After the Halloween tricks this week, we're enjoying a real treat: cool fall weather. That makes the conditions just right for folks headed downtown for First Friday, which will bustle with art, food, music and fun. Here's a look at what's on tap.
Dozens of vendors and artists will take advantage of the cooler temperatures to draw in people along the First Friday Art Walk. Booths will be active from 5 to 9 p.m. through the Downtown Arts District, along 19th and 20th streets.
A new player this month is American Legion Post 26, which will get in on the First Friday action by offering a dinner deal. For $8, diners will receive a grilled tri-tip sandwich, chips and a soft drink. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Post, 2020 H St. Funds raised assist the veterans service organization. Call 324-9453 for more information.
Speaking of food, Sub Station will be serving later — 5-11 p.m. — while hosting musical acts organized by Phantom Stranger. The lineup consists of The Whitakers, Ariel Dyer and Monkey's Unkle. The show at 1605 20th St. is free to attend.
Sandrini's Public House will also bring the tunes Friday. Therese & the Sweetness will perform starting at 9:30 p.m. at the bar, 1918 Eye St.
Locale Farm to Table will make it a later night in honor of First Friday. The 18th Street lunch spot will host a Craft Night. Attendees will be able to paint a wine bottle that they can then illuminate. The class costs $16 and includes all supplies and guided instruction. A light snack will be included and guests can purchase beer, wine or champagne.
Participants can drop in any time between 6 to 8 p.m. at Locale, 1723 18th St., to customize their bottle. Space is limited and paid reservations can be made by calling the eatery at 322-9090.
Iva Fendrick, who has had a number of her own solo and group exhibitions for First Friday, has inspired the latest group show at the Bakersfield Art Association Art Center. "Wednesdays with Iva" features the work of students from Fendrick's watercolor with ink classes, held Wednesdays at the center. The class is a mix of longtime students and beginners, who follow the artist's example to then create their own original works under her guidance.
Exhibiting artists are Joe Brackley, Nancy Clark, Kay Hall, Kathy Hanna, Anne Hutton, Mitzi LePere, Catherine Malahowski, Gail Moss, Mimi Placencia, Pam Smith and Joyce Umfress.
The reception runs from 6-8 p.m. at the center, 1607 19th St.
Also part of the BAA monthly shows, "Finding Dystopia," featuring the art of Greg Hauss, will be on display at Dagny's Coffee Co. The reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the coffeehouse, 1600 20th St., which is also hosting the ongoing group show "Falling." Artists exhibiting their work include Marsha Black, Cheri Sperl, Martin Varga, Annai Smith, Norma Neil, Stella Mullins, Norma Eaton and Randall Bergquist.
The Younger Gallery will host a closing reception for "Words Come to Life," a poetry-inspired art show. With the theme of "Power & Liberation," 18 artists were given poems that inspired the pieces on display.
Participating artists include Jorge Guillen, Alex Gallardo, Vicki Smart, Jennifer Williams, Linda Parra and Kevin Gardner. Writers include Portia Choi, Annis Cassells, Rico Carrizales and Jessica Ricketts.
The gallery, 1430 Truxtun Ave. Suite 105, will be open from 5-8 p.m.
Rags to Rescue will continue the exhibition of work from German pop artist Gabriele Mueller. The nonprofit second-hand store affiliated with H.A.L.T. (Helping Animals Live Tomorrow) Rescue will remain open later, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 234 H St. Already decorated for Thanksgiving, the shop will further embrace fall by serving hot apple cider.
Artist Mike Barker returns to Metro Galleries for a new show. The reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 1604 19th St.