The Annual Space 1026 Auction
The annual art auction allows Space 1026 to continue its 15-year-old mission. At its core, Space 1026 is a member-run gallery and collective studio space located in Center City Philadelphia. It plays an important role in the Philadelphia art community, serving as a collaborative and supportive venue for varied gallery programming focusing on emerging artists and exciting nontraditional projects. Space 1026 provides affordable studio space to its members and houses a communal silkscreen facility. In addition to supporting Space 1026 and its undertakings, the art auction provides an accessible way for new audiences to discover and own great art donated by members and supporters.
Space 1026, 1026 Arch St., 2nd floor
Dec. 14, doors open at 6 p.m., auction begins at 7 p.m.
Pay as you go
Philadanco at the Kimmel Center
“When Philadanco tours the world, it’s an art ambassador from the City of Brotherly Love,” the Philadelphia Inquirer said of the dance company. When they are at home, they are a mirror of the essence of Philadelphia. Commanding, accessible, powerful, global — this Philadelphia rite of passage continues to grow audiences and critical acclaim both at home and abroad. Their 2011-12 Kimmel Center season was a sellout success, proving that Philadanco is at the top of its game. There is no better time to experience Philadanco.
Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at the Annenberg Center
“Part goofy, part glorious, all man” (New York Times), the gender-bending Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, or the “Trocks” are, without a doubt, the funniest dance company on the face of the planet. Enjoy a laugh-out-loud excursion into the world of classical ballet that sends up every artistic conceit while paying tribute to the choreography of beloved classics. Performing en pointe, these “mallerinas” revel in buffoonery and antics with perfectly pointed toes and leap to the heavens with attuned choreographic precision. The whole family will get a kick out of the divas and the drama in a glitzy alternative to other holiday dance shows.
Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
Third annual Seaport Parade of Lights on the Delaware River
Independence Seaport Museum is hosting the third annual Seaport Parade of Lights, a lighted boat parade on the Delaware River, on Saturday, Dec. 15. The parade will feature both working vessels along with pleasure boats, all decorated with festive holiday lights and decorations.
The festivities begin at 3 p.m. with carolers performing holiday favorites and Santa greeting visitors with candy canes. Visitors can enjoy complimentary refreshments (while supplies last) and see a special holiday exhibit inside the museum. The parade kicks off at 5 pm, led by the Jupiter, a vintage 1902 tug maintained by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. Museum visitors will get the best view of the parade from the second-floor balcony overlooking the Delaware River. KYW Newsradio personality Steve Nikazy will be the master of ceremonies for the Seaport Parade of Lights, and there will be a competition for best decorated commercial and pleasure boat. All activities are included with regular museum admission
211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Saturday, Dec. 15, 5 p.m.
Cost: $12 for adults; $10 for children, seniors, college students and military
Annual Lucia Fest and Christmas Market
Drop in for our family-friendly Lucia Fest, with Lucia processions at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Christmas Market, which will be open all day, includes your favorite holiday deli items, Christmas decorations and gifts, and the SWEA bakery tables. The Swedish Christmas Cafe will sell holiday foods and sweets for your refreshment.
American Swedish Historical Museum
Saturday, Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 for adults, $4 for children