Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
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.
Techies, this one’s for you. From April 17 to 25, Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven action. Now in its fifth year, PTW is firmly planted as the city's go-to event for Philly creatives working across the tech and design communities.
Fresher than your average tech conference, the week-long celebration kicks off with Arcade @ The Dilworth featuring an app arcade, makers corner and community programming courtesy of a few local partners.
Post-kickoff, PTW 2015 goes into overdrive withmore than 100 events taking place across the city. Only Philly could make geekin' out look this good.
We know that trying to navigate this many events in just a week can appear to be a little daunting. But don't worry—Philly 360° has got you covered. We've pulled together an itinerary of a few can't-miss events.
You can check the official Philly 360° guide to Philly Tech Week, below. Or, click here to browse the full PTW 2015 schedule.
Thursday, April 16
Tech Cocktail’s bread and butter. Events held in 30+ cities across the country. We bring together your region’s 8-15 hottest startups, press, investors, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and hustlers, to join together for an evening of cocktails, networking, and informal startup showcasing. Each Mixer also features a one minute pitch from each startup which will determine that city’s Hottest Showcasing Startup.
Friday, April 17
Join PTW for a coffee-fueled networking session: It's a great chance to meet each other, talk about upcoming events, and make plans for the week. Share your passions over a cup of the best coffee drinks in Philly.
***NEW DATE: Saturday, April 17***
Celebrate technology and innovation at the Philly Tech Week Kickoff event at Dilworth Park. Check out the App Arcade, Maker Corner, live music, performances and more!
April 17 - 25
With the City of Philadelphia as its pallet, this festival is an eigh day live and virtual gathering that includes screenings, discussions, and parties with filmmakers and creatives you most likely never met before. During this time, local and international independent artists and business community members meet, screen and discuss the innovation, technology, creativity, and diversity of the filmmaker ecosystem.
Saturday, April 18
Peter Price's video design for "Dust" uses infra-red sensors to "see" the dancers as they move about the stage, projecting color fields that change in hue and saturation based on the dancers' location in space and the intensity of their movement. Before the show on Saturday, April 18, ticket holders are invited to arrive at 7pm to "dance" with our technology and learn about how it works.
Tuesday, April 21
In the wake of the recent FCC rulings on the preservation of Net Neutrality and the Reclassification of the internet as a utility, this 2015 Philly Tech Week WILCO / WURD Panel will explore the complexities of net neutrality, the recently passed FCC legislation, and the impact net neutrality legislation will have on people of color technology innovation, the cultivation of small businesses, and the engagement of community activism.
Tuesday, April 21
Come learn how to take your blog and digital pursuits to the next level. This panel is an interactive discussion with area bloggers on how to leverage your digital profile for branding, business opportunities, and making steps to becoming a digital entrepreneur.Panelist include Sabir M. Peele, Founder of Men’s Style Pro and Independent Brand Consultant; Swabreen Bakr, Communications Strategist and Digital Consultant; and Christina Brown, Founder of fashion and lifestyle blog, LoveBrownSugar. The conversation will be moderated by Jared Michael Lowe, Lifestyle Writer and Founder of Lowefactor.com.
Thursday, April 23
Let Me Explain is a series focused on real entrepreneurial stories told Live. Hosted by Jamila Payne, every show is unique with a new line up of guest entrepreneurs that have compelling stories they’re yearning to share. Each show starts with a theme that the storyteller uses as starting point to explain the untold truths of what it really means to build a business.The Tech Week show theme is "My Money is Funny."
The hit Broadway musical Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Music lands in Philadelphia for a must-see, three-night run at The Painted Bride Art Center in Old City. With an all-star cast, Mighty Real tells the story of the original 1970s disco queen, Sylvester, and brings to life his chart-topping songs such as “Do You Wanna Funk,” “Disco Heat” and his still-iconic club anthem “Mighty Real.”
Raw: Natural Born Artists shines a national spotlight on the local talents that power the Philadelphia creative scene. Taking over The Troc with an evening of expression, EXPOSURE will showcase the work of more than 30 indie artists working across various disciplines, including visual art, film, fashion, music, hair, makeup, photography and performance art.
Throw on your gold rope chains and throwback sneakers for a special 80s and 90s edition of Red Bull Sound Select. Curated by Veteran Freshman, this installment features hip-hop notables including rap legend Rakim, West Philly emcee Chill Moody and touring turntablist DJ Aktive. It all goes down at the Callowhill neighborhood music hub Underground Arts.
PHILADANCO is on the move! This Philly-favorite group of movers and shakers returns to the Kimmel Center for an electrifying night of dance along the Avenue of the Arts. Celebrating its 45th season of performance, this classic Philly dance troupe continues to deliver.
Techies, this one’s for you. Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven events. Kicking off with an arcade and makers event at City Hall’s newly renovated Dilworth Park, PTW 2015 includes more than 100 mostly free events for tech lovers of all sorts.
It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at five local music venues, including Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents—Ernest Stuart, Dena Underwood, Fresh Cut Orchestra and more—as they lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.
After performing for a sold-out house of Philly fans last month, Philly’s own R&B/soul powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan returns to The TLA for part deux. The RCA recording artist will tear down the house, performing music from her latest LP Reality Show for her hometown friends and fam. This is guaranteed to be another sold out show, so grab your tickets now.
Philly, it's that time again. The Roots are bringing back their signature music festival, Roots Picnic—and the lineup is looking dope. We’ve spotted several heavyweight acts, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more. Check out the full lineup here.
Celebrate the 16th Anniversary of Philadelphia Black Pride with five packed days of events—parties, poetry slams, pageants, youth events and more. Black Pride 2015 highlights include an LGBT-themed open mic at Ladder 15, brunch at Ms. Tootsies, a mini-ball at First District Plaza and a Sunday social at the Kimmel Center. Get more details.
As the birthplace or temporary home of greats such as John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and others, Philadelphia’s jazz roots run deep. This April, the city will shine the spotlight on its live jazz scene for the return of Philly’s Jazz Appreciation Month. Get the details on the 40-event jazz celebration here.
For the fifth installment of What’s Good, we’re profiling trendy Philly neighborhood Graduate Hospital. Lined with more than a fair share of bars, restaurants and parks, G-Ho is definitely the place to be—just ask Philadelphia graphic artist and photographer, Darnell Lamont. Read more here.
On April 27, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter returns with the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. The quarterly networking mixer is geared toward the next gen of music makers and moguls, and it attracts some of the city’s most recognized talents and buzz-worthy newcomers. Get the details here.
Heading into our fifth installment of the “What’s Good in My ‘Hood” series, we’ll like to introduce you to one of Philly’s most beloved neighborhoods, Graduate Hospital.
A part of Southwest Center City, “G Ho”, as it’s affectionately called, was named after the medical facility on the northern tip of the neighborhood. Characterized by a mix of an old meets new vibe in its architecture, the neighborhood is littered with many pubs, small parks, shops and galleries.
It’s easily walkable and just steps from Rittenhouse, Fitler Square and Point Breeze neighborhoods. So, we asked Philadelphia resident, graphic artist and photographer, Darnell Lamont, what he thinks of his ‘hood.
Philly 360: How do you describe Graduate Hospital?
Darnell: A great place to chill and just be.
Philly 360: What are some of your favorite spots in your hood?
Darnell: Miles Table and Pure Fare on South Street are great places to go and refuel/ take in some good food. Honey’s Sit N’Eat is a must for Saturday and Sunday brunches. You can also catch me taking in art from local artists at Art Sanctuary.
Philly 360: What do you like about the neighborhood?
Darnell: G Ho is such a convenient neighborhood to live in. I'm always on the go so it's easy for me to get to where I need to be in a short period of time. I can pretty much walk anywhere because it's right outside of Center City and other neighborhoods. There's also a great mix of people that live here.
Philly 360: For outside visitors, what should people know about the neighborhood?
Darnell: The neighborhood is unpretentious and easily walkable. Imbibe in some drinks at a great pub and then take a walk around the block. Trust me — you’ll have a lot of fun doing that!
There's no doubt about it—West Philly emcee Chill Moody is a man about town. On any given day, you can catch Chill holding it down anywhere from City Hall to one of Philly’s many dope music venues. This Saturday, Chill is calling on all of his hometown friends and fam out to come out and help him celebrate “the big 3-0” at The TLA on South Street. Expect plenty of fun, food, drinks, and of course, live music.
Acclaimed jazz singer/songwriter Somi infuses contemporary soul and pop sounds with the musical traditions of Rwanda and Uganda to create a sound that’s all her own. Described as the perfect blend of the boldness of Nina Simone and the precise jazz vocals of Dianne Reeves, Somi lands at The Painted Bride for a stunning, unforgettable evening of music in Old City.
Experience Philly's premier poets, emcees, vocalists and comedians as they hit the World Cafe Live stage for The Return of The Harvest. The March showcase marks the six-year anniversary of this popular monthly open mic presented by Spoken Soul 215. Six years strong, this is definitely a can’t-miss event—you may even be inspired to step up to the mic too! #youneverknow
Step into The Winners Circle III with Philly’s freshest acts as they rock The TLA with a night of unstoppable music. Round three of this popular showcase features performances by a serious lineup of Philadelphia-born talents, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, girl group Good Girl and R&B/soul newcomer Jeremy Isaac.
One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home this month. On Saturday, March 21, Meek hits the Wells Fargo Center with an epic homecoming concert featuring Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more. The Maybach Music Group recording artist and his crew will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for an arena-rocking night of hip-hop for Meek’s hometown fans.
Described by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu,” New York-based flute duo Flutronix brings a special live music collab featuring Philly-based trombonist Ryan Matthews to World Cafe Live. Blending their unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings, Flutronix is set to deliver another must-hit performance for fans, old and new.
Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs and the respect of fans from around the world. Now, Hill is back on the road connecting with fans and performing reimagined versions of the hit songs we all love. Catch Lauryn at The Keswick Theater in Glenside for or the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.
Philly's own R&B/soul powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest album, The Reality Show. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at her SOLD OUT show at The TLA on March 10. Didn’t grab tickets before the show sold out? We’re hooking up one lucky fan with a pair of tickets. Enter by Friday, March 6 for a chance to win big.
Superstar entertainer, actor and native Philly funnyman Kevin Hart just announced a massive North American tour. The WHAT NOW? TOUR will take Hart to 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and of course his biggest show is in his hometown. Get the details on the August 30 show and watch our exclusive behind-the-scene footage of Kevin shopping sportswear hub Mitchell & Ness with Ice Cube.
Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage again, headlining another run of his latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" is hip-hop musical odyssey that travels through the plight of young African American males through song and dance. Get more details.
Ben “Bananas” O’Neill built a name for himself by lending his flawless guitar skills to major music acts like Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Tye Tribbett. Now, O’Neill steps out into the forefront as a solo artists with his debut EP, Ghost and Green Shoots. Listen to the project now on the Philly 360° Playlist.
There’s something to be said about a creative or creatives who follow their dreams. It’s not always a crystal staircase. Launching a business off of a creative pursuit, for example fashion, can be hard. Especially in a business where one minute you’re in and the next you’re yesterday’s news. However, for Philly’s own N¥ce and Hømm of Jeantrix, they are celebrating over ten years in the fashion biz, they are continuing to follow their dreams.
Starting with a pair of sneakers in 2004, N¥ce and Hømm – who are best friends btw – began customizing ordinary clothing into wearable art. Their signature aesthetic of punchy colors and NSFW sayings adorned t-shirts and Timberland boots. One of their signature quotes is "Follow Your (expletive) Dreams", a saying that encourages people to follow their passions, no matter who say otherwise.
Since, the brand has escalated to include rugged street wear staples such as distressed jeans, leather jackets (with plenty of embellishments) and handcrafted accessories such as jewelry and hats. What started as a hobby for the two became a showcase of individuality and expression.
Recently, we caught up with the eclectic duo this month at their collaborative event with Dr. Martens. The pair was on hand to customize “out of the box” expressions of art on shopper’s boots. As the DJ spinned, N¥ce and Hømm went to work remixing the already rebellious footwear with their even edgier designs.
“Having been fans of the Dr. Martens brand for many years, this event was truly a surreal experience and a dream come true for us! In the meantime our team has plans on putting some customized Docs on our website (www.jeantrix.com) and meeting with the corporate offices of Dr. Marten in order to discuss future ventures”.
In the meantime, we’ll stay on the look out to see what next Jeantrix has up their heavily embellished funky sleeve.
All photos by C. Symth for Philly 360°/VISIT PHILADELPHIA
Having a hard to trying to figure out what to give your bae this Valentine’s Day?
Perhaps a card and flowers just won’t suffice. Since Philly is the home of brotherly love and sisterly affection, the city is chock full of fab places to shop for the special person in your life. To help you zero-in on the ideal gift, we rounded up the best local shops for your Valentine’s Day shopping.
Check out our top picks below! And, check out this VISIT PHILADELPHIA Valentine's Day guide for everything you need to know about V-Day 2014 in Philly.
Predominately for the guy in your life, Armour is chock full of cool gift ideas including ties, pocket squares, gentleman flasks, and neckwear. The perk, shop now through Sunday February 15th and receive 25% off all jewelry and underwear.
Whether it’s fancy baubles or a retro inspired dress, Things I like offers prime V Days options for your lady friend.
Who doesn’t love a specifically crafted piece of jewelry for V Day? Moon + Arrow offer some of the chicest finds this city has to offer. What’s even better; get 20 percent off all M+ A jewelry, 20 percent off select red and pink items and 10 percent off all candles and body products through February 15.
Looking to give your bae a new look? F + N can help in that department. The shop serves as a hair salon meets photography studio meet lifestyle boutique. What’s better? They have 30 percent off Apothia fragrances and a $10 pre-loved styling rack.
Not sure what to give someone for V Day? Be it a friend, your boss, or an ex you’re still in contact with, Open House has great options. Again, there’s a huge sale going on!
On February 6 and 7, Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry at The Annenberg Center in University City. Her two-night engagement, dubbed My Father’s Daughter, is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s emotionally-charged story of survival and victory. MORE INFO
Philly-based jazz vocalist Laurin Talese first appeared on the scene lending her sweet background vocals to some of Philly's top R&B/Soul artists, including Bilal, Jaguar Wright and Vivian Green. On February 11, Laurin brings her jazz stylings back to The Kimmel Center for a special Valentine’s Day edition of their free, monthly jam session a.k.a. Sittin' In. MORE INFO
GRAMMY-nominated artist Mali Music is one of the hottest names to emerge from the underground music scene this year. His latest album Mali has garnered the attention of fans and industry veterans alike for effortlessly blending rap, poetry, blues and soul to create his undeniable signature sound. This month, the buzz-worthy singer/songwriter lands in Philadelphia for a night of unstoppable music at World Café Live on February 11. MORE INFO
Born from the same Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul. The pair signed to Hidden Beach Recordings and released their debut record Surrender to Love in 2003. The critically acclaimed album, which included the popular songs "Stars" and "Far Away," earned Kindred a nomination for a Soul Train Music Award in 2004. Catch the duo at World Cafe Live for an incredible, undeniably Philly night of soul in University City. MORE INFO
Philly do-gooders: Looking for your next dope party with a purpose? Join Black Thought of The Roots on February 21 as he hosts the 5th Annual Let's Move It Philly Party at Trilogy Nightclub. Keeping with this year’s theme, Philly Classics, The Roots frontman has enlisted fellow Philadelphia music icons DJ Jazzy Jeff and Rich Medina to hold down the party playlist. And, there will be plenty of signature Philadelphia bites and cocktails to go around. Grab your tickets now, because you won't want to miss this chance to pay it forward and party like only Philly can. MORE INFO
Luke James first gained major attention as a background vocalist and songwriter—lending his impressive skills to co-pen hit songs, including Tank's "I Hate U," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," and "Crawl " by Chris Brown, to name a few. Now signed to Mercury Records and riding high off since the release of his self-titled debut album, Luke James is returning to Philly, this time to perform at Underground Arts alongside industry R&B/pop newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid. MORE INFO
OCD: Moosh & Twist is made up of Philadelphia natives DeQuincy "Moosh" Coleman McRae and Oliver "Twist" Feighan. After meeting in first grade and then bonding over their mutual love of music and poetry, Moosh & Twist formed a group—and the rest is history. Now, popular DIY, indie hip-hop artists, OCD has built a devoted following of fans and boasts over 100,000 mixtape downloads and 12 million YouTube views. The pair even landed a headlining gig during last year’s Forbes’ Under 30 Festival alongside fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa. Catch the duo at South Street hotspot The TLA as they hold it down for their hometown crew. MORE INFO
On February 16, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter returns with the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. The quarterly networking mixer is geared towards the next gen of music makers and moguls and boasts the attendance by some of the city's most recognized talents, and buzz-worthy newcomers. Hosted by Bruce Warren of WXPN, In The Mix features music by former Master of the Mix contestant DJ Royale and is free and open to all levels of music industry professionals. Get the details here.
Philly, get to know Julian King. If you haven’t heard of this rising industry star—take note, because this Philly native set to become a household name in no time. A singer, songwriter and talented dancer, this R&B/pop newcomer is ready to take over, and we’re featuring his new single, “No Strings,” on the Philly 360° Playlist. Listen to the track here.
Melissa Alam is one of Philly’s many young, savvy hustlers on the rise. In addition to holding down her own women’s lifestyle website, Femme & Fortune, Melissa works out of The Hive, a co-working space she founded for female entrepreneurs. For this edition of Philly 360°’s WGMH, Melissa gives us the deets on why she loves to work, live and play in the popular neighborhood of Old City. Get to know her and her neighborhood here.
Since Philly’s earliest days, African-American culture has played an influential role in shaping our city’s unique color and personality. This February, Philadelphia continues to celebrate this rich heritage with a host of Black History Month events, exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and more. Still making plans? Check out our top picks.
Throughout 2015, Philly 360° will showcase a different person from a happening neighborhood in Philly. For January, we start the year off with serial entrepreneur and "Jill of all trades," Melissa Alam of Old City.
Melissa is one of the city’s young hustlers on the rise. In addition to holding down her own women’s lifestyle website, Femme & Fortune, Melissa works out of The Hive, a co-working space she found last September for female entrepreneurs. Busy doesn’t even begin to describe her schedule, hence why Old City; one of Philly’s most beloved and historic neighborhoods, is a prime location for her to navigate to all the necessary hotspots throughout the city.
Established in 1702 by William Penn and the Quakers when first settled, Old City is the eldest section of Philly spanning from Front and Sixth Streets between Vine and Walnut Streets. In fact, much of the colonial foundation is still intact with some brick buildings dating back to the early 18th century.
Today, Old City has become a hub for boutique coffee shops, innovative art galleries, and a unique shopping experience. Worth to be noted, every first Friday of the month, denizens flood the streets of Old City visiting galleries, shops, and sampling the tastes of the neighborhood; making it a lively and enjoyable experience.
Find out about Melissa’s hood below! And, check out this comprehensive Visit Philadelphia guide for a look at all things Old City.
Melissa: Where business meets pleasure meets history meets art meets style - all while on beautiful cobblestone sidewalks.
Melissa: I usually start my day off with a delicious dirty chai from Cafe Ole, work all day at my co-working space The Hive, and then occasionally have a retail therapy moment at some of the local boutiques such as Smak Parlour and Sugarcube. When the weather is nice, I’ll take a stroll down the Race Street Pier — it’s so beautiful it hurts!
Melissa: Old City has a mix of everything without being too commercial or overly saturated with people. I've gotten to know a lot of the small business owners around the neighborhood, and they're extremely welcoming and supportive of each other. There's also a unique international presence here with a lot of visitors stopping by the neighborhood's historical sites such as the Liberty Bell, Elfreth's Alley and the National Constitution Center. It’s like an extroverted area with introverted tendencies. The shops are small, the restaurants are intimate and it has a pretty eclectic nightlife scene on either side of Market Street.
Meliisa: I love the art scene, so make sure to visit the galleries all over the neighborhood during First Fridays. Expect live music, free booze, interesting art and new friends!
Cafe Ole - 147 N. 3rd Street
Smak Parlour - 219 Market Street
Sugarcube - 124 N. 3rd Street
Elfreth's Alley - 124 Elfreth's Alley
The Liberty Bell - 6th and Market Streets
The National Constitution Center - 525 Arch Street
The Hive - 222 Market Street
Brittany DeShields is about her business. The self-taught seamstress has made waves in the fashion world since she debuted her line of ready wear dresses B. Des in 2008 and later released the Brittany DeShields Collection. Since then, Brittany has distinguished herself as a designer with a winning entrepreneurial spirit and outlook.
This month, American Dreaming returns with DeShields as the featured talent for their hot new concept, Passion Share. For this inaugural event, the buzz-worthy designer will give attendees the skills they need to fashion their own dope wears from scratch.
The two-day, two hour classes will teach attendees how to use a sewing machine, all the different notions and tools needed for sewing, measuring, cutting and other techniques. Attendees will also learn how to make a pattern and sew a simple dress for yourself. American Dreaming will provide the fabric and pattern paper.
FYI — if you have a sewing machine, then you are encouraged to bring it along. Otherwise they will have sewing machines available to rent for the two-day course.
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