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February 06, 2015

16 February First Friday picks

New prints from Conrad Benner, flash fiction contests and more artsy events abound

Events First Friday
CBPrints Conrad Benner/Streets Dept.

Streets Dept. fetes its 4th anniversary with limited edition prints.

Every first Friday of the month, the art institutions of Philadelphia open up to the public for special events (many of which are free) and exhibit receptions. All in one night on Friday, Feb. 6, you can learn to tango, hear live Brazilian music and discover beautiful work from Philadelphia's leading artists. 

Limited Edition Streets Dept. Prints

Philly photographer Conrad Benner is launching limited-edition prints of his most requested work. Each first Friday, he'll release different prints. The first collection, "Instagram Favorites Collection #1," is super affordable, so grab them while you can!

While supplies last | $12 each or $44 for all six

Free For All

The Institute of Contemporary Art of the University of Pennsylvania is free to visitors all day.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Free admission
Institute of Contemporary Art
118 S. 36th St.
(215) 898-7108

First Fridays ArtWalk

Eighteen art galleries in New Hope, Bucks County, and Lambertville, New Jersey, are teaming up for one big gallery crawl featuring live music and special offers at area restaurants.

5-9 p.m. | Free admission
Locations vary

37th Anniversary Show ACT II

Check out abstract and conceptual art in many forms at this anniversary exhibit.

5-8 p.m. | Free admission
Muse Gallery
52 N. 2nd St.
(215) 627-5310

A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar

Turned wood artist Stoney Lamar exhibits unique sculptures from his 25 years in the medium.

5-8 p.m. | Free admission
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd St.
(215) 923-8000

5th Annual Philadelphia Community Exhibit

Up-and-coming and established local artists will display their work at this open-call group show.

5-9 p.m. | Free admission
3rd Street Gallery
45 N. 2nd St.
(215) 625-0993

Sparkle & Shine

Sip on some sparkling pink champagne and get shiny new earrings free with any purchase.

5:30-8 p.m. | Pay as you go
Never Too Spoiled
57 N. 3rd St.
(215) 928-0167

The Year of No

Attend the opening reception for this set of neon sculptures and painted works by artist Bonnie Brenda Scott.

6-10 p.m. | Free admission
James Oliver Gallery
723 Chestnut St., Fourth Floor
(267) 918-7432

Flash Fiction Contest

Join this open workshop night for a flash fiction contest, reading and drinking.

6-8 p.m. | Free admission
The Head & the Hand
2012 Sepviva St.
(267) 702-6744

The Wolfgang Roving Market

Celebrate the launch of this collaborative between Philadelphia makers Honest Alchemy, Good Wear Co., Forager Co., Custom Lifestyle and Bombyx Vintage with complimentary cocktails.

6-8 p.m. | Free admission
Art in the Age
116 N. 3rd St.
(215) 922-2600

First Friday Carnaval

Afro-Brazilian band Xande Cruz, Brazilian street band PhillyBloco and capoeira dancers perform live in celebration of Brazilian Day Philadelphia.

6-9 p.m. | $25, free for members
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
(215) 278-7200

PASSIONAL 19th Anniversary Party

Bring a birthday or anniversary card and get 19 percent off one item, then stick around for live demonstrations and performances in the front windows.

7-10 p.m. | Free admission
PASSIONAL Boutique & Sexploratorium
317 South St.
(215) 829-4986

Free Argentine Tango Beginner Class

Try out dancing the tango for free, no previous experience, registration or partner required.

7-8 p.m. | Free admission
Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
2030 Frankford Ave.
(617) 291-3798

Sam Heimer, Why Are You Here?

The opening reception for illustrator Sam Heimer's exhibit - which includes tons of bar drawings and an interactive digital installation - will feature a drink-and-draw with the artist himself. 

7:30-9 p.m. | Free admission
LMNL Gallery
1526 Frankford Ave.
(267) 639-9956

Candlelight Yoga with Live Music

Nicole Ellingson leads a vinyasa yoga class accompanied by live music from Kent Ellingson. Space is limited.

7:30 p.m. | $15
MotherHeart Studio
530 E. Girard Ave.
(484) 885-9081

The Divine Feminine

King Britt and Kate Watson-Wallace curate a collaboration featuring Xenia Rubinos, Low Leaf, Ryat, Monica McIntyre, Jasmine Hearn and Linda Aubry Bullock to celebrate the Divine Feminine. The after-party features DJ duo The Queens.

8 p.m. | $15 in advance, $20 at the door, members save 30 percent
140 N. Columbus Blvd.
(215) 413-1318