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First Friday! Afro Dominicano & PHLAFF

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Friday, June 2, 6 – 9pm


$28; National, Patron, and Contributor members and students $10; Supporters and Sustainers free

About the Event

Enjoy an evening of art, live music, film, cocktails, and light fare at our monthly First Friday mixer. Tonight’s program is presented in partnership with the 12th Annual Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF)—the region’s only festival showcasing the extraordinary and innovative work of emerging and established Latinx filmmakers.

Our collaboration with PHLAFF features a night of Caribbean soul with Latin fusion band Afro Dominicano. This all-star group blends traditional Dominican music—perico ripiao, palo, merengue de orquesta, and bachata—with Afrobeat, reggae, calypso, samba, funk, rock, and more. Plus, see PHLAFF short films by writer and director Eunice Levis. Levis is a Dominican American filmmaker, professor, and cohost of the podcast Café Negro con Genre.

Get ready to dance and enjoy this incredible evening of art and music at the Barnes!

Live music sets:
6:30 and 7:45 pm

PHLAFF Short Film Program featuring Eunice Levis:
7:25 – 8pm

First Friday at the Barnes includes access to the collection galleries.

Seating is limited. Cocktails and light fare are available for purchase.

Sip and Scent Candle-Making Class

This First Friday, we’ve partnered with School Scents for a special Sip and Scent candle-making class. School Scents is a Black-owned candle and fragrance company founded by entrepreneur Tiffany Rose, with her children Marley and Miles. Tonight, Rose will walk you through the process to make your very own candle from start to finish. Choose from premium scents to mix and match, and create the perfect fragrance for your custom candle.

Tickets for the candle-making class ($65; members $58) include admission to First Friday.


School Scents founder Tiffany Rose with her children Marley and Miles.


Tonight’s program is presented in partnership with: