Rock to the Future.
Students from Rock to the Future, an after-school program that provides Philadelphia School District students opportunities to learn a musical instrument and get help with schoolwork at no cost, will perform their first holiday concert at Fishtown's Atonement Lutheran Church, 1542 E. Montgomery Ave. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Saturday; a $5 donation is suggested, and refreshments will be served. Information: 610-416-6742;
» READ MORE: www.rocktothefuturephilly.org
- Rachel Gouk
Kwanzaa Garden Party. One Love presents a Heal Thyself Garden Party event for Kwanzaa, featuring the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, cultural and healing vendors, and entertainment. The annual celebration will include belly-dancing performances by Zen Aura, a soul healing demonstration by Wazir El, and reggae music by Timi Tanzania. An African hair and fashion show will be presented by Empress Nnweyna and African Unique Expressions. Information about the benefits of nontraditional health-care choices will be offered. Noon-8 p.m. Saturday at Union Hall, 1310 Wallace St. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the door; children 12 and under free. Information: 302-538-3262; www.healthyselfgardenparty.com.
- Rachel Gouk
New this week: The King's Speech
**** Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush star in this rousing Odd Couple comedy, drawn from real life, about King George VI, a stutterer, and his speech therapist.
(profanity, but otherwise family-friendly for those 12 and older).
- Carrie Rickey
Rock-and-roll street-poetry brothers-in-arms Jesse Malin and Marah are teaming up for a sudsy Christmas-show jaunt. The "It Came Upon a Midnight Beer" tour comes to the World Cafe Live on Sunday. Dobro marvel Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner is also on the bill. It's a Toys for Tots fund-raiser. Santa hats will be worn, eggnog will be quaffed, and both Malin and Marah (which, these days, means Conshohocken native Dave Bielanko without brother Serge) will rock out with a mix of non-holiday originals plus lots of holiday tunes, several of which undoubtedly will be pulled from Marah's joyous 2005 collection A Christmas Kind of Town. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets: $19. Information: 215-222-1400,
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- Dan DeLuca