Check Out Beyonce’s Amazing Made-In-Philly Birthday Cake


L: Head chef Becca Craig, R: Co-owner Lily Fischer | Courtesy of Cake Life Bake Shop

ICYMI, Beyonce celebrated her birthday (a.k.a. “Bey Day”) in Philly this past weekend.

A lucky group of Made in America attendees got the chance to sing “Happy Birthday” with Jay-Z during the festival at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday – and an even smaller, luckier group of Philadelphians got the chance to bake her a cake.  Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: SuperDope House Party

SuperDope House Party is Saturday night at the Sankofa House.

For its return to party house vibes and all-inclusive atmosphere, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is SuperDope House Party: Sankofa Edition. Top summer events producer Stro Kyle is turning this Labor Day/Made in America weekend into “the DOPEST most EPIC SuperDope House Party EVER!” Geared toward celebrating Afro Queer/LatinX Culture, the event is happening outside the Gayborhood and in one of Philly’s most beloved diversity hubs, the Sankofa House. There will be plenty of surprise moments throughout the night as the recent birthdays of two legends are celebrated: the Queen Of Philly Queers, Ms. Icon Ebony-Fierce, and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 2nd, at 906 South 49th Street. Door cover is donation-based; outside alcohol is not permitted, and you must be 21+ to attend. Read more »

Here Are Made in America Road Closures

Made in America will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway once again this Labor Day weekend.

The city has released the full list of closures and detours for the two-day event, which will take place this Saturday and Sunday and feature more than 60 musicians, including Jay Z, J. Cole, Solange and more.

The festival will affect parking and travel patterns along the parkway until September 6th. Motorists should seek alternate routes and expect delays and congestion in the area until then.

Here are street closures and public transportation information for Made in America, per the city:

Phase 1:

7 a.m. on August 27th – 11:59 p.m. on September 5th:

  • Two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum

Phase 2:

7 a.m. on August 28th – 5 a.m. on September 5th:

  • Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Phase 3:

7 a.m. on August 29th – 11:59 p.m. on September 5th:

  • Parking prohibited on Pennsylvania Avenue from 22nd Street to 23rd Street (south side) and Park Towne Place from 22nd Street to 24th Street (north side)

Phase 4:

10 a.m. on August 30th – 5 a.m. on September 5th:

  • The inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th Street and Eakins Oval,
  • Cross traffic on numbered streets will be permitted

Phase 5:

7 p.m. on August 31st – 5 a.m. on September 5th:

  • 22nd Street reduced to one running lane between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Phase 6:

10 a.m. September 1st – 5 a.m. September 5th:

  • Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 1st, due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound (to Center City), from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive, must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp.  Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue.
  • Outer lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
  • 23rd Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • 22nd Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Park Towne Place
  • 21st Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street
  • Kelly Drive outbound, from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
  • Outer lane of MLK Drive adjacent to Paine’s Park

Phase 7:

10 a.m. September 2nd – 5 a.m. September 5th:

The full extent of road closures around the festival site will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 2nd and remain through the duration of the event. A complete list of road closures and no parking restrictions is outlined below:

  • The entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 20th Street extending through Eakins Oval (25th Street) and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. – The rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be accessible to Museum guests via Fairmount Avenue, to Pennsylvania Avenue, to 25th Street.
  • 21st Street, between Winter & Spring Garden Streets
  • 22nd Street, between Race Street & Fairmount Avenue
  • 23rd Street, between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Fairmount Avenue
  • 24th Street, between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues
  • Spring Garden Street, between 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the Spring
  • Garden Street Tunnel.
  • Spring Garden St. Bridge* (The city will attempt to keep this bridge open during Philadelphia Art Museum operating hours on September 2nd and 3rd from 10 a.m. to  5 p.m., but it may be forced to close during periods of heavy pedestrian traffic)
  • Kelly Drive, between 23rd Street & Fairmount Avenue
  • Martin Luther King Drive, between the Falls Bridge & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Pennsylvania Avenue, between Hamilton & 25th Street
  • 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Whole Foods store & 21st Street (the eastern half of the block, from the Whole Foods Market to 20th Street, will remain open to allow access to the store)
  • Park Towne Place, between 22nd & 24th Streets
  • I-676 westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street (I-676 eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will be open)

No Parking:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue, between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)
  • Winter Street, between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)
  • 20th Street, between Vine & Callowhill Streets (east side of street)
  • 21st Street, between Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)
  • 22nd Street, between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
  • Park Towne Place, between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)

Public Transportation:

Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines: Local train service will operate on a normal weekend schedule throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Race-Vine and City Hall Stations on the Broad Street Line and 15th Street Station on the Market Frankford Line provide easy walking access to the festival gates on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines will offer overnight service as usual on Saturday.

Regional Rail: Late-night train service will be available on SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines on Saturday and Sunday nights departing from Jefferson, Suburban and 30th Street Stations. Special schedules will be posted in stations and are also available online at  If the concert runs late on Saturday or Sunday, these trains will be held for approximately 20 minutes after the concert ends. Parking is free at all SEPTA-owned Regional Rail lots on weekends. Parking lot location information is available online at:

Trolley: Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34 and 36 offer convenient service to and from the concert, with 19th and 22nd Street Stations providing easy walking access to Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Trolley Route 15 connects with Broad Street and Market Frankford Line service at Girard Avenue.

Bus: Due to Festival-related street closures, SEPTA Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will be detoured from its normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area beginning at 10:00am on Friday, September 2nd through 5 a.m. on Monday, September 5th. Specific route changes are available on the System Status Page at

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The Hang: In Hot Water With Marian Hill

Marian Hill with Steve Davit

Marian Hill with friend and collaborator Steve Davit (left). Photograph by Justin James Muir

Can you gnaw on raw rhubarb? Marian Hill doesn’t know the answer offhand, but that doesn’t stop me from chomping a chunk like it’s crudité. After some quick Googling, I receive heartening news: I’m going to live. While rhubarb leaves are toxic, the fibrous stalk uncooked is a harmless, if exceedingly tart, snack choice.

A common mistake people make about Marian Hill concerns its membership. I’m here, prepping a perfectly safe pie in a Havertown kitchen, not with a single chanteuse, but with a couple of seventh-grade choir friends who flipped a post-college collaboration into a main-stage slot at Made in America this month. Read more »

2017 Made in America Lineup: Jay Z, J. Cole, Solange and More


The 2017 Made in America lineup has been announced – and Jay Z and J. Cole will headline the three-day event.

The list is full of hip-hop and electronic artists – with groups like Run the Jewels and Migos and rappers Pusha T, Vic Mensa, DMX, 21 Savage and more. EDM-pop duo The Chainsmokers will perform, as well as Kaskade and Marshmello. Solange, Swedish band Little Dragon and Sampha will add a touch of indie/alternative pop. Read more »

Yes, That Was Bill Clinton at Made in America

Bill Clinton at the Made in America festival on Sunday. Photograph by Michael Zorn/AP

Bill Clinton at the Made in America festival on Sunday. Photograph by Michael Zorn/AP

A thrilled Bill Clinton meandered around the Made in America festival grounds on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, stopping to chat and take photos with fans and looking just about as happy as when he got to play with balloons at the Democratic National Convention in July. Read more »

Free Lyfts for Made in America Attendees This Weekend (No Need to Drive Drunk)


Lyft will be offering free rides home this weekend for attendees of Budweiser’s two-day Made in America Festival at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 3rd and 4th.

New and existing users will be able to get 2 free rides of up to $10. The ridesharing company says the code will be available onsite and via a push notification within the app.

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Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Rihanna headlines Made in America this weekend.

Rihanna headlines Made in America this weekend.

Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival @ World Café Live | August 30 to September 1
The three-day Beta Hi-Fi fest is a showcase of up-and-coming musicians, with a local focus and a different lineup each night. On the bill are Layne (singer Layne Putnam and drummer Alex Rosca), Matthew Green, Joseph Alton Miller, Community Center, E. Joseph and the Sparrows, The Real Feel and New Shields.

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