Responding to months of protest and calls for removal, the Mayor's Office made an announcement Friday: It plans to request the Frank Rizzo statue be moved from its perch in Thomas Paine Plaza. The decision comes after a month of formally collecting input from residents, and is unprecedented. There's no word yet on where the controversial statue will land; it will likely be another six months before those details surface. Here's what to expect in the Rizzo timeline, and how we got here.
“I realized pretty quickly that [Donald Trump's] face was actually the same shape as a milk jug.” Such was the nature of revelations presented to Simone Spicer, a 54-year-old Montgomery County artist who makes art out of stuff the rest of us throw away, as she created her new piece, "Trash Talk." Yes, it depicts the bust of the President using nothing but discarded plastic. Check out the Tide hair (it's orange), fabric softener suit and coffee can lid tie.
This clip of announcer Marc Zumoff jumping out of his courtside seat as JJ Redick hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute left in last night's game basically expresses how all Sixers fans feel: "Yeahhhhhhh, wow!" As we noted last week, this team is actually good. After Friday's 121-110 win over the Pacers the Sixers are over .500 for the first time in four years. Pinch yourself all you want, then ground yourself with stats, like the fact that Ben Simmons' second triple-double in his first nine career games puts him in a class with Wilt Chamberlain. Trust the Process, Here They Come.
This New York Times interview with Tariq Trotter, better known as Black Thought from The Roots, is ostensibly about fashion and style. It starts with a discussion of Trotter's impressive beard, but then diverges into more serious topics. Trotter talks about his childhood growing up in Mt. Airy, where a house fire he caused may have started his brother on a life spent in and out of jail, and how his mother died as a crack addict stabbed to death by a stranger. Somewhere along the line, Trotter decided to turn all that into a positive force: "I said to myself: 'I’m going to win, and I’m going to be a success.'"
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Coal, gas, nuclear, solar? Each energy production method has associated costs and risks. If you want a say in what the City of Philadelphia decides to rely on, join Philly Thrive at a town hall. The grassroots group surveyed 250 residents on what they think Philly's energy future should look like, and as they prepare to report results to the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, they're hosting this additional chance to give input. Refreshments AND childcare provided.
Where: Church of the Redeemer Baptist Banquet Hall at 2421 Dickinson St. 19146
When: November 4, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Brandon Bitros of Blackstone Comics has organized the first of what he plans to be a yearly event celebrating comics, cosplay and nerd art in general. Go in costume to participate in the contest (and get $5 off at the door), or just go to mingle with local artists and creators while a DJ spins and a rock burlesque show plays out on stage.
Where: Ruba Club at 416 Green St. 19123
When: November 4, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to November 5, 2017 at 1:00 a.m.
How much: $15 or $10 in costume
How early the line will start is anyone's guess, but for the soft opening of the second location of this Fishtown fried chicken specialist, the first 150 customers on Sunday will get two pieces of crunchy bird absolutely free. Bad news is once that's out, the shop closes for the day, and won't reopen till the following Tuesday. Are you game?
Where: Andy's Chicken at 2108 South St. 19146
When: November 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free
If you're not planning to be watching the Eagles, spend Sunday afternoon in Mt. Airy amused by that other great American activity: square dancing. A live fiddle, piano and harmonica band will provide the tunes and caller Rick Mohr will lead the dances. All ages, all skill levels. Potluck snack after the dance.
Where: Summit Church at 6757 Greene St. 19119
When: November 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $5 adults, $2 kids (max $15 per family)
Chef Carlos Silva is cooking up some Puerto Rican specials to add to the already varied (and surprisingly good) menu at this tavern inside a columned building in Old City. All proceeds from Sunday's dinner seating will be donated to Fondo Unidos de Puerto Rico to aid in cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Maria. Reservations are available if you want to be assured a seat, or just walk in.
Where: National Mechanics at 22 S. 3rd St. 19106
When: November 5, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go