As part of a nationwide action designed to highlight their impact on the US and local economy, many Philly area immigrants (both documented and undocumented) plan to stay home from work on Thursday, Feb. 16. Several Philadelphia restaurants are closing in solidarity with “A Day Without Immigrants” (an estimated three-quarters of the Philly immigrant community works in the hospitality industry), while others are planning to serve limited menus or donate money to civil rights organizations. Here’s a list of participating venues (we'll update throughout the day, so if you have any to add let us know).
Flanked by two women who told stories of their post-20-week abortions, Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday once again vowed to veto Senate Bill 3, a controversial abortion bill that some opponents have called one of the most restrictive in the country — and he’s says it’s not because he’s playing politics. “I am not doing this to actually highlight the difference between two groups of people in Harrisburg,” Wolf said. “I’m doing it because a veto is right. It’s morally right.” Wolf has been saying this for months, but there’s a good chance the political battle doesn’t end there.
Cliff Ross, a local typeface design and ad firm, released a set of Philly neighborhood-inspired fonts yesterday. But what seems to have struck the biggest chord is one meant to represent North Philly. The lettering, which resembles wood boards patched together, represents the derelict architecture in the neighborhood — specifically, blight, and boarded up windows. An uproar ensued on social media earlier this week. Then yesterday, after our article on the font was published, the North Philly font was removed from the Cliff Ross website.
Civics on Tap takes on this convoluted issue with a discussion about who benefits from redistricting and how you can help organizations like Fair Districts PA change the way our state votes. Food and drink and the American way.
Where: National Mechanics at 22 S. 3rd St. 19106
When: February 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
That South Philly crack filled with jimmies was definitely a work of art. It was the handiwork of Dave S. Pettengill, who spoke to Billy Penn Wednesday about his latest piece of street art. He’s calling it “A Valentine to Philly.” And he hasn’t yet spoken with Rebecca Kenton, the woman who found the sprinkles outside her home, who offered to bake for the person who could tell her who was responsible for the, uh, unconventional street repair. But he’d love to hear from her. He spotted the crack on Mildred street, near Bella Vista, on the way to work one day. Plus, Pettengill reveals how much jimmies it took to fill in the crack.
Philadelphia Distilling’s new Fishtown location, a distillery and cocktail lounge next to the Fillmore, launches Feb. 20. After an opening party, the sleek marble bar will be open to the public four days a week, Thursday through Sunday. People who visit before or after a show or for one of the day’s scheduled distillery tours can order cocktails made with house spirits and local ingredients by a staff of enthusiastic bartenders — all of whom seem extremely pumped to be slinging drinks in a place where they can actually help craft the ingredients