First Friday and more!

February 7, 2014 | by Brooke Willmes

Even though the weather doesn’t seem to break but a few degrees each day, there are plenty of hot things to do around Philly this weekend. It is the First Friday of the month and that means art lovers across Philadelphia pour into art galleries, art crawls, bars, and artsy nightlife events all across town.

There are numerous events and galleries to be checked out on art corridors in Fishtown, Old City, Manayunk, and Market st. Here are some events that you sure don’t want to miss! Start off with a Happy Hour at:

Come Together Happy Hour at The Trestle Inn: Raise a glass to commemorate The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago at The Trestle Inn this Friday. Shake it like it’s 1964 with punch-fueled go-go dancing before funk, soul and R&B take over on the dance floor at 10 p.m. There’s no cover for the happy hour fun, nor the late-night dance party.
When: Friday, February 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn
Cost: Pay as you go; no cover

Asian Arts Initiative’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition Opening: For more than two decades, the Asian Arts Initiative has tapped artists to explore multicultural experiences — both of Asian Americans and other communities — via multimedia arts programs, performances, youth workshops, commissions and much more. To celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary, the Asian Arts Initiative presents Participate, a wide-ranging three-part multimedia group show exhibiting two-dimensional works, performance art, video, community-based participatory art and installation opening on Friday, February 7. On view through May 23, there are a slew of public programs planned to engage with the community and encourage public participation.
When: Friday, February 7, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost: Free

Hand Work Opening at Art in the Age: In Old City, stop in at Art in the Age to see firsthand a new display of a trio of local makers. In Hand Work, which will be on view through March 31, check out hand-stitched quilts by Carrie Strine, hand-tooled leather goods from River City Leather and handmade beauty goods by Blades Natural Beauty. Libations will be flowing, too, making for a festive affair.
When: Friday, February 6, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street
Cost: Free

InLiquid Benefit v.14 Young Friends Opening: This weekend, longtime Crane Arts resident InLiquid, an art and design non-profit organization, throws its annual bash, InLiquid Silent Art Auction and Benefit on Saturday, February 9. For those who just want to take in the awesome artwork preceding the main soiree, hit up the Young Professionals Party during the First Friday gallery openings at the Crane on Friday.
When: Friday, February 7, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street
Cost: Free

It’s Just Pizza and Ice Cream Speed-Dating Event at Little Baby’s Ice Cream & Pizza Brain: Hey, what better way to connect with someone new than over pizza and ice cream? Hosted by Josh Agran of The Glotones!, Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Pizza Brain host a night of systematic matchmaking just in time for Cupid’s arrival. The date-sized pizza and ice cream is complimentary for participants, but advance sign-up is mandatory. RSVP to reserve a spot by e-mailing jeffrey@littlebabysicecream.com or sending a text to Little Baby’s Ice Cream’s Magic 8-Ball service at 267-507-4956. Remember, there are a tons more events, openings, sales and more along the Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor.
When: Friday, February 7, 9 p.m.
Where: Little Baby’s Ice Cream & Pizza Brain, 2311-13 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Free

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