A Pop-Up Shop will be held on the second floor of the Leland Tower tonight
March First Fridays - a night of art, music, and culture at a variety of venues in downtown Aurora - will be energized with a pop-up shop, an open mic, a photography gallery and several art openings tonight Friday, March 4.
The historic Leland Tower will host the first Pop-Up Shop of the spring. The second floor and mezzanine of the Leland Tower will be open for the first time in decades to host the following vendors: Jeff Weber Beeswax Candles, Spice Theory, Kittens of Industry, Gingham Turtle, Biscocho's Baked Goods, Thrifty Upenyu, Aroma Roots, Bettina's Tea, Bear with Me Jewelry, Mamie's Toffee, Artenimai Artisan Jewelry, For You by Yani, RedSawDeckBoxes. The Pop-Up Shop will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Other venues open on First Fridays include:
- Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts open mic on First Fridays. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., offers three floors of exhibits. Aurora Historical Society presents "Bundled Up," an exhibit of historic winter clothing on the first floor, and "Aurora Story" on the second floor. Aurora Public Art Commission hosts an art opening on the third floor. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Emergent at Metropolitan Co-Working, 14 W. Downer Pl., hosts Beautiful Parallels, a duo show featuring artists Juan Sepulveda and Gerardo Madrigal. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Gillerson's Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., welcomes Eric Hobbs of Penrose Brewing for its first Meet the Founder evening. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- HealthMarkets, 40 W. Downer Pl., features the art of Tom Mahady. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens One-Offs and Prototypes, a solo show with work by craftsman Boyd Allen. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Mausoleum Gallery, 213 S. River St., is open with art, glass blowing, music, and hundreds of glass pieces on display. Noon to 8 p.m.
- PME Cake Supplies, 35 N. Broadway, is open with a candy treats demo and sale. 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Pop Up Shop, 7 S. Stolp Ave., features more than a dozen vendors on the second floor of the historic Leland Tower. Blue Bird Beat Cafe will also be open. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- River's Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl., is open with food, art, and music. The Elf Shop is on hand with handmade jewelry. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., is open with free admission plus fun craft stations. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sophisticated You, a hair salon at 57 S. Broadway, is holding an open house with several evening specials. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, features "The Cat Show," a pop-up art show featuring local artists. perform in the tavern. 6 p.m. to midnight.
- The Light of the Heart, 52 W. Downer Pl., opens Eclectic Echoes, a solo show highlighting the work of Desireé Franklin. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- The Studio at 46 West, 46 W. New York St., features the work of local photographers. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St., hosts Poetry Out Loud with El Trio kicking off the night. 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any venue for a full map of participating venues. Return the punched passport at the last venue visited for a chance to win a First Fridays goody bag filled with gifts from downtown businesses.
Free trolley service runs throughout downtown from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
All events are free and art is for sale.