We've suffered through the pain of winter, now it's time to get out and play a little on Friday, April 3.
Sixteenth-century alchemical recipes and modern-day cookbooks are basically the same thing, right? Attendees of the Chemical Heritage Foundation's (315 Chestnut St.) historical recipe re-creation will have a chance to concoct their own mixture at one of two free seatings, 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Photographers Michael Battaglia and Ryan Strand Greenberg pair up for "In Bloom" at Gravy Studio and Gallery (155 Cecil B. Moore). Utilizing light and shadows on city streets and the documentation of ordinary urban and suburban people and places, "In Bloom" opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A handful of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts students are celebrating the founding of their own emerging artist space with a First Friday opening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The new AUTOMAT Gallery (319 N. 11th St.) is hosting a members show, "Hello, My Name Is AUTOMAT," featuring the work of Nadine Beauharnois, Emily Elliott, Morgan Hobbs, Jillian Schley, Rebecca Sedehi, Shane Smith, Tiffany Tate and Zach Zecha.
Don't put your phone down for this one. The latest exhibit at Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) features artwork made for devices. During the reception, running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests will use their smartphones as a part of composer and artist Will Owen's live performance.
What's real and what's surreal? We'll help. The Little Baby's Ice Cream (2311 Frankford Ave.) and drinks from Wyndridge Farms — those are real. The virtual reality game "Third Eye" from Philadelphia Game Lab — that's an experience you'll only get from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Be the first with the latest wares and accessories when designers debut collections at Toile (1333 Frankford Ave.) starting at 6 p.m. Look out for BlcBts S/S collection, Sticks + Stones' statement jewels and bags and Supra Endura's ready-to-wear designs.
A slew of new exhibitions are opening at Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St.) — like Erica Prince's large cutaway dollhouse and Sharon Koelblinger's works inspired by her relationship with her father — with a 6 p.m.-to-10 p.m. reception.
Five artists dedicated to music, dance and visual electronics from around the country — who've never performed together before — will perform an improvisational round robin accompanying each other's work. Curated by performance company anonymous bodies, "The World Is A Screen" takes place at FringeArts (140 N. Columbus Blvd.) at 8 p.m.
It's all about the ink. Body art is on display at North Bowl (909 N. 2nd St.) when work from 25 international tattoo artists will be shown starting at 9 p.m. Besides the visuals, come prepared for music from Ian Saint Laurent, free food and Sailor Jerry specials.