Kentucky Distillery Aging Its Brandy With a Little Springsteen

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Distilleries across the country are getting awfully creative these days with the way they age their beer and spirits. A while back we told you that Dock Street was aging a beer while playing Wu Tang non-stop, and today I learned that Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen is being blasted near aging barrels of brandy at Copper & Kings distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.

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PHOTOS: Check Out the Phillies Mural Being Dedicated This Weekend

mural_600x860After years of planning and painting, Mural Arts’ Phillies mural is finally set to be dedicated in a ceremony this Saturday — and we’re all invited!

According to Mural Arts, the free event will be attended by a handful of alumni featured in the mural, current Phillies players, the Phanatic and the Phillies Ballgirls. There will be entertainment from the Whiz Kids, light bites, and a speaking program that will conclude with a festive mural dedication—with confetti and all.

The mural, designed by David McShane, is a whopping eight-stories high and 3,750 square feet. It faces the Schuylkill River and I-76 Schuylkill Expressway at 24th and Walnut streets, and features “30 prominent players and icons depicting historical moments from the team’s history – including the 1980 and 2008 World Series championships.” Among the familiar faces you’ll see in the painting—and attending the dedication ceremony on Saturday will be Brad Lidge, Charlie Manuel, Mitch Williams, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Curt Simmons, Greg Luzinski, and more.

The festivities take place Saturday, August 1st. The party begins at 11 am, with the ceremony happening at 11:30 am at 24th and Walnut streets.

Check out some more photos of the mural below:



North Philly Bill Cosby Mural Defaced, Finally Painted Over for Good

The 2008 Father’s Day mural in North Philly featuring Bill Cosby situated prominently among world leaders like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. was recently defaced by spray-painters, who tagged words like “rapist” and “dude with ludes” overtop the smiling, sweater-wearing comedian. A shot from local Instagrammer @thesockpolice shows the damage:

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After the damage was done, Mural Arts, who commissioned the mural and recently said it was scheduled for decommission anyway, decided to speed up the cover-up process and they applied a fresh coat of white paint over the mural last week.

Mural Arts released a statement explaining that the Father’s Day mural had been on a list to decommission for a while, namely because of its location under a bridge on Broad Street near Indiana Avenue, which isn’t conducive to proper mural upkeep. Despite their plans to do away with the mural, the arts organization states that, “Due to recent headlines about Bill Cosby, the Mural Arts Program decided to move the decommissioning of this mural to the top of the list. After going through the process of informing those who participated in the creation of the mural, the mural was painted over.” Here’s a then-and-now photo to show you the painted-over progress.

According to philly.com,  Mural Arts is expected to relocate the mural to a different location—without Cosby’s likeness.

Jerry Seinfeld: Take My Endorsement Off Cosby Biography

One by one the Cosby empire is crumbling. Reruns of The Cosby Show have been pulled from several (if not all hosting networks), his agent in Hollywood has jumped ship and now AP reports that plans to turn his recently released biography, Cosby, into paperback have been nixed.

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Street Artist JR Putting Massive Mural on Philly’s Graham Building

View of the mural from the roof of 1530 Chestnut Street.

View of the mural from the roof of 1530 Chestnut Street.

Last week I told you about French street artist JR coming to Philly to host a free movie night at the Graham Building, but it appears that’s not all he’s in town for. As I type, the artist, who’s known for his phenomenal photographic murals that have been wheat-pasted the world over, is applying a 15-story mural on the South-facing side of the Graham Building at 15th and Chestnut streets.

The mural, titled Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia, is part of a yet-to-be-named global series by JR that focuses on immigration issues. The subject is Ibrahim, a Pakistani immigrant who lives and works in Philadelphia. The work is sandwiched between two buildings and above a narrow alley between Market and Chestnut streets, so it’s obstructed from easy view. This was done to remind us that immigrants are all over, but we don’t always see them. The best viewing spot is in the middle of the South side of Chestnut street, between 15th and 16th streets.

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Taylor Swift to Nicki Minaj: “I Missed the Point”

This morning, Taylor Swift tweeted a presumed end to the much-publicized Twitter tiff she had with rapper Nicki Minaj on Tuesday night:

The heated tweet-off started when Nicki Minaj posted about her “Anaconda” video being snubbed in the Best Video and Best Choreography categories of the MTV Video Music Awards, saying that she probably would have been nominated if her video had celebrated “women with very slim bodies.” Taylor, who was nominated in the Video of the Year category and is coincidentally very slim-bodied, took it as a personal attack and fired back. Minaj has yet to tweet-respond to Taylor’s apology.

This isn’t the first apology Minaj has been given in the past 24 hours. Last night, at a concert in Virginia, her fiancé, Philly rapper Meek Mill, groveled at her sparkly feet for calling out Drake on Twitter for not writing his own rhymes. So by my count, the “Anaconda” singer is totally winning the week.

Teresa Giudice Offered $1 Million for Post-Prison Return on Real Housewives of New Jersey

Teresa Giudice may still have several months of behind-bars time on her hands, but at least she has the comfort of knowing there will be a million-dollar paycheck waiting for her when she gets out. RadarOnline reports that the fallen housewife signed a $1 million deal for her post-prison return to Real Housewives of New Jersey. As you’ve come to expect from the show, the news is surrounded by all kinds of drama.

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PHOTOS: Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off at Headhouse



The 4th annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off was held this weekend at the Shambles in Headhouse Square. The day found hot dog enthusiasts from restaurants across the city bringing their best and most-inventive frank recipes to the table for a panel of celebrity judges to taste and dole out awards. Here’s how the prizes panned out:

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Questlove Named Music Producer of Upcoming Roots Remake

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

A+E Networks is taking on the gargantuan task of remaking the television version of Roots, which was adapted from Alex Haley’s decades-spanning tome that follows the author’s family from their homeland in Africa to America where they live as slaves. The original miniseries, which aired over several days, was a major event when it played on TVs in the late 1970s. Deadline has more on the premise:

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