Almost every December,
comes to town for a "Christmas Party," toting a sleigh-full of holiday hits. You know them all from "A Christmas Gift for You," the Phil Spector-produced holiday music landmark of the 1960s, newly reissued this season.
Veronica "Ronnie" Bennett fronted the pioneering, tough-as-nails female trio the Ronettes, who did those naughty but nice treatments of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Sleigh Ride" and "Frosty the Snowman."
Ronnie would go on to marry, divorce and famously write about her dangerously disturbed producer. Then she staged a successful comeback with help from Eddie Money (she sang on his hit "Take Me Home Tonight") and Billy Joel (who wrote "Say Goodbye to Hollywood"in her honor).
World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $35, 216-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
Here are some other holiday events this weekend, compiled by Takiff, Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson and Sara Sherr.
Tuba Christmas: Now for something completely different - and fabulous: a regalia of nearly 100 tuba, euphonium and sousaphone players, joyfully bouncing their brassy sound around the huge space. Plaza at the Kimmel Center, noon today, free, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org.
Philadelphia Singers: Annual "Christmas on Logan Square" concert, led by David Hayes. St. Clement's Church, 20th and Cherry streets, 5 p.m. today, $20-$45, 215-751-9494, philadelphiasingers.org.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Classics from the orchestra's popular album, "The Glorious Sound of Christmas" and more in this year's holiday program. The accompanying artists are the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, soprano Erin Wall and baritone Matthew Worth. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets, 7 tonight, $34-$105, 215-893-1999, www.philorch.org.
Holiday Hop: Will Cornell Gunter's Coasters dangle "Poison Ivy" or mistletoe over your heads? Will the Platters and Marvelettes sing about "The Great Pretender" and "Don't Mess with Bill," or about the big man in the red suit? Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, Sellersville, 3 and 8 p.m. today, $45, 215-257-5805, www.st94.com.
Pennsylvania Ballet: The spectacular production of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" is a welcomed annual ritual. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 7 tonight and Dec. 23; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. today; noon and 4 p.m. tomorrow and Dec. 27, 29 and 30; noon Dec. 24 and 31; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 26 and 28; $24-$129, 215-893-1999, www.paballet.org.
Punk Rock Flea Market: Still doing some last-minute Christmas shopping? Avoid the malls and get unique clothes, art, music, furniture and more from more than 130 vendors. Proceeds go to indie promoter R5 Productions. Starlite Ballroom/Club Polaris, 460 N. 9th St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow, $3, all ages, 215-821-R5R5, r5productions.com.
Procrastinator's Holiday Bazaar: Hosted by Positive Space, 30 artists from Fishtown and Kensington display glass, jewelry, paintings, prints, one-of-a-kinds, crafts and artwork. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., noon-4 p.m. tomorrow, free, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.
Punk Rock Christmas Extravaganza: Includes Violent Society, the Missile Toads (playing a set of holiday tunes) and The New Peter Fonda Experience. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 3-7 p.m. tomorrow, $6, 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com.
Holiday Jazz Special: Saxophonist Tony Williams' weekly showcase gets into the spirit of the season, augmenting his band of Philly jazz stalwarts with vocalist Doris Spears and ceding the stage for part of the night to a quintet of "young present and future jazz communicators." LaRose Social Club, 5531 Germantown Ave., 6 p.m. Monday, $12, 215-248-4415.
Piffaro: Our own Renaissance wind band's holiday programs are always unique and delightful, and this one celebrates the wealth of holiday music performed in Renaissance Spain. St. Mark's, 1625 Locust St., 8 tonight, $15-$35, 215-235-8467, www.piffaro.com.
Peter Nero and the Philly Pops: Nero's "Holiday Pops" is a surefire audience pleaser. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 2 p.m. today, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $27-$104, 215-893-1999, www.phillypops.org.