Magic Gardens created the evening soirée, taking place every fourth Friday of the month through October, as more than a mere tour through Isaiah Zagar’s iconic installation; it’s a multi-sensory experience. Each one features a live band, hands-on art-making workshops and, perhaps best of all, a BYOB policy so you can do the whole thing with your favorite adult beverage in hand.
For the April kickoff, groove to the breezy tunes of electronic music collaborative Son Step, and learn to sketch an ethereal corpse at a workshop led by Philadelphia illustrator Alex Eckman-Lawn. You’ll also get a chance to embark on a trio of behind-the-scenes mini tours, including a 20-minute excursion into Magic Gardens’ mosaicked basement.
Throughout the summer, scheduled musicians include gypsy jazz quartet Hot Bijouxx, sci-fi rockers S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D and, in July, Circadian Rhythms will fill the space with their catalogue of peppy dream pop.
The full schedule of performers and teaching artists can be found here.
Twilight in the Gardens happens from 7 to 10 p.m. every fourth Friday of the month through October, including this Friday, April 22. Admission is $18, and Magic Gardens reminds you to BYOBBS (bring your own booze, blankets, and snacks).