Photo via Brave New Worlds
An important side note to begin: For you geeks in town who didn’t make it out to the ZOE STRAUSS: TEN YEARS opening party at PMA two weekends ago, fret not: the exhibition runs through April 22nd. If you’ve driven down 95, Delaware Avenue or 76, you’ve likely seen one of the 54 billboards in the Billboard Project accompanying the exhibition— but did you know there’s also a Foursquare contest? Check in at a billboard before April 2nd and enter for a chance to win the grand prize: a private tour of the retrospective and lunch with Zoe Strauss and the exhibition curator.
February means that folks are finally getting back into the First Friday groove, post-holiday season. Here’s what’s happening:
FIRST FRIDAY IN CENTER CITY
Some great standards are happening on February 3rd in Center City: Starting in Old City around 7pm, note the HAMMY SPARKLE opening at Brave New Worlds. If you’re 21+, feel free to cross Market and head a few blocks south– first to the DRINK PHILLY space for a free gallery showing and live jazz on Chestnut Street (don’t forget to RSVP!); then head farther south around 9pm to see notorious duo Tony Trov and Johnny Zito (of South Fellini)’s opening party for TRAMP STAMP! at Tattooed Mom’s. Tunes and drink specials, included.
Sadly, there were no advance updates on any South Philly Second Saturday happenings on East Passyunk Ave next weekend, but here’s a head’s up on two galleries for this weekend in NoLibs/ Fishtown:
On Friday, PLANAR SPLIT, features ‘sci-fi folk art’, and has a reception with live music from 6-10pm at Part Time Studios on Frankford. On Saturday, February 4th, the Slinguff Gallery in NoLibs has an opening: WELCOME SKATEBOARDS AND JASON VIVONA.
BONUS event on Friday, February 3rd:
He may not be showing art… but if you’re out in the South-Eastern PA ‘burbs this Friday, you’re already more than halfway to a DAN AKYROYD BOTTLE SIGNING for Crystal Head Vodka at Total Wine in Claymont, Delaware… Cross the DE border, high-five Dan the Man for being in some of the best movies of your youth, and let him know the Crystal Head Vodka bottle unintentionally gives you tiny rage stroke flashbacks to the last Indiana Jones movie.
A Geek’s Gallery Guide is a new monthly preview for First Friday and Second Saturday artist showings in Philadelphia. Submit tips for upcoming gallery events to firstname.lastname@example.org.