Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014
Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street
More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art Sanctuary's gallery hours.
This Saturday, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — opens an exciting new exhibit featuring the work of Philly-based painter American Queen TJD. Dubbed "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," American Queen's exhibit will include 15+ graphic, graffiti-influenced works that will be on display through the end of the year.
The upwardly mobile artist labels her work as graffiti/abstract expressionism and cites a wide range of influences, including Basquiat, Chagall, Van Gogh, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo, Picasso — even musical greats like Kanye West, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill are on her list.
Recently Philly 360° caught up with TJD as she competed in Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. You can check out TJD and the other local creative selected by Red Bull in our recap video below.
On Saturday, November 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., Art Sanctuary will host an opening reception for the "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" exhibit in their Graduate Hospital gallery space. The reception is free and open to the public and will have wine and light fare available.
When: Launch party, Friday, December 5 6-8 p.m.; Pop Up shop open through the month
Where: Knit Wit, 1729 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.dominiquestreater.com and www.shopdomstreater.com
The city's new reigning queen of design, Dominique "Dom" Streater is steadily building her fashion design empire — right here in Philadelphia
A West Philadelphia native and Moore College of Art and Design graduate, the young fashion designer has already made a national name for herself as the winner of Project Runway Season 12.
On Friday, December 5 Dom Streater will host a kick-off event celebrating her holiday season pop-up shop at Knit Wit from 6 to 8 p.m. Guest can enjoy refreshments and light bites as they shop Dom's Fall/Winter collection, which features an array of coats, scarves, tops and bottoms.
The collection will be available for purchase at Knit Wit throughout the month of December or until merchandise sells out!
Where: Monday, December 22, 8 p.m.
When: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Buy tickets here.
Philly native, John “Lil’ John” Roberts is one of the most sought after drummers in the industry. Roberts got his start playing alongside jazz greats like Christain McBride and Joey Defrancesco at the age of 16. Now a live music, world-touring and studio session vet, Lil’ John’s credits includes work with renowned act of all genres like Stevie Wonder, Rachelle Ferrell, Ne-Yo, Bilal, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Common, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and many, many more.
This show will include performances by soulstress Avery Sunshine and singer/songwriter/producer triple-threat Eric Roberson.
When: Friday, December 26, 9 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.
Philly is known for producing a steady stream of hilarious comedians. After all, we're the same town that brought you Will Smith and Kevin Hart, right? Now, another Philly funny-man is on the move.
Definitely keep an eye on Philly born-and-raised comedian Clint Coley. Crowned the "Prince of Comedy" by none-other-than D.L. Hughley, Clint has been steadily gaining fans while building more and more national attention. Clint's talents have even landed him on stage with top comedy stars like Mike Epps, Sommore, Bruce Bruce and more.
Here's your chance to get up-close-and-personal with Coley, as he brings his gut-busting, hilarious show "Young Man, Old Soul" to popular South Street entertainment venue, The TLA. Bring your comedy loving crew with you. But, be warned — you're definitely going to laugh until it hurts!
On December 27, Johnny Brenda's is the place to be, as Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and gL Productions join forces to present Philly Loves James Brown. This afterhours celebration of the one-and-only Godfather of Soul will feature DJ's MIke Nyce, Cosmo Baker and Foxx Boogie spinning all of your favorite JB dance anthems. Yes, the groove will be undeniable.
The night also features live art-marking by Ameerah K Art, and there will be plenty of late night drink specials all night long. So, put on your dancin' shoes, and prepare to hit the dancefloor to celebrate THE of originator of funk himself—James Brown. #ifeelgood
When: Monday, December 29
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More info: Click here.
After 100 million views online, Viral Youtuber Todrick Hall is taking his new Twerk The Halls tour out on a can't-miss tour across the United States. And, you know he had to come show Philly some love, right?
Come see his greatest hits live on stage as he and his whacky friends laugh, sing, and yes — twerk their way into the holiday spirit!
Earth-shaking rhythms? Exciting Melodies? Boundless energy? Sounds like some serious fun and the perfect way to bring in the New Year! Join Philly Bloco for an authentic Brazilian jam and party that brings the best of the South America's diverse musical heritage - samba, bossa nova, African-influenced percussion - right to Philly!
Get your tickets for this signature World Cafe Live New Year's Eve celebration today!
When: Sunday, January 4, 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More info: Click here.
Day 26's story is well-known to their fans, as millions of whom tuned in watch it unfold on MTV's 2007 hit TV show Making the Band 4. Now, after a four-year hiatus, the R&B power group, which was put together by Diddy, has reformed and is hitting the road to connect with their fans and promote their latest music.
On January 4, all five original members of the band, Robert, Will, Brian, Mike and Qwanell, land at World Cafe Live in University City to show Philadelphia exactly what they've been working on. Check out Day 26's newly-released EP, "The Return," which is available for free download on Soundcloud.
Lil John Roberts & Friends Where: Monday, December 22, 8 p.m. When: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street Cost: $22.50 More Info: Buy tickets here. Philly native, John “Lil’ John” Roberts is one of the most sought after drummers…
Philly Loves James Brown When: Saturday, December 27, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Where: Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue Cost: $10 More Info: Click here. On December 27, Johnny Brenda's is the place to be, as Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson…
Todrick Hall Presents: Twerk The Halls - A Toddy Halliday When: Monday, December 29 Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street Cost: $25 More info: Click here. After 100 million views online, Viral Youtuber Todrick Hall is taking his…