Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Tis the season to shop, and with that comes the stress of overcrowded malls, packed shopping bags, and merciless long lines waiting to get your hands on a special holiday gift. Sounds fun? We didn’t think so.
Yet, some of Philly’s most vibrant neighborhoods are brimming with exquisite local shopping. Be it an indie nouveau mom and pop shop specializing in edgy accessories to one of Philly’s latest and most innovative discount department stores (we’re looking at you Century 21), there’s plenty of neighborhood holiday shopping across the city to choose from.
Instead of clamoring the malls for last minute finds, here’s our neighborhood gift guide to help you in your holiday shopping endeavors!
Hipster Home: Winner of "Best Housewares Store in Philadelphia" by Fox 29, Hipster Home features contemporary and organic home furnishings for those with an affinity for eccentricity. For the holidays, they have awesome gifts for under $25. You cannot beat that! 8236 Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill.
Duke & Winston: Having recently opened their new flagship shop in Center City, Duke & Winston will feature 20 percent off storewide on Black Friday. Perfect to stock up on those knit sweaters and hoodies for this winter! 1822 Chestnut St, Rittenhouse.
Boyds: Known as one of Center City much beloved high end department store, from Wednesday, November 26th, through Sunday, November 30th, get 25 percent off select suits, sport coats, sportswear and women's fashion. This means everything from Gucci to Jimmy Choo. 1818 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse.
Armour: One of the best kept secrets in Queen Village, Armour boasts a bevy of smartly curate menswear brands including Hyden Yoo to Philly’s own Danny Fox. From Black Friday on, get 25 percent off and if you bring a friend who’s never visited the shop, receive an additional 5 percent off. 704 South 4th Street, Queen Village.
Century 21: If high end designer discounts at a very reasonable price get you in the holiday spirit, Century 21 is your haven. 821 Market St, Market East.
Ritual Ritual: The NoLibs denizen has long favored this hip and edgy hotspot known for its eclectic men’s and women’s apparel and decadent jewelry. For Black Friday and Saturday, get up to 40 percent off select items and 15 percent off the entire store. If you spend over $200, you’ll get a free Ritual Ritual candle! 816 North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties.
La Colombe: The newly opened flagship of La Colombe’s Fishtown home, features some of the best and inexpensive holiday coffee around. Most of the holiday gift boxes range from $34 to $40, perfect for the coffee nut in your life. 1335 Frankford Ave, Fishtown.
Art In The Age: Known for their in house handcrafted goods such as popular spirits ROOT and SNAP, the flagship boutique also offers a vast collection of apparel and Warby Parker glasses. For Small Business Saturday, shoppers will receive 20 percent off the entire store (with the exception of consignment items). 116 North 3rd Street, Old City.
Piper Boutique: Right on Upenn’s campus, Piper Boutique features plenty of slinky holiday dresses and work wear for the fun loving, chic lady always on the go. On Black Friday, the store will open at 5AM for 50 percent off of everything. That’s a major perk to trek into West Philly to do some holiday shopping! 140 S 34th Street, University City
United By Blue: Aside from its Old City location, the recently opened West Philly outpost of United By Blue features everything from artisanal coffee to chic Hershel knapsacks. For Black Friday, receive 20 percent off storewide. 144 North 2nd Street, Old City; 3421 Walnut Street, University City
When it comes down to holiday celebrations, Philly always does it big! And, Thanksgiving is no exception. From parties on Thanksgiving Eve and the 95th Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade to weekend nightlife affairs, we've pulled together a must-hit itinerary for Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia.
Also, be sure to check out uwishunu.com's complete guide to the holiday weekend for additional events and shopping options.
And, since it's the official start of the holidays, be sure to take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. It's the perfect way to explore the city’s holiday concerts, weekend parties and traditional holiday attractions throughout the entire weekend.
Wednesday, November 26, 3-9 p.m. | Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall | $3 - 4
Before you hit the town for the evening, consider swinging by one of the more exciting holiday transformations in the city; the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall. The park will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, which gives you plenty of time to hit the ice before the night’s festivities. Admission is $3 for children ages 10 and under and $4 for adults. For those who don’t own their own skates, rental is $8. MORE INFO
Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Trilogy Nightclub, 601 Spring Garden Street | $10 - 20
This week, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew will throw the Thanksgiving Eve party to end all parties — and it's going down right here in Philly. On Wednesday, November 26, the city's hottest DJs, live musicians and visual artists will all converge on Trilogy for the #ThanksgivingJawn, an unstoppable, two-floor party at Trilogy Nightclub. MORE INFO
Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Reserve Wine Bar, 724 Arch Street | $20
Stop through Reserve Wine Bar in Midtown as Revolt TV host Dj Damage provides a dope Thanksgiving Eve playlist. Damage will spin from 10 .p.m to 2 a.m. — making his long awaited first appearance in Philly since joining Diddy at Revolt TV. MORE INFO
A classic Philly tradition, the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest in the country and a must-hit event for the family. The city streets will overflow stunning floats, giant balloons and local performers — from choirs and dance groups, to marching bands and more. Look forward to 18 balloons, gorgeous floats, fun special guests and stunning live performances. Get there early to make sure that you can grab a perfect view of the show. MORE INFO
Let's be honest, Thanksgiving Day is all about the eats, right? Fortunately, dozens of Philadelphia’s great restaurants make it easy for those aiming to avoid the cooking, baking, grocery store rush and post-meal clean up. Check out all of the city restaurants offering amazing dine-in or take-out meals this Thanksgiving. MORE INFO
Friday, November 28, 7 p.m. | The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad Street | $50-100
Philly’s fave R&B/soul station WDAS is teaming up with Soul Train to present an epic holiday jam at The Liacouras Center on N. Broad Street. On Friday, November 28 megastars including Jill Scott, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans will all land on one stage for an arena-rocking night of soul. Tickets will go fast, so grab your seats today. MORE INFO.
Saturday, November 29 | Uncut Fun House, 1617 N. 2nd Street | $20
Three Philly artists are teaming up on this dope new concept, House Party Art Show. Don Scott, Gabe Tiberino and Ivben Taqiy Muhammad are throwing an epic party, inspired in part by the 90's film of the same name. The perfect way to kick off your weekend or rebound after Thanksgiving eats, the House Party Art Show will touch on the history of art , fashion, hip hop and style from the late 80's to the Early 90's. MORE INFO
Housed in an architecturally stunning historic Center City Philadelphia building at 8th and Market streets, the Franklin Flea will pop up for its second year in the former home of long-shuttered department store Strawbridge & Clothier, located right next door to the brand-new Century 21 department store. At the wintertime market, shoppers can expect a finely tuned selection of around 50 vendors set up amid the antique chandeliers and marble columns of the historic space, selling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food. MORE INFO
This week, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew will throw the Thanksgiving Eve party to end all parties — and it's going down right here in Philly. On Wednesday, November 26, the city's hottest DJs, live musicians and visual artists will all converge on Trilogy for the #ThanksgivingJawn, an unstoppable, two-floor party at Trilogy Nightclub.
The second floor of Trilogy will feature a few of our favorite Philly DJs, including DJ Aktive, Mike Nyce and Mr. Sonny James. Each a master turntablists in their own right, these DJs will spin back-to-back sets of hip-hop, funk, reggae, house and afrobeat classics while partygoers sweat it out on the dance floor.
On the third floor, Worldtown Sound System — a group of high-energy electronic musicians — will perform a live set of house and soul-infused music along with DJs Ben Arsenal and Oluwafemi. This set starts at 11:30 p.m., so definitely be sure to make it to Trilogy in time to catch their performance.
Holding it down for the Philly visual arts scene, painters Serena Saunders, Ran Art and other local creatives will be on site with live painting and displayed art throughout the evening.
So, before you spend the day sharing good times, and good eats, with friends and fam, why not burn a few extra calories on the dance floor with this classic Philly jam? We'll see you there.
This year, Philadelphia will host the very 1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam presented by Soul Train Music. This very special event will take place Friday, November 28 at the Liacouras Center with performances by an all-star lineup of R&B/Soul hitmakers. There will even be a DJ set by Philly’s favorite international drummer/DJ, Questlove of the legendary Roots crew.
Held on Black Friday, the WDAS Holiday Jam is the perfect opportunity to continue the hoilday festivities after a full day of shopping with friends and family. Tis the season, right?
And trust us, when we say that this lineup is stacked — it's definitely stacked! Check out the details below.
Jill Scott — Jilly from Philly is coming home! The soulful singer/songwriter and poet made her rise during the Philadelphia-driven neo-soul movement of the early 2000s and has since transcended into actress, activist and much more.
KEM — This R&B great took the world by storm with the success of his single “Love Calls.” Since then, KEM has become one of the most distinctive and unique voices in R&B.
Ledisi — An undeniable powerhouse vocalist, Ledisi is definitely one of Philadelphia adopted daughters of soul — just ask Sound of Philadelphia mastermind Kenny Gamble. A vocalist who truly uses her voice as an instrument, Ledisi has worked with some of Philly's most notable songwriters, including Carvin and Ivan and the Philly Phatboiz.
Joe — Joe's smooth vocals have helped him stand the test of time. Over his career, Joe has gone from hip-hop hooks to recording flawless throwbacks paying homage to groups like Frankie Beverly and Maze.
Faith Evans — The first lady of Bad Boy Records, Faith Evans sultry voice continues to win over fans old and new. With a voice equally rooted in church and traditional R&B/soul and a discography full of hits, Faith Evans is 100% a legit American soul music icon.
This show is for the music lovers and is the perfect way to groove into the holiday spirit. So, be sure to grab your ticket as we’re sure they are going quickly!
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own soul rising star, Elle Morris.
Morris is a University of the Arts grad and a Philly transplant by way of Washington, DC. Elle captivates audiences with her eclectic voice, innovative covers and lovely jazz nuances. Her talents have landed her on stage with several national artists including Robin Thicke and Eric Roberson. Yes, we're definitely a fan.
Sanctuary LIVE! is hosted by Philly-based poet Safa and kicks off with an open mic from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open mic segment is backed by rising Philly jazz vocalist and pianist, V. Shayne Frederick — a pitch perfect addition to any musical setting.
In addition to the lush vocals from the incredible lineup of musicians, attendees will get a chance to check out Art Sanctuary's latest exhibit, "My Thoughts Wear Crowns. " this 15+ piece show features the graffiti, Basquiat influenced paintings of Philly-based visual artist, American Queen TJD.
Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when Elle Morris and these Philly talents step on stage. Wine and light fare included.
Philly, we've got some great news. On Friday, December 5, Jhene Aiko will be making her way back to Philly. The Souled Out songstress takes over The Electric Factory along with SZA and The Internet — keeping things hot on the city's fall music scene.
Philly last saw Aiko on the mainstage during this year's Roots Picnic. And, we've definitely been anticipating her return ever since.
After releasing her debut major label album, Souled Out, the singer experienced a whirlwind year. But, don’t mistake Aiko's recent release or fanfare for inexperience in the business. Aiko was signed to Epic records when she was just 16 years old. Ultimately, she was released from that contract so that she could finish school and continue developing as a woman and an artist.
After that brief hiatus and the birth of her daughter, Aiko was back at it. Always staying true to her words, worth and artistry, the singer/songwriter never stopped writing. Ultimately, Jhene released her high-acclaimed mixtape, Sailing Souls, which she recorded with LA-based producers Fisticuffs. The popular project gained momentum and the attention of industry heavyweights, including Big Sean and Drake.
Aiko then appeared on Big Sean’s track “Beware,” released her own EP Sail Out and toured alongside Drake — all of which propelled her into the forefront of the music industry.
Philly can catch Aiko, and her hip-hop and R&B-laced music, live at The Electric Factory in early December. Alternative “Teen Spirit” singer/songwriter SZA and soul band The Internet will be opening the show with genre-defying, eclectic performances — rounding out the lineup just right.
This is a show you won’t want to miss, so grab your tickets now!
This weekend, American Dreaming returns with another dope event, Femme-Efant: The Examination of the Female Muse Art Exhibit with Dessie Jackson.
Since then, Jackson has been busy creating new work, recently collaborating on a t-shirt design with hip online mag and retail brand The Hundreds.
On Saturday, November 15, American Dreaming will host a solo exhibit where the rising Philly art star will explore the critique and celebration of self presentation through the female lens. In addition to Jackson's vibrant creations, this event will feature music curated by DJ Matthew Law and YS The DJ.
Check out additional details below.
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.
Hailing from "the city of brotherly and sisterly affection," American Queen TJD states her purpose is to spread positive energy, hope and motivation through art. TJD's work is indeed positive message heavy — her recent series of paintings includes images of women donning crowns and affirming messages like, "Don't be good... Be Great"; "I love my black skin."; and "I am not a trophy."
Equal parts artist, philosopher and business woman, TJD holds a Masters of Science degree in Culture and Communications and a B.A. in Visual Communications with and Minor in business. 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.
Though she's a fixture on the Philly creative scene, American Queen TJD has her eye set on the prize. On her site TJD states,
"I want to be considered as a visual art icon in (mainstream) America and beyond... My dream is to show at big venues like Art Basel because I believe female artists have something to say on big stages, and they need not be underrepresented in the grand scheme of things."
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.
Even though the exhibit will be on display through December, all of the pieces included in the show will be available for purchase — definitely a worthwhile acquisition for any collectors looking for the city's next hot artist. So, come out and support Art Sanctuary as they present the next Philly art phenom, American Queen TJD.
Ms. Lauryn Hill is once again on the road and she's capturing the hearts of fans, old and new. Undoubtedly, one of the most influential artists of this time, Ms. Hill will perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia this Saturday, November 15.
The South Orange, New Jersey native first popped up on the scene as a member of the innovative 90s hip-hop group, The Fugees. Along with Hill, the group also included emcees Wyclef Jean and Pras. The group went on to release two albums Blunted on Reality and the GRAMMY Award winning project, The Score. Hill’s versatility as both an emcee and stellar vocalist quickly set her apart.
After the disbanding of the group, each of the members focused on their solo careers, and Lauryn's seminal project, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was born. Standing in a class all its own, Hill’s only studio solo album to date remains one of the most highly-acclaimed projects of our generation. Soon after the immense success of the project, the popular singer/songwriter retracted from the public spotlight, leaving fans in hot pursuit of new music from the hitmaking artist.
Now, Ms. Hill is back on the scene and touring across the country performing new renditions of her classic records. Her appearance at Bonnaroo this year gave fans a taste of her music with a new twist, pulling on her reggae, hip-hop and R&B influences. Though fans are still eagerly awaiting new music from Ms. Lauryn Hill, it appears that her existing material has still maintained it popular appeal. Yes, Ms. Lauryn Hill still sells out shows around the globe.
Coming to Philly this weekend, alternative hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz and the lyrically elite Talib Kweli will join Ms. Hill for a high energy show. You won’t want to miss this one, so be sure to grab a friend and head down for what’s sure to be an epic show.
Attention all songwriters and aspiring music industry execs! The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter (aka the GRAMMY organization) is hosting an event that's open to the public, and it is all about the songwriter — Art & Commerce: Songwriting.
This event is a two-part series that breaks down everything about songwriting — from the business side to the creative side of crafting a song.
Commerce of Songwriting will show songwriters what they need to do to ensure credit and payment for their work. The Art of Songwriting will bring together Dreamchasers artist Guordan Banks (50 Cent, Keyshia Cole, John Legend), Billy Mann (GRAMMY-nominated songwriter - Pink, Cher, Ricky Martin) and Brent "Ritz" Reynolds (The Roots, Mac Miller, Juicy J) to discuss the craft of the song with a look at some of their hits. The always fierce Dyana Williams (on-air personality and celebrity media strategist) will be moderating.
Philly is definitely a music destination packed with talent. Stop through and master your craft. You could add to Philly's legacy of incredible songs.
Art & Commerce: Songwriting
When: Thursday, November 13 | 6 pm (networking reception to follow)
Where: Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing | 201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $25 for non-Recording Academy members | free for members
More: RSVP here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Social: #GRAMMYAAC #GRAMMYPHI
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