Holiday-theme open house at the Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation will hold an open house Friday during which visitors can see the "Kiefer Rodin" exhibition free, shop local vendors offering handmade jewelry and artisanal goods, and enjoy complimentary treats and hot cocoa, as well as holiday spirits and foods for purchase. — Bethany Ao
5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Barnes Foundation, 21st Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, free admission, 215-278-7000, barnesfoundation.org
Big objects not always silent: Nathalie du Pasquier
This show at the Institute of Contemporary Art looks at the works of a founder of the Italian Memphis design movement, from the 1980s to the present. It includes more than 100 pieces that span fine arts and design in many different media in an immersive installation designed by the artist. On the same dates, ICA will also have "Speech/Acts," a large group show about how a recent generation of African American artists has created works about language. — Thomas Hine
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Institute of Contemporary Art, 36th and Sansom Streets, free admission, 215-898-7108, icaphila.org
“Get Pegged” cabaret
Supported by the William Way LGBTQ Community Center, FringeArts' "Get Pegged" cabaret show features Virgil Gadson and Martha Stuckey, two distinctly different but charismatic artists, who will charm the room with their satirical, daring performances. — B.A.
10:30 p.m. Friday, La Peg, Race Street and Christopher Columbus Boulevard, $5 for general admission, fringearts.com
The glorious sound of music
British conductor Bramwell Tovey takes the stage with the Philadelphia Orchestra for this concert of holiday classics enlivened by his own brand of storytelling and improvisation. — B.A.
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Verizon Hall, 15th and Spruce Streets, tickets $10 to $106, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org
Holiday “yappy” hour
The Pennsylvania SPCA is throwing a holiday "yappy" hour featuring appearances by the Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere and the GhostBear Foundation. There will be an open bar from 5 to 7 p.m. with appetizers, raffle items, gift bags, and a chance to get your picture taken with Gostisbehere and his dogs, Cooper and Pippa. No privately owned pets are allowed. — B.A.
4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Punchline Philly Comedy Club, 33 E. Laurel St., $25 general admission, 215-606-6555, punchlinephilly.com
Weekend Christmas showing at South Street Cinema
Catch one of three Christmas movies at Philly's newest pop-up movie theater. Seating 40, this little South Street spot is perfect for cozy wintertime film viewing and a great place to see everything from classic films to campy "so bad they're good" movies. On Friday, watch A Christmas Story for the millionth time; on Saturday, see Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas; and on Saturday experience the 1964 B-movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, complete with aliens done up in green face paint and capes.
A Christmas Story: 8 p.m. Friday; The Nightmare Before Christmas: 2 p.m. Saturday; Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: 2 p.m. Sunday, South Street Cinema, 327 South Street. https://www.facebook.com/southstreetcinema/
Philly Vegan Pop-Up Flea — Merry Mini Market
Even the most carnivorous Philadelphians can get behind this small, vegan, eco-centric holiday market. The Vegan Flea brings together businesses selling natural hair and body products, cruelty-free jewelry and accessories, vegan sweets, and more for a selection of gifts you can give with holiday cheer and with a good conscience, as well. –Thea Applebaum Licht
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Tattooed Mom, 530 South St. Free admission, all ages. https://vmarkstheshop.com/pages/philly-vegan-pop-flea
Punk Rock Flea Market
Break out the hair spray and slick up your mohawks: it's time for Punk Rock holiday shopping. Vendors will bring their crafts, clothing, music, and instruments as well as electronics, furniture, skateboards, and more. There will be different vendors each day, and admission is good for both. — T.A.L.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Bok Buidling, 1901 S. 19th St., $3 (admission good for both days). www.phillyprfm.com
Philadanco founder Joan Myers Brown highlights parts of history often left out of books, through the work of African American choreographers, fincluding selections from Pearl Primus, Sonia Dawkins, and Geoffrey Holder. — B.A.
7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Perelman Theater, Spruce and Broad Streets, $30 to $47, kimmelcenter.org
The LEGOLAND Discovery Center is holding Holiday Bricktaculars on select weekends in December. Kids can meet LEGO Santa, participate in the holiday scavenger hunt, build a LEGO ornament, and more. — B.A.
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, $19 general admission, 866-841-3659, legolanddiscoverycenter.com
Matisyahu and Common Kings
West Chester musician Matisyahu brings his unique blend of reggae and rock to the Theater of Living Arts, where he'll share the stage with reggae pop band Common Kings. — B.A.
9 p.m. Saturday, Theater of Living Arts, Fourth and South Streets, $37.50 general admission, 215-922-1011, venie.tlaphilly.com
Mononymous Philadelphia songwriter Shamir released two albums this year: Hope, which was recorded in one weekend in the spring and released on SoundCloud the following Monday morning, and Revelations, which came out on Father/Daughter Records last month. Both albums were made in Shamir's South Philly apartment, and they reestablish the Las Vegas-born singer as a guitar-based indie artist, rather than the left-of-center electro-pop act he appeared to be when his 2015 album Ratchet and its hit "On the Regular" turned the then-teenager into an accidental pop star. Partner opens at this all-ages show. — Dan DeLuca
8 p.m. Saturday at First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. $15-$17. r5productions.com
Marah Christmas spectacular
Since brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko of Marah reunited with the reissue of their 2000 album Kids in Philly two years ago, the band, now based in central Pennsylvania, has been back in top form, rocking the house in club shows around town and turning in a stellar set at the inaugural Hoagie Nation fest this year. The band has also revived its Christmas show tradition, so while keeping fingers crossed to hear new material, expect Santa hats, a tour through the band's catalog, and holiday selections from 2005's A Christmas Kind of Town. — D.D.
9 p.m. Saturday, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. $20-$50. 215-627-1332. undergroundarts.org.
Judy Collins has an expansive songbook to draw on when she comes to the Sellersville Theatre for two shows on Sunday. She has released more than 30 albums since 1961, and this year, she's put out two: a tribute to Stephen Sondheim (expanding on her timeless interpretation of "Send in the Clowns") and Everybody Knows, a collaboration with Stephen Stills (who wrote "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" for her). At 78, her voice retains its mannered beauty. Ari Heist, her frequent collaborator, opens a show billed as Holiday & Hits, so expect some seasonal tunes and duets amid her signature renditions of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Sondheim songs. — Steve Klinge
3 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. 3 p.m. show sold out; $50-$75 8 p.m. show. 215-257-5808, st94.com.
She came storming out of Kansas City as a blues prodigy, quickly gaining attention and acclaim as a dynamic singer and guitar-slinger. Since then, 28-year-old Samantha Fish has been masterfully expanding her range while remaining rooted in the blues. She went to Detroit to cut a terrific album of rock-edged R&B covers ("Chills and Fever") with the garage-soul band the Detroit Cobras, and has followed that up by going to Mississippi for an Americana turn. Her new album, Belle of the West, produced by Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, is a mostly acoustic-textured set that exudes a more rustic vibe while also highlighting Fish's fine songwriting. –Nick Cristiano