"Arms Wide" by Lindsey Nochta.
We're changing things up for this month's edition of our First Friday preview post. In addition to providing you with a rundown of musicians performing at the monthly event, from here on out we'll also be giving you the scoop on much of the artwork being shown at the galleries and spaces along Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, and else where in CenPho. (As always, be sure to contact the venue for more info.)
For example, peruse the colorful works of painter Suzanne Falk at Perihelion Arts or perhaps the breathtaking photos of Lindsey Nochta at Modified. Both will be on display tonight.
Hit the link to get the rest of what's in store for January's First Friday.
ROOSEVELT ROW & DOWNTOWN PHOENIX:
Afida's Hair Culture
116 E. Roosevelt St., 602-258-4992.
DJ Tony Culture will be spinning reggae, dancehall, and old-school music.
After Hours Gallery
116 W. McDowell Rd., 602-710-2398.
Susan Foley's encaustic hot wax painting show "Point of Departure" will be presented (read Wynter Holden's preview).
130 E. Washington St., 602-229-1265.
Expansion Fridays feat. DJ Mara, & guests
Free before 10 p.m., $5 after.
901 N. Fifth St., 602-237-5446.
The oil paintings by Randall Wilson and the mixed-media decoupages of of Sarah Miller will be on display.
419 E. Roosevelt St., 602-262-5584.
A trio of eye lounge regulars serves up their works for public inspection: Ryan Peter Miller's "Aint'ing" showcase offers works across several mediums (read Lilia Menconi's preview); Nick DeFord's "The Sunshine State" pays tribute to Florida kitsch with drawing and embroideries; and Jessica Dolence's "Sequence" has plenty of her recent mixed media work (read Nina Carapetyan's preview).
1015 N. First St., 602-300-7575.
Fire, music, performance art, and other mayhem awaits at this venue, which features "Growing Pains, the Art of War & Overpopulation" with work by Francis Ciochon in the main gallery. The outdoor stage will host belly dancing, poetry, fire spinning, and more.
Five 15 Arts
515 E. Roosevelt St., 602-216-0150.
Laura Spalding's beautiful skyscape paintings will be available at this RoRo gallery. (Read Lilia Menconi's preview here).
The Free Street Band
Various locations along Roosevelt Row.
The roving bagpipe band will be walking throughout the Evans Churchill Neighborhood.
Lords of Art Town Studio and Gallery
316 W. McDowell Rd., 602-943-4044
Mixed-media artist Cro will hold an opening reception for his newest show "A Human Tale" (check out a preview here).
The Lost Leaf
914 N. Fifth St., 602-252-4168
The gypsyish musicians of Cosmos fill the downtown drinkery with their world sounds.
407 E. Roosevelt St., 602-462-5516
Photographer Lindsey Nochta shows her latest works, as will painter Michael Siegenthaler. (Read Lilia Menconi's preview of the show).
7 p.m.-10 p.m.
901 N. 4th St., 602-254-6424.
DJ Iowatest, DJ Mendez, and various guests will be on the ones and twos.
610 E. Roosevelt St., 602-334-6299
Painter Suzanne Falk "matches do more than light cigarettes" exhibition will be featured (read Lilia Menconi's preview).
122 E. Washington St., 602-258-1830.
Friday Night Live feat. DJ Robby Rob, & DJ Illmatic
Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Ave., 602-257-1222 Elihu Vedder's masteful "Drawings for the Rubaiyat" series will be open to the public (read Lilia Menconi's review). 6-10 p.m.
501 E. Roosevelt St., 602-363-2552.
Ben Beshaw presents his fantastical "Small Paintings" series, while fellow brush-head Glen Allen will have new works on the walls. (Click here for Lilia Menconi's preview).
GRAND AVENUE & MELROSE DISTRICT:
915 Grand Ave., 602-266-7372
Local band Elixir will perform R&B and Motown-style jams.
9 p.m., $7.
The Chocolate Factory
1105 Grand Ave., 602-920-7560.
Peter Storch will present his "Still Learning" showcase, which features a number of painting by the artist. (full disclosure: he's also our art director).
Copper Star Coffee
4220 N. 7th Ave., 602-266-2136.
Acoustic guitar player Brian DeMarco performs.
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The Ice House
429 W. Jackson St., 602-257-8929.
Aly Artusio-Glimpse will feature a collection of photographs, prints, and photographic projections from his three years of study at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Locals Go Great Guns!, Vanity Tweak, and Jonny Cahill will provide the music.
6 p.m., $5 suggested donation.
1028 Grand Ave., 602-254-7843
The acoustic musicians of The JNG Band will take the stage at the eatery.
4214 N. Seventh Ave., 602-795-4980
Math rock trio Hexaclops and prog rock band Straylight will perform.
1506 Grand Ave., 602-256-6006.
The Crate Lung co-op, a traveling art show from Salt Lake City, will pay a visit to this Grand Avenue spot.