Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Starting next week, The 12th Annual First Person Arts Festival kicks off with over 20 events—all celebrating the power of the personal story. This year, First Person Arts has taken their festival events to new heights, presenting an incredible line-up that includes notable artists like Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, Philly-based breakdance pioneer Raphael Xavier, author of the newly released book (1)ne Drop Dr. Yaba Blay, Philly's own Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez, author and civil rights activist Angela Davis, and many more.
With a lineup this serious, tickets are moving fast. But, don't worry—we're giving one reader a chance to win the Philly 360° Ticket Package, which includes tickets to three great festival events at one low price.
The Philly 360° Ticket Package includes:
Conversation & Song: Walking The Laureate Road - Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
The Unofficial Guide To Audience Watching Performance - Wednesday, November 13, or Thursday, November 14, 8 p.m.
(1)ne Drop Project Live - Sunday, November 10, 5 p.m.
Enter for a chance to win below. Click here for the official rules.
Philly does it right when it comes to the arts. Get your best filters ready and snap pics of public art that you spot around Philly. Submit your pictures of murals; sculptures; street art; or paintings in museums, studios and galleries; and you could win a self-portrait painted by Ivben Taqiy and a two-night stay in Philly!
BTW - Ivben Taqiy is a Philadelphia artist who has a signature style that has allowed him to rise to the top of the art scene, including catching the eye of a lot of celebs who commission work from him.
HOW TO ENTER
1. Submit a photo of public art in the Philadelphia region via a tab on our Facebook page OR by tagging your photo on Instagram or Twitter with #Philly360ArtContest. You can submit as many different photos as you like.
2. Write a short caption about the art in the photo and add #Philly360ArtContest to your caption.
3. Then you and all of your friends can vote for your favorite photo. The contest closes on October 24, 2013.
One Grand-Prize Winner will get a self-portrait painted by Philadelphia-based artist Ivben Taqiy, plus a two-night stay at a luxury hotel in Philadelphia.
We’ll pick the winner based on originality, creativity, beauty and number of votes.
Enter here. #philly360artcontest
Riding high off the release of his sophomoric album Born Sinner, Roc Nation rising star J. Cole is bringing his What Dreams May Come Tour to Philly with Wale as special guest. We've got three - count 'em, three - pairs of tickets to give away! Want to be at the show? Enter for your chance to win here. Click here for the official rules.
The contest period has ended.
Wednesday, September 25
5201 Parkside Avenue
So, you've heard that the critically acclaimed musical FELA! is returning to Philly for another round of afrobeat dopeness. The BIG news is this time, Fela! The Musical will star none other than R&B superstar Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child.
And, we just got our hands on some tickets to the showings on Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13. Enter for your chance to win here! Contest ends on Monday, March 11, at 5 p.m.
FELA! The Musical featuring Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child.
March 12 - 17
250 South Broad Street
Also, executive produced by an impressive list that includes Questlove, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay-Z and the folks at Okayplayer, FELA! tells the true story of Fela Kuti,the revoluntary artist, who pioneered Afrobeat and then used it to ignite a nation. FELA! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti's electrifying music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones.
Get your tickets here.
Philly, are you ready to get insane in the membrane (insane in the brain)? Ok, not literally. But, we're hype to see the return of the platinum-selling legendary rap crew Cypress Hill. The hip-hop legends will be letting loose all of their West Coast flavor and chart-topping hits right on the the stage at The Troc. And we have a pair of tickets to their show.
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Cypress Hill, enter below through November 19. Click here for the official rules.
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You know we love to hook you up with tickets to shows, and we got our hands on a pair tickets to see NBC's The Voice winner Javier Colon on February 10 at the Keswick.
Want a chance to hear his smooth vocals up close? Enter for yout chance to win tickets below. Contest is running until February 8. Good luck!
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Lupe Fiasco brings his LASERS Tour to the Mann Center with special guest performers Big Sean, Miguel & Tinie Tempah. We got our hands on a pair of tickets, and we want to give you the chance to be there. Contest ends Friday, September 9.
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Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest is a documentary film directed by Michael Rapaport about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history - A Tribe Called Quest. We got passes to an advance screening of the film, and we're giving you and a guest a chance to go.
Thursday, July 21
214 Walnut Street
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest opens to the public at the Ritz Five in Philly (and at the Ritz Center 16 in Voorhees, NJ) on Friday, July 22.
Having released five gold and platinum selling albums within eight years, A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical acts in recent history, and regarded as iconic pioneers of hip hop. The band’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group’s innovative musical stylings never seems to diminish.
Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement.
As he travels with the band members (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White), Rapaport captures the story of how tenuous their relationship has become; how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion. When mounting tensions erupt backstage during a show in San Francisco, we get a behind-the-scenes look at their journey and contributions as a band and what currently is at stake for these long-time friends and collaborators.
In addition to chronicling the past, present and uncertain future of the band, the film includes interviews from the Beastie Boys, Kanye West, Pharrell, Mos Def, Santigold, Monie Love, Pete Rock, Large Professor, De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers and Common, all of whom attribute some combination of love, respect, and inspiration drawn from the legacy of A Tribe Called Quest.
Get your designs skills ready for a chance to be a part of The Philadelphia Collection -- a collective of fashion and style events taking over Philly for 10 days in September.
The contest asks local fashion and graphic designers to create a design for a men’s and a women’s T-shirt, using The Philadelphia Collection logo, which will be sold at various retailers in Philadelphia. The contest runs through July 8, 2011.
The winner will receive (in addition to bragging rights) brand/name exposure on the hangtag, exposure in select retail shops throughout the city, six complimentary t-shirts of their design, tickets to an event for The Philadelphia Collection 2011, and $150.
Nigel Richards of The 611 Lifestyle will produce the shirts locally in Philadelphia after the winner is selected on July 19th. The shirts will be sold for $30 at select retailers beginning September 1, 2011.
Insider tip: Full official contest entry rules available here.
Spearheaded by The City of Philadelphia, Center City District, and The Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance, The Philadelphia Collection 2011 will engage members of Philadelphia’s diverse fashion and style community including retailers, stylists, designers, modeling agencies, salons, design schools, fashion consultants and more. These participants will either host their own unique fashion and style event, or partner with other producers’ events as they showcase the City’s retail and design talent in addition to fall’s newest fashions.