Where to go for First Friday

 

Erin McGee Ferrell's Petra Photo Credit: Erin McGee Ferrell
Erin McGee Ferrell’s “Petra” is on display at Bluestone.

We won’t judge you if it’s been awhile since you made it out to First Friday, Old City’s monthly art gallery extravaganza. We get it — you’ve been busy this summer with trips to the shore and weddings and backyard barbecues. But now it’s time to soak up the art you’ve been missing. Go tonight for all the opening receptions, while it’s still nice enough to wander around outside, strolling from gallery to gallery. And here’s a bonus tip from the pros: Show up early, before the free wine, cheese and other nibbles run out.

‘Structures: Urban and Coastal Philadelphia/Maine’
We can’t help ourselves – we love depictions of our own city. Our interest is especially piqued when we see Philly through a slathering of heavy oil paints, as in the work of Erin McGee Ferrell. While this particular collection at Bluestone Fine Art Gallery focuses on right angles, buildings, bridges and machinery, you may be familiar with some of her previous work: Ferrell blends fine art with performance art by setting up an easel and painting scenes from the Italian Market or the Art Museum steps, all while wearing a ball gown.
142 N. Second St., 856-979-7588, www.bluestone-gallery.com

‘A Collection of Shaped Objects’
You already know that going to the Art in the Age shop on First Friday is worth it for the booze alone. Each month, though, we’re enticed to stick around long after our Root cocktail or Spodee wine is drained to check out the distinctly offbeat exhibitions. This month the focus is on the carpentry craft of former surfer Ben McBrien. He’s the owner of Farmhaus, which produces rustic furniture made from reclaimed wood, like fallen trees and scarps of lumber.
116 N. Third St., 215-922-2600, www.artintheage.com

The afterparty
Finish off your night at the Clay Studio, where, in addition to the typical First Friday complimentary refreshments, you’ll get something you won’t find anywhere else: a chance to peek into the resident artists’ studio space. It’s an opportunity to mingle with artists and talk shop while in an actual shop, an area that is rarely open to the public.
$10 (free for members), 137-139 N. Second St., 215-925-3453, www.theclaystudio.org



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 29,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on August 29, 31 and 31. Several streets and avenues will be…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…