Meet the Philadelphia Union’s New Chief Tattoo Artists

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L: Richie Marquez, courtesy of the Philadelphia Union | R: Courtesy of Bonedaddys Tattoo

Back in February, we told you the Philadelphia Union was in the market for a team tattoo artist.

Why, you ask? Because many of the players have tattoos. And because Bucks County-native Doug Vosik, the team’s VP of marketing, figured having a “chief tattoo artist” could bring them together.

After a months-long search that included combing through more than 135 applications, the Union announced that Bonedaddys Tattoo will become the team’s first official tattoo artist. Players and fans will be referred to the Aston-based shop for both Union and non-Union-related tattoos.  Read more »

PPA Refused to Ticket Republican Senator’s Illegally Parked Car

The driver for the Republican senator talks a PPA agent out of giving him a ticket for being parked illegally. (Note that the Counter Terrorism truck in the back had nothing to do with this exchange. It was just driving by.)

The driver for the Republican senator talks the PPA agent out of giving him a ticket for being parked illegally. (Note that the Counter Terrorism truck in the back had nothing to do with this exchange. It was just driving by.)

If your car is parked in a no-stopping zone in Center City, you will, no doubt, get a $51 ticket. Your car might even be towed. But if you’re a Republican senator of the United States, well, the rules are apparently just a little bit different.

On Wednesday evening, as I was in Center City to cover the protesters surrounding the Republican retreat at the Loews Hotel, I saw a Philadelphia Parking Authority agent working his way up the 1400 block of Sansom Street. (Yes, the same PPA that has long been a Republican patronage haven in Philadelphia.)

As he lumbered along, the agent encountered an illegally parked orange Jeep Wrangler JK. It was in a clearly marked no-stopping zone across the street from the side entrance of the Union League. (Yes, the same Union League that has been a Republican stiff-shirted haven for many years.) Read more »

Police Name Suspect in Union League Staircase Vandalism

Police have named Reginald Phillips, right, as a suspect in Monday’s vandalism of the Union League steps. Photo of steps by Dan McQuade; Phillips courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department

Police have named Reginald Phillips, right, as a suspect in Monday’s vandalism of the Union League steps. Photo of steps by Dan McQuade; Phillips courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department

Police have identified a suspect wanted in the Union League staircase vandalism that occurred Monday morning. Read more »

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Annual Gala and Concert

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Friday night The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) organization hosted its annual gala and concert, an evening of music, art and dining at the Union League in Center City. Board chair Frank Giordano and president and music director Louis Scaglione were on hand at the cocktail party where they greeted guests who dined on light bites and checked out the art show and sale by the prestigious Studio Incamminati artists, many of who were on hand for the event.

After the cocktail party, guests headed into the Grant Ballroom for dinner. It was there that Mayor Michael Nutter was presented the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Support of Arts, Culture and Education in the City of Philadelphia by Giordano and Scaglione. After dinner the guests headed upstairs to Lincoln Hall for the 75th Anniversary concert by the The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

Photos from the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra gala after the jump »

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UPDATE: Free Whisky For Lucky Fooboozers

Yeah, you read that right. Tonight at The Union League (140 South Broad), Grant’s Whisky is throwing their final Grant’s True Tales Supper–an evening of eating, drinking and storytelling by Peter Aguero–leader of the BTK Band, New York’s hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band (at least according to Aguero). And while most of the 75 seats for the event have been sold out for weeks, I just happened to stumble across space for two lucky Foobooz readers (and one guest each).

So what do you say, folks? Free sit-down dinner, free booze and a show? Sounds pretty awesome, right?

Of course, there’s a catch…

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