Newsletter for Saturday, January 9
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Exploring Philadelphia’s alleys, you never know what you might find; photo via @right_nau_photography on Instagram.
COP-SHOOTING SUSPECT PLEDGED ALLEGIANCE TO ISIS, BUT ALSO ‘HEARS VOICES’
The main suspect in Thursday night’s shooting of Philadelphia police officer Jesse Harnett appeared to have a troubled past. That man, Edward Archer, 30, of Yeadon, had pleaded guilty to a 2012 armed assault, and had been “hearing voices in his head,” according to his mother, who also noted that he “turns to God a lot.” Police said Archer had “pledged allegiance to the Islamic State,” and though he has not yet been implicated in any kind of conspiracy, the FBI is looking into two trips he took to the Middle East. The West Philly assault was captured on video, and shows why police Commissioner Richard Ross commended Ofc. Harnett’s bravery and called him a “warrior”: After being shot at close range through his car window, he got out and chased his attacker on foot. Harnett, 33, was badly hurt but is in stable condition.
HOW PHILLY COULD SENSITIZE THE MUMMERS
City leaders have fielded questions for days about if and how to reform the Mummers. Stricter rules could be put in place. The city will consider instituting a vetting process for Mummer themes, though they could find themselves on tricky first amendment ground. But the other idea is a time-honored tradition used often after an incident of intolerance happens: Sensitivity training. Here’s what that entails; does it actually work?
ON THE CALENDAR
If you only know about the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society because someone tossed out a pig's head in front of it, then take this time to get to know the community. Help ArtWell and Mural Arts paint what will become a new public mural on Al Aqsa's building.
Where: Al-Aqsa Islamic Society at 1501 Germantown Ave. 19122
When: January 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Anachronistic as it seemed, this South Philly video rental store has made it through a full year (the ReAnimator coffee probably helped). Celebrate with live music and refreshments.
Where: CineMug at 1607 S. Broad St. 19148
When: January 10, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Old City Coffee is launching a new Sunday afternoon performance series featuring students from the Curtis Institute of Music, and first up is Michael Casimir on the viola. May we request Pachelbel's Canon?
Where: Old City Coffee at 51 N. 12th St. 19107
When: January 10, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free / pay-as-you-go coffee
It's been a year since Jose Garces transformed the Old Original Bookbinder's into what might be the city's best oyster/cocktail bar. Swing through anytime between Jan. 9 to 15 and get 15% off your bill if you show a Philly ID.
Where: The Olde Bar at 125 Walnut St. 19106
When: January 9, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to January 16, 2016 at 11:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
JB's is hosting a screening of this doc about Fishtown's own beer-slash-running club, and youre $10 ticket (get it in advance, a sellout is likely) includes a Kenzinger to make the movie even more fly.
Where: Johnny Brenda's at 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 19125
When: January 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $10