Thursday, September 3, 2009 | Doors 6pm | Show 7:30pm | Downstairs Live

Also Performing
Sara Wasserman

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Grammy winning Rock band LIVING COLOUR broke barriers and kicked down doors in the 1980s with hits like “Cult Of Personality,” “Open Letter To A Landlord” and “Love Rears Its Ugly Head” that combined funk, R&B and Hard Rock.  Reformed in 2000 with guitarist Vernon Reid and vocalist Corey Glover, they make an appearance tonight at WORLD CAFE LIVE in support of their forthcoming album, CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY.

ROCK OUT! Check out this clip of them performing at WCL in 2007.

That Living Colour’s legacy has broken through obstacles of language, distance and culture comes as little surprise. Formed by guitarist/Black Rock Coalition founder Vernon Reid in 1984, the quartet revised a Black music tradition that extends from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to Jimi Hendrix and Parliament-Funkadelic. Over the course of their career, they released three critically acclaimed albums (Vivid, Time’s Up and Stain), which sold over 4 million copies combined, earned a pair of Grammy Awards, two MTV Music Video Awards and tore up stages around the world. They were perhaps the only band that could have opened for the Rolling Stones and played the first, groundbreaking Lollapalooza Tour.

Floor (Standing Room): $35 ($30 ticket + $5 processing fee)
Loge (Reserved Seating): $35 ($30 ticket + $5 processing fee)
Mezzanine (Reserved Seating): $45 ($30 + $15 premium service*/processing fee)

Please note:
In addition to the ticket price, there is a $20 per person food and beverage minimum for all reserved Loge and Mezzanine seating at this show. There is no minimum for Standing Room tickets. Full dinner service is available for all seated ticketholders. For further information, please visit our FAQ page.

Spike Lee’s New Joint Exclusively ON DEMAND

Filmmaker Spike Lee’s newest Joint is called PASSING STRANGE, it is a filmed record of the Tony and Drama Desk Award winning musical by Stew.

From Los Angeles to Amsterdam to Berlin and back, Passing Strange takes musical theater on a whole new trip. From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes Passing Strange, a daring new musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew, a popular performer at Joe’s Pub, was commissioned by The Public Theater of New York to develop this heartfelt and hilarious story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock and roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black, middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity.

Currently playing on the big screen at the IFC Center in New York, it is also available Nationwide ON DEMAND through various cable networks.  In Philadelphia/Comcast it is being carried under the Sundance Selects heading.

Complex yet entertaining, it is another solid piece of work in Spike Lee’s ouvre, which will open your eyes, ears and mind to the talents of Stew and his amazing supporting cast of young talent.

For more info and trailer check out

Kudos To M.K. Asante, Jr.

Author, Filmmaker, Professor M.K. ASANTE, JR. just returned from a trip to Kenya and Uganda where, for the past month, he’s been screening his films and teaching film workshops as a Specialist for the American Documentary Showcase. This week his latest book, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, comes out in Paperback nationwide. You can buy the book at all bookstores and online. More @ - You can check out Reelblack’s exclusive interview with Asante here:

Slingshot Hip Hop

The Black Lily Film and Music Festival Presents Slingshot Hip Hop - Philadelphia Premiere
Tuesday September 8
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
dir. Jackie Reem Saloum, US/Israel/Palestine, 2008, Beta SP, 83 mins, color, English and Arabic w/ English subtitles

Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and separation walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them. Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2008. Sponsored by The Leeway Foundation

Free admission IHouse members above Internationalist level;
$5 Internationalists; $6 students + seniors; $8 general admission.
In advance at TICKETWEB or 1/2 hour before showtime at The Ibrahim Theater Box Office.

Bambula! 9/4

Our friends at Afrotaino Productions are co-sponsoring an event with Rafael Zapata aka ‘Papo’.  They’re bringing the NYC-based Afro-Latino roots group, BAMBULA, to perform en el barrio!
Also performing that night, Philadelphia-by-way-of-Loiza bomba dance company, LA FAMILIA ROJAS!
We are so ready for a night of bomba, plena, palo, and so many other rhythms that make us dance all night.

BAMBULA performing LIVE!
Mis Viejos Restaurant, Lehigh & Mascher Sts.
El Barrio, North Philadelphia


Neighborhood to Neighborhood Street Festival
Saturday, September 5, 2009
11 :00 am - 8:00 pm

State Senator Anthony Williams and the West Philadelphia Coalition of Neighborhoods and Businesses invite the community to the upcoming 20th annual Neighborhood to Neighborhood Street Festival, featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke.

This daylong free event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue.

Participants will enjoy a free, fun-filled family event, featuring children’s rides, music, food, merchandise, vendors, community resource information and much more.

In addition to headliner Robin Thicke, other musical acts will entertain the crowd, including Jeff Bradshaw & Brass Heaven, Carol Riddick, Black Ice and Hezekiah. Participants can also join in karaoke with DJ Kev and line dancing with Tina & Co.

For entertainment updates and vendor information, go to

Neighborhood to Neighborhood Street Festival
50th Street and Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Gil Scott-Heron In Philly

The legendary “Godfather of Hip-Hop” GIL SCOTT HERON will perform 4 shows this Saturday and Sunday night at The Tin Angel 20 South Second Street in Old City.  Tix are $25 and may be purchased in advance here.

Peep Reelblack’s EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Gil Scott Heron on our Youtube Channel:

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