Daily News picks for what to see and do the weekend of 12/16-12/18
MUSIC A VINEYARDS CHRISTMAS Go through the gates into Crossing Vineyards, and it's almost like you've dropped out of the Bucks County 'burbs and landed in Napa, Calif. The picturesque vineyard celebrates the holidays with a Ho-Ho Holiday Concert & Sing-Along featuring local duo Tradin' Eights. Refreshments will be served.
A VINEYARDS CHRISTMAS
Go through the gates into Crossing Vineyards, and it's almost like you've dropped out of the Bucks County 'burbs and landed in Napa, Calif. The picturesque vineyard celebrates the holidays with a Ho-Ho Holiday Concert & Sing-Along featuring local duo Tradin' Eights. Refreshments will be served.
Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, 7:30-9:30 tonight, $40, 215-493-6500, Ext. 19 or www.crossingvineyards.com.
AMERICA THE TUNEFUL
Seventies pop hit machine America applies its singular vocal blend to tunes of the season with the Holiday Harmony Tour. Remaining members Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley are in fine voice and sprinkle their holly, jolly set list with blasts from their hit-filled past. Be sure to get there for opener Jim Messina, a significant '70s (and '60s) pop music maker as a member of Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Loggins and Messina. He still sounds great, too.
Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $49.50, $59.50, $65.50, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com.
BANDS FROM BERKS
Hitch up your suspenders for a strummy night of bluegrass and country that's fiddled with blues, jams, alt, jazz, folk and even comedy and R&B, as three Berks County bands come on down to do their thing in the big city: Frog Holler, the Wallace Brothers Band and the Manatawny Creek Ramblers.
Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
HORNS OF PLENTY
Horn-playing hams will convene on Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center tomorrow for "TubaChristmas," the annual blow-along in which amateur horn players - tuba, sousaphone and euphonium - join together to perform songs of the season. The event has proven so popular that there will be two concerts this year, each limited to the first 100 performers. If you want to participate, email Jay Krush at email@example.com and register for either Concert No. 1 (1:30 p.m.) or Concert No. 2 (5 p.m.) (After 100 responses, a waiting list will form.) It costs $5 to play, but the music is free for the listening public.
Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St., tomorrow. Concert No. 1: 9 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. rehearsal and 1:30 p.m. performance; Concert No. 2: 2 p.m. registration, 3 p.m. rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. performance. Info: 215-790-5800, kimmelcenter.org.
Jackie Evancho, who, as a 10-year-old last year captured the hearts and ears of millions on "America's Got Talent," tomorrow brings her "Heavenly Christmas" show to Trump Taj Mahal Hotel Casino. Since her "Talent" stint, the young singer has released three CDs, including the full-length "Dream With Me" and "Heavenly Christmas." She was recently named Billboard magazine's top Classical Albums Artist of 2011.
Taj Mahal, Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, 7:30 p.m., $95, $75 and $45, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.
UKES AND YUKS
The Ukuladies, four musically inclined gals from one big family in Regina, Saskatchewan, will sing, dance, and crack wise to prompt giggles and guffaws from kids young and old. Sponsored by PNC as part of its "Grow Up Great" initiative to prepare children for success in school, The Ukuladies make music on fiddles, spoons, coconuts, a toy piano and, of course, ukuleles of many sizes and shapes.
Commonwealth Plaza, Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St., 11 a.m. tomorrow, free, kimmelcenter.org.
The Diggity Dudes, Richmond, Va.,-based new kids on the kiddie music block, come to the Peanut Butter & Jams series at the World Cafe Live tomorrow. Their kidcentric tunes pinpoint elementary school obsessions (who's going to be the line leader today?) and will make parents smile too, when they sing a ditty like this one about literature:
Make up a story That's Fiction
Tell The Truth Non Fiction
It's Got a monster!! That's Fiction
Recipe for Chicken Soup Non Fiction
Bet you'll leave the show with their CD "My Science Project."
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 11:30 a.m. tomorrow (doors open at 11 a.m.), $10 adults, $7 kids, under 1 free. 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.org.
Handel's "Messiah" will be performed countless times during the Christmas season, but none is likely to be more moving and majestic than Sunday evening's performance at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The Wilberforce University Choir from Ohio, who will perform at the White House tonight, is joining Mother Bethel's Cathedral Choir and Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church Choir to fill the historic church with the sound of more than 100 voices. The concert will be led by Mother Bethel's music director M. Barry Currington.
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 419 S. 6th St., 6 p.m. Sunday, free. Info: 215-925-0616.
See "Noel and Gertie" at the Walnut Street Theatre tonight and enjoy a "marvelous party," complete with cucumber-infused "No Coward" martinis to mark the 112th anniversary of playwright Noel Coward's birth. The cocktails, compliments of Bluecoat Gin, will be served during intermission in the lobby of the Independence Studio on 3 to patrons over 21. "Noel and Gertie" is a musical revue celebrating the friendship between playwright Coward and actress and muse Gertrude Lawrence.
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 7:30 tonight, $30, 215-574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org.
- Laurie Conrad and Chuck Darrow contributed to this calendar