Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Fam, we've got another contest coming your way! This time, we're giving ten lucky winners pairs of tickets to catch comedian and actor Chris Tucker live at Tower Theater on Friday, February 6.
Chris Tucker has been making us laugh for years—from the Rush Hour franchise to classics like Friday and many more. (Shout out to the movie that started, "Bye Felicia.") And now, Tucker is making his way to Philly to do stand-up for one night only.
Want to be there? We've got you. Enter below for a chance to win. Contest ends Wednesday, February 4, at noon. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!
Chris Tucker Live
When: Friday, February 6 | 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
Cost: $63 - $84.75
More Info: Buy tickets here.
This Month, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter is hosting its second In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe in Midtown. The quarterly networking mixer is geared toward music professionals and boasts the attendance by some of the city's most recognized talents, and buzz-worthy newcomers.
The event will be hosted by Bruce Warren of Philadelphia-based indie radio station WXPN and the popular Some Velvet blog. Music for the evening will be provided courtesy of former Master of the Mix contestant, DJ Royale! Presented as an opportunity to learn more about the events and initiatives of The Recording Academy, this event is free and open to all music makers based in and around the city. Whether an engineer, artist, musician or manager — all industry types and talents are welcomed.
Immediately following this networking mixer, KBM Untapped, an artist showcase, will take place in the main room of the Hard Rock. The show kickoffs at 8 p.m. and will include performances by Suzanne Sheer, Joe Miller, Francis Lombardi, and The Brian La Pann Trio.
Come out for an exciting night of networking and live music. Happy hour specials and appetizers will be available! RSVP required.
Watch our exclusive recap of The Recording Academy's Generation Next Brunch at the Hard Rock Cafe.
The arts community in Philadelphia is a vibrant, breathing collective of unique individuals. Amongst the brightest and most talented are the Tiberinos, a family of dedicated, masterful artists with a history as rich as the work they produce.
Regarded as one of Philadelphia's best kept secrets in the arts, they will be bringing their family's legacy to the silver screen with the premiere of a feature length documentary entitled, “Tiberino: The Art of Life”. Produced over a three year period, the film serves as a chronicle of the family's history as Philadelphians and artists. Directed by local filmmaker, Derrick Woodyard, and family patriarch, Joseph Tiberino, the documentary features interviews of artists and friends closest to the family including Danny Simmons.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. followed by a red carpet cocktail hour from 7- 8 p.m. with the screening of the film proceeding immediately after. A question and answer discussion of the film will commence after the screening with a panel featuring the filmmaker and members of the Tiberino family. The night will end with a mixer to allow attendees to meet and mingle with the artists.
World Changers: Here's the perfect chance to give back to your community, and honor the legacy and life work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This Monday, January 19, thousands of volunteers will take to the streets of Philadelphia for one of the country's largest service projects, The 20th Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service.
Want in on the MLK Day of Service action? Then make your way to Philly, and join in one of the many service projects in need of a few helping hands. From mural paintings, and park clean-ups to concerts and other MLK inspired performances, Philly will be buzzing with tons of activities geared toward making a brighter tomorrow for all.
Visit the MLK Day of Service website to register, and browse the full lists of projects and events. As always, we've pulled together a list of Philly 360° Top Picks to get you started. But first, grab a little MLK inspiration by watching this video produced by Art Sanctuary with over a dozen Philadelphia leaders, artists and everyday heroes reading Dr. King's iconic "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
Be sure to check out this MLK inspired video from Art Sanctuary, and our Philly 360° MLK Day of Service Top Picks below.
Monday, January 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia celebrates MLK Day with a special day of workshops, performances and volunteer opportunities. Guests are invited to donate food for the ChAAMPs Against Hunger Philabundance Food Drive, engage in hands-on service projects, and explore the museum's exhibits throughout the day. The celebrate also features special MLK inspired performances, including a break dance workshop, a performance by the Walnut Street Theater Company, and a show stopping appearane by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. MORE INFO
Monday, January 19, 1:30 p.m.
Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the orchestra in their 25th annual free performance during the MLK Day of Service at Girard College. The 90-minute concert includes the world premiere of the first movement of composer Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People, a work commissioned by the orchestra which will debut in its entirety in November 2015. MORE INFO
Saturday, January 17 - Monday, January 19
Eastern State Penitentiary honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special readings of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” during the holiday weekend. Listen to excerpts read from Dr. King’s letter–written 50 years ago three times a day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Children ages 7-12 can create artwork in response to the letter from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day. The events are free and open to the public. Free tickets are available online here or at the door subject to availability. MORE INFO
When: Monday, January 19
This year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will again serve as a workshop site for the Philly's MLK Day of Service. Throughout the day workshops will be held for people of all ages. Make art and give back to your community—create greeting-cards that will be distributed by MANNA. Family tours and dance performances provide inspiration on this important day. Museum admission will be pay-what-you-wish in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. MORE INFO
Monday, January 19
Participate in a Science Scavenger Hunt and discover the amazing breakthroughs made by famous African American scientists. Young guest will have the opportunity to make a colorful and inspirational dreamcatcher, and Dr. King's powerful "I Have Dream" speech will be broadcast once an hour at the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. MORE INFO
Ivben Taqiy is one of the hardest working artists in Philly. His pop culture influenced images have appeared on everything from sneakers to tees, gallery walls, and of course canvas.This month, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — opens an exciting new exhibit featuring Taqiy's work.
Dubbed Green Winter, Taqiy's exhibit, which will be on display through the end of February, will include over a dozen of the popular painter's, pop culture-influenced works. Green Winter includes portraits of notable artists including Floyd Mayweather, Lauryn Hill, Allen Iverson, Michael Jackson and more.
The upwardly-mobile artist has been featured in a countless number of events around the country, and he's frequently commissioned to create work for this celebrity friend and clients. Green Winter represents the painter's first gallery presentation. You can check out our exclusive video interview of Taqiy below.
A brand new group is on the scene and they go by the name of 2 Mil. Two talented artists in their own right, Frenchie and Morgan have teamed up for a refreshing new sound. For this week’s Philly 360° Playlist, we’re featuring their collaboration with singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, “Not for Long.”
“Not for Long” is a part of the group’s “Covers” series. 2 Mil has released new covers each week and their latest hit is a cover of the BOB and Trey Songz duet. All three voices flow together seamlessly as they weave in and out of the wordy verses. The track is smooth and gives you a nice summer feel, which we are definitely feeling during the cold winter weather. Beloved crooner Aaron Camper adds a nice dynamic to the song’s quick paced lyrics. Originally a rap the three vocalists smooth it all the way out.
2 Mil popped up on the scene just around the turn of the New Year. Frenchie is a familiar face on the local music scene and has been building buzz performing around the city as a solo act. And the group's other member Morgan will be recognizable as one of the Gogettes dancing alongside her sister GoGo Morrow. Their voices are thick and sultry and a nice addition to the current musical landscape. Along with “Not For Long,” the duo has also covered popular tunes from Chris Brown and Miguel as well.
They’re edgy style and on point vocals have them tipping off the radars as artists to watch here in Philly. They rap, sing, and can dance with the best of them. We’re looking forward to hearing a lot more from this group soon and watching them grow.
Check out their cover of “Not for Long” below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Motown The Musical hits Philadelphia’s world famous Avenue of the Arts for a can’t-miss run at The Academy of Music. Chronicling the epic story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, this unstoppable productions tells the story of the legendary artists, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more, who would shattered barriers and write the songs that would make the entire world move to the same beat.
Still riding high off the release of his platinum-selling hit "Stay With Me," UK singer/songwriter Sam Smith performs in Philly later this month. Headlining his first North American tour, Smith will bring his arena-rocking sound to The Liacouras Center in support of his debut studio album, In The Lonely Hour.
Kick off your weekend right with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5. Inspired by Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Sound Reformation, led by Darryl Yokley, will perform a set of jazz music they’ve coined as Pictures at an African American Exhibition. Later in the evening, the vibe switches to a dance party with celebrity guest DJ Rob Base.
Check out the new face of Philly jazz as Veteran Freshman and Flygirrl return with the next edition of Who Got The Jazz. This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds at popular Philly soul food joint, Warmdaddy’s. This month's showcase honors legendary jazz great Nina Simone and includes featured performances by Brianna Cash, Roi Lush, Parris Love, Shotty G and more.
A founding member of the breakout rap group A$AP Mob, A$AP Ferg lands in Philadelphia on January 17 to perform at the Electric Factory. Also on the bill for that evening will be Def Jam recording artist YG, who is currently touring to promote his 2014 release My Krazy Life, which includes guest appearances by an impressive lineup of talents, including Drake, Rich Homie Quan, and ScHoolboy Q.
Philly, this month Flygirrl and GL Productions return with another dope concept. On January 23, all roads leads to Trilogy Nightclub for the inaugural edition of Get Lifted with DJs Rich Medina, Mike Nyce and Cosmo Baker. The trio of Philly turntable phenoms will spin everything from hip-hop and classics to funk, afrobeat, soul and more. Trust us—this is 100% a can’t-miss affair.
After sifting through applications from some of the top DJs in the nation, an expert panel of judges like Philly’s own DJ Jazzy Jeff has selected 60+ participants to compete across 12 regional qualifiers leading up to the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships. For the Philadelphia regional qualifier, five DJs — Dj Impulse, Patrice McBride, FingerSmith, Reed Streets, Royale — will battle it out to advance to the USA and world championships. We definitely think Philly has this one in the bag. Let’s go!
This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a groundbreaking exhibition highlighting its exception collection of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad spectrum of styles, subjects and traditions, Represent will include over 75 works by more than 50 artists including Horace Pippin, Kara Walker, Henry Tanner, Jacob Lawrence and more.
It’s official—the new year is here and it is already shaping up to be an epic year in Philadelphia. Roots Picnic, BlackStar Film Festival, Forbes Under 30 Summit and more—there are plenty of dope events on the horizon. So, check out our list of 10 must-hit events going down in Philly this year.
Last month, two of the industry’s most in-demand musical directors, Adam Blackstone and Darryl Robinson, joined forces to throw the official Philadelphia after party for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour. Philly fans came out in record number to show their love for JT and these two hometown heroes. And, of course Philly 360° was there to capture it all. Watch out recap video now.
Philly-based creative Ivben Taqiy is one of the dopest, and busiest, visual artists on the city’s booming art scene. This week, Taqiy opens his latest exhibit, Green Winter, featuring over a dozen portraits of the notable personalities and performers who have inspired our generation.
Starting January 10, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will display it’s latest exhibition, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, that features 75 art creations by over 50 black artists from the museum's collection.
The exhibit features some of the most proclaimed and renowned artists of our time including Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker and other notable artists. Since the Museum’s acquisition of Tanner’s painting ‘The Annunciation’ in 1899, its collections of African American art have grown significantly, which is on display in this first of its kind, groundbreaking exhibition that spans several generations and eras.
Curated by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Associate Professor of American Art at Penn and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s curatorial assistant, John Vick, the exhibition features paintings, sculpture, photographs and drawings. In addition, prints, furniture, ceramics, silver, and textiles are featured. The works all encompass the central dialogue that race still matters in the United States. From through depictions of slavery such as in Kara Walker’s 2010, “no world” to literary progression as in Jacob Lawrence’s 1944 “The Libraries Are Appreciated,” among other works.
Numerous programs and events will also take place during the exhibition. On Monday, Jan. 19, the museum will host it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, in which attendees can make art and give back to the community as well as tour the galleries and visit live performances.
Also, as always the lively Art after 5 series on Friday, January 16 will feature Pictures at an African American Exhibition and Late Night Dance Party, with the sounds of Sound Reform and celebrity DJ Rob Base. All is free with admission to the museum.
It’s official—the New Year is here, and it’s already shaping up to be an epic one in Philadelphia. Roots Picnic, BlackStar Film Festival, Forbes Under 30 Summit and more—there are plenty of dope events on the city's horizon.
As always, Philly 360° is giving our followers a head start by pulling together a list of must-see, must-do events and happenings that you won't want to miss. Check out our picks below.
January - April. 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 feature approximately 75 works by more than 50 including works by Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, and many others. MORE INFO
February. Philly do-gooders, are you looking for your next great party with a purpose? Then join Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots, as he host the 5th annual Let's Move It: Philly Party. This charity concert and party raises funds for the GrassRoots Community Foundation and invests in underserved communities around the city. This year’s event features Philly-themed cocktails and fare and appearances by area notables, including the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff. MORE INFO
April. 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 has quickly become the city's go-to event for Philly creatives working across the tech and design communities. Fresher than your average tech conference, last year’s week-long celebration kicked off with Arcade @ The Oval featuring 10+ food trucks, live performances, a Yard Brewery Company beer garden and the largest game of Tetris known to man. #truestory We can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for 2015! MORE INFO
April. Attention Philly jazz-heads: Center City Jazz Festival is coming back! Following the success of the 2014 festival, Center City Jazz Festival returns with another round of extraordinary jazz music set in incredible downtown Philly music venues. The brainchild of Philly-based master musician Ernest Stuart, Center City Jazz Festival presents some of the hottest jazz talents from Philadelphia, and around the country. Stay tuned for the dates and details on this year’s lineup. MORE
April. Pedal power hits Philadelphia with the launch of the city’s Bike Share program. Cyclists will be able to rent more than 600 bikes located at more than 60 stations throughout Center City and beyond. Day, monthly and annual passes available. MORE INFO
May. The Legendary Roots Crew may be everywhere these days, including playing as the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but the iconic hip-hop band always brings it back to their hometown of Philadelphia. Once again this year, The Roots will take over Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing with their signature music festival — the Roots Picnic. The Roots handpick the entire lineup, and it's always packed with some of the hottest names in music — from hip-hop to indie, R&B and more. The Roots deliver year after year, so save the date May 30, 2015, and be on the lookout for more details. Watch our 2014 Roots Picnic recap video.
May. Art Sanctuary once again bring the very best of Philadelphia and the nation’s black literary scene right to our doorsteps with the 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival (CBW). This month long celebration jam-packed with exciting and innovative events and programs including Art Sanctuary’s signature gallery exhibition and their culminating event, The Lifetime Achievement Awards. MORE INFO
June. Celebrate the African New Year and our city's rich culture and heritage with the 40th Annual Odunde Festival. Meaning “ Happy New Year” in Yoruba, Odunde was created in the likeness of African celebrations of the Yoruba people in Nigeria. Held every second Sunday in June since 1975, this massive event brings South Street West to life, drawing thousands of visitors from around the country to shop its African marketplace, take in lively performances, and enjoy all of the other Odunde festivities. MORE INFO
May-November. Open Source, presented by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and curated by Pedro Alonzo, will culminate in November 2015 with public art projects throughout the city by a dozen local and international artists. Each artist will work in residence within an existing area or social concern of the organization, and their projects will explore the intersection of street art, contemporary art and public art. The program will include numerous public activities, including tours, panel discussions, opening events and more. MORE
Summer. Although the exact dates haven’t been officially confirmed, Spruce Street Harbor Park is expected to return to Penn’s Landing in summer 2015. The park along the Delaware River had such a successful 2014 that its season was extended by a full month. We can’t wait for riverside lounging to resume. MORE INFO
July. Wawa Welcome America returns with one of the country’s largest Fourth of July celebration. With a week of free events and programs, including fireworks, Hoagie Day and the annual Philadelphia Independence Day Parade, to the city's signature Fourth of July Jam & Fireworks, which once again will be curated by Questlove of The Roots — Philly is definitely the ONLY place in the country to celebrate the holiday. MORE INFO
July 30 - August 2. Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the BlackStar Film Festival makes its return to Philly for a fourth round of cinematic awesomeness. World premieres, local talents, interviews with filmmakers, in-depth workshops, mixers and more — BlackStar has got it all. A one of a kind Philly experience, BlackStar continues to shine an international spotlight on the films, and filmmakers, that are broadening the definition and reach of black cinema here in the US, and around the globe. Watch our BlackStar 2014 recap video below.
October. Forbes and the City of Philadelphia today announced that the second annual Under 30 Summit will take place October 4 – 7, 2015, and return to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. The Summit, the most influential gathering of Millennials in the world, is expected to bring together more than 2,000 young entrepreneurs and game changers. Last year’s highly successful Under 30 Summit kicked off with a music festival headlined by Wiz Khalifa and featured everyone from 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to Tinder founder Sean Rad to the first-ever public speech by Monica Lewinsky. MORE INFO
Another Broadway hit is coming to Philly! Next up on the Kimmel Center's Broadway Philadelphia roster — Motown the Musical! The exciting, record-breaking show is making Philadelphia the first stop on their US tour. The show just opened and runs through January 18.
Motown the Musical chronicles the legacy of music mogul Berry Gordy, sharing a fresh perspective on his monumental work in the music industry. This high-energy production takes its audience on a unforgettable journey through the rich history of Motown — showcasing the music that became the soundtrack of American living in the 60s, and far beyond.
Gordy’s work along with an extremely talented roster of musicians, songwriters, and the like yielded some of music’s biggest starts. From Michael Jackson to Diana Ross, Steve Wonder and Smokey Robinson, there was something very special about what was happening in Detroit at that time. And now, you get to see it all play out live on stage!
With over 40 classic songs like “My Girl,” “What’s Going on,” “Ain’t No Moutain High Enough” and many more, you’ll be left on the edge of your seat! The basis of the musical is Gordy’s 1994 autobiography that was adapted for the musical. The show is high impact and runs through the wide variety of the Motown catalog while giving a little insight into Gordy’s relationships with the artists and the music.
Tickets are going fast for this one, so don’t wait!
Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter When: Opening reception, Saturday, January 10, 8 - 12 a.m.; Exhibit open through February 28 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info:View Art Sanctuary's gallery hours. This month, Art Sanctuary…
Represent: 200 Years of African American Art When: January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cost: Included with the cost of general museum admission. More Info: Click here for details. This winter, the…