS EXTREMIST OPPONENTS
Last Saturday, 182nd District House Rep. Brian Sims’ camp sent a fundraising email to his supporters in which he said, “I never expected to have this big of a target on my back. The right-wing extremists are trying to take this seat so they can push their anti-choice and anti-equality agenda through our State House.” Is that a fact? Uh, no.
SEEKING PHILLY’S COOLEST OFFICE PERKS
Job perks today are like nothing they’ve ever been before. The companies of tomorrow have Jägermeister taps flowing at all times and an area where your dog can hang out while you come into work. We want to hear about the best office perks in the Philadelphia region — make us jealous here.
ON THE CALENDAR
Zoologist Kristofer Helgen is known for documenting approximately 100 species previously unknown to science. He'll give a talk about the animal kingdom, followed by refreshments.
Where: Wagner Free Institute of Science at 1700 W. Montgomery Ave. 19121
When: March 19, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
How much: Free
We haven't seen Marky Mark since he introduced Pope Francis, but Brandon Wahlberg is in town, posing for pics and serving burgers at the brothers' Piazza food truck.
Where: Wahl Wheels at The Piazza at 1033 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: March 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free / pay-as-you-go food
Martha Graham Cracker is Dito van Reigersberg's amusing, no-holds-barred, extremely talented stage persona, singing and performing on stage with a four-piece band.
Where: Franky Bradley's at 1320 Chancellor St. 19107
When: March 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $20
Daily News 'V for Veg' columnist Vance Lehmkuhl has assembled the city's top vegan 'cheesesteaks' and is putting them to the test. Family friendly.
Where: Union Transfer at 1026 Spring Garden St.
When: March 20, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
How much: $20
The Art Museum is celebrating Women's History Month on this tour of historic female-led houses in Laurel Hill, Cedar Grove and Woodford. Tix required.
Where: Departs from Art Museum West Entrance at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: March 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $38 ($30 for members)