Spruce Street Harbor Park Closes With Free Concert and More


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Spruce Street Harbor Park officially closes on Sunday, September 28th, but, as you can probably imagine, it’s not leaving without a big ol’ bash.

The weekend-long closing festivities climax with a free concert on Saturday night by Philly bands Bardo Pond, Spacin’, and Needle Points.

The show starts 7 p.m. and will go until 10 p.m. More information here.

Besides that, there is a whole weekend schedule of events to celebrate the park’s departure—everything from circus performers to photo-booth antics to pumpkin-carving contests. Check out the full lineup below:

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WATCH: Video Shows What Entrance to Philadelphia Flower Show 2015 Will Look Like

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) YouTube’d a video that shows architectural details of the 2015 Flower Show entrance. Staying true to its movie theme, it features a big ol’ Hollywood sign, and surrounding props, like a theater marquee and a series of palm trees, that’ll make you feel like you’re strolling into a movie theater in Tinsel Town. Check it out below:

The 2015 Flower Show is set to open Saturday, February 28th. More information can be found here.

SQUEAL: Bette Midler Putting Out a New Album

Billboard has the scoop on Bette Midler’s new album—the first the diva has recorded since 2006.

bette midler its the girlsFor her first studio album in eight years, Bette Midler is revisiting some of the vocalists who shaped her the most—girl groups—on It’s The Girls, due November 4tth via Warner Bros. Records.

The album spans seven decades of famous girl groups, from ‘30s trios The Boswell Sisters and The Andrews Sisters (“Bei Mir Bist Du Schön”) to ‘90s R&B legends TLC (wait til you hear Midler’s cabaret take on “Waterfalls.”)

Evidently, the Divine Miss M is planning to take it on the road, too:

Though she’s teased retirement from the road over the years, a new tour is in the works, too, a spokeswoman for Midler teases.

Fingers crossed she comes near Philly. More from Billboard, including the full track list here.

André 3000 Wants Kevin Hart to Play Big Boi in Outkast Biopic

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In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Outkast’s André 3000 chats about playing Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming Jimi: All is By My Side. During the course of the conversation he teases an Outkast biopic, and how he’d like a certain Philly comedian to play his sidekick Big Boi.

Rapper André Benjamin worked obsessively on his startling portrayal of Jimi Hendrix in the new film Jimi: All Is By My Side, and he already has ideas about a potential biopic for his group Outkast. “It would be great to make an Outkast movie right now, but instead of really serious, make it a full comedy — like Kevin Hart would play Big Boi,” he said of his rapping partner last night. And as himself? “We should cast somebody stupid — like Leonardo [DiCaprio].”

[Rolling Stone]

Police Source: “People Are Going to Get Locked Up” in Center City Gay-Bashing Case

Philadelphia Gay News has released some interesting new details in the gay-bashing that happened on September 11th on 16th and Chancellor streets, most important of which is that arrests are expected this week:

A police source said this week that they were nearly “ready to go” in terms of making arrests and said charges are expected “this week.” A key witness, the source said, was due in for an interview Monday, “the girl who was right in the middle of it all.” After that, the source said, the District Attorney’s Office will review all of the evidence collected in the case and make a decision about charges.

“People are going to get locked up,” the source said.

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UPDATE: Police Wrap Up Investigation Into Center City Gay-Bashing


The Inquirer reports that Philadelphia police have wrapped up its investigation into the attack that happened on September 11th on 16th and Chancellor streets. More:

Philadelphia police have finished their investigation of the assault of a gay couple in Center City and submitted an investigative file to the District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether to press charges, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Monday.

“We feel that there is sufficient evidence to have charges placed against some of the individuals there,” Ramsey said.

That decision, however, is up to prosecutors.

He said police were set to meet with prosecutors Monday afternoon to present the investigative file.

I reached out to the DA’s office for comment, but was told the office can’t make further comments unless charges are filed. Stay tuned to G Philly for updates.

Previously: Philly cop says there likely won’t be any arrests made in Center City gay-bashing case
Previously: Rep. Brendan Boyle says his LGBT-centric hate-crime bill could pass on Tuesday



No Arrests Made in Gay-Bashing Case, But Here’s What We Know Now



There haven’t been many substantial updates since last week in the case of the two gay men who were brutally attacked on September 11th at 16th and Chancellor streets. I’ve reached out to the police and the District Attorney’s office, but neither have any new information to share. According to DA spokesperson Tasha Jamerson, there are no new developments, but “given the notoriety of the case, I would expect the police department will hold a press conference to let people know what’s happening.”

Caryn Kunkle, who’s standing in as spokesperson for the 26- and 28-year-old men who were attacked, says the fact no one has been arrested yet is “outrageous.” She tells me that “the boys feel increasingly anxious about leaving their house. Imagine being attacked by 15 strangers in your hometown and not knowing who it is. And they are still free.”

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PHOTO: Hillary Clinton’s Down With the Roots

Philly Roots drummer Questlove posted this photo of him and former Secretary of State (and future President?) Hillary Clinton on his Instagram feed. The caption reads, “Most would say ‘ … so this happened’ … I’m like ‘yeah it’s Sunday night.’” 

The pair were attending an event during the weekend long Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Meeting in New York City.

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