Tonight Picks: Philadelphia Museum Of Art Contemporary Craft Show, First Person Arts Festival, Philadelphia Improv Festival, First Thursday At North Bowl, Wired Fest At The Electric Factory And More

Convention Center
Tonight, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show fills the Convention Center with one-of-a-kind jewelry, furniture, home decor and more. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Celebrate the almost end of the workweek with a variety of fun after-work events in neighborhoods across the city.

Today is the first day of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, which brings cool handmade items to the Convention Center for art-lovers’ shopping delight.

Also tonight, two arts festivals continue to celebrate the city’s performance art scene — the First Person Arts Festival will fill the Prince Music Theater, while the Philadelphia Improv Festival brings major laughs to the Figment Theater.

North Bowl jump starts the weekend with a First Thursday art opening. Head to the No Libs bowling alley for art from local photographers, free food and drink specials — and bowling, of course.

Read on for our top picks for happening’s tonight.

First Person Arts Festival’s Grand Slam

The culmination of anecdotes and accounts told throughout the season, First Person Arts’ Grand Slam pits winners from First Person Arts’ monthly StorySlams against one another in an all-out championship round. Tickets are $22. Grand Slam is presented as part of the First Person Arts Festival, which continues through November 15.

When: Thursday, November 6, 8 p.m.
Where: Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost: $22

Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

Today is day one of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Contemporary Craft Show, which takes over the Pennsylvania Convention Center with an array of handmade jewelry, ceramics, furniture, home decor and more. The show will allow art-lovers to shop one-of-a-kind finds until 9 p.m. this evening. Tickets are $15 for one day, $20 for two days and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available online and at the door. Take note, tickets are cash only at the door.

When: Thursday, November 6, until 9 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets
Cost: $15 for single day adult passes, $20 for two days, $5 for children under 12

Philadelphia Improv Festival

All week, the Philadelphia Improv Festival celebrates the city’s great comedy scene with 45 shows over a five night run at the Figment Theater at the Asian Arts Building. Tonight, at 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m., a number of Philadelphia-based, and even a Chicago-based, comedy groups will take the stage to provide the audience with major laughs. Tickets are $10 for individual show blocks and $20 for the Thursday night pass.

When: Thursday, November 6, 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m.
Where: Figment Theater, 1219 Vine Street
Cost: $10 for individual show block, $20 for Thursday night pass

First Thursday at North Bowl

North Bowl celebrates First Thursday instead of First Friday with an exhibition opening by two talented artists. Beginning at 8 p.m., stop by to check out art by Marissa Evans, a Philadelphia-based photographer, and Brian Lauer, a fine art and commercial photographer. Also enjoy complimentary bites and drink specials. The party will take place upstairs at North Bowl. For those looking to bowl, show off your skills before (or after!) the party.

When: Thursday, November 6, 8 p.m.
Where: North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go

North Bowl
North Bowl hosts a First Thursday celebration complete with local art, free food and drink specials at 8 p.m.
(Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

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Wired Fest at the Electric Factory

Two big names, Steve Aoki and Lil’ Jon, will take the stage at the Electric Factory for Wired Fest, which brings rocking good times to the Callowhill neighborhood tonight at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $67.65 including taxes and fees and are available online.

When: Thursday, November 6, 8 p.m.
Where: Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street
Cost: $67.65

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

Tonight, the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival continues its run with a screening of 24 Days, a film about anti-Semitism in modern-day Europe. The film is based on the real story of Ilan Halimi, a Parisian jew who was kidnapped by a group that believed all Jews had money and a large ransom would be paid in exchange for Halimi. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $11 for senior citizens and $7 for students and are available online.

When: Thursday, November 6, 7 p.m.
Where: Ritz East, 125 S. 2nd Street
Cost: $12 for general admission, $11 for senior citizens, $7 for students

Henry V at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Running through November 16, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre takes on Henry V, and adds a modern-day twist by setting the play in a prep school classroom. Tickets, starting at $20, are available online.

When: Thursday, November 6, 7 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom Street
Cost: $20-$35

Cornucopia: A Seasonal Food Event at Tela’s Market and Kitchen

Tonight, Tela’s Market and Kitchen hosts a night of botanical cocktails, food and fundraising. Visit the Fairmount restaurant for good food and drinks in the name of the a well-loved local garden. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Spring Gardens Community Garden. The event will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Single tickets are sold out, but tickets at the supporter and sponsor level are still available.

When: Thursday, November 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Tela’s Market and Kitchen, 1833 Fairmount Avenue
Cost: Tickets start at $100

Mary Poppins at the Walnut Street Theatre

Get in tune with your inner child. The well-loved story of Mary Poppins fills the stage at the Walnut Street Theatre this evening. Tonight’s show will begin at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $24.50. Tickets are available online.

When: Thursday, November 6, 8 p.m.
Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost: $24.50 and up


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