Pennsylvania won't be handing over voter data to the federal government, at least not if Gov. Tom Wolf has anything to say about it. Late Friday, Wolf filed a letter saying PA has joined a list of more than a dozen states (led by governors both D and R) who have refused to cooperate with Trump's election fraud task force. The letter, addressed to vice chairman of the task force Kris Kobach, said Wolf feared the data could be shared publicly and not handle securely, a worry shared by encryption experts. These are the other reasons Wolf is standing up to the feds.
Philadelphians will rally to call for the US President's impeachment today at Independence Mall, but not everyone there will be anti-Trump. Blog and social media community Sports, Beer and Politics has organized a counter protest. It's meant to be a positive event in what SBP cofounder Zach Rehl sees as a sea of negative protests. Here's why he's looking forward to marching with a couple hundred of his fellow Trump supporters.
As America gears up to slam an estimated 150 million hot dogs on July 4, there's one debate still dividing the country. No, not the sandwich thing — the ketchup thing! Is it an acceptable dog-topper or what? Barack Obama doesn't think so, if you're over the age of 8, and it turns out most Philly chefs agree. Of 18 local pros, a 12 laid the smackdown on the tomato-based topping, though some were more adamant than others.
When PAWS co-founder Dana Spain and developer Sean McGovern decided to open a restaurant in the ground floor of their new Fairmount @ Brewerytown apartments, they originally wanted a brewpub. But licensing issues led them to instead partner with Flying Fish Brewing to open a beer garden with dedicated tap lines. They signed on Bar Rescue star Brian Duffy, who is known for his tagline "Duffified." The result? Billy Penn restaurant critic Adam Erace found it...decent, but improving, and probably good for the neighborhood.
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As part of a movement across Philly's cultural community to oppose federal budget cuts to arts and humanities, the museum will host a special pop-up exhibition as part of pay-what-you-wish day. Stop by the postcard station to write elected officials, pick up free posters and buttons and pose with banners for social media awareness posts.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: July 3, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Admission is pay what you wish
Before you head off to watch concerts and fireworks (or spark your own), spend an hour at the flower-filled oasis on South Street West — stuffing your face with hot dogs. The $10 entry fee includes all the dogs you can eat plus beer. Email email@example.com in advance if you're interested in competing, or just come watch the fun.
Where: PHS Pop-Up Garden at 1438 South St. 19146
When: July 4, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $10 to compete
Stories, drumming, puppets and play are all part of these free summer sessions at a neighborhood playground in Kensington. All ages are welcome — if you're an adult looking to learn how to drum, this is a perfect way to spend the evening.
Where: Hagert St. Playground at 2012 E. Hagert St. 19125
When: July 5, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The Broken River Revue is a mashup of local authors reading new and recent works plus local bands performing classics and new releases — all for free. On the book side, look for Cornell prof and novelist J. Robert Lennon, video game writer Andrew Ervin and poet Elizabeth Scanlon. Bands include instrumental rock group I Think Like Midnight and Philebrity's Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease.
Where: Johnny Brenda's at 1201 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: July 6, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free (21+)
Kittydelphia isn't billed as a fest, exactly, but the "cat-themed pop-up shop event" might as well be, because Gravy Studio in NoLibs will be filled with cat-related art, cat toys, cat-adjacent apparel, animal welfare orgs, and "famous internet cats." All donations benefit PAWS.
Where: Gravy Studio at 910 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: July 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to July 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: $5 suggested donation