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Friday evenings take on a whole new groove with Art After 5, a unique blend of entertainment from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m. in the Great Stair Hall. With an eclectic mix of international music, dance, and recognized and emerging jazz artists, Art After 5 is a stylish way to start your weekend.

Each week, the Great Stair Hall transforms into an intimate cabaret for Art After 5 performances. Starr Events serves up fun, shareable snacks and light supper options as well as cocktails, wine, and beer to complement the live entertainment. Relax at a table with waiter service or stop by the bar.

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Art After 5 programs are subject to change. The performances are scheduled for 5:45–6:45 p.m. and 7:15–8:15 p.m. Guided gallery tours are offered throughout the evening. Art After 5 performances and guided tours are free after Museum admission. All galleries in the main building are open Friday evenings.

Art After 5 Schedule

Avalon Jazz Band
Friday, September 4, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Avalon Jazz Band represents the Parisian and Golden Age swing spirit in New York City, with a repertoire of timeless American standards and French jazz songs: old classics with a hot twist celebrating France, love and music. Inspired by Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting.

Philadelphia United Jazz Festival Preview
Friday, September 11, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The city’s top jazz performers come together for their annual festival to celebrate Jazz in Philadelphia.

Mozaic Flow
Friday, September 18, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Mozaic flow fuses jazz, hip hop and soul to create their own unique sound. Based in Philly, they have opened for the Roots and Wu-Tang Clan.

Koresh Dance Company
Friday, October 2, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh. Acclaimed for its superb technique, passion, and athletic dynamism; the 10-dancer company maintains a robust touring calendar, performing in over 20 communities annually. The company has toured in 38 states and 7 countries but hails Philadelphia as home where they regularly present world premiere works, maintain a grueling school and training program on Rittenhouse Square, and provide an established outreach program for Philadelphia school children. Returning to celebrate its home city, Koresh presents dozens of emerging and established dance companies in its annual Come Together Dance Festival.

Inspired by Man Ray
Friday, October 9, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Witness the premiere of a multi-movement jazz suite by pianist Tom Lawton and his sextet inspired by the work of eclectic artist, Man Ray. The centerpiece of the suite is a movement based on Fair Weather, which is housed in the Museum's Modern art collection. Other inspirations come from Man Ray's use of found objects, his own love of jazz, his mixture of traditional discipline with rebellious departures from the same, and his penchant for changing course in his artistic preferences - all attributes shared by Lawton. Tom has been a fixture on the Philadelphia jazz scene for about forty years, often appearing with Larry McKenna and Bobby Zankel. Supported by Philadelphia Jazz Project, a sponsored project of the Painted Bride Art Center, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation.

Rhenda Fearrington
Friday, October 16, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

New York based vocalist Rhenda Fearrington has immersed herself in the rich tapestry of Philadelphia Jazz. Once a back-up singer for Roberta Flack and MTUME, she has toured internationally. Her Art After 5 performance will honor legends like Flack, as well as those who have most influenced Fearrington’s style including Phoebe Snow, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Nancy Wilson.

Dahi Divine
Friday, October 23, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Tenor saxophonist Dahi Divine's impressive credentials include sharing the stage with the Dave Matthews Band at the Grammys.

Halloween Party
Friday, October 30, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Transforming her childhood affinity for music into a mainstream career, DJ Diamond Kuts is pioneering her way through the music industry. Not only is she the first and only female mixer to have a slot on Philadelphia radio, but she continues to create immense professional success through television shows, print and digital advertisement, and touring with headlining artists such as Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj. Fashion students from Philadelphia University will also grace the Great Stair Hall with their original Halloween costume designs inspired by the collection.

Bitter Homes and Gardens
Friday, November 6, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

In Bitter Homes and Gardens, The Bearded Ladies go back to their roots in an intimate cabaret that asks: if plants had voices what would they sing? In a protest cabaret emceed by a cantankerous Fern, plants finally get to tell us how they really feel about how we treat them. From lambasting vegetarians to pining after careless caretakers, flowers, weeds, and vegetables make their case for plants rights. Using country and folk music, the Beards use scientific principles and methodology to create this homegrown cabaret. Inspired by Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life.

Diwali Party
Friday, November 13, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Temple Bhangra dance company, a Temple University student-led Indian Bhangra dance company, perform their award-winning dance routines showcasing the finest movements of festive Bhangra dance styles. Also performing is Temple Agni- an all-female company performing mesmerizing dances with the exciting flair of Bollywood cinematic choreography. Dj Rahsaan will spin the best bhangra to get everyone on the floor!

Indian Jazz
Friday, November 20, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Violinist Arun Ramamurthy's Trio discovers new aspects of millennia-old pieces and moments of organic conversation between two traditions, both based on a balance of rigor and freedom. They stay true to the raga, the modes which form the melodic foundation for Indian classical composition, while finding the full sonic identity of a skilled ensemble.

Larry McKenna
Friday, November 27, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philly tenor sax legend and musicians' musician Larry McKenna is a longtime favorite of Art After 5, and a favorite of jazz fans throughout the region. He has performed as a soloist with jazz stars such as Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Buddy DeFranco, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Bootsie Barnes, Frank Sinatra, and many more. Also an accomplished composer and arranger, McKenna’s recordings have received critical acclaim from reviewers throughout the United States and Canada. His solo performances showcase the veteran saxophonist in all his lyrical glory, interpreting unique versions and classic standards.

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