More than a week after the August 16 protest at the Rizzo statue in front of the Municipal Services Building, Philly teacher John Sheerin was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats toward police officers during that event. Some of his actions were captured on Periscope video by Daily News columnist Helen Ubiñas. Sheerin has been called an ally by local Black Lives Matter activists, several of whom camped outside the 19th Police District station where he was held overnight Friday. Meanwhile, the city is still taking suggestions about where the statue might be relocated.
In a week and a half, the Gayborhood is getting a new bakery cafe, and it's not like anything else in Philly. That's what owner Bastien Ornano is promising, anyway. Trained in his native France, the 27-year-old pastry whiz will be serving several new-to-Philly treats, like the "merveilleux," a cupcake-sized dessert that's lighter than air. Here's why Ornano threw his heart into the project, even though his dad stopped talking to him for six months.
A human cone. A potted plant. An ironing board. A toilet. The list of items Philadelphians will use to (illegally) save parking spots is random and long. We compiled some of the best here, where we also have a list of of the addresses of a natural savesies marker of sorts — those decommissioned old fat red fire plugs, which you can actually legally park in front of.
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It's the last night for the Fitler Square location of this wine-cheese-beer cafe (don't worry, the Wash West and Rittenhouse outposts are staying), and the owners are going out with a bang. Expect all-night discounts on sparkling wine, special cheese and draft beer — 20% of sales will be donated to the NAACP and Anti-Defamation League.
Where: Tria Fitler Square at 2227 Pine St. 19103
When: August 28, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Ngoma is a performance poet and former member of Amiri Baraka's "The Spirit House Movers and Players." He was National Poetry Slam winner back in 1997, and he's visiting Philly to host this edition of Pecola Breedlove & The Freedom Party, a weekly celebration of the local black community.
Where: APoetArtGallery at 4032 W. Girard Ave. 19104
When: August 29, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $5 admission
If you like rosé, here's a great excuse to check out this newish tavern on West Girard. Sommelier Toya Woodland will lead participants through a tasting of pink wine from four different regions, and the ticket price includes food pairing snacks.
Where: 2637brew at 2637 W. Girard Ave. 19130
When: August 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $15
The outdoor seating area surrounding 30th Street Station is getting a new pop-up bar run by Bridgewater's Pub. The kick-off happy hour will feature giveaways, raffles and live music as a way to introduce the new spot. Regular hours then start Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Where: Pub at The Porch at 30th & Market St. 19104
When: August 31, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The official holiday is September 2, but why not start the party a day early? This family-owned Reading Terminal Market butcher will be giving away free bacon samples, offering deals like buy two pounds of bacon, get one free, and hosting a 10-lb. bacon giveaway on Facebook.
Where: Halteman Family Meats at RTM, 51 N. 12th St. 19107
When: September 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to September 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go, free samples