Nothing can take a person away from the stress of routine quite like some good food, good music or good art.
And what better way to kick off the end of the work week than with the citywide celebration of First Friday?
While it may still be a little too chilly to make it down to Old City this week, don't fret, because in a few days’ time your nearby neighborhoods will open their doors to you for some First Friday festivities of their own.
1. White Stone Gallery
Address: 4219 Main Street
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Event: Though White Stone Gallery saves its bigger gallery events for Second Fridays, on March 4 it will be premiering its Fine Arts & Faith Exhibit with an annual national selection of works in celebration of the Easter season that have been impacted by the Christian faith.
2. Milkboy Coffee
Address: 2 East Lancaster Avenue
Time: Live show starts at 8 p.m.
Event: Though you’ll probably have to get in your car for this one, it’s worth the short drive to get to Milkboy for its First Friday fun. Not only do you get an art show, but this week pay just $6 at the door to see bands The Fleeting Ends, Vilebred and Miko and the Musket.
3. Past, Present Future
Address: 15 West Lancaster Avenue
Time: After 5 p.m.
Event: And while you’re taking advantage of the free parking around the Milkboy after 5 p.m., take a mini escape from your great escape and check out the First Friday on the Main Line (and start at Past, Present and Future novelty store). This month has a number of facilities featuring Irish music in their festivities. Check out art like Ann Marie Casey’s “Snapshots of the Emerald Isle,” Ellen Abraham’s illustrations and check out some youthful works by students at the Main Line Art Center.
4. Philadelphia Salvage
Address: 542 Carpenter Lane
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Event: Come discover Philadelphia’s first architectural salvage and artist space at Philadelphia Salvage this week. The space’s upcoming exhibit, “Assemblages,” features artists who are using mixed media and found materials for their pieces. Come out for some food, beer, music and great art.
Address: 7151 Germantown Avenue
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p .m.
Event: Artist Dora Ficher will be Artista’s featured artist for the Month of March. Stop by to meet her and take a look at her incredible encaustic paintings at the gallery. And get 10 percent off all hats, gloves and other wearables in the store while you grab some food and enjoy the art.
But don't stop here. Check out some more local events on your neighbor's Patch sites.