Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Are you stumped on what to get as the perfect holiday gift? Are you into the vintage shopping scene? Or, maybe you just like to shop for random awesomeness. If so, then you definitely should be going to the Punk Rock Flea Market this weekend.
The Market is the perfect jumble of fabulous and quirky. What started as a humble gathering of 30 vendors has become an impressive 500+ merchant blowout spanning two days. The vendors are different from one day to the next, so you can shop both days and find different swag each time.
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Check out our list of vendor picks that you should definitely stop by when you're there.
Queens of Junk
The Punk Rock Flea Market
When: Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 461 N. 9th Street
Cost: One-time $3.00 donation for both days
More Info: r5productions.com
About R5 Productions
R5 Productions is a concert promotion agency owned by Sean Agnew. His mission for R5 was to bring affordable shows to Philly with an intimate setting. Sean began the Punk Rock Market as a creative way to raise money for insurance on one of his concert venues. Now his creation is everyone's gain.
Well the results are in for the 56th GRAMMY Awards® nominations for the upcoming show that will air on CBS, Sunday, January 26. Philadelphia continues to groom its artists and the producers, engineers and writers that work behind the scenes to bring you great music.
It’s no surprise that some Philadelphia area names were among those being recognized for their achievements in music this year. The city is continuing to build a legacy of honest, soul-filled music that captures the hearts of the country.
Congrats to those listed as well as all those who have made outstanding contributions to music all year long! Take a look at the list below:
Nominees from the Philadelphia Area
Pink – Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
William Michael Coleman (Mike Zombie) - Best Rap Song
Darhyl Camper* – Best R&B Song
Christian McBride Trio – Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Randy Brecker – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Tye Tribbett* – Best Gospel /Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Best Gospel Song, Best Gospel Album
Associated with GRAMMY-Nominated projects
Jon Low* – The National/Trouble Will Find Me
Ropeadope Records – Snarky Puppy/Family Dinner Volume One
Ivan Barias*, Carvin Haggins*, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver* – TGT/Three Kings
Ivan Barias*, Carvin Haggins*, Johnnie Smurf Smith, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver* – Chrisette Michele/Better
*Members of The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter
Watch our video from last year's GRAMMY Week below.
The crew at Mitchell & Ness just took their Midtown store to the next level. Literally.
Last month, to celebrate the launch of the popular vintage sportswear company’s second floor expansion at its flagship store, Philly 360° joined forces with This Is It Philly and threw an exclusive shopping event. And, all of your favorite Philly faces were in the building, including Young Savage, Chill Moody, Dilemma, Young Chris and Laiya St.Clair.
Check out the photos and watch the video below.
In the spirit of the holiday season, a few Eagles players and their wives will be showing PNK Elephant’s customers their appreciation by hosting a slew of Oprah-style giveaways. While vacations and cars are not on the list of things to treat Philly’s most stylish group of ladies, they will have the opportunity to receive Sixers tickets, dresses, personal training and much more.
PNK Elephant is a fashion boutique located on South Street (504 South Street). The pink-themed store is owned by Kijafa Vick (wife of Philadelphia Eagles player Michael Vick) and Blair Sandlain.
The Philadelphia Eagles x PNK Elephant’s “My Favorite Things” Giveaway
When: Thursday, December 5
Where: Infusion Lounge, 16 S. 2nd Street
More Info: pnkelephant.com
If you’re still in Philly on the eve of Thanksgiving, come watch Thundercat headline Red Bull Sound Selects: Philadelphia. This funk and electronic soul bassist will be performing at Boot & Saddle for a pre-holiday showcase. Tagging along will be Sound Select artists Son Little, R&B singer Ebony Joi and rapper STS.
This event is first-come, first-served, so if you’re interested in eclectic artists who are dedicated to putting on electric performances, and wowing the crowd with their snappy lyrics get there as soon as you can.
You can purchase tickets here.
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Thundercat, Son Little, Ebony Joi and STS
When: Wednesday, November 27, 8 p.m.
Where: Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
More Info: redbullsoundselect.com
Ivben Taqiy is one of the hardest working artists in Philly. His pop culture influenced images have appeared on everything from sneakers to tees, gallery walls, and of course canvas. Now, Taqiy is joining forces with Sigma Sound Studios, and using his creative genius to honor one of the greatest artists of all time—Michael Jackson.
On November 30, you can join Ivben Taqiy, Hot 107.9 and the world's R&B mastermind Kenny Gamble, as they celebrate all things MJ. Along with Ivben's blazin' MJ inspired artwork, this annual party and showcase will also feature a Philly-fresh lineup of talent covering all of your favorite MJ anthems and hits, and DJ Aye Boogie will definitely keep the party jumpin' all night.
Insider Tip: Just a heads up, but we hear that there may be some celebrities in the building during this event. Plus, we'll be there too.
Ivben Taqiy Presents The Michael Jackson Tribute Art Show
When: Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Sigma Sound Studios, 212 N. 12th Street
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.
Philly MC Chill Moody put together Girls Like nicethings, a carnival themed concert taking place at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, in conjunction with locally based Tabb Management.
Headlining the concert portion is Roc Nation’s Bridget Kelly along with performances by Mylah, GoGo Morrow and Brianna Cash. Host for the evening will be none other than Mr. nicethings himself, Chill Moody. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to support the Iconik drill team who will also performed during the evening.
We have a pair of VIP tickets to give away. Want to be there? Click here for contest rules. Enter below. Contest ends on Thursday, November 21, at 5 p.m.
Girls Like nicethings – Concert & Carnival
When: Sunday, November 24, Doors at 6 p.m. Show 7:30 p.m.
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
More Info: www.girlslikenicethings.com
The Philadelphia-based bazaar known as the Brooklyn Flea Philly, a marketplace place containing dozens of vendors selling antique furniture, vintage clothing, and other collectibles, will get a fresh start after being snubbed out of at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, which launched in June of this year. The revitalized market will commence this weekend at its new home on a former 25,000-square-foot sales floor of Strawbridge at Eighth and Market Streets under a more fitting title of Franklin Flea.
The reason of the aversion and failure of the former flea market is thought to be because of its derived name, which comes from its emulation of the original Brooklyn Flea in New York City. Franklin Flea organizer Mark Vevle, a Philadelphia resident, said the public has been more favorably receptive of the new name, which was changed after learning vendors were jeered by locals for its foreign handle. "The feedback they would get from some of their staunch, loyal people was, 'I won't set foot down there because it has Brooklyn in its name,'" said Vevle, despite most of its vendors hailing from the Philadelphia region. Vevle also hopes further acceptance and popularity of the Franklin Flea will come from placing the market closer to a more densely populated area, in a shopping complex with links to SEPTA trains, with consumers coming from local browsers, tourists and holiday shoppers.
Vevle's motivation occurred three months ago when he met with officials from the Center City District. With the continuance of the Brooklyn Flea looking grave, Vevle began brainstorming for a more interesting and historic setting for an indoor version of the market. The Strawbridge idea was developed at the end of a meeting in August by Michelle Shannon, one of Center City District's retail and marketing professionals and former marketing director at the Gallery, an urban mall in downtown Philadelphia which holds over 130 stores and a food court.
Though not a long-term element in the plans of the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, Franklin Flea is thought to be a low-cost venture in helping to reinvent the mall. "We recognized that this concept was very creative," said Maureen Weir, the Gallery senior marketing director who worked on the temporary lease, which will extend through late December. Franklin Flea's vendors will sell items from $3 to $300 and higher, meaning they will likely draw a broad customer base not typically found at the Gallery.
Be sure to check out the newly reborn Franklin Flea which will take place Saturdays from November 16 through December 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 20 from noon to 7 p.m.
Pardon the Parisian because at the charity event for The Evoluer House, "J’adore la Mode", is about to go down.
The English translation of the event's theme is “I love fashion,” which can be considered the motto for host Kithe Brewster. The acclaimed celebrity stylist and designer will introduce 300+ guests to the energy and vibe of Parisian living with Paris inspired décor, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The guest list is packed with celebs that will show up and show out. One of which is a Gitchi Gitchi girl Sarah Dash, a member of the classic R&B chart-topping girl group behind the original "Lady Marmalade". Dash has been declared the honorary chair of this year's event .
On December 13, at "J’adore la Mode", Mr. Brewster will take time out and use his accomplished status to provide hope for the city's youth. The Evoluer House is the charity started in 2004 that assists “at-risk” and minority young women in their social and academic development. The 12-week program has succeeded in serving over 800 young women between Philadelphia and Delaware counties.
Kithe Brewster will have a lot to celebrate. Brewster has been able to tailor his illustrious career on his own terms. He’s lived in top fashion capitals in Europe and carved his niche as a fashion-forward fashion editor. He’s become one of the most noted stylists in the fashion industry, styling celebrity beauties from Heidi Klum to Eva Mendez to Mrs. Carter herself. Recently, Brewster begun creating his own designs and will soon be releasing his own collection coming the spring of 2014. Guest at J’adore la Mode will get an exclusive fashion show sneak peek at the Kithe Brewster collection!
Tickets for the event are currently on sale and are moving fast, so make sure to buy yours “tout de suite”, that’s French for right now!
UPDATEJust announced: The fashion show will also feature the work of Philly's own dancer and choreograp internationally sought after dancer/choreographer and Philly native Anthony Burrell of Fox TV shows “Glee” and “So You Think You Can Dance, “The Beyonce Experience,” Rihanna’s “Girl Like Me Tour,” and Broadway musical “Come Fly Away.”
The Evoluer House Gala - J'adore la Mode Featuring Kithe Brewster
When: Friday, December 13th, 7-10 p.m.
Where: The University of the Arts Dorrance Hamilton Hall, 320 Broad Street
Cost: $100 (Insider Tip: Say 'Philly 360' at the door for a $75 ticket.)
More Information: The Evoluer House
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