City Hall

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7

STAGE

Wilde Tales

Join Quintessence Theatre Group as they play out some of Oscar Wilde’s best tales. Some stories include The Selfish Giant, The Happy Prince, and the Remarkable Rocket. With assistance from David Cope, who provides an original soundtrack and eye-catching puppetry by Mariana Plag, Wilde Tales enchants. | 7pm. $15-$35. Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave. quintessencetheatre.org

MUSIC

Sittin In: Kate Faust

Join a live show and dance session featuring a blend of horns, MCs and clear vocals led by bands chosen by Kate Faust. Enjoy this rich blend of music right in the hallways of the Kimmel Center. | 8pm. Free. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street. kimmelcenter.org

STAGE

Antagonyms

This intriguing new play written by Rachel Gluck, grapples with the concept of love and identity as four young Philadelphians try to outrun their demons, when the past meets the present in this contemporary Noir drama. | Through Dec. 17. Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Ave. curiotheatre.org

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8

AUTHOR

Michael Chabon

The acclaimed author and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” will discuss his latest book “Moonglow.” The book’s subtitle is “an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir” as it takes the form of a deathbed confession from a character named for Chabon’s grandfather regarding war, sex, and a mail-order novelty company. | 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org

COMEDY

The Decoy: Hi, Neighbor

Join the Philly Improv Theater’s sketch comedy team as they visit Cypress Corners and explore the hidden lives of suburban neighbors. Unlike PHIT’s improv shows, these performances are written and rehearsed in advance with sets and costumes. | 9pm. $12. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St. phitcomedy.com

MUSIC

A Well-Strung Christmas

The New York City-based string quartet delivers their unique blend with a fusion of classical and pop music of today. Elaborating on holiday favorites, there will be opportunities for the audience to participate in the performance. | 8pm. $29-$39. Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9

STAGE

The Carols

Christmas time 1949, war is raging, while here at home a group of neighbors gathers to make the most of what they have. This theatrical production is a heartfelt and hopeful comedy with music that examines making something right with all the wrong people. | Through Dec. 31. $28-$45. Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey St. 1812productions.org

COMEDY

The N Crowd Hates Cancer

An improv show and benefit for an all-volunteer charity campaign which benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Hilarity is promised on this night of comedy, in addition to raffles, prizes and the awesome feeling that comes from fighting cancer and laughing at the same time. | 7:30pm. $15. Ruba Club Studios, 416 Green St. phillyncrowd.com

STAGE

Little Shop of Horrors

The classic Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi hit takes center stage once again this holiday season production. Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant. The foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn so long as he keeps feeding it victims. | Through Dec. 18. Penn’s Landing Playhouse, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. plplayhouse.com

COMEDY

Tongue & Groove: Secrets

Enjoy a night of hilarious, unscripted theater inspired by the anonymous answers of audience members. Improvisational comedic ensemble Tongue & Grooves latest performance has the audience anonymously submit stories before the show begins. The group will then create a hilarious, impromptu show inspired by the responses. Tonight’s theme: Secrets. | 8pm. $6-$18.  Playground at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. tongue-groove.com

TALK

The Carnal & The Mortal

Attend these two lectures delivered with erotic undertones about the pathology of cadavers. Attendees wanting to take photos will need to complete an agreement form in advance, however the photos will be eerily priceless. | 6pm. $25. Wagner Free Institute, 1700 W. Montgomery Ave. wagnerfreeinstitute.org

PERFORMANCE

Glitter and Garbage

Shannon Turner is bringing cabaret with a touch of angst in this montly performance art piece. Turner will be accompanied by Kevin Lutz and special guests Mistor Fahrenheit and Victoria Page. The $5 entrance fee will be donated to The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among LGBT and queer youth. | 8pm. $12. L’Etage. 624 S. Sixth St. creperie-beaumonde.com

STAGE

All’s Well That Ends Well

In this classic Shakespearean comedy, Helena can heal an ailing king, outwit any man, travel across countries and defy death itself. But she can’t make Bertram love her. The classic play is at times both bittersweet and melancholic with laughter. For the visionary Shakespeare knew that in love, like life, there are no truly happy endings. | Through Dec. 17. $15-$25. Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St. philartistscollective.org

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

PARTY

Running of the Santas

Join hundreds of people dressed like “Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick,” for the Running of the Santas, the annual bar tour that raises money for various local charities. With live bands, awesome drink specials, a Hottest Santa Contest, and a short run (three blocks) from the “South Pole” to the “North Pole,” this event continues to be something special for the holiday season. Start the day at the “South Pole” at the Field House (11th and Filbert), while you listen to live music by Secret Service and guest DJs starting at 1pm. Enjoy drink specials from Yuengling, Tullamore Dew and Sailor Jerry. Then, at 5pm, get ready to run with thousands of other Santa’s to the Electric Factory (the North Pole), where you can continue drinking and listening to music performed by Go Go Gadjet, Garden State Radio, Scott’s New Band, LeCompt and a score of other DJs in house to keep the festivities going.  —RYAN CURTISS  | Sat., Dec. 10, 10am. Tickets starting at $20. runningofthesantas.com

PARTY

Jerry's Bar Holiday Bazaar

This week, Jerry's Bar hosts a holiday bazaar featuring more than 20 vendors and artists from the area. Exhibiting vendors and designers range from boutiques and jewelry shops, to local painters and bakers. The bazaar will run from 11am-6pm, crossing over the brunch menu (9-3:30), mid-day menu (3:30-5), and dinner (5pm-1am) so that shoppers can partake in any meal they chose. Grab a hot chocolate or hot cider and bang out your holiday shopping this weekend. | 11am-6pm. Jerry's Bar, 129 W. Laurel St. jerrysbarphilly.com

OUTDOORS

Chestnut Hill Community Holiday Parade

Musicians, marching bands, community groups and antique cars will parade down Germantown Avenue, led by Philadelphia’s Mounted Police Unit Philadelphia’s Fire Brigade and the Phillie Phanatic himself. The route ends around Market at the Fareway with musical performances, outdoor treats, and Santa himself, on hand ready to pose for photos with children. | 9am. Free. Chestnut Hill, Rex Avenue to Southampton Avenue. chestnuthillpa.com

HOLIDAY

Parade of Lights

The Independence Seaport Museum hosts its annual Parade of Lights. Activities include a pop-up exhibit, arts and crafts, face painting, musical performances by The Philly Pops, and a visit from Santa. Boats will pass the Battleship New Jersey and Winterfest before returning back to the museum. Steve Nikazy returns as emcee. | 11am. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. phillyseaport.org

AUTHOR

100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die

Irene Levy Baker will speak about her new book, “100 Things to do in Philadelphia Before You Die.” The easy-to-use guide includes the big name attractions as well as lesser-known gems the city has to offer. Having spent more than a quarter-century in Philly’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, Baker opened Spotlight PR, a firm specializing in restaurants and hospitality. Books will be available for purchase and can be signed by the author upon request. | 1pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut St. barnesandnoble.com

HOLIDAY

Hand Crafted Holidays

A festive day of tastings, hands-on activities, talks, and demonstrations intended to spark creative ideas for holiday decorating and entertainment. Enjoy coffee and pastries, clay ornament making with Charity Thackston, a book signing with Sarah Archer, (author of “Midcentury Christmas”) a design talk with Eric Rymshaw of Fury Design, a cocktail demonstration and happy hour with Tenaya Darlington and much more. | 11am. Free. Clay Studio, 139 N. Second St. theclaystudio.org

SCREEN

Rocky

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Stallone’s local opus, enjoy the film in all its glory on the big screen at the Kimmel Center. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Philly Contraption Contest, an engineering competition for kids. | 3pm and 8pm. $10. Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org

HOLIDAY

Winter Wonderland

Children 10 and younger plus their caregivers are invited to Smith for a festival which includes holiday lights, arts, an ice carving demonstration, gingerbread house building, s’mores, live music and more. | 4pm. $10. Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Drive. smithplayground.org

STYLE

Holiday Fashion Crawl

A holiday event highlighting the best of fashion and mixology in Rittenhouse. Each tent will feature an expert cocktail station from one of Rittenhouse Row’s top mixologists. | Noon. Free. Rittenhouse Row, 1831 Chestnut St. rittenhouserow.org

PARTY

Philly Gala: A Celebration for the Animals

Join in on this celebration to learn about The Humane League’s groundbreaking efforts to reduce animal suffering. Listen to inspiring speakers, enjoy delicious drinks, and mouthwatering vegan appetizers and desserts, while bidding on prizes for their silent auction.  | 7pm. $35-$60. Goldilocks Gallery, 723 Chestnut St. goldilocksgallery.com

HOLIDAY

Zoo Noël

It has yet to snow in Philadelphia, yet you can get the first look into a winter wonderland at Zoo Noël. Bring your children and take pictures of Santa Claus in his winter treehouse while you gaze at the beauty of some of the winter animals. Hang out and enjoy the hot chocolate bar and visit the little elves gift shop to take a piece of the zoo home with you. | 11am. $16-$23. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. philadelphiazoo.org


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11

STAGE

Philly Nutt Crak-Up

In this reimagined dance by Gail Vartanian, a Rappin SugarPlum Fairy, battling Hip Hoppin Rats, City Hall Dolls, Captain Philadelphia and Liberty Belle-Anne all return for another season of this hilarious holiday dance spoof. This zany interpretation on the holiday classic will be an afternoon filled with superheroes, kung-fu fighting, Penn’s Angels and a South Street Rocky-Ettes in the faraway land of the Kingdom of Prussia. | 2pm. $30. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. paintedbride.org

FOOD

Flavors of the Season

A historic celebration of Fairmount Park featuring Walter Staib from City Tavern. Sample holiday delights from local food superstars, including Shane Confectionery, John and Kira’s Chocolates, Giambri’s Quality Sweets, and Sweetzels Bakery. Visit six of the historic houses of Fairmount Park for a taste of the holidays. Participating houses include Lemon Hill, Woodford, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Laurel Hill, Cedar Grove and Mount Pleasant. | 10am. $8-$40. Fairmount Park. myphillypark.org

EVENT

Philly Jawn Fish Fry

Seasons greetings for this Philly original event. Are you a Philly Jawn? Or even a Jawn-ette? Come on down and experience something fishy. In addition to the food and drinks, there will be a DJ to get the party started. The price of admission also covers a fish platter. | 4pm. $12. 22nd Street Cafe, 1264 S. 22nd St.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 12

STAGE

Moscow Ballet’s Russian Nutcracker

Direct from Russia, this majestic Christmas experience heads to Philly. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, intricately designed costumes and sets and much more. | 7pm. $28-$68. Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street. annenbergcenter.org

AUTHOR

Worst. President. Ever.

Author Robert Strauss will discuss his latest book, a timely indictment of President James Buchanan. Although the once president’s political game plan was never criminal, he led the nation from prosperity and tenuous unity to depression and civil war. | 6pm. Free. Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust St. freelibrary.org

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13

HOLIDAY

A Soulful Christmas

The annual event returns this winter with an inspiring  and uplifting communal gathering of regional choristers, performing holiday spirituals and gospel favorites. Lights are provided by flashlights only as performers dance and sing in this holiday event of the season. | 7:30pm. $34-$58. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14

FOOD

Philly Art & Food

Cooks Who Care are bringing together 14 of the city’s most talented chefs, along with a judging panel of industry experts and media personalities for this evening of Latin-inspired bites, music and culture. Browse the art gallery, stop on by the market and head right back for second servings. Proceeds benefit the region’s largest Latino arts organization. | 6pm. $55-$65. Coda, 1712 Walnut St. codaphilly.com

MUSIC

A Very Merry Jazzy Christmas Dinner Show

A three-course meal is served in this unforgettable holiday show. Calli Graver, of the Voices of the Philly POPS, has performed with the POPS under the batons of Maestros Peter Nero, Michael Krajewksi and David Charles Abell. The unforgetable holiday show is presented by Jazz It Up Philly | 7pm. $59-$69. Vesper Club, 223 South Sydenham St. vesperphilly.com

COMEDY

Coming Attractions

Philly’s best comedians turn one of the worst trailers of all time, into a funny must-see movie on the spot. From the ashes of some of the worst clips rises a hysterical phoenix of fresh comedy. Hosted by Brian Rumble. | 7pm. $5. Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St. goodgoodcomedy.com

SHOPPING

University City Arts League’s Annual Craft Show

The UCAL’s gallery becomes a pop-up shop dedicated to highlighting and selling the wares of 30 local artists for the season. The event runs through the month of December and features coffee and cider (spiked if wanted) for shoppers. | Through Dec. 18. University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St. ucartsleague.org

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