Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced yesterday he would not seek re-election following more than a year’s worth of controversy, questions about his ethics and a reported FBI investigation. At a Friday press conference, Williams, first elected in 2009 and the city’s first black district attorney, apologized to family and staff members, and acknowledged his failure to report gifts brought “shame and adversity” to him and the DA’s office. Here's what led to the move, which now leaves the race wide open.
When we talk about Philadelphia shout-outs in the music scene, there are lots of oft-repeated standards. Will Smith's “Summertime.” Boyz II Men's “Motownphilly.” Springsteen's “Streets of Philadelphia.” But there's one that's largely gone forgotten, and — perfect for the season — it's a love song. Seattle native Pete Droge’s “Beautiful Girl” opens with a reference to Center City’s best-known park: “I woke up near Rittenhouse Square/There was noise in the hall; snow was flowing in the air.” Here's how the ballad came to be.
It's been a while since Sixers star Joel Embiid has played at the Wells Fargo Center, but he was at the center of the stadium last night, dancing up a storm on stage at Philly rapper Meek Mill's packed-house concert. Embiid took off his shirt and also displayed some fancy footwork...which really just fuels our conspiracy theories about why he's not playing. What bad knee?
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Mural Arts artists worked with immigrants from Bhutan and Burma to create crafts and textile-based art representative of their native countries, and the gorgeous works are on sale for one day in South Philly. Cash only; proceeds go to members of the Southeast by Southeast community, which is looking to create a local cooperative.
Where: Southeast by Southeast at 2106 South 8th Street
When: February 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Actually, the new PLCB shop on Chestnut is pretty friendly and welcoming, so if you're a whiskey fan, it's prob worth ducking in for one of your first tastes of Keystone Whiskey. Made by Pottstown's Manatawny Still Works, the spirit is a malt-heavy, four-grain whiskey that's only now showing up on PA shelves.
Where: Fine Wine & Good Spirits at 1112 Chestnut St.
When: February 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free samples (bottles are $40)
The Philadelphia Experiment is going big this year, holding its famous V-Day rave at the Fillmore. Theme is "El Corazon," aka "The Heart" — referring not to the emotion, but to the center, the core of our being. Explore that idea with thousands of your closest dance buddies. DJs, cash bar, 21+
Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia at 29 E. Allen St. 19123
When: February 11, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
How much: $30
At this Mount Airy bookshop, author Mary Dingee Fillmore will read from her historical novel, An Address in Amsterdam, and talk about how the story of a young Jewish woman who risks her life in the anti-Nazi underground relates to our society today.
Where: Big Blue Marble Bookstore at 551 Carpenter Ln. 19119
When: February 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Get your Valentine's Day on with Philly's most famous DJ as he drops into this hipster dive for a night of slow jams titled "Babies Making Babies." It's a really small venue, so there's a good chance of a line/crowds/craziness that might not actually be romantic...but you never know.
Where: Saint Lazarus Bar at 102 W. Girard Ave. 19123
When: February 12, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. to February 13, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $7 cover