Saturday was "a weird day" for Manayunk resident Phillip Garcia. On Friday, Garcia (who identifies as nonbinary) tweeted a photo of a certificate confirming their election to the local election board — because no one else had run for the seat and they'd written in their own name. The tweet went viral and the story was picked up by The Hill. With their newfound fame, Garcia took the opportunity to call for Trump's impeachment and decree every Tuesday "Taco Tuesday," but also noted a lot of harassment "about both my race and my gender identity." Their takeaway? "Politics and the internet are very bad."
This weekend’s game against Seattle is, without question, the most important game of the season for the Eagles. What, their 10-1 record isn't good enough? Not exactly. Billy Penn sports editor Dan Levy explains.
Fall is traditionally restaurant opening season, hence the following:
- You pronounce the new spot at 15th and Locust "Ah-li-che," because Alice hails direct from Italy. The folks from Gran Caffe L'Aquila are involved. The taglio pizza (sold by weight) is delicious — once you make your way through the crowds.
- Tuna Bar is a swanky sushi spot in Old City in The Bridge, a new building at Second and Race.
- Head to Frankford Avenue in Fishtown to check out the gorgeously renovated space that is now serving as Suraya. It's a Levantine retail market and cafe (rose-scented pastries have been a hit) with a full bar and small plates, too.
- Jake's Sandwich Board flipped its University City outpost into Hatch & Coop, a chicken fast-casual. The small menu offers chicken fried or roasted in sandwiches or over salad.
There were also a couple of closings this week:
- The Irish Pol shut down for good over Thanksgiving weekend, leaving employees on the hook with no jobs right before the holiday.
- Shoo Fry's Fishtown location is also gone. Monday was the last day. The "classy french fry bar" is still open in Rittenhouse.
December in Philly doesn't always mean snow and cold (hello, above-average temps!) but there's at least once constant: Parking discounts. The Parking Authority's flat-rate lot and free meter deals are back for holiday shopping season. But there's little else to be jolly about this time of year in terms of parking. Check out what people are tweeting about this week.
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To celebrate two years in biz, this renovated tavern that specializes in over-the-top burgers and shakes is hosting a daylong second anniversary party. Look for $2 deals on draft beers, whiskey shots, brisket mac 'n' cheese shooters, cauliflower buffalo wings, chicken croquettes and chili chip nachos, plus giveaways all day long.
Where: Craftsman Row at 112 S. 8th St., 19107
When: December 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The owners of South Philly's beloved Hardena Restaurant are hosting a small class to show how to cook Indonesian favorites. Ticket price includes dinner after the session. Pre-registration is required: email Laura@FromBalitoBala.com to reserve.
Where: From Bali to Bala at 8514 Germantown Ave., 19118
When: December 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $25
Nathaniel Popkin, Peter Woodall and Joseph E.B. Elliott recently published a tome that catalogs years of exploring this city's secrets, many of them buried in plain sight. They'll talk about the process of exploring and how they got so many gorgeous photos, and what their work means for the future of preservation in Philadelphia. (Accessibility note: The presentation is on the lower level and there is no elevator.)
Where: Philadelphia City Institute Free Library at 1905 Locust St., 19103
When: December 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
For the Art Museum area favorite's Christmas party this year, owner Jim Kirk is hosting a donation drive for Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that helps the more than 300,000 Philadelphia children living below the poverty line. Bring a piece of clothing, socks, diapers, bibs, toys or school supplies and you'll get $1 off all 16 holiday beers on tap. Santa will be in attendance for all those elf pics you don't want to snap when the kids are around.
Where: Kite & Key at 1836 Callowhill St. 19130
When: December 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Philadelphia is on pace to surpass 1,200 overdose deaths in 2017. Kensington harm reduction org Prevention Point has been helping by distributing as much naloxone (Narcan) as possible for free, but it's not cheap. All proceeds from this concert featuring four local bands goes toward PP's efforts. If you want to help more, bring along blankets, coats, toothpaste, gloves and socks to donate.
Where: 529 W. Girard Ave., 19123 at Everybody Hits
When: December 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
How much: $10