Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Sometimes when we speak of artists, we immediately think of painters, sculptors and photographers. Very rarely do we think of manicurists as being actual artists, but some are!
There is a new wave of Nail Artists on the scene in Philly, offering a fresh and funky mix of hand painted designs as well as Minx. I chose three ladies that are representing a range of true nail art. Two work at amazing salons in the city, Mi Cumbia and Koco Nail Salon & Wax Studio and the third is by appointment only.
The three ladies I’m featuring all have completely different styles. That’s what drew me to each one of them. They all have a super creative eye and a completely different perspective from one another giving you a range of choices when looking to get a unique look to your nails. These ladies are creative, talented and ready to take appointments. Check out what each nail artists' style is below.
Insider Tip: Make it a girls night! Host a gathering with your girlfriends and hire a Nail Artist on site for on the spot designs!
This South Philly native has been in the Philadelphia music and theater scene for years, despite only being 16 years old. He's worked with everyone from legendary Philadelphia music producers Gamble & Huff to Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, who is executive producing his debut album on Interscope Records.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Miss Cheryl, honey, you haven’t witnessed a true diva on a mission. We grabbed a copy of her new book fresh off the presses, and trust us when we tell you that it is a must-read for divas-in-the-making. The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style & Self-Respect touches on the issues that girls face today, and encourages them to tackle adversity with a bold sense of style. Notable women such as Beverly Bond, Monica and Philly’s own Eve, DJ Diamond Kuts and Rakia Reynolds are all featured in the book as they speak directly to specific questions concerning today’s youth. The critics have been raving about it, and esteemed Princeton University professor Cornel West showed the book some love, too!
Get your copy of the DivaGirl’s Guide here.
Long before the book was released, Cheryl has been recognized for her success as a fashion & beauty journalist and a mentor to a ton of fabulous young ladies. She created the Evoluer House organization with a mission to empower at-risk girls by nurturing positive self-expression and personal development. From hosting benefit fashion shows to offering a variety of unique programs that bring out the best in her girls, Cheryl’s a commendable powerhouse who’s devoted to changing lives with every step in those fierce stilettos.
Jay-Z will be taking over the Parkway for a two-day music festival aka "Budweiser Made In America," and we got our hands on two pairs of tickets to give away! Not only are we giving away tickets to the show, but we're also hooking you up with hotel accommodations at the newly renovated Latham Hotel Philadelphia and travel to Philly via Amtrak.
Enter for your chance to win here. Contest ends August 12; click here for the official rules. Good luck!
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Jay-Z is curating the talent roster for the festival which will take over Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway with 28 acts and three stages on September 1 - 2, 2012.
The first round of the line-up was announced yesterday. See who Jay-Z's picked so far to take over the Parkway. More acts to be announced.
Maybach Music (featuring Rick Ross, Wale, & Meek Mill)
Savoy (DJ set)
Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Insider Tip: Get your tickets here.
Returning for its 6th year, the Global Fusion Festival & Week will feature an electrifying week of non-stop entertainment showcasing Philly's diverse community and influences. The festivities will kick-off with a week of fusion-inspired restaurant discounts, drink specials and performances and culminates with the largest, one-day festival in Philadelphia!
On Saturday, July 21, the Global Fusion Festival will present a star-studded concert featuring classic R&B sensation Kenny Lattimore, singer/songwriter Elle Varner, R&B crooner Luke James, and not-to-mention (drum-roll please) Grammy award-winning R&B singer and actress Brandy Norwood! And, the party doesn't stop there, there will be plenty of food, vendors and activities for the entire family!
You can get more information for this exciting festival here.
Monday, July 15 through Sunday, July 22
Various locations throughout Center City
So, don't miss this 4th of July hip-hop explosion, as The Roots take Philly's Independence Day celebration to the next level - AGAIN!
You can click here to get your tickets today.
Tuesday, July 3
4th & South Streets
To get the party started, Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Questlove is throwing the ultimate pre-event with his annual dream party PSK - and he's invited a few of his celebrity DJ friends to help him! On Tuesday, July 3rd Questlove along with DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Drama, Rich Medina, DJ Statik and others - collectively known as #PSK or the Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs, will take over Voyeur Nightclub and throw the hottest party of the summer!
Click here to get your tickets today!
Tuesday, July 3
1221 Saint James Street
When you’re not dippin’ your toes in the ocean or rockin’ your new swimwear on the boardwalk, there’s lots of hot, fun happening right here in Philly. We plan to pump up the volume with The Roots, Common and Queen Latifah at the 4th of July Jam; groove to the sultry sounds of Fantasia, Raheem DeVaughn and Avant during the opening of The Dell’s Essence of Entertainment series; kick it old school with Frankie Beverly & Maze, Patti Labelle and Babyface at their Summer Music Festival; and rock out to the electrifying sounds of Frank Ocean. Philly’s got the hot summer festivities (and fireworks) on lock. So, get your crew together and get ready to unwind, ʼcause this is summertime.
Get an authentic taste of Philly with delicious delights from top restaurants and the sweet sounds of mega-talented headliners Regina Carter, Gerald Veasley and Byron Cage during Taste of Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.
The Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK) are back to add some flavor to Philly’s Fourth of July celebration. Party with DJs Jazzy Jeff, Questlove, Rich Medina, Phsh and more as they tear up the ones and twos at Voyeur Nightclub.
The party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway continues with an electrifying concert and fireworks show. Get ready to jam as The Roots, Common, Queen Latifah and more rock the stage during the 4th of July Jam. It’ll be an Independence Day celebration hotter than the rest.
The Dell is back for the summer and kickin’ the season off right with Fantasia, Raheem DeVaughn and Avant. If you’re ready to groove to some R&B, get your tickets today.
Renowned singer/songwriter Nona Hendryx brings her soulful funk to World Café Live. Formerly of the eclectic female trio Labelle, Nona made a name for herself with favorites like Busting Out, Transformation and I Sweat.
You may remember this dynamic duo from their performances during the last two years of The Roots Picnic. Now, the innovative hip-hop sensation OCD will be rockin’ the mic again at the Theatre of Living Arts (TLA). Keep your ears out for Moosh & Twist—they’re about to blow up.
The multicultural Global Fusion Festival takes over Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing with special performances by headliner Brandy and up-and-comers Elle Varner and Luke James, a variety of culturally diverse cuisines and a host of other vibrant happenings for all ages to enjoy.
Frank Ocean has been recognized as an innovative singer/songwriter/rapper on the rise, and he’s bringing a taste of his style to Philly. Don’t miss this lively performance at Union Transfer.
There’s nothing quite like watching a movie after sunset in the summertime. Screenings Under the Stars returns to Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, and one of this month’s screenings is the groundbreaking film The Help.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts brings some of our favorite legends to Philly for the Summer Music Festival—Frankie Beverly & Maze, Patti Labelle and Babyface. Enough said. Get your tickets today!
Philly 360˚ had one of the best seats in the house at The Roots Picnic—backstage. Hip-hop legends De La Soul, The Roots and Mos Def brought us back with the classics, rising MC Chill Moody rocked the stage with new hip-hop and DJ Diplo got the party started. It was one of the hottest shows hands down! Check out our wrap-up post.
With a new look and fresh lineup, The Dell Music Center will definitely be a hotspot this summer. From Robin Thicke to George Clinton & Parliament, you won’t want to miss a beat. Take a look at this season’s lineup at The Dell.
Interscope recording artist and Philly 360˚ Creative Ambassador Cody Wise is one of Philly’s best-kept secrets. We’re pretty sure you’ll fall in love with this star-in-the-making once you check out his new Creative Ambassador profile.
Our Nightlife Insider and Philly 360˚ Creative Ambassador DJ AfroDJiak hooked us up with her favorite places to grub outdoors. From Vango to Continental Mid-town, there are plenty to choose from.
If you haven’t picked up your copy of the new book The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style & Self-Respect, you’re missing something fabulous on your bookshelves. Author, mentor and fashionista Cheryl Ann Wadlington sat down with us to give you a look inside the book. Check it out.
Doreen Garner has become one of my new favorite Philly artists to keep tabs on. From painting, to stained glass, to installations, she has a variety of creative outlets that draw us all in one piece at a time. Check out the Q&A that I did with her below and get to know Doreen a little better.
Insider Tip: She has an exhibit coming up this weekend. Make sure to check out the flier and support local artists!
Currently working on:
I am currently working on a series of 2-day paintings, as well as a new video project. The 2-day paintings deal with distortion, fragmentation and reconstruction of the human figure. The video project that I am working on stems from a previous photo piece. I was concerned with how the black female body is fetish-ized and over-sexualized in today’s society. The video is composed of intimate movements and gestures that will be chopped and screwed. I am also working with rapper/producer Mike “Scanz” Danzis to compose audio to form fit specific visual components of the piece.
Favorite Philly visual artist:
My favorite Philly visual artist is the amazing Judith Schaechter. She is an extraordinarily talented artist that works with stained glass as well as animation. When I first saw her work in a modern craft history class at Tyler School of Art, I was floored. Her use of color and light is outstanding, not to mention her artistic voice is one of a kind. Judith has been a mentor as well as a great friend and my life wouldn’t be the same without her guidance and support.
Favorite kind of paint to create with:
Favorite kind of paint - I don’t really have a favorite kind for canvas and things. I use a little bit of everything. When I’m working with glass, my favorite paint is Reusche Tracing Black.
If you weren’t an artist, what other career would you like to pursue:
If I did not work as a fine artist, I think I would have a career in culinary arts. When I was younger, I used to bake a lot of desserts and help my Grandmother make food. I told people that I would be a baker when I grew up.
Where are you originally from:
I am originally from Philly. I grew up at 17th and Erie Ave in North Philly. I also spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s house in Germantown.
Favorite website to visit:
If I had to name a favorite website, it would have to be Youtube. It’s become a crazy visual source of info and shenanigans and it's kinda great.
Favorite part of town:
I don’t really think I have a favorite part of town. I might say Old City because it’s in good walking distance of a lot of cool things.
Favorite art gallery:
Favorite art supply store:
Back in the day I used to be a Pearl kind of girl. Since they’re gone, Dick Blick is my new spot.
Last exhibit you went to:
The last exhibit/exhibition I went to was Ad Valorem Coalition’s at the MBN building in Northern Liberties. Ad Valorem Coalition is an artist collective that I co-founded at the beginning of this year. It is composed of 18 other artist’s from/residing in Philadelphia. We felt like there was a lack of camaraderie and support within the artist community. Ad Valorem Coalition is a collective of artists that encourage productive studio practice, collaboration and fellowship.
One of the proudest accomplishments that I’ve experienced is a recent one which was receiving a full scholarship into RISD’s MFA Program. I’ll be starting this fall at RISD continuing my studies in glass. Another great accomplishment that I have to mention is working with Rashaad Newsome on his solo exhibition “Herald” at Marlborough Gallery Chelsea in New York. It was one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. Rashaad is also one of my great mentors and supporters. He has shown me the ins and outs, ups and downs of the professional art world. He constantly encourages me to continue my growth as an artist.
Last three songs played on your iTunes/iPod:
The last three songs I played were Missy Elliot 702 “Beep me 911”, Lil Kim “Money Talks”, and D’angelo “Brown Sugar”. I was in a 90s type of mood, and I'm usually always in a 90s type of mood. But, I also like to listen to a lot of trippy instrumental type music like Flying Lotus, Madlib, Thundercat, things like that.
Last completed piece of art:
The Seventh Eye, Acrylic on canvas, 16x20, 2012
Favorite Philly DJ:
Ah, I’ll have to say Diplo. When I’m creating new work, I like to listen to a lot of party music. My creative process is a fun experience, and he helps keep it that way. So aside from the stylistics of DJing, his individual music projects and collaborations help to make him favorite.
Where can we find you and your work:
You can find me in Philly or in New York depending on the week. You can find my work online at doreengarner.com, or in person at the next AD Valorem Coalition Exhibition. More details about the next show can be found at facebook.com/advaloremcoalition.
Insider Tip: Check out the flier to Doreen + Ad Valorem’s Event this Saturday Night at The Window Factory! DJ Phsh is spinning.
You know that you don't want to do Philly in just one day, so we have you covered on the best hotel deals in the city. Hotels throughout Philly and the surrounding areas are offering packages to promote popular attractions and special exhibitions running through summer. Deals to pamper out-of-towners—or even locals—are citywide.
Check out some of the hotel packages below.
Hotels: More than 30 participating hotels
Package Overview: This popular two-night package, available at more than 30 hotels in the city and region, includes free hotel parking.
Other Perks: Free With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® teddy bear
Hotels: More than 20 participating hotels
Package Overview: Guests who book a two-night hotel stay and buy at least two Elmo’s ANY 2-Day Tickets get front-of-line Abby’s Magic Queue passes for their party.
Other Perks: Free family photo at 1-2-3 Smile With Me!; two preferred parking passes for two days
Available: Book by June 28, and departure date must be July 2 or earlier.
Hotels: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West and Holiday Inn Historic District
Package Overview: In addition to a one-night hotel stay, guests receive two tickets to the National Constitution Center’s From Asbury Park to the Promise Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.
Other Perks: Additional amenities vary by hotel.
Available: Through September 3, 2012
Book: Through hotel directly
Hotels: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, Sheraton Philadelphia University City, Omni Hotel at Independence Park and Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City
Package Overview: Families score a one-night stay at a participating hotel, along with four Please Touch Museum® general admission tickets and carousel rides, special access to performances and discounts at the café and store.
Other Perks: Welcome kit upon arrival, free hotel parking and discounted museum parking
Available: Through September 30, 2012
Book: Through hotel directly
Hotels: The Inn at Penn, Sheraton Philadelphia University City, Embassy Suites Philadelphia, Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
Package Overview: Overnight accommodations for two comes with a pair of VIP tickets and an audio tour to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s new exhibition, Maya 2012: Lords of Time. Discounts to both the museum shops and café are also included.
Other Perks: Additional amenities vary by hotel.
Available: Through January 13, 2013