Top Picks For First Friday In Philly This February

Swing dance parties, exhibition openings and more...

It’s time to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife as First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia this Friday, February 3.

With a mix of lively dance classes, fundraisers on behalf of heart health and student scholarships and even the chance to score a few cat prints, your social card is guaranteed full.

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

Our picks for what to do on First Friday, below.

Red

While the romance of Valentine's Day is always worth celebrating, it takes a strongly beating heart to keep your love going strong. That’s why this exhibition is calling attention to February as American Heart Month, with a series of works inspired by the color red. A portion of the proceeds from works sold will benefit the American Heart Association (AHA), while AHA staff will be on hand to answer your questions at the First Friday opening. Break out your best red attire to keep the night pumping.

Red

When:Friday, February 3, 5-9 p.m.
Where:3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street

www.3rdstreetgallery.com

A Celebration of Life and Generosity: Nick Kripal Scholarship Event

Nick Kripal was well-known in the Philly arts world as a teacher at the Tyler School of Art, as the owner of the artist studio Crane Arts Building and as an artist himself. His passing in late September 2016 sent powerful ripples through the community, and this month a fundraising event goes down in his memory. Join Tyler School of Art for an exhibition and silent auction in support of the Nick Kripal Scholarship.

A Celebration of Life and Generosity: Nick Kripal Scholarship Event

When:Friday, February 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th Street

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Visions of The End

Sometimes reality feels a lot like chaos. Luckily, that’s where artists like Eric Toscano and Nikolay Milushev come in. Their colorful paintings rip the darkest elements out of the every day, and turn them into whimsical windows into another world.

Visions of The End

When:Ongoing through March 25
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street

www.inliquid.org

Laura Kickey: ZodiaCats

There’s probably not much more to say outside of the fact that this exhibition involves cats. But if the thought of purchasing some more enticing prints in celebration of your feline bestie isn’t enough of a draw, these powerfully colorful pieces also pull some inspiration from the stars – of the zodiac, that is.

Laura Kickey: ZodiaCats

When:Friday, February 3, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Independents, 35 N. 3rd Street

www.philadelphiaindependents.com

First Friday Soda Tasting at Rocket Fizz

You can add a a new tasting to your route seemingly every First Friday. For $5, get five samples at Old City candy and soda shop Rocket Fizz this Friday.

First Friday Soda Tasting at Rocket Fizz

When:Friday, February 3, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where:Rocket Fizz, 302 Arch Street

www.oldcitydistrict.org

First Friday! Swing

Swing may be old, but it never gets old. If you ever wanted to try your hand at busting out some action-packed, fast-paced dance moves, then this is your chance. Instructors from Society Hill Dance Academy will be on hand to teach you the basics, while a performance by the Blackbird Society Orchestra will keep you on your toes.

First Friday! Swing

When:Friday, February 3, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.barnesfoundation.org

Paper Work

Whether through art or through writing, paper has played an important role in helping challenge society’s norms. Now an exhibition at Snyderman-Works Galleries combines noted works in paper from the gallery's collections with contemporary explorations by local artists.

Paper Work

When:Friday, February 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:Snyderman-Works Galleries, 303 Cherry Street

www.oldcitydistrict.org

Friday Nights: Paula West

Classical art and classic jazz liven up Friday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy gallery access and tapas-style dishes by Starr Catering.

Friday Nights: Paula West

When:Friday, February 3, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

Shadows Beckon

Early photography was born in dark rooms, where captured light could slowly emerge from the negatives. Artist Crystal Lee Lucas’ photography is born from a dark place, where negative emotions like depression and anxiety have fueled her approach to nature and her place in it. In her first solo exhibition, she calls on the influences of photographic forms of the past to find her way to the present.

Shadows Beckon

When:Friday, February 3, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Central Tattoo Studio, 171 W. Girard Avenue

www.centraltattoostudio.com

Till Now at North Bowl

Aaron Ricketts, a talented local photographer and visual artist, presents a brand-new photography showcase this First Friday at North Bowl. The opening party will be complete with tunes from Joshua Fuego Mayo, drink specials, complimentary snacks and plenty of works from his Till Now showcase.

Till Now at North Bowl

When:Friday, February 3, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where:North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street

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Twist of Nature

Nature uses infinite forms of expression. Luckily, artists love a challenge. Painter Caroline Furr captures sun-dappled light, while sculptor Linda Brenner gives life to growing pains and the marks they leave behind.

Twist of Nature

When:Friday, February 3, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Cerulean Arts, 1355 Ridge Avenue

www.ceruleanarts.com

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