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The 1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam Hits The Liacouras With An All Star Lineup - Friday, November 28

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • November 21, 2014
    • Jill Scott at Made in America
      • Jill Scott at Made in America
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

This year, Philadelphia will host the very 1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam presented by Soul Train Music. This very special event will take place Friday, November 28 at the Liacouras Center with performances by an all-star lineup of R&B/Soul hitmakers. There will even be a DJ set by Philly’s favorite international drummer/DJ, Questlove of the legendary Roots crew. 

Held on Black Friday, the WDAS Holiday Jam is the perfect opportunity to continue the hoilday festivities after a full day of shopping with friends and family. Tis the season, right? 

And trust us, when we say that this lineup is stacked — it's definitely stacked! Check out the details below. 

    • Ledisi
      • Ledisi
      • Photo Credit: Photo by D'Andre Michael

Here are a few  details on the WDAS Holiday Jam Headliners: 

Jill Scott — Jilly from Philly is coming home! The soulful singer/songwriter and poet made her rise during the Philadelphia-driven neo-soul movement of the early 2000s and has since transcended into actress, activist and much more. 

KEM — This R&B great took the world by storm with the success of his single “Love Calls.” Since then, KEM has become one of the most distinctive and unique voices in R&B. 

Ledisi — An undeniable powerhouse vocalist, Ledisi is definitely one of Philadelphia adopted daughters of soul — just ask Sound of Philadelphia mastermind Kenny Gamble. A vocalist who truly uses her voice as an instrument, Ledisi has worked with some of Philly's most notable songwriters, including Carvin and Ivan and the Philly Phatboiz

Joe — Joe's smooth vocals have helped him stand the test of time. Over his career, Joe has gone from hip-hop hooks to recording flawless throwbacks paying homage to groups like Frankie Beverly and Maze.  

Faith Evans — The first lady of Bad Boy Records, Faith Evans sultry voice continues to win over fans old and new. With a voice equally rooted in church and traditional R&B/soul and a discography full of hits, Faith Evans is 100% a legit American soul music icon.  

This show is for the music lovers and is the perfect way to groove into the holiday spirit. So, be sure to grab your ticket as we’re sure they are going quickly!  


1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam
When: Friday, November 28, 7 PM
Where: Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street
Cost: $49.50-$99.50
More Info: Click here.

American Dreaming Presents: Femme-Efant: The Examination Of The Female Muse Art Exhibit With Dessie Jackson - Saturday, November 15

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • November 14, 2014
    • Dessie Jackson
      • Dessie Jackson
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of American Dreaming

This weekend, American Dreaming returns with another dope event, Femme-Efant: The Examination of the Female Muse Art Exhibit with Dessie Jackson. 

Dessie Jackson is a young, Philly transplant by way of Lancaster, PA. A student at Temple University's Tyler School of Art, Jackson has been attracting national attention since she created the cover artwork for rapper/singer (and fellow Temple alum) Glibere Forte's single "Nolita." 

Since then, Jackson has been busy creating new work,  recently collaborating on a t-shirt design with hip online mag and retail brand The Hundreds.  

On Saturday, November 15, American Dreaming will host a solo exhibit where the rising Philly art star will explore the critique and celebration of self presentation through the female lens. In addition to Jackson's vibrant creations, this event will feature music curated by DJ Matthew Law and YS The DJ.

Check out additional details below. 


Femme-Efant: The Examination of the Female Muse Art Exhibit with Dessie Jackson
When: Saturday, November 15, 7 - 11 p.m.
Where: The American Dreaming Building - 618 N. Front Street
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
More Info: Buy tickets online here. 

Watch our video interview for more on Dessie Jackson. 

Art Sanctuary Opens A Fresh New Exhibit "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" Featuring American Queen TJD

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • November 13, 2014
    • Art Sanctuary Presents "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" — the work of American Queen TJD
      • Art Sanctuary Presents "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" — the work of American Queen TJD
      • Photo Credit: American Queen TJD

This Saturday, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — opens an exciting new exhibit featuring the work of Philly-based painter American Queen TJD. Dubbed "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," American Queen's exhibit will include 15+ graphic, graffiti-influenced works that will be on display through the end of the year.  

Hailing from "the city of brotherly and sisterly affection," American Queen TJD states her purpose is to spread positive energy, hope and motivation through art. TJD's work is indeed positive message heavy — her recent series of paintings includes images of women donning crowns and affirming messages like, "Don't be good... Be Great"; "I love my black skin."; and "I am not a trophy."

Equal parts artist, philosopher and business woman, TJD holds a Masters of Science degree in Culture and Communications and a B.A. in Visual Communications with and Minor in business. The upwardly mobile artist labels her work as graffiti/abstract expressionism and cites a wide range of influences, including Basquiat, Chagall, Van Gogh, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo, Picasso — even musical greats like Kanye West, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill are on her list.

Though she's a fixture on the Philly creative scene, American Queen TJD has her eye set on the prize. On her site TJD states,

"I want to be considered as a visual art icon in (mainstream) America and beyond... My dream is to show at big venues like Art Basel because I believe female artists have something to say on big stages, and they need not be underrepresented in the grand scheme of things." 

Recently Philly 360° caught up with TJD as she competed in Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. You can check out TJD and the other local creative selected by Red Bull in our recap video below.

On Saturday, November 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., Art Sanctuary will host an opening reception for the "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" exhibit in their Graduate Hospital gallery space. The reception is free and open to the public and will have wine and light fare available.

Even though the exhibit will be on display through December, all of the pieces included in the show will be available for purchase — definitely a worthwhile acquisition for any collectors looking for the city's next hot artist. So, come out and support Art Sanctuary as they present the next Philly art phenom, American Queen TJD. 


"My Thoughts Wear Crowns"
When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014
Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street
Cost: Free
More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art Sanctuary's gallery hours.

Watch our exclusive recap of Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project with American Queen TJD and others. 


The Kimmel Center Returns With The Next Edition Of Sittin' In Featuring Venissa Santi And Francois Zayas - Wednesday, November 12

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • November 11, 2014
    • Sittin' In At The Kimmel Center
      • Sittin' In At The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360

Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musical talents for the popular music showcase, Sittin' In. Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds. 

This Wednesday, November 12, The Kimmel Center returns with another dope edition Sittin' In featuring Philly jazz greats Francois Zayas and Venissa Santi. As always, Sittin' In resident turntablist DJ Matthew Law, formerly DJ PHSH, will spin in between sets by the featured acts. 

Take a look at the Sittin' In schedule below.  

8pm - DJ PHSH
9pm - Venissa Santi + guests
9:45pm - DJ PHSH
10pm - Francois Zayas + guests
10:45pm - DJ PHSH
11pm - Close

Recently, Philly 360° caught up with Sittin' In mastermind Anthony Tidd, as he led rehearsals for the Kimmel's all-star edition of Sittin' In, which featured headlining performances by Philly faves including Laurin TaleseKate FaustJeff Bradshaw and Ursula Rucker.

Along with interviewing Tidd, we talked with the incredible group of musicians that regularly make up the Sittin' In house-band, including Korey RikerErnest StuartSteve TirpakJosh Lawrence andLuke Carlos O'Reilly — each a notable artist in their own right.

So check out our behind-the-scenes video below, and make sure to come out for our favorite free Philly jam, Sittin' In.  


Sittin' In featuring the Venissa Santi and Francois Zayas
When: Wednesday, November 12, 8 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad Street
Cost: Free 
More Info: Get details here.

The 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival Returns To Philadelphia - November 4 - 15

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • November 4, 2014
    • First Person Arts Festival
      • First Person Arts Festival
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of First Person Arts

As the birthplace of our nation, Philly is a city of "firsts", and home to tons of one-of-a-kind creative places, people and events. So, it'll come as no surprise that the only festival in the world dedicated to the art and power of storytelling, The First Person Arts Festival happens right here.  

From November 4-15, First Person Arts' innovative and entertaining festival explodes with two weeks of fantastic events that celebrate the power of the personal story through stand-up storytelling, theater, story slams, poetry, music, memoir writing, and more. And, this year FPA is definitely taking the festival to an entirely new level.

We've pulled together a few of our favorite festival events to get you started, but be sure to check out the full schedule online here.

The 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival 
When: November 4 - 15
Where: Various Venues (see festival website for details)
Cost: Various
More info: Click here to buy tickets online.

First Person Arts Festival Picks

    • First Person Arts
      • First Person Arts
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of First Person Arts

An Evening with Marcus Samuelsson

Tuesday, November 14, 6-7 p.m. | Le Méridien Philadelphia | $120-180
Buy tickets online here.

Star of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and ABC’s The Taste Marcus Samuelsson, one of the world’s top chefs, wants to cook for you. The celebrity chef and New York Times best-selling author prepares a special meal straight from his new cookbook, Marcus Off Duty, featuring relaxed, multicultural dishes that he serves in his own home for his wife and friends. Philadelphia native, Chef Jen Carroll (Top Chef, Top Chef All-Stars) joins as sous chef.

Grand Slam

Thursday, November 7 p.m. | Prince Music Theater | $16-22
Buy tickets online here. 

Philly’s biggest storytelling showdown returns! Winners of FPA’s 13th Season of StorySlams go head to head for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia”, free FPA Slam admission for life, and a $250 cash prize. Contestants try to win over celebrity judges with their most outrageous, gutsy, and heartfelt personal tales on the theme "Thanks A Lot". Featuring Caroline Charrow, Steve Clark, Jackie Debellis, Dan Geraghty, Dave Hillis, Roman Krivitsky, Nimisha Ladva, Lisa Nelson Haynes, Brittanie Sterner, Anne Thomas, and Marjorie Winther. Hosted by Comedian Dave Hill.

Story League Sings

Saturday, November 8, 7 p.m. | Underground Arts | $17-22
Buy tickets online here. 

Most of us secretly want to be rock stars. That's the spirit behind Story League Sings, where performers each get to tell an outrageously funny story from their own lives, and then rip karaoke-style into a well-known song that's also a joke on the story. Who knew these comedic storytellers could actually (kind of) sing? Featuring performers from Washington DC’s Story League and some Philly favorites too, plus a troupe of sassy background singers and dancers.

    • First Person Arts
      • First Person Arts
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of First Person Arts

Stripped Stories 

Saturday, November 8, 10 p.m. | Underground Arts | $17-22
Buy tickets online here.

Named one of the 10 Best Storytelling Shows in LA by Time Out Los Angeles. Storytelling’s sexiest duo, Margot Leitman (Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1,  Chelsea Lately), bares it all on stage in what New York Press calls the “Best Sexual Experience with Your Clothes On”. Witness some of their “juiciest, jaw-dropping tales” (Playgirl Magazine) in this hit variety show featuring sex-themed stories, games and live music by  Johnny Showcase. With comedian Dave Hill.

First Person Arts Podcast LIVE!

Wednesday, November 12, 9 p.m |  Christ Church Neighborhood House | $17-22
Buy tickets online here. 

Award winning radio producer and Executive Producer of the FPA Podcast Yowei Shaw (This American Life, Studio 360, NPR) redefines “live radio” in this interactive, multimedia event. A curated lineup of diverse storytellers share personal tales on the theme "Talk to Me" and Yowei performs a radio documentary on stage accompanied by music, audio mixing, and sound effects. This is radio like you’ve never experienced before. Featuring Rev. David BrownTimothy ColmanDave DaviesRabbi Linda Holtzman, and Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela.


Friday, November 14, 8 p.m. | Christ Church Neighborhood House | $17-22
Click here to buy tickets online. 

Obie Award-winning playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith performs a staged reading of her newest work, an uplifting memoir-driven exploration of the family we are born into and the family we choose. Forever draws from Orlandersmith's own pilgrimage to the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris - the final resting place of legendary artists such as Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. Inspired at the graveside of these timeless artists, Orlandersmith gives a gripping account of the legacy she inherited from her mother - one of bitterness, abuse, beauty and art.

Philip Bailey: Shining Star The True Story of Earth Wind & Fire

Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m. | Mother Bethel AME Church | $32-40
Buy tickets online here.

Earth Wind & Fire lead singer and eight-time Grammy winner Philip Bailey takes you behind the scenes of one of the most successful and influential groups in music history. Bailey shares from his revealing and heartfelt memoir Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth Wind & Fire and WDAS’  Patty Jackson interviews the music legend about the group’s rise to global fame and Bailey’s own professional and spiritual journey. This is the true story of what happens when real life exceeds your dreams.

November Must-Hit List: Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Usher, Ledisi & Exclusives With DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dom Streater

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 31, 2014
    • Ms. Lauryn Hill
      • Ms. Lauryn Hill
      • Photo Credit: Getty, Andrew H. Walker

 November Events: 

So You Think You Can Dance — Friday, November 7

Fox’s Emmy Award-winning show So You Think You Can Dance has captivated audiences and reinvigorated the country’s fascination with dance forms of all genres. You can watch season 11’s talented top 10 in Philadelphia for a live, one-night-only performance at the Merriam Theater.

Goapele — Saturday, November 8

Hailed as the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo” by Rolling Stone magazine, songstress Goapele is set to perform at World Cafe Live. Since the 2001 release of her debut project Closer, the Berklee-trained singer/songwriter has entertained fans around the world with her honest music and undeniably soulful sound. Get there in time for the opening performance by Philadelphia’s own R&B/pop/folk vocalist Jade Alston.

Usher: The UR Experience — Tuesday, November 11

Usher is hitting the road with his 27-city music tour, The UR Experience. The self-proclaimed “pop revolution” performer has been spotted hanging out at a few Philly hotspots lately, and he’s returning to perform at the Wells Fargo Center later this month. Usher’s show will feature his signature electrifying dance moves, beat-heavy club anthems and hard-hitting R&B classics from his 20-year discography of chart-topping tracks.

Sittin’ In — Wednesday, November 12

One Wednesday a month, the Kimmel Center opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for its popular music showcase, Sittin' In. Approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mash-up is Philly’s go-to event for emerging talent, locally based touring musicians and the music lovers that can't get enough of their dope sounds. This month’s show features performances by the Venissa Santi Band and the Francois Zayas Quintet.

Ms. Lauryn Hill: Homecoming Concert Series — Saturday, November 15

Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs and the respect of fans from around the world. Now, Hill is back on the road to connect with fans and perform reimagined versions of the hit songs we all love. Rapper Talib Kweli opens the Electric Factory show.

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life Tour — Sunday, November 16

Undeniably one of the most significant albums in the history of American music, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life continues to shape and influence music worldwide. As part of his 11-city music tour, the legendary singer/songwriter gives fans a chance to relive the classic at the Wells Fargo Center.

Daley — Tuesday, November 18

The U.S. first got a taste of Daley’s soulful sounds after he collaborated with Philly’s own Marsha Ambrosius on the hit single Alone Together, which appeared on his six-track EP Alone Together. Since finding success in the states, Daley was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards, collaborated with super producer Pharrell Williams and was featured on Nelly’s 2013 track Heaven.

    • DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan
      • DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan
      • Photo Credit: D. King for Visit Philadelphia

Philly 360° Spotlights:

20 Must-Hit Fall Concerts

It’s official—fall is here. While the weather is cooling down outside, things on the Philly music scene are only getting hotter and hotter. This season, Philly is packed with a steady flow of can’t-miss concerts, shows and festivals. The lineup of hit-making acts stopping through the city includes big names such as Common, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder. We pulled together a list of our top 20 picks.

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan

With a discography that spans two decades and includes hits like the Philly anthem Summertime, hometown legend DJ Jazzy Jeff is legit music royalty. Philly 360° sat down with the busy, internationally touring DJ and his protégé, Philly hip-hop artist Dayne Jordan, for an exclusive, first-time-ever interview on their forthcoming project. Watch our video for a behind-the-scenes look at the duo at work in Jeff’s studio and for more details on their soon-to-be-released album.

Exclusive With Dom Streater

Project Runway winner and Philly native Dom Streater is on a winning streak, and the city has been cheering her on every step of the way. Philly 360° even hit the road to attend Dom’s New York Fashion Week debut. Check out our video for a sneak preview of Dom’s spring 2015 collection and her custom headphone collaboration with high-end audio brand Velodyne.

Jazz At The Annenberg

The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned jazz concerts our way. You’ll definitely want to catch these shows—from the moving lyrics of Philly’s own Ursula Rucker to such acclaimed musicians as Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval and Branford Marsalis.

Check out our exclusive interviews with DJ Jazzy Jeff and his protege Dayne Jordan and Philly's hottest designer Dom Streater.  

Philly 360° Rewind: Red Bull Curates Canvas Cooler Project At Arch Enemy Arts In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 30, 2014
    • Red Bull Curates: Canvas Cooler Project at Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia
      • Red Bull Curates: Canvas Cooler Project at Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Red Bull has done it again. Last month, Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project landed in Philadelphia for the first time. This innovative project presented 20 emerging local artists who each were given a blank, canvas-wrapped Red Bull cooler to transform into a signature work of art. 

All of the Canvas Cooler artists were hand-selected and curated by the Arts Fund, which is a national charity that raises funds for art. The Philadelphia event included a fresh lineup of local talents including notorious prankster street artist Kid Hazo, popular Instagram sketcher Dessie Jackson, neo-pop painter Thomas Buildmore, and Philly 360°'s own Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson

The finished coolers were revealed to the public during a one-night-only gallery exhibit at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. Along with the artists and fans that gathered in the space to view the work, Mr. Sonny James and DJ Matthew Law of Illvibe were on-site to provide a dope party playlist. During the event, two artists were selected by a panel of judges to display and sell their work during Art Basel Week at Scope Art Fair in Miami Beach later this winter. The two Philadelphia winners were Distort and Air Rat

Even though the event has now passed, art lovers in Philadelphia will continue enjoy the custom creations. Each of the Red Bull coolers will be on display at a local drinking establishments, cultural hubs and music venues for the public's viewing pleasure. You can check out the full list of cooler locations below.

Kudos to Red Bull and Arts Fund for bringing another dope concept our way. Turns out that Red Bull gives you wings AND brings you fresh, locally-created art. #winning

You can check out our video recap and visual gallery of Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project. below. Also, be sure to look for the custom coolers at the select locations.  


12 Can't-Miss Halloween Weekend Events In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • October 29, 2014
    • Halloween is creeping on us! Make the most of the holiday by visiting a haunted attraction in Philadelphia
      • Halloween is creeping on us! Make the most of the holiday by visiting a haunted attraction in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: (Photo courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary)

This year, Halloween falls on a Friday and that's means there will be plenty of weekend fun to be had in Philadelphia. Here’s how the weekend sets up: Thursday, October 30 is Mischief Night; Friday, October 31 is Halloween; and Saturday, November 1 is Day of the Dead.

We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite Halloween events to get you started, including haunted houses and ghost tours, that run all weekend long. Whether you’re looking to celebrate at a late-night bash, embark on creepy tour or dance the night away to live music, we've got you covered. 

On top of all of the weekend’s festivities, Sunday also marks the end of Daylight Savings Time, which means there’s an extra hour to celebrate this Halloween weekend.

You can check out our top picks below. Also, visit for a detailed day-by-day guide to Halloween weekend. 

Philly 360° Halloween Weekend Picks

    • Eastern State Penitentiary
      • Eastern State Penitentiary
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Through November 8. | Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue | Details

The once-abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to one of the nation’s most frightful haunted house events, Terror Behind the Walls. Hollywood-quality sets, animatronics, custom-designed soundtracks and a cast of more than 200 professional performers delight in scaring thrill-seekers, earning kudos as one of the top haunted houses in the country.

Halloween at Cantina los Caballitos

Thursday, October 30 | Cantina los Caballitos, 651 E Passyunk Ave | Details

Seasonal food specials, pumpkin margaritas, prizes for best costumes and more await patrons at South Philly’s Cantina Los Caballitos on October 30. Dancing, a DJ and drink specials top off a fun night on East Passyunk Avenue.

The Monster Mashup at The Painted Bride

Thursday, October 30 | Painted Bride Art Center, 322 Vine Street | Details

Old City’s Painted Bride Art Center has an evening of mischief, mayhem and live music planned for the night before Halloween. Electronic group Worldtown Sound System and rock band Cask & Co. will collide in a Mischief Night mashup to remember. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Tickets, which go for $15, are available online. 

Northern Liberties Zombie Crawl

Thursday, October 31 | Details

Brains! The neighborhood of Northern Liberties welcomes zombies for the annual Zombie Crawl. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests are encouraged to dress in their best zombie apparel and head out to bars throughout the neighborhood for specials on Magic Hat beer and Jägermeister. The bash will start at North Bowl with zombie makeup consultations and drink specials. From there, zombies will crawl to six bars in the area. Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 in advance.

Costume Party at Silk City

Thursday, October 30 | Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street | Details

Costume contests and prizes make for a Halloween-inspired Thursday at Silk City. Dutty Chutney and DJ Sega are the evening’s entertainment. Hint: Show up before 10 p.m. and get in for free. 

Halloween at Silk City

Friday, October 31 | Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street | Details

Dance all night at Silk City’s Halloween costume bash. Come dressed to impress for the chance to win one of numerous prizes and get down to music from a rocking DJ. Cover rings in at $5 for gals and $10 for guys.

Universal Cave Halloween at Johnny Brenda’s

Friday, October 31 | Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue | Details

Dance all night at Johnny Brenda’s Universal Cave Halloween, a full evening of music from a solid lineup of DJs. The party lasts from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. downstairs at the well-loved Fishtown music venue.

Making Time at Union Transfer

Friday, October 31 | Union Transfer, 1003 Spring Garden Street | Details

Dance ’til you drop at Making Time’s Halloween party edition at Union Transfer. Get down to music by headliners Dum Dum Girls in addition to Dave P. and Sammy Slice. The party starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Tickets, $15, are available online.

Wicked at Xfinity Live

Friday, October 31 | Details

Boo! Xfinity Live hosts six themed parties this Halloween night. Dress up and head out for rocking music, drink specials and plenty of revelry. Also enjoy free Halloween swag, candy and prizes for the best dressed guests.

A Tribute To Michael Jackson’s Thriller at World Cafe Live

Friday, October 31 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | Details

Celebrate one of Michael Jackson’s best-known albums, Thriller, with a Halloween party dedicated to his hits. World Cafe Live will host #TeamSoulidified, DJs and special guests for a true tribute to the music genius. $15 tickets are required.

Body Rock 

Friday, October 31 | Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street | Details

If you’ve never been to an Illvibe Collective party before… Well, you haven’t really partied.This Philly DJ crew spins records so hard, and makes the party so live, that you'll have no choice but to sweat it out on the dance floor. 

Philly Bloco Halloween Bash at Underground Arts

Saturday, November 1 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | Details

Shake it out at Underground Arts’ Halloween bash featuring Philly Bloco, a high-energy musical group that modeled itself after the street bands of Rio de Janeiro. Guests are encouraged to don their Halloween costumes and head out for the bash. Tickets are $15 each and are available online.

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The Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Returns With An Epic Cultural Season Featuring Ursula Rucker, Patti Austin, Branford Marsalis & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 29, 2014
    • Ursula Rucker
      • Ursula Rucker
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned talent our way.

Anchored in the popular West Philadelphia neighborhood of the University City, the Annenberg produces a full year of rich music and cultural programming on the campus of University of Pennsylvania. From jazz greats like Patti Austin and Branford Marsalis, to the acclaimed poetry of Philadelphia's own Ursula Rucker, the Annenberg is set to present an unstoppable season of programming once again.  

You can visit to view their full year of programs. To get you started, we've pulled together a few of the Annenberg's can't-miss shows below. Check out our top picks! 

Philly 360° Top Picks for the Annenberg Center's 2014/2015 Season

    • Rosie Herrera
      • Rosie Herrera
      • Photo Credit: Credit: Adam Reign

Patti Austin

November 1, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here. 

Patti Austin, the Grammy® award-winning vocalist, began her career at age four, and has wowed audiences ever since. Her 17 albums range from jazz to soul to R&B and her voice has graced the recordings of Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler and Diana Ross. Austin’s stunning vocals continue to impress and electrify, making her a true artist whose creativity knows no limits.

Arturo Sandoval Quintet 

November 16, 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.

Arturo Sandoval is the most prodigious Cuban trumpeter of his generation. A protege of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, earning him 10 Grammy awards, six Billboard awards and one Emmy award along the way. He is known for his virtuoso technical ability and gravity-defying improvisational flights. Whenever Sandoval picks up his horn, expect that fireworks will follow.

Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre

January 15-17, Various Times | Zellerbach Theatre |  $30 | Buy tickets here.

Contemporary dance meets theatre, performance art, opera, ballet …and drag! Rosie Herrera’s innovative ensemble makes its way from Miami’s vibrant arts scene to the Annenberg Center stage for its Philadelphia debut. A favorite at the prestigious American Dance Festival, this program includes Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret and Dining Alone.


    • Branford Marsalis
      • Branford Marsalis
      • Photo Credit: Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson

Amy Lynn Barr Dance: The Toss Aways

January 23 & 24, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here. 

A moving memoir told through a compilation of five solo contemporary dance performances. Choreographed and performed by local Philadelphia artist Amy Lynne Barr, the evening explores many aspects of what it really means to experience life: What is one capable of? What will one become? What is the meaning of all that surrounds us?

An Evening with Branford Marsalis 

February 5, 7:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.

NEA Jazz Master, Grammy® award‐winning saxophonist and Tony® award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists today. Born into New Orleans’ most distinguished musical family, his life and career have intersected with a host of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. Marsalis leads his quartet with the charisma and intensity of a living jazz legend.

Regina Carter Trio 

March 28, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.

Jazz violinist Regina Carter speaks to her generation and her ancestors. Her latest recording, Southern Comfort, pays homage to her grandfather’s roots and mixes blues, gospel, spiritual, folk and country music as they evolved with jazz, R&B and global influences. “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine).

Ursula Rucker 

February 6 – 7, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theater | $30 | Buy tickets here. 

Her art is for social change. Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry. My Father’s Daughter is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s painful but victorious survival story. The wounded life of her mother informs the daughter, creating the artist and woman Rucker is today.

Dice Raw Of The Roots Crew Headlines Hip-Hop Satire "The Last Jimmy" At New Freedom Theatre - October 24 & 25, 2014

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 22, 2014
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This weekend, Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage, headlining New Freedom Theatre's 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. 

The production was written by Phillip Brown, includes original music and lyrics by Dice Raw of the Roots Crew and is directed by noted Philadelphia-based director, Ozzie Jones. Dice Raw’s highly-acclaimed concept album “Jimmy’s Back” is the centerpiece for this entertaining and thought-provoking production.  

A popular and present artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Dice Raw raw's signature style of rap was first heard alongside Philly's famous hip-hop band, The Roots. Dice made his industry debut on the hit track "The Lesson, Pt. 1." And soon after, he made a name for himself with his distinct cameos on "Adrenaline" and "Lockdown," where his hard-hitting style worked perfectly alongside the heady rhymes of Roots frontman Black Thought.

Along with Dice Raw, the production features a stellar lineup of Philadelphia talents, and after each performance audience members are invited to stick around for a post-show talkback discussion. Each discussion will feature a panel of experts on the African American male experience in the criminal justice system.  

Since 1966, New Freedom Theatre has trained generations of black creatives and presented productions that give voice to the African-American experience, and make it accessible for all. Certainly, "The Last Jimmy" is no exception. Don't miss this groundbreaking work featuring many of Philly's best talents on one stage. 

The Last Jimmy featuring Dice Raw 
When: Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25 - 8 p.m. 
Where: New Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad Street
Cost: $30
More Info: Click here or call (267) 687-1764 for tickets. 

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly - Through December 7

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My Thoughts Wear Crowns Featuring American Queen TJD - Through December 31

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House Party Art Show - Saturday, November 29

House Party Art Show When: Saturday, November 29, Where: Uncut Fun House, 1617 N. 2nd Street Cost: $20 More Info: Three Philly artists are teaming up on this dope new concept, House Party Art Show. Don Scott, Gabe…