March roars in like a lion, at least in terms of activity this First Friday. It's another busy gathering of art, music, food and fun downtown.
Bubble Pop Gallery, the newest downtown, keeps up its fresh streak with "The Totally Awesome '80s Art Show." Timed to open with the screening of the 1984 classic "The NeverEnding Story" at the Fox, the show's 50-plus works reflect a variety of television and film hits from the decade. Fandoms include "The Goonies," "ALF," "Ducktales," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "The Last Unicorn" and more.
Twenty-five artists are participating this time around including Alexandra Ortiz, Brandon Starr, Lissette Carrera, Brandon Starr, Brandon Thompson, Gabbi Steiger, Stacey Hinzo, Annie Hobbs, curator Ashleymarie Sey Lively and more.
Guests are encouraged to dress in their best '80s look and they can take part in a promotion. Those who take a selfie in front of their favorite artwork and post it to social media, tagging the gallery in their post, will have a chance to win a Bubble Pop Gallery prize pack.
And you can really up your social media presence if you also fit Jordan Nata'e Wandick into the shot. The local dancer, who competed on "So You Think You Can Dance!," will be at the gallery from 7 to 8 p.m.
Her meet and greet is to celebrate her acceptance into the Joffrey Ballet School jazz and contemporary summer intensive program in New York City. The talented 15-year-old performer is currently raising funds through a GoFundMe (gofundme.com/jordansjoffreydream-com) to finance her stay during the summer program.
The gallery will be open from 5 to 9 p.m., 2007 H St. The show will also be available to view Monday before and after the 7 p.m. screening of "Footloose" at the Fox.
The Younger Gallery will hold the closing reception for its "RAD Women Invitational," a show of all female artists. Works are on display from Linda Hyatt, Linda Brown, Mary Bradford, Lisa Rudnick, Gina Herrera, curator Vicki Smart, Leona Guidace, Deanna Nelson and Kris DeLano.
Friday's exhibition will also highlight the work of Betty Younger. The sculptress and longtime patron of the arts is being recognized for her years of support.
The reception runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the gallery, 1430 Truxtun Ave.
Photographer Marsha Black will share “A Few of my Favorite Places” for her show at the Bakersfield Art Association Art Center. From national parks to city ones, beauty is where you find it as Black shows through her photos.
The reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center, 1607 19th St.
Painter Laura Mizrahi also embraces natural beauty in her work as seen in "Cowboys, Horses and Cows," her exhibit on display at Dagny’s BAA Art Gallery.
After 30 years as a registered nurse, Mizrahi retired and was able to follow other passions: raising cattle on a small cattle ranch near Granite Station — which has been in her family for more than 100 years — and creating art in watercolor.
Her reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the coffeehouse, 1600 20th St.
How many places will teach you how to make their signature cocktail? Locale Farm to Table is making it the cornerstone of its activities this Friday. For $15, attendees can learn how to make the Locale, which features Lvov vodka and Joyvin wine provided by Cafe Med. That session, between 6 to 8 p.m., will also include music by Ariel Dyer. For those who would like to dine at the restaurant, dinner will be available until 8 p.m.
Tickets are available at localefarmtotable.com or by calling Locale (322-9090).