Our Picks For November’s First Friday With A Swing Dance Party At The Barnes, A Game Of Thrones-Themed Exhibit And More

The Barnes Foundation
First Friday hits Philadelphia with a swing dance party at The Barnes Foundation, exhibition openings, parties and more. (Photo courtesy The Barnes Foundation)

It’s time to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife as another First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia Friday, November 6.

This First Friday gets fantastical with shipwrecks, medieval magic, and talking plants. Navigate your way through dancing, cabaret, receptions and more with the always innovative offerings around the city.

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

Our November First Friday picks, below.

First Friday! Swing Dance Social

The only bug you’ll want to catch this season is the jitterbug, thanks to lessons by Society Hill Swing Dance, followed by a performance by Blackbird Society Orchestra at the Barnes. The paintings will step in on the action thanks to a short talk by Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings Barbara Buckley on dance-themed pieces in the collection.

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

Body Language and Under the Skin

Nonprofit InLiquid presents two openings on one block, with a group show and solo exhibition. The first constructs narrative through representations of the human body, while the latter breaks narrative down through stark imagery over neutral backgrounds.

When: Friday, November 6, 5-7 and 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Painted Bride Art Center and Engagement Studios, 230 and 222 Vine Street

Wandering Vietnam

It’s an opening reception meets opening of a new gallery space, celebrating the relocation of Gravy Studio & Gallery. The exhibition celebrates the everyday working routine set to the backdrop of Vietnam, while the party celebrates new working spaces set to the backdrop of food by Same Same Vietnamese Street Food and libations by Sailor Jerry.

When: Friday, November 6, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Gravy Studio & Gallery, 910 N. Second Street

Gravy Studio and Gallery
On First Friday, Gravy Studio and Gallery celebrates its new Northern Liberties location with a new exhibition and party. (Photo courtesy Gravy Studio & Gallery)

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Bitter Homes and Gardens

It’s invasion of the body singers at the art museum, thanks to a cabaret performance by The Bearded Ladies that proves the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Through country and folk music, the singers will personify the lives of bitter plants, ill-treated and overly-digested.

When: Friday, November 6, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

First Friday: Chemistry Couture

Lab coats and bowties aren’t the only pieces to make a statement in science. A scavenger hunt, talks, and interactive exhibitions at CHF break down the chemistry behind your clothing.

When: Friday, November 6, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street

Adam Wallacavage: Shipwrecks of Unicorn Beach

If you’ve ever seen the tentacular spectacle of Adam Wallacavage’s chandeliers, then you know the bizarre beauty evident in his sculptural work. For the first time in years, Wallacavage presents a solo show of his photography, featuring mockup shipwrecks along mystical, timeless shorelines.

When: Friday, November 6, 7-10 p.m.
Where: LMNL Gallery, 1526 Frankford Avenue

Painted Bride
The Painted Bride Art Center hosts an exhibition with local non-profit organization InLiquid this Friday.
(Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)


Check out the last show at Fishtown staple FJORD’s old space. Close out the night with a dance party after the member show reception.

When: Friday, November 6, 7 p.m.
Where: FJORD, 2419 Frankford Avenue

The Night Might Be Full of Terrors but the Art Is Gorgeous

Winter is coming and it’s coming in style, thanks to a Game of Thrones-themed art exhibition at Milk and Honey. Compete for the glory of owning one of 50 pieces of work, or chow down like a pawn with themed refreshments.

When: Friday, November 6, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Milk & Honey Café, 518 S. Fourth Street


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