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Friday evenings take on a whole new groove with Art After 5, a unique blend of entertainment from 5:00–8:45 p.m.**. With an eclectic mix of international music on the first Friday of each month, and recognized and emerging jazz artists performing all other Fridays, it’s a stylish way to start your weekend.

The Great Stair Hall is transformed into an intimate cabaret for Art After 5 performances. Starr Events serves up fun, sharable snacks and light supper options, as well as cocktails, wine and beer to compliment 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. View Current Calendar Events are offered throughout the evening. There is no additional charge for performances or guided tours after Museum admission. Select galleries are open Friday evenings.

Art After 5 Schedule

Olde City Sideshow & Friends
Friday, September 5, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Olde City Sideshow is a fully scalable immersion performance that encompasses the "Olde City" stylings of Vaudeville, dance, and the Historical Sideshow atmosphere mixed with Philadelphia's counter-culture influences. Come, watch and be wowed!

The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival Preview Party
Friday, September 12, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration returns with another round of outstanding Philly jazz this summer. Catch a sneak preview at Art After 5!

OutBeat: America's First Queer Jazz Festival featuring The Fred Hersch Trio
Friday, September 19, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Join us for the return of Grammy® Award-winning pianist Fred Hersch and his trio. Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” five-time Grammy nominee Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists. This performance is part of OutBeat: America's First Queer Jazz Festival presented by the William Way Community Center.

The Dance Cartel
Friday, September 26, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The Dance Cartel presents OntheFloor, a new brand dance experience. Fusing a rigorous artistic approach with the vibrant social nature of dance, OntheFloor premiered in summer 2012 to sold-out crowds at Liberty Hall at the Ace Hotel New York. Driven by pumping bass, glitter, and dance theory in equal parts (almost), this energy-busting experience is unlike anything else.

BalletX
Friday, October 3, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. The company is committed to bringing the combined visions of choreographers and dancers to life and cultivating in audiences a collective appetite for bold, new dance.

Natalie Cressman
Friday, October 10, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Skilled trombonist, talented composer, and impressive vocalist Natalie Cressman melds the sophistication of modern jazz with captivating storytelling and intoxicating melodies. Reminiscent of indie rock’s most distinctive songwriters, Cressman’s original compositions are a blend of jazz, funk, and world music.

Afropop Dance Party - Featuring DJ Rahsaan and live performance by Kinobe & The Wamu Spirit
Friday, October 17, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Journey into the musical soul of Africa. DJ Rahsaan kicks off the evening spinning the latest Afropop music—including hits from Ghana, where photographer Paul Stand spent time in the 1960s. During the second set, multi-instrumentalist Kinobe—the new voice of Ugandan music—takes the stage.

Rhenda Fearrington
Friday, October 24, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Vocalist Rhenda Fearrington has immersed herself in the rich tapestry of Philadelphia Jazz. A former backup singer for Roberta Flack and funk and soul group Mtume, Fearrington’s Art After 5 performance will honor legends including Phoebe Snow, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Nancy Wilson.

Halloween at the Museum
Friday, October 31, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philadelphia Soul/R&B band Natural Selection has been an integral part of the city’s original music scene for almost two decades. Tonight, they depart from their usual set of material to provide a soundtrack for Halloween. Take a spooky art tour and see local fashion design students model costumes inspired by the Museum collection. Face painting will be availabe and costumes are encouraged.

Salsa Party
Friday, November 7, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Spice up your Friday night and get the weekend started with Johnny Cruz Latin Jazz Ensemble, a band from the Centro de Oro (Golden Block District) in North Philadelphia. Don’t fret if you’ve never danced to salsa before—instructors will be on hand to get everyone moving to the rhythm.

Ted Rosenthal Trio: “Rhapsody in Gershwin”
Friday, November 14, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The Ted Rosenthal Trio presents a fresh, creative take on George Gershwin’s classic composition, “Rhapsody in Blue.” Rosenthal has shared the stage with Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and James Moody, and is currently a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.

Classic Soul + R&B
Friday, November 21, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble pays tribute to Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and other Stax Records recording artists. Enjoy all your favorite classics with a unique jazz-infused spin!

Larry McKenna
Friday, November 28, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philly tenor sax legend Larry McKenna has performed with jazz stars such as Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Buddy DeFranco, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Bootsie Barnes, and Frank Sinatra. An accomplished composer and arranger, McKenna’s solo performances showcase the veteran saxophonist in all his lyrical glory, interpreting unique versions of classic standards.

Nutcracker Holiday Party
Friday, December 5, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Journey through Toyland in our Nutcracker-themed winter program, featuring classical holiday compositions, chamber music, and beloved old carols performed by The Divine Hand, led by renowned concert thereminist Mano Divina.

Philadelphia Holiday Groove
Friday, December 12, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Can you dig it? Art After 5 takes audiences back to the golden age of disco, soul, and Motown with a special holiday program featuring The Elements, from Élan Artists.

Festival of Lights
Friday, December 19, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Get your festive groove on with DeLeon, a New York-based band that transforms Sephardic folk music into a sound that is both brand new and centuries old.

Co-presented in partnership with Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History and the “Sounds Jewish” series. Promotional support provided by Tribe 12.

Barbara Montgomery Holiday Jazz
Friday, December 26, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Barbara Montgomery sings a program of holiday songs, many that she recorded with master jazz pianist Tom Lawton, with a reflection on giving, sharing, and for being there when our loved ones need us. Her soulful interpretations will leave you with humble tidings that enhance the holiday spirit.

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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