Newsletter for Wednesday, July 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Nothing like a little Batman street art to mix with the DNC in Philly (Instagram via @tlbtb).
DNC HANGOVER: BERNIE TEARS AND HILLARY VIA SATELLITE
With boos and Bernie chants, Monday night featured an air of uncertainty about whether Democrats could rally together behind Hillary Clinton. Most of it dissipated by Tuesday, in large part because of Bernie Sanders and his motion to nominate Clinton president. In addition to Sanders’ gesture, celebrities loomed large, with Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, Lena Dunham and other taking the podium. Governor Tom Wolf also got to announce Pennsylvania’s roll call. Billy Penn recaps these events and more from day two of the DNC.
‘SOMEONE SHOULD BE FIRED. I HOPE IT’S MY BOSS’
When Philadelphia was awarded the DNC, former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Ed Rendell said it was because the city could create a “seamless” experience for attendees. So what happened? The convention has been marred by inconveniences, from traffic jams to long Uber waiting times to a BSL shutdown. Who’s to blame? Some of it has been bad luck. In other ways, it appears the Democratic National Convention Committee failed in its preparation.
10 PHILLY ATHLETES WHO SHOULD SPEAK
Monday night’s list of speakers at the DNC featured some of the heaviest hitters in the Democratic party, including the passion and exuberance of N.J. Senator Cory Booker, power and grace from First Lady Michelle Obama and a strong, unifying message from Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Heck, even comedian Sarah Silverman had a moment to remember. Philly was represented on Monday too, with Mayor Jim Kenney and Sen. Bob Casey getting mic time, but if the DNC really wants to rile up the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center the rest of the week — after feeling the Bern, of course — they should have picked some Philly athletes to speak at the Convention.
View a Taller Grafica Popular art show, eat free food, listen to live music and shop farmer Tom Culton's veggies at a pop-up market.
Where: South Philly Barbacoa at 1703 S. 11th St. 19148
When: July 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to July 28, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Free; Drinks are pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
A PA DUTCH CANDY TRADITION HITS THE CONVENTION
In honor of the Democratic National Convention in Philly, Shane Confectionery, the skilled candymakers at the Old City shop pushed their antique equipment to the limit. The idea was to make a set of clear toy candies in the shape of blue donkeys, so the Democrats swarming through town could pick them up as one-of-a-kind souvenirs. It was tricky. Here’s how they pulled it off.
WHO’S NEXT: 18 YOUNG PROS HELPING PHILLY FIND ITS VOICE
Philadelphia has no shortage of young advertising and public relations professionals playing key roles in the communications field every day. From those who work in city departments to account executives at the top firms, young people are on the ground making a difference. Welcome to this month’s edition of Who’s Next, a Billy Penn feature presented by the Knight Foundation that works to highlight some of the city’s most dynamic young people. These public relations officials, advertising executives and communications experts were nominated by their peers for their outstanding work here in Philadelphia.