Another mayoral forum … and another mayoral candidate?

Another mayoral forum happens tonight at St. Joe’s. The focus is gun violence, with 8 of 10 Dem candidates confirmed — everyone but Amen Brown and Warren Bloom. It streams live on 6abc.com from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Does the crowded field really need another candidate? Apparently Mike Stack — former lt. gov. and onetime standup comedian — thinks so. That’s what Democratic Party boss Bob Brady told WHYY, anyway.

In partnership with CeaseFirePA and support from Lenfest’s Every Voice, Every Vote, WHYY and Thetelegraphfield are also hosting a mayoral forum on public safety. In advance of the March 1 event, we’re gathering questions from community members — the first session happened this week in West Philly.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack in 2018

Free movie streaming service returns to Free Library

Good news for lovers of movies and free entertainment: the Free Library has brought back free access to Kanopy.

  • With more than 3,000 titles, the streaming service was beloved by many Philadelphians — all you need to access it is a library card — but it was discontinued in summer 2021 because of high cost.

Kanopy fixed that by adding a new pricing tier specially for libraries, Asha Prihar reports, so now it’s easy to sign up and start watching for free.

Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (Miguel Martinez/Thetelegraphfield)

RECAP: What else happened?

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MAYOR WATCH

Mayor Kenney is still in DC for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Meanwhile, NYC Mayor Adams is trying to trash talk in advance of Eagles-Giants this weekend — by offering to put up vegan cheesecake in a food-swap bet.

ON THE CALENDAR

🌇 Wharton hosts its annual Future of Cities Conference, this year focused on “transformations through equity, technology, and infrastructure.” Tickets start at $35 for virtual attendance. (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20)

🧧 Lunar New Year celebrations fill Chinatown this weekend, and you can catch lion dancers parading through the neighborhood twice — Saturday night and Sunday morning. (10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22)