First Friday has evolved to envelop art of all stripes: on the wall and from the voice. Performers are on the street and inside such diverse places as hair salons and clothing shops.
Bombshell owner Sarah Sherman hosts a show on the first Friday of the month. Last month, the scene was set by singer Shaeny Johnson, a Marilyn Monroe incarnation in a pink strapless gown. Today, neighbors La Baguette/Hardware Cafe are showcasing a 17-piece swing band followed from 7 to 9 p.m. by Bombshell having an '80s DJ and a Madonna look-alike contest.
Champagne is popped on these special Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. at the boutique at 340 A St. and visitors settle in among the displays of high-end designer and couture offerings as well as shoes and handbags. Although new fur coats generate passionate debate, customers here are buying only vintage pieces.
For more pop-up live music spots, visit the Plaza Salon and Spa at 60 N. Main St. Here, Kevin Huggins hangs work from local emerging artists and hosts bands during the First Friday open house from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Frankie Hernandez and his band Sweetwater often play and there are cocktails for those over 21.
— Troy Brown