The year's last First Friday falls on the feast of St. Nicholas, named for the fourth-century Greek bishop whose life and legend, via 600 years of circuitous cultural appropriations, inspired the whole Santa Claus, child-focused, gift-giving centerpiece of U.S. capitalistculture. So yes, there are some bazaars tonight, along with worthwhile group shows, and yes, you may need to stop at the ATM before you head out.
Among the places where you'll find goods for purchase: an open house at Hilliard Gallery
(1820 McGee) that doubles as a small-works show (6 - 10 p.m.), and the Trunk Show & Holiday Mercado at Mattie Rhodes
(915 West 17th Street). The latter centers on Latin American goods and works by local artists, complementing an exhibit from the Center for Traditional Textile of Cusco, Peru, directed by Nilda Callañaupa.
Elsewhere, there's a Sip & Shop at 8183 Studio
(1735 Oak), with handmade goods by local artists and collectives such as Wonderfair and Vahalla (5 - 9 p.m.) At Main Street Gallery
(1610 Main), there's the "Small Works Holiday Group Show," with art by Amy Green, Nora Othic, Travis Pratt, Amanda Thweatt, M. Scott Torri and many others. Locust Factory
(504 East 18th Street) has its monthly First Friday Art Fair as usual, this time featuring guests from Blue Valley Northwest High School.