Federal authorities have named Emily Guendelsberger as the person they believe snuck into gatherings at the GOP retreat in Philly last month — including meetings where Vice President Mike Pence was present — and anonymously released audio recordings of the proceedings to a half-dozen media outlets. However, they say federal charges are unlikely for Guendelsberger, a freelance journalist and former City Paper copy editor who gained renown for her 2015 story as an undercover Uber driver. Local or state charges are still possible. Meanwhile, Pence is back in town again today, speaking at a private event near Independence Mall. Expect delays; security presence is likely to be tighter than ever and there are sure to be some, uh, disruptions.
The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons are facing off at the Super Bowl on Sunday, and sports bars across the city are guaranteed to be full buckets of beer in front of shouting bros (and plenty of women, too). But the Eagles haven't played in the Super Bowl for over a decade, and the NFL is the NFL, so we don't blame you if you're not centering your weekend around the Big Game. Here's a dozen ideas for what else to do, from ice skating to Golden Girls bingo.
Some news: Starting on Monday, AL DÍA journalist Dominique “Peak” Johnson will join Billy Penn on a special one-year Knight fellowship. Johnson’s duties over the next year will be to contribute reporting resources to the Solutions Journalism Network’s Philadelphia project, a 16-organization group covering prisoner reentry and recidivism in Philadelphia. We're thrilled to have Johnson, and are looking forward to his work.
On the Calendar
Keep celebrating the Year of the Rooster with a day-long party at Philly's OG food hall. The US Postal Service is unveiling a new themed stamp (if you can stand the excitement) and there's also cooking demos from Sang Kee, musical performances, calligraphy samples and of course a live lion dance.
Where: Reading Terminal Market at 51 N. 12th St. 19107
When: February 4, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free (but you're gonna want cash for the gazillion amazing food stands)
The new sister brewpub to longtime Philly staple Earth, Bread + Brewery is celebrating its anniversary with an all-day happy hour, live music and a special bottle release.
Where: Bar Hygge at 1720 Fairmount Ave. 19130
When: February 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. to February 5, 2017 at 1:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary wants you to know that chili without meat can be pretty damn good, so it's hosting a contest to find the best. Ticket includes samples from all the competitors, plus live music and entertainment.
Where: The Rotunda at 4014 Walnut St. 19104
When: February 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: $20
Food historian Dr. William Woys Weaver, whose Roughwood Seed Collection of heirloom plants is a true national treasure, will sign copies of his latest book, "Dutch Treats." A special dessert plate featuring recipes from the book is available for $7.
Where: Johnny Brenda's at 1201 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: February 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go