Christmas favorites The
presents Balanchine's version of
at noon and 4 p.m. at
the Academy of Music
, Broad and Locust Streets, and continues with shows on a varied schedule to Dec. 31. Tickets are $29 to $150. Call 215-893-1999. . . . Conductor
the Philadelphia Orchestra
, with soloists
Laura Vlasak Nolen
, tenor, and
, baritone, at 2 p.m. at
the Kimmel Center's
Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $49 to $105. Call 215-893-1999. . . .
the Ama Deus Ensemble
the 1749 Covent Garden version of Handel's Messiah
at 4 p.m. at
220 S. Valley Rd., Paoli. Tickets are $25; $10 for students. Call 610-688-2800.
What's a mother to do?
In her one-woman show
25 Questions for a Jewish Mother
looks at motherhood from her distinctive perspectives as a conservative Jew, a lesbian, and a single mother of two boys. The
Philadelphia Theatre Company
production goes on at 3 p.m. today at
the Suzanne Roberts Theatre
, Broad and Lombard, and continues with shows at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $49. Call 215-985-0420.
It's the nature of the newspaper business that we often find ourselves working on Christmas Eve, and an annual tradition is a colleague's sojourn around the newsroom reciting George Bailey's back-to-life greetings from
It's a Wonderful Life
("Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!"). You can see the whole story in Joe Landry's on-stage radio adaptation at 3:30 p.m. today at the
Prince Music Theater
, 1412 Chestnut St., and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $35 and $45. Call 215-569-9700. . . .
A Tuna Christmas
revisits the Texas town where Nativity scenes feature life-size statues of Bing Crosby and Natalie Wood and the local pageant is a disaster area. The show goes on at 7:30 p.m. today at
the Walnut Street Theatre's
Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to Jan. 4. Tickets are $30. Call 215-574-3550.
Those old houses
discusses his book
Houses of Philadelphia - Chestnut Hill and the Wissahickon Valley 1880-1930
at 6 p.m. at
the AIA Center for Architecture
, 1218 Arch St. Admission is free. Call 215-546-1146.
Seventeen soloists from the acclaimed
Academy of Vocal Arts
perform works by Prokofiev, Borodin, Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky at the
AVA's Warden Theater
, 1920 Spruce St., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Tickets are $23; $15 for students. Call 215-735-1685.
A view of the stars
Photographs of artists and celebrities including Pablo Picasso, Miles Davis, Simone de Beauvoir, Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren are among those in
Saving Face: Portraits from the Collection of Robert Infarinato
Michener Art Museum
, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, to March 15. Admission is $6.50; $6 for seniors; $4 for students. Call 215-340-9800.
Miro Dance Theatre
looks at the intersection of physics and dance in their new work-in-
. Members of the company visited Fermilab west of Chicago, where they learned about quantum physics to prepare for the work, in which dancers use the behavior of subatomic particles as the basis for choreography. Miro directors
discuss their work at 6:30 p.m. at
, Girard and Corinthian Avenues. Admission is free. Call 215-962-4773.
Scrooge, et al
the Curio Theatre's
A Christmas Carol
draws on accounts of Charles Dickens' public readings to present a one-man performance. The show goes on at 7 p.m. Thursday at
, 4740 Baltimore Ave., and continues on a Thursday-to-Saturday schedule to Jan. 4. Tickets are $10 to $22. Call 215-525-1350.
Word and music
The New York-based pianist
at one time taught high school (where one of her students was Alicia Keys). These days, she's performing her mix of jazz and poetry, as she will at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at
the Clef Club
, 738 S. Broad St. Tickets are $15. Call 215-893-9912.
Friday & Saturday
The Hopper Brothers, a hit and the Philly Fringe, are at the center of the holiday show presented by short-form improv virtuosos
the N Crowd
the Actors Center,
257 N. Third St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10. Call 215-253-4276
, the annual gathering of hundreds (well, maybe 50, but it seems like more) of tubists for a concert of holiday tunes. This year's extravaganza is at
the Kimmel Center's
Commonwealth Plaza, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call 215-893-1999.
Marvin's the man
presents a holiday gala at
Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center
, 130 Tomlinson Mill Rd., Marlton, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $65. Call 856-983-3366.