Archbishop Ryan and LaSalle alum Bill Ricchini (aka Summer Fiction) recorded a series of music videos on a windy afternoon in the Divine Lorraine. He’s debuting one of those today, the aptly titled and impossibly charming “Lauren Lorraine.” The video begins with several set-up shots. As the band and crew head into the Divine Lorraine with their gear, you’re treated to some really cool visuals of the abandoned hotel: once-grand entryways, graffiti-stained columns and walls, and old staircase beams. The actual song part takes place in an airy open room on the 10th floor that almost resembles an airplane hangar.
When the redesign of LOVE Park is complete, the already-futuristic-looking Welcome Center will look even more like a hovering spacecraft thanks to a $230,000 art installation that will have red, yellow and green lights beaming from its ceiling.
The project — a ceiling mural called Chromoscope — was dreamed up by Seattle-based art duo Haddad|Drugan (Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan). It keeps in tact the pavilion’s lantern-like lighting scheme, but adds in layers of colorful aluminum panels to create a funky abstract design made up of patterns and symbols inspired by Philly’s artistic and local history.
The lighting and design work together to create a different experience depending on the time of day or what color is illuminating the ceiling. In the daylight or when white light is used, for instance, all of the layered images will be visible at once, really showcasing the abstract design as a whole. When the sun sets, however, the “pattern becomes animated and kaleidoscopic with the projection of colored light onto the ceiling,” reads a description from Creative Philadelphia. Each of those colors will bring out different patterns in the design.
After making a pretty solid comeback with Jack Ü collaboration “Where Are Ü Now,” dropping some catchy singles from his forthcoming album (“What Do You Mean?“, and turning out a tearful performance at the VMAs, sometimes-rebellious Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is back in our good graces. At least he hopes. The singer just announced he’ll be taking his new music to fans on the road in a 58-city “Purpose World Tour” in promotion of his album of the same name, which drops November 13th.
Just in time for the release of Creed at the end of the month, Atlanta rapper Future has taken the original Rocky theme, that triumphal tune composed by Bill Conti, and remixed it into a hip-hop number. It’s actually pretty good — especially if you’re a fan of the genre.
The song is all about pushing past adversity. The lyrics stay true to the movie, with lines like, “I was down on my last when I found myself. / I’ll be a fighter to the end, to my last breath. / I’ve got angels all around me, yea, yea. / I’ve got love all around me, yea, yea. / … I’m gonna hustle to my last breath.”
Always-controversial hip-hop star Azealia Banks has put the kibosh on her upcoming eight-city tour that was to begin next week at Philly’s Electric Factory. She tweeted to her fans that she’s “very busy at work,” and that their “coins will be refunded.”
Hi guys, I'm very busy at work. Your coins will be refunded and I will be back in January. NYC, I'll see u on the 19th. XO – AB
— azealiabanks (@AZEALIABANKS) November 9, 2015
If you did have tickets, you probably expected this. Canceling shows is kind of Banks’s thing. Last year, she canceled a U.S. summer tour to promote her 2014 album, Broke With Expensive Taste. And in June of this year, she nixed a performance at the Glastonbury Festival due to vocal rest.
Shut down this page right now, arachnophobes, or risk not resting easy from around February to May of next year. That’s how long Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences will host a massive exhibition on what is arguably the world’s most chill-bump-inducing creature in “Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close.”
A huge crowd of Rocky fans turned up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Rocky Steps” this morning to greet Sylvester Stallone and the cast of Creed, who, as it was announced earlier this week, appeared there to share news about the seventh installation of the Rocky franchise. Stallone was joined by co-stars Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Tessa Thompson (Selma, Dear White People), writer/director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), and longtime Rocky producer Irwin Winkler. Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia Film Office Executive Director Sharon Pinkenson were also there.
If you’ve ordered tickets for an upcoming show at Susquehanna Bank Center, don’t be thrown for a loop when they arrive with the name BB&T Pavilion printed on them. That’s what the Camden waterfront music venue will be called following an official announcement next week. It will be named after the North Carolina-based BB&T Corporation, who purchased current owner, Susquehanna Bancshares, in August for $2.5 billion.
If you’ve been keeping track, this is the third name change for the venue since it opened in 1995. First it was the Blockbuster Sony Music Entertainment Centre (or E-Centre), then, in 2001, it became the Tweeter Center (several years before we knew what tweeting actually was). It was christened Susquehanna Bank Center in 2007.
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Ticketleap, the team behind quirky local events like Dîner en Sweatpants and Pope Yoga, is throwing a morning dance party next Thursday at the Coda in Rittenhouse. It’s fittingly called “I Woke Up Like This,” a little nod to Beyoncé who will almost definitely be thrown into the mix for this pre-work-day pick-me-upper.
The party goes from 7 am to 9 am on Thursday, November 12th. Much like their other events, there’s no specific dress code, just wear whatever — as the invite says — inspires you to “get up early and shake what your momma gave ya.”
It finished without much fanfare, which is funny, because street artist MOMO‘s new mural on the north-facing wall of the Sonesta Hotel is the tallest in Mural Arts’ history (more on that below). The New Orleans-based artist was in town as part of Mural Arts Program‘s Open Source project, an ambitious initiative that welcomed top-tier artists from around the globe to contribute a range of public art works to Philly’s growing street-art scene. MOMO left behind not one but two murals that incorporate his love for combining practical geometry with art-making. He shares his experience in a new video Mural Arts released today (above). It gets its world-wide debut right here on Ticket.