It's a pretty well known fact that the best parties don't always happen in nightclubs. Think of all the fun you have had at soirees in people's living rooms, in warehouses, and art galleries. There is just something special about not having to deal with high drink prices and moody doormen to enjoy a night on the town.
The Young Friends Society has the right idea for their Soul Simpatico event, which is happening this Saturday May 17th. Instead of going for the usual suspects when it came to choosing a venue, they decided to go for Northern Liberties' hidden gem, the Media Bureau, instead. The Media Bureau is a local company that dabbles in audio/video production and digital media. In their studio space they have hosted some amazing and innovative events over the 10+ years it's been running. The studio is a beautiful mixture of hardwood floors, vintage furniture, and the latest a/v technology.
The Soul Simpatico party is a perfect fit for this venue. This event is a celebration of the afro-latin influence on art and music. There will be plenty of stimuli for the eyes, ears, and soul including screenings of Brazilian films, Cuban photography, vendors, and even massages. On the musical side of things, there will be live salsa music by The Latin Playboys and afro-latin dance music mixed by DJ Lexx (who I know for a fact has a heavyweight collection of tunes). This is that change of pace that you have been looking for.
Soul Simpatico: Red, Hot, & Bembe @ Media Bureau (725 N. 4th St.). Saturday May 17th. 8pm-1am. $20, $10 in advance.