Jazz Camp of Philadelphia Youth Performing Free at Kimmel Center

Jazz Camp

Anne Ewers, president and CEO of the Kimmel Center, says it best: “If you look at the vision statement for The Kimmel Center, ‘Transforming lives daily through the arts,’ jazz has such power, such ability to transform, it’s the perfect fit with what we do.”

That transformative power has been the focus of the Jazz Camp of Philadelphia, a program in residence at the Kimmel, which has worked with some of the most talented young musicians in the Philadelphia region for the last several weeks. The cumulation of their efforts will be presented during a free public concert tomorrow, Friday, July 31st at 11 am at the Center’s Perelman Theatre.

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Janelle Monáe Kicking Off Her Free, Secret National Tour in Philadelphia

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Electric lady Janelle Monáe and her Wondaland posse will be hitting up Philadelphia at a secret venue on Wednesday, August 12th for “The Eephus Tour.” Similar to Prince’s spontaneous pop-up concerts, you can see Monáe and the Wondaland lineup at no cost—but you have to sign up online to find out location details. You can RSVP here to get details when they’re released—and you should; the lady puts on one hell of a show. Artists accompanying Monáe will include St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton, and Jidenna.

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Eagles Linebacker Mychal Kendricks Says Drake May Have Trouble Next Time He’s in Philly

TMZ caught up with Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks outside an airport to ask him his take on the Meek Mill / Drake feud that’s set the Internet on fire over the past week.

He basically said Drake may not be welcome next time he comes to town, because Meek Mill, well, “he definitely runs Philly,” Kendricks said. Then he implied—likely in a playful way—that things could get ugly if the “Started From the Bottom” rapper paid a visit to the 215. “I wonder how it’s gonna be if Drake tries to come and perform there … ”

Check out the full interview above.

The feud between Drake and Meek Mill began last week when Meek, who was born and raised in Philly, tweeted that Drake didn’t write his own raps. The latter followed up by releasing two tracks that dissed Meek—and even took a jab at the Phillies.

As you’ll see in the video, Kendricks muses that the whole ordeal could be orchestrated to give the two rappers more publicity. But hey, at least it’s fun to watch.

 

GOP Candidate Hates Rap So Much He Tossed a Roots CD Out His Car Window

Photo by Marc Nozell / Flickr

Photo by Marc Nozell / Flickr

John Kasich is the governor of Ohio. Last week, he joined the enormous, Donald Trump-dominated field for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

And he really hates The Roots.

Via the Cincinnati Enquirer comes the story that Kasich, 63, wrote in his 2006 book Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul. According to Think Progress, he wrote he wanted to “give hip-hop a fair shake,” but quickly determined The Roots were not for him: Read more »

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez Gets Its Philly Premiere at BlackStar Film Festival

Sonia Sanchez | Photo from BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez Facebook

Sonia Sanchez | Photo from BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez Facebook

Three local filmmakers will debut their newest documentary, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, at the fourth-annual BlackStar Film Festival. Janet Goldwater, Barbara Attie and Sabrina Schmitz-Gordon teamed up nearly five years ago to begin the project on renown wordsmith—and Philly’s first Poet Laureate—Sonia Sanchez. Sanchez, who is now 80 years, has been writing and reciting poems for nearly 50 years.

“She’s a very dynamic character and she just kept giving us more content to use,” says Goldwater, when asked why it took five years to finish the film. Goldwater and Attie teamed up in the early 1990s for their first documentary, Motherless, and have since made eight feature-length broadcast films. They first collaborated with filmmaker Schmitz-Gordon in 2009 on Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter, a nitty-gritty documentary about the horrors of female genital mutilation.

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Wildwoods to Host Its First-Ever Sneaker Convention

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The first-ever Jus Nice Sneaker Convention is coming to the Wildwoods Convention Center at the end of August. The one-day-only event promises sneakerheads the chance “to buy, sell and trade some of the most unique and high-in-demand sneakers available.”

Organizer and sneaker re-seller Justin “Jus Nice” Roper says he put together the event after attending sneaker conventions in other cities and realizing his town should have something similar. “I know there are a lot of kids around here who want to collect sneakers, but they never had an opportunity to have something like this here,” he says. “Before now, we’ve had to travel three, four hours to get to one.”

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A Gritty Little Women Reboot Set in Philadelphia Could Be A TV Show

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It’s been a longstanding literary truth that Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy would be much more interesting characters if they were eating cheesesteaks in a gritty, dystopian future.

The longstanding wish may soon become a reality.

Deadline reported yesterday writer Alexis Jolly and NCIS star Michael Weatherly are developing a reboot of Little Women set on “the dystopic streets of Philadelphia” for The CW.

The original 1860s Louisa May Alcott novel (adapting old works is desirable, because you don’t have to pay the author or her descendants royalties) is essentially a bildungsroman about four women growing up during the Civil War and its aftermath. The show is reportedly very early in development, so I have some suggestions as to how the story should be updated: Read more »

Caridad Svich on the Lack of Female-Written Works in Theater

Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich

“I can name a 100 female writers who are making incredible work, but where can it be seen?”

It’s a good question that Caridad Svich poses. The OBIE-winning playwright is brining her thought-provoking show The Hours of All Things to the first-ever Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, which she calls a powerful chance to examine what exactly “women’s theatre” is. Read more »

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