Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
The arts community in Philadelphia is a vibrant, breathing collective of unique individuals. Amongst the brightest and most talented are the Tiberinos, a family of dedicated, masterful artists with a history as rich as the work they produce.
Regarded as one of Philadelphia's best kept secrets in the arts, they will be bringing their family's legacy to the silver screen with the premiere of a feature length documentary entitled, “Tiberino: The Art of Life”. Produced over a three year period, the film serves as a chronicle of the family's history as Philadelphians and artists. Directed by local filmmaker, Derrick Woodyard, and family patriarch, Joseph Tiberino, the documentary features interviews of artists and friends closest to the family including Danny Simmons.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. followed by a red carpet cocktail hour from 7- 8 p.m. with the screening of the film proceeding immediately after. A question and answer discussion of the film will commence after the screening with a panel featuring the filmmaker and members of the Tiberino family. The night will end with a mixer to allow attendees to meet and mingle with the artists.
World Changers: Here's the perfect chance to give back to your community, and honor the legacy and life work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This Monday, January 19, thousands of volunteers will take to the streets of Philadelphia for one of the country's largest service projects, The 20th Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service.
Want in on the MLK Day of Service action? Then make your way to Philly, and join in one of the many service projects in need of a few helping hands. From mural paintings, and park clean-ups to concerts and other MLK inspired performances, Philly will be buzzing with tons of activities geared toward making a brighter tomorrow for all.
Visit the MLK Day of Service website to register, and browse the full lists of projects and events. As always, we've pulled together a list of Philly 360° Top Picks to get you started. But first, grab a little MLK inspiration by watching this video produced by Art Sanctuary with over a dozen Philadelphia leaders, artists and everyday heroes reading Dr. King's iconic "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
Be sure to check out this MLK inspired video from Art Sanctuary, and our Philly 360° MLK Day of Service Top Picks below.
Monday, January 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia celebrates MLK Day with a special day of workshops, performances and volunteer opportunities. Guests are invited to donate food for the ChAAMPs Against Hunger Philabundance Food Drive, engage in hands-on service projects, and explore the museum's exhibits throughout the day. The celebrate also features special MLK inspired performances, including a break dance workshop, a performance by the Walnut Street Theater Company, and a show stopping appearane by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. MORE INFO
Monday, January 19, 1:30 p.m.
Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the orchestra in their 25th annual free performance during the MLK Day of Service at Girard College. The 90-minute concert includes the world premiere of the first movement of composer Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People, a work commissioned by the orchestra which will debut in its entirety in November 2015. MORE INFO
Saturday, January 17 - Monday, January 19
Eastern State Penitentiary honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special readings of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” during the holiday weekend. Listen to excerpts read from Dr. King’s letter–written 50 years ago three times a day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Children ages 7-12 can create artwork in response to the letter from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day. The events are free and open to the public. Free tickets are available online here or at the door subject to availability. MORE INFO
When: Monday, January 19
This year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will again serve as a workshop site for the Philly's MLK Day of Service. Throughout the day workshops will be held for people of all ages. Make art and give back to your community—create greeting-cards that will be distributed by MANNA. Family tours and dance performances provide inspiration on this important day. Museum admission will be pay-what-you-wish in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. MORE INFO
Monday, January 19
Participate in a Science Scavenger Hunt and discover the amazing breakthroughs made by famous African American scientists. Young guest will have the opportunity to make a colorful and inspirational dreamcatcher, and Dr. King's powerful "I Have Dream" speech will be broadcast once an hour at the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. MORE INFO
Motown The Musical hits Philadelphia’s world famous Avenue of the Arts for a can’t-miss run at The Academy of Music. Chronicling the epic story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, this unstoppable productions tells the story of the legendary artists, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more, who would shattered barriers and write the songs that would make the entire world move to the same beat.
Still riding high off the release of his platinum-selling hit "Stay With Me," UK singer/songwriter Sam Smith performs in Philly later this month. Headlining his first North American tour, Smith will bring his arena-rocking sound to The Liacouras Center in support of his debut studio album, In The Lonely Hour.
Kick off your weekend right with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5. Inspired by Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Sound Reformation, led by Darryl Yokley, will perform a set of jazz music they’ve coined as Pictures at an African American Exhibition. Later in the evening, the vibe switches to a dance party with celebrity guest DJ Rob Base.
Check out the new face of Philly jazz as Veteran Freshman and Flygirrl return with the next edition of Who Got The Jazz. This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds at popular Philly soul food joint, Warmdaddy’s. This month's showcase honors legendary jazz great Nina Simone and includes featured performances by Brianna Cash, Roi Lush, Parris Love, Shotty G and more.
A founding member of the breakout rap group A$AP Mob, A$AP Ferg lands in Philadelphia on January 17 to perform at the Electric Factory. Also on the bill for that evening will be Def Jam recording artist YG, who is currently touring to promote his 2014 release My Krazy Life, which includes guest appearances by an impressive lineup of talents, including Drake, Rich Homie Quan, and ScHoolboy Q.
Philly, this month Flygirrl and GL Productions return with another dope concept. On January 23, all roads leads to Trilogy Nightclub for the inaugural edition of Get Lifted with DJs Rich Medina, Mike Nyce and Cosmo Baker. The trio of Philly turntable phenoms will spin everything from hip-hop and classics to funk, afrobeat, soul and more. Trust us—this is 100% a can’t-miss affair.
After sifting through applications from some of the top DJs in the nation, an expert panel of judges like Philly’s own DJ Jazzy Jeff has selected 60+ participants to compete across 12 regional qualifiers leading up to the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships. For the Philadelphia regional qualifier, five DJs — Dj Impulse, Patrice McBride, FingerSmith, Reed Streets, Royale — will battle it out to advance to the USA and world championships. We definitely think Philly has this one in the bag. Let’s go!
This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a groundbreaking exhibition highlighting its exception collection of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad spectrum of styles, subjects and traditions, Represent will include over 75 works by more than 50 artists including Horace Pippin, Kara Walker, Henry Tanner, Jacob Lawrence and more.
It’s official—the new year is here and it is already shaping up to be an epic year in Philadelphia. Roots Picnic, BlackStar Film Festival, Forbes Under 30 Summit and more—there are plenty of dope events on the horizon. So, check out our list of 10 must-hit events going down in Philly this year.
Last month, two of the industry’s most in-demand musical directors, Adam Blackstone and Darryl Robinson, joined forces to throw the official Philadelphia after party for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour. Philly fans came out in record number to show their love for JT and these two hometown heroes. And, of course Philly 360° was there to capture it all. Watch out recap video now.
Philly-based creative Ivben Taqiy is one of the dopest, and busiest, visual artists on the city’s booming art scene. This week, Taqiy opens his latest exhibit, Green Winter, featuring over a dozen portraits of the notable personalities and performers who have inspired our generation.
Another Broadway hit is coming to Philly! Next up on the Kimmel Center's Broadway Philadelphia roster — Motown the Musical! The exciting, record-breaking show is making Philadelphia the first stop on their US tour. The show just opened and runs through January 18.
Motown the Musical chronicles the legacy of music mogul Berry Gordy, sharing a fresh perspective on his monumental work in the music industry. This high-energy production takes its audience on a unforgettable journey through the rich history of Motown — showcasing the music that became the soundtrack of American living in the 60s, and far beyond.
Gordy’s work along with an extremely talented roster of musicians, songwriters, and the like yielded some of music’s biggest starts. From Michael Jackson to Diana Ross, Steve Wonder and Smokey Robinson, there was something very special about what was happening in Detroit at that time. And now, you get to see it all play out live on stage!
With over 40 classic songs like “My Girl,” “What’s Going on,” “Ain’t No Moutain High Enough” and many more, you’ll be left on the edge of your seat! The basis of the musical is Gordy’s 1994 autobiography that was adapted for the musical. The show is high impact and runs through the wide variety of the Motown catalog while giving a little insight into Gordy’s relationships with the artists and the music.
Tickets are going fast for this one, so don’t wait!
Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase,Sittin' In. Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds.
From stellar featured acts to the Sittin' In house band and resident DJ Matthew Law, this signature Philly jam attracts the best and brightest performers and musicians from Philadelphia, and beyond.
This month's host — American Idol and DO School Alum recording artist Kriss Mincey. Hailed The Artrepreneur and singer, Philadelphia newcomer Kriss Mincey celebrates new beginnings at what will be her first performance at The Kimmel Center with new original music to bring in the new year. This will include her unreleased single performed on Wired 96.5, "Otherwise," produced by Rick Friedrick (Rihanna, The Roots).
Music lovers call Mincey's sound eclectic, angelic, nuanced and soulful, mixing a 70's flow with a 90's cool. Performing alongside her are esteemed band members James Santangelo on piano and Khary Shaheed on drums.
This January, you'll find not only a love for the live performer, but for the art of music that envelopes the room when Mincey steps on stage. Check out details for the show below, and be sure to check our Mincey's acoustic video performance of "Otherwise."
Philly, a little over a month ago we brought you an interview with two Philadelphia hip-hop greats, DJ Jazzy Jeff and his protege Dayne Jordan. For our exclusive, we went behind-the-scenes and captured Jeff and Dayne at work in the lab and got the deets on their then-forthcoming collab. Luckily for us, the wait for this project is now over.
Yesterday, after a year of quietly releasing new music and videos, the duo has finally dropped Dayne's new EP, In Progress. The project is the compilation of nine tracks and includes Dayne's buzz-worthy singles “All About The Art”, “Fellow” and “I Want It All.” It also includes new tracks like “Wash It Down” and “Git It Back” to round out the EP.
And, trust us — Philly is definitely representing on this project music — from "All About the Art" which features Questlove on drums and James Poyser on keys, to "Lost" which has fellow Philly up-and-comer Ebony Joi lacing the track with her vocals.
We're guessing you're ready to hear the project, right? You can download it on Dayne's website, or you can listen and download the project using the below SoundCloud player. Also, be sure to watch our exclusive in-studio interview with DJ Jazzy Jeff and Dayne Jordan to hear insights on the projects and learn more about Jeff and Dayne's favorite cheesesteak spot.
Spoiler alert: DJ Jazzy Jeff is all about famous South Street cheesesteak joint, Ishakabibbles.
Hailed as the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo” by Rolling Stone magazine, songstress Goapele is set to perform at World Cafe Live later this week. Since the 2001 release of her debut project Closer, the Berklee-trained singer/songwriter has entertained fans around the world with her honest music and undeniably soulful sound.
Last month, after successfully releasing her new single, "Hey Boy" featuring Snoop Dogg, Goapele dropped her third studio album Strong as Glass. In addition to appearances by Snoop Dogg and crooner Eric Benet, Goapele's recent 10-track project includes her signature ethereal music stylings, flawless vocals and her thoughtful, emotion-filled songwriting.
In a recent interview, the singer/songwriter was quoted saying,
“It's full of surprises and I hope my fans will enjoy this musical journey with me,” she previously said about the new album. “I sung my heart out on this project and I got to work with producers & writers that pushed me as an artist.”
Catch Goapele on Saturday, November 8 at World Cafe Live as she lands in Philadelphia with her Strong as Glass US music tour. Get there in time for the opening performance by Philadelphia’s own R&B/pop/folk vocalist Jade Alston.
The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned talent our way.
Anchored in the popular West Philadelphia neighborhood of the University City, the Annenberg produces a full year of rich music and cultural programming on the campus of University of Pennsylvania. From jazz greats like Patti Austin and Branford Marsalis, to the acclaimed poetry of Philadelphia's own Ursula Rucker, the Annenberg is set to present an unstoppable season of programming once again.
You can visit www.annenbergcenter.org to view their full year of programs. To get you started, we've pulled together a few of the Annenberg's can't-miss shows below. Check out our top picks!
November 1, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Patti Austin, the Grammy® award-winning vocalist, began her career at age four, and has wowed audiences ever since. Her 17 albums range from jazz to soul to R&B and her voice has graced the recordings of Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler and Diana Ross. Austin’s stunning vocals continue to impress and electrify, making her a true artist whose creativity knows no limits.
November 16, 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Arturo Sandoval is the most prodigious Cuban trumpeter of his generation. A protege of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, earning him 10 Grammy awards, six Billboard awards and one Emmy award along the way. He is known for his virtuoso technical ability and gravity-defying improvisational flights. Whenever Sandoval picks up his horn, expect that fireworks will follow.
January 15-17, Various Times | Zellerbach Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Contemporary dance meets theatre, performance art, opera, ballet …and drag! Rosie Herrera’s innovative ensemble makes its way from Miami’s vibrant arts scene to the Annenberg Center stage for its Philadelphia debut. A favorite at the prestigious American Dance Festival, this program includes Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret and Dining Alone.
January 23 & 24, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
A moving memoir told through a compilation of five solo contemporary dance performances. Choreographed and performed by local Philadelphia artist Amy Lynne Barr, the evening explores many aspects of what it really means to experience life: What is one capable of? What will one become? What is the meaning of all that surrounds us?
February 5, 7:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
NEA Jazz Master, Grammy® award‐winning saxophonist and Tony® award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists today. Born into New Orleans’ most distinguished musical family, his life and career have intersected with a host of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. Marsalis leads his quartet with the charisma and intensity of a living jazz legend.
March 28, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Jazz violinist Regina Carter speaks to her generation and her ancestors. Her latest recording, Southern Comfort, pays homage to her grandfather’s roots and mixes blues, gospel, spiritual, folk and country music as they evolved with jazz, R&B and global influences. “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine).
February 6 – 7, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theater | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Her art is for social change. Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry. My Father’s Daughter is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s painful but victorious survival story. The wounded life of her mother informs the daughter, creating the artist and woman Rucker is today.
Nas is hitting the road for a U.S. tour. He’ll perform music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic—widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop. This highly anticipated tour coincides with the release of the legendary rapper’s Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. Philly hip-hop fans can catch him at The Keswick Theater.
DesignPhiladelphia returns, taking over a host of Philly venues and creative spaces this October. Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown into one of the largest of its kind, presenting 120 exhibitions, open studio tours, talks and workshops, plus 400 of the city’s brightest creative professionals.
This month’s installment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5, promises to be an unforgettable sonic journey, laced with the sweet rhythms of Afropop music. DJ Rahsaan starts the evening with the latest hits from Ghana and beyond, and multi-instrumentalist Kinobe—hailed as the new voice of Ugandan music—closes the night out with an intimate set of world music.
Music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist land in Philly this month to headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival. Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the festival kicks off Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, which will host 1,000 of the country’s leading young entrepreneurs for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.
After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights such as Justin Timberlake, Philly’s favorite music transplant, Aaron Camper, is back in town and performing at West Oak Lane soul food joint Relish. The next edition of Up-Close Live features two full sets of music by Camper and a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta.
Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night of Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music and “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, we suggest you grab tickets now.
The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Pharrell and Kanye West, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge. A BASSic Black Entertainment–X Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, Kontraband 215 front man Scoop, and hip-hop great Common. Watch our recap video.
Each month, Philly 360° showcases a creative from a trendy neighborhood in Philly. We recently linked up with graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties—also referred to as “NoLibs” by locals. From vintage sneaker consignment shop Sole Patrol to his favorite burger joint PYT, Jake gives us an insider’s look at his ’hood. Get details here.
For the next edition of the Philly° 360 Style Guide, we're focusing our attention on a special group of stylish gents that we've dubbed "The Heritage Hipster." You know the type—he’s uber stylish, wears great heritage brand jeans, loves vintage everything and is well-groomed in the most unassuming way. If that’s you, then we have a few OId City shops that you must check out. Find out more here.
For the third year in a row, BlackStar Film Festival exploded on the scene to shine a spotlight on the films and filmmakers that are broadening the definition of black cinema around the globe. Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture the people and movement that powered BlackStar 2014. Watch our video recap.
Philly's shopping scene just keeps getting better, and better. Next up on our retail radar, UNIQLO!
The international clothing brand, adored for high-quality casualwear and great prices, will open on Chestnut Street in Center City this Friday — a big win for Philadelphia shoppers.
To celebrate the grand opening of its new Philadelphia flagship store, the global clothing retailer announced that it will host a community-themed festival at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse on Saturday, October 4.
The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest will coincide with the opening of the brand's first downtown Philly store at 1608 Chestnut Street. Capitalizing on the major buzz around the opening, UNIQLO's Philly Love Fest will present a culture collision of Philadelphia and Tokyo influences through food, games and performances.
In fact, Mr. Global Philly himself, Roots drummer and famed turntablists Questlove will even be making an appearance and spinning a set between 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Other UNIQLO Philly Love Fest highlights include runway shows featuring traditional Japanese Taiko drummers, Philadelphia bucket drummers and breakdancers; face painting in the traditional Japanese styles of Anime, Manga and Kabuki in Philly team colors; food trucks serving up good eats influenced by both cities; and carnival games where attendees play to win gift cards, food truck vouchers and other prizes.
Guests will even have a chance to snap and share selfies at the UNIQLO social ‘Step and Repeat.' So, make sure you're wearing your flyest festival gear.
The ‘UNIQLO Philly Love Fest’ is free and open to the public. UNIQLO will even provide free transportation to and from the event via UNIQLO branded double-decker buses.
Customers can board the bus at the following stops:
— South 16th Street & Market Street (Pick Up Only)
— Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race Street (Pick Up Only)
— Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (Pick Up Only)
— Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr (Pick Up & Drop Off)
— UNIQLO, 1608 Chestnut Street (Drop Off Only)
You can visit UNIQLO’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uniqlo.us for more information and event details.
Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter When: Opening reception, Saturday, January 10, 8 - 12 a.m.; Exhibit open through February 28 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info:View Art Sanctuary's gallery hours. This month, Art Sanctuary…
Represent: 200 Years of African American Art 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…