Theater

Professional/semi-professional

Age of Arousal

Set in 1885, five Victorian women pursue a new age where erotic freedom reigns supreme. Closes 1/6. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824.

» READ MORE: www.wilmatheater.org

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$37-$52.

Ain't Misbehavin'

A journey through the Fats Waller songbook & Harlem in its heyday. Closes 12/31. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700.

. $40-$55.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Walnut's troupe of actors puts a theatrical spin on Dickens' enduring tale. Closes 12/20. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550;

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$14; $12 children.

A Child's Christmas in Wales

Based on short story by Dylan Thomas. Closes 12/9. DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley; 610-282-3192.

» READ MORE: www.desales.edu

. $18-$27.

A Christmas Carol

Scrooge finds himself face-to-face with three ghosts of Christmas. Closes 12/30. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211,

» READ MORE: www.hedgerowtheatre.org

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$10-$22.

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

Disgruntled deer accuse Santa of inappropriate conduct. Closes 12/29. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210.

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$21 includes one drink.

An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf

Dark comedy about an American living in Paris who contemplates life & unrequited love at his restaurant. Closes 12/9. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122,

» READ MORE: www.ardentheatre.org

. $27-$45.

Greater Tuna

Two actors, playing twenty classic characters, create a Texas tall tale. Closes 12/30. Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

. $28.

Hate Mail

Tells the story of Preston, a spoiled rich kid who meets his match in Dahlia, an angst-filled artist. Closes 12/9. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-654-0200;

» READ MORE: www.act2.org

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$30-$40.

It's a Wonderful Life

Forge Theatre presents this adaptation of the classic Frank Capra holiday flick starring Jimmy Stewart. Closes 12/15. Forge Theatre, 241 1st Ave., Phoenixville; 610-935-1920.

» READ MORE: www.forgetheatre.org

. $12; $10 youth under 18.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Rock musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice based on the biblical story of Joseph, whose brothers sold him into slavery. Closes 12/30. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100,

» READ MORE: www.mediatheatre.org

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$22-$39.

Menopause The Musical

Hilarious celebration of women & "the change." Closes 5/20. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210.

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$45.

The Seven Year Itch

An American comedy classic best known for its film adaptation by Billy Wilder. Closes 12/8. Montgomery Theater, 124 Main St., Souderton; 215-723-9984.

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$12.

Striking 12

Wacky rewiring of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Match Girl.' Closes 12/31. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700.

. $40-$55.

This Is The Week That Is

1812 Productions presents this politics-themed comedy show that's re-written frequently to keep up with current events. Closes 1/13. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-569-7900.

» READ MORE: www.1812productions.org

. $12-$34.

Treasure Island - A Panto

Set sail for a boisterous romp across the seas of slapstick & swashbuckling adventure. Closes 12/30. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500.

» READ MORE: www.peopleslight.org

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$29.

Vieux Carre

Rarely-produced masterpiece by Tennessee Williams. 215-552-8773 for tickets. Closes 12/22. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.; 215-552-8773.

» READ MORE: www.egopo.org

. $28; $25 students & seniors.

Winter Musicale

Annual production featuring holiday tunes of the past & present. Closes 12/23. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-6664.

» READ MORE: www.brtstage.org

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$29; $10 students.

Family theater

A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Bruce Graham from the novel by Charles Dickens. Closes 12/30. Mum Puppettheatre, 115 Arch St.; 215-925-7686.

» READ MORE: www.mumpuppet.org

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$25-$35. Note: For ages 8 & over. There are scary ghosts & the theater is very dark on a few occasions.

Comet, the Fifth Reindeer

Meet the other "flying sled guide." Closes 12/29. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100;

» READ MORE: www.mediatheatre.org

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$10; $9 seniors; $8 children. 12/8 11 am.

Home for the Holidays

Holiday revue featuring 20 classic songs performed in the setting of a Victorian home. Closes 12/8. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 302-652-5577.

» READ MORE: www.grandopera.org

. $35; $30 seniors; $25 children under 12. 12/7-12/8 7:30 pm.

Miracle on 34th Street

Tender & charming Christmas classic. Closes 12/9. MCCC - Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor; 609-570-3333,

» READ MORE: www.kelseytheatre.net

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$12; $10 seniors, students & children.

Peter Pan: The High Flying Broadway Musical

J.M. Barrie's beloved tale of lost boys, Indian maidens & pirate rogues. Closes 1/6. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550;

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$10-$67.50.

Sleeping Beauty

Modernization of the classic tale. The tale of an evil witch, a princess & her friends. Closes 1/27. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122,

» READ MORE: www.ardentheatre.org

. $26-$30; $18-$22 youth 13-17; $14-$16 children 12 & under.

Tiny Tim's Christmas

Based on Dickens' classic holiday tale, but without the ghosts young children may find frightening. Closes 12/29. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211,

» READ MORE: www.hedgerowtheatre.org

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$10; $8 children.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Shadows, puppets & masked actors. Closes 12/30. Mum Puppettheatre, 115 Arch St.; 215-925-7686.

» READ MORE: www.mumpuppet.org

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$15.

Community theater

Arsenic & Old Lace

Comedy about wicked, kind, charming & diabolical old ladies. 610-395-7671 for info & reservations. Closes 12/16. McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown. events.mccoolesredlioninn.com. $16; $14 seniors; $8 students.

A Christmas Carol

Dickens' classic tale gets full Broadway treatment. Closes 12/22. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139,

. $16-$18.

A Christmas Story

Comedy based on the classic holiday film. Closes 12/15. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; 866-811-4111;

» READ MORE: www.pcstheater.org

. $22; $10 students.

Into the Woods

The Actors' Group presents Stephen Sondheim's fairy-tale musical. Closes 12/8. Fox Chase Elementary School, 500 Rhawn St.; 215-742-7753.

» READ MORE: www.theactorsgroup.org

. $6; $5 seniors; $4 children. 12/7-12/8 7:30 pm.

Light Sensitive

Play by Jim Geoghan. Closes 12/9. The Playmasters, State Rd., Bensalem; 215-245-7850.

» READ MORE: www.playmasters.org

. $10.

Mother Hicks

Touching drama by award-winning playwright Suzan Zeder. 215-642-0233. Closes 12/9. Narberth Community Theatre, 206 Price Ave., Narberth.

. $15; $10 seniors.

Scrooge, the Musical

Musical version of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol.' Closes 12/22. The Ritz Theatre Co., 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Twp.; 856-858-5230.

» READ MORE: www.ritztheatreco.org

. $15-$18.

The Wizard of Oz

Follow Dorothy as she is "swept up" on quite an adventure. Closes 12/30. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn; Reservations recommended: 215-659-8550;

» READ MORE: www.storybookmusical.org

. $12; $10 children.

Dinner theater

Black Nativity

Langston Hughes' Gospel musical. Closes 12/9. Evelyn Graves Dinner Theatre, 1115 Whitby Ave., Yeadon; Reservations required: 215-727-7796.

. $45 includes dinner.

A Deadly Briefcase

Interactive "whodunit" features comedy, romance, intrigue & murder. Closes 3/29. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Reservations required: 215-925-8880.

» READ MORE: www.bistroromano.com

. $42.95 includes hors d'oeuvres & four-course dinner.

Hello Dolly

Musical that turned the scheming woman into a lovable heroine. Closes 12/23. New Candlelight Theatre, 2208 Millers Rd., Ardentown; 302-475-2313.

. $47; $30 children Thu.-Fri. & Sun. only.

Here's Killing You, Kid!

Dinner & a murder mystery that spoofs film noir. Reservations required: 215-794-4051. Closes 12/29. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska;

» READ MORE: www.peddlersvillage.com

. $44.95.

A Sentimental Journey

Live recreation of a 1940's radio broadcast. Contact Mainstage at 856-227-3091 or

» READ MORE: www.mainstage.org

. Closes 12/7. Paris Caterers at the Palace, 109 Black Horse Pike, Blackwood. $40.

Classical Music

Orchestral

Lansdowne Symphony Youth & Holiday Concert

With a guest performance by the Upper Darby High School Concert Choir. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill; Reservations required: 610-622-1189.

» READ MORE: www.udpac.org

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$15; $12 seniors; $5 students. 12/9 3 pm.

Peter Nero & the Philly Pops: Holiday POPS!

Seasonal classics, gospel music & ballet dancers ring in the Holday season with the Pops. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999,

» READ MORE: www.phillypops.org

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$26-$100. 12/9 1 pm. 12/12 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Beethoven's 'Emperor'

Pianist Helene Grimaud plays Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto. Varese & Ravel. James Conlon conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philorch.org

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$10-$123. 12/7 2 pm. 12/8 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Pappano Conducts Rachmaninoff

Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philorch.org

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$10-$123. 12/13 8 pm.

*FREE*

Swarthmore College Orchestra

Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-8200; 610-328-8535.

» READ MORE: www.swarthmore.edu

. 12/8 8 pm.

*FREE*

Tri-County Band: Holiday Concert

Community band plays holiday favorites, novelty numbers & marches. Also a carol sing-along & visit from Santa. Council Rock High School South, 2002 Rock Way, Holland; 215-944-1100. 12/7 8 pm.

Upper Darby Sousa Band: A Victorian Christmas Dinner Concert

Christmas music, sing-along, dinner & a visit from Santa. Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center, Drexelbrook Dr. & Valley Rd., Drexel Hill; 610-623-2072.

. $50; $35 children. 12/9 6:30 pm.

Chamber music/Recitals

1807 & Friends: Rachmaninoff, Borodin & Shostakovich

String Quartets by Rachmaninoff, Borodin & Shostakovich. Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St.; 215 438-4027. astro.temple.edu/~rgreene/1807. $17. 12/10 7:30 pm.

*FREE*

Astral Philadelphia: Marian Anderson Prize Winners' Recital

Winners of the Marian Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists will perform. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; Tickets required: 215-735-6999,

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12/7 7:30 pm.

*FREE*

Bi-College Ensembles: Fall Chamber Music Concerts

Goodhart Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-526-5210.

» READ MORE: www.brynmawr.edu

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12/12 7:30 pm.

Brandywine Celtic Harp Orchestra: A Brandywine Harp Christmas

Sacred & traditional music for the holiday season. St. Michael Lutheran Church, 109 E. Doe Run Rd., Unionville; 610-347-1696.

» READ MORE: www.brandywineharps.com

. Donation suggested: $5; $2 children under 12. 12/9 3 pm.

*FREE*

Fetter Chamber Music Concert

Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-8200; 610-328-8535.

» READ MORE: www.swarthmore.edu

. 12/7 8 pm. 12/10 8 pm.

*FREE*

Gamelan Semara Santi

Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-8200; 610-328-8535.

» READ MORE: www.swarthmore.edu

. 12/9 8 pm.

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society: Curtis Chamber Orchestra

Faure, Mozart & Debussy. Anthony McGill, Clarinet soloist. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080.

» READ MORE: www.pcmsconcerts.org

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» READ MORE: www.pcmsconcerts.org

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$22. 12/9 3 pm.

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society: Guarneri Quartet

All-Beethoven program. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 215-569-8080,

» READ MORE: www.pcmsconcerts.org

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» READ MORE: www.pcmsconcerts.org

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$22.50. 12/11 8 pm.

*FREE*

Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble: Bells!

Handbell choir performs Christmas music. Trinity Lutheran Church, 19 S. Fifth St., Perkasie; 215-257-6801.

» READ MORE: www.trinityperkasie.org

. 12/9 4 pm.

South Jersey Bassoon Ensemble

Classical, jazz, swing, tango & "barnyard.". Perkins Center for the Arts, 395 Kings Hwy., Moorestown; 856-235-6488.

» READ MORE: www.perkinscenter.org

. $8-$12. 12/9 4 pm.

*FREE*

VFCC Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Choir & Handbell Choir

Students from Valley Forge Christian College perform. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228.

. 12/9 2 pm.

Opera/Choral

A Cappella Pops: Nothin' But Cheer/The NorrisTones

St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley, 2495 Saint Peters Rd., Malvern; 610-935-0657,

. $15. 12/9 3 pm.

Academy of Vocal Arts:: An Evening of Russian Romances

Opera selections & other vocal works from Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Gliere & more. Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St.; 215-735-1685.

» READ MORE: www.avaopera.com

. $47; $38 seniors; $20 students. 12/11 7:30 pm. 12/13 7:30 pm.

Amici Opera Company: Un Giorno di Regno (King for a Day)

Verdi's second opera. The Garden Church, 82 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; 215-224-0257.

» READ MORE: www.thegardenchurch.org

. $22; $20 students, seniors & advance purchase; $10 children under 12. 12/9 2:30 pm.

Bach Choir of Bethlehem: The Christmas Story

Works by Bach, Buxtehude & Schutz. Greg Funfgeld conducts. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-866-4382,

» READ MORE: www.bach.org

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» READ MORE: www.bach.org

. $33. Pre-concert recital 7:30 pm. 12/10 8 pm.

*FREE*

BCCC Concert Choir

Call 215-968-8088 for info. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown; 215-968-8000.

» READ MORE: www.bucks.edu

. 12/11 7:30 pm.

Chamber Arts Guild Chorus: This is Christmas!

Holiday favorites from the Renaissance to jazz. Lenape Middle School, 313 W. State St., Doylestown; 215-598-7499.

» READ MORE: www.chamberartsguild.org

. $10; $8 students & seniors. 12/8 7 pm.

*FREE*

Chamber Singers of Haverford & Bryn Mawr Colleges: Holiday Concert

Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; 610-896-1333. 12/13 8 pm.

Chester County Choral Society: Handel's Messiah

Parts I & seasonal selections with professional soloists & chamber ensemble. West Chester United Methodist Church, 129 S. High St., West Chester; 610-692-5256. chestercountychoralsociety.org. Donations accepted. 12/8 7:30 pm. Ardmore Presbyterian Church, 5 W. Montgomery Ave., Ardmore; 610-642-6650. Donations accepted. 12/9 4 pm.

ChildrenSong of New Jersey: Holiday Garland

Children's choir presents Christmas & Hanukkah favorites & more. St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 230 N. Evergreen Ave., Woodbury; 856-216-1140,

» READ MORE: www.childrensong.org

. $10 advance; $12 day of show; $7 students & seniors; free for children under 12. 12/8 7 pm. First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield; 856-216-1140,

» READ MORE: www.childrensong.org

. $10 advance; $12 day of show; $7 students & seniors; free for children under 12. 12/9 3 pm.

*FREE*

Gloucester County Children's Choir: Winter Concert

Seasonal selections. Reception follows. St. James Lutheran Church, 400 Columbia Ave., Pitman; 856-589-1180.

» READ MORE: www.saintjamespitman.org

. 12/9 4 pm.

*FREE*

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chorale

Marshall Auditorium, Roberts Hall, Haverford; 610-896-1011.

. 12/9 3 pm.

Joyful Noise Chorus

Talented chorus of 30 adults who have physical & neurological challenges. Voorhees Town Center, Burnt Mill & Somerdale Rd.

. Donations accepted. 12/11 7 pm.

Marcella Kochanska-Sembrich Female Chorus: Christmas Concert

Polish & English Christmas Carols followed by reception. Associated Polish Home, 9150 Academy Rd.; 214-633-0560. polishhomephiladelphia.com. $10; free for children under 12. 12/9 3 pm.

Philadelphia Chamber Chorus: Fortress of Beauty

Holiday concert with works by Mendelssohn, Finzi & Allaway. Philadelphia Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut St.; 610-352-3565,

. $20 advance; $24 day of event; $20 students & seniors. 12/9 4 pm.

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus: Fruitcake & Other Holiday Delights

Sacred & secular holiday choral music. Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut Street at 21st St.; 215-731-9230, 877-462-7464,

» READ MORE: www.pgmc.org

. $20-$30. 12/7-12/8 8 pm.

Shades of Harmony Sweet Adeline Chorus: Holiday Show

'The Little Snowman.' Joined by the Here Comes Treble & Born to Sing choruses. Pfeiffer Community Center, 301 Blue Bell Rd., Williamstown; 856-513-0923. $5; $3 children under 12. 12/7 7 pm.

Sing Along Messiah

Bring a score & sing selections from this holiday favorite. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.kimmelcenter.org

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$20. 12/7 7:30 pm.

University Choral Society: Mozart's 'Grand Mass in C Minor'

Conducted by William Parberry. Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.; 215-898-6244.

» READ MORE: www.pennpresents.org

. $5. 12/7 8 pm.

Wayne Oratorio Society: Vaughan Williams & Pinkham

Wayne Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; 610-688-8700.

» READ MORE: www.waynepres.org

. Donations accepted. 12/8-12/9 7:30 pm.

Dance

Brandywine Ballet: Nutcracker

Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Phillips Memorial Bldg., West Chester; 610-696-2711;

» READ MORE: www.brandywineballet.com

. $20-$35. 12/8 2 pm. 12/9 2 pm.

ChoreoProject 29

Stockton Performing Arts Center, Jimmy Leeds Rd., Pomona; 609-652-9000,

» READ MORE: www.stockton.edu/pac

. $8; $6 students & seniors. 12/7-12/8 7:30 pm. 12/9 3 pm.

ContempraDance Theatre: Philly-Nutt-Crak-Up

Spoof of 'The Nutcracker' featuring a blend of hip-hop, jazz & ballet dancing. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228.

. $12; $10 children. 12/8 2 pm.

Folklore Project: Flamenco Encuentro & Germaine Ingram Ensemble

Folklore Project presents a night of flamenco & jazz tap. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.; 215-925-9914.

» READ MORE: www.folkloreproject.org

. $20. 12/8 8 pm.

Jose Limon Dance Company

One of the oldest modern dance companies in the country, blending classic & cutting-edge choreography. Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-3900;

» READ MORE: www.limon.org

. $29-$46. 12/7 8 pm. 12/8 2 & 8 pm.

Koresh Dance Company Artist Showcase

The Koresh Dance Company presents a showcase of family friendly repertoire. Koresh Dance Company, 2020 Chestnut St.; 215-751-0959.

» READ MORE: www.koreshdance.org

. $10. 12/8-12/9 6 & 8 pm.

*FREE*

Merian Soto: One Year Wissahickon Park Project

Creative research project shaping a number of performance experiences in nature. Wissahickon Valley Park, 300 Northwestern Ave.; 215-685-9285.

» READ MORE: www.fairmountpark.org

. 12/9 10:30 am.

Philadanco

Renowned modern dance group. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philadanco.org

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$34-$46. 12/13-12/14 7:30 pm.

*FREE*

Rhythm N Motion

Tri-college dance organization motivated by the rhythms of the African Diaspora. Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-8200; 610-328-8535.

» READ MORE: www.swarthmore.edu

. 12/8 7 pm.

Tabula Rasa: A Blank Slate for Innovative Choreography

Pieces by WCU faculty, guests & select student choreographers. West Chester University Performing Arts Center, University Ave., West Chester; 610-236-2266.

» READ MORE: www.wcupa.edu/CVPA

. $12; $8 seniors & students. 12/7 8 pm. 12/8 2 & 8 pm.

Other performances

Cirque Dreams

Two act extravaganza, filled with circus acrobatics & pyrotechnic wizardry. Commerce Bank Arts Centre, 519 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd., Sewell; 856-256-8660.

» READ MORE: www.sjlivearts.com

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$45-$55. 12/13 7:30 pm.

Puppet Uprising's 8th Annual Year-End Cabaret & Art Bazaar

Seven short puppet shows, live music & a holiday craft fair. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; 215-573-3234. foundationarts.org.

Donations accepted. 12/7-12/8 7:30 pm.