ILL DOOTS | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

Painted Bride Art Center has been building its BrideNext arts and advocacy project throughout the year, and the initiative will celebrate with a culminating showcase featuring Philly hip-hop collective ILL DOOTS. The double presentation and gallery showcase will take place over two nights later this month, with ILL DOOTS and the other featured artists presenting programming that addresses local issues.

ILL DOOTS will present Existence, Resistance and the Sounds of Surroundings, a multimedia concert on the theme of gentrification that “uses music to amplify the stories, grievances, and desires of the residents neighboring the ever-expanding campus of Temple University,” along with an accompanying installation in the gallery space. Choreographer Belle Alvarez will present Ageless Dream: Historias Nuestras, which comments on the issue of immigration. Alvarez also worked with The Key’s own Jeremy Zimmerman on a series of portraits and interviews that follows the stories of millennial organizers.

ILL DOOTS and Belle Alvarez have been serving as the BrideNext project’s artists in residence over the last several months, combining creativity and advocacy to address issues that affect the greater community. As stated in a press release, BrideNext “brings together Philadelphia’s millennial generation of artists, city workers, and social justice activists.”

The BrideNext culminating showcase happens Nov. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Find more information and purchase tickets at

Revisit ILL DOOTS’ recent Key Studio Session below.