10pm. $15. Through Dec. 15. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215.735.0630. playsandplayers.org
Sat., Dec. 15
Monette Sudler’s 4th Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit
Guitarist/vocalist Monette Sudler is once again gathering the best guitarists from the Delaware Valley and beyond so students of the instrument from jazz, flamenco, world and blues idioms can strum and talk shop in a variety of informative, hands-on workshops. The climax of this fourth summit is a concert featuring Larry Coryell, one of the founding fathers of jazz-fusion in the 1960s and ‘70s, who has more than 60 albums as a leader to his credit, including the classics Spaces with Chick Corea and Billy Cobham and Eleventh House with Alphonse Mouzon and beloved Philly trumpeter Randy Brecker. Coryell performs in his kick-butt trio alongside homeboy bassist Victor Bailey and drummer Kenwood Dennard, so it’s a sure bet that everyone attending will know what a true guitar master sounds like when he drops his six-string science. -Eugene Holley Jr.
8pm. $12-$28. Montgomery County Community College, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell. 215.641.6300. mc3.edu
Greensgrow Farms Holiday Bazzaar
Holiday shopping can do a number on your nerves—even with Amazon’s help. So instead of waiting in endless traffic to get mauled by the crazies at the mall, stop by Greensgrow Farms’ Holiday Bazaar and shop local this year. Pick up everything you need, including a Pennsylvania Christmas tree, handmade bath products and even one of those oversized scarves you have tried to make yourself but just couldn’t get that purl stitch down. Every day of the bazaar will host different vendors from around the area, half of which are from the immediate neighborhood of Fishtown. What better way to sooth the headache of the holidays than with crisp fresh air and samples of the neighborhood’s Philadelphia Brewing Company and Reanimator Coffee? -Jenine Pilla
10am–4pm. Free. Through Dec. 16. Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St. 215.427.2702
Big men in tutus may not be the most appetizing sight, but this visual dichotomy has surprising appeal when the guys performing are the famous gender-bending “mallerinas” featured in the gloriously witty dance company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carol, which brings its act to Philly this week. Known by their fans as the Trocks, the secret to the company’s success is that the professional male dancers, despite exaggerating the foibles of classical and contemporary ballet in their delightful parody, are actually terrific dancers. The performance includes three of the biggest hits from the troupe’s 34-year history, opening with the company’s clever take on Act II of Tchaikovsky’s classic Swan Lake followed by their ode to George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco titled Go For Barocco. The performance concludes with an excerpt from the final act of the 1939 work Laurencia, which gives the guys a chance to show their versatility in this legendary piece from Russia that blends classical and folk dance. -J. Cooper Robb
2pm and 8pm. $20-$65. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3624 Walnut St. 215.898.3900. annenbergcenter.org
Sun., Dec. 16
Tim Burton Burlesque
For the third installment of Philly’s new film-themed burlesque show, the ladies of Miss Rose’s Sexploitation Follies are tapping into the wild, whimsical world of Tim Burton. Given the array of utterly unsexy leading characters Burton has brought to life over the years, a burlesque interpretation of his films may be difficult to imagine. And that’s precisely the beauty of it. Taking on Pee-wee Herman is none other than Philly’s premiere boylesquer Brettzo, while daredevil darling Mackenzie Moltov will put her skills with sharp objects to good use as Edward Scissorhands. The evening’s other featured talents will be paying tribute to The Nightmare Before Christmas and Batman Returns. For the grand finale, the always extravagant and equally inappropriate burlesque queen Miss Rose will present her own sultry interpretation of Beetlejuice. -N.F.
11pm. $12. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. 267.519.9651 philamoca.org
Locust Moon Comics Festival
Today, West Philly’s Locust Moon hosts a festival celebrating the graphic arts and comics universe. The one-day mini-convention features the work of writers, artists, cartoonists and publishers and hosts lectures and panel discussions honoring comic creators and comic creations. Along with their own Locust Moon Press, exhibitors such as Brandon Graham, Jeffro Kilpatrick, Farel Dalrymple, Meathaus Enterprises and Koyama Press will display and sell their works. If you get hungry while flipping through the stacks, head on over to the refreshments table and fill up on Kung Fu Hoagies and Little Baby’s Ice Cream. -Ashley Kole
11am. $5. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. 267.403.2856. locustmoon.wordpress.com
Mon., Dec. 17
Mt. Airy Art Garage Holiday Art Market
Finding gifts for someone special seems more difficult than matching your wardrobe to those mustard yellow pants you love. So instead of giving tablets and electronics that are out of date by Christmas morning, give handcrafted gifts found at Mt. Airy Art Garage’s Holiday Art Market. The market will span two weekends and host artists from Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill, as well as live music from local musicians that will have you hopping into holiday cheer. -J.P.
10am–5pm. Free. Through Dec. 18. Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 W. Mt. Airy Ave. 215.242.5074
Flashpoint Theatre Company finally opens its season with its traditional holiday staging of The Santaland Diaries. Originally a radio essay by humorist David Sedaris and adapted for the stage by the brilliant playwright Joe Mantello, the solo play recalls Sedaris’ early days working as an elf at Macy’s. Displaying the same sardonic wit that propelled the humorist’s bestselling novels Barrel Fever and Naked, Santaland focuses on the poor, haggard Macy’s elf trying to remain in a celebratory mood while contending with packs of horrified kids, absurdly overbearing parents, a demented Kris Kringle and a flirtatious (not to mention persistent) gay elf named Snowflake. Running in rep with The Santaland Diaries is Flashpoint’s bawdy alternative to sentimental holiday fare Chlamydia for Christmas and Herpes for Hanukkah: More Sex-Ed Burlesque for the Holidays. -J.C.R.
8pm. $15. Off-Broad Street Theater, First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St. flashpointtheatre.org
Tues., Dec. 18
Roast of Joe Sixpack
Once upon a time, there lived a man named Don Russell. An award-winning journalist, his work brought about lots of cool things, including environmental racketeering prosecution, reform of the Philly taxicab industry and the closure of a county jail. Then Joe Sixpack emerged, one of America’s most beloved beer writers. The book author, Daily News columnist and Philly Beer Week executive director has become synonymous with everyone’s favorite nectar. So who better to be the subject of Prohibition Taproom’s second annual holiday roast than the man of both names. Featured roasters include Glen Macnow, Bob Warner, Tom Peters, Tom Kehoe, Curt Decker, Ron Goldwyn and more. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Philabundance, for which Prohibition Taproom is an official drop-off point for food donations. -Anthony Trivelli
8pm. Free. Prohibition Taproom, 501 N. 13th St. 215.238.1818. theprohibitiontaproom.com
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PW's Holiday Guide 2014