Newsletter for Thursday, Jan. 7
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This street totem in Logan Square looks festive despite freezing temps; photo via @parkwaymuseums on Instagram.
ACLU: MUMMERS SPEECH MATTERS
Mayor Jim Kenney’s plan to seek reforms of Philadelphia’s Mummers after New Year’s Day parade behavior decried as racist and insensitive can’t breach their First Amendment rights, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union told the Inky. So if you don’t like them making fun of Caitlyn Jenner or wearing brownface, “don’t go. Don’t watch the parade on TV. Complain to advertisers.” The parade’s main sponsor, SugarHouse Casino, had no comment Wednesday.
WHAT CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM COULD LOOK LIKE IN PHILLY
Criminal justice reform — ending stop-and-frisk, cutting down on arrests, un-clogging overcrowded prisons, reforming bail — could be right around the corner. City Council President Darrell Clarke brought it up Monday during the city’s inauguration ceremonies. Both he and new Mayor Jim Kenney are promising change, as is newly-sworn-in Police Commissioner Richard Ross. What’s going to happen now? Here’s a look at some possibilities.
The Philadelphia 76ers might have an awful record, but at least it won't cost you a lot to see 'em. Yes, they play the Atlanta Hawks. But it's really hard to see a professional sporting event for less than the cost of a movie; why not?
Where: The Wells Fargo Center at 3601 S. Broad Street
When: January 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Tickets start at $7.78 on StubHub
BILLY PENN LIKES
WILL BUNCH ON THE APPEAL OF BERNIE SANDERS, AND LIFE AT THE DAILY NEWS
Will Bunch is feeling the Bern. The 20-year staffer at the Philadelphia Daily News has long been interested in politics. He was one of the site’s earliest adapters to digital journalism, an early adapter to blogging, and a frequent voice on Twitter. He’s also written an e-book for Amazon about Bernie Sanders, the Democratic candidate for President not named Hillary who’s shown some success in the polls. Billy Penn talked to Bunch about why he wrote The Bern Identity, the appeal of Sanders to millennials, and what’s been happening in his day job at the suddenly smaller Daily News.
NEW SOUTH STREET SHOP AIMS FOR THE BEST SANDWICHES IN PHILLY
Chef Kevin Kramer spent the past half-decade running elaborate kitchens at ritzy steakhouses, but — like any good Philadelphian — he knows what’s really king of cuisine in this city: The sandwich. On Jan. 16, Kramer will officially open Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop at 630 South St. At Woodrow’s, the counter-service fare is a concise assortment of what Kramer calls “approachable sandwiches done in the best possible way.” Think roast port, meatball sub, etc. And here’s how he aims to make them the best possible versions of those sandwiches in the city.