“Wannabe” Anarchists Taunt Police in West Philly

A pack of what some are calling “trust fund anarchists” crashed a peaceful Ferguson rally in Clark Park Saturday evening, then tried (and failed) to goad the police into an overreaction by lobbing paint-filled balloons at a cop car, according to local news reports.

According to the West Philly Local, two of the protesters were arrested; a 20-year-old female and West Philadelphia resident, and a 25-year-old man from New York. From the Local:

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DO THIS: Dîner en Sweatpants Gives a Middle Finger to Those Other Dîners

diner en sweatpantsNext Thursday, 3,500 Philadelphians will slip into a head-to-toe white ensemble to schmooze and booze it up at the third annual Dîner en Blanc. If you don’t know, the annual event invites folks out to a pop-up picnic that’s held at a secret location in the city. For the price of $68.50 two guests are required to wear white, bring food (of any color) and bring white accoutrements (table cloths, etc … ). It really is quite lovely to behold, but, let’s face it, the thing’s just begging for mockery.

Chris Nowaczyk, a cancer researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, recently announced that he’d be throwing a cheeky Dîner en Noir on the same night as Dîner en Blanc. His guests—likely around 500—will pay $50 (for a table of two) to have a similar experience, except they’ll be wearing a much more form-flattering all-black getup.

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Shakespeare In Clark Park’s Henry IV Comes Complete With a 100-Person Battle Scene and Pub Prelude

Photo by Jen Cleary

Cast of “Henry IV” revved up for a good battle scene. Photo by Jen Cleary

Shakespeare’s Henry IV is coming to Clark Park!

Shakespeare in Clark Park and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation (TSPC) are joining together to present a unique rendition of the classic play, combining aspects of both Parts I and II of Shakespeare’s Henry IV.

Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine, the tale of two young rebels and a king, features a 100-person battle scene made possible by a “community army” of Philadelphians. A diverse array of over 100 Philly residents—reigning from 36 neighborhoods, ages 13-59—will take the battlefield in an epic Act V fight scene that is not to be missed. Directed by TSPC’s Co-founder and Resident Director, Alex Torra, the production features local actors Brian Anthony Wilson, Charlie DelMarcelle, and Brian Ratcliffe.

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Community actors rehearsing for Henry IV’s epic 100-person battle scene.

In addition to five performances in Clark Park, there will be several community activities to take part in before the shows. A Pub Prelude will be held at Gojjo Bar at 5:30 p.m. on the night of each performance, inspired by the alcohol-fueled pub scenes of Henry IV. The pre-show fun offers an intimate look at the play hosted by four of the show’s performers (think mock battles between pint glasses and salt shakers, bawdy jokes, and pub ballads.) You can also head to the park during rehearsals for a free conversation station, where an on-going discussion about the play and the process of creating the production will take place prior to each show.

Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine will run from Wednesday, July 30th until Sunday, August 8th. All performances are free and open to the public, and begin at 7 p.m. More information about Shakespeare in Clark Park is available here.

Clark Park’s Awesome Fest Begins Today

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The Clark Park Farmers’ Market has just released information on their summer-long festivities, all of which start today, June 26th, and will continue every Thursday during the summer. The weekly event will feature Vendy Award winning food trucks, a free 7-week outdoor film series, prizes and demonstrations.

And what’s on schedule for today? The food trucks lining up for Awesome Fest, the free summer long outdoor movie series, will be Poi Dog, Curbside Creamery, Mom-Mom’s Polish Food Cart, Pie Stand and Flavor Spot. Trucks open at 3 p.m and the movie, Riot on the Dance Floor, starts at 9 p.m. Plus free demonstrations, led by our very own Emily Teel, will be going on from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Attendees will learn how to preserve the fruit and vegetables from the farmers’ market in their own home. And you might even be able to snag a prize while you watch. The demonstrations will be a monthly event.

Clark Park is located at 43rd Street between Baltimore and Chester Avenues.

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Awesome Fest Starting Free Movie Series in Clark Park Tomorrow Night

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Tomorrow night, June 26th, Awesome Fest and UCD are teaming up to kick off a new eight-week movie series in Clark Park that features no less than five world premieres. The first of the screenings is Steve Tozzi’s Riot On the Dance Floor. The documentary tells the story of New Jersey club promoter Randy Now and his infamous nightclub City Gardens. The venue hosted an eclectic mix of entertainers — from comedy Henny Youngman to the Nine Inch Hails and Gwar.

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Morning Headlines: New Plan for Proposed Condo Complex on Clark Park

Rendering of 4224 Baltimore Avenue. Photo credit: U3 Ventures.

Rendering of 4224 Baltimore Avenue.
Photo credit: U3 Ventures.

A proposal for a mixed-use complex at 43rd and Baltimore on Clark Park presented during a recent Spruce Hill Community Association meeting was generally well-received, save for a few dissenting voices against its design. The project, which is set to include 132 units and 17,000 square feet of commercial space, is intended to attract young professionals.

The property’s owner, Clarkmore Group, has plans for a restaurant, owner-occupied condos going down 43rd, and taller apartment rentals further east on Baltimore, which would also house a 10,000-square-foot fitness center on the first floor. Underground parking (65 spaces) and indoor bike parking (50 spaces) would also be available.

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Morning Headlines: The Secret History Of Clark Park

Clark Park Photo credit: Bradley Maule via Hidden City

Clark Park
Photo credit: Bradley Maule via Hidden City

Putting the spotlight on yet another lesser-known history of Philadelphia, Hidden City features Bradley Peniston’s insight into the man who gave his name to Clark Park in University City.

A Rhode Island native, Clarence Howard Clark moved to Philadelphia in 1837 when he was just four years old. Following a period of financial troubles, his father, Enoch W. Clark, went onto become a millionaire (he even had a hand in financing the Mexican-American War). Clark eventually joined his father’s firm and became partner at just 25 in 1858.
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Where the Food Trucks Roam in Philadelphia

Food Truck Night Market

Food truck culture has truly taken off in Philadelphia. Night Markets are supported by than 60 food trucks and on any given day, there are as many on the streets of the city and not just in University City. Nowadays, food trucks find their way to Love Park and City Hall as well as down to the Navy Yard. Open air markets like PHAIR and Brooklyn Flea Philly also make use of mobile food vendors.

Below is our listing of where to find food trucks, from daily lunches to farmers’ market snacks. Among the spots you might not know about:

  • Food trucks become a daily occurrence at the Navy Yard starting on July 1st. 
  • Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway gets food trucks as of Wednesday, July 17th.

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Cheap Eats: In Defense Of Vegan Meatballs

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There’s no end of reasons to hate on fake meat, but the ultra-processed, pathetically aspirational, environmentally shifty stuff does have one thing going for it: it’s not fake seafood.

That’s the first thing that came to mind when the Kung Fu Hoagies cart returned to its customary weekday spot at 38th and Sansom streets at the end of March, ending several weeks of personal lunch-hour deprivation caused by owners Paul Davis and Steve Renzi’s recent jaunt to Saigon. I arrived licking my lips at the prospect of some fresh Vietnamese inspiration, only to find the following special scrawled on the wood placard dangling above their compact wares: Veggie “Shrimp” Fried Rice.

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Dollar Strolls on Baltimore Avenue

University City District is bringing back its Baltimore Avenue Dollar Strolls Starting on Thursday, June 2nd. More than 15 businesses will participate in deals that include $1 ice cream scoops, pint glasses, focaccio, samosas and more.

The Dollar Strolls will occur on the first Thursday of each month through September from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In addition to the dollar deals, Clark Park’s Farmers’ Market at 43rd and Baltimore will be offering its normal array of bites from 3 to 7 p.m. and look for Jose Garces’ Guapos Tacos and Country Meadows Barbecue Stand.

For music fans, pick up the free West Philly Mix Tape download card featuring tracks from some of the neighborhoods finest musicians including the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Stinking Lizaveta, Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken, Fan of Friends and more. Stop by the UCD table in front of Calvary Church at 48th and Baltimore to pick one up.

And save the date for University City Dining Days. The 15 days of discounted eating runs from July 14th to the 28th.

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