For at least the past three months, one woman has been pulling a scam to get small amounts of cash out of Philly restaurants. Her usual ruse goes like this: She goes in, claims she found a hair in a fictitious to-go order placed a few days prior, and demands a refund. More than a dozen spots have been targeted, but despite some proprietors calling the cops on her, no action has been taken. Until now. After Billy Penn and two other restaurant owners confronted the woman Friday afternoon, the PPD decided to refer the case to Central Detectives for further investigation.
The first snowfall of the season ended up dropping between 1.3 and 1.8 inches on Philadelphia, so there wasn't enough of the white stuff to disrupt things too much, although there is black ice out there, so be careful driving. (And over in Jersey, an attempt to break the world record for largest snowball fight at Six Flags Great Adventure was cancelled...due to snow.) But the flakes were picturesque enough to evoke great winter memories. For more of that, here's a throwback: 10 old photos of huskies, street sledding and other winter scenes in Philly from the 1930s, '40s, 50's and '60s.
Last week, Pa. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe had a strange outburst during a routine House committee meeting. "I am a heterosexual," he chided a Democratic colleague who dared reach out and pat his arm during discussion. "Stop touching me all the time!" The action made headlines around the country, and also landed in opening monologues of more than one talk show. "So who's this guy with the irresistibly sexy sleeve?" Stephen Colbert asked after showing the video clip. On Jimmy Kimmel, guest host Neil Patrick Harris went further in. "First of all, you don't turn gay if a gay person touches you. We're not like zombies," he said. "The only thing you are representing with this behavior is bigoted dumbassery."
Great news if you're still shopping for the boozehounds on your list. It wasn't out in time to be included in our list of 10 Philly liquors that make great holiday gifts, but Philadelphia Distilling just released another edition of Tough Broad Malt Whiskey. The spirit is a collaboration with Yards Brewing, and is made from actual Yards beer brewed with a recipe close to Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale. The result is so good that there's a limit on how much you can buy — just two bottles per person, available here. They're $45 each, but make a perfect gift.
On the Calendar
Aside from the generally fantastic beers (brewed by a Dogfish Head and Tired Hands alum) and the changing menu of creative dishes from chef Doreen DeMarco (ranchero tots or french toast casserole, anyone?), there's a new reason to visit this Point Breeze brewpub: Happy hour discounts. The new 5 to 7 p.m. weekday deals include $2 off all drafts and a menu of $2 snacks.
Where: Second District Brewing at 1939 S. Bancroft St., 19145
When: December 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
In the United States there are more than two million people in prison who exist primarily out of sight. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a new film about the hidden geographies of the contemporary prison-industrial complex by Brett Story. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, Reentry Think Tank fellow Josh Glenn and scholar Toorjo (TJ) Ghose.
Where: Slought at 4017 Walnut St., 19104
When: December 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free
If you love bicycling and holiday lights, this is a don't-miss occasion. For the sixth year running, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia organized a group ride through the streets of Philly. Dress in costume or just trick out your bike with lights, sparkles, bells, stars, ornaments and anything else you can think of, and join the show. It's free to participate, but an advance donation will enter you in a raffle to win a slick Gold Fuji Cambridge.
Where: Performance Bicycles at 1300 S. Columbus Blvd., 19147
When: December 13, 2017 at 6:15 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Ben Franklin Circles is a monthly learning and discussion group based on Franklin’s Junto, the mutual improvement club he ran for over 40 years. They've been held in NYC for years, but are finally coming to Philly thanks to a partnership with the 92nd Street Y. If you're interesting in talking about how to improve yourself, your city, and your world in an intentional and constructive way, this is the event for you.
Where: The Library Company of Philadelphia at 1314 Locust St., 19107
When: December 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
The Hill-Keith-Physick House has been gorgeously restored, and this is a chance to explore the historically accurate rooms while getting some holiday shopping done. Expect handmade arts, crafts and jewelry for sale, plus hands-on workshops to make your own presents. Happy hour drinks and food are available to buy while you browse.
Where: Hill-Keith-Physick House at 321 S. 4th St., 19106
When: December 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go