If it was a “meat tax” Mayor Jim Kenney had pushed through City Council and past a $600 million lobby, well, then Philly restaurant owners would definitely be up in arms. But it’s not beef or chicken that are subject to the new levy that went into effect on Jan. 1 — it’s soda and sugar-sweetened drinks. And per an informal survey, it seems restaurateurs in the city aren’t worried about the new tax having an adverse affect on their bottom line. That doesn’t mean they’re all happy about it.
The reasons Governing Magazine put Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf in the category of the country's 12 "most vulnerable" governors seeking re-election aren't a surprise. His ratings are below 45 percent right now, and his administration continues to face budget deficit woes — more than $500 million in this fiscal year and potentially $1.7 billion next year, according to NewsWorks. Plus, he could face any number of well-funded, well-liked GOP opponents, from House Speaker Mike Turzai to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman. The wild card for Wolf? If people are annoyed with the Trump presidency by the time of the 2018 midterm elections, Wolf could benefit.
On the Calendar
If you believe climate change should be addressed head on by our elected officials, spend your lunch hour at this gathering outside Senator Pat Toomey's Philly office. One of dozens slated to take place across the US to send a message to the incoming administration, the rally is organized by 350 Philadelphia, the Sierra Club, the Clean Air Council, Veterans for Peace and many other local activist groups.
Where: Outside Sen. Pat Toomey's office at 2000 Market St. 19103
When: January 9, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free
To mark the anniversary of his death and as part of Philly Loves Bowie Week (which Mayor Kenney officially proclaimed a thing), XPN will dedicate a day of programming to the late, great artist, "pulling from his vast catalog of recorded work, album sides, B-sides, live tracks and some great covers." Tune your transistors or listen online.
Where: WXPN at soundwaves near you
When: January 10, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
What happens when a theoretical physicist and a beekeeper meet and fall in love? In the play "Constellations" it means that spacetime gets warped — in the most interesting ways. The theater is running a special of $25 tix for the first two weeks of performances.
Where: Wilma Theater at 265 S. Broad St. 19107
When: January 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to January 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $25
If you love Mad Elf, check out the next seasonal from Hershey's Troegs Brewing. Nugget Nectar is brimming with juicy hops — not in the bitter way, but with lots of aromatics and the citrus you need to beat the cold. It's being intro'd with a splash at this Fishtown bar, with signed posters by illustrator Hawk Krall, a DJ and special hot dogs in the cart.
Where: Garage North at 100 E. Girard Ave. 19125
When: January 12, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The organizers are very clear: This event, timed to happen the week before the presidential inauguration, is NOT a protest march — it's a celebration of individuality. Bring flags and signs if you want and be ready to sing, dance and shout in solidarity.
Where: Washington Square at 7th & Spruce streets
When: January 13, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free