Time to shop
We generally wait until the last minute to finish our Christmas shopping, but this year may be different, with the University City Arts League Craft Show and Sale. The show features handmade, one-of-a-kind creations by 30 local artists, including handbags by Julie Lange, custom silk scarves by Anne Foresman, all-natural products by Soapbox Holistics, plus clothing, jewelry, pottery, and more. Go shopping at the league, 4226 Spruce St., noon to 6 p.m Sunday, 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. Admission is free. Call 215-382-7811.
In Lydia R. Diamond's drama Stick Fly, two brothers take their girlfriends to their family's summer home in Martha's Vineyard, and sparks erupt. The show goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St., and continues with performances at 7 p.m. Tuesday, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $36 to $48. Call 215-922-1122.
The estimable Pig Iron Theatre Company presents its raucous version of Shakespeare's antic, subversive comedy Twelfth Night with a performance at 2 p.m. Sunday at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., and continuing with shows at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $59. Call 215-413-1318.
For anyone who grew up in the 1960s, the name Allan Sherman brings to mind the hiccuping strains of Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours, but with the lyrics, "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah." Hard to believe the great song parodist's biggest hit is 50 years old. But it wasn't the portly comic's only achievement - he helped create the game show I've Got a Secret, had several hit records, won a Grammy, discovered Bill Cosby, and befriended President John F. Kennedy before his career began to flounder in the late '60s. Author Mark Cohen discusses his biography of the satirist, Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, at 2 p.m. at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Fifth and Market Streets. Tickets are $8. Call 215-923-3811.
It's the 10th anniversary of jazz singer Mary Ellen Desmond's annual benefit concert. She performs, along with the fine tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna, at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany, 330 S. 13th St. Tickets are $20; $10 seniors and students, and it benefits AIDS outreach. Call 215-732-1918.
The essential 1812 Productions reflects on the headlines of 2013 in the satirical revue That Was the Year That Was at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St., at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $25. Call 215-592-9560.
Lift every voice
The program A Soulful Christmas Shout for Joy! features the sensational Melba Moore, along with a quintet of choirs - Enon Tabernacle, Bright Hope Baptist, Arch Street Presbyterian, High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and the J. Donald Dumpson Singers - performing carols and spirituals at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $25 to $45. Call 215-893-1999.
There's no better way to celebrate the season than with the Brooklyn honky-tonk, Western-swing outfit the Sweetback Sisters, powered by the spot-on harmonies of Emily Miller and Zara Bode. They perform their Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. Tickets are $10. Call 215-739-9684.
Pianist Robert Levin performs an all-Mozart recital at 8 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.
Conductor Sarah Hicks leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in selections from its CD The Glorious Sound of Christmas at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $48 to $124. Call 215-893-1999.
Friday & Saturday
The dynamite Finger Lakes country-rock combo Donna the Buffalo plays at Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30. Call 610-649-8389. . . . Cardiologist and singer-songwriter Suzie Brown sings from the heart on a double bill with Scot Sax at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St., at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12. Call 215-928-0978.