Newsletter for Monday, Aug. 15, 2016
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Philly’s in the middle of a heat wave but this polar bear is cool as a cucumber. Photo via @cheesesteakbluetelescop on Instagram.
UNBELIEVABLE MOMENTS FROM THE KATHLEEN KANE TRIAL
The last two years with Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane have been an adventure. Remember when she referenced the not-real movie “Boondog Millionaire” in an attempt to connect with her sons? When she threatened to release all the porny emails but then said she couldn’t, but then a judge then said, yes, yes you can? Well, the last few days, during her criminal trial in Montgomery County, the testimony about Kane and her associates has taken this…strangeness, oddness, ridiculousness?…to new levels. Closing arguments start today. We’ve summarized the 10 revelations that best illustrate how weird this case has been.
MEET PHILLY’S NEW CROP OF RISING RESTAURANT GROUPS
When Stephen Starr’s restaurant holdings swelled to a dozen or more in the early 2000s, he was unique in Philadelphia. Though there’s still nothing quite like the Starr empire — not here or in most other cities — he’s no longer that much of an outlier. Dine or drink in any Philly restaurant today, and chances are good that the proprietors also run another spot. Or, in many cases, more than one. Here’s a rundown of eight restaurant groups that aren’t Starr, Vetri or Garces, but whose restaurants you’ve no doubt heard of.
Timed to coincide with the launch of the new Philadelphia temple, a new exhibit called "An American-Born Faith" showcases docs like an 1855 Book of Mormon written in Hawaiian. Guided tours at 11 a.m. daily.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: August 15, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
How much: Free
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PHOTOS OF BOLD OLD CITY FASHION
Old City might be “America’s most historic square mile,” but that doesn’t mean the fashion choices are all colonial garb and horse grooming accessories. The neighborhood’s artistic revolution began in the ‘60s and hasn’t stopped since. Take a stroll on First Friday and you’ll find people sporting outfits that capture the spirit.
THESE PUBLIC POOLS ARE STILL OPEN
The city closed a handful of public pools Friday due to lack of lifeguards (and one for a mechanical issue), but many pools will remain open as we ride out this end-of-summer heat wave. Expect highs in the 90s all week, and look for an updated pool schedule from the Department of Parks & Rec. For now, here’s where you can still swim for free.