September Twilight in the Gardens

Friday, September 23rd 2022

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

$25/ Adults
$20/ Students & Seniors
$16/ Members
Proof of Vaccination Required

Tickets available starting September 9!

Experience an enchanting evening at Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens!

We challenge you to keep yourself from dancing to the energetic sounds of the West Philadelphia Foot Tappers as they perform in our mosaicked courtyard! Guests can also tap into their creative side with a collage activity with Artist Chelsey Luster. Luster will guide participants in creating their own safe spaces through neon and everyday colors, photographs of people, and familiar interior objects. Participants will cut and rip images and colors to create their own world in their artwork and are encouraged to bring copies of personal photos to add to the collage (not required!).  

Visitors also have the chance to learn more about PMG through fun, casual self-guided tours of our mosaicked basement, and can view our newest exhibition We’re on the Move: Paintings by Ashanté Kindle & Khari Turner in our galleries. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket, snacks, and drinks and picnic in our mosaicked labyrinth!

Space is limited and we recommend purchasing ahead of time. Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event.

West Philadelphia Foot Tappers began in 2015 as a busking project to explore traditional jazz and the music of Django Reinhardt. Over the years the band’s level of virtuosity and musical adventurousness has continuously expanded. The Foot Tappers have taken their high energy take on Prohibition Era jazz to a wide array of venues, including playing recently for 2,600 attendees at Atlantic City’s Diner En Blanc.

Rather than focusing on a strict historical reenactment of the music of the Hot Club of France in the 1930s, the Foot Tappers put a premium on using the band’s acoustic format as a springboard for pushing jazz improvisation, all while keeping it grounded to a driving swing rhythm and relatable song form. The Foot Tappers pull as much from the musical traditions of New Orleans as of Paris and think that jazz should first and foremost be fun and accessible. Jazz should make you want to well . . . tap your feet in the Foot Tappers’ view. The Foot Tappers may take a few detours into contemporary jazz language and the diversity of world music on the musical journey but the final destination will always be joyous.​

Chelsey Luster is a Philadelphia-based curator and visual artist from Baltimore, Maryland. Her curated group exhibitions focus on exploring social and political concepts regarding race, gender, and sexuality. Chelsey’s visual artwork focuses on intimacy, safety, and vulnerability through depictions of invented and physical domestic spaces. In Finding Home, Chelsey examines her models’ safe and vulnerable spaces from memory and imagination. Chelsey pulls from imagery of their loved ones’ studios, bedrooms, altars, memories, and where they find comfort mentally to create sacred environments for them to exist in. In these works, Chelsey shares their perspective on the importance of protecting internal and external safe havens and sanctuaries.

Chelsey is currently the Exhibition Manager at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, is showcasing work as a Vox Populi member, and is currently a fellow at the Center of Emerging Visual Arts and Mural Arts.

7:00 – 10:00 PM – Make a Collage with Chelsey Luster
7:00 – 10:00 PM – Self-Guided Tours of PMG’s mosaicked basement
8:00 – 9:00 PM – Live Performance by West Philadelphia Foot Tappers