First Friday programming kicks off National Arts & Humanities Month with a viewing of Rena Detrixhe's "Red Dirt Rug" at The Temple (336 S. Santa Fe Ave.) on Friday, October 4. At 4 p.m., Art at the Nook features ECF Custom Crafts & Bike Shop and David Tanking at The Flower Nook (208 E. Iron Ave.). Also starting at 4 p.m. is the reception for "Castle of Northern Kingdom" at the Salina Public Library's Gallery 708 (301 W. Elm St.).
At 4:30 p.m., the Visual Voices Gallery presents an artist reception for the work of Jenny Davis, with music by Nile Johnson, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (901 Beatrice St.).
At 5 p.m., Harley Elliott's work will be on display, with a reception at Peaceful Body Wellness Retreat (120 N. Santa Fe Ave.). Also at 5 p.m., the Paper Mache Jazz Quintet plays in Phillips Plaza (100 block of N. Santa Fe Ave.) and will accept donations to benefit the Central Kansas Flywheels Museum's construction of a welcome kiosk, which is an Eagle Scout project by Jonathan Hess. Additionally, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., the Salina Art Center is open for the "Departures" reception (242 S. Santa Fe Ave.).
At 7 p.m., head down to SPARK Artist Resource Exchange (146 S. Santa Fe Ave.) for Birdlike Machines, a mesmerizing trio from Wichita, KS. This unconventional group spotlights dancer (Grace Katzmar) as the central focus, accented by colorful abstract video projections. Ian Walker Stewart (down-tempo/electronic music producer "CLEME") and UJ Pesonen (bass guitar) navigate a multitude of improvised themes ambient and quiet to upbeat grooves. Audience members, along with the performers, are ushered away from quotidian space and time. Birdlike Machines will do two separate 30-minute performances, with a break and discussion in between.
At 8 p.m., Anna p.s. plays at The Voo (249 N. Santa Fe Ave.).
At 9 p.m., DJ David Medina starts his set at Chuck's Bar (600 N. Santa Fe Ave.).
Salina Arts & Humanities, Salina Downtown Incorporated and downtown stakeholders present Friday Night Live---an arts and entertainment series for Salina residents and visitors designed to increase attendance and participation in arts-related events and to strengthen partnerships in the downtown arts district and satellite locations throughout the city.
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about the rest of Friday Night Live and First Friday programming. For more information, call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at (785) 309-5770.
For needed accommodations, please call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at (785) 309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.
Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966. The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, the #ArtsMatter e-blast and Friday Night Live performance series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.