The news that people are now banned from sitting on the wall at Rittenhouse Square led to much shock and dismay, so Erika L. Reinhard is organizing a way to fight back. Reinhard, who was one of the first to post about the new rule on social media, has launched a protest called “Sittenhouse.” At noon on Tuesday, Jan. 17, she's organizing a group to conduct a “sit-on” on the wall.
In the days of yore, politicians didn’t normally share their personal pizza habits with constituents. But it’s a new day. Meet the "Selfie Caucus," a label that’s been given to younger, social-media-savvy lawmakers in Harrisburg. Rep. Jordan Harris of Philadelphia is pretty sure they earned the moniker for taking selfies in the caucus room. In the small-c conservative state capital, the name has some shade to it — but members happily embrace it.
The best way to avoid Philadelphia’s new tax is simple: Don’t drink sugar sweetened beverages at all. But where’s the fun in that? We came up with some… creative solutions in case you’re really averse to paying a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sodas, sugary fruit juices and other items now taxed within city limits. Watch the video for some lifehacks you can use (and some you probably shouldn't).
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The 'Collective Action' auction will let you browse original works from 100-plus Philly area artists and place bids on your favorites. Money raised will go to 10 local and national social justice organizations that will be on the front lines during this next four years.
Where: 990 Spring Garden at 990 Spring Garden St. 19123
When: January 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission
What do you get when you put work from 75 emerging visual artists in a club with live music, live body painting and a free, all-you-can-eat pancake bar? Only one way to find out.
Where: Underground Arts at 1200 Callowhill St. 19123
When: January 14, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to January 15, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $5 cover; $10 advance tix let you skip the line
Author and PBS star Christina Pirello is known as "America's Healthy Cooking Teacher." She's leading a class on how to prepare meals that are good for digestion. Price includes lunch — made by you.
Where: The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College at 4100 Walnut St.
When: January 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
How much: $30
Across the US, writers of all disciplines will meet on Sunday as part of the "Writers Resist" movement to support compassion, equality, free speech and the fundamental ideals of democracy.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History at 101 S. Independence Mall 19106
When: January 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Learn how to construct a green garden in a glass to enliven your windowsill throughout the winter. Class fee includes instruction and soil; buy a vessel and plants there or bring your own.
Where: Urban Jungle Philadelphia at 1526 E. Passyunk Ave. 19147
When: January 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $25