Top Picks For First Friday In Philly This April

First Friday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation and more...

It’s time to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife — First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia on Friday, April 7.

This First Friday includes classics like late nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation, plus completely new treats like a Fishtown pop-up gallery. Also on tap: science-fueled debates and street-art-inspired exhibitions.

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

Our First Friday in Philly picks, below.

First Friday! Minas Brings Brazil at the Barnes Foundation

For the next three First Fridays, you can look forward to an explosion of musical treats from around the world thanks to a new series at the Barnes Foundation. April features musical artist Minas, who draws inspiration from Brazilian rhythm and American jazz and blues.

First Friday! Minas Brings Brazil at the Barnes Foundation

When:Friday, April 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.barnesfoundation.org

Fishtown Pop-Up Debut

Yet another space to celebrate the arts in Philly makes its debut this month. The new gallery will feature both contemporary and vintage works, while this month’s show presents the work of painter Clintel Steed and his explorations and experiences of life as an African-American in the 1970s.

Fishtown Pop-Up Debut

When:Friday, April 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Fishtown Pop-Up, 1311 Frankford Avenue

www.inliquid.org

Small Favors: Think Inside the Box at the Center For Art In Wood

The Center for Art in Wood, in collaboration with The Clay Studio, presents Small Favors: Think Inside the Box, a series of works that defy the limits of size and expectation. Artists are asked to contribute works small enough to fit inside a 4-inch cube. Since its launch in 2006 at the Clay Studio, the exhibition's small-scale sculptures have had a large impact on introducing fine craft to collectors both new and experienced.

Small Favors: Think Inside the Box at the Center For Art In Wood

When:Ongoing through May 27
Where:The Center For Art In Wood, 141 N. 3rd Street and The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd Street

www.centerforartinwood.org

Between Wood and Garden at Rodger LaPelle Galleries

Sometimes in contemplating nature, an artist gets closer to the self. The landscapes of Paulette Bensignor interpret and reimagine the wild woods — and the wilder meaning that can be found within them — through abstract means.

Between Wood and Garden at Rodger LaPelle Galleries

When:Friday, April 7
Where:Rodger LaPelle Galleries, 122 N. 3rd Street

www.rodgerlapellegalleries.com

First Friday: Scholar Smackdown at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

Does the student always surpass the teacher? First Friday is your chance to find out. Chemical Heritage Foundation Fellows will be swapping research stories and then duking it out over who can pull off the best research prank.

First Friday: Scholar Smackdown at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

When:Friday, April 7, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street

www.chemheritage.org

Lemon Sparkle Fantasy! at Body Graphics

The difference separating street art from fine art is often no greater than where it’s located. The fun, vibrant works of muralist Ryan Psota can be found all over the city for the price of a brisk walk. But this First Friday, you can catch many of his works all at once, all in one place, at an exhibition at Body Graphics.

Lemon Sparkle Fantasy! at Body Graphics

When:Friday, April 7, 7-11 p.m.
Where:Body Graphics, 30 S. 2nd Street

www.oldcitydistrict.org

Elfreth’s Alley Bits and Bites of History, Barbarous Barbering

While demon barbers may be the work of fiction, the actual practice of barbering in the 18th century included some fairly gruesome details. A discussion led by Old City barber Duke Dunne delves into the surprising medical history behind the ancient grooming practice.

Elfreth’s Alley Bits and Bites of History, Barbarous Barbering

When:Friday, April 7, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Elfreth's Alley, 124-126 Elfreth's Alley

www.elfrethsalley.org

Friday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

What better destination on First Friday than the Philadelphia Museum of Art? During the museum's Friday series, enjoy cocktails, live entertainment and late access to the collections. This month sees a performance by Kris Allen, a saxophonist from New York City.

Friday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Friday, April 7, 5-8:45, p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

We Persist: A Group Exhibition at 3rd Street Gallery

Some of the most recognizable names in the Philly arts scene can be found in the upcoming group exhibition at 3rd Street Gallery. From explorations of landscapes both urban and wild to figurative expressions of movement and life, these artists tackle the everyday experience we all share.

We Persist: A Group Exhibition at 3rd Street Gallery

When:Friday, April 7
Where:3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street

www.oldcitydistrict.org

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