Galleries, museums and performance venues stay up late for First Friday, so tomorrow night say “fuck you” to frat ratios and go downtown for the cultural block party of the month. Ahead—your art crawl:
5pm: Pregame on campus before heading to the Esther Klein Gallery on 36th and Market. Open all day, the gallery will be hosting an opening for Clara Ursitti’s scent–based installation, A Big Stick of Confidence, with a talk about the show at 5:30. We don’t know about you, but something about A Big Stick of Confidence makes it sound like a giant dick. See you there.
6pm: There are two demographics that really like to get festive on free wine: college kids and artists. The galleries in Olde City open their doors to both on First Friday, with many spaces hosting exhibition openings and receptions. Walking along 2nd and 3rd Streets, you can expect fine art and fine(ish) wine. Heads up for Donna Usher at the LG Tripp Gallery and Virgil Marti at Locks Gallery.
7pm: Once you’ve had enough red wine and sophisticated chat, get into your dance pants. Check out the Philadelphia Argentine Dance School on Frankford Ave for their free tango class from 7-8pm.
8pm: As the sun sets, head down to Williamsburg Fishtown to let loose at the First Friday Fracas. In addition to alternative facial hair and artisan beer, you’ll find: food trucks on food trucks; candlelit yoga at BLAH; “live painting” (as opposed to, uh, other types of painting….); and pizza + ice cream + tango at the 2-hour milonga (tango social dance, natch) on the street in front of Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Pizza Brain.