Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Fabric Row (4th Street between Catharine and Bainbridge Streets) is back in action. This section of town is packed with boutiques, and it's gearing up for a rebirth. And, what better time to set it off than the holidays?
The Row will be making its holiday debut with an event entitled “It’s A Wonderful Life On Fabric Row.” The event is a stroll between three of the areas top-notch shops, which include: Bus Stop Boutique, Moon and Arrow and Armour. During the stroll, don’t worry about the cold. Cocktails will be served courtesy of Art in the Age and trust, they know their mixology. A special Instagram promo will also be available to shoppers.
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Anyone who Instagrams a picture of their shopping stroll and mentions @busstopboutique, @moonandarrow or @armour_philadelphia and captions the photo with #fabricrow will receive 10% off their entire purchase!
An event like this brings the holiday season to life. Make someone's holiday extra special with a gift found only on Fabric Row as you support small businesses and shop local.
It’s A Wonderful Life On Fabric Row
When: Thursday, December 12, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Fabric Row, 4th Street between Catherine and Bainbridge Streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More Info: hyloboutiques.com
RAW:natural born artists is an indie arts organization that's for artists, by artists. RAW focuses on providing emerging indie artists in film, fashion, music, visual arts, performing arts and beauty with tools, resources and exposure to breed creativity and growth in their talents. RAW is set up in 60 cities across the U.S., including Philadelphia.
RAW hosts a series of events in each city throughout the year, which culimates in the RAW's Annual Indie Awards Show. The semi-finals for Philly at Lit Ultra Bar at 7:30 p.m.
We wanted to call out a couple of the nominees. Here's a look at a couple of the nominees. See everyone who is nominated here.
The spotlight is becoming commonplace for Dom Streater. Since winning the 12th season of Project Runway, Streater has been featured in various national publications, has had several speaking engagements and has done many television interviews. The indie awards show nominated the West Philly native for Fashion Designer of the Year.
Valencia started doing her own hair at the age of 8 and hasn't stopped since. This fearless hairstylist takes chances with styling and really knows how to make a hairstyle pop.
This Boston born, Philly raised visual artist has knack for capturing pop culture icons and portraits through drawings. Daminyck's talents don't stop with paper and canvas. She also has worked in a number of other visual arts fields, such as makeup, concept design, story board illustration and interior design.
The 5th Annual RAWawrds Semi-Finals
When: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Where: Lit Ultra Bar, 460 N. 2nd Street
Time: 7:30 p.m .
More Info: rawartists.org
This weekend, you can get a taste of Philly's diverse and vibrant creative scene, as The Barnes Foundation gets into the First Friday action with their Philadelphia Artists Spotlight.
Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso. In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
So, to celebrate First Friday, and the diversity found within the Philly creative scene, The Barnes has pulled together an extra fresh lineup of dancers, poets and performing artists for an entertaining exploration of all things Philly.
The spotlight will include performances by Pattern is Movement, a two-man indie rock band who will pay tribute to the music of famed hip-hop producer J Dilla; Latina performance troupe Las Gallas performing their signature work Ghetto Bolera; DJ extraordinaire Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective holding down the First Friday playlist; theater collective Team Sunshine; and poetry by the infamous spoken word duo Yellow Rage.
With an uncomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists ready to throw down in their own unique way—The Barnes is the only place to be for this upcoming First Friday. Grab your crew, and come out to watch these artists shine like only Philly stars can.
When: Friday, December 6, 6 - 10 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25, members freee
More Info: Click here to reserve your ticket online.
There’s no denying it—Lupe Fiasco is one of hip-hop’s most innovative lyricists. Lupe just announced that he’s hitting the road with a brand new tour named after his forthcoming album Tetsuo and Youth. Along with delivering showstopping performances from his current discography, Lupe will treat fans to a special early preview of new music from his unreleased album. Opening performances by Mickey Factz, Stalley, Dosage, The Boy Illinois and Dee-1.
PHILADANCO kicks off the holiday season with a fly new routine honoring famed African-American choreographer Christopher Huggins. Prepare to be dazzled and amazed, as this Philly fave dance troupe returns with all their signature moves and undoubtedly some of the best dancers in the game.
After the triumphant release of his debut album Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg is on the move and wreckin’ mics across the country with his 32-city Turnt x Burnt music tour. On December 7, Ferg and the other members of the A$AP Mob land at the TLA—ready to throw down for one of the dopest rap concerts of the season.
Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, and Jay Z. This month, Jeff brings it home with a funky-fresh performance for the latest edition of the Kimmel Center’s popular, and FREE, monthly music showcase Sittin’ In. Hosted by HOT 107.9 radio personality Laiya St. Clair.
Philly’s favorite soul-star Bilal is back on the scene and ready to deliver an incredible night of music at The Blockley. Since the release of his 2001 game-changing debut album 1st Born Second, Bilal has been reppin’ Philly’s classic soul sound—as only he can. Grab your tickets now, because this show will definitely be a sellout.
Would you like a tour? After the release of his third studio album Nothing Was The Same, the hip-hop star Drake announced his "Would You Like A Tour?" tour, which all star lineup includes hit-making artists Miguel and Future. The stage-dominating trio lands in Philly on December 18 for a show stopping concert at the Wells Fargo Center. Don’t miss it!
Fashionistas and style guys: Step out in high style for one of Philly’s most-fashionable parties with a purpose at The Evoluer House’s Parisian-themed gala. With a celebrity-packed guests list, and an amazing selection of French-inspired decor, cocktails and hor d’oeuvres—this is one fashion-filled celebration that you can’t afford to miss. Get all of the details here.
The crew at Mitchell & Ness just took their Midtown store to the next level. Literally. Last month, to celebrate the launch of the popular vintage sportswear company’s second floor expansion at its flagship store, Philly 360° joined forces with This Is It Philly and threw an exclusive shopping event. And, all of your favorite Philly faces were in the building, including Young Savage, Chill Moody, Young Chris and Laiya St.Clair. Check out our recap.
Still on the search for that perfect holiday gift? Well, look no further, because Philly 360° has a few fly holiday shopping tips that can help you bring tons of local Philly flavor to the ones you love. Check out our post for some great gift ideas.
Producer/emcee Mike Zombie quickly rose to fame by producing Drake’s double-platinum selling track, Started from the Bottom. This month, the rising rap star will release his own mixtape End of the Beginning with an exclusive release party at the Tower Theater in West Philly. Get more info here.
There's nothing like shopping local and getting some one-of-a-kind finds, especially in Philly. For those of you who are in holiday shopping mode, check out some local boutiques and pop-up shops this season.
This year’s holiday shopping is going to be epic. We promise. Here are a few faves that are a can’t miss.
Bus Stop Boutique: 727 S. 4th Street. What’s better than one-of-a-kind boots? Nothing! Bus Stop will help you give a pair to everyone on your shopping list, and if you know what I know, you’ll pick up a pair for yourself.
Platinum: 526 South Street. Holidays at Platinum mean big savings on Versace, Versace, Versace as well as True Religion, Billionaire Boys Club, Seven and Diesel. For the Internet savvy shopper, buy for everybody without leaving the couch at shopatplatinum.com.
BreakawayInk: breakwayInk.com. Speaking of Internet shopping, make sure to help your friends and family “Stay Fresh” and stop by the BreakawyInk site for their holiday sales updated weekly on the brand's Facebook page. The apparel is edgy and breeds confidence through design.
Smak Parlour: 219 Market Street. Smak Parlour in Old City is for the trendsetter on your gift list. This holiday season they have specially designed gift boxes on sale for $1.00 and proceeds will go to the charity, The Dude Hates Cancer. Insider Tip: This is one of Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Marsha Ambrosius' fave spots to shop in Philly.
Jade’s Closet: 200 W. Lancaster Ave, Wayne. Calling all fathers, boyfriends, husbands and other. Jade’s Closet (JC) has a foolproof plan for you! This holiday season, send the lady of your life to Jade’s, and the staff can make a specialized wish list that includes top clothing brands just for her. Then, you come into JC and pick what you like from the list. It’s a guarantee to get the gift she’s going to love.
Metro Men’s Clothing: 1600 E. Passyunk Avenue. Ladies, it’s time to cater to him. Metro Men’s Clothing will give you plenty to choose from for your man with their offers. Their upscale yet affordable variety of blazers and dress shirts is guaranteed to keep him looking like a gentleman for every holiday party and family dinner this season.
Skirt: 931 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr. Skirt is where you can get all your holiday jewelry statement pieces and all, and they have deals that can’t be beat.
Free Shop: 3 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler. Free Shop is definitely a favorite! This shop gives you runway fashion that can be tailored to everyday wear. Stop by, browse and I dare you to try to leave empty handed.
Franklin Flea: 801 Market Street. This Philly-centric indoor market is new on the shopping scene this year. The re-evisioned Brooklyn Flea now known as Franklin Flea opened up in the old Strawbridges building. Check out some cool vintage Philly finds here on December 7, 14, 21; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, December 20, noon-7 p.m.
Pop-Up Punk Rock Flea Market: 461 N. 9th Street. There will be over 500 venders at The Punk Rock Flea Market. Vendors will be selling everything from clothes to tools to skateboards. The market will take place on December 14-15 and there will be a $3 donation at the door, which grants entrance for both days.
Duke & Winston Main Pop-Up Shop: 907 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr. More Main Line shopping action coming at you live and direct from our friends at Duke & Winston. Happening now through January 7, the polo-esque clothing line will set up shop with hoodies; polo and rugby shirts, tees and you might even find something for your little dog too.
In the spirit of the holiday season, a few Eagles players and their wives will be showing PNK Elephant’s customers their appreciation by hosting a slew of Oprah-style giveaways. While vacations and cars are not on the list of things to treat Philly’s most stylish group of ladies, they will have the opportunity to receive Sixers tickets, dresses, personal training and much more.
PNK Elephant is a fashion boutique located on South Street (504 South Street). The pink-themed store is owned by Kijafa Vick (wife of Philadelphia Eagles player Michael Vick) and Blair Sandlain.
The Philadelphia Eagles x PNK Elephant’s “My Favorite Things” Giveaway
When: Thursday, December 5
Where: Infusion Lounge, 16 S. 2nd Street
More Info: pnkelephant.com
Today, Replica Creative, a popular and innovative design and printing firm in Philly, is expanding with the launch of Creative Cafe @ Replica, located in University City. The creative cafe is the first venture of its kind in the U.S. that fuses graphic design, printing, cafe, lounge and coffee shop in one creative, artistic hub.
It is located on the first floor of the University City Science Center at 3711 Market Street. The center is the oldest and largest urban research park in the U.S.
Check out this creative space and see why Replica continues to be at the top of its game.
Philadelphia definitely fosters creativity, design and style. The city is also becoming a destination for developing fashion talent.
Do you want to be an independent fashion entrepreneur? Are you the next Rachel Roy or Marc Jacobs? Well, you no longer have to go to New York, LA or Paris to launch your business, because you can do it all right in Philly!
The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator is looking for fashion entrepreneurs for its 2014 Residency (DIR).
The purpose of the Fashion Incubator is to support and promote emerging fashion designers in the fashion community of Philadelphia and encourage them to keep their business in the Philadelphia region. Job creation will be one of the many opportunities created as a result of the program.
Five independent designers are chosen to become resident designers. The DIRs then have a residency at the Macy’s headquarters where they will develop their lines and business. Designers who mentored the current designers are Tory Burch, Steven Alan, Fern Mallis, Tommy Hilfiger and Joan Shepp. The designers have access to office and design/workspace, business curriculum, mentoring and other important resources.
The deadline for this year’s application is Friday, December 20. This is your chance. For more information log on to the philadelphiafashionincubator.com.
Do you know blackness when you see it? This is the question Dr. Yaba Blay, one of today's leading voices on global skin color politics, asks with her new book, (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. The book officially releases this week from Blay's recently-launched independent press company, BLACKprint Press.
Yaba introduced (1)ne Drop to her quickly expanding network of followers earlier this year, and over the summer successfully ran a Kickstarter pre-sale campaign, which raised over $22,000 to fund the project. Since then, (1)ne Drop has been generating some serious buzz. In the last month alone, Yaba has appeared on W. Kumau Bell's show, Totally Unbiased, presented a sold-out show as part of the First Person Arts Festival, and even graced the front cover of the Philadelphia Weekly.
To celebrate (1)ne Drop's early successes and the book's official release, Yaba is throwing a release party at The Painted Bride Art Center in Old City—and appropriately on Black Friday. The event will feature light fare, wine, and a fresh soundtrack provided courtesy of Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective. Also, party guests can browse an amazing two-floor exhibit of the portraits from the (1)ne Drop in the Painted Bride's gallery space.
The event is totally free, so make sure you grab a copy of Dr. Blay's book. And, since it is Black Friday, you might just want to pick up a couple of extra copies to hand out as gifts during the holiday. We'll see you there.
When: Friday, November 29, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: The Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
More info: http://bit.ly/1gMtuLM