In addition to these First Friday opening receptions, Arts picked out some nearby bars worth checking out only a short drunken stumble away from each venue.
319 North 11th St., 3rd Floor
Check out the opening receptions of some intriguing conceptual artists at Vox Populi, and then scoot over to their adjacent live arts venue to see a modern sci–fi play on a spacecraft that will leave you rambling like a Star Trek junkie.
Nearby Bar: The Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th St.
Grab a good drink and bite at this retro–inspired venue from the post–industrial era, which features whiskey and the soul, blues and hip–hop of the 60s and 70s. Come for a live performance by the funky Mr. Femstar, and grab some free T–shirts and samples of Jim Beam Devil’s Cut while you’re there!
Paper Made! Book Signing & Demonstration with Author Kayte Terry
Art Star Gallery & Boutique
623 N. 2nd St.
Calling all Martha Stewart wannabes! Come see author and HGTV expert crafter Kayte Terry put your paper airplanes to shame as she demonstrates how to make a wallflower from her new book, which features hundreds of paper projects. She’ll be there to help you make your own as you sip boozy drinks. Don’t forget to pick up a signed copy of her book.
Nearby Bar: Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden
435 Spring Garden St.
Chill with your cocktail (or beer or wine) beneath whimsical Christmas lights, surrounded by plants, little fountains and paintings. You can even appease those nighttime munchies with tasty appetizers, inside a merry 1950s dining car.
Small Works Show
Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
1834 E. Frankford Ave.
Wander around the opening reception of a new exhibition featuring 21 artists who made mini–sculptures no larger than a foot–long cube. See how this community of modern Michelangelos builds things out of unordinary objects.
Nearby Bar: Johnny Brenda’s
1201 Frankford Ave.
Chill out on the balcony and sit among stylish vintage lamps as you enjoy some high–quality local beers, fried octopus and fancy cheesesteaks. Starting at 10 p.m., rock out to the Riff Mountain DJs at this historical social hall reminiscent of a turn–of–the–century burlesque club or theater.
In Light of the Lens: Withdrawn by Kathryn Borbas
The Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
In this exhibition, local Philadelphia art student Kathryn Borbas cathartically reflects her own battle with chronic physical pain through striking photographs and powerful mixed media pieces showing contortions of the body.
Nearby Bar: Paddy’s Old City Pub
228 Race St.
Looking to play flip cup with Dennis and Dee and the rest of the gang? Check out Paddy’s, a pub experience inspired by “It’s Always Sunny.” Grab some beers as you listen to Irish rock on the juke and take in the welcoming atmosphere of an historic neighborhood.
Shine by Rebecca Gilbert
110 Church Gallery
110 Church St.
In this solo show, Gilbert tells stories through natural imagery and symbolism collected from history, science, superstition and literature. A gifted printmaker, she works with layered woodcuts, glue engravings, print sculptures and installations.
Nearby Bar: Sugars
225 Church St.
You’ll feel like a little kid on a carnival merry–go–round at this fun house pub! Filled with unique and nostalgic décor like old bumper cars, a Nascar pinball machine, pool tables and brick columns covered in crayon graffiti, you can kick back and relax with a drink while listening to 90s music and licking the abundantly–supplied Dum Dum Pops.