Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
It’s no secret that Mont Brown and his diversified group Astronauts Really Fly have been making an impact on the city’s burgeoning music scene. The collective spent their insanely busy summer co-hosting their Stop The Violence Kickback Block Party in Southwest Philadelphia, organizing their Kickback Live event, featuring new and up-and-coming talent, and traveled to the A3C hip-hop festival in Atlanta, GA for the Veteran Freshman: Philly To A3C tour.
Whether or not you’re a knowing fan of this hip-hop band, remember to make your way to the Blockley to watch this talented group of individuals headline their first show.
Expect to see performances by Bok Nero featuring Legion 13, Lorine Chia, Al 1Thing and E-Hos.
You can purchase tickets online here.
When: Thursday, November 14, 8 p.m.
Where: The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut Street
Last week, music professionals and music lovers alike came together for a night of music to honor those that collectively contributed to the Sound of Philadelphia—from artists to songwriters to engineers—at an event called United We Band Return 2 Forever.
United We Band takes place every last Tuesday of the month and is put together by The Artists United, founded by Ashley Scott, Lox Knox and Leo J P King. For this event, they took the opportunity to highlight the incomparable Philly sound.
The event took place at one of the newer yet busy music venues, Underground Arts. There were so many instrumental figures in Philadelphia entertainment and music that were present including Jaguar Wright, MoShay LaRen, Dyana Williams and many more. Rahnda Rize and Hollie Stain were the hosts, and they kept the audience laughing all night.
Honorees for the evening included Bobby Eli, Earl Young, Helen Scott, Jean Carne, Billy Paul, Phil Hurtt, Karl Helm, Joe Tarsia, Jim Gallagher, Craig White, Gamble & Huff, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, and William and Wilbert Hart of The Delfonics.
Many young artists showed out as they paid tribute to the music that continues to inspire generations from the 70s, 80s and early 90s. Standout performances belonged to Jeffrey Murrell, Julian Coleman, Darius Coleman, Dev Stephon and Mel Alston.
Hats off to all involved in making a special night that was a great reminder of how influential of a musical past this city has and how bright of a musical future we are in store for!
The Latino scene in Philly is heating up this weekend with events around Day of the Dead aka Día de los Muertos, a Mexican tradition that celebrates life through music, dance, art and more. Here are a few of our picks for the weekend.
Day of the Dead First Friday Party
When: Friday, November 1,
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
More Info: Facebook invitation
Stop through this Day of the Dead party at Underground Arts for a night filled with music, art and culture.
El Rey Celebrates Day of the Dead
When: Through Sunday, November 3
Where: El Rey, 2013 Chestnut Street
More Info: www.elrayrestaurant.com
El Rey is getting into the Day of the Dead spirit with a host of dead-themed bites that will send chills down your spine, in a good way of course.
Distrito Celebrates Day of the Dead
When: Through Sunday, November 3
Where: Distrito, 3845 Chestnut Street
More Info: www.distritorestaurant.com
Iron Chef Jose Garces will be going in this weekend with Day of the Dead-themed happenings at Distrito, including a Friday night DJ, Saturday cocktail specials and a “you made it out alive brunch” on Sunday.
Day of the Dead Celebration at the Penn Museum
When: Saturday, November 2, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: Museum admission
More Info: www.penn.museum
The Penn Museum is also taking in Day of the Dead activities. You can expect a day packed with music, dance, demos and more. Stop in and get your culture fix.
Patrons should expect to mix and mingle while indulging in free wine and hors d'oeuvres, and check out some of the city’s most interesting and talented individuals.
The fashion showcase will feature local designers Tay Modisch, Dashnistry, Shavonne DeAnn and stylist Tash Banks.
Come meet the tastemakers and creatives who help give Philadelphia its shine.
The Philadelphia Wine Mixer
When: Friday, November 1, 7-11 p.m.
Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
More Information: Facebook event invitation
Philly, are you ready? Because it's about to go down.
AXE is bringing its fans an exclusive series of intimate "One Night Only" parties in four cities across the US, and Philly is one of the stops. Some of the biggest names in hip-hop will be taking over undisclosed venues in each city.
AXE teamed up with J. Cole, A$AP Ferg, Meek Mill, Wale, Kaptn and French Montana for its surprise "One Night Only" party series. Who will Philly get on October 25?
Note: You won't know which hip-hop artist(s) will be coming to the Philly party until that night.
Trust us, these tickets will be hard to come by. That's why we're hooking up FIVE winners with tickets to the "One Night Only" party! Click here for the official rules.
Calling all photographers, Instagrammers and everyone else who will be in Philadelphia between tomorrow, October 18 through Wednesday, October 23: Make sure you take part in Philly Photo Day.
Most of us spend all day and night documenting our lives visually—from taking selfies, to foodie shots, to photos of buildings in the city with just the right beam of light shining through—we're capturing every moment.
Well, it's time to get your best filters ready, because the focus is on Philadelphia and the city is ready for its close up.
Starting tomorrow, join Philadelphia Photo Arts for Philly Photo Day! Your work could be featured at one of many art exhibits. Not only is it easy, but it’s also free.
Everyone in the city is invited to take a photograph anywhere in Philadelphia and submit it to be included in a vast exhibition, featuring thousands of images to create an immense portrait of Philadelphia. Every photograph submitted will be printed and displayed in the exhibition from November 14 – December 28.
You can submit a picture from Friday, October 18 – Wednesday, October 23.
10 EASY STEPS TO BE A PART OF PHILLY PHOTO DAY
1. Take a picture on October 18, 2013, anywhere in Philadelphia
2. Select your favorite one
3. Register a New Account on PPAC’s website
4. Respond to confirmation email (check your inbox or spam)
6. Click on Manage your photos
7. Click on Philly Photo Day
8. Click on Upload Photo
9. Fill out all fields & upload picture
10. Click on Save
Philly Photo Day
When: Begins Friday, October 18
Where: Take a picture anywhere in Philadelphia
More Info: www.philaphotoarts.org
Aubrie Costello has an explosive new exhibit for her Silk Graffiti Collection: She Wanted the World/She Wanted Out.
This Wednesday, Aubrie will host a reception for her Silk Graffiti exhibit. The pieces are literally graffiti made out of silk fabric, each specific to the individuals that inspired her creations. Aubrie asked her muses two questions: Where do you want to go? How do you want to get there? For the exhibit, Abubrie will bring the women’s responses to graffiti life on the walls outside of the Ibrahim Theater.
Silk Graffiti is out-of-the-box art. She brings out both raw emotion and prolific insight all from a spool of silk. With this exhibit you’ll be able to witness how this graffiti artist does her thing.
She Wanted The World/She Wanted Out
When: Wednesday October 16th, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Ibrahim Theater at the International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free and open to the public
More Information: www.facebook.com/SILK.GRAFFITI.by.Aubrie.Costello
Art Sisters: A Collective Gallery features the work of up-and-coming Philadelphia artists, Ameerah K. Art, Nebulus Flair and Shanina Dionna.
If you’ve never seen the artwork of these three ladies, you’re in for an amazing experience! After years of showcasing their work throughout Philadelphia as individuals, these ladies have decided to host a highly-anticipated collective gallery celebrating women and collective expression.
There is no cost to attend Art Sisters, but donations are welcome and all the artwork featured will be for sale.
To view the previous work of the featured artists, click the links below:
Art Sisters: A Collective Gallery
When: Saturday, October 12, 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Urban Art Gallery, 252 S. 52nd Street
Cost: Free, donations accepted
More Info: facebook.com/52ndstreeturbanartgallery