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Contest: Win Tickets To See MIA & Ab-Soul At Tower Theater - Friday, April 25

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 16, 2014
    • MIA
      • MIA
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy MIA
    • Ab-soul
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One thing that's for certain — there's no stopping MIA. Bursting back on the scene after having her baby boy last year, MIA hit the road for a US music tour alongside Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist, Ab-soul. Together, these two powerhouse emcees have been tearing up stages and arenas across the country, and they're set to land in Philly on April 25.  

Want in on this incredible night of hip-hop? We know you do! That's why we're hooking a few lucky MIA fans up with a pair of tickets to her show at Tower Theater in West Philly. Just complete the below entry form for a chance to win. All winners will be contact early next week. #goodluck

You can click here to view the official contest rules. 


MIA w/ Ab–Soul
When: Friday, April 25, 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets
Cost: $35
More Info: LiveNation.com


Philly 360° Music Guide: Where To Listen To Jazz In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 16, 2014
    • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Philly is definitely serious about two things — our history and our music. Philadelphia has been called home by some of the greatest names in the history of music, like jazz legends Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Ethel Waters, Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker, just to name a few. 

Luckily for us, our city's rep as a great music destination doesn't stop with our deep jazz roots. Every day, stellar Philly-based musicians like Jeff Bradshaw, Laurin Talese, Ernest Stuart and others keep our local jazz scene moving and on the map. And, pretty much any day of the week, you can find a live jazz set going down in one of Philly's many popular music venues, including Chris' Jazz Cafe, Time and Warmdaddy's.

Ready to experience the feel-good vibe of the local jazz scene firsthand? Great — because Philly 360° has you covered. We've pulled together a roundup of some of best places to experience all that Philly jazz has to offer. Check it out! 


Watch our "Philly's Got Jazz" video and then check out The Official Philly 360° Guide to Jazz!

 

Jazz Festivals:

Center City Jazz Fest

When: Saturday, April 19
Where: Various venues
More info: Click here

It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at four local music venues, including Fergie’s, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents — Ernest Stuart, Justin Faulkner, Joanna Pascale and Mike Kennedy — lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.


Longwood Gardens' Wine & Jazz Festival

When: Satuday, June 7 
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA
More info: Click here

Three-time GRAMMY winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, along with the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, lands at Longwood Gardens for their annual Wine & Jazz Festival. Fine wine, smooth jazz and Longwood's picturesque gardens collide for an unforgettable experience for music lovers of all ages. 


Summer Solstice Salsa Party @ Morris Arboretum

When: Saturday, June 19
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
More info: Click here

Celebrate the longest day of the year with some Latino flavor, as Morris Arboretum presents its Summer Solstice Salsa Party featuring Latin jazz group Cafe Con Pan Band. Insider tip: Get there early to practice your moves during their free pre-show salsa lesson. 


Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration 

When: Saturday, September 20 
Where: South Street between Broad & 16th Streets
More info: Click here

The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration returns with another round of outstanding Philly jazz. Produced by the Lifeline Music Coalition, the event features two stages and various venues along Philly's famous South Street.

    • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Photo Credit: Photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC

Jazz Clubs & Venues:

Chris Jazz Cafe 

1421 Sansom Street

chrisjazzcafe.com 

Down Beat Magazine got it right when they named Chris’ Jazz Cafe one of the “100 Great Venues Around the World to Hear Jazz.” In addition to a dope lineup of local, national and international talent, Chris' also has a menu that offers budget-friendly food and drinks. 


Warmdaddy's 

1400 S. Columbus Boulevard

warmdaddys.com

With its waterfront location, down-home southern comfort food and a regular lineup of Philly-fresh music, Warmdaddy's is a must-hit in Philly's music scene. Be sure to keep an eye on Warmdaddy's monthly music calendar to stay up-to-date on their solid mix of jazz, soul, hip-hop and blues performances. 


Time 

1315 Sansom Street 

timerestaurant.net

Tucked away on Sansom Street, Time has quickly become a favorite drop-in spot for Philadelphia's young, emerging jazz talents. In addition to the main dining room, which features a nightly lineup of jazz and soul, Time also houses a small whiskey bar on the first floor and a second floor absinthe lounge and dance floor.  


Relish

7152 Ogontz Avenue

relishphiladelphia.com

Although it’s only open on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood is considered one of the most authentic jazz clubs in town. Jazz purists will appreciate this venue's dedication to presenting "true" jazz in a caberet-like setting. 
 
 

Paris Bistro

8229 Germantown Avenue

parisbistro.net

Recently opened beneath the Chestnut Hill Hotel, Paris Bistro is a 50-seat jazz cafe offering performances Thursday through Sunday nights. Patrons can enjoy full food and drink lists while taking in hour-long performances from Philadelphia’s hottest jazz musicians.


The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz

738 S. Broad Street 

clefclubofjazz.org

The Philadelphia Clef Club works to present jazz — past, present and future — through workshop, classes, lessons and, of course, a stellar lineup of concerts. Keep an eye on their monthly programming for a great selection of open mic sets and shows featuring local headliners. 

    • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC / Philly 360°

Showcase & Concert Series

Sittin' In @ The Kimmel

When: Check website for details. 
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets 
More info: Click here

Check out the new faces of Philly music, during the Kimmel Center's monthly artists showcase, “Sittin’ In.” Headlined by a different rising star each month, this event is a look at the new "who’s who" in Philly's booming music scene — and the perfect place to dance, party and mix and mingle with the local creative scene.


Jazz and R&B Happy Hour

When: 1st and 3rd Fridays
Where: Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge
More info: facebook.com/reservephl

Every 1st and 3rd Friday, Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge explodes with the sounds of Philly's hottest jazz talents. Hosted by jazz musicians V. Shayne Frederick and Kevin Valentine, this twice-monthly series regularly includes surprise guest musicians, vocalists and poets. It's always a can't-miss event.


Who Got The Jazz?

When: See website for dates. 
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Click here

Each month, Veteran Freshman and The Philadelphia Jazz Project return to World Cafe Live with a new edition of Who Got The Jazz? This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds. Check out World Cafe Live's website for information on featured performers. 

Art After 5 @ PMA

When: Weekly on Fridays
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More info: philamuseum.org

Each and every Friday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 showcase and mixer features live jazz and a cash bar in the Great Stair Hall. This popular performance series focuses on on jazz, but regularly includes a selection of world music, soul, R&B and hip-hop. It's a must-hit event. 


Friday Night Jazz @ Woodmere

When: Friday nights through April 25
Where: Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue
More info: Click here

Back for another season, Friday Night Jazz at Woodmere Art Museum returns with awe-inspiring musical tributes to iconic musicians like John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix.  Sip some complimentary wine and listen to live music, while enjoying Woodmere's collection. 


Smooth Jazz Summer Nights

When: TBA
Where: RiverStage/Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
More info: Click here

What could be better than a waterfront seat and smooth jazz under the Philly sky? Open to jazz fans of any age, this free, popular outdoor music series returns to the Riverstage at the Great Plaza on Penn's Landing. Stay tuned for more details.

 

Contest: Win Tickets To See Ledisi & Robert Glasper At Tower Theater - Thursday, May 1

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 15, 2014
    • Ledisi - The Truth Tour
      • Ledisi - The Truth Tour
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Eight-time GRAMMY-nominated R&B powerhouse Ledisi is on the road with a hot new music tour in support of her latest project, The Truth. And, of course she's stopping through Philly to show her fans some love. You can check Led out on Thursday May 1 at the Tower Theater in West Philadelphia.

Ledisi brings together the sounds of soul, R&B, jazz and gospel into her music, and keeps her fans on the edge of their seat with her electrifying performances and impressive vocal range. Her album Pieces of Me garnered three GRAMMY nods and showcased her work with two Philly notables — songwriting duo Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barias

The Truth Tour not only features Ledisi's unbelievable music and voice, but also includes a special opening performance by the Robert Glasper Experiment — brainchild of acclaimed jazz pianist and recent GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper

We're guessing that you want in on the feel-good music, right? Well, don't worry because we've got you covered. Philly 360° is giving away three pairs of tickets to some lucky, deserving fans.

Just complete the below contest form to enter. You can also click here for the official contest rules. 

Ledisi The Truth Tour w/ Special Guest Robert Glasper Experiment
When: Thursday, May 1, 8 PM
Where: Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th Street, Upper Darby, PA
Cost: From $46-75
Tickets: Click here to buy tickets. 


Philly 360° Rewind: Backstage At World Cafe Live With Clint Coley

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 4, 2014
    • Clint Coley
      • Clint Coley
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Clint Coley

Keep your eye on Philly born-and-raised comedian Clint Coley. Since being hailed as the new "Prince of Comedy" by veteran entertainer D.L. Hughley, this Philly funnyman has been steadily gaining fans and national exposure.

Philly 360° recently caught up with Clint as he brought his hit one-man show I'm an Adult to the popular, polished University City music venue, World Cafe Live.

Backstage Clint gave us an exclusive look at his pre-show routine, which includes a fresh cut by Snoop The Barber, a turkey sandwich from Wawa and a rowdy game of spades with his crew. Among Clint's entourage for that night was his mom, sister, singer/songwriter Jacqueline Constance, and a number of local comedians. Also, spotted backstage playing spades was producer and Reebok brand Ambassador Dilemma, who is slated to produce Clint's upcoming album this year. 

After a few rounds of cards, complete with a hefty dose of classic spades trash-talking, Clint chatted with us about growing up in Philly and his road to success. And, of course we had to ask about his favorite cheesesteak spot.

For the record, Clint only gets his steaks from Max's. As for toppings, he'll take salt, pepper, ketchup, fried onions and American cheese—no Whiz! Clint definitely felt strong about the Whiz. In Philly, Whiz or no-Whiz is definitely a matter of taste, so we'll leave that one alone for now.

But, one thing is definitely clear—Clint Coley is on the move, making it happen and always down to rep his hometown.


Here's our exclusive backstage video with Clint Coley at World Cafe Live! Check it out. 


Philly 360° Black History Month Top Picks

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • January 31, 2014
    • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Bradshaw
    • 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
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As the birthplace of the nation, Philly's history roots run deep — and, black history is no exception. 

Philadelphia has been called home by some of the most pivotal figures in African American entertainment, past and present. Jazz great John Coltrane, classical music diva Marianne Anderson, The Sound of Philadelphia producers Gamble & Huff, R&B/Soul diva Jill Scott, and mega-star Will Smith, all got their start right here on the streets of Philly.  

So, it's no surprise that during the month of February, the city comes alive with tons of concerts, exhibits, and creative programs celebrating Black History Month. Whether you're looking for family fun at the African American Museum, a late night jazz jam at popular soul food joint Warmdaddy's, or hoping to catch dinner and a Broadway show on the Avenue of the Arts — Philly 360° has got you covered. 

We're jump-starting your Black History Month celebration with a few can't-miss events. Check out our top picks for a Black History Month experience that only Philly can provide.  


Black History Month Top Picks: 

    • Yinka Shonibare MBE. Pedagogy Boy/Boy, 2003.
      • Yinka Shonibare MBE. Pedagogy Boy/Boy, 2003.
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
    • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Bradshaw
    • Laurin Talese
      • Laurin Talese
      • Photo Credit: Image by The Nouveau Image / Courtesy of Laurin Talese
    • The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle
      • The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of AAMP
    • Dancer & Choreographer Roger Lee
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Black History Celebration With Jeff Bradshaw & Laurin Talese

When: Friday, February 7 & Saturday, February 8, 7:30 & 10 p.m. shows

Where: Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd. 

Cost:  $20

More Info: warmdaddys.com

Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, Jay Z, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few. To celebrate Black History Month, Jeff is bringing his A-game to Warmdaddy's for two amazing nights of jazz and feel-good soul. And, he's not coming alone. Both nights Jeff will be joined on stage by the smooth and sultry jazz tones of BASSic Black Entertainment singer/songwriter Laurin Talese.


Black History Month @ AAAMP

When: Through February 

Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street 

Cost: $14 admission, $10 students/youth

More Info: aampmuseum.org

For the entire month of February, The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is buzzing with black history month happenings for the entire family. AAMP will kick off its month-long series of programs on February 1, with a screening of the award-winning documentary The Contradictions of Fair Hope, which is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and scored by Christian McBride. On February 8, museum guests will explore the languages, music, and religions of South Africa with Zulu native Godfrey Sithole. And, on February 22, the talented members of the Tiberino family will give an intimate tour their work in the AAMP's exciting new exhibit, The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family. 


Yinka Shonibare, MBE: Magic Ladders

When: Through April 25 

Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

Cost: $22 adults, $10 students, Free for members

More Info: barnesfoundation.org

In January, The Barnes Foundation opened Magic Ladders, featuring work by international art sensation Yinka Shonibare, MBE. A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare's colorful and thought-provoking work has been shown all across the US and Europe, and explores European art and history through the lens of race, colonialization, slavery and commerce.  The exhibit includes approximately 15 of Shonibare's colorful and and imaginative creations, including paintings, photographs, a full-room installation, and his signature life-sized mannequins  dressed in colorful Dutch wax fabrics produced in Europe, but most closely associated with Africa.


Art After 5 @ PMA

When: Friday, February 5, 5 p.m. 

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost: Free with museum admission 

More Info: philamuseum.org

Swing into the Black History Month festivities, as Dandy Wellington and his band set the mood with Mood Indigo: A Harlem Renaissance Retrospective, part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art After 5 program. The special set at PMA features compositions jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and others.


Gershwin's Porgy & Bess 

When: February 18 - 23

Where: Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Streets

Cost: Ticket prices vary

More Info: kimmelcenter.org

Written in 1935, Gershwin's Porgy & Bess was the first musical in history to use an entire cast of classically-trained African Americans — a daring choice for the time. Now, the 2012 Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical, comes to the Academy of Music in a stunning production that includes the legendary songs “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and other classic hit songs.


Roger Lee Dance: First Annual Black History Celebration

When: Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22, 8 p.m. 

Where: The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street

Cost: $18

More Info: Click here to buy tickets online.  

Philly-based choreographer Roger Lee explodes on the scene with his First Annual Black History Celebration Concert at The Performance Garage in Fairmount. The emerging dance company will pay tribute to black history, exploring the hardship of slavery and segregation, while looking at black dance's influence on urban culture through the lens of soul, pop, and rock music.


Philly Gives Back With The 2014 MLK Day Of Service - January 20

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • January 17, 2014
    • MLK Day of Service
      • MLK Day of Service
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of MLK Day of Service

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 20, thousands of volunteers will take to the streets of Philadelphia for one of the country's largest service projects, The 19th 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! 

Philly 360° MLK Day of Service Top Picks: 

 

Martin Luther King Sharing the Heritage Celebration and Day of Service 

When: Monday, January 21, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Where: The African American Museum of Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street

Cost: Free

More Info: Click here for details. 

AAMP 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 program at noon, and a show stopping appearane by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble.


Martin Luther King Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary

When: Saturday, January 18 - Monday, January 20

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

Cost: Free

More info: www.easternstate.org

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Eastern State Penitentiary's annual MLK event. This weekend, visitors can watch professional actors read excerpts from Dr. King's iconic writing, Letter From Birmingham Jail. Guests will also have a chance to read his letter on camera, as Art Sanctuary joins in the festivities with crafts and their initiative, Read With Me: The MLK Project. 

 

MLK Day of Service at Philadelphia Museum of Art

When: Monday, January 20 

Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost: Pay what you wish

More info: Click here for more details. 

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, and The Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team will bring down the house with an electrifying performance. Museum admission will be pay-what-you-wish in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

 

MLK Day Celebration at The Franklin Institute 

When: Monday, January 21

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street 

Cost: $16.50 adults, $14 children 

More Info: Click here for full details. 

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. 

 

A King's Celebration

When: Monday, January 20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Where: Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 2101 W. Cecil B. Moore Avenue 

Cost: Free 

More Info: Click here for details. 

Presented by The City of Philadelphia's Philly Rising initiative, this daylong celebration will include a youth basketball tournament, the installation of a new mural in the center’s gymnasium, a concert performance, and a series of inspirational speakers throughout the day.  


First Friday! Philadelphia Artists Spotlight At The Barnes - Friday, December 6

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • December 5, 2013
    • Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective
      • Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mr. Sonny James
    • Las Gallas
      • Las Gallas
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Las Gallas
    • Spoken word duo Yellow Rage
      • Spoken word duo Yellow Rage
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy Yellow Rage
    • Indie Rock duo Pattern Is Movement
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This weekend, you can get a taste of Philly's diverse and vibrant creative scene, as The Barnes Foundation gets into the First Friday action with their Philadelphia Artists Spotlight.  

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.

So, to celebrate First Friday, and the diversity found within the Philly creative scene, The Barnes has pulled together an extra fresh lineup of dancers, poets and performing artists for an entertaining exploration of all things Philly. 

The spotlight will include performances by Pattern is Movement, a two-man indie rock band who will pay tribute to the music of famed hip-hop producer J Dilla; Latina performance troupe Las Gallas performing their signature work Ghetto Bolera; DJ extraordinaire Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective holding down the First Friday playlist; theater collective Team Sunshine; and poetry by the infamous spoken word duo Yellow Rage.

With an uncomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists ready to throw down in their own unique way—The Barnes is the only place to be for this upcoming First Friday. Grab your crew, and come out to watch these artists shine like only Philly stars can. 


Event Details:

First Friday! Philadelphia Artists Spotlight at The Barnes

When: Friday, December 6, 6 - 10 p.m. 

Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

Cost: $25, members freee

More Info: Click here to reserve your ticket online. 


(1)ne Drop Black Friday Release Party - Friday, November 29

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • November 27, 2013
    • (1)ne Drop Black Friday Release Party
      • (1)ne Drop Black Friday Release Party
      • Photo Credit: Sembene MacFarland by Noelle Théard, Perry Divirgilio by by Zun Lee

Do you know blackness when you see it? This is the question Dr. Yaba Blay, one of today's leading voices on global skin color politics, asks with her new book,  (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. The book officially releases this week from Blay's recently-launched independent press company, BLACKprint Press.

Yaba introduced (1)ne Drop to her quickly expanding network of followers earlier this year, and over the summer successfully ran a Kickstarter pre-sale campaign, which raised over $22,000 to fund the project. Since then, (1)ne Drop has been generating some serious buzz. In the last month alone, Yaba has appeared on W. Kumau Bell's show, Totally Unbiased, presented a sold-out show as part of the First Person Arts Festival, and even graced the front cover of the Philadelphia Weekly.  

To celebrate (1)ne Drop's early successes and the book's official release, Yaba is throwing a release party at The Painted Bride Art Center in Old City—and appropriately on Black Friday. The event will feature light fare, wine, and a fresh soundtrack provided courtesy of Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective. Also, party guests can browse an amazing two-floor exhibit of the portraits from the (1)ne Drop in the Painted Bride's gallery space.  

The event is totally free, so make sure you grab a copy of Dr. Blay's book. And, since it is Black Friday, you might just want to pick up a couple of extra copies to hand out as gifts during the holiday. We'll see you there. 


Event Details:

(1)ne Drop Black Friday Release Party

When: Friday, November 29, 6 - 9 p.m. 

Where: The Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street 

Cost: FREE

More info: http://bit.ly/1gMtuLM


The 12th Annual First Person Arts Festival - November 6 - 16

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 15, 2013
    • The 12th Annual First Person Arts Festival
      • The 12th Annual First Person Arts Festival
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of First Person Arts
    • 12th Annual First Person Arts Festival
      • 12th Annual First Person Arts Festival
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of First Person Arts
    • Conversation & Song: Walking The Laureate Road with Sonia Sanchez
      • Conversation & Song: Walking The Laureate Road with Sonia Sanchez
      • Photo Credit: Sonia Sanchez by Erika Vonie
    • Dr. Yaba Blay's (1) Drop Project Live
      • Dr. Yaba Blay's (1) Drop Project Live
      • Photo Credit: Sembene MacFarland by Noelle Théard, Perry Divirgilio by by Zun Lee,
    • Raphael Xavier presents The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance
      • Raphael Xavier presents The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance
      • Photo Credit: Raphael Xavier by Brian Mengini
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As the birthplace of our nation, Philly is a city of "firsts", and home to tons of one-of-a-kind creative places, people and events. So, it'll come as no surprise that the only festival in the world dedicated to the art and power of storytelling, The First Person Arts Festival, happens right here.  

From November 6-16, First Person Arts' innovative and entertaining festival explodes with 11 days of fantastic events that celebrate the power of the personal story through stand-up storytelling, theater, story slams, poetry, music, memoir writing, dance and more. And, this year FPA is definitely taking the festival to an entirely new level.

On November 6, the festivities kick off with Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, and former US Laureate Rita Dove for Conversation & Song: Walking the Laureate Road. Talk about a triple-threat, right? And, as if that wasn't enough, the second week of the festival will see Sonia return to discuss The Politics of Poetry with Chicana author Ana Castillo, and long-time activist and author Angela Davis

Other Philly-fresh festival events include hip-hop and breakdance pioneer Raphael Xavier's first solo show, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, and Dr. Yaba Blay's groundbreaking book release, exhibit and storytelling event (1) Drop Live. This year's festival will also see the return of signature FPA events, including the always sold-out GrandSlamFestival StorySlam, and Kevin Allison's hit live podcast taping Risk!

You can check the full First Person Festival schedule online, and be sure to take a look at the Philly 360° Package, which offers three of our favorite festival programs at one low price. Okay, so get out there and experience another exclusively Philly experience with the 12th Annual The First Person Festival. Let's go! 


Event Details:

The 12th Annual First Person Arts Festival

When: November 6 - 16, 2013 

Where: Various Venues (see festival website for details)

Cost: Tickets range from $10 - $35

More info: festival.firstpersonarts.org


Philly 360° Exclusive: Q&A With BlackStar Mastermind Maori Karmael Holmes

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 26, 2013
    • BlackStar Film Festival
      • BlackStar Film Festival
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Last year, Philly became home to another first, as Philly 360° Creative Ambassaor Maori Karmael Holmes successfully launched the inaugural BlackStar Film Festival. People from around the country gathered in Philly to experience the wonder of black cinema, and Ebony even hailed the event as Philly's own "Black Sundance".  #bigwin

Next month, we're hype to announce that BlackStar is returning—bigger and better than before. Philly 360° caught up with Maori for an exclusive interview, just as she and her powerhouse team are putting the finishing touches on this year's festivities. Maori gives us the inside scoop on the festival venues, can't-miss films, and her three favorite black films of all time! 

You can checkout our insider interview with Maori below. Also, be sure to visit blackstarfest.org to view the full festival line-up, and purchase tickets online today! 


Philly 360° Exclusive Interview with BlackStar's Maori Karmael Holmes! 

    • Philly 360° creative ambassador: Maori Karmael Holmes
      • Philly 360° creative ambassador: Maori Karmael Holmes
      • Photo Credit: Photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC
    • BlackStar Film Festival: Nairobi Half Life
      • BlackStar Film Festival: Nairobi Half Life
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    • Brother From Another Planet featuring King Britt
      • Brother From Another Planet featuring King Britt
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    • BlackStar Film Festival: Question Bridge
      • BlackStar Film Festival: Question Bridge
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of BlackStar
    • BlackStar Film Festival: TEY
      • BlackStar Film Festival: TEY
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    • BlackStar Film Festival: Mother of George
      • BlackStar Film Festival: Mother of George
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Philly 360°: BlackStar is back for its second year, and was recently hailed as "TheBlack Sundance" by Ebony Magazine.  That's amazing! How rewarding is it to create this platform for black cinema here in Philly? 

Maori: Creating BlackStar was by accident, but a wondrous accident. Producing it has been amazing for me personally and professionally. I continue to meet and connect with awesome folks in Philadelphia and beyond who care deeply about promoting the work of folks of color.


Philly 360°: Well, Philly is definitely buzzing about this year's festival, and most certainly showed up in mass for last year's festival. What do you love most about presenting BlackStar here in Philly? 

Maori: That's exciting to hear that there's a buzz. It feels really good. Philadelphia is the home of so many "firsts" in American history and this idea of independence and a DIY/indie aesthetic is in our bones, so in many ways there is no other place that could house a festival like ours. The ourpouring of support from community partners, sponsors, and audience is tremendous and we feel so much love and gratitude.

I am also really excited about having a niche neighborhood festival primarily in University City. You will be able to walk from City Tap House to Drexel and International House and the Sheraton and back in under 5 minutes. It is really cool to be set up in that way.


Philly 360°: Can you give us the big picture view on this year's festival? How many films are you presenting? And, are there any exciting new programs or events this year? 

Maori: We have basically doubled in size. We are presenting 75 films in three venues. We have a screenplay competition with a $2,500 cash prize and we have an awards ceremony and for the first time an awards competition including audience awards. As part of our awards we are honoring the Howard University film program.


Philly 360°: Tell us about the venues for this year's festival - any exciting new places or partnerships?  

Maori: International House of Philadelphia is one of the best places to see film in the city. The screen, projection, and audio, as well as their staff are top-notch and amazing to work with. They will continue to be our festival hub. We have an additional site at Drexel University through our new partnership with the Africana Studies Program, as well we are presenting a program at The Barnes Foundation and hosting an opening night reception at City Tap House


Philly 360°:  Okay, I know you and the Blackstar team have curated an amazing line-up of black films this year. If you had to give us a few highlights, or not-to-be-missed movies—what would they be?  

Maori: Did I say there were 75 films?!! Some of our highlights are our evening features of course--Tey, Nairobi Halflife, Mother of George, and Question Bridge: Black Males. I am also really excited about  the Arts Shorts at The Barnes and our Youth Program.


Philly 360°:  The Brother From Another Planet (Re-contextualized) w/ Live Score at Johnny Brenda's sounds like an amazing experience. How did this concept come about? Who are the masterminds behind this genius production? Tell us!

Maori: King and I are friends (and in the same class of Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors). At a dinner party last year we came up with this idea to collaborate for the festival around a loose idea based on Afrofuturism. We wanted to do something at Johnny Brendas, another fantastic venue, and King came up with the remix event and enlisted his collaborators, Marlo Reynolds, Anthony Tidd, Jason Senk, and Damon Bennett.


Philly 360°:  Any other special appearances this year? Notable filmmakers? Actors? Actresses? 

Maori: We are excited to have lots of filmmakers this year. Notably Omari Hardwick (Things Never Said), Haile Gerima, Bradford Young (Mother of George), Andrew Dosonmu (Mother of George), Dennis Dortch (Black & Sexy TV), Numa Perrier (The Couple), Yolonda Ross (Yelling to the Sky), Tanya Wright (True Blood), Lisa Cortés (Precious), Tariq Trotter, Dorian Missick (Big Words), and Muhammida El Muhajjir (Hip Hop: The New World Order). 


Philly 360°: Okay, let's end on a fun note As a filmmaker and Philly's reigning expert on black cinema name your top three black films of all time? The Wiz is a given right?Or, is that just me? 

Maori: The Wiz is amazing and phenomenal in so many ways, but for me as a filmmaker, the top three black films that shaped me are--although that list could easily go on to 10 or 20.  Eve's Bayou, Daughters of the Dust, and Sankofa. 

 

You can learn more about BlackStar, and view the entire festival schedule by visiting www.blackstarfest.org.  


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