Our Top Picks For October’s First Friday With A Mural Arts Party At Building Bok, Live Music At The Barnes And More

Event participants admire the artwork during Red Bull Art of the Can 2014.  The project comes to Philadelphia's Dilworth Park on October 1. ( Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool)
From October 1 to 8, Red Bull Art of Can returns with a public art exhibition and competition at Dilworth Park.( Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool)

It’s time to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife as another First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia tonight, Friday, October 2.

Photography, light displays and public art are just some of the ways local artists and organizations are challenging audience perceptions this First Friday. If you want to be challenged, do it in style this month – thanks to openings at The Barnes, Bok and Drexel’s high fashion collection.

Remember, beyond our picks there’s tons more action on arts corridors in Old City and Fishtown, in particular.

Our October First Friday picks, below.

2 = 1

Street artist Jay Walker creates gods out of tape, binding their powerful forms in neon layers and lines. The opening of his installation includes live music and a filming of the artist’s work in progress.

When: Friday, October 2, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street
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• First Friday! Double the Heat with Dos Y Mas

Love to hear percussion? The visit the Barnes for a performance by Cuban-based duo Dos Y Mas, with percussionist Arturo Stable and pianist Elio Villafranca. Learn more about the ironwork collection currently on display with a short talk by Family and Community Programs Manager Lynn Berkowitz.

When: Friday, October 2, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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Open Source Opening Party

Launched by the Mural Arts Program, Open Source is a festival bringing 14 public art projects to the city in recognition of its place in the international arts scene. The kickoff party gets underway at Bok, and will include music, performances, live painting, dancing, guests like the Dufala Brothers and more. Ready to party? Use code VISITPHILLY for $5 off tickets!

When: Friday, October 2, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Bok, 1901 S. 9th Street
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The Barnes
The Barnes Foundation’s monthly First Friday festivities include live music, curator tours and more. (Photo courtesy The Barnes Foundation)

More First Friday picks, below.

Immortal Beauty

Previously viewable by appointment only, the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection spans three centuries of fashion history and includes notable designers like Christian Dior, Gabrielle Chanel, and Elsa Schiaparelli, among others. Now a retrospective exhibition brings notable pieces from the collection to the public.

When: Friday, October 2, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, 3401 Filbert Street
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Red Bull Art of Can

Red Bull’s international art competition highlights its finalists for a week, just outside of City Hall. Interactive installations and light displays will play on the building’s architecture, while pieces in all mediums will be on display for public voting.

When: Exhibition, October 1-8; Opening, Friday, October 2, 7-10 p.m. Opening event cancelled due to inclement weather
Where: Dilworth Park, 15th and Market streets
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• We’ve Traveled So Far

It sounds like a scene from science fiction – as you travel through the space, light bends around you to form ever-changing works of art. The project celebrates the launch of an upcoming game release of Duet, created by Will Stallwood and Dain Saint of Cipher Prime.

When: Friday, October 2
Where: Indy Hall, 22 N. 3rd Street
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Eye of the Beholder

Photographer Jorj Bauer challenges his audience to bring story back to the photographic image, by forgoing the modern inkjet for a muli-layer carbon print on glass. Arrive early for the chance to take part in a large format tintype parlor.

When: Friday, October 2, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Gravy Studio, 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
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Indy Hall
Old City space Indy Hall hosts an exhibition opening not to be missed this First Friday. (Photo courtesy Indy Hall)

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