Taste of Tibet

On Saturday, shoppers seeking unique holiday gifts will have the chance to experience an unusual Asian culture when the Tibetan Arts and Crafts Bazaar opens in Center City. Silverwork, textiles, handicrafts, and Buddhist prayer items made by the exiled Tibetan communities in India and Nepal will be for sale, along with silk brocades, books and music. Traditional foods will be sold at the bazaar, which creates an opportunity for Tibetans to showcase a culture that endures despite half a century of Chinese occupation. Events include performances by musicians trained at the Tibetan Institute for the Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India. The bazaar runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ethical Society Building (1906 Rittenhouse Square). Admission is free. Enlightened and unenlightened welcome. Proceeds benefit the Tibetan Association of Pennsylvania and the Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia. Information: 610-664-8579.

- Jeff Gammage


Music of a legend

Forty years after his untimely passing, Woody Guthrie will be honored by the Philadelphia Folksong Society. A special luncheon and presentation is planned at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.) beginning at 11:30 a.m. to honor the musician's family and music archive. Six Woody Guthrie songs will be performed for the first time by artists including John Gorka, Jonatha Brooke, Tom Paxton, Sara Lee Guthrie & Johnnie Irion, and Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, according to event spokesman Gene Shay. The event, which has a silent auction and VIP reception, also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Folksong Society, best-known for the Philadelphia Folk Festival held each summer. No tickets are available at the door. Information and reservations: 215-247-1300,



Clear voices ring

The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale will give two special 40th Anniversary Holiday Concerts this season. Directed by Jeffrey R. Smith and accompanied by a full orchestra, the ensemble will perform such favorites as the "Ave Maria," "O Holy Night" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain." The first show is at 3 p.m. Sunday in South Jersey at the Scottish Rite Auditorium (Magill and White Horse Pike, Collingswood) and the second at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium (3401 Spruce St.). Tickets: $25-$45. Information: 215-222-3500 Ext. 1,

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Nutcracker goes nutty

Tchaikovsky never imagined a


like the version that takes the stage at 8 tonight at the Painted Bride (230 Vine St.). Featuring the Rappin' SugarPlum Fairy, the Hip Hoppin' Rats, City Hall Dolls, Captain Philadelphia and Liberty Belle-Anne, ContempraDance Theatre's production of


puts a rap twist on the beloved holiday ballet, blending comedy, hip-hop, jazz, modern and ballet dance.


runs through Sunday, with performances at 8 tonight, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. tomorrow and 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets: Adults $28, children and students $22. Post-reception cocktail party tonight with hor d'oeuvres $50 (includes the performance and party). Information: 215-925-9914, 610-225-3007 or