Newsletter for Sunday, November 15
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Artists at Graffiti Pier show some colorful love for Paris; photo via @chuckseye on Instagram
THE YELP EFFECT: EVERY PHILLY RESTAURANT AND BAR OWNER HAS A STORY
Whether they view it as constructive, a plague, or a necessary evil, no one in the restaurant world can deny the impact of Yelp. The industry is very susceptible to consumer capriciousness — it’s notoriously tough to keep a restaurant open, and very easy for customers to compare experiences. A recent South Park episode called “You’re Not Yelping” took on the online restaurant review ecosystem. The cartoon made a couple of pretty nasty suggestions, but all in all, it turns out the exaggerated portrayal isn’t that far from real life.
FRIDAY THE FIRKINTEENTH: INSIDE THE NORTHEAST PHILLY CELEBRATION OF ‘REAL’ BEER
People drink at noon plenty of times. But they usually do not drink at noon on weekdays. And they usually do not drink at the speed necessary to consume at least 7 ounces of seven different beers before a bell goes off, signaling that a cask has emptied and with it possibly the opportunity to sample a beer that tastes unlike most they would drink on a day of the year that is not Friday the 13th or at a bar that is not the Grey Lodge Pub. This Friday the 13th, though, we were at the Grey Lodge Pub, finding out how to enjoy (a lot of) beer the old-school way.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: FROM THE D.A.’S ‘GOOD OL BOYS CLUB’ TO COPS ‘ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL’
Five months after it was supposed to be completed, Pennsylvania’s budget looks like it might finally be completed by the end of this month. The battle might come to an end. The same can’t be said for the government’s unsavory email scandal — the players just can’t seem to quit tossing accusation and lawsuits back and forth. Billy Penn recaps those stories and others from this week and combines them with music as part of the #BillyPennPlaylist.
ON THE CALENDAR
Every half-hour starting at 4:30 PM, watch a more than 50,000 lights shimmer, dance and illuminate the Square. There's also comfort food, local beers, hot beverages and a holiday market. The show takes off on Monday, Nov. 16, and continues daily through Dec. 31.
Where: Franklin Square at 200 N. 6th Street
When: November 16, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go for food, drink and gifts
If you grew up in the '80s or '90s, Dr. Ruth was a household name. Later on, maybe not so much — the prominent bespectacled sex author kind of faded from the scene. But she's out with a new book this year, and in Philly to talk about everything from fleeing Nazi Germany to teaching about fornication around the world. Doors open at 5:15; tickets required.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History at 101 S. Independence Mall East
When: November 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $25 (or $18 for NMAJH members)
What's better than going to Europe? Going to Europe with beer expert Tom Peters (of Monk's Cafe) and the whole Philly Beer Week crew. One lucky raffle winner will find out their January has just been made awesome at the drawing on Tuesday night — they'll get to tag along with sightseeing and a visit to a brewery to make the official PBW collab brew.
Where: City Tap House Logan at 2 Logan Sq.
When: November 17, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $5 for a raffle ticket; food and drink pay as you go
The Berley Brothers of Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery join food photographer Jason Varney to create an edible still life using ice cream and sweet treats — carving, whittling, and arranging their way to sugary glory. Watch the magic, then indulge.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy.
When: November 18, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
How much: Free with admission
It's been five years since this Old City joint was transformed from a divey spot to catch music with questionable food into a divey spot that has one of the best beer lists in town and great New Orleans eats to go along. Celebrate with a killer tap list of Russian River, Lost Abbey and more.
Where: Khyber Pass Pub at 56 S. 2nd St.
When: November 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go