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Friday evenings take on a whole new groove with Art After 5, a unique blend of entertainment from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m. in the Great Stair Hall. With an eclectic mix of international music, dance, and recognized and emerging jazz artists, Art After 5 is a stylish way to start your weekend.

Each week, the Great Stair Hall transforms into an intimate cabaret for Art After 5 performances. Starr Events serves up fun, shareable snacks and light supper options as well as cocktails, wine, and beer to complement the live entertainment. Relax at a table with waiter service or stop by the bar.

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Art After 5 programs are subject to change. The performances are scheduled for 5:45–6:45 p.m. and 7:15–8:15 p.m. Guided gallery tours are offered throughout the evening. Art After 5 performances and guided tours are free after Museum admission. All galleries in the main building are open Friday evenings.

Art After 5 Schedule

Deco Japan
Friday, March 27, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Celebrate 1920s Japanese art deco with the pre-war stylings of the Kuni Mikami Jazz Quintet and a fashion demonstration by performing artist Masae Satouchi.

Inspired by Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano, on view in Dorrance Galleries through May 10.

Supported by the Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia.

Turkish Jazz: The Secret Trio
Friday, April 3, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The Secret Trio defy musical tradition by fusing the sounds of the Middle East, dance beats of the Balkans, elements of jazz, rock, classical, and world music.

Denise King
Friday, April 10, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philadelphia-born Denise King's warm tone and impeccable phrasing recall some of jazz's legendary chanteuses. Tonight she performs her favorite love songs in her signature spontaneous style.

Chris Aschman, featuring John Swana
Friday, April 17, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Equal parts modern jazz, jazz-funk, and Caribbean styles, Chris Aschman leads an exciting sextet of some of Philadelphia's most well-versed muscians, featuring trombonist John Swana.

Martha Graham Cracker
Friday, April 24, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philadelphia's most beloved drag queen kicks off her ten-year anniversary tour with a night of music, stories, and fun. Bring the kids; this performance is family friendly.

Mexican Dance Party
Friday, May 1, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

An all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, presents a blend of pop and traditional Mexican music.

Manami Morita
Friday, May 8, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Japanese-born Manami Morita is an award-winning jazz pianist, entertaining audiences around the world with her energetic, impressive technique.

A Taste of Opera: Charlie Parker's Yardbird
Friday, May 15, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Opera Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Clef Club pay tribute to bebop virtuoso Charlie Parker and preview the World Premiere of the new opera Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, a free-form expedition into the mind, heart, and personal purgatory of a musical genius. This Art After 5 presentation combines a jazz ensemble performing some of Bird’s greatest hits, along with opera singers who will provide a first listen to the music of YARDBIRD by composer Daniel Schnyder and librettist Bridgette A. Wimberly. Set after-hours in the famed New York City jazz club Birdland, Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD will be staged from June 5-14 in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Rick Lowenberg
Friday, May 22, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Guitarist Rick Lowenberg is a veteran of the Philly jazz scene. World-class local musicians join him for unique interpretations of jazz standards.

Lee Smith
Friday, May 29, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Legendary bassist Lee Smith leads an all-star group of musicians.

For more information, please contact Evening Programs/Art After 5 by phone at 215-684-7506 or by e-mail at .

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