It’s time to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife as another First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.
On the first Friday of every month, art-loving Philadelphians pour into galleries, museums and streets for festive art crawls, receptions and artsy events all across town.
This month, gorgeous spring weather and the promise of summer — plus the ongoing 2014 Philly Beer Week — inspires many an event and art space to break out exhibitions and events worthy of the sunny days ahead.
From an alfresco public art debut on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to a s’mores cookout in Graduate Hospital, First Friday events thrive all across town.
Our picks for June’s First Friday, below.
• The Association for Public Art Debuts Symbiosis on the Parkway: This Friday, June 6, the Association for Public Art introduces a brand-new work of art to the city, and the public is invited out to help celebrate its debut. Created by renowned New York-based artist Roxy Paine, monumental sculpture Symbiosis will debut to the public for the first time this Friday. Join the association in welcoming this tremendous work to the Parkway with an on-site reception from 5 to 7 p.m. See the work up close, hear remarks from the artist, and enjoy a reception with light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Click here to register for Friday’s event.
When: Friday, June 6, 5-7 p.m.
Where: 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
Cost: Free, online registration required
• First Friday! at The Barnes Foundation: Start the weekend by chilling out and taking in the lovely architecture and marvelous collection at The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For this month’s First Friday programming, Summer Chill, the museum hosts singer Carla Cook. Plus, guests can catch a preview of the upcoming special exhibition on Cézanne. Tickets, $25, are available online and include full access to the permanent collections, too.
When: Friday, June 6, 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 campy tone with the spotlight on none other than Philadelphia’s dynamic drag diva Martha Graham Cracker, who performs her witty song and standup with accompanist Victor Fiorillo. Gallery tours are offered throughout the evening, too, and there is no additional charge for performances or guided tours after museum admission.
When: Friday, June 6, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Great Stair Hall, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission
• The Beautiful Noise: A Tribute to Sun Ra at FringeArts: Music aficionados, take note. Composer/producer King Britt and artist/choreographer Kate Watson Wallace team up with Anonymous Bodies Art Collective to present a one-night-only tribute performance to the late composer, jazz surrealist, Afrofuturist and self-proclaimed space alien Sun Ra. The Beautiful Noise brings together a diverse group of eight talented artists for an unrehearsed — yes, improvised — show of electronic-based music, dance movement and videos art. Tickets are just $15 online for what’s sure to be a stunning and exciting show. Note that there will be no late seating, so be sure to show up on time. Also, stick around after the show for a special after party celebration with HPrizm (of Anti Pop Consortium).
When: Friday, June 6, 8 p.m.
Where: FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $15, general admission
More First Friday picks, below.
• Corner Store (Take-Out Stories) at Asian Arts Initiative: Opening Friday, June 6, Asian Arts Initiative’s new exhibition explores the corner store as the keystone of cross-cultural communication, and a potential ground for social as well as economic growth. In addition, the collaborative project between artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez of Amber Art and Design will invite the participation of Youth Arts Workshop students. Check out this just-opened exhibition, which will be on view through August 22.
When: Friday, June 6, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 1219 Vine Street
• Arden Theatre Company Spring Soiree: A benefit for the marvelous productions and programs of Old City’s Arden Theatre Company, the Spring Soiree fundraising party kicks off at 7 p.m. with small plate dining, wine, craft beer and specialty cocktails. Plus, guests will enjoy a cabaret of some of Arden’s top artists performing the music of Jason Robert Brown, composer of Parade and The Last Five Years.
When: Friday, June 6, 7 p.m.
Where: Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Patron, $150; Young Friends, $100
• 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, June 6 beginning at dusk, tune in to a showing of Attack of the Crab Monsters, a sci-fi thriller. Tickets, $5, are available online include access to the film screening and a tour of the Betsy Ross House.
When: Friday, June 6, movie begins at dusk, approximately 8 p.m.
Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
• Cider Cyder or Cidre? at the Chemical Heritage Foundation: In honor of Philly Beer Week, the Chemical Heritage Foundation welcomes local boozy beverage expert Michael McCaulley, the wine director of Tria, to talk about cider. McCaulley will be on hand to explain the cider-making process and a number of cider varieties from around the world will be available to taste. Note that cider samples are limited, but will be provided to guests who are 21 and over as long as supplies last.
When: Friday, June 6, 5-8 p.m.
Where: The Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
• Styled by Toile: Visit charming Frankford Avenue boutique Toile for a three-in-one trunk show event with Toile designers Sophi Reaptress, Debil Leather Goods and Cozen NYC. Shop the trunk shows, and get styled head to toe in the shop’s clothing, jewelry and accessories. Then, once the look is perfect, top it off with makeup by Rogue Republic Cosmetics and pose for a photo with photographer by Janice Valentin. Plus, score 20-percent off the look. Look our for food truck fare and other refreshments, too.
When: Friday, June 6, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Toile, 1333 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
• Fire & Ice (Cream) at Fireside Camp Supply: Stop in this charming camping supply store in Graduate Hospital — it feels like its straight out of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom — for s’mores around a campfire served with Weckerly’s Ice Cream and Weckerly’s graham crackers. Form 6 to 8 p.m., Weckerly’s handmade s’mores ice cream sandwiches will be toasting in the courtyard behind the shop and available for $4. The party is BYOB, too, so bring a brew and chill fireside.
When: Friday, June 6, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 2207 South Street
Cost: Ice cream sandwiches, $4; Free
• LandLab Kick-off Party at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education: Spend First Friday just beyond city limits with LandLab at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and meet the new resident artists Jake Beckman, Leslie Birch, Maggie Mills, B.H. Mills, Marguerita Hagan, and We The Weeds, a collaboration between Kaitlin Pomerantz and botanist Zya Levy. At this residency kick-off party, you’ll have a chance to preview the artists’ projects and learn how you can engage with their work over the course of the residency. Plus, there will be food, wine, music, a showcase of the artists’ work.
When: Friday, June 6, 6 p.m.
Where: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road