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The 121st Annual Penn Relays Returns To Philly — April 23 - 25

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 23, 2015
    • The 120th Annual Penn Relays
      • The 120th Annual Penn Relays
      • Photo Credit: Photo by D. Tavani for Visit Philadelphia

All roads lead  to University City this weekend, as The Penn Relays a three-day track-and-field celebration — returns with another round of seriously competitive track and field action.

Watch accomplished athletes take on competitors from across the globe in games like the pole vault, long jump, high jump, javelin, 400 meter dashes, 100 meter sprints and more all day long beginning tomorrow, April 24.

Now in its 121st year — the world’s first and largest annual relay meet — this event pulls in crowds of up to 100,000 to the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, where sports-lovers of all ages gather to see some of the world’s top track athletes compete and begin Olympic careers. And, in addition to the athletes, the fans also hail from all over the country and the world.

This signature Philly event also includes an accompanying festival that lasts all three days of the event with food, crafts and souvenirs. This is definitely a must-hit event for the spring — so, make sure to check it out. 

Penn Relays
When: April 23-25
Where: Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
Cost: Varies
More info:

Get Your Favorite Dr. Martens Customized In-Store By Philly Designers Jeantrix - Sunday, April 19

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 15, 2015
    • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Photo Credit: C. Symth for Philly 360°/VISIT PHILADELPHIA
    • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Photo Credit: C. Symth for Philly 360°/VISIT PHILADELPHIA
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This weekend, Philly-based designers, Jeantrix, return with another dope collab with international footwear brand, Dr. Martens.

The go-to choice for hipsters, rockster, bad-boys and b-girls alike, Dr. Martens signature footwear is a recognized symbol for freedom and trendsetting style. This is the exact reason why the brand decided to setup shop in the Philly famous neighborhood of Rittenhouse. Yes, Philly cretives definitely have mad love for their Dr. Martens.

On Sunday, April 19, Jeantrix and Dr. Martens will host their second customization event, which is open to the general public from1 to 6 p.m. Dr. Marten customers that spend $50+ will get a chance to have their newly or previously purchased boots customized by the Jeantrix team with eye-popping graphics specifically designed for this event.

Customers can also bring their own ideas to the Jeantrix table — no design is off limits, everything goes! Did we mention that this customization is 100% free? #winning

Check out the recap video and visual gallery from their February collab, below.

Dr. Martens X Jeantrix
When: Sunday, April 19, 1 - 6 p.m.
Where: Dr. Marten's store, 1710 Walnut Street
Cost: Free customization with purchase.
More Info: RSVP to


Philly Black Pride Returns With A Full Weekend Of Mixers, Parties, Pagaents & More — April 22 - 26, 2015

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 10, 2015
    • Philly Black Pride
      • Philly Black Pride

From April 22 to 26, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride will commemorate its 16th anniversary with a weekend of celebration of parties and poetry slam to pageants, youth events and more.

Philadelphia Black Pride was first created in 1999 by the COLOURS Organization, the only LBGTQ service organization in Philadelphia primarily by and for people of color. COLOURS served as the official host of the festival until it received its own official standing as a non-profit organization in April 2004.

Philadelphia Black Pride is dedicated to raising public awareness for health issues such as HIV/AIDS, shining light on issues that affect the LGBTQ community, providing positive youth leadership opportunities, and networking with queer communities along the northeast. Though PBGP targets its festival to people of African-descent who are members of the LGBTQ community, it welcomes any and all allies to the community.

This year, celebration kicks off with a open mic at Ladder 15 on Wednesday Night and features tons of can't-miss events, including receptions and brunch at Ms. Tootsies, a mini-ball at First District Plaza, and a Sunday social at The Kimmel Center

Come out and show your Philly pride, while mixing and mingling with the finest, flyest crowd our city has to offer. #phillyblackpride2k15

Philadelphia Black Pride
When: April 22 - 26
Where: Various locations
More Info: For a full list of anniversary events, click here.

Top Picks: Eight Can't-Miss Events For Philly Tech Week 2015 — April 17 - 25

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 8, 2015
    • Philadelphia Tech Week Returns
      • Philadelphia Tech Week Returns
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Techies, this one’s for you. From April 17 to 25, Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven action. Now in its fifth year, PTW is firmly planted as the city's go-to event for Philly creatives working across the tech and design communities.

Fresher than your average tech conference, the week-long celebration kicks off with Arcade @ The Dilworth featuring an app arcade, makers corner and community programming courtesy of a few local partners.

Post-kickoff, PTW 2015 goes into overdrive withmore than 100 events taking place across the city. Only Philly could make geekin' out look this good.  

We know that trying to navigate this many events in just a week can appear to be a little daunting. But don't worry—Philly 360° has got you covered. We've pulled together an itinerary of a few can't-miss events.

You can check the official Philly 360° guide to Philly Tech Week, below. Or, click here to browse the full PTW 2015 schedule.

Philly 360° Guide to Philly Tech Week:

    • Philly Tech Week
      • Philly Tech Week
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Philly Tech Week

Tech Cocktail's Philadelphia Mixer & Startup Showcase

Thursday, April 16
Tech Cocktail’s bread and butter. Events held in 30+ cities across the country. We bring together your region’s 8-15 hottest startups, press, investors, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and hustlers, to join together for an evening of cocktails, networking, and informal startup showcasing. Each Mixer also features a one minute pitch from each startup which will determine that city’s Hottest Showcasing Startup.


Fuel Up for Philly Tech Week at La Columbe Torrefaction - Fishtown

Friday, April 17
Join PTW for a coffee-fueled networking session: It's a great chance to meet each other, talk about upcoming events, and make plans for the week. Share your passions over a cup of the best coffee drinks in Philly.


Arcade @ Dilworth

***NEW DATE: Saturday, April 17***
Celebrate technology and innovation at the Philly Tech Week Kickoff event at Dilworth Park. Check out the App Arcade, Maker Corner, live music, performances and more!


    • Philly Tech Week
      • Philly Tech Week
      • Photo Credit: Credit: Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival #8

April 17 - 25
With the City of Philadelphia as its pallet, this festival is an eigh day live and virtual gathering that includes screenings, discussions, and parties with filmmakers and creatives you most likely never met before. During this time, local and international independent artists and business community members meet, screen and discuss the innovation, technology, creativity, and diversity of the filmmaker ecosystem.


Experiencing Dust: Dancing with infra-red sensors

Saturday, April 18
Peter Price's video design for "Dust" uses infra-red sensors to "see" the dancers as they move about the stage, projecting color fields that change in hue and saturation based on the dancers' location in space and the intensity of their movement. Before the show on Saturday, April 18, ticket holders are invited to arrive at 7pm to "dance" with our technology and learn about how it works.


    • Philly Tech Week
      • Philly Tech Week
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PTW

Digital Equality For All: Navigating Net Neutrality and the Impact on Communities of Color

Tuesday, April 21
In the wake of the recent FCC rulings on the preservation of Net Neutrality and the Reclassification of the internet as a utility, this 2015 Philly Tech Week WILCO / WURD Panel will explore the complexities of net neutrality, the recently passed FCC legislation, and the impact net neutrality legislation will have on people of color technology innovation, the cultivation of small businesses, and the engagement of community activism.


Beyond the Blog: Leveraging Your Digital Profile

Tuesday, April 21
Come learn how to take your blog and digital pursuits to the next level. This panel is an interactive discussion with area bloggers on how to leverage your digital profile for branding, business opportunities, and making steps to becoming a digital entrepreneur.Panelist include Sabir M. Peele, Founder of Men’s Style Pro and Independent Brand Consultant; Swabreen Bakr, Communications Strategist and Digital Consultant; and Christina Brown, Founder of fashion and lifestyle blog, LoveBrownSugar. The conversation will be moderated by Jared Michael Lowe, Lifestyle Writer and Founder of

    • Let Me Explain... LIVE
      • Let Me Explain... LIVE
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PTW

Let Me Explain LIVE

Thursday, April 23
Let Me Explain is a series focused on real entrepreneurial stories told Live. Hosted by Jamila Payne, every show is unique with a new line up of guest entrepreneurs that have compelling stories they’re yearning to share. Each show starts with a theme that the storyteller uses as starting point to explain the untold truths of what it really means to build a business.The Tech Week show theme is "My Money is Funny."


Choreographer Tommie Waheed Evans Presents 'Botch' At The Painted Bride - April 10 & 11

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 6, 2015
    • Tommie Waheed Evans
      • Tommie Waheed Evans
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tommie Waheed Evans

If you know Philadelphia dance — then you're already familiar with choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans.

A celebrated dancer and choreographer, Evans joined Philadanco in 2002 after studying at both the Ailey School of Dance and Complexions Contemporary Dance. Since then, Tommie grew to be one of the company’s lead choreographers and teaches master classes at local studios like Philadanco, Eleone Dance Company, Dance Arts, University of the Arts, and abroad. In 2006, Evans founded his own dance project,  Waheed-Works.

This weekend, the Waheed Works founder will open a new show at the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City, entitled Botch. The work is the culmination of an ongoing exploration of lightness and darkness through movement. Melding techniques from modern, jazz, and ballet into one emotionally-charged vocabulary, the choreographer unpacks the ways in which darkness can be a means of enlightenment.

    • Waheed Works
      • Waheed Works
      • Photo Credit: Image by Isaiah Freeman Photography

Now, with nine dancers that have individually danced with notable companies and performers, including Philadanco, Eleon, Stevie Nicks and Kanye West, Waheed Works continues exploring the ways in which a wrong turn can lead to the right destination.

“I love what I do,” he says. “and I love how diverse, supportive, and electric the dance community has been. Philly really has it’s own aesthetic, especially in terms of contemporary and modern dance. ”

Though Botch will be the first official Waheed Work to grace the Bride’s main stage, the venue is no stranger to Evan’s work. His choreography has appeared at the Bride in Philadanco productions like the dance company’s annual production, Danco on Danco.

Viewers can expect the experience of Botch to be “transcendent,” says the choreographer. “I want people to feel something in their souls” he says. “[Botch] will be more than a dance performance. There will be drama.”

Botch comes to Painted Bride Art Center on April 10th and 11th at 8pm. Tickets on sale now—$25 advance, $30 day of show.

Waheed Works presents Botch
When: Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11
Where: Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 day of show
More Info: Click here to purchase tickets.

The Hit Show 'Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical" Lands At The Painted Bride - Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 2, 2015
    •  Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical
      • Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of

There will never be another Sylvester. The cross-dressing, soul-singing 1970s disco sensation, would forever change the face of entertainment through his undeniable, feel-good music. 

This weekend, MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the critically-acclaimed hit musical that celebrates the life of the orginal 1970s disco queen and entertainer, lands at the Painted Bride in Old City.

Brought alive by an all-star cast performers, Mighty Real features Broadway star Anthony Wayne, who has also headlined other celebrated productions, including Pippin', Priscilla and Anything Goes. This exciting night of theater includes all of Sylvester hits, including “ Do You Wanna Funk”, “Dance (Disco Heat)” and the iconic disco hit,“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).”

Don't miss it as this unforgettable night of musc and dance takes over Old City arts. Yes, Philly is about to "Mighty Real," this weekend.

Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical
When: Friday, April 3 - Sunday, April 5
Where: The Painted Bride, 230 Vine Street
Cost:  $69.50 - $79.50
More Info: Buy tickets online here.

April Must-Hit List: Jazmine Sullivan, Rakim, Chill Moody, Center City Jazz Festival & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 2, 2015
    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Featured Events:

Sylvester Mighty Real — Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5

The hit Broadway musical Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Music lands in Philadelphia for a must-see, three-night run at The Painted Bride Art Center in Old City. With an all-star cast, Mighty Real tells the story of the original 1970s disco queen, Sylvester, and brings to life his chart-topping songs such as “Do You Wanna Funk,” “Disco Heat” and his still-iconic club anthem “Mighty Real.”

RAW: Natural Born Artists Presents EXPOSURE — Wednesday, April 8

Raw: Natural Born Artists shines a national spotlight on the local talents that power the Philadelphia creative scene. Taking over The Troc with an evening of expression, EXPOSURE will showcase the work of more than 30 indie artists working across various disciplines, including visual art, film, fashion, music, hair, makeup, photography and performance art.

Red Bull Sound Select — Thursday, April 16

Throw on your gold rope chains and throwback sneakers for a special 80s and 90s edition of Red Bull Sound Select. Curated by Veteran Freshman, this installment features hip-hop notables including rap legend Rakim, West Philly emcee Chill Moody and touring turntablist DJ Aktive. It all goes down at the Callowhill neighborhood music hub Underground Arts.

PHILADANCO — Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19

PHILADANCO is on the move! This Philly-favorite group of movers and shakers returns to the Kimmel Center for an electrifying night of dance along the Avenue of the Arts. Celebrating its 45th season of performance, this classic Philly dance troupe continues to deliver.  

      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PHILADANCO

Philly Tech Week — Friday, April 17 to Saturday, April 25

Techies, this one’s for you. Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven events. Kicking off with an arcade and makers event at City Hall’s newly renovated Dilworth Park, PTW 2015 includes more than 100 mostly free events for tech lovers of all sorts.

Center City Jazz Festival — Saturday, April 25

It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at five local music venues, including Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents—Ernest Stuart, Dena Underwood, Fresh Cut Orchestra and more—as they lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.

Jazmine Sullivan: Reality Show Tour — Sunday, April 26

After performing for a sold-out house of Philly fans last month, Philly’s own R&B/soul powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan returns to The TLA for part deux. The RCA recording artist will tear down the house, performing music from her latest LP Reality Show for her hometown friends and fam. This is guaranteed to be another sold out show, so grab your tickets now.

    • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Philly 360° Spotlights:

Roots Picnic 2015

Philly, it's that time again. The Roots are bringing back their signature music festival, Roots Picnic—and the lineup is looking dope. We’ve spotted several heavyweight acts, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more. Check out the full lineup here.

Philadelphia Black Pride

Celebrate the 16th Anniversary of Philadelphia Black Pride with five packed days of events—parties, poetry slams, pageants, youth events and more. Black Pride 2015 highlights include an LGBT-themed open mic at Ladder 15, brunch at Ms. Tootsies, a mini-ball at First District Plaza and a Sunday social at the Kimmel Center. Get more details.

    • Jazz Appreciation Month
      • Jazz Appreciation Month
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month

As the birthplace or temporary home of greats such as John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and others, Philadelphia’s jazz roots run deep. This April, the city will shine the spotlight on its live jazz scene for the return of Philly’s Jazz Appreciation Month. Get the details on the 40-event jazz celebration here.

What’s Good In My Hood: Graduate Hospital

For the fifth installment of What’s Good, we’re profiling trendy Philly neighborhood Graduate Hospital. Lined with more than a fair share of bars, restaurants and parks, G-Ho is definitely the place to be—just ask Philadelphia graphic artist and photographer, Darnell Lamont. Read more here.

In The Mix

On April 27, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter returns with the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. The quarterly networking mixer is geared toward the next gen of music makers and moguls, and it attracts some of the city’s most recognized talents and buzz-worthy newcomers. Get the details here.

CONTEST: American Dreaming Presents Passion Share With Sevyn Streeter On Thursday, March 26

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • March 24, 2015
    • Sevyn Streeter
      • Sevyn Streeter
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of American Dreaming

Philly! American Dreaming is back with another special edition of the Passion Share event series — where successful entrepreneurs and artists teach others a technical aspect of their business. This time, they're bringing Atlantic Records' singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter to speak with an intimate crowd of Philadelphia creatives about her songwriting career, process and road to success. She's also going to break down the process songwriting.

If you're looking to get your foot in the door at a major record label, this is an event you don't want to miss. The event is currently at capacity, but Philly 360° has landed a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky fan.

Want the tix? Then complete the below entry form for your chance to win. You can find the official contest rules here.

Passion Share with Seyvn Streeter
When:Thursday, March 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: The Dreaming Building, 618 N. Front Street
More Info:

Contest Entry Form:

Fill out my online form.

TOP PICKS: 9 Can't-Miss Events For The Weekend

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • March 20, 2015
    • TOP PICKS: Philly 360° Weekend Guide
      • TOP PICKS: Philly 360° Weekend Guide
      • Photo Credit: JS Ruth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Finally. The weekend is finally here and it's time to relax and shed the weekday stress. To help you get your party started, we've pulled together this list of a few must-hit events that are going down in Philadelphia this weekend. 

From art exhibits at Art Sanctuary and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to concerts and parties with your Philly faves like Meek Mill, DJ Matthew Law — this is your weekend itinerary courtesy of Philly 360°. 

So, grab your crew, hit the streets and have some fun.

    • Dice Raw
      • Dice Raw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

The Last Jimmy featuring Dice Raw 

March 18 - 21| Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street | $35- $60

Next week, Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage, headlining another run of his latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" tackles the emotionally-charged subject of mass incarceration of African-American males in the US. The hip-hop musical odyssey travels through the plight of the court experience of young African American males, and the American prison system expressed through song, music, and dance.

    • Flutronix
      • Flutronix
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Erin Patrice O'Brien / Courtesy of the artist

LiveConnections presents Flutronix & Ryan Matthews

Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. | World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street | $13 - $18

This March, New York-based flute duo Flutronix collaborates with Philadelphia artist Ryan Matthews, merging Flutronix’s unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings. Flutronix is Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.”

    • Lee Mo
      • Lee Mo
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lee Mo

Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Lee Mo

Friday, March 20, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. | Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge | $10

Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own soul rising star, Lee Mo.

One of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, Lee Mo is taking the city by storm. Known for her killers vocals, soulful feel and impressive music sensibilities, Lee Mo has graced the stages of some of Philly's hottest venues. Lee Mo has worked and shared the stage with many artists in the Philly area, including Vertical Current, George "Spanky" McCurdy, Chartel, Eric Roberson, and Jeff Murrell to name a few.

    • 8 Must-Hit Shows Through March
      • 8 Must-Hit Shows Through March

Meek Mill The Welcome Back Concert

When: Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Where: The Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street
Cost: $36-$95
More Info: Click here.

One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home — and doing so in a big way! On Saturday, March 21, Meek lands at The Wells Fargo Center for a homecoming concert that is not to be missed.

The Maybach Music Group (MMG) superstar will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for all of his hometown fans. It’s been a long road for Meek — chasing his dream, the rapper made his way from the streets of North Philadelphia to achieving international national stardom, performing around the globe. Meek Mill shows are notorious for being raw and full of high-energy, from both Mill and his fans. You'll definitey want to check this one. Opening performances by Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more.

    • Meek Mill performs at AXE "One Night Only" at Underground Arts
      • Meek Mill performs at AXE "One Night Only" at Underground Arts
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Welcome Back Meek Mill Official After Party 

Saturday, April 21, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. | Lit Ulltra Bar, 420 N 2nd Street

After you party at Wells Fargo for Meek Mill's homecoming concert, head to Lit Ultrabar in Old City for round two. The official after party is brought to you by Dreamchaser and Identity Ink and features a playlist courtesy of DJ Bran. 

    • Opening of “Ruffneck Constructivists” at the Institute of Contemporary Art
      • Opening of “Ruffneck Constructivists” at the Institute of Contemporary Art
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

DJ Matthew Law Presents Friends & Fam

Saturday, March 21, 10 p.m. | Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street | $5

True Story: Resident Philly turntablist, DJ  Matthew Law is known across the globe for having mad skills on the 1's and 2's. As the 6th member of the Illvibe Collective, 2013 Red Bull 3style East Coast Champ, and the founder of more than one Philly dance party, PHSH stays on the move.  

This month, you can catch up with PHSH as he spins back-to-back sets during the late-night Friends & Fam session at Kung Fu Necktie. Undoubtedly, PHSH can rock a party by himself, but since this party is all about friend and fam PHSH will be bringing along a special guest DJ or MC. Want to know who's on deck? Then stay tuned for more info and definitely make sure that you are in the house for this one.

    • Art Sanctuary
      • Art Sanctuary
      • Photo Credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

James Dupree: Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit

Art Sanctuary. 628 S. 16th Street | Free

Running through Saturday, April 25, ‘Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit’ by Philadelphia-based painter, James Dupree, presents over 20 of the artists colorful, stunning works of art.  The exhibit represents a creative turning point for Dupree into the realm of complete abstraction that begins to blur the boundaries between painting, collage, printmaking and draftsmanship.

    • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
      • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PMA

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art

January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 | The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | $14-20 Admission

This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition highlighting its exceptional holdings of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad range of stories, subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art will include works by Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, and many others.

    • The African American Museum in Philadelphia
      • The African American Museum in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

As We See It:  Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art

February 5 - March 21, 2015 | The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street | $10-14, free for members

The African American Museum in Philadelphia just opened As We See It:  Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.

This exhibit explores the work and perspective of notable African American artists, such as Henry O. Tanner, Barbara Bullock and Dawoud Bey, by placing works from these master artists alongside artwork of local youth.

In preparation for this project, over 100 students from Philadelphia and the surrounding region studied art work from the collection and created their own works in response. The exhibit  includes interactive stations where visitors can engage in their own art making based on exhibit themes. Videos of the artists in the collection will provide insights on the production process, and AAMP curator Richard J. Watson, will compose a new painting over the course of the exhibition.

What's Good In My 'Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • March 12, 2015
    • What's Good In My 'Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital
      • What's Good In My 'Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital
      • Photo Credit: J. Lowe for Visit Philadelphia

Heading into our fifth installment of the “What’s Good in My ‘Hood” series, we’ll like to introduce you to one of Philly’s most beloved neighborhoods, Graduate Hospital.

A part of Southwest Center City, “G Ho”, as it’s affectionately called, was named after the medical facility on the northern tip of the neighborhood. Characterized by a mix of an old meets new vibe in its architecture, the neighborhood is littered with many pubs, small parks, shops and galleries.

It’s easily walkable and just steps from Rittenhouse, Fitler Square and Point Breeze neighborhoods. So, we asked Philadelphia resident, graphic artist and photographer, Darnell Lamont, what he thinks of his ‘hood.

Philly 360° Q&A with Graduate Hospital resident Darnell Lamont

    • What's Good In My 'Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital
      • What's Good In My 'Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital
      • Photo Credit: J. Lowe for Visit Philadelphia

Philly 360: How do you describe Graduate Hospital?

Darnell: A great place to chill and just be.

Philly 360: What are some of your favorite spots in your hood?

Darnell: Miles Table and Pure Fare on South Street are great places to go and refuel/ take in some good food. Honey’s Sit N’Eat is a must for Saturday and Sunday brunches. You can also catch me taking in art from local artists at Art Sanctuary.

Philly 360: What do you like about the neighborhood?

Darnell: G Ho is such a convenient neighborhood to live in. I'm always on the go so it's easy for me to get to where I need to be in a short period of time. I can pretty much walk anywhere because it's right outside of Center City and other neighborhoods. There's also a great mix of people that live here.

Philly 360: For outside visitors, what should people know about the neighborhood?

Darnell: The neighborhood is unpretentious and easily walkable. Imbibe in some drinks at a great pub and then take a walk around the block. Trust me — you’ll have a lot of fun doing that!  

Darnell’s Graduate Hospital Itinerary:

Miles Table – 1620 South St.
Pure Fare – 1609 South St.
Honey’s Sit N’ Eat –  2101 South St.
Art Sanctuary – 628 S 16th St.
Bob & Barbara’s –  1509 South St.
Sidecar Bar & Grille – 2201 Christian St.
Grace’s Tavern – 2229 Grays Ferry Ave.

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Philadelphia Black Pride - April 22 - 26, 2015

Philadelphia Black Pride When: April 22 - 26 Where: Various locations More Info: For a full list of anniversary events, click here. From April 22 to 26, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride commemorates its 16th anniversary with a week-long celebration…

Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons - April 21 to May 31

Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons When: April 24 through May 31 Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: Included with admission More Info: Click here. In 2012, just in time for the…

In The Mix - Monday, April 27

In the Mix When: Monday, April 27, 5 - 7 p.m. Where: Hard Rock Café, 12th and Market Streets Cost: Free with RSVP More Info: RSVP here. This Month, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter is hosting the next edition…

The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing - May 1 - 31, 2015

The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing When: May 1 - 31 Where: Various Locations Cost: See website for details. More Info: Click here. Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing…