The Raven Lounge, irrevocably associated with Edgar Allan Poe and his famous poem, already has a firm footing in the creative world. Most recently, with the addition of “Art in the Dark,” the Raven will now provide a monthly bastion for visual artists.

Founded by Niki Bombshell, a Philadelphia artist upset by the system of exclusion she felt was taking over art galleries and venues, “Art in the Dark” aims to provide a space for local artists free of charge. Every First Thursday at 9 pm, participating artists gather at the Raven to display their work to the accompaniment of drink specials and a DJ. Every few months, an additional show is held at Bob and Barbara’s Lounge.

This month will feature two “Art in the Dark” shows. The first will be held at Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street, on August 2 at 9 pm. The second will take place on August 5 at the Raven, 1718 Sansom Street, also at 9 pm.

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