Tuesday, December 11, 4-5:30pm. PennDesign, Architectural Archives, Fine Arts Library, 34th between Walnut and Spruce. Join Michael Walsh for this Conservation in Conversation discussion about his work to include Famagusta, Cyprus in the World Monuments Fund Watch List, and attracting the Global Heritage Fund to the city, and bringing the UN’s Cultural Heritage Data Collection project to northern Cyprus. Free.
Thursday, December 13, 6-8pm. Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing. Look at archaeological artifacts from two historic households on Shackamaxon Street (Matthew and Sarah Remer, 1778-early 1800s) and Palmer Street (William and Elizabeth Cramp, c. 1850) to learn about what daily life was once like in the neighborhood. Free.
Thursday, December 13, 6-9pm. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Broad and Cherry streets. Celebrate PAFA’s uniquely American pedigree – as a home grown “factory for American Art,” which Frank Furness’s built showcasing the best in American industry, ingenuity, and design – at this PAFA After Dark. Taste cocktail samples from Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, enjoy some jazz, participate in gallery talks about the architecture, and make Furness inspired holiday cards. Free for PAFA members. $10 in advance, $15 at door.
Friday, December 14, 5:30-7:30pm. Meet at Performance Bicycles, 1300 South Columbus Blvd. Join the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia for this month’s Fun Ride to see the glittering holiday lights of South Philly. Festive decor and dress is encouraged (best decorated will be treated to dinner at La Lupe (1201 South 9th Street) after the ride. Helmets required. Register in advance online.