Silent New Year's Eve
There's no shortage of parties for New Year's Eve, but this one's a little different. At the Theatre of Living Arts' silent party, partygoers will be given headphones and can pick among various DJs' lineups for the music they want to dance to, rather than hearing it through loudspeakers. The more expensive ticket options include an open bar.
9 p.m. Theatre of Living Arts, Fourth and South Streets, $30 to $60, 215-922-1011, venue.tlaphilly.com
The Mummers Parade
This one's been going on for nearly 120 years, so you know what to expect. For 2018, the performance spots are 15th and Market Streets, Broad and Sansom Streets (String Bands), Broad and Pine Streets (Fancies, Wenches, Comics, and Fancy Brigades), and Broad and Carpenter Streets. The Broad and Pine location is a new performance stop this year. The website features projected start times for the full lineup.
9 a.m. along Broad Street, free, phillymummers.com
Tiny Titans at the Academy of Natural Sciences
The between-holidays week that begins Sunday is a good opportunity — and those are dwindling — to catch the musuem's Tiny Titans exhibit about baby dinosaurs, which closes Jan. 15. Museumgoers can check out dinosaur specimens, make dinosaur-themed crafts, and explore the full-size dinosaurs around the Academy of Natural Sciences, too. Staying with the reptilian theme, the academy will open its next big exhibit, Crocs, in February.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th and Race Streets, $19.95, 215-299-1000, ansp.org
Songwriter William Orchard, who got his start in the Providence. R.I., music scene, performs under this unwieldy moniker. His music features childlike lyrics and themes of magic, accompanied by guitar and electronic elements.
7:30 p.m., Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, 12th and Brandywine Streets, $10, 267-519-9651, philamoca.org
Not a lot of working comics have raised six kids (two of her own, plus her sister's four). We're guessing any heckler on Earth would be a relative piece of cake. The straight-spoken Ms. Pat, as seen on NBC's Last Comic Standing and Nickelodeon's Mom's Night Out, plays a three-day, five-show engagement here.
8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St., $18.50, 215-606-6555, punchlinephilly.com
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Black History Monthly
Monthly variety show features poets, comedians, improvisers, sketch performers, dancers, and visual artists. This month's installment has comedy from Raquel Dominguez, a musical performance by Today, We Fight with Peace, and improv by Hotline.
9 to 10 p.m. Friday, Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St., $10, 267-233-1556, phitcomedy.com
Three Kings Day
The Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Center host this traditional celebration at the Kimmel Center. Come for a reenactment of the story of the three wise men, stay for an evening of piñatas, traditional "rosca de reyes" bread (the largest ever made in Philadelphia), and other festivities.
5 p.m. Saturday, Kimmel Center, 15th and Spruce Streets, free, 215-790-5800, kimmelcenter.org