Newsletter for Friday, Oct. 16
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Light peeked out of the night sky and onto the city; photo via @dsschulerjr on Instagram.
HOW THE D.A.’S OFFICE WILL ENFORCE ITS ‘BAN’ ON THE GAY BASHERS
Phillip Williams and Kevin Harrigan entered a plea agreement Thursday and won’t face jail time for their roles in the attack of a gay couple in Center City last fall. The Bucks County men pleaded down their sentence to probation and community service, which is to be served at an LGBT community center. As part of their probation — three years for Harrigan and five for Williams — the two are “banned” from entering Center City Philadelphia, from Girard Avenue to Washington Avenue, river to river. So how, you might ask, will police enforce that? They want your help.
THE NORTH STAR BAR CLOSES, AND PHILLY’S NIGHTLIFE CHANGES AGAIN
For decades, North Star Bar was one of those intimate venues where Philadelphians could watch a musician from a few feet away and months or years later tell friends how they saw a major band before it became famous. It happened so many times. The White Stripes played North Star in 2001. Ryan Adams played there in 2000. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs came in 2004, OK Go in 2005 and John Legend in 2006. Now, the North Star Bar is closing. Here’s what it means for live music in the city.
The Philadelphia Free Library's Rare Books department has an exhibit of Beatrix Potter's original watercolors, handwritten manuscripts, first editions and collectibles -- including one of 450 privately printed editions of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and the original manuscript of The Tailor of Gloucester.
Where: The Philadelphia Free Library, Central Branch at 1901 Vine Street
When: October 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
I SURVIVED 20 COURSES OF CHINESE FOOD; THANKS, WU TANG CLAN
When we learned that Han Dynasty, the local Szechuan Chinese legend (bear with me here, working on a mythos), was hosting a Wu Tang Clan-themed dinner in its Old City location that would feature “36 courses” — 20 food dishes and 16 beers for $75 — we knew such a marathon must be chronicled. We sent in Anna Orso. She walked out four hours later. We’re pretty sure she remembered everything, too.
18 TIMES PHILLY FOLKS MADE REALITY TV SHOWS
Francisville’s Raelia Lewis doesn’t eat cheesesteaks. She’s “gotta keep it tight,” as she told CBS last year after being (shockingly!) eliminated from America’s Next Top Model, the long-running reality show where models are judged by Tyra Banks and other angry people. Lewis is one of many Philadelphians who have appeared on reality shows over the years. We wanted to take a look back at some of the most memorable reality show contestants. Here are 18 times that Philadelphians have appeared on reality TV.