Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
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
Enjoy arcades and beer? Looking for something to do after work? Well, Flavorpill has a special treat brewed up for all of you gamers and music lovers. Sponsored by Coors Light, the Colder By Night event will take place at a secret location in Philadelphia, and will feature a semi-intense foosball and air hockey competition. Not only are your first two beers free, but if you are a winner in their Arcade Tournament of Champions game, you can win tickets to see Lupe Fiasco, and other prizes.
Remember, this happy hour is first-come, first-served. RSVP for this booze-worthy event here!
Coors: Colder By Night
When: Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Secret Location
More Info: www.flavorpill.com
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.
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