The cadets face off vs. the midshipmen tomorrow in the big game at the Linc - and all over town today in a series of macho prelims, including a relay up the Rocky steps (8:30 a.m.), a pull-up contest at Liberty Place (noon) and an on-deck tug-of-war (3:30 p.m.) at the Battleship New Jersey, which does not sound to us like neutral territory.
Army-Navy Game, Lincoln Financial Field, 3 p.m. tomorrow, $50-$125, ticketmaster.com; Patriot Game preliminaries various times today, free, phillylovesarmynavy.com.
At four centuries-plus, Shakespeare's best-loved pre-Xmas comedy gets an up-tempo update from venerable Pig Iron Theatre Co., set to Balkan rock by West Philadelphia Orchestra members.
FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Ave., 7 tonight, 2 and 8 p.m. tomorrow,
2 p.m. Sunday, additional performances through Dec. 22, $25-$49, 215-413-9006, pigiron.org.
'A Christmas Carol'
The content of the show may not be particularly novel, but its star certainly is: Gerald Dickens, great-great-grandson of author Charles, performs a one-man version of the Yuletide classic.
Borgata, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 4 p.m. tomorrow, $20, 866-900-4849, theborgata.com.
Vienna Boys' Choir
The famous chorus, whose lineage goes back over 500 years, sings a program of holiday music, festive works and carols.
Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 4 p.m. tomorrow, $25-$39.50, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Alan Harler leads the chorus, in its 140th season, along with the Mendelssohn Brass, organist Michael Stairs and homegrown Metropolitan Opera soprano Karen Slack, for seasonal music in honor of composer-in-residence Donald St. Pierre.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Chestnut Hill, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., 5 p.m. tomorrow, $28-$40, 215-735-9922, mcchorus.org.
The annual Christmas on Logan Square, complete with candlelight procession, features American composers' works in a "Christmas Across America" program, led by David Hayes.
Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, 1723 Race St., 3 p.m. Sunday, $15-$35, 215-751-9494, philadelphiasingers.org.
Concertmaster David Kim moves center stage to solo in Tchaikovsky's "Serenade melancolique" and "Valse-scherzo." Associate conductor Cristian Macelaru makes a last-minute podium substition with Ravel's "Rapsodie espagnole" and Stravinsky's "Petrushka."
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 2 p.m. today,
8 p.m. tomorrow, $46-$146, 215-893-1999, philorch.org.
Globe-hopping, all-female quartet serves up twangy, tangy, folk pop with guts and gusto.
Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 8:30 tonight, $15, 215-928-0978, tinangel.com.
Steamy neo-soulster celebrates "A Love Surreal," playing that "Winning Hand." With Beano, C-Young and Zeek "The Experience."
The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St., 9 tonight, $25-$30, 215-222-1234, theblockley.com.
Brilliant female quartet performs ethereal 13th-century French motets, American gospel songs and folk hymns from the late 18th to 20th centuries.
Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St.,
8 p.m. tomorrow, $20, 215-569-8080, pcmsconcerts.org.
High-pitched Pennsylvania wailer, former frontman for Saosin and Circa Survive, serves up moody, piano-centric material from his new "Young Legs" album. With Dave Davison, Psychic Babble.
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.,
8 p.m. tomorrow, $16-$22, 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.
Christine Lavin/Uncle Bonsai
Sassy New York songstress and Seattle-based super harmony trio are in full elf mode (though not always merry) for this tiptoe through the season billed "Just One Angel: Holidays on Thin Ice." It's the stage embodiment of two Lavin-produced albums of original holiday musings, among the most eccentric and entertaining out there.
Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $20, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
The Beach Boys
Well, it's parts thereof: the Mike Love/Bruce Johnston-led faction, sure to serve up some jingling, jangling tunes like "Little Saint Nick" and "Merry Christmas Baby" from their classic Cali-style set of seasonals.
Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $59.50-$69.50, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
1807 and Friends
The Wister String Quartet performs Corelli's Concerto and Delius' "Sleigh Ride," then turns to two sparkling Quartets from the repertory: Schubert's B flat, D.18 and Dvorak's heartfelt G major, Op. 106.
Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St., 7:30 p.m. Monday, $17, 215-438-4027, 1807friends.org.
One of the great backup singers (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder), immortalized in the documentary "20 Feet From Stardom," Hill unleashes her solid-gold soul pipes in two area appearances. In the WCL opening slot is Matt Cermanski, a Philly singer-songwriter and part of Team Adam on season five of "The Voice." Next night, her show mate's Kwesi K.
Upstairs at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $14, 302-994-1400, worldcafelive.com; Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $25-$39.50, 215-257-5808, st94.com.
Rap 'n' soul heartthrob, scoring very well in the latest Grammy nominee pool, headlines this previously "postponed for technical problems" show with support from the ever-romantic Miguel and club-beat-conscious singer/rapper Future. Seats still available at all levels.
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 7 p.m. Wednesday, $59.75-$109.75, 800-298-4200, comcasttix.com.
Physically impressive, artistically on-point and thoroughly fun, this fast-paced, film-refering performance by the Portland-based troupe aptly goes by, "The Cutting Room."
Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 8 tonight, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. tomorrow, $20-$55, 215-898-3900, annenbergcenter.org.
Andrew Dice Clay
His heyday happened a pair of decades ago, but the 56-year-old Diceman still dresses like a circa 1987 tough guy and dishes the 'tude to match.
Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, $43.50-$68.50, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
If you've never experienced the mono-moniker comic's Dadaist, watermelon-smashing work, you have one last chance. His farewell road trip, "Gallagher's Last Smash," hits the Shore tomorrow.
Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, Atlantic City, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $25.95-$39.50, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.
- Compiled by Jonathan Takiff,
Lauren McCutcheon, Tom Di Nardo,