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

Greater Tuna

, 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. . . .

Brat Productions

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

the RiverRink

, 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

Ken Fink

, and comedian

Michael Rosman

. 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,

The Nutcracker

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

Calvary Church

, 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

Sunkoo Yuh

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

Art Alliance

, 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

Bckseet Productions'

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

Modern Man

("Filling the void between the Three Tenors and the Three Stooges"), but the draw for us is the fabulously talented country-rocker

Christy Jefferson

, 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. . . .

Box Five

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

Uri Caine

reunites with saxophonist

Bootsie Barnes

and trumpeter

John Swana


Chris' Jazz Cafe

, 1421 Sansom St., at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 and $20. Call 215-568-3131.

A complete guide to events in the region over the coming weekend will appear in the Weekend section in Friday's Inquirer. Send notices of events for "7 Days" to Michael Harrington at