Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
When: January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015
Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art,
Cost: Included with the cost of general museum admission.
More Info: Click here for details.
This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition highlighting its exceptional holdings of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad range of stories, subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art will include works by Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, and many others.
Represent: 200 Years of African American Art will include approximately 75 works by more than 50 artists. The exhibition places a strong emphasis on the modern era, when African Americans began to have greater access to artistic training and professional opportunities in this field.
Trust us — this is 100% a can't-miss exhibition.
When: February 5 - March 21, 2015
Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: Museum Admission, $10-14 | Free for members
More Info: Click here for details.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia just opened As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.
This exhibit explores the work and perspective of notable African American artists, such as Henry O. Tanner, Barbara Bullock and Dawoud Bey, by placing works from these master artists alongside artwork of local youth.
In preparation for this project, over 100 students from Philadelphia and the surrounding region studied art work from the collection and created their own works in response. The exhibit includes interactive stations where visitors can engage in their own art making based on exhibit themes.
Videos of the artists in the collection will provide insights on the production process, and AAMP curator Richard J. Watson, will compose a new painting over the course of the exhibition.
When: Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m.
Where: Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd Street
More Info: Click here to RSVP.
One of the newest additions to the city's line-up of monthly music showcases, PHirst Tuesdays kicked off last month with a packed house of dope Philly talents — and the fans that can't get enough of their music.
Along with performances by emerging Philly greats, PHirst Tuesdays also boasts a killer house band that includes notable area musicians like Eugene "Man-Man" Roberts, Wheatbread and JRoc. And like last month, DJ Ricochet will once again hold down the party playlist as the resident turntablist.
Again for this installment, PHirst Tuesday will be hosted by Philly-bred R&B/pop vocalist Beano. A powerhouse vocalist and performer, Beano has been riding high since the release of his latest single, "Let It Go." Be sure to check out our playlist recap to listen to the popular party anthem.
If you missed the first few affairs, don't worry — here's your chance to see exactly how Philly and #nicethings throws a party. Whether you're looking to flex your skills on the mic or are just looking for some decent live music, PHirst Tuesday is where it's at. #spreadtheword
When: Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
More Info: Buy tickets online here.
Motown recording artists MPrynt takes harmony to another level, wowing fans with their live performances and YouTube covers of R&B classics with a new school Philly twist. On March 5, the fellas — Tyce, Fah, Rael and Budda — return to The TLA to headline the latest Starr Island production.
In addition to another show-stopping performance by MPrynt, the March showcase features performances by throwback all-lady group Good Girl and pop crooner Jeremy Isaac. We last caught all of these artists on stage together at The Winners Circle II. Check out our video recap for a look at how each of these artist hold it down for their Philadelphia fans.
Tickets are on sale, so grab yours now!
When: Saturday, March 7, 9 p.m
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $20 General Admission / $40 VIP
More Info: Click here for tickets.
There's no doubt about it. Philly DIY MC Chill Moody is a man about town. On any given day you can catch Chill holding it down on stage anywhere from City Hall to The TLA, and with each venture the popular Philadelphia hip-hop artist incorporates a new marketing twist to further his brand and the reach of his music.
On Saturday, March 7 the rapper celebrates another milestone — turning 30. On this night, Chill Moody is inviting his hometown friends and fam out to celebrate his big day like only Philly can. The party is going down at South Street hotspot, The TLA.
Stay tuned in for more details on this event, but you definitely won't want to wait to grab your tickets.
When: Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m.
Where: The Painted Bride, 230 Vine Street
More Info: Click here to buy tickets.
Somi — an acclaimed jazz singer-songwriter — straddles the worlds of soul, and pop, and musical traditions from Rwanda and Uganda. JazzTimes magazine describes her live performance as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves,” while Billboard exclaims that she’s “all elegance and awe…utterly captivating.”
On March 7, catch Somi as she lands at The Painted Bride Art Center in Old City for a stunning evening of music. She will be joined by Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar), Toru Dodo (piano), Keith Witty ( bass), and Nate Smith (drums).
When: Tuesday, March 10, 8:30 PM
Where: Theater of Living Arts Lounge, 334 South Street
More Info: Click here.
Philly native and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest project, The Reality Show. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at South Street hotspot, The TLA, on Tuesday, March 10.
After a hiatus from the music industry, fans have anxiously awaited the follow-up to Sullivan’s sophomore project Love Me Back, which released in 2010. And with the release of this new album, it’s very clear that she is back and taking no prisoners.
The boundary pushing project has yielded fan favorites like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Stupid Girl" — which was produced by two of Philly’s own, JoeLogic and Dilemma. Another standout track, “Masterpiece,” was produced by Philly heavy-hitter, Ant Bell.
Though Sullivan has done spot dates all over prior to the release of the album, this March 10 show at The TLA will be a homecoming of sorts. The tour is set for 12 cities across the country. Tickets for The TLA show are on sale now.
Trust us — this show will sell out, so grab your tickets now. We repeat, grab your tickets now. #truestory
Philly's hottest poets, emcees, singers and even comedians will all step to the mic at The Harvest. This monthly open mic is presented by Spoken Soul 215, a collective of Philly's premier spoken word artists, including Just Greg, Lyrispect, Rhapsode, Ruben Jones and Vision.
So, don't miss the perfect chance to experience some of the area's best poets and live entertainment - you might just be inspired to step to the mic yourself. #youneverknow
When: Wednesday, March 18 - 21
Where: Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost: $35- $60
More Info: Buy tickets here.
Next week, Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage, headlining another run of his latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" tackles the emotionally-charged subject of mass incarceration of African-American males in the US. The hip-hop musical odyssey travels through the plight of the court experience of young African American males, and the American prison system expressed through song, music, and dance.
A popular and present artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Dice Raw raw's signature style of rap was first heard alongside Philly's famous hip-hop band, The Roots. Dice made his industry debut on the hit track "The Lesson, Pt. 1." And soon after, he made a name for himself with his distinct cameos on "Adrenaline" and "Lockdown," where his hard-hitting style worked perfectly alongside the heady rhymes of Roots frontman Black Thought.
Along with Dice Raw, the production features a stellar lineup of Philadelphia talents, and after the Friday night performance audience members are invited to stick around for a post-show talkback discussion.
We last saw this show last fall, during it's near sold-out run at the New Freedom Theatre — a Philly institution which has a rich history training generations of black creatives and giving voice to the African-American experience through theater.
For this run, "The Last Jimmy" will be steps from Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts, staging the production at the historic Prince Music Theater on Chestnut Street. Don't miss this groundbreaking work featuring many of Philly's best and brightest talents on one stage.
When: Friday, March 20 at 7:30 PM
Where: World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $18 general admission, $13 students with ID
More Info: liveconnections.org/flutronix-matthews
This March, New York-based flute duo Flutronix collaborates with Philadelphia artist Ryan Matthews, merging Flutronix’s unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings.
Flutronix is Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, hailed 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.”
The duo has worked with a diverse range of classical, pop, and hip-hop artists, and now add Matthews, a Curtis Institute of Music graduate, to their list of collaborators. Catch this one-of-a-kind collab on March 20 at the polished University City hotspot, World Cafe Live.
PHirst Tuesdays When: Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. Where: Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd Street Cost: $5 More Info: Click here to RSVP. #NiceThings is back with the next edition of the PHirst Tuesday Jam Session at Northern…
The Winners Circle III Featuring MPrynt, Good Girl & Jeremy Isaac When: Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. Where: The TLA, 334 South Street Cost: $15 More Info: Buy tickets online here. Motown recording artists MPrynt takes harmony to another…
Chill Moody's #30IsTheNew30 When: Saturday, March 7, 9 p.m Where: The TLA, 334 South Street Cost: $20 General Admission / $40 VIP More Info: Click here for tickets. There's no doubt about it. Philly DIY MC Chill Moody is…