Was the removal of a troublesome juror mid-deliberations grounds enough for a retrial in the conviction of Chaka Fattah, the former US Congressman from Philly recently sentenced to 10 years in prison? That's what supporters have been calling for. Records unsealed after a request from Philadelphia Media Network show that when the juror in question — who told the court that "he was going to hang this jury no matter what" — was removed, the judge noted, "There's no way in the world he could have reviewed and considered all the evidence in the case."
Six weeks ago, we set out on a mission to answer this age-old question: Which cheesesteak shop makes the ultimate expression of Philadelphia's iconic sandwich? Over the course of five rounds and more than 50,000 votes, you helped us narrow down a field of 32 to find a winner that's basically the platonic ideal of a Philly steak shop.
Where will new flick Collateral Beauty fall in the pantheon of Will Smith movies? Philadelphia’s favorite rapper-turned-actor has certainly turned himself into a bankable brand (lifetime gross box office total of $3.1 billion, thankyouverymuch), but this alter-ego can be stifling to artistic growth. When he does his shtick, we get superficial performances. When he's good, though, he's very good. Here's capsule reviews of of all 21 of Smith's previous films, in order of how much they suck — or don't.
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Stop by to celebrate the launch of Philly's newest local beermaker. House-brewed saisons and other ales will be served, and Mike's BBQ will be on site dishing smoked brisket, pork, mac n cheese and collards to go along.
Where: Brewery ARS at 1927 W. Passyunk Ave. 191454
When: December 17, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Help decide whether the owners of this new tavern make the best kielbasa chili around — or whether their kitchen staff beats them to it. Sample for free and help pick the winner.
Where: Gaul & Co. Malt House at 3133 Gaul St. 19134
When: December 17, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free chili, pay-as-you-go drinks
Rock to the Future is a nonprofit music school that provides classes to Philly's underserved youth. Come out to hear them belt out their best original pieces and covers of holiday tunes, then stay for the free potluck afterwards.
Where: Rock to the Future at 2139 E. Cumberland St. 19125
When: December 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Starting this week and every second Sunday thereafter, you can get your downward dog on while surrounded by the soothing sights of a working brewhouse — soothing, that is, because a post-yoga beer from the award-winning newcomer is included in the price of the class.
Where: 2SP Brewing Co. at 120 Concord Rd., Aston 19014
When: December 18, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
How much: $20
Tix are still available for this matinee showing of 'Rogue One' that's geared towards littler fans. A Geekadelphia-led costume parade with giveaways and robot activities from the Franklin Institute will make the red carpet a true entrance to fantasyland.
Where: Prince Theater at 1412 Chestnut St. 19102
When: December 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
How much: $11 adults; $8 kids