Protest Leads Organizers to Cancel Lantern Parade

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The Christmas Village Lantern Parade has been canceled.

That word comes via an email from Aversa PR and a note on the website. Lantern Parade organizers decided to call off the event after Ferguson protests were scheduled at the same time in LOVE Park.

The now-cancelled parade of “traditional German-style lanterns” was scheduled to start at the LOVE sculpture at 5 p.m. The event was scheduled to include performers from Enchantment Theatre’s The Snow Queen, a performance by the Philly Pops and a singalong led by the children from East Passyunk Ave’s Alphabet Academy.

Here’s the note from Aversa:

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What Do You Think the New LOVE Park Should Look Like?

Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

JFK plaza is getting a top to bottom redesign and you have a say in the matter.

According to CBS Philly’s Mike Dunn, officials “will be all ears” when it comes to hearing out residents’ ideas for the renovation.  The meeting is set for 6:00pm at the Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Sign-in starts at 5:30pm.

Open Call For Ideas on Love Park Redesign [CBS Philly]

PHOTOS: Philly Christmas Village Grand Opening

Philly’s annual Christmas Village got the grand opening treatment on Saturday with a celebration in LOVE Park. The holiday destination was christened by “the official Christkind from Germany,” musical performances and cups and cups of mulled wine. Check out some photos below.



Philly Jesus: A Philly Cop Threatened to F*** Me Up After LOVE Park Arrest

A photo from Philly Jesus's Facebook showing his arrest.

A photo from the Facebook account of Michael Grant, aka Philly Jesus, showing his arrest.

“I woke up this morning; that’s all I can ask for.”

This is how my chat with Philly Jesus started the day after his now-notorious arrest for disorderly conduct in LOVE Park. I could tell that Philly Jesus, aka Michael Grant, was still a bit shaken up after what he calls an incident of “police brutality.”

“[The cop] didn’t even read me my rights,” Grant claimed. “He forcefully took me. It looked like he was having a seizure. There was so much hate in him.”

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Q&A: Out Singer-Songwriter Jo Stones

Jo Stones

Jo Stones

When you hear out singer-songwriter Jo Stones make some sweet love to a keyboard, you know the guy has got talent: The Philly Gayborhood favorite recently released his first single, “The Letter,” on iTunes, and will be spooking out listeners this Halloween at a free noontime concert at LOVE Park. We threw Jo some rapid-fire questions about his music, his performances, and his guilty pleasures. Read more »

Can Center City’s Flying Saucer Be Saved?

A Google Street View photo taken in June of this year shows the building in context.

A Google Street View photo taken in June of this year shows the building in context.

Used to be the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia released an annual list of 12 “endangered properties” — bricks-and-mortar equivalents of trembling polar bears clinging to melting blocks of ice. Today the Alliance announces a change: it’ll release the same kind of list three times a year, with four properties each time, and call it “Places to Save,” which rolls off the tongue and rids the whole endeavor of its woolly mammoth feel.

The four picks for this cycle include the William Penn Inn, the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Gatehouse, the Blue Horizon boxing venue, and the flying saucer in LOVE Park, aka, the Fairmount Park Welcome Center. Now, the first three picks have rather obvious merit, but there are many people who look at that round, midcentury yo-yo building and don’t quite get it. What the heck is it? Why is it?

Designed by architect Roy Larsen of Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larsen, it was built in 1960 as the Philadelphia Hospitality Center. This was well before the city’s visitors center was even a glimmer in Philadelphia’s eye, and the architecture and concept were both cutting-edge at the time. “There was a huge amount of civic pride at building this architectural wonder at the base of Penn Center,” says Ben Leech, the Alliance’s director of advocacy. “Architecturally, it’s the last best example of postwar Penn Center optimism.”

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Do This: Power Yoga at LOVE Park Thursday

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

UPDATe 9/25: Due to today’s rainy weather, the event has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 2nd, at the same time and place. If you’ve already RSVP’d, no need RSVP again.

Consider your Thursday workout plans covered, yogis: Thursday evening, Pop Up Yoga Philly is teaming up with Healthing You and Living Beyond Breast Cancer for an hourlong power yoga class at LOVE Park. Bonus: There will be free smoothie samples galore, you guys.

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