TODAY

Limon's legacy

The Limon Dance Company performs works by its legendary founder/choreographer, Jose Limon, including his masterpiece, "The Traitor." This weekend's show includes "The Moor's Pavane" and "Suite from Choreographic Offering."

Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 2 and 8 p.m. today, $29-$46, 215-898-3900, www.pennpresents.org.

Not so sleepy beauty

Charles Way's update of the classic fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" is a comic rendition featuring a more-independent heroine, a half-dragon sidekick, a friendly witch and a Prince who is a bit lacking in princely traits.

Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St., 11 a.m. today and tomorrow, through Jan. 27, $26-$30 adults, $18-$22 teens, $14-$16 kids, 215-922-1122, www.ardentheatre.org.

Tour the alley

The nation's oldest residential street, Elfreth's Alley, welcomes the public for its annual "Deck the Alley" open house this evening. Visitors can view a dozen private homes along the alley, watch Windsor chair-maker Tony Passarelli demonstrate his craft, and be entertained by carolers. The evening raises funds for preservation activities.

Elfreth's Alley, 5-8:30 p.m. today, reserve tickets in advance, $25, $15 for seniors, $10 for children, 215-574-0560, www.elfrethsalley.org.

Joe's rags

The rock-infused "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts' holiday musical. The beloved Bible story about Joseph, his prophetic dreams and his sale into slavery by his jealous brothers, swings to a variety of music.

Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, State and Monroe streets, Media, 2 and 7 p.m. today, runs through Dec. 30, $22-$39, 610-891-0100.

A dickens of a show

Bring the whole family to this new production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

Walnut Street Theatre, 11 a.m. today, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Dec. 14, Dec. 19, Dec. 20, 11 a.m. Dec. 15, $12-$14, 215-574-3550.

A panto of pirates

The swashbuckling adventure "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson is the People's Light and Theater Company's holiday panto, a show with songs, swordplay and high spirits.

People's Light and Theater Company, main stage, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, 2 and 7 p.m. today, 2 p.m. tomorrow, through Dec. 30, $30-48, 610-644-3500.

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Sharp shooter

Photographer and writer Kyle Cassidy discusses and signs his new book, "Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes," on Tuesday evening. Cassidy became intrigued by the fractious subject of gun control during the 2004 presidential election and began photographing gun owners (from a cowboy in Texas to a deer hunter in Pennsylvania to a soldier in Idaho) to provide a new perspective on gun ownership.

Germ Books and Gallery, 2005 Frankford Ave., 7 p.m. Tuesday, 215-423-5002.

Brand-name comic

Vinnie Brand, New Jersey native (grew up in Middletown, went to Rutgers) finds laughs in the stuff of life - kids, bills, ex-wives. He's a regular on Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd" and opened the Stress Factory Comedy Club when he was living in a boarding house for dads who had lost everything in bad divorces.

Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, $15-$20, 215-496-9001.

A tasty evening of film

The late Toni Cade Bambara, a writer, filmmaker and activist, taught at the Scribe Video Center for nearly a decade. As the center opens its 25th anniversary season, it celebrates her work and a new book about it called "Savoring the Salt: A Celebration of the Film Work of Toni Cade Bambara." The evening begins with a panel moderated by the book's editors, Linda Janet Holmes and Cheryl A. Wall, poet Sonia Sanchez, filmmaker Louis Massiah, cinematographer Arthur Jafa and cultural writer Clyde Taylor. The evening concludes with a screening of the Massiah film "The Bombing of Osage Avenue," which Bambara wrote and narrated. (Tickets for the pre-event cocktail reception at 5 p.m. are $50 and $100 and are available by calling 215-222-4201.)

International House, 3701 Chestnut St., 7 p.m. Thursday, $10, 866-468-7619.

Take a big bite

"Yummy: a celebration of craving, compulsion and culture" is a two month festival sponsored by NEXUS/Foundation for Today's Art. A gallery exhibition, two evenings of music and dance, a cake baking workshop, a Hunger Coalition documentary and a potluck dinner are just some of the highlights of this exploration of all things delicious.

Nexus, 1400 N. American St., Suite 102, opening reception 6-9 p.m. Thursday, 215-684-1946, www.nexusphiladelphia.org.