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Friday Nights

Kick-start your weekend with Friday Nights at the Museum. Live music and gallery access until 8:45 p.m. as well as cocktails and tapas-style dishes by Starr Catering. Final Fridays are louder, livelier, and looser with themed performances and activities.

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

Museum Guides Every Friday Night
Have burning questions about the collection? Guides will be in the galleries to share stories about your favorite works. And on Final Fridays, learn from the “wrong” experts during Detours, unconventional gallery tours for the adventurous.


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.

Feeling artsy? Suggest a band, organization, project, or theme. Email .

Friday Nights Schedule

Final Fridays: Body Language
Friday, April 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Throughout the Museum

Get body-positive with a night dedicated to celebrating forms and figures of all shapes and sizes.

Music: DJ lil’dave
5:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
DJ lil’dave, a member of the Illvibe Collective and host of Eavesdrop Radio on WKDU 91.7 FM, plays a selection of music that combines sounds from soul, hip-hop, Afro-Latin, and house music.


DIY Art: In the Nude
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Brodsky Gallery 188, 1st floor
Join Michael Grimaldi from the New York Academy of Art in this multi-figure life drawing session that celebrates the collaboration between artist and model. Nude models will be present to inspire you. Materials provided; photography not permitted.


Detour: Art Hirstory 101
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in gallery 111, 1st floor.
Explore our collection through a transgender lens with writer, performer, and historian Wesley Flash.


Movement Workshops: Reset & Connect
6:00 & 6:45 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161, 1st floor
Dance artist Katherine Kiefer Stark and cellist Ajibola Rivers of the Naked Stark dance company lead you through simple movements that promote mind/body awareness practices. Space is limited.


Performance: Eleone Dance Theatre
7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This multicultural and intergenerational dance company presents works designed to inspire and uplift the body and mind.

The Epichorus
Friday, May 4, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This quintet plays a jazz fusion of Indo-Arabic roots music that explores classical traditions from India to Egypt and Greece. Master vocalist Priya Darshini moves fluidly between Hebrew, Hindi, and Aramaic, backed by oud, violin, accordion, hammered dulcimer, percussion, and upright bass.

​Presented with the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History of Temple University

Joanna Pascale
Friday, May 11, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Vocalist Joanna Pascale delivers modern interpretations of timeless standards in intimate performances with pianist Miki Hayama.

Katie Thiroux Trio
Friday, May 18, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

The Katie Thiroux Trio offers in-the-moment jazz that draws on swing to bebop and beyond. A triple threat, Thiroux has garnered attention for her bravura on the bass, strong vocals, and compelling compositions.

Final Fridays: Hack the Museum
Friday, May 25, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

We’re handing out prizes for our third annual Hackathon on this evening of tech, talks, and terrific tunes.

​This is a Power of Art program, sponsored by the Wind Foundation.

Peter Beets
Friday, June 1, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Dutch pianist Peter Beets performs world-class jazz with some of Philly’s finest.

Michelle Lordi
Friday, June 8, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

One of the most sought-after vocalists on the jazz circuit and her band perform three generations of heartfelt love songs.

The Mini-Q’s
Friday, June 15, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

A blend of jazz and funk with Luke Carlos O’Reilly on organ, Anwar Marshall on drums, and Ben O’Neill on guitar

Rob Curto’s Forró for All
Friday, June 22, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Rob Curto and his band bring Brazilian accordion-driven party music to the Museum.

Final Fridays: All That Jazz
Friday, June 29, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Nine and vocalist Najwa Parkins bring swing to the Museum.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Sumi Tonooka
Friday, July 6, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Pianist and composer Sumi Tonooka returns to her Philly roots with a classic jazz piano trio.

Christie Dashiell
Friday, July 13, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Billboard-charting jazz vocalist Christie Dashiell and her quartet perform inventive arrangements of popular songs and cutting-edge originals.

Behn Gillece & Adam Birnbaum
Friday, July 20, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Vibraphonist Behn Gillece and jazz pianist Adam Birnbaum offer an evening of brooding, original compositions and fiery, virtuosic playing.

Final Fridays: Summer Magick
Friday, July 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Spend an enchanted evening celebrating the mystical and the feminine.

​Offered in conjunction with Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp/The Future Fields Commission

Farid Barron
Friday, August 3, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Best known for his work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Farid Barron brings his trademark sound to ragtime and stride piano melodies of the 1910s.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Drew Nugent Trio
Friday, August 10, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Travel back to the Roaring Twenties with ​the Drew Nugent Trio.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

The Ladybugs
Friday, August 17, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This quartet infuses songs from the 1930s with country, blues, Latin, and classical music.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Final Fridays: Work Your Angles
Friday, August 31, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Explore the intersection between how we see ourselves, how we want to be seen, and how others see us.

​Offered in conjunction with Face to Face: Portraits of Artists

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