Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Earlier in the month, techies and creatives from across disciplines came out during the city’s annual Philly Tech Week. From April 4-12, Philadelphia's tech and design community attended music and tech events, talks, conferences, networking nights, Q&A’s, expos, and much more — all celebrating technology and innovation in the City of Brotherly Love.
Of the 100+ Tech Week events, I definitely had to check out the Rad Girls Launch Party at The Philadelphia Art Alliance in Center City. RadGirls.com is a Philly-based online publication dedicated to ladies who are innovating, achieving, and inspiring others in their communities. It shares weekly features on female leaders in their sectors, offers career advice, and personal stories from the Rad contributors. “Most importantly [however], Rad Girls is about collaboration. It is about making sure that we actively light one other’s torches because we burn brighter together,” according to the website.
At The Alliance, things kicked off around 7 p.m. The third floor where the event was held was packed to the brim with people that came out to support the launch. Complimentary “rad girls-themed” cocktails were served throughout the night, as was Vita Coco water for a little refreshment. Philly.com provided the appetizers.
After some introductory mixing and mingling, the ladies, and some extra-supportive gentlemen, settled into their seats for a brief Q&A discussion with the featured women of the night: Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, NYC-based musician and producer Susie Analogue, founder of Girl Develop It, Hillary Sedgwick, and Gloria Bell of Bell Digital Strategies.
Philly.com’s own Executive Producer of Lifestyle and Entertainment, Leah Kauffman, introduced the panelists and moderated the Q&A. She asked the women questions about being female entrepreneurs in usually male-dominated careers, taking big risks in their own careers, staying positive, inspirational mentors, using tech—it was Tech Week after all—and ways women can help and empower one another.
As the Q&A ended, attendees got up to ask the panelists questions, chatted with one another, snapped photos, and the floor was cleared for some dancing. As the DJs got started on the turntables, the panel attendees turned party-goers and let loose for a bit on the dancefloor — the perfect ending to a fun, informative and empowering launch party.
To keep up with Rad Girls, be sure to check out their website to see what’s in store next!
Fellas: Now that spring is officially here, it's time to update your wardrobe with a few fresh, classic fashion options. Whether you're stepping out for a concert, an important meeting, black-tie affair, or just a night out on the town — it's always important to look your best. Right? So, to keep you funky-fresh, dressed-to-impress, ready to party — we've pulled together a few menswear shops that can keep you dressing fine and feeling great.
As the saying goes, "A little style never hurt anybody…"
1839 Chestnut Street
A first of it’s kind, this full service wardrobe consultancy and suit shop will help you look your sharpest from weddings to dinner parties to black tie affairs. Let the staff create a unique ‘wardrobe plan’ to fit your specific clothing needs, lifestyle and wardrobe goals that will last far beyond your initial purchase. Custom made and expertly tailored clothes guarantee you’ll be the ultimate man of fashion.
Insider Tip: This shop is one of Brad Smith’s (of the Philadelphia Eagles) favorite spots to hit up. Check out our video of Brad shopping at Commonwealth.
116 N. 3rd Street
As a Philly-based lifestyle brand dedicated to authenticity, Art in the Age hosts a selection of specialty and curated items from organic spirits to eye wear to functional clothing and accessories like hand-crafted leather belts. You can also catch visual artists, musicians and authors at the store as well as recipes like Cocktails for Spring, on the website—just in time for warmer weather and maybe a BBQ.
Insider Tip: First Fridays are a great time to check out the store and all of its offerings.
820 South Street
Luckily, street style has made leaps and bounds in recent years and from we’ve seen of P’s & Q’s selection of menswear and accessories, this boutique is on top of the trends. From home goods like Land By Land candles to Baxter grooming products to dope Thorocraft footwear, P’s & Q’s has got you covered when it comes to hitting the city streets in style.
529 South Street
With USA-made and manufactured apparel, this rugged, outdoorsy cool men’s boutique has no shortage of high-quality, durable and practical fashions. Featured on Rawr Denim for the store’s impressive jean collection, there’s no doubt you’ll stay fresh and on top of your manly game when you get your duds and accessories here.
704 S. 4th Street
Former Brooklynite and owner of Armour, David Grimes, knows fashion and carries his own sense of style and Brooklyn style to his boutique on Fabric Row. The store also partners with local non-profits around the community like MenzFit—a non-profit that helps low-income men prepare for gainful employment and financial fitness. With unique brands like W.R.K., Prospective Flow and Fine & Dandy, rest assured you’ll find distinctive, stylish attire and unique accessories to match.
1600 E. Passyunk Avenue
Winner of the Independence Business Alliance’s LGBT Business Award, this contemporary, casual menswear and sportswear store offers looks just in time for spring and summer. Look sharp guys with top of the line designer brands like Penguin and Scotch & Soda!
Insider Tip: You can buy your Phillies and Eagles merch here! Get classy while supporting your favorite teams at Metro Men's Clothing.
Philly’s fashion stock continues to rise this year. On the heels of Philly Fashion Week and The Barnes Foundation's exhibit of international art impresario Yinka Shonibare, Philly has yet another style centered exhibit coming to town. On display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love explores the sudden rise and remarkable achievements of 1980’s American-born, Paris-based fashion designer, Patrick Kelly.
The exhibition is the first to showcase full on of Kelly’s head-to-toe fashion ensembles. Over 80 creations will be on display and will also feature selections from his extensive collection of black memorabilia, videos of his lively fashion shows, and works by renowned fashion photographers Horst P. Horst, Pierre et Gilles, and Oliviero Toscani.
Born in Mississippi, Kelly’s bold and bright designs were inspired by his relatives and the women he saw dressed up in their Sunday’s best. In 1985, he was discovered by ELLE Magazine selling his garments on the streets of New York and was whisked to study in Paris, France. Soon after, Kelly became the toast of the fashion industry. His clothes were sold at major department stores such as Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Macy’s and had a bevy of celebrity clientele including Naomi Campbell, Vanessa Williams and Bette Davis. As of late, Solange Knowles was spotted performing in his garments.
Kelly became the first American and black designer to be voted into the prestigious French Federation of Fashion and of Ready-to-Wear of Couturiers and Fashion Designers, and presented his collections in the tents at the Musée du Louvre. Shortly after reaching this acclaim, his career was cut short as he succumbed to AIDS in January 1990.
In addition to Runway to Love, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will also feature Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly, a complimentary exhibition of whimsical streetwear by Gerlan Jeans. Gerlan, who has been worn by the likes of Beyonce and Katy Perry, has reinterpreted Kelly’s signature aesthetics: bows, buttons, and other bold embellishments, to create clothes that embody the dynamic spirit of the 80s.
Both exhibits will run April 27 through November 30 in the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Get ready for a night of art, music, food and fashion as the creative community gathers for another exciting launch. Blending Philadelphia and NY influences, the inspiration behind the new line comes from street art, urban culture, resisting the status quo, societal order and structure. The brand, Dstructive Nature, is inspired and influenced by images of inner city culture and suburbia, art, music, and street culture.
While Dstructive Nature is a street apparel brand at its base, this new line builds on the old with distinctive graffiti-influenced colors seen through screen prints, stitching, and other subtle details.
“Our brand is steady growing; we continue to push the street wear envelope while listening to our customers needs,” said Jhiriek Irby, owner of Dstructive Nature. “Each season we will steadily introduce new items and offer a fresh perspective and creative spin on our classic t-shirts, sweat shirts, and hats; we are excited to unveil the “Rebel Revolution” collection.”
Along with graphic t-shirts, the new line will add denim, belts and other elements. Attendees will get an exclusive first look at the line and a chance to purchase items before they hit the brand’s website on April 22. Select one-of-a-kind t-shirts from the presentation will only available for purchase at the launch.
Set to play the event is Statuz Nightclub resident DJ K.O. who will be spinning a fresh playlist of hip-hop music. Street artists AINAC (Art is Not a Crime) will be showcasing work motivated and inspired by iconic Philly landmarks and the new line. Pulledtogether, a lifestyle blog and catering company, will be on hand to provide “New York meets Philly” themed bites and complimentary drinks throughout the night.
If you’re in the mood for some fashion, art, music, food, and collaboration, join Dstructive Nature for this festive, intimate line launch and pop-up shop in Center City! Don't miss it!
Kick off your weekend right with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5. The first April installment features a hot playlist courtesy of in-demand turntablist Cosmo Baker. A Philly native, Baker got his start spinning alongside powerhouse DJs Questlove and Rich Medina and now rocks dance floors across the globe.
Step into The Winners Circle II with Philly’s freshest R&B acts as they rock Sigma Sound with a night of unstoppable music. Round two of this dope R&B showcase features performances by a serious lineup of talent, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, blazing hot girl group Good Girl, soulful crooner Jeremy Isaac and sultry R&B/pop diva Phoenix. This event will definitely be a sellout, so buy your tickets now.
It’s about to go down in the Sanctuary once again. This month, up and coming Philly vocalists Jacqueline Constance and Ganou will show Sanctuary LIVE!-goers why they’ve been generating some serious buzz on the local music scene. Stop through for a night of soulful vibes.
It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at four local music venues, including Fergie’s, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents—Ernest Stuart, Justin Faulkner, Joanna Pascale and Mike Kennedy—lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.
It’s been 30 years since Def Jam landed on the scene, bringing us game-changing artist like LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, DMX, Kanye West and Jay-Z. And that’s just naming a few. On April 19, Philly Loves Def Jam hits Johnny Brenda’s with Chill Moody as host, opening sets by Mike Nyce and Mr. Sonny James and a special appearance by DJ Scratch of EPMD.
R&B/soul songstress Ledisi is hitting the road this spring with a 30-city U.S. tour to promote her latest album The Truth. And of course, she’s stopping through Philly to show her fans some love. You can catch Led along with GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper at the Tower Theater on May 1. Grab your tickets soon because you definitely don’t want to miss this one!
Last month, Aaron Camper came, saw and conquered the stage during his show at popular Philly music venue World Cafe Live. Joined by Eric Roberson, Kontraband215, Phoenix, DJ Aktive and Astronauts Really Fly, Camper tore down the house in the name of Philly-fresh music. Watch our recap video here.
Mission accomplished. Philly 360° was there when dozens of artists from our local music scene descended on Austin, Texas for a SXSW takeover. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Philly phenoms like Chill Moody and Cheers Elephant holding it down for their hometown. Check it out.
Techies, this one’s for you. From April 4 to 12, Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven events. Kicking off with the largest game of Tetris known to man, PTW 2014 includes over 100 mostly free events. Check out our guide for a few must-hit events.
Philly 360° followed along as Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith hit the red carpet for the Lux Menswear Runway Show during Philly Fashion Week. We caught some of the city’s top designers, stylists and entertainers stepping out in their very best to check out the hottest trends in Philly fashion. Watch the video here.
Philly 360° hit the road and headed to Austin, Texas for the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. The Philly takeover was in full effect at this year's festival.
From March 7-16, the entire city of Austin is taken over by brands, musical artists, tech geeks, indie filmmakers, entertainment industry reps, celebrities, media and massive amounts of creatives and hipsters looking to check out new talent, trends and brand experiences — and Philly definitely played a major part in the Austin takeover.
Philly's local music scene repped hard at SXSW, and we were there to capture it all. Philly bands, artists and musicians played all across Austin — from large-scale stages to intimate spaces. Philly talent was everywhere. Sought after drummer and Philly's own Spanky McCurdy played with Lady Gaga on the Doritos #BoldStage for her now infamous SXSW performance. Rising hip-hop artist Chill Moody performed on six stages with local R&B singer Beano and DJ Ricochet on the ones and twos.
Also on the hip-hop tip for the SXSW Philly takeover, Philly's own hip-hop legend Freeway, plus rising emcees Gilbere Forte, Knxwledge, Eshon Burgundy, Da Truth and Chynna all held down Philly's presence with shows during SXSW. And, at one of Okayplayer's events, DJ Qool Marv had a 2-hour set dedicated to Philly hip-hop icons The Roots, plus a new mix from our very own DJ legend DJ Jazzy Jeff. Indie soulstress Res showed Austin how Philly lays it down in the R&B scene. And, emerging indie bands like Cheers Elephant, The Districts, Kurt Vile, Far-Out Fangtooth, Modern Inventors, Pattern is Movement and Cheerleader also showcased the Philly indie music scene.
Philly 360° also caught up with some Philly brands while there, including local radio station WXPN that was live broadcasting from SXSW. Our friends at Mitchell & Ness were also there as they launched a new reflective snapback hat. They had had some star power in their space at Woven House, including Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Lady Gaga, Diddy and Taboo.
SInce Philly is the "City of Brotherly Love", Philly 360° and Visit Philly also made sure to spread some of our own Philly love by giving out swag and gifts that were Philly-made, including: Phillyosphy shirts designed by Chill Moody and Curran Swint of Kings Rule Together, Jeantrix love pins, Philly 360° wristbands (shameless plug), Stacey Flygirrl Wilson's jawn shirts and posters, DJ Jazzy Jeff Summertime 2 CDs, Uber Philly cards, 611 apparell, WXPN/World Cafe Live CDs, Victory Brewing Summer Love Ale beer koozies, Side Project Jerkey, Rival Bros. coffee and some Philly giveaways like a trip to Philly for the Roots Picnic and a Fuji Feather Bike.
Like we said, the Philly takeover was in full effect during SXSW and all the talent held it down for their hometown. We hit the streets to connect with some of our homegrown talent and friends while we were there, and to also check in with SXSW goers to test their Philly knowledge. Be on the lookout for our Official Philly SXSW video to see exactly how things went down in Austin.
Stay tuned for more!
From showcasing her Fall 2014 collection during Philly Fashion Week and reppin' our city at New York Fashion Week to setting up her design studio blocks away from South Street, Dom has been on the go. Yet, the in-demand 25 year-old designer doesn’t seem to let the frenzy of a busy schedule slow her down at all.
We recently caught up with Streater at her studio to talk about her growing, Philly-based empire and the "butterflies" she feels every time a model hits the runway wearing one of her garments. Dom even gives us the deets about her latest collection entitled Prima, which was inspired by a vintage photograph of famed Russian ballerina, Ana Pavlova.
You can check out Philly 360°'s exclusive interview with the burgeoning fashion designer below!
This Saturday, April 5, PHAIR will host an exciting European-style open air market with a heavy local Philly twist, featuring food trucks and over 100 vendors selling art, jewelery, furniture, food, clothing, handmade items and more. Thrift shoppers, antique appreciators, fashionistas, bargain hunters and visitors of all types can explore, buy, eat and relish in much anticipated spring weather.
More than just your average crafts fair, this returning Philly fave strives to foster a greater sense creativity while strengthening the efforts to support artists and small businesses in our area.
This free, rain or shine event is open to the public and will take place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m through November 22. Looking for info on how to participate in PHAIR? Then be sure to check out their website for details.
Techies, this one’s for you. From April 4 to 12, Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven action. Now in its fourth 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, the week-long celebration kicks 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
Post-kickoff, PTW 2014 goes into overdrive with 100+ events taking place across the city. Local and national innovators like Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, Issa Rae of the hit web series Awkward Black Girl, Brigette Daniels of Philly-based Wilco Electronic Systems and Marcus Troy of the popular lifestyle blog MarcusTroy.com are all slated to make appearances to share their vision for a better, smarter future.
This year, PTW14 even includes a special tech-edition of the Heineken Green Room at Sigma Sound Studios. Only Philly could make geekin' out look this good.
We know trying to navigate over 100 events in just a week can 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.
The date for this event changed to Saturday due to weather.
Kick off Philly Tech Week with a massive game of Tetris projected on the side of the 29-story Cira Centre building—Guinness Certified as the world's tallest video game. You can enter here for your chance to play Tetris. This outdoor arcade will also feature local apps and games by community partners, food from 10+ Philly food trucks, a Yards beer garden and live performances.
When: Friday, April 4 - Saturday, April 12, 10:30 p.m. - Midnight
Where: Kite & Key, 1836 Callowhill Street
More Info: Click here.
Every night of the week, after all other events have concluded, PTW14 guests can gather with other attendees at a single neighborhood bar to wind down.There's no special agenda or RSVP necessary—just show up and enjoy!
When: Saturday, April 5, 2 - 5 p.m.
Where: Barcade, 1114 Frankford Avenue
More Info: Click here.
Join The Philadelphia Podcasting Society for its first ever Meetup. The group's goal is to build community amongst Philly-based podcasters through networking, sharing stories, techniques and best practices.
When: Sunday, April 6, 8 - 10 p.m.
Where: The Oval, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More Info: Click here.
If you miss PTW's opening night Arcade @ The Oval, don't worry! This is your second chance to try your luck at playing classic video games projected on the side of the 29-story Cira Centre building.
When: Monday, April 7, 5 - 8 p.m.
Where: William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street
More Info: Click here.
Make time to hit this special mixer, which will bring together creatives from diverse backgrounds including gender, race, ethnicity and lifestyle to discuss innovation and diversity in Philly and beyond.
When: Tuesday, April 8, 2 - 6, p.m.
Where: Sears Church, 1028 N. 3rd Street
More Info: Click here.
Join local innovators like Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, Will Reynold of Seer Interactive and Uri Pierre Noel of ArtsTechPhilly as they discuss the strategies and trends every startup needs to know.
When: Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Where: Hylo Boutique, 242 N. 3rd Street
More Info: Click here.
Join in on the conversation with the man behind the popular lifestyle blog, MarcusTroy.com. Find out why NIke, Puma, LL Bean, Sebago and Bentley all trust this influencer's voice to spread the word about their brands. Marcus will give advice, tips and share his experiences with Philadelphia bloggers to help them to maximize their digital assets and build a stronger brand.
When: Tuesday, April 8, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: First Round Capital, 4040 Locust
More Info: Click here.
Join Jumoke Dada of Signature Red for a hands-on workshop designed to teach individuals the basics of how to create a mobile app for the iOS platform and submit it to the App Store. By the end of the workshop, attendees will create basic code to add functionality to a simulated mobile device. Dinner will be provided.
When: Wednesday, April 9, 6 - 10 p.m.
Where: Brick American Eatery, 1708 Lombard Street
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Philly Blog Love hosts a discussion to find out how local tastemakers have grown their presence and seen business benefits by utilizing the digital space to build brand and create buzz. Panelists include Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, Curran J of Kings Rule Together, HughE Dillon of Philly Chit Chat and more.
When: Thursday, April 10, 9 - 11 a.m.
Where: Temple University, Fox School of Business, MBA Commones, 1801 Liacouras Walk
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This panel will feature Black companies and individuals who have used crowdfunding to launch successful businesses and major initiatives. Panelists include: Issa Rae, Creator of Misadventures of An Awkward Black Girl, Tim Reese of National Minority Angel Network, and FCC expert Brigitte Daniel.
When: Thursday, April 10, 6 - 10 p.m.
Where: Sigma Sound Studios, 212 N. 12th Street
More Info: Click here.
As part of Philly Tech Week 2014, Heineken Green Room invites you to get up close and personal with some of the most progressive names in music and technology and party to the beats of Philly’s own Illvibe Collective and MICK—one of America's most in-demand DJ talents and marketing, branding and tech space entrepreneur.
When: Friday, April 11, 2 - 5 p.m.
Where: Caplan Theater @ UArts, 320 S. Broad Street
More Info: Click here.
To celebrate Philly Tech Week, The University of the Arts School of Music, in conjunction with WXPN and The Corzo Center for Entrepreneurship, present a series of industry professionals sharing their thoughts and opinions on how the intersection of music and technology are influencing one another, and where their partnership might lead.
Cinephiles: Whip out your smartphones and save these dates now. Because the 3rd annual BlackStar Film Festival is returning for another round cutting-edge cinematic awesomeness.
Appropriately nicknamed “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, this local festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers—all by and about people throughout the African diasporic experience.
With more to offer than just awe-inspiring screenings, this signature Philadelphia film festival will also host a slew of interactive panel discussions with directors, multimedia workshops, networking receptions, parties and much more.
Last year, founder and Philly 360° ambassador Maori Karmael Holmes and her powerhouse team held back-to-back screenings of 75 flicks that included music videos, feature production and shorts films. Also in attendance last year was the iconimc film director Spike Lee, Black&SexyTv founder Numa Perrier and winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize Ava DuVernay, among others.
BlackStar will even offer a cash prize as part of their Short Screenplay Competition. The open call for entries will run from April 1 to May 15, so be sure to keep an eye out for more details.
MIA w/ Ab–Soul When: Friday, April 25 Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets Cost: $35 More Info: LiveNation.com Bursting back on the scene since having her baby boy, MIA is headed out alongside Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) artist,…
SpeakEasy: A 'Lil Late Night Wordplay When: Friday, April 25, 11 p.m. - 2 a.m. Where: Warmdaddy's, 1401 S. Columbus Blvd. Cost: $10 More Info: More info online here. Don't miss it as Philly's hottest female poets and emcees…