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Weekend Picks: See a Broadway legend, run with drunk Santas and more


All for art

The Main Line Art Center Members Annual Exhibition offers works including paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints, and ceramics for sale. Standouts include drawings by comic artist Asher Humm, pottery by Kay Moon, and abstracts by Adam Levin. The show opens with a reception on Friday and runs to Jan. 4 at the center, 746 Panmure Rd. Haverford. Time: Reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday; gallery hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Admission is free. Information: 610-525-0272.

On the beat

The innovative tap collective Take It Away Dance performs percussive works by Pam Hetherington, with music by Murmuration and vocals by Dena Underwood, at the Glass Factory, 1517 North Bailey St. Times: 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 per show.


Star of stage

Tony Award-winner and Illinois native Christine Ebersole performs her cabaret show Big Noise from Winnetka, with an eclectic range of songs by Stevie Nicks, Burt Bacharach and Hal David,  Ashford and Simpson, and Joni Mitchell, among others, at the McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $70. Information: 609-258-2787.

Run, Santas, Run!

Boozy fun run goes bar to bar in Northern Liberties, making spirits bright, at the annual Running of the Santas. Bro band Mr. Greengenes reunites to headline the concert lineup. Bands and DJs at Lolie's Ale House (a/k/a the South Pole, 3rd and Willow Street) and Electric Factory (the North Pole, 7th and Willow Street). Santas run from South to North Pole at 5 p.m. Time: 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$60, free for spectators.


Songs of cheer

The marvelous singer Mary Ellen Desmond is joined by saxophonist Larry McKenna, pianist Tom Lawton, bassist Lee Smith, and drummer Dan Monaghan for her annual benefit Comfort and Joy holiday jazz concert at the Church of Saint Luke and the Epiphany, 330 S. 13th St. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $20; $10 seniors and students; benefits the Saint Luke's Hospitality Center and the Fikelela AIDS Project of South Africa. Information: 215-253-7915.

Off the radio

So, Philly Boy Roy is coming home. The radio comedy duo Scharpling & Wurster (TV producer Tom Scharpling and indie-rock drummer Jon Wurster), are best known for the online parody The Best Show, which features a motley crew of callers such as the two-inch racist Timmy Von Trimble, Tornado Todd (the "Miracle Man from Missouri"), some bass-player named Gene Simmons, and, of course, that Philly Boy, the expert on all things Fluffyan. They perform live at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Information:215-232-2100.