FEBRUARY 06, 2015
16 February First Friday picks
New prints from Conrad Benner, flash fiction contests and more artsy events abound.
BY AUBREY NAGLE
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.
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
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.
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
Check out abstract and conceptual art in many forms at this anniversary exhibit.
5-8 p.m. | Free admission
52 N. 2nd St.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
1526 Frankford Ave.
Nicole Ellingson leads a vinyasa yoga class accompanied by live music from Kent Ellingson. Space is limited.
7:30 p.m. | $15
530 E. Girard Ave.
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.
Happy First Friday!
Don’t you feel like the first weekend of the month there is always so much more to do? I’m not sure how other cities do it, but one of the first ways I fell in love with Philadelphia was First Friday in Old City. I’d venture down from school and spend a few hours wandering into all of the small art galleries and boutiques to look at their new collections that month. The street vendors were always entertaining so to speak and you can always expect to find one of a kind prints, jewelry and figurines to add to your home. Almost seven and a half years later and I still love the spirit of First Friday and I always look forward to what my friends at Art in the Age lined up.
The Wolfgang Roving Market, a collective of Philadelphia makers, to the Art in the Age store for February. This month and a half long in store pop-up features quality goods from Honest Alchemy,Good Wear Co, Forager Co, Custom Lifestyle and Bombyx Vintage. Join us for a drink and meet the makers on First Friday, February 6th from 6-8pm.
Winter Cocktail Recipe: The Handwarmer
If you’ve been shoveling snow nearly as much as I have lately, there is something to be said for having a warm drink to revive your spirits. Really though, a warm winter cocktail can soften the cold winter wind anytime, snow or no snow. Gracie’s bartender Kristi developed this lovely cocktail for just those times when we need a little touch of warmth to hold us over until summer returns. This winter cocktail recipe has a few steps, but we think you will find the results to be well worth the effort. Alternatively, we are happy to make one for you whenever you stop in to visit this winter.
February First Friday picks: Arts, beer & more
It’s that special time when Friday is not just Friday but a glorious little nugget of community entertainment. Here’s the forecast for First Friday, Feb. 6.
Experience a wealth of sensory delight at Asian Arts Initiative’s (1219 Vine St.) reception and community meal surrounding its latest exhibit “Pallets & Palates: Placing Taste, Sound and Sight.” Utilizing repurposed industrial pallets and ceramic fermentation crocks, paintings and sound art, the community-building aspect of meals is explored. The reception and meal runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Shop from a collective of Philadelphia lifestyle good makers at Art in the Age (116 N. 3rd St.) when they welcome representatives from Honest Alchemy, Good Wear Co., Forager Co., Custom Lifestyle, and Bombyx Vintage for First Friday. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. chat, shop and sip on exclusive Art in the Age beverages.
If you think you’ve seen it all, think again. Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) hosts a Robot Fight Club night. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., come to build your own robot and get a chance to sign up for Hebocon a robot sumo wrestling competition for the technologically declined — held later this month.
Here’s an excuse to get dressed up. The opening reception for “Touched,” a collaborative show featuring 15 artists, will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The First Banana (2152 E. Dauphin St.) and feature tunes from local punk rockers Sparklefight. Your most elegant attire is requested.
The city’s hippest young professionals can have a chance to mix and mingle at Crane Arts (1400 N. American St.) for a preview of InLiquid’s benefit auction. From 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., place bids on artwork, enjoy some snacks and cocktails, and leave feeling like a class act.
Performing arts come to the spotlight at Headlong Dance Theater (1170 S. Broad St.) for a selection of new dance works, poetry, comedy and more. They’re offering two showings: One at 6:30 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. Free beer and food will be at both.
Cheers to the weekend. Bottle Bar East (1308 Frankford Ave.) hosts a Do Good Brewing Company release party for their Do Good Milk Street Stout with additional drink and food samples from Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant starting at 7 p.m. As the night goes on, you’ll transition from jazz to DJ tuneage.
Curious about what the future holds? Queen of Wands Tarot will be giving free tarot card readings at Scout Salvage (21 N. 3rd St.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Vintage shopping may also be in your future — shop and snack while you await your reading.
The short documentary “SEPTA: In Motion” will screen at Vinyl Revival (35-37 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne) for a BYOB First Friday event. The doc, giving a look at the day-to-day life at SEPTA’s control center in Center City, will begin at 7:30 p.m. and a Q&A with the film’s executive producer, producer, assistant director, and SEPTA’s suburban supervisor will follow.
A collective of female performers, ranging in discipline from harp to vocals to dance, will perform beginning at 8 p.m. at FringeArts (140 N. Columbus Blvd.) for a curated event celebrating femininity across cultures.
Danger Salon (108 E. Girard Ave.) will be transformed into a scene fit for a drag queen. Mistor Fahrenheit, Luna LaVey and PrettyGirl will kick off a night of drag and dancing starting at 9 p.m. Even better? Free PBR and Sailor Jerry drinks.
2 Art in the Age Cocktails to Craft This Valentine’s Day
Wine and beer are wonderful options for Valentine’s Day, but this holiday we encourage you to mix things up and try something new. Treat your Valentine to delicious concoctions with fruit overtones and a little bit of bubbly with these creative recipes from Art in the Age:
Assemble ingredients in a champagne flute and top with champagne.
Assemble all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker glass and shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Curious where you can pick up your share of Art in the Age? Locate your local spirits here.
A Cozy Cocktail Recipe: ROOT Hot Chocolate
Looking for a cozy cocktail with a unique twist and a kick? Art in the Age’s ROOT Hot Chocolate is it!
With a simple combination of hot cocoa and ROOT spirits, the end result is a warm beverage that’s sure to give you a spring in your step and have you coming back for seconds. Don’t forget to make your ROOT Hot Chocolate complete by adding some whipped cream on top as a final touch.
4 parts hot cocoa (1/3 cup cocoa powder, 3/4 cup sugar, 3 1/2 cup milk, pinch of salt)
1 part ROOT
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Do not boil or the milk will curdle. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Remove from the heat and add ROOT. Pour the mixture into a mug and top with whipped cream and a garnish of cinnamon and nutmeg (optional).
Every other Saturday, the Urban Farmer bursts through the kitchen door in his decades-old Woolrich coat and snowy boots, and he raises a green bag into the air triumphantly. This prized green bag contains his CSA allotment (Community Supported Agriculture), and aside from supporting our region’s farmers, these bags of veggies have pushed us to cook more and to cook more creatively.
Each CSA share is like a cooking show challenge. Beets, turnips, celeriac…go! For this specific green bag, the Urban Farmer really had pie on his mind. As I began to muse, he interjected my visions of beet slice rosettes atop sweetly spiced squash, “No, I want to make a savory pie.” Before he had finished verbalizing his pie goals, he had already begun peeling and chopping, so we dove into his savory plan in that fluid style of cooking- a sprinkle of this, a dash of that, a slice, a chop and a vague recipe underpinning.
Recipe Notes: This recipe is very loose, and you can adapt it based on your winter vegetable bounty and personal preferences. We began with a large baking stone’s worth of roasted vegetables and had more than we needed for the pie, but that excess makes for easy, healthy dinners later in the week. I’ve been reading about sneaking vodka into pie crusts as way to combat the gluten formation that risks a tough crust. Rather than Vodka, I used a few Tablespoons of Art in the Age’s Sage liquor, hoping to avoid gluten and reap the benefits of the herb flavors. You can also experiment with the cheese, herbs and proteins. This would be delicious with salty shavings of pecorino, and next time, we’ll probably add a spicy sausage to the filling. Be inspired, get creative and go crazy!
p.s: We’re looking forward to this time next year when we’ll be making rustic root veggie pies from the fruits of the Urban Farmer’s labor. He’ll be farming his own land this spring!
Rustic Root Vegetable Pie with Blue Cheese & Herbs
For the Filling
Local & Organic Red Onion
Local & Organic Beet(s)
Local & Organic Parsnip(s)
Local & Organic Turnip(s)
Local & Organic Celery Root(s)
Local & Organic Garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
Herbs de Provence
1/4 cup organic brown sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
blue cheese crumbles
For the Pastry:
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour, plus extra for surface
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup organic, unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
5 Tablespoons water, chilled
2-3 Tablespoons Art in the Age Sage Liquor
2 teaspoons melted butter or 1 beaten egg
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Peel and chop the vegetables into thick chunks, and spread on a stone baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs. Toss to coat. Roast for 40 minutes to 1 hour, until tender.
While the vegetables are roasting, make the pastry.
In a large mixing bowl, briefly whisk the flour and salt.
Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the dry ingredients, until it’s in pea-size pieces that are slightly yellow in color, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Combine the chilled water and Sage liquor. Drizzle the ice water mixture over the flour, a Tablespoon at a time, and mix just until the dough comes together. Do not overwork the dough or it will become tough.
Form the pastry into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or until ready to use.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a round shape (rough edges are fine), about ⅛ inch thick. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Put the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Allow this to bubble for about 5 minutes, until it achieves a thick, syrupy consistency. Swirl the pot occasionally.
Place the roasted vegetables in the middle of the pastry round, allowing 1½ to 2 inches around the edges (you may have extra vegetables). Drizzle the balsamic syrup over the vegetables and season with additional salt, pepper and herbs.
Fold the pastry in toward the center, pleating the dough as necessary. Brush the dough with either melted butter or, if you prefer a more golden look, a beaten egg.
Reduce oven heat to 350°F, and bake for 30 minutes, or until the pastry turns golden brown.
Sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles, and serve warm or cold.