The real thing One of our favorite children's stories,
The Velveteen Rabbit
, gets a new musical take with puppets, masked actors and magic tricks. The
Enchantment Theatre Company
production of Don Sebesky and Gloria Nissenson's musical goes on at 1 and 4 p.m. today at the
Suzanne Roberts Theatre
, 480 S. Broad St., and continues with shows at 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. Tickets are $26; $14 for ages 12 and under. Call 215-881-9899.
Gifts of mirth In keeping with the bowl-full-of-jelly spirit (you know, that jolly old elf stuff), here are some laugh packages: In the two-man comedy
, the staff at a small-town Texas radio station bring the natives to life. The show goes on 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. today at the
Walnut Street Theatre's
Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St., and continues with shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. Tickets are $28. Call 215-574-3550. . . .
presents Kyle Jarrow's irreverent, Obie Award-winning musical
A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant
, which retells the story of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as a children's holiday extravaganza. The show goes on at 3 p.m. today at
St. Stephen's Theater
, 10th and Ludlow Streets, and continues with shows at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $15 and $20. Call 215-627-2577.
Ice capades Take in the city views while gliding along the ice during the extended holiday skating at
, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street, open from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Admission is $6; skate rental is $3. Call 215-925-7465.
Happy holiday The annual event
Being Jewish at Christmas
features music by
Peter and Ellen Allard
, a performance by the
Mark Segal Puppet Theatre
, fun science with
, and comedian
. The event goes from noon to 4 p.m. at the
National Museum of American Jewish History
, 55 N. Fifth St. Tickets are $5; ages under 3 and military families are admitted free. Call 215-923-3811.
Pure pop for now people Wondrous pop perfectionists
mark the release of their new CD
Where to Begin
with a show at 7 p.m. at
World Cafe Live
, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $16. Call 215-222-1400.
No dancing Before it was a ballet,
was a children's tale by the great storyteller E.T.A. Hoffmann. The
Curio Theatre Company
presents a stage adaptation of the story at 7 p.m. Wednesday at
, 4749 Baltimore Ave., and continues with shows at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $22; $19 for seniors and students; $10 for ages 12 and under. Call 215-525-1350.
Figures of fun Korean ceramic artist
uses depictions of the animal world and everyday life to create whimsical, mythic figurative narratives in porcelain. A show of his work is at the
, 251 S. 18th St., through next Sunday. Admission is $5; $3 for students and seniors. Call 215-545-4302.
After the merry ends What better way to celebrate Boxing Day than with
annual presentation of Jeff Goode's comedy
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues
, an adult look behind the scenes at Santa's workshop as the disgruntled antlered employees unload. The show goes on at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the
Society Hill Playhouse's
Red Room, 507 S. Eighth St., and continues with shows at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $21. Call 215-923-0210.
Distinctive voices The headliners are
("Filling the void between the Three Tenors and the Three Stooges"), but the draw for us is the fabulously talented country-rocker
, with her butterscotch vocals and allusive lyrics. The double bill starts at 8 p.m. at the
Sellersville Theater 1894
, Main Street and Temple Avenue. Tickets are $17.50. Call 215-257-5808. . . .
is the one-girl band Mary Bichner, whose intense chamber- pop musings are a pure delight. She plays on a three-band bill at 8:30 p.m. at
the Tin Angel
, 20 S. Second St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-928-0770.
Friday & Saturday
Art rock Cabaret rockers
the Dresden Dolls
bring their punk-Weimar sound to the
Fillmore at the TLA
, 334 South St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25. Call 215-922-1011.
Jazz men It will be a local jazz summit when pianist
reunites with saxophonist
Chris' Jazz Cafe
, 1421 Sansom St., at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 and $20. Call 215-568-3131.