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Kick-start your weekend with Friday Nights at the Museum. Live music and gallery access until 8:45 p.m. Enjoy cocktails and tapas-style dishes by Starr Catering.

Get louder and livelier the last Friday of the month with themed performances and activities.

With different musical acts each week and new themes each month, there’s a surprise waiting for you every Friday Night.


Sneak Preview: Color Me Bearded

The Bearded Ladies turn our galleries into a queer playground in honor of Barbra Streisand and the 50th anniversary of Color Me Barbra.
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Collection Tours all evening and themed Detours on the last Friday of the month. Performances and activities free after Museum admission unless noted. All galleries in the main building are open. Sign up for our Public Programs e-newsletter to get the latest info.

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Friday Nights Schedule

Divas & Queens
Friday, January 27, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philly’s best gender benders take over the Museum. The Bearded Ladies Cabaret take a stab at queering our collection inspired by the one and only Barbra Streisand. Participate in a detour with Kate Nyx, an opinionated showgirl, seamstress, and songwriter whose passion for burlesque fantasy and sex-positive feminism fuels her daily. Red 40 and the Last Groovement kick off the evening and cap off the night with their funkadelic, one of a kind sound.

5:45pm & 7:15pm: Red 40 & The Last Groovement
5:45pm & 6:30pm: “Detour” Kate Nyx

Color Me Bearded
Location: In the Galleries
Paid tickets required
$25 ($20 members; $10 Artist/Student members. Includes Museum admission

The Bearded Ladies turn our galleries into a queer playground in honor of Barbra Streisand and the fiftieth anniversary of Color Me Barbra.

Please be advised that this performance contains adult themes and nudity.
  • Friday, January 27, 2017, Starts at 6:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT), and 7:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 3, 2017, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 10, 2017, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Paula West
Friday, February 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A jazz cabaret legend known for her powerful voice and unique interpretations of standards and classics.

Kendrah Butler
Friday, February 10, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This composer/pianist and Kimmel Center Jazz Resident merges jazz and faith to create "sacred jazz."

Sullivan Fortner
Friday, February 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

An evening of playful jazz improvisations by this native New Orleanian pianist and 2015 recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz.

Lonely Hearts Club
Friday, February 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Love is a battlefield. Music, art, and theater help soothe your soul.

Tal Shtuhl
Friday, March 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This postmodern Charlie Parker is joined by special guests Najwa Parkins on vocals and John Swana on trumpet.

Cuban Conjunto Night
Friday, March 10, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Conjunto Philadelphia pays homage to Cuba’s deep and treasured musical history.

Gabriel Donohue
Friday, March 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Donohue and his all-star assembly of traditional Irish musicians.

Kuni Mikami
Friday, March 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This acclaimed jazz pianist, who’s played with Lionel Hampton and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, leads his quintet for a night of sultry jazz favorites.

Kris Allen
Friday, April 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

NYC–based saxophonist and composer praised for his savvy and creative compositions.

Novo
Friday, April 14, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Delight in the music of Brazil with this six-piece ensemble.

Joanna Pascale
Friday, April 21, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

One of the premier East Coast jazz vocalists performs with pianist Orrin Evans.

Luke Carlos O'Reilly
Friday, May 5, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This nationally-renowned pianist leads an ensemble of the city’s most talented jazz musicians.

ANIMUSMUSIC
Friday, May 12, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of Turkishinspired music, featuring percussive grooves, exotic harmonics and expressive vocals of traditional Anatolian decent.

Supported by the Turkish American Friendship Society of the US (TAFSUS).

Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society
Friday, May 19, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Revel in the jazz and blues sounds of the Roaring Twenties.

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