With First Friday falling on New Year’s Day, most of the galleries normally open for the once-a-month art walk downtown will be closed. Not Gallery5. On Friday, Jan. 1, the gallery and performance space turns itself into ping-pong nirvana with numerous tables set up for attendees to battle. Along with bouncing balls, there will be an exhibition and sale of screen prints organized by the local fundraising organization Screens ’n’ Suds to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, plus live performances by Richmond rockers California Death, Fat Spirit and We Never. The interactive engagements begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free with donations for the gallery gladly accepted. gallery5arts.org.
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