News http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:43:28 -0400 en <![CDATA[The 120th Annual Penn Relays Returns To Philly - April 24 - 26]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/04/23/the-120th-annual-penn-relays-returns-to-philly-april-24-26

All roads lead  to University City this weekend, as The Penn Relays, a three-day track-and-field celebration returns for another round of seriously competitive track and field action.

Watch accomplished athletes take on competitors from across the globe in games like the pole vault, long jump, high jump, javelin, 400 meter dashes, 100 meter sprints and more all day long beginning tomorrow, April 24.

Now in its 120th year — the world’s first and largest annual relay meet — this event pulls in crowds of up to 100,000 to the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, where sports-lovers of all ages gather to see some of the world’s top track athletes compete and begin Olympic careers. And, in addition to the athletes, the fans also hail from all over the country and the world.

This signature Philly-event, also includes an accompanying festival that lasts all three days of the event with food, crafts and souvenirs. This is definitely a must-hit event for the spring  check it out. 

Penn Relays
When: April 24-26
Where: Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
Cost: Varies
More info: www.thepennrelays.com


Insider's Tip: The main day of the Penn Relays is Saturday when the USA vs. The World races kick off in the afternoon.


A version of this post originally appeared on Uwishunu.com, check out their complete Penn Relay guide here.
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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:43:28 -0400
<![CDATA[Singer/Songwriter Eric Roberson Lands At Warmdaddy's For The R&B Collective - Sunday, May 4]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/04/23/singer-songwriter-and-producer-eric-roberson-lands-at-warmdaddy-s-for-the-r-b-collective-sunday-may-4 Each and every Sunday, The R&B Collective brings a new, hot music lineup to popular soul food restaurant and live waterfront music venue, Warmdaddy’s. This time around they teamed up Philly-based entertainment personality Moshay LaRen to present an exciting evening of music with special guest, Eric Roberson!

If you've ever stopped through Warmdaddy’s on a Sunday night, then you already know two things. First, you know that you'll smell the irrestible aroma of cornbread, catfish, mac and cheese and other southern delectables wafting in the air. Secondly, you know that you'll hear some of the best music Philly has to offer. And next month, you are in for a extra special treat.

Eric Roberson is a two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist and a trail blazer in the indie music scene. Growing up singing in hurch, Roberson decided to pursue music after graduating from college. Roberson eventually found himself signed to a publishing deal with EMI Publishing and was in the midst of the talented writers and producers that came out of DJ Jazzy Jeffs Touch of Jazz camp. His songwriting skills landed him records with artists like Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Will Smith, Vivian Green and many more.

In 2001, Eric decided to step out on his own. With the help of his parents and team, he started his label B.L.U.E. Erro Soul — and it’s been onward and upward since. From charting on Billboard to being the first indie artist nominated for a BET Award in 2007, Roberson has a lot to be proud of. He's sold over 80,000 CDs independently, thousands of digital downloads and continues to tour and build fans internationally. And, his next stop is Philly! 

Come out for some great food and a very special evening! Roberson’s live performances are full of love songs, creativity and even a little humor. An exceptional artist and songwriter, we’re sure you will enjoy.


The R&B Collective: A special evening with Eric Roberson
When: Sunday, May 4;  6 p.m. Doors & 7 p.m. Show | 8:45 p.m. Door & 9 p.m. Show
Where: Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd.
Cost: $25 Advance General Admission, $35 Advance VIP Admission
More Info: To purchase tix click here.

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:02:47 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360 Rewind: Rad Girls Launch Party Celebrates Women During Philly Tech Week]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/04/23/philly-360-rewind-rad-girls-launch-party-celebrates-women-during-philly-tech-week Earlier in the month, techies and creatives from across disciplines came out during the city’s annual Philly Tech Week. From April 4-12, Philadelphia's tech and design community attended music and tech events, talks, conferences, networking nights, Q&A’s, expos, and much more — all celebrating technology and innovation in the City of Brotherly Love.

Of the 100+ Tech Week events, I definitely had to check out the Rad Girls Launch Party at The Philadelphia Art Alliance in Center City. RadGirls.com is a Philly-based online publication dedicated to ladies who are innovating, achieving, and inspiring others in their communities. It shares weekly features on female leaders in their sectors, offers career advice, and personal stories from the Rad contributors. “Most importantly [however], Rad Girls is about collaboration. It is about making sure that we actively light one other’s torches because we burn brighter together,” according to the website.

At The Alliance, things kicked off around 7 p.m. The third floor where the event was held was packed to the brim with people that came out to support the launch. Complimentary “rad girls-themed” cocktails were served throughout the night, as was Vita Coco water for a little refreshment. Philly.com provided the appetizers.

After some introductory mixing and mingling, the ladies, and some extra-supportive gentlemen, settled into their seats for a brief Q&A discussion with the featured women of the night: Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, NYC-based musician and producer Susie Analogue, founder of Girl Develop It, Hillary Sedgwick, and Gloria Bell of Bell Digital Strategies.

Philly.com’s own Executive Producer of Lifestyle and Entertainment, Leah Kauffman, introduced the panelists and moderated the Q&A. She asked the women questions about being female entrepreneurs in usually male-dominated careers, taking big risks in their own careers, staying positive, inspirational mentors, using tech—it was Tech Week after all—and ways women can help and empower one another.

As the Q&A ended, attendees got up to ask the panelists questions, chatted with one another, snapped photos, and the floor was cleared for some dancing. As the DJs got started on the turntables, the panel attendees turned party-goers and let loose for a bit on the dancefloor — the perfect ending to a fun, informative and empowering launch party.  

To keep up with Rad Girls, be sure to check out their website to see what’s in store next!

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:06:53 -0400
<![CDATA[Contest: Win Tickets To The 7th Annual Roots Picnic]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/04/22/contest-win-tickets-to-the-7th-annual-roots-picnic Iconic hip-hop band and Philly's own The Roots are keeping busy performing daily as the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon —  but they always make sure to kick off the summer in their hometown.

The Legendary Roots Crew will be taking over Festival Pier in Philly once again with their signature music festival — the Roots Picnic aka one of the dopest shows you'll catch all year. 

Two stages. A lineup handpicked by The Roots with some of the hottest names in music — from hip-hop to indie to R&B and more. And, The Roots sitting in as the houseband for some of the acts for onstage collabs. Trust us, this is a must-hit event. 

Want to be there? We've got you. Enter for a chance to score a pair of tickets below. Click here for the official rules.

The Lineup

The Roots
Snoop Dogg (backed by The Roots)
Janelle Monae
A$AP Ferg
Action Bronson
araabMUZIK
The War On Drugs
Rudimental
Jhene Aiko
Biz Markie (DJ Set)
Bad Rabbits
Electric Wire Hustle
Just Blaze
Chill Moody
Emily Wells
Roman GianArthur


The Details

The 7th Annual Roots Picnic
When: Saturday, May 31
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street
More Info: Grab your tickets here

Insider Tip: Grab tickets and book a room. There will be events happening the night before and after the Picnic. Look out for our complete guide for everything to do Roots Picnic weekend


The Contest

Since you're already here entering for a chance to win tickets, check out our exclusive video from last year's Roots Picnic below.

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Playlist: Aziz Collins Drops Soulful New Single "I'll Try" Featuring Laurin Talese]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/04/21/philly-360-playlist-aziz-collins-drops-soulful-new-single-i-ll-try-featuring-laurin-talese It looks like Philly soul singer Aziz Collinsoriginally one half of the group U. City, is stepping out into the spotlight on his own. His solo project Night Job|DayDreamer made it on to our playlist this week with the single “I’ll Try” featuring BASSic Black Entertainment artist Laurin Talese.

The record has a soulful groove that fits in perfectly with the easy-going vibe of this project, and Aziz and Laurin's soul-drenched voices come together effortlessly on the hook. “Usually I walk away/And leave it all behind/But this time I’m gon’ stay a while/I love you girl so this time I’ll try.”  They sing about the ups and downs of relationships and deciding to stay together instead of quitting. It’s a simple sentiment, but it'll resonates with male and female listeners the same. 

Aziz first burst on the scene with Joshua Collins, no relation, to form the hit group U. City. In 2005 they dropped their debut album Reservations to much fanfare. They brought together all their influences — from soul, to rock and funk — to create an eclectic, one-of-a-kind project. Being songwriters as well, Aziz and Josua's skills  grabbed the attention of fans, as well as other artists. Together they penned “Hey” on Kindred the Family Soul’s album Arrival and were featured on VH1’s Soul Tour.

This time around, we get to see Collins step out into his own artistry. He was inspired to dive more into his creativity after working a job that just wasn’t as fulfilling. Realizing that he only has this one life to live, Collins linked with multi-instrumentalist Mike DeCastro and put together an array of songs to call his own. The album looks at working to get by, faith, perseverance — and of course love! A few other favorites from the project are “Gold” and “Remember Me.”

Make sure you check this project out and support local artists! You can also purchase the album here.

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Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:24:36 -0400
<![CDATA[Center City Jazz Festival Returns With A Stellar Lineup of Local & National Talent - Saturday, April 19]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/04/18/center-city-jazz-festival-returns-with-a-stellar-lineup-of-local-national-talent-saturday-april-19 This weekend, the annual Center City Jazz Festival returns for the third year, bringing another exciting lineup of jazz talent to four downtown music venues — and one tickets gets you access to it all. 

Festival founder and musician Ernest Stuart — who began the festival with a Kickstarter campaign and a dream — brings his music fest back in 2014 with more than a dozen performances throughout the day.

All day long, local and national musicians promise crowds sweet jazz at four neighboring Center City bars —Milkboy PhillyTimeChris’ Jazz Cafe and Fergie’s Pub.

The music kicks off at 1 p.m. with the first show upstairs at Fergie’s, and performances running concurrently at each location until just before 7 p.m. Each jazz venue hosts four hour-long sets, so definitely should the lineup and plan accordingly.

Of the more than a dozen artists, highlights include a performance by the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program for Jazz, a group of talented young performers ages 11 to 20, Messiah College artist-in-residence Tim Warfield Jr., and local jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale.

The full list of performers and set times is available right here.

Performances at all venues are included in the price of just one ticket. For $15 in advance and $20 at the door, you can enjoy the sweet sound of Philly jazz all day long.

Tickets are available online.

For even more on Philadelphia’s awesomely lively jazz scene, check out the brand-new Philly 360° Guide to Philadelphia Jazz for upcoming jazz festivals, top venues and key showcases and concert series.


Center City Jazz Festival
When: Saturday, April 19, 1-7:15 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
More info: www.ccjazzfest.com


A version of this story was originally published by our friends at Uwishunu.com, here.
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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:36:58 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Style Files: 6 Must-Hit Menswear Boutiques For Spring]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/04/18/philly-360-style-files-6-must-hit-menswear-boutiques-for-spring Fellas: Now that spring is officially here, it's time to update your wardrobe with a few fresh, classic fashion options. Whether you're stepping out for a concert, an important meeting, black-tie affair, or just a night out on the town — it's always important to look your best. Right? So, to keep you funky-fresh, dressed-to-impress, ready to party — we've pulled together a few menswear shops that can keep you dressing fine and feeling great.

As the saying goes, "A little style never hurt anybody…"


Check out our list of 6 Must-Hit Menswear Boutiques for Spring! 

Commonwealth Proper

1839 Chestnut Street

commonwealthproper.com

A first of it’s kind, this full service wardrobe consultancy and suit shop will help you look your sharpest from weddings to dinner parties to black tie affairs. Let the staff create a unique ‘wardrobe plan’ to fit your specific clothing needs, lifestyle and wardrobe goals that will last far beyond your initial purchase. Custom made and expertly tailored clothes guarantee you’ll be the ultimate man of fashion.

Insider Tip: This shop is one of Brad Smith’s (of the Philadelphia Eagles) favorite spots to hit up. Check out our video of Brad shopping at Commonwealth.

 

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

116 N. 3rd Street

artintheage.com

As a Philly-based lifestyle brand dedicated to authenticity, Art in the Age hosts a selection of specialty and curated items from organic spirits to eye wear to functional clothing and accessories like hand-crafted leather belts. You can also catch visual artists, musicians and authors at the store as well as recipes like Cocktails for Spring, on the website—just in time for warmer weather and maybe a BBQ.  

Insider Tip: First Fridays are a great time to check out the store and all of its offerings.


P’s & Q’s

820 South Street

psandqs.com

Luckily, street style has made leaps and bounds in recent years and from we’ve seen of P’s & Q’s selection of menswear and accessories, this boutique is on top of the trends. From home goods like Land By Land candles to Baxter grooming products to dope Thorocraft footwear, P’s & Q’s has got you covered when it comes to hitting the city streets in style.


Totem Brand

529 South Street

facebook.com/TotemBrandCo

With USA-made and manufactured apparel, this rugged, outdoorsy cool men’s boutique has no shortage of high-quality, durable and practical fashions. Featured on Rawr Denim for the store’s impressive jean collection, there’s no doubt you’ll stay fresh and on top of your manly game when you get your duds and accessories here.


Armour

704 S. 4th Street

armourphiladelphia.com

Former Brooklynite and owner of Armour, David Grimes, knows fashion and carries his own sense of style and Brooklyn style to his boutique on Fabric Row. The store also partners with local non-profits around the community like MenzFit—a non-profit that helps low-income men prepare for gainful employment and financial fitness. With unique brands like W.R.K., Prospective Flow and Fine & Dandy, rest assured you’ll find distinctive, stylish attire and unique accessories to match.


Metro Men’s Clothing

1600 E. Passyunk Avenue

metromensclothing.com

Winner of the Independence Business Alliance’s LGBT Business Award, this contemporary, casual menswear and sportswear store offers looks just in time for spring and summer. Look sharp guys with top of the line designer brands like Penguin and Scotch & Soda!

Insider Tip: You can buy your Phillies and Eagles merch here! Get classy while supporting your favorite teams at Metro Men's Clothing.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Authors Rob Hill Sr. & Alex Elle Land At Union Transfer - Sunday, May 4]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/04/17/the-real-with-rob-hill-sr-alex-elle-may-4-2014 The Real with Rob Hill Sr. is coming to popular Spring Garden-area music venue Union Transfer on Sunday, May 4. This can't-miss event will feature a discussion with author, writer and motivational speaker Rob Hill Sr. and special guest, author and entrepreneur Alex Elle.

Rob Hill Sr. found his purpose in helping and motivating others through adversity. After being kicked out of his house at the age of 17 and being confronted with homelessness, Hill had a life-changing epiphany during the birth of his son. Joining the Navy in order create a more stable life, Hill found renewed purpose in his love of writing.

Now the author of I Got You: Restoring Confidence in Love and Relationships and audio book Audacity of a Good HeartHill now travels the country for his public speaking engagements and community enrichment events. His online following boasts over 350,000 followers who look to Hill for his daily encouragement and insight via Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram.

“I just want to be somebody who makes a difference. I’m daring. I’m a risk taker. I’m not afraid to fall. I don’t care about failing. I don’t care whose judging. I’m going to keep trying. I’m going to go do it!” said Hill during a recent interview. 

“The Real” will also feature author Alex Elle, who has cultivated her following through The Good Hair Blog, which focuses on care of natural hair and her latest book of poetry "Words from a Wanderer." Elle’s work relates to a generation of women learning to love themselves and follow their dreams. Owner of multiple businesses at the young age of 24, Elle is the epitome of the entrepreneurial spirit.

The evening of conversation featuring these two dynamic thought-leaders will cover hot topics across various subject matters, including love, life, and success. You can't afford to miss this one — you're guaranteed to leave this event better, stronger and wiser. Check it out! 


“The Real” with Rob Hill Sr. w/ Special Guest Alex Elle
When: Sunday, May 4, 7pm
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $20 in advance, $30 at the door
More Info: Click here to buy tickets.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:22:50 -0400
<![CDATA[Contest: Win Tickets To See MIA & Ab-Soul At Tower Theater - Friday, April 25]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/04/16/contest-win-tickets-to-see-mia-ab-soul-at-tower-theater-friday-april-25 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

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:29:32 -0400
<![CDATA[The Philadelphia Museum Of Art Opens New Exhibit - Patrick Kelly: Runway Of Love]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/04/16/the-philadelphia-museum-of-art-presents-new-exhibit-patrick-kelly-runway-of-love Philly’s fashion stock continues to rise this year. On the heels of Philly Fashion Week and The Barnes Foundation's exhibit of international art impresario Yinka Shonibare, Philly has yet another style centered exhibit coming to town. On display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love explores the sudden rise and remarkable achievements of 1980’s American-born, Paris-based fashion designer, Patrick Kelly.

The exhibition is the first to showcase full on of Kelly’s head-to-toe fashion ensembles. Over 80 creations will be on display and will also feature selections from his extensive collection of black memorabilia, videos of his lively fashion shows, and works by renowned fashion photographers Horst P. Horst, Pierre et Gilles, and Oliviero Toscani.

Born in Mississippi, Kelly’s bold and bright designs were inspired by his relatives and the women he saw dressed up in their Sunday’s best. In 1985, he was discovered by ELLE Magazine selling his garments on the streets of New York and was whisked to study in Paris, France. Soon after, Kelly became the toast of the fashion industry. His clothes were sold at major department stores such as Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Macy’s and had a bevy of celebrity clientele including Naomi Campbell, Vanessa Williams and Bette Davis. As of late, Solange Knowles was spotted performing in his garments.

Kelly became the first American and black designer to be voted into the prestigious French Federation of Fashion and of Ready-to-Wear of Couturiers and Fashion Designers, and presented his collections in the tents at the Musée du Louvre. Shortly after reaching this acclaim, his career was cut short as he succumbed to AIDS in January 1990.

In addition to Runway to Love, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will also feature Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly, a complimentary exhibition of whimsical streetwear by Gerlan Jeans. Gerlan, who has been worn by the likes of Beyonce and Katy Perry, has reinterpreted Kelly’s signature aesthetics: bows, buttons, and other bold embellishments, to create clothes that embody the dynamic spirit of the 80s.

Both exhibits will run April 27 through November 30 in the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly
When: April 27, 2014 - November 30, 2014
Where: Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue
Cost: $20 General Admission | $14 Students
More Info: www.philamuseum.org

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