Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Lately, we've seen an abundance of men rocking beards, from the streets to the stage, and even on the runway. Though it may seem as if a full, well-kempt beard is a new trend in men's style, the truth is that dapper dudes from Philly have been sporting their beards, with love, for years.
For some, a groomed beard represents an extension of their own refined sense of style. While for others, a striking, long beard has deeper, more spritual roots. In either case, there's no denying that there's something special about the "Philly beard."
We sat down with Kings Rule Together founder, Curran J, and seven other stylish Philly gents to chat about the "Philly beard" and its impact on men's fashion.
You can check out "The Bearded Bunch" video and visual gallery below. And, if you're proudly rocking a Philly beard of your own, post a photo on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #Philly360 and #PhillyBeard.
Curran J — Kings Rule Together
Luis Marrero — Founder of Voices in Power
Erik Honesty — Owner of Culture Couture Vintage
Hamid Holloman — Artist & Designer, Custom Lifestyle
Kyle Cooley — Model
Marcus Williams — Barber
Tawfeeq Gaines — Co-founder of Search & Rescue
Jamaaladeen Tacuma — Composer
Have you ever unexpectedly come across a massive group of people elegantly decked out in all white, somewhere in Philly? If you’re not already in-the-know, this is Diner en Blanc Philadelphia — a top secret, invite-only affair that celebrates elegance, class, decorum, and etiquette in a chic picnic setting.
Because the picnic’s location isn’t revealed until the last possible second, the scene of a sudden onrush of people to a random spot looks more like an epic flash mob.
Started in France over 25 years ago, DEB draws thousands of picnic-goers every year in cities from Europe to the United States. The low-down on attendance is even though the event is members only, a member can invite someone else to attend the event and others can get on the waitlist, registering for DEB on a certain day at a specific time.
If you’re one of the fashionable wearers of white attending the event, here’s your Need-to-Know:
Bring your own: Guests must bring their own meals! However if you’re not the cooking type, DEB is partnering with Garces Catering and DiBruno Brothers so that you can order a gourmet meal for the event.
Provide your own: plates, silverware, linens, glassware, and beverages.
Carry your own: table (between 28” by 28” and 32” by 32”), white table cloth, two white, foldable chairs, and a picnic basket.
Arrival & Seating: Guests all arrive together at the secret location by chartered bus or organized public transportation. Once at the location, guests will sit across from one another, women on one side and men on the other.
Don’t forget! DEB is having two contests during the event, one for ‘Most Elegant Table,’ and one for ‘Most Elegant Male’ and ‘Most Elegant Female.’ Make sure to have your look and your table looking sharp.
And don’t worry, if you didn’t get invited this year or missed your chance to register on the waitlist, there’s always next year. Originality is encouraged so put on your best white attire and get ready to participate in a spectacle of the utmost refined elegance!
We’re in the last few weeks of summer, fall is coming on quickly, and it’s almost time to transition those wardrobes for a new season. For all of you lovers of stylish footwear, and a good summer sale, we’ve got THE British-inspired shoe sale for “the birds and the blokes.”
Fabric Row’s fine fashion shoe mecca, Bus Stop Boutique, is having its end of summer Last Stop Mini Warehouse Sale with shoes at up to 75% off, August 21-24. Girls and guys, you’ll be able to shop an entire wall chock full of designer shoes to add a last bit of warm weather flair to your look.
Shoppers will also have the chance to preview the boutique’s brand new Autumn 2014 collection, getting to shop the Fall Preview wall before the line officially hits the boutique!
To add to the ambience, skilled artisan, visual guru, designer, and all around local renaissance man Conrad Booker, known for creations like his large-scale mural on Fulton Street, his enormous fabric mural in the hot, new Jose Garces’ restaurant Volver, and his creations on Project Runway’s 2014 “Road to the Runway,” created a window display exclusively for the boutique.
Complete with a telephone box transformed teapot, a mannequin featuring Conrad’s “Road to the Runway” creations, pop art, street lights, the familiar color spread of red, white, and blue, and a comic-inspired speech bubble, Bus Stop’s ‘It-Brit’ window display reflects all things British for your international viewing pleasure.
Put your best foot forward and check out the sale!
For more info on the “British Invasion” window display, click here.
Thursday, August 21: 11-6 pm
Friday, August 22: 11-8:30 pm
Saturday, August 23: 11-6 pm
Sunday, August 24: 12-5 pm
Third time's a charm, right? We're hype to see the return of DJ Matthew Law's epic summer throwdown, The 3rd Annual PHSH Tank Block Party. This Saturday, August 16, all roads lead to the gritty, Northern Liberties-based party spot, Kung Fu Necktie for the 2014 edition of one of the city's hottest events.
The festivities begins outside the venue at 3 p.m. with Dj sets, live music and vendors — then shifts indoors for a dope dance party. Again this year, Law (also known at DJ PHSH) has lined up an incredible list of DJ's, bands, visual artists, vendors and designers.
Take a look at the lineup below.
This is definitely a must-hit party for your weekend turn up — we'll see you there.
Each month, we’ll showcase a different person from a happening neighborhood in Philly. This month, we’d like to introduce you to PR gal about town, Courtney Bolden — who calls Midtown Village home.
Hailing from Montclair, NJ, Courtney came to Philly over a year ago to work for PR agency, Skai Blue Media. She lives the best of both worlds, as she lives a mere few blocks from the office and in the middle of one of Philly's more trendy shopping districts. Often referred to as the Gayborhood, Midtown Village is a robust cosmopolitan area popular for chic eateries like Barbuzzo, Grocery and Raw, and decadent nightspots like Graffiti Bar and Charlie was a sinner. Find out about Courtney’s hood below!
"A much cooler (and eclectic) younger sister to the Village in New York."
“I love to dine out and there’s so many great places around my house. You can find me at Sampan during happy hour, El Vez for dinner, and Time for late night drinks. When I’m not eating, you can find me traipsing at Duross and Langel for my beauty needs or shopping for my pad at Open House.”
“There’s so much going on. At any given time, there are always people walking about. But it’s not crazy expensive. You can ball on a budget here.”
“Midtown Village is urbane and eclectic, and such a lively and diverse community. I like that there are so many different types of denizens who inhabit the neighborhood. It's gay-friendly, foodie-friendly, fashionista-friendly — it's everybody friendly!"
In July, Simmons announced his plans for ADD, which includes using multi-faceted platforms to help new artists break into the entertainment market, focusing much of their efforts on YouTube. Simmons and his team want to give more power to the fans and the artists. Their model will allow for artists to submit music and the fans to vote on their favorites for an opportunity to be showcased online.
Last month, Simmons and Rifkind stopped into town with one of their first signees, Philly emcee Tayyib Ali, to give a room full of local music influencers an inside look at their latest venture. Of course, Philly 360° was in the room to bring our fans an exclusive look at the the event, which was held at the Mitchell & Ness flagship store in Midtown.
Influencers, including Chill Moody, Charlie Mack, Dilemma, Rich Medina, Laiya St. Clair, DJ Matthew Law, MPrynt, and Laurin Talese, packed Mitchell & Ness' second floor, eager to hear from the trio. The candid discussion, moderated by marketing and branding consultant Set Free, covered an array of topics including the state of the music industry, Philly's first ADD artist Tayyib Ali, the intersection of fashion and hip hop — and of course their exciting plans for the label.
Simmons signing Tayyib Ali as one of the first All Def Digital artists is a major nod to the talent incubator Philadelphia continues to be. Recently, Ali was featured in a primetime Samsung commercial, showing how quickly it can pay off to have entertainment juggernauts like Rifkind and Simmons in your corner.
There has also been talk about the return of Def Poetry and Def Comedy by way of the All Def Digital YouTube Channel. Simmons and Rifkind are pulling out all the stops for their artists including deals with major technology companies, film and tv placements and more.
Keep an eye our for ADD's next projects and artists — and check out our recap video below.
R&B sensation Keyshia Cole is gearing up for her next album release and is bringing her Point of No Return music tour straight to Philly. Since day one, Cole's music has been layered with plenty of local ties, including tracks written by Philly's own multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY-nominated producers Carvin & Ivan.
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene, bringing Young Money solo artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton to World Cafe Live for an incredible night of live music. Last year, Morton’s acclaimed major label debut New Orleans, which features Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine and Busta Rhymes, hit #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
This month, multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend touches down at The Mann Center, performing hits off his fourth studio album Love in the Future, which features the popular single, All of Me. Legend’s refreshing blend of gospel tunes and rhythmic pop sounds puts him in a musical league of his own.
This summer, Keenen Ivory, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans are touring the U.S.—and bringing their signature style of funny our way. You can catch all four brothers on one stage as they hit Tower Theater for a hilarious, one-night-only Philly affair.
No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? Right. Mad Decent Block Party is once again taking the summer block party to the next level—actually the next 100 levels. The 2014 lineup features hot acts like Chance The Rapper, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dirty South Joe, DJ Sega, Flosstradamus, Swizzymack and more.
Philly foodies and festival fans, get your taste buds ready because the city’s premier street food festival returns with its next edition. Night Market Lancaster Ave @ 35th lands in the popular University City neighborhood with delicious bites from some of Philly’s best eateries. Also, be on the lookout for West Philly emcee Chill Moody as he holds it down on the live music stage.
Round one: Fight! Trading in fast fists for dope beats, hip-hop megastars Drake and Weezy appear at Susquehanna Bank Center for their Capcom-sponsored, Street Fighter-inspired music tour, Drake Vs. Lil Wayne. The two emcees will go toe-to-toe (lyrically speaking) for an epic, arena-rocking rap battle.
Made In America is set to hit Philly with another two days of nonstop music. Highlights for this year include writer/performer of the hit-song Happy Pharrell, reigning hip-hop star Kanye West, classic rap throwback group De La Soul and hit-making lyricist J. Cole, just to name a few. Get full details and enter our ticket giveaway.
BlackStar Film Festival is back for another round of cinematic awesomeness. Hailed as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar runs July 31-August 3. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. Check out our guide.
The next wave of Philly hitmakers, including Good Girl, Brianna Cash, MPrynt and Jeremy Isaac, landed at Underground Arts for The Winners Circle part deux. Of course, Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture exclusive interviews with the artists and live performance footage. Watch our video recap.
Philly 360° was there when entertainer Nick Cannon arrived in Philly for the 2014 Angel Awards at Hotel Monaco. We sat down with the star to talk about his love for Philly soul, charity work and upcoming projects. Watch the video here.
First Fridays in Philly are always a fun time, but this weekend things are looking extra fresh. From BlackStar Film Festival, Keyshia Cole and John Legend to Reggae in the Park at The Mann Center, Philly is doing it up big this weekend. Check out our top picks below.
When: July 31 through August 3
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues.
Cost: $10, general admission; $125 all-festival pass
More info: www.blackstarfest.org
Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival makes its return to Philly next week for a third round of cinematic awesomeness. This year the festival theme is "Music is the Weapon," and the BlackStar buzz is definitely building. The festival continues to gain attention, and accolades, from movie lovers, industry creatives, and press in Philly, around the country, and beyond.
Summer is sizzling with Cézanne at the Barnes! Check out their new exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne with art, cocktails, music, and conversation this First Friday!
Enjoy live performances by Relâche Ensemble and Peter Price as they interpret Cézanne’s still lifes musically. Or head to the terrace to experience world beats by DJ Hiding Place and DJ Bloodfaceman.
When: Friday, August 1 | 8pm
Where: The TLA | 334 South Street
More: Click here for more.
Keyshia Cole is about to land in Philly! That's right, the "She" singer is gearing up for her next album release and will be stopping through Philly for her Point of No Return tour, named after her upcoming project. And, check out the after party at Voyuer.
When: Friday, August 1 | 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Click here to buy tickets.
Briclyn Entertainment, 2 PM Music and TMP Management &Promotions are back on the scene and teaming up for another dope show. On August 1, Bricyln returns to polished Philly music venue World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Young Money solo artist, Maroon 5 keyboardist, PJ Morton.
When: Saturday, August 2, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Urban Art Galler, 262 S. 52nd Street
More Info: Click here.
Sharp with Art Group presents a group exhibition of new works featuring some the best up and coming artists in the new contemporary art movement. “LEVELS” will run from August 2-31, 2014 with an opening reception Saturday, August 2nd, which includes FREE ENTRY, drinks and music. Six amazing artists will be featured in the show: Natalie Flor Negron, Jae Martin, Nebulus Flair, Seven X, Noni Red and Vinson Houston.
When: Saturday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.
Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend will be returning to Philly with his highly-anticipated The All of Me Tour. On August 2, Legend will touch down at The Mann Center to perform hits off his fourth studio album “Love in the Future,” which features the hit single, "All of Me."
When: Saturday, August 2, 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, 69th & Market Street
Cost: $50 - 84
More Info: Click here to purchase tickets online.
This summer, writer-director-actor-producers Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayons and Marlon Wayans, are touring the US — and they're bringing signature style of funny our way. On August 2, the Wayans land at Tower Theater for a one-night-only family affair.
When: Sunday, August 2, 2 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue
Cost: Tickets, $40-$95
More info: www.manncenter.org
Philly, jam out to the cool sounds of live reggae music as The Mann Center's annual Reggae in the Park summer festival comes our way on Sunday, August 3.
Headliners of this all-day event include some of today’s biggest and brightest reggae performers such as Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, The Expendables, Movadao, Inner Circle and more. So, get all of your Caribbean flavor — right here in Philly. And, experience it all under the gorgeous Philadelphia summer sky.
Attention Philly Selfie Fanatics: Here's your chance to turn that camera around and win big! Our friends at VISIT PHILADELPHIA just launched the Create Your Own Phillyosophy Contest to give photo-happy fans of Philadelphia the chance to show off the city they love.
From July 22 through August 3, just capture a great photo of Philadelphia and go to visitphilly.com/contest to pair the shot with one of six Phillyosophy lines and then upload the photo that goes best with the line of choice.
An evolution of the With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, Phillyosophy allows Philadelphians and Philly-lovers alike to channel their inner philospher, and showcase everything they love about our town. The contest not only gives you a chance to show off Philadelphia, but you could also be selected to be featured on an I-95 billboard, and receive a trip to Philadelphia!
To select the finalists, VISIT PHILADELPHIA will choose the most compelling photos that pair best with the lines, and meet the technical requirements (300DPI). The photos will then appear on the Visit Philly Facebook page and visitphilly.com, where the public can view the photos and vote for their favorite August 11-17.
After the voting period, the winning photo will be featured on a VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ billboard on I-95 in the fall of 2014.
In addition to bragging rights, the winner receives a free weekend getaway in Philadelphia, including a two-night stay at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel!
Click here to read the complete rules and regulations.
Get snapping and enter daily here through August 3.
Sincerely Syreeta is back on the scene with another must-hit event. This time the popular Philadelphia blogger and lifestyle influencer is presenting the second edition of her new, provocative series, Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series.
On Thursday, July 17 at East Eden Vegan Restaurant, the second Sincerely Chosen show will feature special guest Melanie Yvette Martin, Associate Beauty and Style Editor of Ebony.com. Melanie has local ties to Philadelphia by way of Temple University where she earned a B.A. in Communications.
Melanie has always been in love with beauty, style, and female empowerment which was manifested early in her college career as the host of her own radio show, Fabulously Focused. Her devotion to female empowerment continues to be seen and felt as the written voice behind Beautifully Brown, a weekly column where Black women of all hues are celebrated and beauty is adored from the brown girl’s perspective.
Melanie will be interviewed about her personal journey, trends in beauty and style, being a brown girl in the media industry, building a beauty/style based media brand, and her thoughts on other hot topics.
Definitey check this one out!
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