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Weekend event picks: Holiday fun, burlesque & more

Grab a jacket and shades and get to having fun this weekend.

Grab a jacket and shades and get to having fun this weekend.

Rasputin's Room, a monthly burlesque show organized by performer and producer Lil' Steph, moves venues from Ruba Club to 2nd Story (1700 S. Columbus Blvd.) for an evening of burlesque and comedy on Friday, Nov. 20. Doors are at 9 p.m. and the show starts an hour later.

Making Time is throwing another party in their new venue, 714 (714 W. Girard Ave.) on Friday, Nov. 20. They'll host the atmospheric and vibey Health and Pictureplane for live performances in addition to DJ sets from residents Dave P. and Sammy Slice, Mike Z. and Dave Pak, Rocktits!, Broadzilla and Greg D. Oh yeah, and there'll be free Tecate, Heineken and Sailor Jerry cocktails from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Things kick off at 9 p.m.

Nurse your hangover at the first holiday Franklin Flea of the season. Get a kick start on your holiday shopping from the cutesy and unique antique and vintage vendors that'll be set up on the first floor of the Strawbridge's Building (801 Market St.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Keep up the shopping at Christmas Village, the open-air German-style art market at LOVE Park (16th St. and JFK Blvd.) when it opens for the season on Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22. Over 60 booths will be packed with goods like puppets, jewelry, art, food and more from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and until 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The holiday season officially kicks off in Chestnut Hill when the Woodmere Art Museum (9201 Germantown Ave.) for the Circle of Trees celebration. The illuminating evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with hot chocolate, cider, cookies, live musical performances and a visit from Santa.

This isn't your grandma's bingo night. Campy drag queens host GayBINGO on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Gershman Y (401 S. Broad St.). The monthly bingo night begins at 7 p.m. and this month's theme is Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy — like the song.

Tailgate for a good cause on Sunday, Nov. 22. Phan Cave and Philly PR Girl host a Turkey Tailgate to benefit Philabundance starting at 8 a.m. before the Eagles game. Featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet, music and drinks, this party is set to take place in the Holiday Inn Philadelphia Stadium parking lot (900 Packer Ave.).

Regardless of your fitness level, there's a lot to take in during the Philadelphia Marathon. The full and half marathons kick off at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, but there are many places for fans to cheer on the runners. The whole weekend is packed with events like the pre-race expo and special dining options for runners at area restaurants on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Picks from the Inquirer's Michael Harrington

Though he's the scion of a famous jazz family (his father was the legendary tenor saxophonist John and his mother the influential pianist Alice), post-bop saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has forged a distinctive career in his own right. He displays his cerebral, sculptural style at Chris' Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom St) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov 21.

William O. Douglas was a political and legal celebrity, a rock star in his field way before that term had any meaning. After struggling to escape an impoverished youth in the great Northwest, he battled his way to becoming a lawyer, chair of the SEC, and prominent New Dealer (FDR considered him for the vice presidency in 1944). In 1939, he became a Supreme Court justice at age 40 and served for a record 36 years and 209 days. His devotion to civil liberties and environmentalism made him controversial, and a later predilection for marrying women several decades his junior made him notorious. Douglas Scott's "Mountain: The Journey of Justice Douglas" tries to fit it all in one drama. The show finishes its run at the Bristol Riverside Theatre (120 Radcliffe St., Bristol) at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

The exhibit Weaving and Wood features examples from three artists, with bowls and furniture by Dan Comisky, fiber arts by Reena Brooks, and baskets by June Statmore. The show is at Orchard Artworks (520 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

The Hindustani violinist and tamboura player Nistha Raj teams with hip-hop multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon for an intriguing fusion concert at International House's Ibrahim Theater (3701 Chestnut St) at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.

The inventive and thrilling performance duo stb x, at rubber-limbed dancer Sean Thomas Boyt and percussionist and composer Andy Thierauf (playing everything from vibraphone to the floor to Boyt's torso), presents the work "Movers and Shakers" at the Iron Factory's Third Floor (118 Fontain St.) at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.

For more Things to Do, check out our calendar for the most up-to-date happenings.