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BlackStar Film Festival - July 31 - August 3, 2014

  • July 31st 2014 — August 3rd 2014
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BlackStar Film Festival

When: July 31 through Agust 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.

World premieres, interviews with filmmakers, in-depth workshops, mixers and more — BlackStar 2014 has got it all. So, to get you started, we've pulled together a few of our top picks. But, seriously — with a lineup like this, you'll want, and need, to see it all. 

Check out the 2014 program online for a look at the full schedule. 

Now, grab a friend (or three), spread the world and get out this experience this Philly treasure firsthand. #ByIndieMeansNecessary Let's go! 

Stay tuned for more information. But for now, you can like BlackStar on Facebook to get the most up-to-date information. And, check out our top picks here

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Keyshia Cole - Friday, August 1

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Keyshia Cole: Point of No Return Tour

When: Friday, August 1 | 8pm
Where: The TLA | 334 South Street
Cost: $28-40
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. 

Cole's music has always been layered with Philly ties, including some bangers from Philly's own multiplatinum selling, GRAMMY-nominated producers - Carvin & Ivan. And we're sure she'll be resurfacing some of her Philly-infused songs during her upcoming Philly show. 

Want to be there? Philly, here's your chance to see Keyshia Cole live at The TLA. Enter to win a pair of tickets here

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PJ Morton - Friday, August 1

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PJ Morton 

When: Friday, August 1 | 8 p.m. 
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $25
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

The GRAMMY, Dove and Stellar Award-winning producer/songwriter's ability to effortlessly cross just about any genre of music from, soul to pop, gospel and rock, has secured his position in the industry. Last year, his acclaimed major label debut New Orleans, which features Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine and Busta Rhymes, hit #1 on iTunes R&B Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. 

PJ Morton has written and produced for many artists including Musiq Soulchild, Dewayne Woods, Ruben Studdard, Monica, Men of Standard, India Arie, Jeff Bradshaw and more.

This is definitely a can't-miss production. #bethere  

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First Friday! Cézanne as Muse At The Barnes - Friday, August 1

    • The Barnes Foundation
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      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°
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First Friday! Cézanne as Muse At The Barnes

When: Friday, August 1, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25, members free
More Info: Click here

This weekend, The Barnes Foundation returns with another fresh First Friday lineup.

Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso.

In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.

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

With an uncomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists—First Friday at The Barnes Foundation is a must-hit event for this upcoming weekend.

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John Legend: The All Of Me Tour - Saturday, August 2

    • John Legend at The Roots Picnic
      • John Legend at The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
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      • John Legend woos the crowd at The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
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John Legend: The All of Me Tour

When: Saturday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost: $33-99
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.

In August, multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend will be returning to Philly with his highly-anticipated The All of Me Tour. 

The soulful recording artist's refreshing blend of gospel tunes and rhythmic pop sounds definitely puts him in a musical league of his own, and took him straight to the top of the charts.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." 

Definitely a can't-miss concert for the summer. 

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The Wayans Brothers - Saturday, August 2

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The Wayans Brothers

When: Saturday, August 2, 8 p.m. 
Where: Tower Theater, 69th & Market Street
Cost: $50 - 84
More Info: Click here to purchase tickets online. 

One of comedy's best-known families is taking their show on the road!

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. 

This sketch/stand-up show featuring The Wayans Brothers has been years in the making, and will bring the four together on one stage for the first time in years. Fans of the hilarious Wayans Brothers can expect a show that  showcases the many side of each of the phenomenally talented comedians, who have brought decades of hilarious, and sometimes moving entertainment to audiences around the globe.

So get ready for a serious night of laughs and grab your tickets — and tissues — now! 

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Reggae In The Park - Sunday, August 3

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Reggae in the Park

When: Sunday, August 3, 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.

Reggae In The Park features music on both the Mann’s Main Stage and at the hilltop Crescendo Tent. There will also be a live DJ playing at the top of the hill, as well as arts and crafts vendors, Caribbean cuisine and more.

So, get all of your Caribbean flavor — right here in Philly. And, experience it all under the gorgeous Philadelphia summer sky.

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Mad Decent Block Party - August 8, 2014

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Mad Decent Block Party 

When: Friday, August 8, 3:30 p.m. 
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $40
More Info: Click here

No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? Well, this month, Mad Decent Block party is once again taking the summer block party to the next level—actually the next 100 levels!

The line-up for this year's block party is straight bananas, featuring top talents like Chance The Rapper, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dirty South Joe, DJ Sega, Flosstradamus, Swizzymack, and more. So, grab your crew, and head straight to this fresh-to-death summer party. Trust us, you don’t want to be the only person not there. 

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Sittin' In With Ursula Rucker - Wednesday, August 13

    • Philly 360° creative ambassador: Ursula Rucker at the Philly 360 media event
      • Philly 360° creative ambassador: Ursula Rucker at the Philly 360 media event
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
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Sittin' In With Ursula Rucker 

When: Wednesday, August 13 | 8 p.m.  
Where: The Kimmel Center | Broad & Spruce Streets
Cost: Free
More Info: Click here

One of Philly's hottest poets and wordsmiths, Ursula Rucker is taking her spoken word stylings back to The Kimmel Center for the August edition of Sittin' In. One part live music showcase, and one part dance party, this popular, and free, monthly event has been hosted by some of the area's hottest names in R&B, jazz, hip hop, and soul. 

As always, Sittin' In will feature resident turntabilist DJ PHSH and HOT 107.9 radio personality Laiya St. Clair will once again grace the stage as MC. 

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Night Market Lancaster Ave @ 35th - Thursday, August 14

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Night Market Old City

When: Thursday, August 14, 6 - 10 p.m.
Where: 35th & Lancaster Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
More Inf: Visit thefoodtrust.org
 

Philly foodies and festival fans, get your taste buds ready because Night Market Philadelphia, one of the premier street food festivals in the city, returns for its next edition. 

Up next, Night Market Lancast Ave @ 35th lands in the ever-popular neighborhood of University City. Make sure you bring your appetite to try tons of delicious street eats ranging from Philly’s best ethnic foods to regional restaurants to the city’s many food trucks.

Since the first Night Market took place on East Passyunk in 2010, The Food Trust has hosted over a dozen traveling Night Markets with over 200,000 attendees, over 300 food trucks, and in neighborhoods ranging all across the city. We've even heard that Philly's favorite West Philly emcee, Chill Moody, will be making a special appearance. 

No matter if you want to eat and run or eat and chill, taking in all the best culture, the incredible food scene, and all the historic scenery the city has to offer, this year’s Night Markets are some of the biggest and best, must-see, must-hit festivals.

The Night Markets will continue on, closing out its season in Chinatown on October 2. Be sure to mark your calendars.

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BlackStar Film Festival - July 31 - August 3, 2014

BlackStar Film Festival When: July 31 through Agust 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…

Night Market Lancaster Ave @ 35th - Thursday, August 14

Night Market Old City When: Thursday, August 14, 6 - 10 p.m. Where: 35th & Lancaster Avenue Cost: Pay as you go More Inf: Visit thefoodtrust.org Philly foodies and festival fans, get your taste buds ready because Night Market…

Sittin' In All Stars - Wednesday, September 3

Sittin' In All Stars When: Wednesday, September 3 | 8 p.m. Where: The Kimmel Center | Broad & Spruce Streets Cost: $20 More Info: Click here. One of Philly's hottest live music showcases, Sittin' In returns to the Kimmel…