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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 on Final Fridays 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.


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

Final Fridays: AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball
Friday, October 27, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A celebration of AfroFuturist and Black speculative music, design, art, and creativity. Come dressed to impress in your best sci-fi and AfroFuturist fashions for a night of imagination, art, and activism. This evening has been envisioned by Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips) and is presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled.


Mobile Futures Institute Bus
5:00–6:30 p.m.
East Terrace
Watch some Afrofuturist films in this retrofitted shuttle bus.   


Tarot Readings
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Women’s Committee Gallery 164, 1st floor
Oshun, a generational bruja whose work is rooted in African ancestral energy, is on hand to help you achieve your highest purpose.
Space is limited; first come, first served.


Music Performances (hosted by MC Kennedy Allen)
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

MovaKween
Soul and R&B singer MovaKween honors the many layers and levels of the Divine Feminine.  

:3LON
Groove to ethereal and industrial tunes by underground producer and vocalist :3LON.

Sammus
Don’t miss a rousing performance by beatmaker and lyricist Sammus.

Moor Mother
In collaboration with local musicians, Moor Mother presents an eclectic mix of jazz, poetry, hip hop, and electronics.

King Britt presents Fhloston Paradigm
In this live solo presentation, King Britt transmits “omniversal signals from divine abstractions into a sonic experience.”


Body Painting
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Kitakiya Dennis and Rell Stylez transform your look with detailed designs.


Mask Masking
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Need a finishing touch for your costume? Make a decorative face mask with Anthony Molden.  


AfroFuturist Library
5:30–8:00 p.m.
Lenfest Hall (West Foyer), ground floor
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse and Metropolarity bring written works for you to read and explore.


Fashion Show & Best Dressed Competition (hosted by MC Kennedy Allen)
7:20 & 7:40 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Walé Oyéjidé of Ikiré Jones, Eva Preston, and Feya Sterling show off their futurist looks on live models. Also, three finalists from our Best Dressed Competition will get to strut their stuff before the winner is announced. (Stop by the photo booth and the nomination station on the Great Stair Hall Balcony beforehand to make sure you’re entered in the competition.)

Odean Pope
Friday, November 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Legendary saxophonist Odean Pope and his quartet perform an evening of original jazz compositions animated by the themes of collaboration, movement, and spirituality. Pope trained amid the illustrious jazz scene of the mid-twentieth century and has devoted a lifetime to developing a distinctive voice that remains inventive and vibrant.

Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Kavita Shah
Friday, November 10, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

New York–born singer-songwriter Kavita Shah brings her eclectic, jazz-based repertoire to the Museum. Placing diverse cultural traditions in dialogue, Shah is creating a new genre that reflects our increasingly hybrid world.

Tony Miceli Quartet featuring Larry McKenna
Friday, November 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Some of Philly's finest come together for a night of unparalleled jazz. Tony Miceli, a versatile leader and sideman, is a virtuoso on the vibraphone. He's joined tonight by Larry McKenna, known for his velvety sound and bebop-inspired improvisations, on tenor sax.

Final Fridays: Winter Is Coming
Friday, November 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Jon Snow knew at least one thing—winter can be rough. Get ready for the season with a night geared toward surviving the coldest months.

Ugly Sweater Party with Chaise Lounge
Friday, December 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Don we now our ugly sweaters: Join us in your gaudiest seasonal garb for an evening of card making, cocktails, and spiked cocoa. Also enjoy performances by Chaise Lounge, who will serve up retro holiday jazz that’s equal parts dry wit and dry martini.

Silver and Gold with Rhenda Fearrington
Friday, December 8, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Philadelphia jazz vocalist Rhenda Fearrington ushers in the spirit of the holidays. Enjoy classic tunes, special guests, audience sing-alongs, and something for the kids in this throwback holiday review.

Feliz Navidad with Radio Jarocho & Zenén Zeferino
Friday, December 15, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Heat up your holiday season with son jarocho, traditional dance music of southern Mexico. Enjoy performances by Radio Jarocho and Zenén Zeferino.

​Presented with the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center

Bossa Nova Holiday with Jackie Ribas & the Carlos Almeida Quintet
Friday, December 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Enjoy Brazilian interpretations of American favorites performed by Jackie Ribas and the Carlos Almeida Quintet. Their surprising renditions will make you fall in love with holiday music again.

Final Fridays: Get Your Om On
Friday, December 29, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Get blissed out with guided meditation, art making, yoga classes, and the funky and soulful stylings of Worldtown SoundSystem.

JD Walter & Orrin Evans Duo
Friday, January 5, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Progressive jazz vocalist JD Walter joins Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans for an intimate performance.

CNOTE NYC
Friday, January 12, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This trio​ of Christopher McBride, Jonathan Edward Thomas, and Curtis Nowosad mixes jazz, R&B, rock, and fusion with ease, technicality, and musical precision.

The Dove & the Wolf
Friday, January 19, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This Philly-based Parisian duo crafts reflective songs characterized by hushed harmonies and the sounds of dream pop and old-school soft rock.

Final Fridays: Weird Science
Friday, January 26, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Indulge your inner nerd with an evening devoted to experiments, discoveries, and art.

​Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Uri Gurvich
Friday, February 2, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Saxophonist Uri Gurvich blends world influences, including sounds from his native Israel, with progressive jazz. Songs from his latest release, Kinship, explore tribal and familial connections between different cultures and individuals.

Aaron Parnell Brown
Friday, February 9, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Get in the mood for love. Philly singer-songwriter Aaron Parnell Brown offers up a mix of ’70s soul, romantic jazz, and original tunes that will make you swoon.

Martha Stuckey
Friday, February 16, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

A theatrical evening of jazz standards and originals with Red 40 frontwoman Martha Stuckey.

Final Fridays: King Britt Presents
Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Legendary DJ and producer King Britt presents an evening of interactions and experiences inspired by his personal history as an artist.

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