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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

A Cheesesteak with a Difference

Tonight only: enjoy an “Abbruzze Cheesesteak” at Pat’s for a good cause!

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, July 18th, Di Bruno Bros.’ owner Emilio Mignucci will join Frank Olivieri, owner of Pat’s King of Steaks as they share the grill and serve a limited-time Abbruzze Cheesesteak. All proceeds will go to Frank Olivieri’s Spread the Whiz Foundation, which partners with schools to teach kids about healthy food choices through artistic and cooking expressions.

Longtime friends, Emilio and Frank, both graduates of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College have grown up in their family businesses. Frank’s great uncle, Pat Olivieri, opened Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philadelphia in 1930. Pat, a hot dog vendor, wanted something different for lunch one day and made a sandwich of chopped steak and onion. He shared it with a regular customer, a cab driver, who loved it so much he spread the word. Frank’s work in the community and growth of Pat’s King of Steaks has allowed his uncle Pat’s legacy to live on over 86 years.

Emilio, with his brother Bill Mignucci and their cousin William Mignucci, Jr. have grown their family business from the original Di Bruno Bros. in the historic Italian Market to a company with five retail stores, e-commerce, national distribution, and a catering and commissary kitchen. As Di Bruno Bros. approaches their 80th anniversary, Emilio is creating a cheesesteak using their “infamous” Abbruzze Cheese Spread – a zesty garlic and herb spread with red chile pepper flakes. Named after the region where Danny and Joe Di Bruno were born, the Abbruzze Cheesesteak will reinvent the King of Steaks for one day only.

Di Bruno Bros. and Emilio join the ranks of Marc Vetri, Jose Garces, and Michael Solomonov
who have all shared the grill with Olivieri to support the Spread the Whiz Foundation.

 

 

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Queen Village 

Go away…but tell me a story first

Tonight’s monthly story-telling jam theme is Go away
(but they really want you to stop on by).

This month’s Tell Me a Story (TMAS), Philadelphia’s long-running evening of storytelling, celebrates the stories that take you to far away lands, or have you running like the wind. The organizers are committed to showcasing as many storytellers as possible by not repeating a performer for at least a year. Thanks to this guideline, six of the seven storytellers this month have never told a story at a TMAS show.

Hosted by Tell Me A Story founder, Hillary Rea, this month’s line-up features TMAS regular Cecily Alexandria and newcomers Kristin Finger(ComedySportz), Ari Fishbein (Good Good Comedy), Jon Fortenbury (recent Philly transplant from Austin, TX), Sabina Leybold (also new to Philly and featured on Technical.ly), Sarah Pulver, and Ijanae Savage.

All tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door with cash or credit card. Doors open at 7 p.m., stories begin at 7:30 p.m. You can RSVP on Facebook.

What: Tell Me A Story: Go Away
When: Wednesday, July 18th at 7pm
Cost: $10 (cash or credit card at the door)
Who: Producer and Host — Hillary Rea, Storytellers — Cecily Alexandria, Kristin Finger, Ari Fishbein, Jon Fortenbury, Sabina Leybold, Sarah Pulver, and Ijanae Savage

 

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Weekend Events Round-Up

Compiled by Josephine Cardillo

Have an event you’d like us to include in a future Events Round-Up? Send us an email at events@passyunkpost.com with all the details.

Friday, July 13

Saturday, July 14

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Streets Department Tire Roundup Program. Registered participants may drop off illegally discarded tires at the temporary dropoff locations of 4th & Washington and 25th & Washington. To register or for more info, click here.
  • 2 p.m. Super Saturday Matinee: Matilda at South Street Cinema, 327 South Street. Chosen by the theater’s fans: “Matilda is a gifted little girl and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable. A delight for kids and adults. And yes, there will be chocolate cake!”
  • 8 p.m. PUFF Presents: Cruel Summer Camp Double Feature at South Street Cinema, 327 South Street. “Summer Camp isn’t always crafts and sing-a-longs, sometimes it can be just terrible. Join us as we take two very different looks at the drama and horror of camp with the coming ‘out’ of age fave But I’m A Cheeleader at 8pm and the 80’s slasher classic Sleepway Camp at 10pm.”

Sunday, July 15

Brauhaus Schmitz World Cup Block Party, 700 block of South Street. Photo courtesy Brauhaus Schmitz.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

The Dog (Wash) Days of Summer Are Here

Manatawny Tasting Room Hosting Dog Wash Benefit for Morris Animal Refuge – this Saturday

Manatawny Still Works, Mid-Atlantic Craft Distillery

Has the recent heat left your canine companion a little stinky? Then bring ’em to Manatawny Still Works Craft Spirits Shop & Tasting Room, 1603 East Passyunk Avenue, this Saturday, July 7 from noon to 4 p.m. for a bath! For $20 your pup will be pampered and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Morris Animal Refuge located at 1242 Lombard Street.

Manatawny, which opened on East Passyunk Avenue in 2017, has a history of holding animal rescue-related fundraisers. The charitable work began in 2014 after owner and master distiller Max Pfeffer rescued a pit bull he named Piper. To help other dogs like Piper, the company created The Piper Project, through which a portion of proceeds from the sale of their Three Bitches Wheat Vodka benefit rescue organizations.

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This is the company’s first time doing a dog wash event. Manatawny’s marketing director Kira Carpov said “it’s a perfect fit for East Passyunk Avenue since this is an extremely dog-friendly area with dog friendly restaurants and bars.”

Art Etchells, Manatawny’s manager in Philadelphia explained that the company approached Morris Animal Refuge about the partnership, “Morris will provide volunteers to help wash dogs and Manatawny is doing everything else!”

Dogs will be washed and rinsed in kiddie pools right outside the establishment. Amelie’s Bark Shop, the pet boutique located at 1544 East Passyunk Avenue, will donate the shampoo. 100% of the profits from the dog wash will go directly to Morris Animal Shelter.

If you’d like to help but don’t have a dog, or your dog is bath-averse, Manatawny has created two additional “spirited” ways to benefit Morris Animal Rescue:

  • On Saturday, between noon and 11 p.m., sales of a specialty vodka cocktail will benefit Morris.
  • Profits from the sales of bottled vodka in July will be dedicated to the organization.

Cheers!

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Lost in South Philly

New developments in South Philly have recently resulted in the loss of some historic and artistic fabric.

Mario Lanza’s childhood home at 636 Christian Street is currently being demolished, reports Nick Vadala in this piece at philly.com.  Lanza, the South Philly-raised opera singer and movie star, spent his early years at the house. According to the article:

The two-floor rowhome, along with several other adjacent properties, will be replaced with two 43-foot-tall buildings that will share a gated driveway, according to proposed construction plans.

Lanza’s home is located around the corner from the Institute and Museum that bears his name which we wrote about last week.

636 Christian Street. Google Maps.

Hidden City has more information about the state historic marker at the Lanza home, as well a marker outside the home of another notable South Philadelphia artist, Frank Gasparro.  Gasparro’s birthplace at 727 Carpenter Street was raised last summer. As the piece points out, the historic markers, “…provide zero legal protection to historic structures in Philadelphia.”

“Markers are dedicated to honor people, places and events,” said Sean Adkins, Digital Director of the PHMC.  “The history of the subjects of the two historical markers in question, a significant musician and a significant artist, is unchanged by the demolition of the buildings where the markers are located.”

Frank Gasparro house, 727 Carpenter (on right) before demolition. Google Maps.

Gasparro house site. Google Maps.

Across South Philly, the soon-to-be-lost “Dream in Flight” mural on Point Breeze Avenue near Dickinson was featured in a recent piece on the BillyPenn blog about murals disappearing due to new construction.

Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden estimates around three murals per year are covered up by development. The problem isn’t new — but it’s only gotten worse as the pace of construction has spiked.

“We do our work against a backdrop of the city evolving,” Golden told Billy Penn. “Cities are fluid and dynamic and always moving. Nothing stays the same.”

Dream in Flight mural, Point Breeze Avenue & Dickinson St. Google Maps.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Events Round-Up

Compiled by Josephine Cardillo

If you have an event you’d like us to include on our weekly events round-up, please send us an email at events@passyunkpost.com 

Friday, June 29

Saturday, June 30

  • 10 a.m. (earlier in hot weather) – Gardening at South Philly High. Dedicated groups work in both gardens. For more info, email lomo@gmail.com.
  • 2 p.m. Super Saturday Matinee: CrazyForSwayze – Tall Tale at South Street Cinema, 327 South Street. Pop-up cinema “brings classic films, cult favorite and campy cinema to Philadelphia’s boulevard of entertainment.”
  • 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Kitchen Crawl: A Traveling Cocktail Party. Traveling dinner party, offering samples and sips of Philly’s local food scene at homes of South Philly Food Co-op member-owners. Benefits South Philly Food Co-op. Check-in at 2031 South Juniper Street, $30-$40. Read more here.
  • 8 p.m. CrazyForSwayze- Steel Dawn at South Street Cinema, 327 South Street. Pop-up cinema “brings classic films, cult favorite and campy cinema to Philadelphia’s boulevard of entertainment.”

All Weekend

  • 10 a.m. World Cup screening parties continue on Saturday and Sunday, June 30 & July 1, at Bardascino Park, 10th and Carpenter streets.
  • 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.  The Italian Market Project, is a 90-minute interactive adventure for audiences of eight to 10 people.  Learn about the past, present and future of the Market while enjoying snacks, beverages and puzzles. Five shows a weekend, now extended through July 15. Find more information here.

Monday, 7/2/18

Tuesday, 7/3/18

  • 2 p.m. Teen CornerFumo Family Library, 2437 South Broad Street. Each Tuesday Teens can participate in a different activity and win prizes. This week: create a stop motion animation 30 second commercial with the library’s iPads.
  • 2 p.m. Teen Gardening Club, Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave. Teens, help spruce up Whitman’s yard with flowers, plants, and other natural fauna! Please wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 12-19.

Thursday, 7/5/18

  • 10 a.m. Construction ClubFumo Family Library, 2437 South Broad Street. Children aged eight and younger, accompanied by a caregiver, are invited to join us as we build with wooden blocks, magnetic tiles, Lincoln Logs, Mega Bloks, and more, with people, animals, and vehicles to inhabit their creations!
  • 10:30 a.m. Movers and Shakers StorytimeSouth Philadelphia Library, 1700 South Broad Street. Dance, listen, and sing along in this active storytime for independent movers.
  • 2 p.m. Jetsetter ThursdaysThomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk Street. Get your passport stamped without leaving the library! We will set off to discover a new country each Thursday. Discover the food, music, language, culture and wildlife of faraway places.
  • 4 p.m. CrafternoonWhitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave. A new story and craft every week. For children and families. Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, 7/6/18

  • 10:30 a.m. Coffee & Coloring, Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave. Color away your stress and enjoy a beverage with other community members. All coloring supplies, tea, and coffee will be provided.
  • 2:30 p.m. Family Flicks | Ratatouille, Fumo Family Library, 2437 South Broad Street. Each Friday (except the second Friday of the month) the Fumo branch shows a different family-friendly film . They serve popcorn. Bring your own beverage.

All summer long…

Note: some on-going events may not be held due to the July 4th holiday.  Be sure to check individual schedules.

Tuesdays

  • 5:30 p.m. Woofstock Concert Series at Seger Park, 10th and Lombard streets. Weekly concert series welcomes dog owners and community members alike. Enjoy live music and dinner and drinks from local food trucks.  Through August 28.  Hosted by the members of Seger Dog Park. Next concert: July 10th.
  • 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Free Evening Yoga, Palumbo Park, 723 Catharine Street. Offered Tuesdays in July and August at Palumbo Park,  6:15-7:15 pm. Next Yoga: July 10th.

Tuesday – Sunday

  • Visit the Pippi Longstocking Gallery at the American Swedish Historical Museum to introduce you child to the beloved children’s book character. This dedicated gallery brings to life the whimsical world of iconic Swedish author Astrid Lindgren with exhibits and a museum scavenger hunt. The museum is located in FDR Park, at Broad and Pattison Ave.

Wednesdays

  • 3 pm to 7 pm. Fountain Farmers’ Market at the “Singing Fountain,” East Passyunk Avenue at Tasker. Hosted by Farm to City, this market offers a variety of locally-grown, fresh produce every week.

Thursdays

  • 7:30 p.m.  Summer Mummers Concert Series. Mummers Museum, 1100 South 2nd Street. Thursday evenings from May through September, the Mummers Museum, holds a free outdoor string band concert under the stars. Bring your family, some lawn chairs, and sit back and enjoy the music. Refreshments served at 7:30 p.m., concert begins at 8:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held indoors. Note: no concert July 7th.
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