Newsletter for Saturday, September 24
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Royal Theater on South Street West looks much better without cars in the way. Philly Free Streets is today! (Instagram via @photolope)
CLEAN THE PLACE UP? CHANGE ISN’T EASY IN THE ITALIAN MARKET
The big red-white-and-blue sign hanging over John Gargano’s Italian Market produce stands reads “VOTE NO BID.” It’s a protest against a potential new Business Improvement District for the area, one that’s been two years in the making and is nearing implementation. But Garganao — and a cadre of other business owners around Ninth Street — are dead set against it.
PA RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS COULD GET INTO LIQUOR SALES
Want to order that booze at your favorite restaurant or hotel to go? It could happen soon. A Western PA state representative has introduced a bill that would make it legal for liquor license-holding restaurants and hotels to sell up to 3,000mL (four bottles) of alcohol to customers any time before 11 p.m. Here’s all the details.
HOW MUCH ARE YOUR BALLS WORTH? CHRISTIE’S WILL TELL YA
Would you pay half a million dollars…for a baseball bat? Well, Christie’s is hosting a historic baseball collectibles showcase in October. That bat — a “Shoeless” Joe Jackson game-used stick — didn’t make the trip to the Billy Penn offices with Simeon Lipman, an appraiser and consultant for Christie’s, but a lot of really incredible baseball history did.
WHY PHILLY’S MOOR MOTHER KEEPS HER RHYMES SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE
Moor Mother’s music has been called many things. The top three maybe are noise, rap and punk. It’s also radical, uncompromising, pugilistic and exceptionally adept at capturing tensions at their boiling point. “I’m into studying every place a black woman has ever been on the planet,” she says. And her album release party is tonight in Brewerytown.
ON THE CALENDAR
Philadelphia’s cultural economy is world-class and nothing represents our dynamic and innovative arts scene better than FringeArts.2016 marks the annual Fringe Festival’s 20th year, bringing the best in contemporary, innovative and ground-breaking art to Philadelphia, and will fill the city with daring artistic performances, international legends, and local pioneers. FEASTIVAL is the fantastic, chef-filled fundraiser gala that helps make it happen.
Where: FringeArts at 140 N. Columbus Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19106
When: September 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The 21st annual Asian American United Mid-Autumn Festival is full of dancers, arts and crafts, music, tai chi, kung fu and lots of food, including a mooncake-eating contest.
Where: Chinatown at 10th & Arch streets, 19107
When: September 24, 2016 at 12:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free / pay as you go
Get your polka on at this third annual street party celebrating autumn and German-inspired delicacies, from Victory lagers to brats. Play a game (how long can you hoist that stein?) and win prizes.
Where: Alla Spina at 1410 Mt. Vernon St. 19130
When: September 24, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
A two-day celebration with live performances and tables showcasing local crafts. Want to contribute? Just arrive and put your name on the list, whether it's for poetry, dance or to show a film. Or just go to soak it all in.
Where: The Rotunda at 4014 Walnut St. 19104
When: September 24, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to September 25, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free