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September Must-Hit List: Made In America, King Britt, GoGo Morrow, FringeArts, Lianne La Havas & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 3, 2015
    • Jay-Z at Made in America
      • Jay-Z at Made in America
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

Featured Events

Earl Sweatshirt – Saturday, September 5

This Saturday, West Coast rapper Earl Sweatshirt lands in Philly for a late-night hit at The TLA on South Street. A member of the Odd Future crew, Earl is currently on the road alongside Remy Banks and Nxworries with the Ready To Leave Now Tour. MORE INFO


John Coltrane Tribute Festival – Sunday, September 6

Art Sanctuary celebrates Philadelphia’s deep jazz roots with the return of the John Coltrane Tribute Festival. The show features a stellar lineup including Maysa, Bootsie Barnes and V. Shayne Frederick. MORE INFO

In The Mix – Wednesday, September 16

The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter hosts 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. MORE INFO

    • Lianne La Havas
      • Lianne La Havas
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Red Bull Sound Select – Thursday, September 17

It’s back. Red Bull Sound Select is back with another dope lineup of Philadelphia talent curated by Veteran Freshman. The September edition of this must-do monthly features R&B/pop vocalist GoGo Morrow, Afro-pop singer/songwriter Rosemary Fiki, emcee Joie Kathos and DJ Diamond Kuts. MORE INFO

Lianne La Havas – Sunday, September 20

With the release of her sophomoric album Blood, London-born singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas announced an international tour to more than 40 cities across the U.S., Europe and Canada. Fans can catch La Havas’ soulful, honey-laced vocals at The TLA. MORE INFO

The Buddy System – Monday, September 28

Close out the month with King Britt as he brings a night of forward-thinking music to popular Philadelphia gastropub and music venue Johnny Brenda’s. Each month, the Buddy System—Britt’s latest collab with NY-based producer HPrizm—features a surprise lineup of international musicians experimenting and having fun with sound. MORE INFO

    • Shop men's fashion in Philadelphia
      • Shop men's fashion in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for VP

Philly 360° Spotlights

Made In America Weekend

Bey’s back! This weekend, Jay Z’s Made In America music festival hits the Parkway with two days of nonstop performances by some of the industry’s hottest artists—Beyoncé, J. Cole, De La Soul and Meek Mill. Check out this guide for details on MIA 2015 and all of the must-hit events going down in Philly during Labor Day weekend.

Shop Menswear In Philly

Whether you’re looking to get dapper in Rittenhouse or going for a grittier, retro-inspired look from shops in Old City and South Street, we have you covered. Read our list of top menswear shops in Philly.

King Britt X Fringe Festival

September marks the return of Philly’s 16-day creative explosion, the Fringe Festival. This year’s extravaganza includes a late-night music and performance series curated by King Britt and choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace. See the full lineup here.

Playlist: “Energy” By Milton

Get to know Milton. This emerging Philadelphia R&B/soul artist just dropped the second single off his soon-to-be-release project. Listen to “Energy” now on the Philly 360° Playlist.

    • Philly 360° Playlist: Milton
      • Philly 360° Playlist: Milton
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Milton

Philly 360° Style Guide: The Best Places to Shop for Menswear in Philadelphia

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • August 10, 2015
    • Shop men's fashion in Philadelphia
      • Shop men's fashion in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for VP

Style-wise, most major cities are melting pots. But when it comes to menswear, Philadelphia’s men’s fashion shops stand out from all of the rest.

At the one end of the spectrum are long-established — even historic — men’s clothiers like Boyd’s in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Rittenhouse. At the other resides youthful, independent, urban shops like Sugarcube, Armour and Totem, which all skew closer to vintage street style and local independent brands. Sure, there’s a little in-between, but even Philly’s menswear middle ground is made up of mix: sporty yet sophisticated, tailored yet tattooed.

Whether you’re looking to get dapper in Rittenhouse, or going for a grittier, retro-style inspired look on South Street — Philadelphia’s got you covered.

Read on for our list of Philadelphia’s top menswear shops.  

    • Duke & Winston
      • Duke & Winston
      • Photo Credit: Duke & Winston

Duke & Winston 

1822 Chestnut Street — Seun Olubodun launched a line of Brit-inspired, bulldog-emblazoned T-shirts back in 2009. Today, his anti-ironic approach to modern preppy dressing also includes baseball caps, bulldog-motif ties and bow ties, dog-wear and needlepoint accessories, all sold from a rustically lounge-like, 2,600-square-foot walk-up, where the focus is predominantly on the guys, and the stock also includes non-D&W sunglasses, hats and phone cases. MORE INFO                                                    

Commonwealth Proper 

1839 Chestnut Street —  Today at his studio in Rittenhouse (with satellites in New York and Atlanta), the tattooed attorney Craig Arthur von Schroeder and team measure clients for affordable-yet-investment-worthy, bespoke-yet-modern suiting and topcoats made from lightweight summer wools, robust Harris tweeds, Loro Piana milled cashmere, Swiss tech fabric and limited-edition finds. Commonwealth Proper also offers a variety of fabric choices for custom dress shirts and a retail line of ready-to-wear ties, pocket squares, brass collar stays and a rough-and-tumble, all-seasons, made-in-Philly blazer. MORE INFO

    • UBIQ
      • UBIQ
      • Photo Credit: C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Mitchel and Ness

1201 Chestnut Street — Founded more than a century ago as a sporting goods store, this indie operation turned into an international powerhouse after its former owner convinced the estates of Babe Ruth and his contemporaries to allow reproduction and sale of their uniform jerseys. Soon, MTV and the hip-hop generation caught on, and the shop’s pro baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey shirts were showing up in populst music videos and song lyrics. Today, having a jersey, snapback cap or warm-up jacket re-issued here is a sign of athletic dominance. In 2007, the company became a very cool subsidiary of Adidas. The flagship store still calls Philly home. MORE INFO      

UBIQ 

1509 Walnut Street — To say that Ubiq stocks new and vintage sneaks (Nike, Vans, Reebok, Converse, Adidas, Asics), along with endless T-shirts and hoodies, is to vastly undersell this streetwear merchant. Ubiq’s rambling old brownstone displays old-fashioned Daniel Wellington watches, sturdy Stance socks and preppy Head Porter Plus trousers and shirts that are displayed like wearable, collectable, limited-edition, often vintage-inspired works of art. Among them: the store’s own line of apparel and kicks.

MORE INFO 

    • Armour PHILADELPHIA
      • Armour PHILADELPHIA
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Armour

Armour Philadelphia 

704 South 4th Street — The fashion project of corporate world escapee David Grimes sophisticatedly peddles its independent-minded sartorial choices along Fabric Row. Among the rare and wonderful finds here are heritage pieces from Kennington, Goorin Bros. and Fine & Dandy; international representation in Pullin (France) and Maxwell Designs (Ghana); and work by emerging designers Arthinic and Philly’s own Terese Sydonna and Danny Fox.  MORE INFO

Metro Men's

1600 East Passyunk Avenue — Ben Sherman, Fred Perry, Scotch & Soda and Report Collection are among the fast-moving brands at this youthful retail closet, one of the anchors of South Philly’s trendy East Passyunk neighborhood. Owner Tom Longo stocks everything from brightly striped business socks to soft-washed Phillies T-shirts, bright bathing trunks to knitted neon beer cozies. MORE INFO

Totem

535 South Street  —   Classic, rustic, American. That’s Totem Brand in a few words. The store carries men’s clothing—Wolverine, Danner, Raleigh Denim, Rogue Territory, Billy Kirk, Taylor Stitch, 3Sixteen, Patagonia and Filson—plus GoPros, candles, soaps and incense that appeal to the outdoorsman in everyone. The USA-made or -manufactured promise means people feel good about their purchases. MORE INFO

    • Boyds
      • Boyds
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Boyds

Boyds 

1818 Chestnut Street — For the greater part of 75 years, the polished tiers of this Rittenhouse family business catered only to men, with a battalion of salesmen and dozens of tailors known for their take-charge, can-do philosophy. Today, there’s an equally polished women’s department, but men still avail themselves of power suits, shoes and refined sportswear from vaunted labels such as Trussini, Brioni, Armani Collezioni, Canali, Etro, Hickey Freeman, Paul Smith and Paul Smith. MORE INFO

Distanté Clothing

1510 Sansom Street — Distinctive custom shirting—with tall, strong collars and French cuffs—is the hallmark of Charlie Morrotta’s men’s shop, a Philadelphia staple since 1983. Morrotta has each shirt made in one of two small factories (there’s one in Naples, Italy and another in the U.S.)—typically in less than three weeks. In-house tailors gladly and expertly perform alterations and adjustments on pieces purchased elsewhere and have become known for their same-day turnaround. MORE INFO

    • Art In The Age
      • Art In The Age
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Art In The Age

Art in the Age 

116 N 3rd Street — Brought to Philly by the (local) distillers of Root, Snap and other vintage-inspired spirits, this rustic boutique is all about giving props to creators of things and revivers of lost inventions, which makes for a lush, insightful and totally hip shopping experience. Founding owner Steve Grasse stocked the space with locally made art and furnishings, plus heartily constructed, casually on-point clothing for men and women. MORE INFO


Sugarcube

124 N 3rd Street — This marvelously designed Old City repository of modern-yet-timeless men’s and women’s fashion is known for introducing about-to-hit designers. Current roster standouts include casual-chic separates from Rag & Bone and Portland’s Bridge & Burn, plus hard-wearing-yet-fashion-forward, small-batch, made-in-the-U.S.A. standbys from Asbury Park Clothing Co., Big Star, Feltraiger, Peters Mountain Works and Williamsburg Garment Company—all providing an all-American vibe with a subtly artsy edge. In short: It’s the perfect place for a guy to dress himself without the slightest risk of missing the mark. MORE INFO


Must-Hit List: Kevin Hart, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Nicki Minaj, Mad Decent Block Party & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 31, 2015
    • Behind The Scenes With Kevin Hart And Ice Cube
      • Behind The Scenes With Kevin Hart And Ice Cube
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Featured Events

Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint Tour – Thursday, August 6

With the release of her third studio album, The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj hit the road for a North American tour. The Young Money powerhouse comes through Susquehanna Bank Center alongside Philly’s own Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and Dej Loaf on August 6. MORE INFO


Mad Decent Block Party – Thursday, August 6 & Friday, August 7

The summer block party to end all block parties—Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party once again returns to Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing for two epic days of nonstop partying on the Philadelphia waterfront. MORE INFO


Erykah Badu & Estelle – Thursday, August 13

After slaying her headlining performance at this year’s Roots Picnic, Erykah Badu makes her way back to Philly with UK soul/pop vocalist Estelle for another must-hit show at The Dell Music Center. Get the details on the show, and then watch our video exclusive of Estelle shopping at a few of our favorite local boutiques. MORE INFO

    • WATCH: Estelle Shops Philly
      • WATCH: Estelle Shops Philly
      • Photo Credit: D. Alfaro for Philly 360°

Duafe Presents: First Annual Community Collaborative – Saturday, August 15

Philly’s go-to expert for all things pertaining to natural hair care, Syreeta Scott, owner of Duafe Holistic Hair Care, hosts a massive, daylong community giveback on August 15. Along with music by DJ Lean Wit It and art-making by Ivben Taqiy, the First Annual Community Collaborative includes the return of the Tees vs. Tanks Basketball Tournament with Kings Rule Together founder Curran J. MORE INFO


Jacqueline Constance – Friday, August 21

One of the dopest emerging artists on the local music scene, Jacqueline Constance headlines the next edition of the third Friday music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This Philly-born singer/songwriter is known for her silky vocals, undeniable grooves and ability to create dope beats on a loop pedal during her live sets. MORE INFO


Kevin Hart: What Now? Tour – Sunday, August 30

Native Philly funnyman Kevin Hart is on a North American tour of 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada—including a stop in his hometown. Catch Hart’s hilarious antics in the arena-rocking What Now? Tour at Lincoln Financial Field. MORE INFO

    • Janet Hits Philly
      • Janet Hits Philly

Philly 360° Spotlights

Janet Jackson In Philly

A legit pop music icon, Janet Jackson is set to bring the second leg of her Unbreakable World Tour to Philadelphia next year. We’ve got the details on her February 2016 show and the group of Philly-bred talents that are playing on her highly anticipated tour. READ MORE

PHL Live Kickoff

Calling all Philly artists: Back for a second year, the citywide PHL Live music competition kicks off on August 18 with a concert at The TLA featuring Chill Moody, Kid Felix and a runway show by Philly Fashion Week. Get more details. READ MORE

    • Philly Youth Poetry Movement
      • Philly Youth Poetry Movement
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PYPM

Philly Youth Poetry Movement

So awesome. For the third time since 2006, a team of poets from Philly Youth Poetry Movement landed the first place prize during the international spoken word competition, Brave New Voices—and we’re definitely Philly proud. Read more on this story. READ MORE

Playlist: Julian King’s Sing For You

The wait is over. Sing for You, the new seven-song EP of native Philly singer/songwriter Julian King is finally here. Listen to it now on the Philly 360° Playlist. READ MORE


Duafe Holistic Hair Care Owner Syreeta Scott Gives Back With The First Annual Community Collaborative, Saturday, August 15

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 31, 2015
    • Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Syreeta Scott
      • Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Syreeta Scott
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Syreeta Scott

Philly’s go-to expert for all things pertaining to natural hair care, Syreeta Scott is the owner of one of the most successful natural salons in the country, Duafe Holistic Hair Care. With an impressive list of clients that include notable celebs like Jill Scott, Janet Jackson, Questlove and Smokie Robinson, Syreeta works tirelessly around the clock as she continues to build her empire.

On Thursday, August 15, Duafe and Around the Way Curls host a massive, daylong community giveback, First Annual Community Collaborative, in the heart of North Philadelphia.

Held from 1 to 5 p.m., Scott will present the Community Collaborative at at Panati Recreation Center of Allegheny West. A free community-focused festival will present programs from other local entrepreneurs, artists and activists with the mission of igniting change within North Philadelphia. The day will be filled with food, games, music, speakers, vendors and more.

    • KRT Tees Vs. Tanks
      • KRT Tees Vs. Tanks
      • Photo Credit: Ricky Codio / Courtesy of KRT

Along with music by DJ Lean Wit It and art-making by Ivben Taqiy, the First Annual Community Collaborative includes the return of the Tees vs. Tanks Basketball Tournament with Kings Rule Together founder Curran J. This signature Philly event pits local brands against each other for a friendly game of ball while onlookers shop their products.

So, come out and support these Philly-born entrepreneurs and brands as they bring it back home and invest in their hometown neighborhoods and businesses.


Duafe Presents: First Annual Community Collaborative
When: Saturday, August 15, 1 - 5 p.m.
Where:  Panati Recreation Center, 3100 N. 22nd Street
Cost: Free
More Info: Click here.


Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene” Opens At The African American Museum In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 17, 2015
    • Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”
      • Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”
      • Photo Credit: Gerard Gaskins Photo

House balls have played a significant role in the African American and Latino LGBTQ communities for decades. Now, the often-underground house ball culture takes the spotlight at the The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) this summer — just in time to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement in Philadelphia this July.

On view now through August 16, Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene displays the work of photographer Gerard H. Gaskin, who has photographed the intimate world of house balls for more than 20 years.

Showcasing photographs from parties in five cities — with a particular focus on Philadelphia — the collection draws mostly from Gaskin’s book Legendary to immerse the viewer in the expressive grandeur of the balls.

    • Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”
      • Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”
      • Photo Credit: Gerard Gaskins Photo

Significant in allowing a marginalized group creativity and freedom of self expression, the house ball scene has a long tradition of challenging norms and Gaskin’s work captures a unique perspective.

A well-known photographer, Gaskin has shown throughout the United States and abroad, and his work is also a part of permanent collections in The Museum of the City of New York, The Philadelphia Museum of Art among others.

Throughout the exhibition at the AAMP — the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve and exhibit the heritage of African Americans — will offer complementary programming including screenings of The New Black, a documentary exploring attitudes about same-sex marriage and civil rights within the African American community and an insiders vogue demonstration.

For much more on Philadelphia’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement — including other exhibitions like Speaking Out For Equality at the National Constitution Center — check here.

 

Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene
When: June 12-August 16
Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors
More info: www.aampmuseum.org

A version of this article originaly appeared on Uwishunu.com.


June Must-Hit List: Black Music Month, D’Angelo, Bilal, Wiz Khalifa, SWV, Odunde & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 3, 2015
    • D'Angelo
      • D'Angelo
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

June Featured Events: 

Femi Kuti — Tuesday, June 9

The son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti travels the world, continuing his family’s legacy for making socially conscious, funk-infused music. He returns to Philadelphia to bring his intoxicating sounds to University City hotspot World Cafe Live.

 

Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa — Wednesday, June 10

In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa head out on a summer tour that touches down in more than 40 cities across the country. Catch the Boyz of the Zummer Tour at Susquehanna Bank Center with opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.


Odunde — Sunday, June 14

Odunde! Philly welcomes the return of largest African-American street festival on the East Coast. Shop the amazing selection of street vendors selling must-see wares, including jewelry, clothing and art, plus delicious eats. Then be sure to check out the stellar lineup of talent hitting the two Odunde stages. This year’s performance highlights include Philadanco, Rennie Harris, Philly Youth Poetry Movement and a special throwback hip-hop concert featuring Kurt Blow, Special Ed, Chubb Rock and Kwame.

 
    • Odunde Festival 2013
      • Odunde Festival 2013
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Odunde

Sittin’ In Hosted by Koyaki — Wednesday, June 17

Now in 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 is hosted by singer, emcee, producer triple-threat Koyaki with additional performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic.


SWV — Sunday, June 21

With a new TV series on the horizon, the ladies of SWV—Coko, Taj and Lelee—bring their highly anticipated reunion tour to World Cafe Live. The group’s 1992 debut album, It's About Time, sold 13 million copies worldwide and spawned three Billboard chart-topping singles, “I'm So Into You,” “Weak” and “Right Here.” Want in on the show? Enter our SWV Giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets.


D’Angelo — Tuesday, June 23

After a 14-year hiatus, R&B soul singer D’Angelo exploded back on the scene with his latest project, Black Messiah. This month, the beloved soulster—accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard—brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.


Bilal Album Release — Tuesday, June 30

Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred singer has earned a cult following of fans that span the globe. This show is a guaranteed sellout, so grab your tickets now.

    • Bilal returns to Philadelphia this summer.
      • Bilal returns to Philadelphia this summer.
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Kawai Matthews

Philly 360° Spotlights

Celebrate the Fourth in Philly

From June 27 through July 4, Wawa Welcome America! returns for seven epic days of fun, free events. Again this year, the festival will culminate with the Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1, which will feature an all-star lineup of talents backed by The Roots. This year’s headliners include R&B/pop sensation Miguel and GRAMMY-winning country star Jennifer Nettles.


Black Music Month Picks

Get the inside story from celebrity media coach Dyana Williams on how Black Music Month got its start right here in Philly. Then, check out our top picks for all of the can’t-miss shows that are going down in and around Philadelphia this June. Get more details.

    • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody
      • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Playlist: Chill Moody’s TV Made Me Do It

Quickly becoming one of the city’s biggest music ambassadors, West Philly emcee Chill Moody just dropped his latest LP, TV Made Me Do It. The project was produced by fellow Philly native, Wes Manchild. We’re bringing you one of album’s first singles, “I Can’t Stay,” featuring Jacqueline Constance. Listen now.


Must-See: Ivben Taqiy's Women In The Water

Philly-based creative Ivben Taqiy is one of the best—and busiest—visual artists on the city’s booming art scene. This month, Taqiy teams up with Philly’s favorite soul food lounge Ms. Tootsie’s for his latest show, Women in the Water. Get the details here.


Open Call: Red Bull Art Of Can Brings A National Visual Art Competition To Philly

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • May 6, 2015
    • Red Bull Art of Can Philadelphia
      • Red Bull Art of Can Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Bull
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It's true. Red Bull has some serious love for the city of Philadelphia — and for our ever-growing creative scene.

Recently, the beloved energy drink brand announced that it was bringing another dope concept to our fair city. Next up, Red Bull Art of Can hits Philadelphia with a nationwide visual arts competition and public art exhibit centered around the power of the Red Bull can. 

Starting with a simple can, artists of various disciplines from around the nation are invited to stretch they wings and imaginations to create an original piece of artwork in using Red Bull cans as their main material. Now through June 15, Red Bull invites artist from around teh country to submit their original art of all  disciplines — including physical and digital mediums — for the 2015 edition of Art of Can.

A panel of judges from the Philadelphia arts community, including Philly 360° editor James Claiborne, will then select the finalist to be displayed at a special Center City Philadelphia showcase, later this fall. Then, from October 1 through 8, the landscape of Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park will be transformed into an interactive, digital and physical art gallery as the nationwide creative competition, Red Bull Art of Can, comes to a city that's already known for it’s famed public art.

    • Red Bull Art of Can
      • Red Bull Art of Can
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Bull

Participants can submit to three categories in the 2015 competition:

Physical Art: A physical piece of art that uses the actual Red Bull Can as the primary material in the final work.

Digital Displayed Art: A work of art that can be displayed on a screen and includes a digital version of the Red Bull Can in the final piece.  We are not designating a specific format or genre.  Submissions could take the form of an animation, a digital short film, stop motion, or GIF. Essentially any displayed digital medium is fair game. 

Interactive Installation Art: A piece of artwork that merges both the physical and digital world and uses the Red Bull Can as its primary source of inspiration.

The Red Bull Art of Can exhibition will run from October 1 through October 8, with a special public opening event the weekend of Oct 2 -3 at Philadelphia's newly renovated Dilworth Park.

For more information and to register your art, please visit www.redbullartofcan.com

 

May Must-Hit List: Roots Picnic With Erykah Badu & The Weeknd, Esperanza Spalding, Danny Simmons & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 1, 2015
    • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Featured Events:

Celebration of Black Writing — Saturday, May 1 - Sunday, May 31

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.

GRAMMY FutureNOW — Saturday, May 2

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

    • Action Bronson backstage at Roots Picnic
      • Action Bronson backstage at Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Action Bronson — Sunday, May 3

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.


Ciara — Sunday, May 10

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!

    • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Tastytreats With Questlove & Mike Nyce — Friday, May 15

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


Esperanza Spalding — Sunday, May 17

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 Roots Picnic Afterparty  — Saturday, May 30

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.

    • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Philly 360° Spotlights:

Roots Picnic Contest   

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.


20+ Must-Hit Concerts In Philly

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.


Playlist: Mic Stew “Black Chucks”

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.


Badass Art Man

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.


Get Your Favorite Dr. Martens Customized In-Store By Philly Designers Jeantrix - Sunday, April 19

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 15, 2015
    • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Photo Credit: C. Symth for Philly 360°/VISIT PHILADELPHIA
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      • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Photo Credit: C. Symth for Philly 360°/VISIT PHILADELPHIA
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This weekend, Philly-based designers, Jeantrix, return with another dope collab with international footwear brand, Dr. Martens.

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.


Dr. Martens X Jeantrix
When: Sunday, April 19, 1 - 6 p.m.
Where: Dr. Marten's store, 1710 Walnut Street
Cost: Free customization with purchase.
More Info: RSVP to

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Top Picks: Eight Can't-Miss Events For Philly Tech Week 2015 — April 17 - 25

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 8, 2015
    • Philadelphia Tech Week Returns
      • Philadelphia Tech Week Returns
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

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.


Philly 360° Guide to Philly Tech Week:

    • Philly Tech Week
      • Philly Tech Week
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Tech Cocktail's Philadelphia Mixer & Startup Showcase

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.

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Fuel Up for Philly Tech Week at La Columbe Torrefaction - Fishtown

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.

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Arcade @ Dilworth

***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!

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    • Philly Tech Week
      • Philly Tech Week
      • Photo Credit: Credit: Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival #8

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.

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Experiencing Dust: Dancing with infra-red sensors

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.

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    • Philly Tech Week
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      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PTW

Digital Equality For All: Navigating Net Neutrality and the Impact on Communities of Color

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.

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Beyond the Blog: Leveraging Your Digital Profile

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.

    • Let Me Explain... LIVE
      • Let Me Explain... LIVE
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Let Me Explain LIVE

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."

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PhillyMade - Friday, September 4

PhillyMade When: Friday, September 4, 9 p.m. Where: Recess, 125 South Second Street More Info: RSVP online here. Philly, Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. And, trust us — it's going to be a truly dope weekend for Philly…

Earl Sweatshirt - Saturday, September 5

Earl Sweatshirt When: Saturday, September 5, 11 p.m. Where: The TLA, 334 South Street Cost: $27 More Info: Click here for details. Born Thebe Kgositsile, Earl Sweatshirt is a West Coast rapper and member of the Odd Future Wolf…

Made In America - September 5 & 6

Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival When: Saturday, September 5 - Sunday, September 6 Where: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost: $150 More Info: Buy tickets here. All good things come to an end, but great things always come…

John Coltrane Tribute Festival - Sunday, September 6

John Coltrane Tribute Festival When: Sunday, September 6, 12 - 6 p.m. Where: Church of the Advocate, 19th and Diamond Street Cost: Free More Info: www.artsanctuary.org Philadelphia's jazz roots run deep. For generations, our city has been home to…