Our Top Picks For First Friday In Philadelphia With The Bearded Ladies At The PMA, A Pickle Invitational At Pizza Brain, A World-Premiere Show At FringeArts And More On Friday, May 2
Tonight is First Friday, folks, which means awesome displays of art after hours in neighborhoods across the city.
On the first Friday of every month, art-loving Philadelphians pour into galleries, museums and neighborhood streets for festive art crawls, receptions and artsy nightlife events all across town.
This month, First Friday helps to kick off a jam-packed weekend of springtime revelry. More than a dozen fairs and events hit the city this Saturday and Sunday, and tonight’s lovely spring weather and many festivities swing the city right in to what promises to be a peach of a weekend.
Our picks for May’s First Friday events, below.
• First Friday! at The Barnes Foundation: Start the weekend by taking in the lovely architecture and marvelous collection at The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For this month’s First Friday programming, Philadelphia: On the Inside, the museum hosts locally grown and well-known performers including Joanna Pascale, Larry McKenna, Denise King, and University of the Arts students. Plus, guests can hear two short talks — one on indoor plants and one on the interior life at the Merion Barnes Residence. Tickets, $25, are available online and include full access to the permanent collections, too.
When: Friday, May 2, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25; members, free
• Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Every Friday night, art lovers can take in the superb collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a festive after-dark affair with live music, a cash bar and late hours. This Friday, though, the festivities take on a decidedly pop-art attitude with Bearded Ladies Warhol Cabaret, a sneak peek of the upcoming staging by the Bearded Ladies Cabaret at The Wilma Theater this July. Gallery tours are offered throughout the evening, too, and there is no additional charge for performances or guided tours after museum admission.
When: Friday, May 2, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Great Stair Hall, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission
• Gary Ducket Pickle Invitational at Pizza Brain: Fans of fermented foods, heads up. There’s a new local pickle purveyor to check out tonight. The ever-creative team behind Pizza Brain, including its mastermind Brian Dwyer, are set to launch a new line of pickles dubbed Gary Ducket. Tonight, the backyard of Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s on Frankford Avenue will host a cool collaborative bash with decadent pie from Pizza Brain, pickle-inspired ice cream from Little Baby’s and fermented cocktails from the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
When: Friday, May 2, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Pizza Brain, 2313 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
• Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby Critical Mass: Get ready! The Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby return on Saturday, May 17. Excited? Head to The Carbon Collective for a First Friday rally, and you might just catch a glimpse of one of the awesome sculptures on wheels.
When: Friday, May 2, 6 p.m.
Where: The Carbon Collective, 2132 E. Arizona Street
• Movies Under The Stars And Stripes at the Betsy Ross House: The Betsy Ross House welcomes the warmer temperatures with alfresco movie screenings of classic horror films from the 1950s and 1960s every First Friday starting this month. This Friday, May 2 beginning at dusk, tune in to a showing of Plan 9 from Outer Space, a sci-fi thriller from 1959. Tickets, $5, are available onlineinclude access to the film screening and a tour of the Betsy Ross House.
When: First Friday, May 2, movie begins at dusk, approximately 8 p.m.
Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
More First Friday picks, below.
• Philadelphia Independents Grand Opening Celebration: Brand-new Old City boutiquePhiladelphia Independents throws open its charming front door for a grand-opening fete tonight, May 2. Pop in the new shop devoted to locally made gifts, jewelry, home decor, candles and much more to have a drink and meet the makers — the more than 40 artists and artisans whose wares populate the shelves. Plus, Eric Berley of The Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery will be on hand with free samples of his sweet treats.
When: Friday, May 2, 5-8 p.m.
Where: 35 N. 3rd Street
• The Clay Studio’s Annual Pottery Sale and Small Favors IX: Ceramics mainstay The Clay Studio hosts its huge yearly pottery sale out front of its Old City building tonight. In addition to the general First Friday merriment, score deals on work made by the studio’s students, staff, teaching artists and local artists. Plus, tonight marks the opening of the gallery’s annual Small Favors IX, an exhibition that challenges artists to create teeny works of art on 4-inch acrylic cubes.
When: Friday, May 2, noon-9 p.m.
Where: The Clay Studio, 137 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go; Exhibition, free
• FringeArts Presents Midway Avenue by Nichole Canuso: See a world-premiere and rare solo performance by Philadelphia choreographer Nichole Canuso at FringeArts waterfront home tonight, May 2. Set to Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Canuso weaves together music, movement and autobiography to present an evening-length work that should not be missed. Bonus: The performance runs tomorrow, Saturday, May 3 and includes a post-performance discussion with Nichole Canuso, Inga Saffron, Andrew Simonet and Emaleigh Doley dubbed Architecture, Memory, and the Body. Tickets, $30, are availableonline.
When: Friday, May 2, 7-8 p.m.
Where: FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $29, general admission; $20, students 25 years old and younger
• Search + Rescue Squad Launch at Art in the Age: In Old City, stop in at Art in the Age to check out a fresh exhibit of apparel, photography, art and cinematography from Philadelphia-based collectiveSearch + Rescue. Peruse the array of repurposed goods while sipping Art in the Age and Spodee Wine cocktails or Narragansett Beer.
When: Friday, May 2, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street
• Exhibition Openings at Fabric Workshop & Museum: Spring at the Fabric Workshop and Museum means an abundance of carefully curated modern art discussions, exhibitions and lectures. Tonight, the museum hosts one of its always-engaging opening reception soirees for a series of brand-new photography exhibitions. First, see new works by Cuban-born internationally renowned photographer Abelardo Morell in Pictures in Three Museums. Alongside the stunning Morell show, the museum presents three exhibitions of work by Philadelphia photographers: Will Brown, David Graham, and Ray K. Metzker. The public reception is free and open to the public.
When: Friday, May 2, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street
We made it through another month, you guys. And you know what that means: First Friday is here. It’s time to kick up your heels and get into the weekend with these First Friday picks for Friday, May 2.
Indulge in a savory treat at Blue Moon Acres in Pennington, NJ when attendees to this 4 p.m. cheese tasting event can mingle with representatives from Cherry Grove Farm, where the cheese was produced. Recipe demonstrations featuring farm-fresh ingredients and complimentary beverages will also be included.
Since the weather seems to always be in flux, come discuss it in great lengths at the Chemical Heritage Foundation where scientists and meteorologists will lead the conversation, which begins at 5 p.m. This is also a Philly Science Festival event, so you’re killing two birds with one socialite stone.
Art in the Age is hosting Philadelphia-based Search + Rescue Squad, a group that creates original photography, apparel and art for a launch party starting at 6 p.m. They’ll be serving complimentary cocktails and presenting a collection of repurposed goods from Search + Rescue Squad.
Muscle cars, rat rods and more will be on display courtesy of the Iron Rebels Car Club First Friday at Friends and Nemesis at 6 p.m. Drinks will be served as well.
Learn the art of indoor gardening and listen to University of the Arts students perform on bucket drums at the Barnes Foundation’s first Friday shindig. It all begins at 6 p.m. and each short lecture “Indoor Plans—Secrets to Their Success” and “Inside the Barnes Residence” are set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
As far as art openings go, here’s what we’ve got going on: artist James Enders will premiere new work at Jules Goldman Books and Antiques starting at 7 p.m., “Consider again. That dot. That’s home. That’s here. That’s us.” by Adam Lovitz and Patrick Maguire opens at Space 1026 at 7 p.m., Little Berlin hosts the opening of INTERFACE, an interactive exhibit at 7 p.m. and Vice Coffee, Tattoos and Books has work from Luci Morreale of Ladderback Design and Brian Jerome at 7:30 p.m. for their “Hers/His” series.
Sit back and relax at the Knights of Columbus Council 1333 in West Chester, PA for Uptown! Entertainment Alliance’s First Friday Film Series. This month at 8:30 p.m. they’ll screen Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
This Friday, May 2nd from 6-8pm, the Search + Rescue Squad Outpost launch party is happening at Art in the Age. Starting this weekend the Philadelphia-based collective Search + Rescue Squad will have a permanent outpost (or, shop-in-shop) located inside Art in the Age, a lifestyle boutique in Old City. Stop by of complimentary cocktails by Art in the Age and Spodee Wine and cold beers from Narragansett!
@artintheage: Cocktail recipes touting AITA's signature liquors are the focus here, supplemented by photos of the Old City shop's stock: Norman Porter jeans, Warby Parker specs, 3Potato4 gear, etc.