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Rakia's Style Nation: Counting Down My Favorite Looks for New Year's Eve

  • Posted By: Rakia Reynolds
  • December 28, 2010

Rakia's Style Nation:

Counting Down My Favorite Looks for New Year's Eve

Everyone is celebrating New Year’s Eve in style this year. Are you spending the night out in the city or celebrating with close friends at an intimate party? Check out these looks to style yourself for your New Year’s Eve plans.

 

Insider tip: Catch some of the boutiques goods at the Season Finale party Wednesday, December 29, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Boutique 77 located at 777 South Broad Street. They’ll be highlighting designers and selling last minute NYE dresses. 

    • Rakia's NYE dress pick: Black dress with rose detailing from Octavio Miles Boutique
      • Rakia's NYE dress pick: Black dress with rose detailing from Octavio Miles Boutique

Little Black Dress

The rosette detailing of this piece creates a romantic twist on the classic “little black dress” for the fashionista hitting the New Year's Eve parties.

 

Get this look at:

Octavio Miles Boutique

4251 Main Street (Manayunk neighborhood)

    • Rakia's NYE dress pick: Blue dress from Reverie Boutique
      • Rakia's NYE dress pick: Blue dress from Reverie Boutique

Party Dress

For the fun-loving girl partying with friends at the bars, choose this bright flowing vintage get up to stand out in the crowd.

 

Get this look at:

Reverie Boutique

205 West Girard Avenue

    • Rakia's NYE dress pick: Diamond dress from Reverie Boutique
      • Rakia's NYE dress pick: Diamond dress from Reverie Boutique

Glitz & Glam

If you are hosting a cocktail party or attending a celebration with friends, this timeless piece sparkles perfectly for New Year’s Eve.

 

Get this look at:

Reverie Boutique

205 West Girard Avenue

    • Rakia's NYE dress pick: Navy dress from Third Street Habit
      • Rakia's NYE dress pick: Navy dress from Third Street Habit

Tres Chic

This sophisticated dress puts a spin on the traditional outfit for celebrations, adding brilliant  and ornate details to the shoulders to make this piece ideal for any New Year’s Eve plans.

 

Get this look at:

Third Street Habit

153 North 3rd Street


Philly 360 Exclusive: A Day in Philly with Avant

  • Posted By: Kyleen Shaw
  • December 21, 2010
    • Avant at Philadelphia International Records
      • Avant at Philadelphia International Records
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
      • Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Avant at Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
      • Avant at Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
      • Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
      • Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Avant at Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
      • Avant at Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Philadelphia International Records
      • Philadelphia International Records
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Avant at Philadelphia International Records
      • Avant at Philadelphia International Records
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Avant at Philadelphia International Records
      • Avant at Philadelphia International Records
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Avant at Philadelphia International Records
      • Avant at Philadelphia International Records
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Avant at Philadelphia International Records
      • Avant at Philadelphia International Records
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
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Philly 360⁰ Exclusive: A Day in Philly with Avant

 

It’s not every day that a multi-platinum artist is in town looking to experience Philadelphia in a whole new way. So, when the opportunity comes knockin’, Philly 360⁰ is front and center!  We spent an incredible day with R&B star Avant and showed him a side of Philly like no other—the Avenue of the Arts. While in town promoting the release of his new album entitled The Letter, we took Avant on what we call a Philly 360⁰ Music Legacy Tour to give him  a taste of some of the prominent sites that are a part of Philly’s incomparable music legacy.

The first stop on the tour was the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts—a home to legends such as John Coltrane and Nina Simone. We walked through the performance space and Avant was fascinated by its history.

The next stop on the tour was the executive offices of Philadelphia International Records/Gamble-Huff Music, where Avant was completely in awe of the legendary gold records and original photos of artists such as Teddy Pendergrass, Patti Labelle, and The Intruders. Avant told us all about how much he loves the “Philly Sound,” and stated, “These songs mean something to people.” We couldn’t agree with him more.

Our last trip with Avant was a walk along the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Walk of Fame on the Avenue of the Arts. We passed the bronze plaques for Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Teddy Pendergrass and many more. A perfect way to end our legacy tour! 

    • Avant performing at TSOP Experience
      • Avant performing at TSOP Experience
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Avant Album Listening Party at TSOP Experience
      • Avant Album Listening Party at TSOP Experience
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Avant Album Listening Party at TSOP Experience
      • Avant Album Listening Party at TSOP Experience
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of L. Whitaker for GPTMC
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But, it didn’t stop there. Philly 360⁰ hosted an exclusive album listening party at Gamble & Huff's new performance venue, TSOP Experience, where fans were able to hear clips of Avant’s new album. He told us some entertaining stories behind his songs, and gave an intimate performance of his new single, Kiss Goodbye. Check out our video to see what you missed. And don’t forget to pick up Avant’s new album!


La Vie En Rose: A Fabulous Night of Fashion

  • Posted By: Rakia Reynolds
  • December 16, 2010
    • La Vie En Rose Fashion Show
      • La Vie En Rose Fashion Show
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of C. Giamerese
    • La Vie En Rose Fashion Show
      • La Vie En Rose Fashion Show
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of C. Giamerese
    • La Vie En Rose Fashion Show
      • La Vie En Rose Fashion Show
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of C. Giamerese
    • La Vie En Rose Fashion Show
      • La Vie En Rose Fashion Show
      • Photo Credit: Coutesy of C. Giamerese
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La Vie En Rose: A Fabulous Night of Fashion

 

From daring hair-do’s to stunning stilettos, the La Vie En Rose fashion show and cocktail reception was fabulous from head to toe. If you’re under the impression that it was simply another ordinary fashion show—think again. La Vie En Rose brought together some of today’s hottest stylists and designers to deliver a night of fashion-forward glamour.

La Vie En Rose gathered people from all walks of life for a common cause—to address the need to nurture and motivate young African American girls. Sarah Dash of the trio Labelle, The Honorable Dame Jennifer Smith (former Premiere of Bermuda) and noted designer Loris Diran were all fashionably present to show their support for The Evoluer House. In the spirit of giving, Cheryl Ann Wadlington, Executive Director of The Evoluer House, gave out several fun gifts at the close of the show to thank guests for showing their support. It doesn’t get much better than glitz and gifts.

In case you missed this incredible night, Philly 360⁰ is here to provide you with another exclusive experience. Check out the video below for a taste of the La Vie En Rose fashion show.

P.S. To learn more or to make a donation to The Evoluer House, visit www.evoluerhouse.org.

 


Let the Countdown Begin! Top Picks for New Year’s Weekend in Philly

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • December 15, 2010
    • New Year's Fireworks along the Delaware River
      • New Year's Fireworks along the Delaware River
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Let the Countdown Begin!

Top Picks for New Year’s Weekend in Philly

 

Philly loves an excuse to throw a party and have some fireworks, and it never drops the ball when it comes to New Year’s Eve and Day.  So book your New Year’s hotel package, get on your best outfit, pop some bubbly and get ready to ring in the New Year, Philly 360-style!

    • DJ Jazzy Jeff
      • DJ Jazzy Jeff
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

New Year's Eve Party Picks

 

SugarHouse Casino presents Twice the Fireworks! Twice the Fun!

Friday, December 31

6 p.m. and 12 midnight

Penn’s Landing

Philly is going all out again for New Year’s Eve with fireworks lighting up the Delaware River and Philly skyline not once, but twice!

 

New Year’s Eve with DJ Jazzy Jeff

Friday, December 31

8:00 p.m.

The Blockley

3801 Chestnut Street

Get excited, because DJ Jazzy Jeff is ringing in the New Year in his hometown! For only $85, partygoers get to jam with one of the world’s best DJs and producers, enjoy a top-shelf open bar from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and a complimentary buffet from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Buy your tickets here!  And, make sure you check out his new holiday release here!

Insider tip: Groups of ten or more can get specially priced tickets at just $75 a piece.

 

The 6th Annual “Celebrity Style” Super-Inclusive New Year’s Eve Caribbean Gala

Friday, December 31

9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing Philadelphia

201 South Columbus Boulevard

If you’re looking for a party in style with a Caribbean flare that’s right by the fireworks, then this is the gala for you.  DJs will be spinning a mix of reggae, hip hop, R&B and more. Tickets are $140.

 

New Years Eve with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Friday, December 31

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show at 10:00 p.m.

World Café Live

3025 Walnut Street

Philly is getting a little taste of New Orleans on New Year’s Eve with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue bringing their self-described “supafunkrock” sound which is mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul. Tickets range from $50 
Loge (Reserved Seating): $80 ($75 ticket + $5 processing fee) 
Mezzanine (Reserved Seating/Free appetizers & champagne toast): $115 ($100 + $15 premium service*/processing fee)*priority seating and VIP amenities/service.

 

R2L

Two Liberty Place, 16th Street between Market & Chestnut Streets, 37th floor

The ultra-swanky R2L offers two ways to ring in 2011. Five hundred feet above the city, diners feast on a multi-course meal, with reservations available from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Then beginning at 
10:00 p.m., part-lounge-part-bar Bar2L hosts a bash with a premium open bar, dessert lounge, hors d’oeuvres and a DJ.

  

 

New Year’s Day

 

Mummers Parade

Saturday, January 1

9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Broad Street, Oregon Avenue to City Hall

Philadelphia is the only city in America where New Year’s Day is more of a party than the night before. Don’t miss seeing the famous Mummers strut down Broad Street.

Insider tip: The intersection of Broad and Washington is the only spot where you can view all the Fancy Brigades without a ticket, making it a good location if you want to see it all.

    • Loews Philadelphia Hotel
      • Loews Philadelphia Hotel
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Loews Philadelphia Hotel
    • Loews Philadelphia Hotel
      • Loews Philadelphia Hotel
      • Photo Credit: K. Ciappa for GPTMC
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New Year’s Eve Hotel Packages

 

Philly Overnight® Hotel Package has a must-not-be-missed two-night offer (Friday and Saturday nights), with extra perks like tickets to the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing, a buy-one-get-one cheesesteak deal and a late check-out of 3:00 p.m. The package also comes with a gift at check-in and free hotel parking (valued up to $75). Other New Year’s hotel specials around the Philadelphia region feature parties, champagne, breakfast and exceptional views of the two New Year’s Eve fireworks displays and the Mummers Parade.   Check out the hotel packages here and book your New Year's weekend in Philly.


    • New Year's fireworks along the Delaware River
      • New Year's fireworks along the Delaware River
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Suggested Itinerary for Your New Year's Weekend

 

Looking to make a weekend of it?  With the hotel package, we don't blame you. So, grab your hunny and get ready to make a weekend of it as you ring in the New Year in style. 

 

LOCATION: Center City, Penn’s Landing

TRANSPORTATION: Foot, taxi or SEPTA

DURATION: Three days and two nights

  

NEW YEAR’S EVE

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2010

3:00 p.m. The whole city is aglow with holiday sparkle. Stroll hand-in-hand through Rittenhouse Square, which is all decked out in holiday style. Or, cozy up together at the Comcast Center to see The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, featuring festive images of the season set to the lush sounds of a 64-piece orchestra and shown on the 2,000-square-foot, 10 million-pixel LED wall in the building’s lobby.

 

5:00 p.m. The festivities start early. Gear up for the big night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s after-hours New Year’s Eve Pre-Party, where you can explore the galleries while also enjoying live music and entertainment. Or bundle up, lace up and show off you triple axle during the Blue Cross RiverRink’s New Year’s Eve Party on Ice.

 

6:00 p.m. – Cocoa for two and a dazzling display of fireworks over the Delaware River sets a romantic scene—even if you aren’t skating—when SugarHouse Casino presents Twice the Fireworks! Twice the Fun! at 6:00 p.m. (If you’re a night owl, plan to see the second show at midnight.) Watch from the viewing areas at the Great Plaza, or join the party at the Independence Seaport Museum or aboard the Battleship New Jersey.

 

8:00 p.m. – Prefer to ring in 2011 on a cultural note? You have plenty of options: the Blue Man Group at Merriam Theater; Peter Nero and the Philly Pops’ Swinging in the New Year at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; or White Christmas at the Walnut Street Theatre.  

 

If dinner and drinks are more your thing, you’re in luck. The mood is festive at many Center City restaurants. Indulge in an elegant seven-course feast at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse Hotel, enjoy the casual sophistication of Adsum’s progressive bistro cuisine accompanied by a complementary glass of champagne or join the party at El Rey, offering a prix-fixe dinner and a tequila toast at midnight.

 

10:00 p.m. – World Cafe Live ushers in 2011 with the legendary Trombone Shorty performing his unique mix of jazz, rock, funk and soul. Get tickets for the show or turn it into a party with upgraded seating that includes a champagne toast. To get your groove on, head to The Blockley’s New Year’s Eve blowout, which includes a top-shelf open bar and the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff spinning dance tunes. 

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY

SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2011

10:00 a.m. – Ease into 2011 with a late breakfast in your hotel room, then pop into the National Constitution Center (yep, they’re open) to view the Art of the American Soldier exhibition, featuring artwork created by military personnel from World War I through today. If you’re feeling lucky, treat yourself to champagne brunch at SugarHouse Casino.

 

11:30 a.m. – Start the New Year like a native and join in the famous, feathered festivities of the Mummers Parade. The merriment begins with the Comics and Fancies stepping off at Broad Street

and Washington Avenue at 10:00 a.m., and the String Bands get started an hour later at Broad and

Shunk Streets.

 

1:00 p.m. – All that strutting can work up an appetite, so slip into a nearby restaurant for an indulgent lunch. Warm up by the cozy fireplace with a hot spiced cider and comfort food while sitting at McGillin’s Olde Ale House, or enjoy the tasty menu of contemporary cuisine and the tasteful atmosphere at Bliss.

 

2:30 p.m. – By now the String Bands are in full swing along Broad Street, so you can rejoin the fun, or swing by The Franklin Institute for your last chance to see Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, which leaves town tomorrow. 

 

5:00 p.m. – It’s time for the Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. With elaborate scenery, professional choreography and costumes drenched in sequins and feathers, the Fancy Brigades give it their all as they vie for prizes and bragging rights. 

 

7:00 p.m. – Find out what the buzz is about at Barbuzzo, where locally sourced Mediterranean-style cuisine keeps foodies coming back again and again. At Fork, the contemporary American menu is as stylish as the setting, and over at Bistrot La Minette, both the authentic menu and the charming setting are reminiscent of an evening in the French countryside.

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2011

9:30 a.m. – Feast on a menu featuring locally sourced home-cooked favorites at the recently renovated Down Home Diner in the Reading Terminal Market. Or, brunch at Sabrina’s Cafe in the Italian Market, where you’ll meet other locals who line up for hearty omelets, fruit-topped waffles and other homemade specials. Another option is Di Bruno Bros. in Rittenhouse Square, where the casual second-floor cafe features many of the gourmet items they sell in the upscale first-floor grocery.

 

11:00 a.m. – If you haven’t been to Historic Philadelphia lately, you haven’t been to Historic Philadelphia. Stop by the newly opened site of The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation, recounting the lives of the enslaved who resided in the home of President George Washington.

 

1:00 p.m. – Revelers who didn’t get enough clownery at the Mummers Parade can snag tickets for one of two spectacular Cirque du Soleil performances of Dralion at Temple University’s Liacouras Center. For art lovers, today is the last day of Narcissus in the Studio: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.


Rakia’s Style Nation: Rakia’s Fashion and Beauty Holiday Gift Guide

  • Posted By: Rakia Reynolds
  • December 14, 2010

Rakia’s Style Nation:

Rakia’s Fashion and Beauty Holiday Gift Guide

 

The countdown has begun! The holidays are 11 days away. Here are some last minute gift items that everyone will love.

    • Distante
      • Distante
      • Photo Credit: Courtest of Distante
    • Vivant Art Collection
      • Vivant Art Collection
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Vivant Art Collection
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      • Shot of Duafe Product
      • Photo Credit: photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • BalletX
      • BalletX
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of BalletX
    • Nino Brand
      • Nino Brand
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nino Brand & Bela Shehu
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Distante

1510 Sansom Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 545-2850

If you’re looking for a great pair of cuff links to compliment that stylish suit in your man’s closet, Distante features a variety of well-made and designed links. They are sure to give a man that extra flair for the holidays.

 

Vivant Art Collection

60 North 2nd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

(310) 612-4636

Need a great gift for the ladybug in your life? Vivant Art Collection in Olde City has a hand painted espresso set done in a red and black lady bug pattern. Too cute!  The gallery displays a cultural art exhibit of works from Africa and the Caribbean so if you are looking for a gift for the art connoisseur, look no further.

 

Duafe Holistic Hair Care

3502 Scotts Lane

Philadelphia, PA 19129

(267) 297-7636

Duafe Salon has come up with a holiday treat for all natural locked individuals. They offer a holiday hair care product kit, which includes shampoo, conditioner, slicker, and body oil—and it’s all wonderfully packaged into what they are calling a lock box!  Treat the locked one that you love to this wonderful treat.

 

Wilma Theatre

265 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107-5659

(215) 893-9456

This holiday seasom, buy tickets to BalletX’s spring series 2011. BalletX’s performances feature a multimedia dance production that incorporates ballet, spoken text, video, and originally composed music. Treat the whole family to a great performance for the holidays.

 

Spa East

1040 N. 2nd Street, # 301

Philadelphia, PA 19123

(215) 829-1009

Treat the special lady in your life to a relaxing sensation such as a paraffin wax treatment and minx manicure in Northern Liberties. Spa East will leave you pampered and waxed for the New Year. Don’t be the last to know about this great holiday dea! Why not treat yourself while you’re at it?

 

Nino Brand Sample Sale

December 16

6 – 9 p.m.

1639 Fitzwater Street

Keep warm in the freezing cold with a cape coat made by Nino Brand by designer Bela Shehu this holiday. This stylish cape coat is more than just a gift—it’s a lux gift of style. Give the gift of lux wear and also catch this gem at their sample sale for 70% on Thursday, December 16 from 6-9 at 1639 Fitzwater Street. You’ll surely be the envy of all females this season.

 

Salon Tenshi

537 North 10th Street

(215) 232-8090

Give the gift of beauty! Salon Tenshi is offering a complimentary full-face makeover and pack of makeup removal wipes as well as brush cleaning wipes if you purchase gifts over $100. Stop in to peruse the locally made makeup line. Every piece is sure treat!

 

Matthew Izzo

151 N. 3rd Street

(215) 829-0606

‘Tis the season for giving, so don’t forget to visit Matthew Izzo Boutique and experience peace and tranquility while splurging on your most favorite winter fashions. Custom made candles adorn the quaint boutique, which manage to alter the feel of your shopping trip while still arranging to lighten up your holiday. Plus, check out one of my favorite lines, Duke + Winston!

 

2 B Groomed Barbering Studio

270 South 11th Street

(215) 925-3505

Be sure your man is trimmed and ready for 2011. Give your guy the gift of a straight razor shave at 2 B Groomed Barbering Studios. He will enjoy a relaxing shave and hot towel treatment with stimulating jazz music playing in the background. Don’t hesitate on helping your guy look and feel like a new man for the New Year!

 

Lolli Lolli Boutique

713 Walnut Street

(215) 625-2655

Make sure you visit Lolli Lolli Boutique this holiday season to treat your children to fun and charming get-ups like tutus for her and vintage tees for him—and don’t forget to pick up a toy or two to place under the tree on your way out!


Top Reasons to Spend the Holidays in Philly

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • December 10, 2010

Oohs, Ahhs and Some Fa La La’s:

Top Reasons to Spend the Holidays in Philly

 

Philadelphia does everything with style and flare, and this includes the holidays.  Whether you’re looking for a holiday light show or Philly exclusive shopping experiences for the perfect holiday gifts, the city will keep you busy the entire holiday season. So, grab some hot chocolate from one of our cafes and explore Philly in the holidays. 

 

Philadelphia was recently declared the 'Best City to Celebrate Holiday Spirit' in the world!

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      • Love Park
      • Photo Credit: R. Kennedy for GPTMC
    • The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
      • The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
      • Photo Credit: J. Holder for GPTMC
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      • Longwood Gardens
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Longwood Gardens
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      • Longwood Gardens
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Philly Keeps the Season Bright with Light Shows and More

Top Light Show Picks:

 

Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City

Through December 31, 2010

Macy’s Center City

1300 Market Street – Macy’s Grand Court

The Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City is an annual, old school Philly tradition that keeps the floors of Macy’s filled with spectators all season long. Using over 100,000 LED lights and the sounds of the legendary Wanamaker organ in the heart of the older Wanamaker’s building, the Grand Court atrium lights up with holiday stories and songs told through lights, music and narration.  

Insider tip:  This is a free show.

 

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Through January 2, 2011

The Comcast Center

1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

If you’re looking for some state-of-the-art holiday entertainment and you have 15 minutes to spare, this is a must stop holiday attraction. The Comcast Holiday Spectacular returns for the third year and is fast becoming a new holiday tradition in Philadelphia.  Check out the Comcast Experience Video Wall  (the largest LED screen in the world) at The Comcast Center, for the holiday show. It runs every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., with the exception of 5 p.m.  on weekdays.
Insider tip:  This is a free show.

 

The Holidays at Franklin Square

Through December 31, 2010

Franklin Square

6th and Race Streets


All December-long, Franklin Square will be lit with thousands of holiday lights making the charming square even more quaint and colorful.  Through New Year’s Eve, the park will be aglow, setting the perfect mood for the season.

Insider tip:  Stop by The African American Museum in Philadelphia before taking a stroll through the square.

 

Holiday Lights in Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square

18th and Walnut Streets

Rittenhouse Square transforms into a holiday wonderland with the flip of a switch, as the park and Philadelphia’s largest Christmas tree (over 30 feet tall!) become illuminated with 5,000 brilliant, multi-colored globes and lights.

Insider tip: Before enjoying the beautiful glow of the park, sneak in some holiday shopping at the shops and boutiques along the trendy and stylish Rittenhouse Row and enjoy a warm, delicious meal or a much-deserved drink at one of the many restaurants and bars in the area.

 

Boathouse Row

1 Boathouse Row

With the boathouses lit up for the holidays, Boathouse Row is a beautiful spot to enjoy some holiday lights.

Insider tip:  Get some culture in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art while you are in the area. 

 

Christmas in Peddler’s Village

Peddler’s Village

41 Peddler’s Village Road (Routes 2020 and 263), Lahaska, PA

Prepare to be dazzled when you venture to the countryside to see the one million holiday lights at Peddler’s Village. While you’re in a festive mood, explore more than 70 specialty shops—perfect for your holiday shopping.

 

Longwood Gardens Christmas

Through January 9, 2011

Longwood Gardens

1101 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA

If you're looking for a charming winter wonderland, then Longwood Gardens is a must-stop holiday attraction.  With nearly half a million sparkling lights and spectacular fountain shows, Longwood Gardens will have you oohing and ahhing, and it is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Stroll through the decorated and lit Gardens before warming up in heated conservatory with twenty “rooms” all decked out in their holiday bests. 

 

Check out uwishunu.com for more holiday picks. 

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      • Christmas Village
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Top Holiday Shopping Picks:

 

City Hall Christmas Village

November 25-December 24, 2010


West side of Dilworth Plaza (City Hall at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard)

This European tradition comes to the plaza outside of City Hall for the third year.  Around 80 holiday vendors made up of local artists and German vendors fill the plaza daily with all sorts of cool holiday items--like traditional German ornaments, jewelry and hand blown glass.  Be sure to check out the newest edition at Christmas Village--a carousel.

Insider tip: Bring your appetite.  The food tent offers many yummy treats including bratwursts and assorted pastries and desserts.

 

A Christmas Night Market at the Piazza

The Piazza at Schmidts

December 17 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

December 18 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

December 19 from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m

Speaking of European Christmas markets, head over to the always trendy and cool Piazza at Schmidts in the Northern Liberties neighborhood for three evenings of holiday shopping, food and art.  Over 50 local vendors will be bringing holiday cheer for passersby. 

Insider tip:  There will be a gift wrapping station, so make this a stop during your holiday shopping!

 

Manayunk’s Classic Holiday on Main Festival

Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Christmas Day


Main Street in Manayunk

Main Street in Manayunk is filled with charming boutiques and artist shops, and during the holidays, the festive lights and decorations are sure to make your shopping season much brighter. Venture out to the trendy neighborhood for its Holiday on Main Festival to explore all of the quaint boutiques, gift shops and upscale chains, plus seasonal arts and crafts vendors, and get ready to do some major shopping!  You'll be able to shop for everyone on your list here.

  

Christmas in Peddler's Village

November 19, 2010 through January 1, 2011


Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA

Peddler’s Village goes all out for the holidays, with gingerbread displays, miles of twinkling lights and so many festive shopping opportunities, with over 70 shops to choose from.


Main Street Boutiques and Shops of the Philadelphia Countryside

If you're looking for a shopping experience of the suburban kind, head out to some of Philly's charming main streets in neighboring towns, like New Hope, Phoenixville and Ardmore.

Insider tip: Plan ahead and do a little research to make sure that you get the best deals!

 

Holidays on the Hill

November 19, 2010 through January 1, 2011
Chestnut Hill, PA

Take a trip out to Chestnut Hill for their annual Holidays on the Hill celebration.  With the twinkling lights decorating the trees, carolers singing holiday music and shops decorated for the season, you are sure to have a charming holiday shopping experience. 

Insider tips: On Wednesday nights (6 - 9 p.m.) thru December 22, stop by Chestnut Hill for Stag and Doe nights, where the shops stay open for the evening with snacks and warm beverages. Also, stop by Diamond Spa to get their Stag & Doe Nights offer--10% off on Gift Certificate purchase over $30.00.

 


Looking for more boutique shopping options? Check some of the boutique picks by Fashion Insider Rakia here

 

    • Celebrate Kwanzaa at AAMP
      • Celebrate Kwanzaa at AAMP
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of AAMP

Kwanzaa

 

Kwanzaa Celebration at African American Museum in Philadelphia

December 26, 29 and 30, 2010

Noon - 4 p.m.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

701 Arch Street 

 

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is gearing up for their annual Kwanzaa celebration. Check out their program schedule below.


December 26, 2010

Umoja (Unity)

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (Auditorium) – Kwanzaa Nguzo Saba Candle Lighting Ceremony and Dance with Amma
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Gallery 3) – Kwanzaa Krafts: Bookbinding with Martina Johnson Allen 
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. (Auditorium) – Face painting by Mlanjeni’s Magical Theater 
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Auditorium) – Kwanzaa presentation by Mlanjeni’s Magical Theater 
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Auditorium) – Kwanzaa Stories with Keepers of the Culture
2:30 p.m.  (Gallery 3) – Film Screening: The Black Candle (71 min.)
Free Admission


December 29, 2010

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

The Gallery at Market East

Plaza Area, 9th and Market

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Kwanzaa Nguzo Saba Candle Lighting Ceremony and Dance with Amma
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Kwanzaa Krafts: Bookbinding with Martina Johnson Allen
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Face painting by Mlanjeni’s Magical Theater
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Kwanzaa presentation by Mlanjeni’s Magical Theater
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Kwanzaa Stories with Ron Carter
Free Admission


December 30, 2010

Nia (Purpose)

The Gallery at Market East

Plaza Area, 9th and Market

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Kwanzaa Nguzo Saba Candle Lighting Ceremony and Dance with Amma
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Kwanzaa Krafts: Bookbinding with Martina Johnson Allen
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Face painting by Mlanjeni’s Magical Theater
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Kwanzaa presentation by Mlanjeni’s Magical Theater
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Kwanzaa Stories with Carla Wiley
Free Admission


December 28 – 31, 2010

The African American Museum in Philadelphia


1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – Film Screening: The Black Candle (71 min.) 
Free with Museum Admission


DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah Bring Holiday Cheer with a New Song!

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  • December 2, 2010
    • DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah
      • DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah
      • Photo Credit: Jonene Taddei Photography

DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah Bring Holiday Cheer with a New Song!

 

We're getting into the holiday spirit with this new song from DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah.  They've been busy getting their debut album ready, but they found time to deliver this holiday treat.  

 

This soulful tune is entitle Xmas Time.  So grab some eggnog, sit back and enjoy!

 

Check out the song here!


The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation Opening on Independence Mall - December 15

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  • December 1, 2010
    • The President's House Site
      • The President's House Site
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation opening on December 15, 2010
      • The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation opening on December 15, 2010
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The President’s House site ribbon-cutting ceremony
      • The President’s House site ribbon-cutting ceremony
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation opening on December 15, 2010
      • The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation opening on December 15, 2010
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation opening on December 15, 2010
      • The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation opening on December 15, 2010
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation opening on December 15, 2010
      • The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation opening on December 15, 2010
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The commemorative wall at the President's House site
      • The commemorative wall at the President's House site
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • Livery Stable at The President's House site
      • Livery Stable at The President's House site
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The President's House site
      • The President's House site
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The President's House Site Excavation
      • The President's House Site Excavation
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The President's House Site
      • The President's House Site
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The President's House site
      • The President's House site
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
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Hundreds stopped by Independence Mall on Wednesday, December 15, to witness history unfold at the ribbon cutting opening of the 

President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation.

 


With the opening at Independence National Historical Park (INHP), which has over 3 million visitors annually, INHP becomes one of the nation’s most important sites to address the issue of slavery and to commemorate the lives of the enslaved.  What makes the site all the more compelling is the juxtaposition of the site just steps from the Liberty Bell, the nation’s iconic symbol of liberty and freedom.  

The site, ten years in the making, is a testament to the power of public voice to create change. It was the African American community, historians, public officials, journalists and others who kept the pressure on and the cause alive.  

Be one of the first to experience this important and powerful site.  For context, also check out the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s Audacious Freedom exhibition.  Also, pick up a Philly 360° Legacy brochure in the Independence Visitor Center to learn more about African American legacy sites in Philadelphia.

Watch the following video for more on the President's House site's past, present and future:

About the President's House site:

The President’s House site deals with the paradox of slavery and freedom. Visitors will be able to see structural fragments of the home where Presidents Washington and Adams lived during their terms and where nine enslaved people served the first president. At the open-air Independence National Historical Park site, located just steps from the Liberty Bell Center, visitors will learn about the events that transpired at the President’s House through illustrated glass panels, timelines and video re-enactments. They’ll also have a place to partake in silent reflection at the 24-hour site.


Introducing Philly 360° Legacy

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  • December 1, 2010
    • Philadelphia International Records' famous recording studio
      • Philadelphia International Records' famous recording studio
      • Photo Credit: Photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • The commemorative wall at the President's House site
      • The commemorative wall at the President's House site
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church
      • Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church
      • Photo Credit: Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC
    • Audacious Freedom exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia
      • Audacious Freedom exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: Photo by. G. Widman for GPTMC
    • Carol Riddick
      • Carol Riddick
      • Photo Credit: Photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • Inside the Studio with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Inside the Studio with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • ?uestlove at The Roots Picnic
      • ?uestlove at The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
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Philly 360° Legacy is your guide to African-American history in Philadelphia with a contemporary twist—from the President’s House and Mother Bethel, which highlight Philadelphia as a birthplace of human rights, to the music landmarks that make Philly the home of R&B and soul.

 

We will feature some of Philly’s most significant African-American legacy sites and stories. Plus, our insider tips and facts will allow you to experience history in a whole new light. 


My Thoughts Wear Crowns Featuring American Queen TJD - Through December 31

My Thoughts Wear Crowns When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art…

Lil John Roberts & Friends - Monday, December 22

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…

Clint Coley: Young Man, Old Soul - Friday, December 26

Clint Coley: Young Man, Old Soul When: Friday, December 26, 9 p.m. Where: The TLA, 334 South Street Cost: $15 More Info: Purchase tickets online here. Philly is known for producing a steady stream of hilarious comedians. After all,…