At this point, First Friday should probably be considered a national holiday. Or at least a regional one. The last First Friday of the summer — Friday, Sept. 5 — beckons and the possibilities are endless.
You’ve seen the movies: Astronaut goes up in space, things happen in space, story is resolved. But what the audience doesn’t see is what happens to the space suit once everything is said and done. Cathleen Lewis and Lisa Young, the curator and conservator of the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s (315 Chestnut St.) exhibit “Suited for Space" will divulge that info during their First Friday session, starting at 5 p.m.
But first...let us look at some #selfies. The latest at Yell Gallery (2111 E. Susquehanna Ave.) features a collection of self portraits (or, you know, selfies) that celebrate the contemporary way we capture ourselves. The opening reception of #selfieshow runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Get a preview of the works up for sale at this year’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Art Show from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College (2200 Fairmount Ave.) in Atlantic City. In addition to the sneak peek, meet some of the artists, sip on wine and nibble on cheese, hear live music, and see a body-painting demonstration.
Perhaps Betsy Ross was a big fan of horror literature. Maybe she’d be into scary films today. Either way, this First Friday at 5:30 p.m., the Betsy Ross House (239 Arch St.) is screening two spooky flicks in the courtyard: “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” Nighttime tours of the house will also be available.
You’re unique. Now show it off! New York clothing, jewelry and accessories brand In God We Trust brings their jewelry to Art in the Age (116 N. 3rd St.) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for custom bling engraving.
An opening reception for Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens’ (1020 South St.) latest exhibit, “The Spiritual Journey of the Mystical Heroine,” takes place on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The mixed-media work depicts characters dealing with birth, death, resurrection, sexuality and other struggles. Oh, and the reception is pay-what-you-wish.
If “Midnight in Paris” is more your deal, the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) is holding a French Cabaret night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with inspired cuisine, cocktails and jazz from the Avalon Jazz Band. The night also includes a chat about the museum’s latest exhibit, “The World is an Apple: Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne.”
Motherhood and celestial composition inspired Philly artist Kristin Schattenfield-Rein’s latest solo exhibit “We Are All Made of Stars.” The new series opens Friday at Bluestone Fine Art Gallery (142 N. 2nd St.) with an artist reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Rodger LaPelle Galleries (122 N. 3rd St.) is opening its doors from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to welcome two new exhibits: “David Lynch: When Emerging” and “Jeanine Leclaire: Doesn’t Believe in Happily Ever After.” Coinciding with the seemingly endless amount of David Lynch events in Philadelphia, the former exhibition was inspired by PAFA’s retrospective on the artist. The later body of work explores the human condition.
Combine your love of art and yoga at the Delaware Art Museum (2301 Kentmere Parkway) in Wilmington for two yoga sessions — one at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s sculpture garden and the other at 8 p.m. in the museum — and tours, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
These performers may be singing the blues, but you’ll be chilling in style in Ardmore. At Cricket and Lancaster Aves, various blues groups will perform starting at 6:30 p.m.
Stroll over to Race Street Pier (Race St. and Columbus Blvd.) for an al fresco show as the sun sets. Local artists bring their craft to the pier from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., courtesy of FringeArts. Expect site-specific installations, caricature artists and DJs.
Two local artists, Colleen Brand and Susan Shipley, will be showing their work at Vice Tattoo, Coffee and Books (1031 Spring Garden St.). Even better? Tastings from Flying Dog Brewery and Eagle Rare Whiskey. It all starts at 7:30 p.m.