5 First Friday Openings to Check Out

"Flooded City" by Aaron Ricketts

“Flooded City” by Aaron Ricketts

Till Now @ North Bowl
Friday is the opening night party for this solo show featuring works by photographer Aaron Ricketts, who blends realism and fantasy in his eye-catching images. There will be music by Joshua Fuego Mayo, plus drink specials and free snacks.

Loving Blackness @ Asian Arts Initiative
Jaishri Abichandani curated this art exhibit that delves into “moments of tension and solidarity” between black and Asian communities, on display through April 21st. The opening reception is Friday and on Sunday, February 5th, AAI hosts a related jazz and poetry performanceRead more »

5 First Friday Openings to Check Out

Nikolay Milushev's

Nikolay Milushev’s “The Hunter” is on display at the Painted Bride.

Visions of The End @ Painted Bride Art Center
Nikolay Milushev and Eric Toscano of InLiquid get dark with these works about the end of the world. Toscano’s contributions recreate peaceful mid-century imagery, but leave the scenes “upended by cataclysmic disaster.” Milushev’s pieces, inspired by street art and graffiti, paint a looming dystopia. The opening reception is Friday, January 6th, from 5-7 p.m. but you can check out the exhibit through March 25.

See Sara Captain's "David" at Ruckus Gallery.

See Sara Captain’s “David” at Ruckus Gallery.

Bowie Art Show @ Ruckus Gallery
Ruckus Gallery in Old City is celebrating Philadelphia Loves Bowie Week with the Bowie Art Show, opening Friday and up for one week only. The pieces on display are by regional artists and are, of course, inspired by David Bowie. The reception is from 6-10 p.m. and it’s free. Philadelphia Loves Bowie Week is actually nine days, January 6th to 14th. Read more »

Heritage Presents First FRYday on First Friday

first-fryyay-heritage-400We didn’t think that First Friday, Philadelphia’s monthly celebration of art and artists needed revision. But we thoroughly appreciate Heritage’s addition this month of Sly Fox Beer specials and fried food cooked by chef Sean Magee. The event at the Norther Liberties restaurant will include live jazz music, a mellow dinner jazz session by Tom Moon’s Love Room and a classic soul, funk and jazz session by The Sermon!

There will also be the chance to browse and buy artwork from featured InLiquid artists. Featured artists include Brendan McAtamney, who makes wooden bowls with stock lumber and salvaged wood, Sandra Tarcov who specializes in hand-woven beadwork and Matthew Hall who makes whiskey drawings.

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The PPA Is Ending Free Parking on Wednesdays, First Fridays

Philadelphia Parking Authority kiosk in Center City on 9th Street

A PPA kiosk in Center City | Photo: Dan McQuade

The era of free parking in Center City is coming to an end.

Currently, street parking in Center City is free after 5 p.m. on Wednesday nights and on the first Friday of every month. As first reported by Philly.com, the PPA recently announced that it’s ending the promotion.

“The conclusion of these promotions is intended to increase parking opportunities for those shopping and dining in the city, and in light of the increased flexibility afforded by the meterUP app,” the PPA wrote on its blog. “In addition, the PPA has increased time limits in the evening on most Center City blocks allowing enough time for people participating in night time activities without being rushed to get back to move their car.” Read more »

7 First Friday Shows to Check Out

The Barnes is hosting a Creative Genius Connectors Salon. Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The Barnes is hosting a Creative Genius Connectors Salon. Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Chiptunes: Obsolete Sounds in the Modern World @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
“Art meets obsolete technology” in this interdisciplinary show exploring nostalgic sounds the Millennials among us likely won’t even recognize, like dial-up modems and original Game Boys. Musician Paul Weinstein, who goes by Chipocrite, will be performing live. Read more »

Bok Adds Six New Tenants, Immersive Art Exhibit

Photo Courtesy of Klip Collective

Photo Courtesy of Klip Collective

The former Bok Technical High School — now just known as “Bok” and owned by Scout Ltd., added six new tenants and an immersive temporary art exhibit this week.

The building is at just over 10 percent occupancy of its approximately 216,000 square feet of leasable space, Liz Maillie, leasing manager for Scout Ltd. told Philadelphia magazine.

The new tenants include the Garces Foundation, Top Banana Printing, Revival Letterpress, Philly Security Shell and a furniture design company, Milder Office. Read more »

TOP PICKS: 6 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend

The Welcoming Committee’s monthly LGBTQ pop-up party is taking place at another unsuspecting bar.

The Welcoming Committee’s monthly LGBTQ pop-up party is taking place at another unsuspecting bar.


Guerrilla Queer Bar Philadelphia
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Secret mystery location.

The Welcoming Committee is back at it again this First Friday. Be a part of their monthly party crusade, which pops up at typically straight bars and gays out! Tickets can be purchased online, with various special accommodations and offers.

Franky’s Foxes with DJ Chris Urban
9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street; over 21

DJ Chris Urban rocks the house with dance music, foxy performers, and fun. Tickets can be purchased online, with various special accommodations and offers.

CUTN PASTE // Emerald City
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Bike Stop, 206 South Quince Street; over 21

The Emerald City comes alive with an electric mix of music, dance, and performance that will have you turning up on that yellow brick road. The cover charge is only $5, and this event prides itself on being an all-inclusive social for all LGBTQ identities.


National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Community Health
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Gathers Recreation Center, 2501-19 West Diamond Street; all ages

Philadelphia FIGHT is honoring National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by having a free event geared toward empowering and aiding individuals, featuring free food, rapid HIV testing, networking, and some impressive giveaways.

Poker Tournament at Stir Benefiting DVLF
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Stir Lounge, 1705 Chancellor Street; over 21

Q-Poker gets charitable for DVLF with an epic poker tournament at one of the Gayborhood’s favorite bars. There will be free pizza and drink specials with $20 buy-ins, $15 re-buys and $10 add-ons, all benefiting DVLF.

“The Narrow Door” & “Cities I’ve Never Lived In” – Paul Lisicky & Sara Majka
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane; all ages

Two great book readings geared toward LGBTQ audiences are happening at one great event. Stop by and hear from popular authors Paul Lisicky and Sara Majka as they introduce two new books covering the themes of love and relationships through fact, fiction and feminism.

NOTE: If you have weekend LGBTQ events that you would like considered for our top picks, please email us at gphilly@phillymag.com.

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