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Drug pricing for dummies

hiladelphia Weekly, like countcause the price of certain drugs to soar, reduce less other news publications in the the availability of many prescriptions, and dry city and all across the country, gets up investment in innovative, life-saving drugs. these syndicated guest columns that There’s not a dime’s worth of difference bewe can run if they work. tween the Democrats’ troubling drug pricing We generally don’t because they scheme and the Republican alternative. usually are just the rant of some Pelosi’s H.R. 3 would cap the price of prerandom “expert” opinion on something so scriptions at 120 percent of the average price of grandiose we wouldn’t waste precious news- the drug in Australia, Canada, France, Germaprint on it. However, I’ve been following Medi- ny, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Price controls on medicines have had devascare and Medicaid prescription tating consequences in the countries drama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to emulate. Pelosi’s desire to get a drug pricing Of 220 new drugs launched from reform bill passed. 2011 to 2017, 90 percent were available Side note: Do you know there are in the United States. Just two-thirds older Philadelphians right now who were available to patients in the UK, are shopping the Medicare marketonly half were offered in Canada and place and may not know that they’re France, and a paltry one-third were getting screwed? Investigative webavailable in Australia. site ProPublica dropped a pretty inMedical innovation has also dried tense piece just last week that a tool up in these countries. The portion of feature on the Medicare.gov website new medicines originating from the could be screwing thousands. UK, France and Germany has been Google “ProPublica and “Medislashed in half over the past 40 years. care” and check it out. It’s a pretty Unfortunately, the Senate Republialarming read. cans’ alternative drug pricing plan is But back to the columns. I want @SPRTSWTR plagued with many of the same probyou to take a look at the one below lems as Pelosi’s proposal. from Drew Johnson at the National Republicans call their price control scheme Center for Public Policy Research and if you care about this stuff (and if you have living an “inflation penalty” but it functions the same grandparents or older parents who qualify or as Pelosi’s socialist price cap. Under the GOP if you qualify then you should care) shoot us bill, if a drug price increases beyond the rate of inflation, the manufacturer has to pay a fine to your thoughts at voices@philadelphiaweekly. the federal government equal to that cost hike. com. Senate Republicans also want to force drug Also read about the Love City Satanists too, manufacturers to pay 20 percent of seniors’ this week’s cover story. Our writer paints one prescription costs once an individual’s out-ofhell of a picture on this group that’s grown from a collective of 40 to over 500 strong in sup- pocket-costs reach $3,100 annually. The price caps, taxes, penalties and payport. Shit is wild. ments the House Democrats and Senate RepubOK, catch you next week. licans want won’t do much to actually lower Senate drug plan helps government, costs to patients, but they will almost certainly hurts patients Since Nancy Pelosi became House Speaker cause Americans to die. That’s because these in 2007, Republicans have spent an incredi- “solutions” all remove the incentive for drug ble amount of time and energy pushing back manufacturers to invest money into R&D. It costs an average of $2.6 billion to bring a against her progressive policy proposals. new drug to the market. Under both proposThat’s why it’s odd that the GOP’s newest drug als being floated in Congress, manufacturers pricing bill is a watered-down copy of one of would find it almost impossible to recoup their Pelosi’s worst ideas. Speaker Pelosi recently introduced H.R. 3, a investment in developing new medicines. Not drug pricing bill that would install what Sen- only would incentives to create groundbreaking, but life-saving medicines also vanish, a ate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called competition that lowers the price of drugs “socialist price controls” on most Medicare and Medicaid prescriptions. H.R. 3 would cause would dry up as well. As Republicans head into the 2020 elections, the price of certain drugs to soar, reduce the many Americans are starving for free-maravailability of many prescriptions, and dry up ket health-care solutions – not more socialist investment in innovative, life-saving drugs. Republicans on the Senate Finance Commit- schemes that reduce options, make medicatee responded to Pelosi with their own, compet- tions harder to find and threaten the future of life-saving new drugs. ing for legislation. The GOP drug pricing plan Senate Republicans should scrap their ripwould install an inflation penalty that funcoff of the Democrats’ prescription proposal tions, according to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), like socialist “price controls” on Medicare medi- and do more to differentiate themselves from Speaker Pelosi’s big government drug pricing cines. And just like the House Democrats’ drug pricing plan, the Republicans’ version would plan.

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STATE Ugh, the Christmas ads and music start way too early in Philly. I don’t want to hear Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” before Thanksgiving. That song is agonizing enough during the Christmas window, there is ABSOLUTELY no reason to play it before that. Now that I think about it, it’s probably not Philly radio stations that I’m mad at. I think I just genuinely REALLY hate that fucking song. – Mark Nevland | Queen Village

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he holiday season in Philadelphia is a festive time. Well, depending on whom you ask. On Thanksgiving, we ventured around Center City and asked people what they felt was the good, bad and ugly of the holiday season in the City of Brotherly Love. Let’s just say, not all the answers were as neighborly as one might’ve expected for a time that’s supposed to bring about the best in all of us. We found in some cases, it brings out the opposite in people. Thankfully, we ran into the following Philadelphians to call some of this behavior out.

‘It’s unrecognizable’ I know this is going to make me sound like a Scrooge, but I hate being around City Hall during the holidays. I take the EL into work and get off at City Hall, and from right around the week before Thanksgiving through New Years it’s so annoying. I have to cut through the courtyard [at City Hall] to get to my office on Market Street and I’m always running into someone not paying attention, kids running around all willy nilly, trying to dodge not photobombing some tourists’ picture with City Hall in the background or some selfie. It’s unrecognizable around here. I know I just have to live with it, but it just irks me, I don’t know why. – Jen’ae Russell | West Philadelphia

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Thieves on thieves on thieves I think one of the things that adds stress to me is wondering if a package I ordered or that I know is coming to me will actually be there when I get home. Package thievery is a sport in my neighborhood and it’s so frustrating because these thieves don’t care about cameras or even neighbors. They just walk up and help themselves and we just have to take it. – David Groh | Northern Liberties

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No lie, we just came from Macy’s the other day and my mom was looking for these bed sheets for my son’s queen-sized bed. We found some and we noticed this woman was standing kind of close to us. I just figured she was being polite and waited until we were done deciding if those were the ones we wanted. We decided to look for other ones, but before we could even put it back on the shelf, this chick basically grabs it out of my mom’s hand. I said, ‘excuse, you,’ and she was all like ‘you said you didn’t want it,’ grabbed it and just walked away. I was in shock at her level. Now see the old me would’ve set it off on this woman, but the mature mom in me let it go. I was with my momma, I have a good job and too much to lose to end up on the news for beating her ass. – Fantasia S. | North Philadelphia

‘Y’all need to learn how to park’ So you have people and their families coming to visit, people from out of town or some suburb who you can just tell pull into a driveway every night because they have no clue how to parallel park. It’s one of two things, you’re dodging a car that’s too far out into the street or you watch as someone parks their car in a space that can easily fit two. Parking comes a premium in my neighborhood so when I see that it makes my blood boil. – Kelsey Duvall | Fitler Square

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A private group of about 40 people started the Love City Satanists about five years ago, now organizers claim the group is well over 500 followers strong. | Image courtesy: Facebook

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t’s not for everyone. In fact, it’s not even for most people. “But if someone has a sense of adventure and a penchant for the blasphemous… and wants to learn something while having fun with good people, this [was] probably the event to attend.” That last part came from “Brother Black,” a South-Philly based organizer for the Love City Satanists in reference to their recent Get Lucifer event, a night of Satanic education, ritual, and of course, partying. The event featured a pair of huge names in the world of Satanism: Lucien Greaves and Shiva Honey, known for their work with The Satanic Temple and for appearing in the 2019

documentary “Hail Satan?” It was one of the biggest events Phillybased Satanists have held, and that’s saying a lot, because contrary to what some may believe – Philly goes pretty hard for Satan. “We seem to be one of the fastest-growing Satanic communities in the country at the moment,” Black says, “It’s actually pretty surprising how much interest we’ve gotten in the five months we’ve been organizing. Our first meeting in July had nearly 40 attendees and since then, we’ve welcomed about 500 people to our private Greater Philadelphia Facebook group.” “It only makes sense, Philadelphia is the grittiest of cities with an obvious tradition of independence and free thought,” says Jack

Mongoose, another organizer of the Love City Satanists and the Friends of the Satanic Temple Philadelphia. Contrary to popular expectations, Satanism is not a literal belief in the devil or the support of evil. Instead, Satanism is largely about organizing in reaction to larger, more powerful institutions that are seen as oppressive. In the end, believers simply feel that Satanism is about free speech, equality and justice, but with a certain dark aesthetic flair. Brother Black says that Satan exists as “a symbol for standing against tyrannical authority and fighting for the oppressed and marginalized.” He says that more conventional religions are often used as weapons


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PHILADELPHIAWEEKLY.COM @PHILLYWEEKLY against women and LGBTQ people. “The fear of Satanism is completely unfounded and rooted in media sensationalism,” he says. “If one took an honest historical inventory, there’s far more to be worried about [in] what’s going on behind the doors of the average Catholic institution than a Satanic Dance Party.” “The allegory of Adam and Eve is the perfect metaphor for our world,” agrees Mongoose. “People live under control, and are happy as long as they stay ignorant to the world around them. The devil offers them knowledge…Satan is a hero.” Modern Satanism started in 1966 with Anton LeVey and the founding of the Church of Satan. LaVey was inspired by the work of Friedrich Nietzche and Ayn Rand, and he viewed Satan as a symbol of defiance against the way Abrahamic religions (like Christianity, Judaism and Islam) suppressed humanity’s animal instincts. COS’s approach to Satanism involves a rigid doctrine of philosophy and belief in magic, and while the organization still exists, it doesn’t have regular events. Religious scholar Massimo Introvigne suggests it never had more than 2,000 members at its peak. But in 2019, Satan is having something of a moment and this time, it’s hella political. In 2013, The Satanic Temple was founded by Lucien Greaves and Malcolm Jerry. It’s a secular religion that, according to its website, has become “the primary religious Satanic organization in the world, with chapters internationally, and a number of high-profile public campaigns designed to preserve and advance secularism and individual liberties.” Exact membership numbers are not available, but 135,000 people have liked TST on Facebook and over 16,000 people are on the TST Face-

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book forum. TST has gained notoriety for its legal battles against restrictive abortion laws, for fighting to put Baphomet statues next to the Ten Commandments stationed on state property, community service actions like after school reading programs and highway cleanups, and for gaining recognition as an official tax-exempt religion by the IRS. “The TST offers more than just charitable action and social change,” says Mongoose. “People need community and a sense of belonging. Being a traditional atheist is a lonely place, TST incorporates ritual and pageantry that is fun, imaginative and adds meaning to the lives of the members.” “To me, Satanism is a path of radical self-acceptance and liberation. It helps me to embrace my own power and desire,” says Shiva Honey, a founding member of The Satanic Temple Detroit and current Director of National Events for TST. “Satanic ritual has become the biggest focus of my practice and has helped me grow tremendously and heal.” She produces events for TST and leads rituals at the Satanic Temple Headquarters in Salem. Bringing Satan to Philly is something she certainly enjoys. “Every time I seem to stir up trouble,” Honey says. Previously Satanic Philadelphia hosted a Black Mass at Philly venue PhilaMoca that featured Greaves and Honey. The 2018 event garnered pushback from protesters, including a petition to the venue and mayor to cancel. “The Catholics tried to shut us down,” she says, “That’s when you know it’s a party.”

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Inside the mind (and palate) of Philly’s resident wine encyclopedia, Le Caveau’s Chloe Grigri

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t is only hours before is “a concept within a concept,” according to Chloe Grigri’s new Chloe. wine bar, Le Caveau, is Since it opened in 2013, The Good King Tavset to open to the pub- ern has developed a reputation as a place to lic for the first time, suit any mood, desire, or occassion. “Neighand she has just dis- borhood bar with beer and burger feels realcovered that the refrig- ly different from French bistro. Being able to erator behind the bar is broken. marry those two concepts and walk that line Yet she remains sangtook a lot of intention,” says Grigri. froid and cool enough to With a wine program that is both pontificate on what it is meticulously curated and legible to BY KIKI that makes wine so good, all levels of wine knowledge, The VOLKERT calling on her ability to distill Good King Tavern has become known an encyclopedic knowledge of as a place where any interest in wine, wine into simple and elegant inwhether nascent or cultivated, can be sight that has informed the wine program fostered and encouraged. at Le Caveau itself, as well The Good King Le Caveau, however, is The Good King TavTavern, the French wine-focused restaurant ern’s sultry alter ego. The lights are dimmer, she opened along with her father, Bernard the color palette more rouge. Referencing Grigri, in 2013. French cabarets from 19th century (especially With the opening of Le Caveau, some could the prolific Le Chat Noir), there’s an implicasay that space is being made in the throne. Oction at Le Caveau that life is a series of stories, cupying the second story directly above The a stage that you can be on either side of at any Good King Tavern, Le Caveau is both an exmoment. The wine list is a slightly expandtension of and elaboration on The Good King ed version of that of The Good King Tavern, Tavern, while still its own separate entity; it though there is more of an emphasis on nat-

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the wrong beverage. ural wines. And although Le Caveau does not “Six years ago,” says Bernard, “the wine serve meals like The Good King Tavern does, scene was not very big here. A lot of people it does serve cheese, charcuterie, French hot thought, ‘why are you doing wine? You should dogs, and other snacks. While Le Caveau deviates slightly from The be doing beer. It’s easier.’” But comfort and ease Good King Tavern in style, doesn’t have to be the doit is the same in intention, main of beer alone. which is to remain steadfast“There’s something casuly committed to maintainal and cool about beer and ing an environment where that makes it attractive to the people with every depth of masses, and we wanted to do knowledge of wine can feel the same thing with wine,”comfortable. All tastes, sensays Chloe. “It was really sibilities, and reactions are important for us to create a welcome – there is no inspace where people felt comcorrect way to enjoy what fortable exploring. We really one enjoys. On the attitude wanted to open a restaurant toward wine served at The and bar in Philadelphia Good King Tavern and Le where you can walk in and Caveau, Chloe says: “Drink order a glass of wine and not what you like, drink what spend that much money and tastes good to you. You’re chill.” not wrong if you don’t like Today, people do indeed something, you’re not right come to The Good King Tavbecause you do. Everybody’s — Chloe Grigri, owner of South ern to chill, hard. People pop palate is a little bit different. Street bar Good King Tavern and in for a burger, escargots, a Everybody sees something new city wine bar, Le Caveau beer, or a few bottles of wine. differently and that’s the It’s a place to go to escape life beauty of it.” while embracing it, to both A bar that is focused on an accessible and easy-to-understand wine hail and lament the messiness of it all. Guests come from all over to enjoy The program may seem logical now, as the roots of Philly’s wine scene take deeper root. But Good King Tavern, but it is their commitment when Chloe and Bernard opened The Good to the surrounding neighborhood and its resKing Tavern in 2013, they were told that, since Philly is a “beer town,” they were focusing on SEE GOOD KING, PAGE 10

"There's that whole connection between bottle and person that makes wine feel really alive; wine is alive, in the bottle, in the barrel, and on the vine."

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Chloe Grigri has a passion for wine that spills almost as freely as the bottles she pours inside Le Caveau, the upstairs bar of her South Street establishment, the Good King Tavern. | Image: Neal Santos

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idents and businesses that has played a large role in their success. When Hale & True, a cidery and taproom, opened across the street, they asked Good King Tavern to make their small plates – spiced nuts, pickled vegetables, marinated olives. And each year around Bastille Day, a celebration of France that happens every July 14, they host a block party that welcomes all ages, especially the ages that enjoy drinking. The Good King Tavern is, after all, named after Roi Renė of Anjou, also known Good King Renė, a lover of the arts and philosophy who opened up his palace gates to have parties for villagers. For Chloe, a career in wine seems to be a part of her terroir. Though she grew up in the Philadelphia area, she spent a lot of time visiting family in France, specifically Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, with her French father, Bernard. “When I was 9 years old,” Chloe remembers, “somebody at the dinner table in France asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said, ‘Well, I’d like to drink wine.’ And they were like, ‘Oh, great. Cool.’ Needless to say, here I am today.” Working in restaurants was, for Chloe, at first, a way to make money while at-


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tending the University of Delaware and then, tos of inspiration for the space: fonts, menu after transferring, the University of Vermont. boards, and of course, glasses of wine. There’s After moving back to Philly after college, she a sense that all of the aesthetic choices, just did a fellowship in the International Relations like the wine program itself, are based on the department at the University of Pennsylvania expression of a vision of style and comfort. but quickly realized that restaurants are more All of Chloe’s wine knowledge is, after all, comfortable, so she got a job at the now-closed the result of self-education. Chaaya on East Passyunk Avenue and then “I’m not a certified sommelier, but I would El Camino Real in Northern say that I’m a sommelier,” Liberties. she said. “It’s the new wave Then one day, two years of somm. There’s so many into a stint doing textile depeople who are taking difsign production for Urban ferent avenues to learning Outfitters, her Dad sent her about wine today.” a rental listing for a charmWhether curating wine ing space off of South Street, or drinking it, the mentalwith dark wood and a tin ity behind the wine at both ceiling. She quit her job imGood King Tavern and Le mediately and The Good Caveau is based in the recKing Tavern began its reign ognition that wine isn’t a few months later. In June about wine – it’s about peo2018, they purchased the enple. — Chloe Grigri, owner of South Street tire building, which included “There’s that whole conbar Good King Tavern and new city – until now – a vacant second nection between bottle and wine bar, Le Caveau story. person that makes wine feel Ideas for what to do with really alive; wine is alive, in the space began bubbling the bottle, in the barrel, and right away and construction quickly followed. on the vine,” says Chloe. “But it’s also alive in The aesthetic references cabarets and wine the sense that it’s a labor of love, it’s a passion, bars from France’s Loire Valley, as well as and the people behind it are really amazing.” Chloe’s own sensibility. Throughout construc@FAKENICESPICE tion, Le Caveau’s instagram has featured pho-

"Wine is ethereal. Wine is like art and science, married. It's so cool."

New wine bar Le Caveau is a perfect pairing with the Good King Tavern. | Image: Neal Santos

Chloe Grigri describes the Good King Tavern and Le Caveau as a ‘concept within a concept.’ | Image: Neal Santos

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community, such as banker, social worker, hiladelphia is the poorest big city pawn broker, utilities collector. Their responin the U.S., a country that is home sibility is to realistically portray their role to 45 million people who live betreating the families often as they are treated low the poverty line. We are situin real life. ated in a city with a poverty rate In our poverty simulations, students are that eclipses 26 percent, accordassigned to families and provided roles withing to data from the Pew Chariin those families. Here’s an example of one table Trust Foundation and the U.S. Census such family: four members – a single father Bureau. with a son, a daughter who is attending colFrom your neighborhood and environment, to education and economic stability, lege, and the daughter’s 1-year-old child. The simulation provides a realistic experience of poverty affects every social determinant of the challenges confronting persons health. These are defined as soin poverty. cial and physical conditions, such The goal for the families is to as where people live, learn, work BY PATRICIA survive one month in poverty. All and play that affect health risk and DILLON, PH.D. the while, they are tasked with outcomes. keeping their home and family As health-care providers, we safe; working daily; maintaining develop plans of care that are child-care responsibilities; making evidence-based to achieve the all loan and bill payments; and meeting unexbest-possible outcomes. All too often, howevpected situations. er, our patients fail to follow this plan of care The greatest value of the experience ocbecause they lack the resources to do so. Poverty may be one of the contributing factors curs during debriefing. After the simulation, we engage our participants in a debrief that that preclude patients from obtaining the reprovides students, community members, and sources to stay healthy. Here’s one way we can better support the faculty time to share their thoughts and feelhealth-care needs of Philadelphia’s poor: Ed- ings of the experience. Students’ responses often describe the ucation. experience as stressful. Several students The Missouri Association Community Accommented that they had to resort to crime tion Network’s Community Action Poverty to survive. Students further state the experiSimulation (CAPS) poverty program was ence was an eye-opener – one that has value implemented to “provide a glimpse into the in its authenticity, and should be required by structural barriers of poverty to transform all future health-care providers. Community participants’ perspectives about their own communities,” and to sensitize students to members often share that this is the reality the day-to-day realities of life for those living of their everyday life. Consistent with Lasallian values, La Salwith limited resources. If students, as future le’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences health-care providers, possess a better understanding of poverty’s realities and impact, rooted its mission in providing scientifically these experiential learning opportunities based education programs to prepare students as proficient, caring health professioncould in many ways directly translate to imals who are engaged in evidence-based pracproved health care. To launch ours, we identified and aligned tice, advocacy, service and life-long learning. The vision of the school is to give students a with community members with whom to encurricula based on the health needs of popugage. Their insights have been key to the suclations that mobilize social, political, healthcess of the program. The La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center provided the link to the care and educational resources aimed at the welfare of vulnerable, underserved, and dicommunity. Since 1991, the La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center, a community-based verse populations. We achieve this – and so much more. Denurse managed wellness center, provides an veloping trusting relationships between the interprofessional, holistic health-care expecommunity, faculty, staff and students is a rience that includes health screening, education, referrals and support. Through the critically important derivative of these simulations, too. center and the Annual La Salle Community Together, and through education, we are Health Fair, community members were reworking to better support the health-care cruited to participate in the simulation. Once the team was established, training needs of the poor in this city and beyond. was provided to faculty, staff and commuPatricia Dillon, Ph.D., RN, is a professor nity members. The CAPS Program consists of four 15-minute weeks representing one of nursing at La Salle University, where she month in poverty. Community members and chairs the graduate nursing programs. She coleads La Salle’s annual poverty simulation. faculty are assigned to resource roles in the

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pioids. Alcohol. Stimulants. The list of addictions is a long one. And the number of people battling addiction – and those affected by addiction – continues to

expand. At a time when almost half of Americans’ lives have been affected by addiction, Saint Joseph’s University has announced the formation of the Center for Addiction and Recovery Education. The center seeks to advance the understanding of issues surrounding substance use disorder and recovery, lessen addiction’s impact on society and reduce stigma on individuals recovering from addiction. Philadelphia Weekly recently caught up with the center’s inaugural director, Stephen J. Forzato, to talk about how it will confront the addiction epidemic.


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PHILADELPHIAWEEKLY.COM @PHILLYWEEKLY You’ve been in the field for more than three decades and have said this issue is personal for you. Talk a little about what the establishment of CARE and its mission means to you personally. My dream was to be in law enforcement, undercover. But prior to that, I worked for a treatment service in NYC. I spent one summer during college getting people to consider treatment and bringing them physically to treatment. I remember being outside of Wall Street – they were selling everything. We would talk to them. We’d jump on the subway with them. I had a heart for these folks. Then, I got into law enforcement. The first two years of my law enforcement career, I worked at crime scenes. The one case that sits with me, to this day was a 17-year-old who was struggling with substance use disorder. He started selling to support his disease. He was bagging cocaine in his bedroom, and his mom was asleep in the other room. She woke up the next morning and found him dead in his room. This kid, he didn’t deserve to die like this. For 30 years, I met people with substance use disorder and their parents. Hundreds of cases, just like that one. When it was time for me to turn the gun, badge and handcuffs in, I still wanted to spend the rest of my life furthering programs that prevent and address addiction. What makes CARE unique? What will it do to fight the addiction crisis that isn’t being done now? Saint Joseph’s Center of Addiction and Recovery Education is unique because it is created out of the university’s Jesuit mission and philosophy of caring for the whole person and standing with those at the margins. Our Catholic identity calls on us to promote the sanctity of all life. CARE also looks at addiction and recovery holistically. While much of the media attention right now is on opioids, the larger addiction crisis (alcohol, stimulants and other substances) is going underrecognized. Part of that is a data problem. There are many ways to die from substance use disorder – car accidents, asphyxiation, liver disease – making it very difficult to track. Further, the financial burden on our health-care system from alcoholism-related illnesses far exceeds that of any other addiction. How will you measure CARE’s impact or success? How will you know it is making a difference? CARE launched a few weeks ago, so I’m currently working on our strategic plan and accompanying key performance indicators in the coming week. However, I can tell you about how I am looking at it. We want to lead the conversation about addiction and recovery. So, engagement of key stakeholders is critical – first responders; medical providers,

future doctors/prescribers and treatment specialists; human resource professionals; elected officials; universities. First on my agenda is to explore an interdisciplinary minor in addiction and recovery education. We already have a wealth of experience and work going on in this area at Saint Joseph’s. The minor will bring it together; harnessing the university’s existing resources. Saint Joseph’s prepares students for life in a way that other universities do not. We provide a roadmap for success in career, community and life. The minor will prepare students for a potential career in addiction and recovery; but also as parents, friends, managers, colleagues and future leaders. Students who are trained in this will have an exponential effect in the community by addressing issues in a variety of domains.

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If you could speak directly with the individuals suffering from addiction and their families, what would you tell them about CARE and your efforts to confront the crisis? Over the course of my career, I’ve given a voice to parents and loved ones who have been affected personally by substance use disorder. I’ve met too many mothers who have lost children from an overdose. They had nowhere to turn to talk about how special their loved one was; and not what others portrayed them to be. They didn’t want the end of their lives to define their value and their life. That’s whole person. I would say to them that CARE is here to confront this issue and continue their work by honoring their voices; honoring their loved ones as whole people. Furthermore, I’ve seen these voices have a substantial impact on public policy.

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Talk a little about the projected timeline of CARE. What will it look like and be doing one year from now? Five years? One year from now, Saint Joseph’s will emerge as a model for how a campus community can work together to lead the discussion about addiction and recovery on many levels – including educational programming throughout the city and region. We’re already doing so much, but I know that we’ll build on this. We will also further the academic programming around addiction and recovery. In five years, we’re going to take this model and hopefully share our learning with other universities. We want to incubate ideas and then scale them. We will be leading the discussion around addiction and recovery; addressing the stigma around these issues and have an influence in policy, community and research. We want to serve as a connector for researchers and policy makers. The research needs to be written in such a way that policy makers can benefit and implement this work.

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Just watched the #irishman on #Netflix realizing growing up in #Philly much of our culture centered around the mob as a kid I remember graphic pic of Angelo Bruno on front page of Daily News shot up in the front seat of his car pic we thought it was normal #trauma

To the Editor, This is in response to the article [Kerith Gabriel] wrote and posted in [the Oct. 31 issue]. You mentioned the event you took part in for black male empowerment. I’m late replying as it’s been roughly one month, so my apologies. However, I’ll be brief. I’m a black man also and reside in the Frankford section of Philly. I love your paper, and so I say from one brotha to another to keep doing what you do. Now about your piece... Yes. I think we as black men have that homophobic gene just imbedded in us since by nature, we are, and have been, classified as conservatives. But with this narrative for decades throughout basically every media conglomerate that’s pushing the envelope for black women to behave more masculine while at the same time having black men behaving more effeminate, unfortunately, we’re seemingly accepting this “new” way. I, for one, do not approve of that lifestyle being a heterosexual male – including a Christian. And in my personal opinion, the worst thing to be in this world – especially in this era – is a black male Christian conservative. Dangerous because of the non-conformity. But I digress... I wonder why that brotha emphasized that it’s “not that kind of a party” but wanted other men to perform that “exercise?” He could’ve just had the traditional Q&A forum regarding the $1 million and how we could better this city. But that? I prefer to stare into my woman’s orbits. Not some strange dude’s. Perhaps he’s hiding up in the “down low” closet himself and assumed most of the black men at that event were bisexual or all out gay [because] let’s face facts here … there are a numerous amount all over. But who knows? Anyway, that’s all. Just wanted to put in my two pennies. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Blessings.

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I stand next to the bed of a child who is no longer breathing on his own. Machines are doing the work for him. To allow the machines to do their work, I give medications causing the child to remain still. I do not want him fighting the machine that is keeping him alive. We pray for another chance for this kid to walk, run and hug his parents, to live. The cause of this all? Pertussis (whooping cough). A disease that when I started my job as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit was rarely seen because most kids were vaccinated against it. Now it is plaguing our community because fewer children are being vaccinated. Children are born with immune systems that are not fully developed, which makes it easier for them to get sick. Many diseases are spread from person to person. One person from your town gets infected, now your space is contaminated. Being vaccinated means even if you are exposed to the illness you will not become sick nor will you be able to spread the germs. Protect yourself, protect others. A bill was presented in the U.S. Senate called the “Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety Act of 2019” (VACCINES Act). The goal of this bill is to provide the public with facts so they can make informed decisions. Community programs will provide science-backed, honest facts regarding vaccines. The hope is to increase vaccination rates before we are faced with a devastating outbreak. I understand people may think the government should not tell them how to make health decisions. As a health-care professional, I believe when an issue becomes a public health safety concern, it is time for

the government to get involved. Did you know your odds of dying in a car accident are 1 in 77? Your odds of developing a serious reaction to a vaccine are one in a million. We still get in our cars every day, there is no excuse not to vaccinate. History has shown us children will die if we stop vaccinating. According to the CDC, in 1974 80 percent of the children in Japan received the pertussis vaccine and there were zero deaths related to this disease. As rumors spread that the disease wasn’t a threat anymore, some stopped getting the vaccine. By 1979, 41 children died due to pertussis. We cannot repeat that history. Efforts to end smallpox were much more successful. This is history that we need to repeat. We destroyed the disease by continuing to vaccinate until it no longer existed. We killed the disease by not allowing it to kill us. We can do this with present diseases like measles and pertussis. Vaccinate now as a way to end the disease so your future grandchildren will never need the vaccine. It is up to us to learn from past mistakes. We need to listen to the facts given to us by the professionals. The safety and effectiveness of vaccines should not be left to social media. That is why we need the VACCINES bill to pass so we can spread the facts. Our Sen. Bob Casey is a member of the committee in which the VACCINES bill currently sits. Log onto his website and contact him, please let him know you support the VACCINES Act. You always put your child’s seat belt on in the car even when you don’t expect a car accident, just in case. Disease is no different. Prepare for the unexpected, do not become a victim. Vaccinate your children.

– Brianna Hafetz | University of Pennsylvania

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Turning around the city’s child welfare

Amid all the despair catalogued in “The Kids Are Crying,” Courtenay Harris Bond’s excellent series about what Philadelphia Weekly editor Kerith Gabriel calls “the great mindfuck that is Philadelphia’s child welfare system,” there are the first signs of hope. That hope can’t be found in anything the Philadelphia Department of Human Services said – but in what it did not say. Although still prone to misdirection and evasion, DHS no longer is denying that Philadelphia tears apart families at the highest rate among America’s biggest cities. Instead, the Department of Human Services offers a list of initiatives to provide actual human services so children are not taken away when family poverty is confused with “neglect. If they are functioning as described – and no one should take this agency’s word for anything – they are worthy initiatives. But they have not yet accomplished much. In 2018, the most recent year for which data are available, Philadelphia children were torn from their parents 2,718 times – that’s only 170 fewer removals than the previous year. And none of these initiatives would have helped the children of Yolanda Walker-Jackson. She was forced to jump through all sorts of hoops because she smoked pot to control severe nausea while pregnant – the sort of thing white middle-class mothers can brag about in Facebook groups. When Walker-Jackson couldn’t manage all the hoops, her children were taken. She didn’t need a “parent café” or an “empowerment center” – she needed DHS to get the hell out of her life. Instead, DHS treated her children the way the Trump Administration treated children at the Mexican border – tearing them from their mother and each other and consigning them to multiple foster homes. “Now my children are traumatized for the rest of their lives …” Walker Jackson said. It’s not just common sense that supports her assessment. Study after study has found that, in the typical cases seen by workers for

agencies such as DHS, children left in their own homes fare better even than comparably-maltreated children placed in foster care. And, of course, Walker-Jackson’s children weren’t abused by her at all. That’s before we even get to the high rate of abuse in foster care itself, a rate shown by independent studies to be vastly higher than what agencies self-report. The harm doesn’t end there. All the time wasted persecuting families like Walker-Jackson’s is, in effect, stolen from finding children in real danger. That’s almost always the real reason for headline-grabbing horror stories about child abuse deaths. The DHS take-the-childand-run mentality makes all children less safe. Real change requires more than adding a few services, it requires giving up the near-absolute power DHS wields over the lives of impoverished families. DHS should follow the lead of New York City and fund high-quality family defense, in which families get a lawyer, a social worker and, often, a parent advocate who’s been through the system herself. A massive study found that this approach significantly reduced time spent in foster care – with no compromise of safety. That’s because it’s not a way to get “bad parents” off – it’s a way to craft alternatives to cookie-cutter “service plans” like those that made everything worse for Walker-Jackson’s children – and a way to tell DHS to butt out when it shouldn’t be involved with a family at all. In many cases, the federal government will now reimburse half the cost of this kind of representation. A network of such offices in Philadelphia would be real “Family Empowerment Centers.” And they would show that DHS Commissioner Cynthia Figueroa really wants to be the leader who finally turned the agency around. Richard Wexler is executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform.

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He draws inspiration from all genres to create his own blend that is unique to him. Let him be remembered as a musical risk taker. | 8 pm. $20. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. venue.tlaphilly.com PARTY

Repeal Day Soiree

On this day in 1938, the prohibition came to an end – let’s all celebrate with some cocktails. Get all dressed up in 1930s digs to drink like you’re in a speakeasy. | 7 pm. $44. Philadelphia Distilling, 25 E. Allen St. philadelphiadistilling.com

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We always have a vision of how Philadelphia can be better in the future. Step into a time machine and reveal a digital city at this performance and discussion by Temple students who are taking a class on the subject. | 7 pm. Free. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

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PAX Unplugged Plug into the gamer universe at this three-day festival. Catch live exhibits, RPG tournaments and panels with those who make all our games so damn enjoyable. Immerse yourself in a world that your mom told you was all made-up. | 10 am. $35-$70. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. unplugged.paxsite.com


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Friday Nights: Feliz Navidad Fiesta

We want to wish you a Merry Christmas with an amazing holiday dance. Go out for the night as part of the museum’s “Holidays at the Museum” program series. There will be plenty of other festive happenings going on this month if you can’t make it to this one. | 5 pm. $25. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. philamuseum.org MUSIC

Manchester Orchestra

This band has had a crazy career full of success. Fans love them for the old and new stuff they put out, and we’re so grateful every time they

come around. Catch them on this tour playing their 2009 album “Means Everything to Nothing.” | 8 pm. $28. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. thefillmorephilly.com MUSIC

Cher

We’re not sure how Cher released 26 fucking studio albums in her career and has yet to show her age. She’s literally the G.O.A.T. of wigs and faces and one who is so damn popular that she had to add a second stop in Philly by popular demand. You know what they say – when the world bursts into flames, all that will be left is Cher and cockroaches. At least, someone out there must say that. Maybe. | 8 pm. $48. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. wellsfargocenterphilly. com

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One Minute Talk Show

Don’t worry though, the show time has been extended to one hour. Cozy up for 60 minutes packed with skits, celebrity interviews and more. | 8:30 pm. $12. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave. eventbrite.com LGBTQ

All I Want for Christmas is Attention

Don’t we all? Join Rupaul’s Drag Race stars Ben DeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon for a holiday extravaganza in which they’ll be doing just about everything they can to snatch your attention. | 8 pm. $35-$100. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. utphilly.com

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Caramel Making Workshop

If this is the only thing you ever learn how to cook, consider yourself accomplished. Bring some friends to share in the joy of gooey, golden candy making in time for the holidays. | Friday, 6:30 pm. $35. Shane Confectionery, 110 Market St. shanecandies.com

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Philadelphia Santa Crawl

It’s delightfully terrifying to see the streets packed with Santas. Join the movement at this holly jolly bar crawl where you’ll be able to catch some great drink deals at various spots around Old City. | Saturday, 1 pm. $20. Locations vary. eventbrite.com

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West Craft Fest

It’s all happening just in time to give you the chance to pick up some holiday-themed items from local artisans. It’s always nice to hand your money over to a local who will appreciate it, rather than giving it to Home Goods or T.J. Maxx. These artists will have more unique wares to offer, anyway. | Saturday, 10 am. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. westcraftfest.wixsite.com

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Feminist Flea Market and Craft Fair

Give your support directly to a good cause as you shop from over 100 vendors who are all women/trans/gender non-conforming. Proceeds will be donated to WOAR/ Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence. This is a cause that anybody could – and should – lend their support to. | 10 am. $5. Bok, 1901 S. 9th St. housecatpresents. ticketleap.com COMEDY

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Every aspect of the production – lights, characters, plot – will all be made up on the spot at the performance. You’re in for quite a treat. | 10 pm. $10. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St. eventbrite.com

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Subterranean Philly: What Lies Beneath

There’s a whole other city beneath us right now. Don’t miss your chance to explore it all at this exclusive tour. Get a look at the tunnels and passageways that never got the chance to be developed as part of the city’s public transportation. | 1 pm. $20. 801 Market St. eventbrite.com HOLIDAYS

Shop the German way

Celebrate the holidays the traditional German way. Shop a collection of handmade and sentimental crafts and try some delicious holiday meals. Bring the whole family for pictures with Santa. | Noon. Free. The German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St. facebook.com

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Winter Wonderland

Brave the cold for a day full of exciting outdoor activities. Kids will really enjoy this annual celebration with a smores roasting, a petting zoo, an obstacle course and plenty of other things to keep them moving. | 10 am. $30-$100. Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Drive. smithplayground.ticketleap. com ART

HERspace Women’s Art Festival

HERspace supports powerful female artists doing their thing. Come out to support a variety of works by artists of nearly every medium. There’s no better way to get involved with a community than by showing your love for the art they create. | 6 pm. $5-$10. Philly Art Collective, 253 N. 3rd St. eventbrite.com


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Matt Barats and Andrew Tisher are Living in Squalor

This band describes itself as “80s pop rock on acid.” Sound like something worth exploring? If you’re not already familiar with these guys, you should be. Come see a high quality performance. | 7:30 pm. $10. MilkBoy, 1100 Chestnut St.

We’ve all been there at one point or another. This hilarious duo is in town from NYC to give us quite the comedic performance. We’re guessing they’ll blow us away with their comedy writing expertise. | 8 pm. $5. Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.

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Inversions: Pop-Up Strip Club

Well, there’s a pop-up for everything. Twist and turn, slip and slide down those poles, people. We’ll just be here with our jaws to the floor, in awe of all that damn talent you have. | 10 pm. $10$15. Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts St. facebook.com

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Ski Mask the Slump God

Ski Mask started out rapping with the late great XXXTENTACION. They were in the rap group “Very Rare” and make some sick music together, but were still just as successful on their own. Don’t miss him while he’s in town. | 8 pm. $32.50. Franklin Music, 421 N. 7th St. bowerypresents.com

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Dr. Mutter’s Merry Emporium

The experts at this museum can still find a way to make Christmas a little creepy. Shop around for holiday oddities for you and your loved ones, and forget Santa – a plague doctor will be there to take pictures with your kids. | 11 am. Free. Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St. eventbrite.com

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PECO Family Jams: Ornaments

Making memories with family is always important, especially around the holidays. Sit down with your loved ones to create some homemade ornaments for the family tree. | Noon. $10. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.

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Breakfast for Turtles

Are you down to support your local punks? Make your way out to this intimate show this cold winter night. All the moshing and headbanging will warm you up really quickly. | Sunday, 8 pm. $10. Pharmacy, 1300 S. 18th St. facebook.com

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Workout for Warmth

Get your blood pumping to keep others warm this winter. This is the second annual happening of this charitable event by the nonprofit Homeless, Not Helpless. Become a part of this growing holiday tradition. | Sunday, Noon. Free. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. eventbrite.com

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Poems Night

Got some spoken words you need to get off your chest? Come out to this monthly showcase for Philly poets. You’ll be shocked by the talent around you, and by your own courage to share work that means something to you. | 7 pm. Free. Hot Bed, 723 Chestnut St. facebook.com COMEDY

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Indoor Snowball Fight

We hardly hear of an event that sounds sweeter than this. Get out of the house for an exhilarating battle. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this? | Monday, 6 pm. $2. Rolling Thunder Skating Rink, 7017 E. Roosevelt Blvd. facebook.com

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Boards and Beers

Do you love board games? How about beer? Well, you’re in luck. Kick back and relax with some friends after a long Monday and battle it out with some exciting games and delicious brews. | Monday, Monday, 7 pm. Free. Love City Brewing Co., 1023 Hamilton St. facebook.com

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Guerrero is a well-known figure in the Philly comedy scene. Come out to this performance to support the release of “A Temporary Summit,” his newest comedy album. | 8 pm. Free. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St. tattooedmomphilly.com

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Saxsquatch

This may be the weirdest act you’ve ever seen. Hell, maybe it’s hardly an act, and it’s the real thing – a real sasquatch playing a real saxophone. Quit hitting yourself – this acid trip is all real. | 8 pm. $10. Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th St. eventbrite.com INTERESTS

Veteran Shark Tank

This annual gathering gives veterans assistance in growing their businesses. They’ll come through with a pitch powerful enough to get experienced entrepreneurs to invest in the vision. Support the dreams of those who have given so much to the country. | 5:30 pm. $195. Fitler Club, 24 S. 24th St. eventbrite.com

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Franky’s Follies You’re in for a special holiday treat every week at this burlesque and cabaret. Come by each week for a fresh performance by a cast of talented locals. We don’t really know what will be in store, but that’s the fun of it. | 9:30 pm. $10. Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. eventbrite.com MUSIC

Vrsty

It’s metalcore Monday. Kick it off with a performance from these local metalheads that is pretty much guaranteed to be off the rails. | 5:30 pm. $10. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave. facebook.com


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We’ve all been there at one point or another. This hilarious duo is in town from NYC to give us quite the comedic performance. We’re guessing they’ll blow us away with their comedy writing expertise. | Sunday, Dec. 8. 8 pm. $5. Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St. COMEDY

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Robot Overlords: Holiday Edition

Artificial intelligence will take over the world at some point. Robots know how to do everything now – even comedy. Who needs shitty comedians who bomb at open mics when we have a show like this? | Tuesday, 7 pm. Prices vary. The Drake, 302 S. Hicks St. facebook.com

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You Can’t Kill a Poet

The work of a poet lives on forever, unlike their physical presence. These queer and trans folks at this poetry reading will share their work that will keep the art living on forever. | 8 pm. Free. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St. tattooedmomphilly.com MUSIC

Twin Peaks

These guys are tons of fun. They came up in Chicago and got famous off their unique indie sounds. You’re missing out if you haven’t listened to their newest album “Lookout Low.” | 7 pm. $18. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. utphilly.com

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Peter Asher

We know some of you remember the 60s. Wild times, right? Join Asher as he performs a “musical memoir” of the iconic decade. | 8 pm. $40-$45. City Winery, 990 Filbert St. facebook.com FESTIVAL

Ideas We Should Steal Festival Try your hardest not to commit creative fraud at this innovative festival. This will expose you to the smartest people in the city. The ones who can change the entire world as we know it. | 8 am. $35-$65. Comcast Technology Center, 1800 Arch St. philadelphia-citizen. ticketleap.com

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She Past Away

Have you been to a Turkish dark-wave show recently? We’re guessing the answer is no. So, you should definitely check out this group while it’s around. We think it represents the genre pretty damn well. | 7:30 pm. $25. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Workout for Warmth

Get your blood pumping to keep others warm this winter. This is the second annual happening of this charitable event by the nonprofit Homeless, Not Helpless. Become a part of this growing holiday tradition. | Sunday, Dec. 8, noon. Free. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. eventbrite.com

Poems Night

Got some spoken words you need to get off your chest? Come out to this monthly showcase for Philly poets. You’ll be shocked by the talent around you, and by your own courage to share work that means something to you. | Monday, Dec. 9. 7 pm. Free. Hot Bed, 723 Chestnut St. facebook.com

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Billy Penn Philly Quizzo: Holiday Edition

What do you know about Philadelphia holidays? Get schooled on the facts of all the holidays celebrating the city in the past, present and future. Show the crowd just how much you know about the city you call home. | 6 pm. Free. The Common, 3601 Market St. eventbrite.com

Che Guerrero

Guerrero is a well-known figure in the Philly comedy scene. Come out to this performance to support the release of “A Temporary Summit,” his newest comedy album. | Monday, Dec. 9. 8 pm. Free. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St. tattooedmomphilly.com

Indoor Snowball Fight

We hardly hear of an event that sounds sweeter than this. Get out of the house for an exhilarating battle. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this? | Monday, Dec. 9. 6 pm. $2. Rolling Thunder Skating Rink, 7017 E. Roosevelt Blvd. facebook.com

You Can’t Kill a Poet

The work of a poet lives on forever, unlike their physical presence. These queer and trans folks at this poetry reading will share their work that will keep the art living on forever. | Tuesday, Dec. 10. 8 pm. Free. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St. tattooedmomphilly.com

Drinks and Dragons

Hop into the RPG world at this open game night. Whether you’re a newbie or a total D&D nerd, you’re welcome to come join the party. Throw back some drinks and get your head in the game. | Wednesday, Dec. 11. 7 pm. Free. The Thirsty Soul, 1551 W. Passyunk Ave. facebook.com

Slashing Through the Snow

If you see blood in the snow, run the other way. Serial killers aren’t just a Halloween thing – they’re just as active during the holidays. If you like to keep it spooky year round, this is the Christmas event for you. | Wednesday, Dec. 11. 7 pm. Free. Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St. facebook.com

Cutie Party

Don’t be so humble – you know you’re a cutie. It’s only natural that you’re invited to one of the most attractive dance parties in the city. | Wednesday, Dec. 11. 10 pm. Free. The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad St. facebook.com

West Craft Fest

This art-centric festival has expanded the celebration to two days this year. It’s all happening just in time to give you the chance to pick up some holiday-themed items from local artisans. It’s always nice to hand your money over to a local who will appreciate it, rather than giving it to Home Goods or T.J. Maxx. These artists will have more unique wares to offer, anyway. | Saturday, Dec. 7. 10 am. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. westcraftfest.wixsite.com

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The Wizard of Oz

We know it’s a timeless classic, but it’s one that’s going to completely reimagine the Sedgwick Theater if you’ve ever been exposed to the gem Philly has that is the Quintessence Theatre Company. You already know the story of Dorothy; now grab the family or make it a sweet date night to get a bit of nostalgia when you come see it one more time right here at – home. See what we did there? | 7:30 pm. $30. Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave.

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Bailen

This refreshing trio from NYC is finally making their way here. Our hearts can hardly handle all their dreamy harmonies. We know we’re not going to be bailing out on this show. | 8 pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. eventbrite.com PARTY

Cutie Party

Don’t be so humble – you know you’re a cutie. It’s only natural that you’re invited to one of the most attractive dance parties in the city. | 10 pm. Free. The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad St. facebook.com

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Slashing Through the Snow

If you see blood in the snow, run the other way. Serial killers aren’t just a Halloween thing – they’re just as active during the holidays. If you like to keep it spooky year round, this is the Christmas event for you. | 7 pm. Free. Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St. facebook.com HOLIDAYS

Nerd Nite Philly Holiday Spectacular

This gathering is part of what makes this season the most wonderful time of the year. Geek out with games, a holiday sweater contest and a performance from Skeletor Claus. | 7:30 pm. $10. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. facebook.com

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Marijuana and the Public’s Health

We all know that the sticky icky has some serious health benefits. Sit in on a discussion on the specific contributions it can make to the wellness of all Philadelphians. | Wednesday, 5:30 pm. Free. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd St. eventbrite.com

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Drinks and Dragons

Hop into the RPG world at this open game night. Whether you’re a newbie or a total D&D nerd, you’re welcome to come join the party. Throw back some drinks and get your head in the game. | Wednesday, 7 pm. Free. The Thirsty Soul, 1551 W. Passyunk Ave. facebook.com


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Suds and Ugly Sweaters

You’ll need your sweaters to keep you warm out on the water at this holiday party. All the alcohol on board will have you feeling toasty, too. | Thursday, 6:30 pm. $60. Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S. Columbus Blvd. sudsanduglysweaters.com

Best BETS One Minute Talk Show

This talk show was the shortest of its kind online. It is now, surprisingly, on tour. Don’t worry though, the show time has been extended to one hour. Cozy up for 60 minutes packed with skits, celebrity interviews and more. | Friday, Dec. 6. 8:30 pm. $12. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave. eventbrite.com

Philadelphia Santa Crawl

It’s delightfully terrifying to see the streets packed with Santas. Join the movement at this holly jolly bar crawl where you’ll be able to catch some great drink deals at various spots around Old City. | Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 pm. $20. Locations vary.

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Strand of Oaks

Timothy Showalter – the indie musician behind the moniker – first played his “Winter Classic” shows at this same venue five years ago. Now, this three-day performance has become an ideal way to close out the year. Showalter aims for this performance to be a space for all to gather and reflect on the days that have passed. We’re ready for this to be a longrunning Philly tradition. | 8:30 pm. $23. Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. bootandsaddlephilly.com MUSIC

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Slayher: Philly’s Only All Metal Drag Show

Drag queens of all talents gather for Philly’s only heavy metal drag show. Every performer brings their own level of chaos. You can’t miss the “heavy metal guttural scream” contest that turns this party up a few notches. | 8 pm. Prices vary. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St. facebook.com COMEDY

Michael Rapaport

This founding member of the A$AP mob has seen an impressive come-up. The rapper went from Harlem to signing deals with Adidas and selling out shows on nationwide tours. | 8 pm. $30. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.

This guy just screams “New York.” Literally – his persona can be pretty in your face, but that’s what makes him so likable. He’s a truly versatile act that comes to life in film and on stage. | 8 pm. $30. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.

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The Roddenberries Winter Spectacular

Are you in for a Star Trek cabaret? We’re not really sure what to expect from that, but we think it’ll be pretty awesome. Get ready for a night that will tickle all your sci-fi nerd tendencies. | 9 pm. $15. Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. eventbrite.com MUSIC

Riff Raff

There are few musicians out there stranger than this guy. There’s no denying he works hard at always releasing new music, though. You just have to see him to believe him. | 8:30 pm. $20. Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th St. eventbrite.com

Inversions: Pop-Up Strip Club

Well, there’s a pop-up for everything. Twist and turn, slip and slide down those poles, people. We’ll just be here with our jaws to the floor, in awe of all that damn talent you have. | Sunday, Dec. 8. 10 pm. $10-$15. Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts St. facebook.com

Saxsquatch

This may be the weirdest act you’ve ever seen. Hell, maybe it’s hardly an act, and it’s the real thing – a real sasquatch playing a real saxophone. Quit hitting yourself – this acid trip is all real. | Monday, Dec. 9. 8 pm. $10. Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th St. eventbrite.com

Haley Heynderickx

Tending a garden takes all the care you could give. Heynderickx understands that, and she pours all that passion into creating some sounds you’ve never heard before. You’ll be damned if you miss an act like this. | Tuesday, Dec. 10. 8:30 pm. $15. Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. bootandsaddlephilly.com

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