There are plenty of events vying for your attention Friday but for art lovers, downtown is still the place to be. Here's a roundup of First Friday events.
With a forecast of 88 degrees, this should be the first Art Walk to truly enjoy coming out of a blistering summer. Dozens of vendors and artists will be on hand from 5 to 9 p.m. throughout the Downtown Arts District, 19th and 20th streets.
At Younger Gallery, prepare for an evening of poetry-inspired art at Words Come to Life 2017. Organizers teamed with local high school teachers and musicians as well as Project Oh! magazine with the aid of the Arts Council of Kern and Betty Younger, who donated her gallery space for the event.
With a theme of "Power & Liberation," artists were given poems that inspired the pieces on display. (For a sneak peek of one of the works, visit wordscometolife.org.) Marlon Mackey and Stephanie Solis featuring Silo will provide spoken-word performances and music for the evening.
The goal to bring the community together to be witness the tremendous talent that surrounds us. It can also shows at-risk youth there is a positive outlet for their emotions, that they can turn something negative into something beautiful. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. at Younger Gallery, 1430 Truxtun Ave.
Painter Floyd Dillon brings his show, "Solitude," to the Bakersfield Art Association Art Center. The show came from an idea he had while looking out a window at the Philips Museum in Washington, D.C. Observing a woman enjoying lunch in the courtyard, he was struck by the shadows playing on the pattern of the tiles. He is still developing this series of paintings but will be able to display the earlier works for this exhibition. A lifelong painter, the retiree has found time to continue his art while as serving as acting manager of the art center. The reception for his work will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center, 1607 19th St.
Kelly Pankey is the featured artist at the one of the BAA exhibits at Dagny's. She will display some of her scratchboards, a medium she first experimented with while at Cerro Coso Community College and returned to a couple of years ago. In the BAA newsletter, she writes that her process is "constantly evolving, as well as the subject matter for her work, but her style and creative use of symbolism and metaphor is immediately recognizable to her supporters and friends." The reception will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dagny's, 1600 20th St.
Also at Dagny's is the group show "Falling," featuring work from Marsha Black, Cheri Sperl, Martin Varga, Norma Neil, Stella Mullins, Norma Eaton and Randall Bergquist.
Dagny's will also host an Open Mic featuring Catherine Abbey Hodges, English professor at Porterville College, with cello accompaniment. Performer sign-ups begin at 5:50 p.m. and performances run from 6 to 7 p.m.
Johnny Ramos' ModernGigi Gallery will be open, displaying art and featuring music by Crimson Skye. The Local Artistry, a group helping promote local artists, will be on hand to show people how to encourage creativity in the community. The evening runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 900 18th St.
Get your stretch on for Yoga in the Garden at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Take advantage of the nicer weather in a free session led Samsara Wellness Center. This is the last community yoga for the year but it will resume in the spring. The session is from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. in the museum's sculpture garden, 1930 R St. Enjoy a look around the museum and its new exhibitions before or after yoga.
Rags to Rescue is hosting its Howling Hounds First Friday, an evening of spook-tacular shopping with a pup-kin patch and dog dress-up adoptions. Funds raised go to aid local rescue group Halt Rescue. Fun runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the shop, 234 H St.
Is First Friday ready for a Funk Fixxx? Sandrini's Public House is ready to test that with performances by The Phantom Stranger and DJ Evil Flynn (aka Patrick Spurlock and Brian Demarest). The dynamic duo will bring your fix of funk, soul, R&B and hip-hop. The music starts at 9 p.m. and runs until closing at Sandrini's, 1918 Eye St. Cover charge is $5.