Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with the 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing—and this year, they are definitely doing it big. Along with weekly author readings, weekend workshops and the stunning photography exhibit Barkley Hendrix Presents: Oh, Snap!, CBW 2015 will also honor Kindred The Family Soul during its signature event, the Lifetime Achievement Awards at Temple Performing Arts Center.
The Recording Academy® Philadelphia is back with the next edition of their signature music conference, Grammy futureNOW. This must-attend event brings together the industry’s top artists, songwriters and executives to examine the current state and the future of the music. Confirmed speakers include Allen Kovac of Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music Group and Benjy Greenberg of indie label Rostrum Records. #GRAMMYfutureNOW
Last month, Action Bronson dropped his highly-anticipated, major-label debut Mr. Wonderful to rave reviews. Now, the rapper is on the road with a world tour supporting the record—and he’s bringing his high-energy onstage antics to South Street music hub, The TLA. Insider tip: Before or after the show, be sure to grab a “cheesesteak and a gremlin” across the street at Philly faves Ishkabibbles. You’ll be glad you did.
After a six year hiatus, Ciara is back out on the road to promote her soon-to-drop project Jackie. The 18 city US tour lands at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA on May 10. We’re so hype for Ciara’s return that we’re giving one lucky fan a pair of free tickets to the show. Enter now for your chance to win!
Party with Philly’s finest DJs as the next edition of Tastytreats hits Silk City on May 15. On deck for this party are spinmaster extraordinaires Questlove and DJ Mike Nyce. This is another can’t-miss production by Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson, so you know this party will be nothing less than flawless. #WeInThere
After touching a double bass for the first time at the age of 15, Esperanza Spalding was hailed as a jazz prodigy. Now, an internationally-recognized artist, Spalding’s music has earned her some serious cred, including a Soul Train Music Award and multiple GRAMMYs. Her latest project Emily’s D+Evolution, which includes a summer tour centered around rekindling her childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement, hits The TLA on May 17.
The wait is almost over. Roots Picnic 2015 is about to go down—bringing another dope lineup of artists to the Philly waterfront. After partying all day with acts like The Weeknd, Erykah Badu and DJ Mustard, the party moves to Underground Arts for round two. On deck for The Roots Picnic Afterparty will be Questlove, Cosmo Baker, Matthew Law and more.
Philly, it's about to go down—again. The Roots are bringing their epic music festival back to their hometown to kick off the summer. Philly 360° landed a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky fan. Want to be there? We know you do, so enter now to win.
There’s shortage of dope live music hitting Philadelphia stages this year. From heavyweight music veterans like Wiz Khalifa and The Roots, to shows by local and national indie music stars—we've pulled together this list of more than 20 can't-miss shows going down in Philly.
National Red Bull Freestyle champ, Mic Stew is taking over the Philly 360° Playlist with his hot single, “Black Chucks.” Undeniably, Stew is one of the dopest lyricists in Philly right now and he’s showing us exactly why he's one of the city's reigning emcees with this new track.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia just teamed up with international black art influencer Danny Simmons for their latest must-see exhibition, Badass Art Man: Original Work of Danny Simmons. Along with original work by Simmons, the show objects from his extensive collection of African and African American artwork.
For over three decades, Philadelphia has honored the literary and creative contributions of African Americans with the Annual Celebration of Black Writing. Now, presented by black cultural hub Art Sanctuary for more than a decade, this year marks 31st year of the festival which is set to flood the month of May with tons of exciting, enlightening workshops, author readings and performances.
On Friday, May 1, CBW 2015 will kick off with the opening of Barkley L. Hendricks: Oh, Snap!, a photography exhibit showing a lesser known side of the famed, Philadelphia-born painter, Barkley L. Hendricks. Oh, Snap! includes two dozen images captured by Hendricks from the late 60s to the 90s and include rarely seen images of Fela Kuti and Hendricks' time overseas in Lagos.
On Saturday, May 23, the Celebration of Black Writing festival will also offer a daylong symposium featuring numerous literary and art workshops on the campus of Temple University. A free event, this conference invites participants to discuss and learn about black art forms and their impact and presence in today's culture through the lens of local authors, artists and thought leaders.
Every third Friday Art Sanctuary hosts its monthly artist showcase, this month Sanctuary LIVE! returns in their Graduate Hospital gallery space with a very special concert with local jazz / soul vocalist, Kriss Mincey. Also,on select Wednesdays throughout May, Art Sanctuary will spotlight rising and well-known authors with readings and discussions in their gallery space.
The month-long event comes to a close with the Lifetime Achievements Awards on Friday, May 29 at the Temple Performing Arts Center. This years honorees include CBW exhibition feature Barkely L. Hendricks, notable teen author Jacqueline Woodson, and Philly's own soul duo, Kindred The Family Soul.
So, step out in style and celebration black literary arts with one of Philly's finest arts organization — Art Sancutary. Let's go!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
***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!
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.
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.
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.
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 Lowefactor.com.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
Tastytreats With Questlove & DJ Mike Nyce When: Friday, May 15 Where: Silk City, 5th and Spring Garden Street Cost: $10 More Info: www.flygirrl.com Party with Philly’s finest DJs as the next edition of Tastytreats hits Silk City on…
The 8th Annual Roots Picnic When: Saturday, May 30 Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street Cost: $75 More Info: rootspicnic.com or buy tickets here Philly, it's that time again! The Roots are bringing…