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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

Arooj Aftab
Friday, February 19, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Arooj Aftab, originally from Lahore, is now based in New York making music that beautifully blends neo-Sufi melodies from her homeland with dark post pop, soul, and laid-back jazz.

Young Artists Night
Friday, February 26, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The Ches Smith Trio is a new group that has a focus on rhythm and in turn offers a mix of jazz, modern classical music, and rock.

Co-presented with Ars Nova Workshop.

Omnia and Leila Hegazy
Friday, March 4, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The Middle East meets the West in this flawless interchange of contemporary soul melodies and hypnotizing beats.

Friday, March 11, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Expect a pitch perfect evening when local students face-off in a battle of powerful vocals, unique arrangements, and dynamic precision.

Women in Jazz
Friday, March 18, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Valray Sturgis and friends play homage to greats including Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Denise King
Friday, March 25, 2016
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.

Bossa Nova Night
Friday, April 1, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Bossa nova classics are shaken but not stirred by the top Brazilian artist Carlos Almeida.

Dacia Kings
Friday, April 8, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Legendary jazz chanteuses of times past will be brought to life by this talented young vocalist.

Jazz from the 1960s
Friday, April 15, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Jazz bassist Buster Williams will step back in time by paying tribute to the sounds of the sixties.

French Connection
Friday, April 22, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Music and science fiction will come together when pianist and composer Cédric Hanriot presents an homage to the work of sci-fi writer Dan Simmons.

A French-American Jazz Exchange Project in association with the French-American Cultural Exchange and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Center City Jazz Festival Kick Off
Friday, April 29, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Get a sneak peek of the city's most exciting jazz festival.

From Mod to Motown
Friday, May 6, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philadelphia’s infamous Martha Graham Cracker evokes the 1960s and invades the Great Stair Hall at this not-to-be missed event.

Creative Africa Dance Party
Friday, May 13, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Free after admission
$10 admission after 8:00 p.m.

Help us celebrate Creative Africa! Fatu Gayflor opens the night at 5:45 p.m. with African pop sounds influenced by her native Liberia. Then, stick around for an 8:00 p.m. performance featuring the infectious and joyful music of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, a band that has toured extensively to raise awareness for humanitarian causes.

Orrin Evans
Friday, May 20, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This distinctive and inventive pianist is at the forefront of the jazz scene.

Outside Sound
Friday, May 27, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Bassist and composer Chris Coyle will share new music inspired by artwork by adults with disabilities.

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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