This Saturday: Clam bake and Beer at Johnny Brenda’s

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Looking for a good ole’ clam bake in Philly? Well look no further than Johnny Brenda’s. The Fishtown bar is hosting an evening of oysters, crabs, lobster, and much more, including a very special menu item –  Crab Poutine with Andouille sausage gravy over Old Bay fries. And to wash it all down, beers and ciders from Philadelphia Brewing Company.

So stop by on Saturday, July 26, to feast on the good food and enjoy the only kind of music that seems right for a clambake: beach songs and surf tunes, provided by DJ DNA, David April.

The event is pay-as-you-go and will be running from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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Postgreen Offers Peek At Its Next Project

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Trenton Avenue, which begins in the triangle where Fishtown, East Kensington and Port Richmond overlap, is a broad thoroughfare that once was a bustling industrial corridor. Now, save for one day a year, it’s mostly a quiet residential street.

Chad Luderman, CEO of Postgreen Homes, believes this transformation was a mistake. Not that he wants to bring back industry, but rather, it’s that a street this wide makes for a natural commercial corridor. (It certainly makes a great setting for an arts festival and kinetic sculpture race.)

It may be too late to add commerce to the rest of the street, but Luderman’s going to at least try to salvage a little stretch of it.

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VIDEO: 3 Men Rob Fishtown Clothing Store

The Philadelphia Police are looking for three men who robbed a Fishtown clothing store. The robbery happened on July 11th at Tri State clothing at 120 W. Girard Ave. Three men entered the store, and one of them brandished a handgun. Employees were tied with zip ties. Police say the men then took “various clothing, watches, sun glasses, a cell phone and Gucci bag.”

According to employees at the store, the robbers communicated with walkie talkies.

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Tomorrow: Crab And More Crab At Cedar Point’s Maryland Theme Dinner (Plus A New Cocktail Menu)

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Get ready to feast tomorrow because Cedar Point is hosting a Maryland-themed dinner from 5 – 10 p.m. Come hungry and enjoy the cuisine of Maryland, including Old Bay Fries (natch), Half-Shell Oysters, and anything and everything crab. Like we said, you’ll want to come hungry. And to wash it all down? The Maryland beers available are Stillwater Artisanal Ales, DuClaw HellRazer and Natty Boh. The event is pay-as-you-go.

But the fun doesn’t end there because Cedar Point also just debuted a new beer on tap - Food and Ferments, Ginger Lime Kombucha - and a new cocktail menu. Check out the full menu here.

Cedar Point [Foobooz]

 

PHOTO: Kurt Vile Mural Restored

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Last week — to the horror of city art fans — we reported that DJ Lee Mayjahs (aka “The Buffman”) took a paint roller brush to  Steve Powers‘s iconic Kurt Vile mural in Fishtown. After our reporting, Mayjahs reached out full of sympathies, and has since worked to restore the damage. According to Instagrammer @dasheikee, who posted this photo of the repaired mural, Mayjahs covered the mural with interior house paint, which “came completely off with a power wash.” 

Photo by Adjua Fisher.

The Kurt Vile mural, as seen this morning. Photo by Adjua Fisher.

Where We’re Eating: Sancho Pistola’s

sancho pistolasIt would be worth visiting Joe Gunn, Casey Parker and Adan Trinidad’s sequel to Jose Pistola’s purely to read the beer menu. The Pabst Blue Ribbon is described as “Frank Booth’s favorite. F’ Heineken.” The Allagash White is a “way worse dancer than Allagash Black.” It’s a fun list to read, and indicative of the time you can have at Sancho Pistola’s even if you skip the beer list entirely and settle in with a margarita or smoked piña colada. But Sancho’s isn’t just a place to drink; Trinidad is putting out serious food. The tacos that make up half the menu are a good place to start; they’re broken up by land and sea. On land, the spicy pork tacos are on point; on the sea side, you can’t go wrong with tuna — or, expand your taco horizons with the scallop version. Trinidad is at his best with sea creatures, and nowhere more so than the whole fish. Wash it down with a Berber stout, which, according to the beer menu, is a “dark gift from Mexico, like Adan.”

Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]

Fishtown Buffer Turns Into Meme: No Art in the City is Safe!

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It’s like a story out of a really bad independent movie (filmed on, like, no budget): random man decides to paint over what he thinks is graffiti in Fishtown.  Random man doesn’t realize that the “graffiti” is the Kurt Vile mural, a commissioned piece of art by Steve Powers.  Instagram blows up with pictures of said random man defacing the mural.  Random man caught red-handed. Read more »

Kurt Vile Mural Randomly Buffed; Instagramers Catch Culprit In Action

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UPDATE (6/29/14, 2:30 PM): The alleged buffer posted a response to our article, essentially apologizing for his actions.  A portion of his comments follows (see full comment below):

“Hello everyone, I am the idiot in the picture. Let me start off by saying I Love Philadelphia, I love my neighborhood and I love Art. I am completely committed to supporting legal street art, publicly funded art and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. But what I did yesterday was the most stupid and selfish thing I have ever done. I think I literally had a mental breakdown and lost my mind there. Thank you to Dashiki for having the courage to step to me and try and talk some sense into me to get me to stop. I was so angry when he was talking to me that I didn’t listen to a word he said.

I kept yelling at him “have people ever painted on your house?”

After I cooled off I did some research into both Kurt Vile and the Artist who painted it. Then I felt like more of a moron. I sent both apologies to him and ESPO. Before any of this became public.”

He claimed he contacted Kurt Vile and Steve Powers, offering his apologies and extended an opportunity to fund a re-painting of the mural.  We’ve reached out to Steve Powers for a response; as of this update, our emails haven’t been returned.

Philly journalist Leah Kauffman just posted an interview with local DJ Lee Mayjahs to her Facebook. In the interview, Mayjahs says he’s the one who painted over the mural, and that the comment referenced above (and posted to this article) was indeed him.

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ORIGINAL: If you were a fan of Steve Powers‘s Kurt Vile mural in Fishtown, you’re out of luck.  This morning, a man (described by Instagram user @dasheikee as an “ignorant piece of shit”) randomly painted over the mural, claiming that the piece of artwork “brought graffiti to the neighborhood.”

Of course, the good Instagram users of Fishtown didn’t let this go down quietly and captured the culprit red-handed.  Check out some of their snapshots below:

Here’s a video of the mural’s creation set to “Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze.” (h/t Consequence of Sound)

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