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First Friday sandwich


Before and after First Friday openings this week are two things I want to recommend.

Thursday, Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m.


Artblog contributor and acclaimed stained glass artist Judith Schaechter will give a slide lecture this Thursday, Nov. 6, at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Hamilton Auditorium (in the Furness building). Part of PAFA’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the talk begins at 11:30 a.m. and is free. If you’ve ever heard Judith talk about her work, you know how wickedly funny she can be — and how interesting and insightful about her own work. And who couldn’t spend an hour looking slides of those stained glass pieces in a darkened auditorium anyway? (image is Schaechter’s “Child Bride”) For a warm-up, read Judith’s statement at Missioncreep.

Saturday, Nov. 8, 7-11 p.m.

The always interesting Project Room opens an exhibit of new work by Jessica Doyle–large-scale drawings built on walls then trucked to PR. There’ll also be a bench, a garden, an aquarium and a video projection about the artist’s daughter. Doyle, who lives in Philadelphia, has screened her videos in the Brooklyn Underground film Festival and elsewhere in New York. Check out the online art zine for more. (video stills from a Doyle video)

Music is always big at Project Room openings. This Sat, DEEJAYS: Brad Bailey (NY), Erica Bradbury (NY), Shawn Doyle (Phila) & Eric Midgett (Phila) will orchestrate the sounds.