From the Founding Fathers on down, the figures featured on your typical tour through Philly’s Historic District are predominantly men. But what about the women who contributed so much to the city and the nation? Thanks to a new tour company, tourists can now take a walk through Old City that highlights women in history, from change makers to sex workers and more. Beyond the Bell also offers a tour showcasing queer folks in history, part of the company mission to ensure “the people are put back into people’s history.”
On a hot summer day, there's little doubt Swann Memorial Fountain in Logan Circle will be filled with kids splashing around to cool off. Thing is, getting wet in Philly’s collection of public fountains is not allowed, especially not the historic ones. There are several public spraygrounds you can use instead (we mapped them) but judging from folks we spoke with this week, the rules will continue to be broken — and Parks & Rec will continue to look the other way.
"Staid" no longer works to describe the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Projects like Philadelphia Assembled have brought contemporary issues inside the institution's walls, and programming is incorporating more and more modern art. That's mostly thanks to its curator, Argentina native Carlos Basualdo. More changes are coming — physical ones, via Frank Gehry. As part of his redesign project, the starchitect will redo the restaurant space. Could it actually become a destination?
- The Kensington junk yard that went up in flames had been cited for multiple code violations. Also, Elmo was there.
- Who knows what this one will turn up: the PPA will be the target of Controller Rebecca Rhynhart’s next big audit.
- Broke in Philly made a map of places to help people in need find food, housing, health and finances.
- SEPTA did a test run of its 15 new ACS-64 electric locomotives.
- This weekend is the last-ever Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State. We'll miss you, annual Tastykake shower.
No public events for Mayor Kenney again today. [Insert GIF of lone tumbleweed blowing around the City Hall courtyard.]
🍹 Special happy hour tasting for Billy Penn members! We're inviting members to bring a guest and join us for a sampling of brand new QC Shrub. It's as refreshing as a wine cooler or hard soda, but complex and not sweet. (Thursday, July 12, 5:30 p.m.)
🍞 South Kensington's Lost Bread Co. hosts a special Friday night dinner featuring a double dose of Ari Miller: the baconmaster from 1732 Meats and a local chef known for pop-ups share the same name. (Friday, July 13, 6 to 10 p.m.).
🧗 Climbing group Rock N Run Philly is hosting a story slam called "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows" — people are invited to tell stories about motivation and believing in yourself. Cash bar and snacks. (Friday, July 13, 7 to 10 p.m.)
📯 Bella Vista's Provencal bistro Good King Tavern is celebrating Bastille Day with a block party along Kater Street. Expect French pizza from Nomad, French-inspired cider from Hale & True, more food, drink, games, face-painting and music. (Saturday, July 14, 12 to 7 p.m.)
⚽ South Street beer hall Brauhaus Schmitz can lay claim as Philly's biggest year-round soccer bar. It's hosting a World Cup finals viewing block party with a giant outdoor screen. After the match? Stick around for a replay of Super Bowl LII. (Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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