6 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on February 6

After whooping it up in Super Bowl mode during recent days and weeks, we figure it might be tough for some of you to do the quiet, contemplative art thing during this month's First Friday. So we're thinking it's a good week to check out shows with a heavy entertainment beat -- including five that made our "must see" list. For those who never tire of the contemplative vibe, we have a final pick that'll give you plenty to ponder as Phoenix continues to grapple with growing pains.

See also: What's the State of the Arts in Arizona? A Questionnaire for Phoenix and Beyond

"Ol' Blue Eyes is Back"

Shade Gallery at the monOrchid presents "Ol' Blue Eyes is Back," a solo exhibition featuring 15 new works by Fred Tieken. In addition to paintings and mixed media works, the exhibition includes two installations -- including the mischievous "His and Hers" Tieken was working on when we popped into his studio last month to enjoy tales from travels to Venice Beach and Aqua Art Miami.

The "Genetically Modified" installation Tieken showed during last fall's ARTEL PHX at the Clarendon Hotel has since been expanded, and it's part of this exhibition too. Look for DJ Cre and your friendly-neighborhood food truck during this Friday's opening reception from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Then return on Third Friday to meet the artist, do the appetizer thing, and enjoy more DJ Cre time.

The exhibition continues through February 28. For more information, visit the monOrchid website.

"The Lyceum" Pop-up Gallery

This Could Be PHX worked with Perry Allen to bringing a pop-up art experience dubbed "The Lyceum" to a downtown dirt lot on the northwest corner of First and McKinley Streets in Phoenix. They'll surround "a small seating area and intimate stage" with tall wood panels to create a "pop-up performance and community creative space."

Wear your art-making attire if you're up for joining others in a bit of spontaneous art-making with chalk and paints, and hang around a while to enjoy a steady flow of dance, stories, music, and readings from Leah Marché of Black Poet Ventures, Mujeres del Sol, Liliana Gomez, Yarnball Storytellers, Jake Friedman of Four Chambers Press, the Heaviest Cat, and Grace Rolland of Run Boy Run.

This nifty one-night-only "art mirage" runs from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

"40 Owls Art Lounge"

40 Owls returns to Phoenix with their first Art Lounge party in six years, saying they're ready to celebrate the success of their recent exhibition in downtown Phoenix -- which made our Jackalope Ranch list of favorite 2014 exhibitions.

It's always a drag when First Friday winds down around 10 p.m., but this shindig doesn't get going until 10 p.m. -- so now you can First Friday yourself silly, then hit a cool after-party to keep the art energy going. But RSVP first, the owls tell us.

You'll find Art Lounge happenings -- which include entertainment by Suce Smash + M. Rocka -- back at the site of 40 Owls' last local pop-up gallery: 815 North Central Ave. The Art Lounge starts on First Friday, and wraps in the wee hours the next morning at 4:00 a.m. You know those night owls. For more information, visit the 40 Owls website.

"Systems & Sensations"

There's happy news for those who like to mix a little jazz music with their art. Musicians Reid Riddiough and Max Beckman, who typically perform at The Nash in Roosevelt Row, are bringing their jazz vibe to the @Central Gallery at Burton Barr Central Library courtesy of the Friends of the Library this Friday.

Although the library closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays, @Central Gallery recently announced that they'll now be open every First Friday. Their current "Systems & Sensations" exhibition features monoprints by Sarah Kriehn and ceramic sculptures by Tristyn Bustamante.

The exhibition, which is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., continues through March 20. For more information, visit the Phoenix Public Library website.

"That's The Way I Like It"

There's plenty going in at the Heard Museum too -- where this weekend is your last chance to see an exhibition of recent acquisitions titled "That's The Way I Like It." Several featured works were selected for the exhibition through patron voting.

First Friday entertainment during this month's free "Native + You" event includes a drumming gathering featuring Bear Strap Singers, Fushicho Daiko, and Kawambre-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre. Those of you still mentally stuck in Super Bowl mode may take comfort in touring the "Beautiful Games" exhibit -- complete with sports-related art and artifacts.

"That's The Way I Like It" continues through February 8. First Friday hours are 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information visit the Heard Museum website.

dérive [/de.ʁiv/] "drift"

"drift" documents the people and places encountered by photographers Brenda Eden and Niba DelCastillo while drifting through downtown Phoenix. Eden stumbled on something called "psychogeography" in college, which she describes as "an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban...with the ultimate goal of encountering an entirely new and authentic experience."

Camera in hand, Eden ran with the idea -- even inviting a person she met along the way, Niba DelCastillo, to exhibit his photographs alongside her own for "drift."

See the exhibition at The Drive-Thru Gallery and Studio from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on First Friday. For more information, visit The Drive-Thru Gallery on Facebook.

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