Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
The highly anticipated follow up to Single on a Saturday Night is now available from singer/songwriter Jade Alston. Sunday Morning: Single on a Saturday Night Part II was released on her birthday, January 29, and picks up where the last project left off.
On this new project, Alston sings of the ups and downs of love and even showcases a different side to her sultry alto with records like “New Shoes” and “Hallucination.”
This project was mostly written by Alston and features playful up-tempos as well as soulful ballads. Strongly influenced by 90s R&B as well as hip-hop the EP has a familiar vibe with a new twist.
Alston recently shared the stage with many of Philadelphia’s up and coming female artists at “She’s Next” featuring GoGo Morrow, Lee Mazin and Asia Sparks among others hosted at Sigma Sound.
You can take a look at the trailer for the project below, featuring “If I Was Your Girl” which samples the 90s jam, “If You Love Me” by Brownstone.
You can download the project from Singersroom.com.
International DJ competititon, Red Bull Thre3Style is spinning its way back to Philly for another fierce battle between some of the world's top DJs. This time, five DJs from major cities like New York, Boston and of course Philly will be on the ones and twos to compete for a spot in the national finals this spring.
This round of Red Bull Thre3Style will be hosted by none other than Philly-native, international DJ extraordinaire and Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Rich Medina and judged by a serious panel of judges, including Philly 360° Creative Ambassador DJ Jazzy Jeff. Reppin' Philly in the contest will be our own homegrown hero DJ PHSH. The competition will be fierce, but we're pretty sure Philly's got this one in the bag.
Thursday, February 7
1221 St. James Street
For more information, visit redbullusa.com/thre3style.
Sixers fans, interested in winning a pair of 76ers tickets and an overnight hotel stay? We thought so.
The Sixers and our friends at Visit Philly teamed up to launch an Instagram contest that started this week. Sixers fans, you'll be able to show your love for Philly and your favorite basketball team, while entering to win some HUGE prizes.
Visit your favorite Philly spots sporting Sixers gear, take a pic of yourself with your cell phone or camera, and submit the photo via Instagram by tagging it with “#xoxo76ers” and "#visitphilly" or online at sixers.com/xoxo76ers. Sounds simple, right? It is.
A winner will be selected each week for the month of February and there is no limit to how many photos you can submit.
• Two tickets to the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors game on Saturday, March 2
• Hyatt at Penn’s Landing Package: Includes a one-night, weekend stay and breakfast for two at
Keating’s River Grill
• Two tickets to the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers game on Saturday, March 16
• Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown Package: Includes an overnight stay in an Executive King
Suite and breakfast for two
• Two tickets to the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Bobcats game on Saturday, March 30
• Loews Philadelphia Hotel Package: Includes an overnight stay in deluxe accommodations, including
overnight parking and breakfast for two in Solefood restaurant
• Two tickets to the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game on Sunday, April 14
• Hotel Monaco Package: Includes a two-night stay in a corner, one bedroom suite and dinner
for two at Red Owl Tavern (alcohol and gratuity excluded)
Not sure where to begin? Here are a few ideas to get you started; and remember to tag your photo #xoxo76ers and #VisitPhilly.
• The LOVE statue at JFK Plaza
• The Philadelphia Museum of Art steps
• Historic Philadelphia: the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, or Elfreth’s Alley, just to name a few
• One of Philadelphia’s more than 3,000 murals
• A Philadelphia museum or gallery: The Barnes Foundation, Penn Museum, the National Constitution Center, the Fabric Workshop & Museum, the Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia History Museum and more.
For more information and the official contest rules, visit sixers.com/xoxo76ers.
Check out our video below to see Philly's own Will Smith talking about his love for the Sixers.
February is always a month full of excitement. We’ll honor the African-American heroes of the past and present, root for our favorite artists during the annual GRAMMY® Awards and find original ways to sweep our significant others off their feet. Take a look at how we plan to celebrate love, history and culture this month. And, don’t just read about it—join the celebration and book your trip to Philly today!
Dance until the lights come on as Creative Ambassador and DJ Rich Medina brings the Jump N Funk party back to Fluid Nightclub. It’s still one of the hottest Afrobeat parties around, so the dance floor will definitely be packed.
Hometown soul artist Bilal will be hittin’ the stage at World Cafe Live with that sultry sound we love. His new hit single, Back to Love, is on fire right now, and we know his live show will be hot. Get your tickets today.
Get ready for an epic night as Black Thought of The Roots, Marsha Ambrosius, Chill Moody and other talented artists rock the mic for a cause at Sigma Soundstage. Proceeds benefit Black Thought’s GrassROOTS Community Foundation—nothing like a party with a purpose!
The powerful play The Hampton Years, part of the mind-blowing exhibition Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow, illustrates the rise of prominent African-American artists under the tutelage of an Austrian-Jewish painter and professor (and refugee) at the Hampton Institute. Don’t miss it at the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Attention little monsters: Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball tour is coming to the Wells Fargo Center! Tickets to see this GRAMMY®-nominated mega-star sell out fast, so get yours ASAP.
If you’re a music head, you’ll understand why this is our favorite time of the year. The 55th annual GRAMMY® Awards are happening this weekend, and Philly 360˚® is taking a road trip to represent for our city. Stay connected with us for the inside track while we’re in Los Angeles!
Black History Month always calls for a celebration in Philly, and we’re breaking down what’s happening in the scene. Check out our top picks.
If this dashing Philly native is not on your radar, let us introduce you. Brandon Pankey—a man with a serious plan—was named Billboard’s top 30 Under 30 in 2012 and he has worked closely with artists including Lil' Wayne, The Roots and Keri Hilson. Watch out for him, and check out his new profile.
Love is in the air and our city is full of romantic festivities. Whether you’re into quiet dinners or lively performances, there’s plenty to choose from. Check out our top picks for the perfect romantic rendezvous.
Love is officially in the air. Well, maybe those are just snow flurries. Either way this is a great time to be in Philly. This city is showing you love all month long, not just for Valentine's Day. Whether you're a sexy single, or part of a happy couple, here are a few events that are sure to make you fall in love with the city that will love you back.
Thursday, February 7
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street
Just in time for Valentine's Day! (But not on Valentine's Day!) Here is a screening and conversation about black love on the silver screen and in real life. Don't forget to stick around for a Q&A with filmmaker Darryl Pitts.
Get tickets here.
Sunday, February 10
1234 Market Street
This is a great date idea for singles! Join the Mural Arts Program, SEPTA and Wired 96.5 radio in celebrating Valentine's Day with their annual Love Train Tour and a special "Singles Looking to Mingle with Tingle" event with radio personality Steve Tingle.
Get tickets here. $25/person
World Cafe Live
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m. | Show: 8 p.m.
Allow me to offer some advice to all the guys out there. It goes like this; BUY these tickets for your lady. See you there!
Wednesday, February 13
Philly's own Raheem Brock offers up a great pre V-Day option. Among other things, this event offers you a 4-course-meal, a one-hour open bar (always a plus), and a live auction hosted by WDAS's Patty Jackson. All proceeds benefit The Raheem Brock Foundation.
Thursday, February 14
The Crane Arts Building, Ice Box Space
1400 N. American Street
The Valentine’s Day high-profile YP preview of the 13th Annual Silent Auction & Benefit and cocktail reception is perfect for young professionals to mix, mingle and potentially find love in an art gallery. Guests will be the first to view and place advance bids on the artwork, while enjoying an evening of drag queens and RAW artists modeling fashion pieces by local Philadelphia designers. Free admission.
Saturday, February 23
Student Faculty Center
Temple University Health Sciences Campus
3340 N. Broad Street
After you've hung out all month come learn something. I'll be conducting a pretty interesting workshop entitled "Date Responsibly" (shameless plug).
Free Admission. Register here.
Philly's roots run deep when it comes to significant moments, places and legacy figures in black history.
Whether you're looking for some black history basics, like where to go to visit Philly's major black historic sites and cultural spots, or if you're looking to get schooled on Philly's musical legacy and why it's the home of R&B and soul—you know we've got you covered on that.
Now that you have your black history basics, you should check out some of the events happening in Philly in celebration of Black History Month. Here are some of our picks of must dos this February.
The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
15 S. 7th Street
The Philadelphia History Museum celebrates 330 years of Philadelphia’s history with the ongoing African-American Experience in Philadelphia exhibition featuring Joe Frazier’s Everlast boxing gloves from a 1960 championship fight, vintage Philadelphia neighborhood photos and more.
Through February 23
The Brandywine Workshop
303 Cherry Street
On display at the Snyderman-Works Gallery: a selection of prints from the Brandywine Workshop curated by gallery owner Rick Snyderman in coordination with Allan Edmunds, director and founder of The Brandywine Workshop. Entitled The Brandywine Workshop: A Unique Vision, the 40-piece exhibition celebrates the workshop’s 40th anniversary.
Through June 2
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall East
The little-known story of Jewish academics who came to America in the 1930s and found work at historically black colleges and universities is the focus of Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow, on view at the National Museum of American Jewish History. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will show Beyond Color: The Films of Joel Katz on February 6 and 13.
Through June 30
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street
On display at The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP), Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection features more than 30 gowns worn by The Supremes and explores Mary Wilson’s journey to self-actualization.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street
In addition to Come See About Me, AAMP presents Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876, an ongoing display that recounts the stories of and contributions made by people of African decent in Philadelphia.
Friday, February 8
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The African American Art Collection Tour at the Philadelphia Museum of Art explores works that honor some of the Museum’s most influential African American artists.
Thursday, February 21 - Thursday, February 28
Vivant Art Collection
60 N. 2nd Street
On view at the Vivant Art Collection, Revolutionary Modè: Exploration of Black History, Culture and Fashion during the Avant Garde Period encourages the exploration of black history, culture, politics and fashion through the work of local artists.
Insider Tip: Check out the Vivant owner, Florcy Morisset's Philly 360° profile here.
Saturday, February 2
The Merriam Theater
250 S. Broad Street
The Merriam Theater welcomes the longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world, The Monterey Jazz Festival, to its stage for a 55th-anniversary celebration. Performances include a mixture of old and new, vocal and instrumental, bee bop, fusion, free and soul jazz.
Through February 17
Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 S. Broad Street
At the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, the Philadelphia Theatre Company presents The Mountaintop, a gripping reimagining of the night before the assassination of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
February 19 - 24
The Kimmel Center
Broad & Spruce Streets
My Brother Marvin, a stage play about the life of musical great Marvin Gaye, comes to The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Based on the first-hand accounts of Marvin’s sister Zeola Gaye, the show reveals singer’s internal battles, fears and family secrets.
20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Logan Square
The Association for Public Art invites history buffs to listen to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller and others tell the story behind All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors. Visitors can go to museumwithoutwallsaudio.org to download an app or audio version of Fuller’s narration. , (215) 546-7550,
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s events calendar is packed with programming for all ages during February. Topics include the Harlem Renaissance, the birth and evolution of jazz music and the important contributions that African-American soldiers, scientists and Civil Rights activists have made to the U.S.
Saturday, February 2 and Saturday, February 23
9th & Market Streets
The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s Albert M. Greenfield African American Iconic Images Collection spotlights 50 murals honoring many themes and significant people in Philadelphia’s African-American history—W.E.B. DuBois, Patti LaBelle, Malcolm X and many others. Art lovers and history buffs can download a free self-guided audio tour, narrated by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots, or hop on a guided trolley tour.
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Barnes Foundation celebrates the month with musical performances and a special screening of Wereth Eleven, which tells the story of 11 African-American soldiers who were brutally murdered by the Nazis in a senseless war crime that was never prosecuted, on February 3. Also on tap: Trumpeter Bruce Frazier and Grace Notes interpret spirituals and works by 20th-century greats Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder (February 8) and vocalist Philip Hamilton delivers a soul-stirring acapella performance (February 22).
Saturday, February 16
Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut Street
During Black History Month, the Church of the Holy Trinity hosts Astral Artists, Sonia Sanchez, Philadelphia’s first poet laureate, and special musical guests for a celebration of music and poetry that features new works by acclaimed African-American composers. Astral-commissioned world premieres by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, David Sanford and Alvin Singleton are each inspired by the spiritual and illuminated with poetry read by Sanchez.
Sunday, Ferbuary 17
84 S. Pine Street
The stories of Octavius Catto, Oscar Charleston, Cum Posey, Gus Greenlee, Eddie Bolden and others who contributed to Pennsylvania’s rich black baseball history come to life during presentation by Robert Allen at the Mercer Museum.
Last night was bustling with live performances in Philly—from Kindred the Family Soul to the return of Musiq Soulchild at The Blockley. I was fortunate enough to spend my evening in "The Dialogue" with Julian and Darius Coleman at World Cafe Live, an IM3 Media production. Oh and there's no relation, as much as I wish I could steal some of the vocal genetics from their family!
A celebration of their artistry, as well as Julian's 20th birthday, the mood was bright. Opening up for the pair was the Fresh Princess BriaMarie. Running through a myriad of covers, the crowd fell in love with Marie. She rounded out her set with her latest release "IDK (I Don't Know)."
If you haven’t heard about these guys, I recommend you get familiar. These two are no strangers at all to music both alumni of Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA) and comfortable on stage, they gave it this performance their all.
Darius was recently named one of the “Top People to Watch Out for in 2013” by Hot 107.9. He formerly released a gospel project entitled I'm in Love with You and is currently working on a new EP. To kick off the show he captivated the audience with his rendition of Mario's "Just a Friend."
Julian, who is currently a student at the University of the Arts and fearless, had no reservations on the stage. Open and honest, both Julian and Darius shared intimate moments about the influence of the performed songs in their lives. Julian even dedicated Stevie Wonder's "Perfect Angel" to his mother in the audience which created such a tender moment.
Continuing the night in an “unplugged” fashion, these two talented vocalists made many in the audience wish they could also sing! Effortlessly they weaved their way through the perfect combination of notes and even gave their background singers a little time to shine with an improvisation during “God is Real.”
From their keen fashion sense, bright outlooks, and impeccable vocal talents, these two will definitely be artists to look out for this year. And they surely know how to throw a party, delicious birthday cake included!
March 28 - April 27, 2013
Visit pifa.org for the festival schedule, times & locations.
Since its triumphant launch in 2011, Philadelphia and the rest world have been waiting patiently for the return of The Kimmel Center's explosion of all things arts and culture - The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts ( a.k.a. PIFA). Well, I'm glad to tell you that the wait is almost over.
Just last week, tickets for PIFA 2013 went on sale to the public and the full festival schedule was announced during a special press conference and preview. And, just like we expected the line-up is an amazing blend of local, national and international talent. From the Dance Space, an evening with international tap-sensation Savion Glover to the Stevie Wonder Tribute featuring Lalah Hathaway, Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson and Stokley Williams - the PIFA madness just doesn't stop!
This year, the festival will run from March 28 to April 27 and includes over 50 festival performances, 50 creative partners, and 32 new works - all exploring the festival theme "If You Had a Time Machine...". PIFA invited a diverse group of artists and partners to select a moment in time and create exciting, thought-provoking and fun interpretations that will transport audiences to a different time and place in history, or maybe even the future.
In fact,The Kimmel Center has plans to install an interactive time machine exhibit right in Commonwealth Plaza, which will serve as a cultural hub offering plenty of free activities and programs throughout the festival. And, like the 2011 festival PIFA will go out with a bang, as they welcome thousands of people onto the Avenue of the Arts to partake in tons of family fun during the PIFA Street Fair.
With a festival of this magnitude, deciding which shows to see can be a little bit daunting. But, dont worry - we've got you covered. Be on the look out for plenty of Philly 360 PIFA top picks and Insider scoops. But for now, you can visit the PIFA website to check out the full festival schedule and purchase tickets in advance. Ok, let's go!