Gov. Tom Wolf, US Sen. Bob Casey, US Reps. Bob Brady and Dwight Evans and Mayor Jim Kenney were among the elected officials who showed up at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday evening. They joined Councilwoman Helen Gym at a spontaneous protest of more than 100 to show solidarity for people at PHL who had been denied entry and were being detained. The gathering, spurred because of implementation of executive orders from President Donald Trump restricting migration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, was echoed at airports across the nation. Later, word filtered through that a ruling by a federal judge in NYC had temporarily stayed part of Trump's order, although as of this morning, ACLU and local lawyers were still working to determine what exactly the ruling means for Philadelphia. It definitely came too late for two Syrian families who were turned away and sent back earlier in the day, prompting Mayor Kenney to issue a statement that the Trump administration "may have just given these families a death sentence." Another PHL protest is planned for 2 p.m. today.
In the midst of Philly’s current beermaking boom, which has seen more breweries open inside the city limits than any time in the past 100 years, the latest addition to the scene stands out. Form, which officially introduced its space at Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Palethorp Street this month, doesn’t actually brew beer. That’s because Form isn’t technically a brewery at all. It’s a fermentery.
On the Calendar
A panel of principals from five neighborhood elementary schools will join Rep. Sims, policy experts, academics and community leaders for a discussion about education and engagement in Philadelphia. All are welcome.
Where: Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) at 901 S. Broad St. 19147
When: January 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Movie producer Billy Woodberry, a key figure in the movement of black independent filmmakers known as the L.A. Rebellion, will be on hand for a screening of two of his recent documentaries, plus one from 1983.
Where: PFS Roxy, Louis Bluver Theater at 2023 Sansom St.
When: January 31, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $11 adults; $7 seniors, students and military
Each Wednesday, this Rittenhouse taqueria will offer a different incarnations of arroz con pollo. This week's offering is fried chicken with Creole style dirty rice. (If you can't make it, try a Friday instead, when dinner is "pig wings" — battered and fried braised pork shanks with rice and beans.)
Where: Revolution Taco at 2015 Walnut St. 19103
When: February 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $11 per order
No matter what Punxsutawney Phil prognosticates as far as the weather, things will be sunny at this Mayfair beer haven. For the 16th year running, you're invited to don your best Hawaiian shirt and strings of beads and come out for breakfast to watch the announcement in proper style. The party continues through lunch.
Where: Grey Lodge Pub at 6235 Frankford Ave. 19135
When: February 2, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Lee Mayjahs of PEX party fame hosts a new edition of the "Foundations" dance party that's been semi-regular in Philly, Miami and Chicago for the past five years. Expect music of all varieties with one common theme: They'll get you moving.
Where: Front Street Cafe at 1253 N. Front St. 19122
When: February 3, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. to February 4, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $5 cover