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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: King Britt Presents
Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Experience the vision, connections, and expertise of producer, musician, and musical maverick King Britt.

Detour: The Missed Guided Tour
5:00–8:45 p.m.
Tour begins in Tuttleman Gallery 174.
King Britt has tapped some of his favorite artists—Xenia Rubinos, Suphala, and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste—to create a soundtrack for our galleries. In this cell phone audio tour, artist Olinda Del Mar interprets their words. Listen to their experiences of creating musical compositions inspired by artworks from our collection. Go behind the scenes of the Miss Guided Tour with John Vettese of WXPN >>


Music Lab: Beat Making 101
5:30–7:00 p.m.
Gallery 111, 1st floor
Learn some basic steps of music production and build your own beat with sounds created by Philly-based DJ Jabair in this hands-on, drop-in workshop.


DIY Art: Scribble a Song
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Tonight’s sound artists have created a playlist to inspire impromptu art making. Let the music move you.


In-Gallery Performance: Ursula Rucker
6:15 p.m.
Brodsky Gallery 188, 1st floor
Experience subversive pop-up poetry with one of King Britt’s oldest friends and collaborators.


Performances: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, King Britt, Suphala & Xenia Rubinos
7:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
In January musical artists Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, King Britt, Suphala, and Xenia Rubinos composed songs in our galleries as part of artist residencies. Now hear their interpretations of works from our collection.

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
This Brooklyn-based composer, designer, and performer explores notions of industry, identity, and environment. Composition in response to Henri Regnault’s Study of Three Heads, gallery 155

King Britt
Tonight’s curator of events takes the stage with his experimental composition, in which he uses chance to produce an improvisational performance. King Britt is a 2007 Pew Fellow and Silk City’s original DJ in residence. Composition in response to Ellsworth Kelly’s Seine, gallery 175

Suphala
This New York native brings a playful sense of experimentation to her mastery of the tabla (an Indian percussion instrument). Composition in response to Indian Pillared Temple Hall, c. 1550, gallery 224

Xenia Rubinos
The powerful voice of this music maker is influenced by Caribbean rhythms, beat music, and indie rock, all delivered with a soulful, punk aura. Composition in response to Vasily Kandinsky’s Little Painting with Yellow (Improvisation), Kaiserman Gallery 168

Caleb & Carolyn
Friday, March 2, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Enjoy the evocative harmonies of acoustic folk duo Caleb & Carolyn, who play music rooted in storytelling. Percussionist Owen Osborne and violinist Jake L’Armand join them this evening.

Eva Cortés
Friday, March 9, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Honduran vocalist Eva Cortés performs original songs and Latin American classics from her record Crossing Borders.

Gumbo Social Club
Friday, March 16, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Music from around the world with a New Orleans second-line beat, jazz swing, and Dixieland strut. Philly-based bassist Bert Harris and string player Jocko MacNelly are joined by Kimpedro Rodriguez on drums, Richard Orr on woodwinds, and V. Shayne Fredrick on vocals.

Mike Casey Trio
Friday, March 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Three of the brightest rising stars in jazz—led by saxophonist Mike Casey—perform modern original music and creatively reimagined classics.

Final Fridays: Spring Fling
Friday, March 30, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Trade your cabin fever for spring fever. Let loose with seasonal cocktails, a spring break–themed story slam, and infectious tunes by New Orleans indie-pop band Sweet Crude.

The Jost Project
Friday, April 6, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This jazz quartet applies the physics of swing and bebop to classic rock. Featuring Paul Jost on vocals and harmonica, Tony Miceli on vibraphones, Doug Hirlinger on drums, and Kevin MacConnell on bass.

Red Hot Ramblers
Friday, April 13, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Red hot syncopation, stompin’ rhythms, and lyrical Jazz Age melodies, courtesy of this Prohibition-era jazz ensemble.

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

Tiffany Jones
Friday, April 20, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

With her powerful and graceful voice, this Philadelphia vocalist delivers original soulful songs with jazz inflections.

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

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

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.

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