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7 days of things to do in Philadelphia from Dec. 2 to 8

The Nutcracker opens, David Maialetti launches a book, Shawn Mendes headlines a show of pop heavyweights.

A group of men talk on the main street in Luzzara, Italy on June 26, 2014. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )
A group of men talk on the main street in Luzzara, Italy on June 26, 2014. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )Read more


Mandy Gonzalez sing-along

The Broadway singer (currently with Hamilton) is in town this month headlining the Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular (through Dec. 22). She’ll drop by the Museum of the American Revolution to lead two songs — “Let It Snow” and the emotional “Remember Me” from Coco — to kick off a half-hour family sing-along that will also feature the Pops’ “Singing Santa” Chuck Gill and a trio of Pops musicians.

11 a.m., Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St., museum admission $19 for adults, $12 youth 6-17 (free under age 6), 215-253-6731,


The Met

Bob Dylan & His Band open the new venue Monday evening. John Legend takes the stage for his Christmas special the next night. Early names on the Met lineup include violinist Lindsey Stirling (Dec. 18), the WDAS Holiday Jam with Charlie Wilson (Dec. 22), and John Oliver (Dec. 30 and New Year’s Eve).

8 p.m., the Met, 858 N. Broad St., Dylan show sold out, 800-745-3000,


Geomancy at the Free Library

Atlas Obscura Society Philadelphia hosts a workshop where you can learn about geomancy, a form of divination considered a “sister” to astrology. You may be surprised to learn the math on which the soothsaying is based played a part in the development of calculus, binary code, and eventually the computer chip. A geomancy practitioner leads the proceedings.

7 p.m. Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia (third floor), 1901 Vine St., $25, 215-686-5322,


Jingle Ball

This year’s version is scheduled to feature pop artists Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, and more.

7:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., $41 to $176, 215-336-3600,


“Luzzara: Another Look”

Inquirer staff photographer David Maialetti launches his new book, which revisits the Italian village that Paul Strand photographed in 1953. The kickoff event is hosted by the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia. Maialetti will be on hand to sign books. Select images will be on view through January.

6 to 8 p.m. America-Italy Society of Philadelphia, 230 S. Broad St., Suite 1105, free, 215-735-3250,


George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”

The Pennsylvania Ballet tradition continues. Audiences in their winter coats and holiday finery may appreciate the Academy of Music's new wider, lump-free seats.

7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday with additional dates through Dec. 31, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., $35 to $154, 215-893-1999,

“Orpheus” for kids

McGuffin Theatre actors aren’t your typical kid actors. They’re dead-serious about their dead-serious subject matter, throwing themselves into artistic director John Rea’s interpretation of ancient Greek mythology: gods, love, death, heartbreak, and all.

7 p.m. Saturday with additional performances through Dec. 9, MacGuffin at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., $20 adults, $15 children, 216-922-1141,