On stage

Varieties of theatrical experience: Linda Griffiths' drama

Age of Arousal

is an absorbing examination of the suffragette movement in Victorian England, set in a typing school for women. The show goes on at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today at

the Wilma Theater

, 265 S. Broad St., and continues with shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $37 to $52. Call 215-546-7824. . . . We always look forward to the annual holiday show presented by the invaluable

1812 Productions

. This year's offering,

This Is the Week That Is

, is a revival, of sorts - but as a topical political comedy revue, the content changes each night. The satire goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. today at

the Adrienne Theatre

, 2030 Sansom St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to Jan. 13 (no show on New Year's Day). Tickets are $12 to $34. Call 215-592-9560. . . . The percussion spectacle


brings the noise at 2 and 7 p.m. today at the

Merriam Theater

, 260 S. Broad St., and continues with shows at 5 and 9 p.m. tomorrow and 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $25 to $44.50. Call 215-336-1234.


Bring the kids

We all remember: It's a big night, everyone's getting dressed up and ready to go out, there's a countdown to some big event - and you have to go to bed four hours before it all happens. Not at the

New Year's Eve Party for Families

, where even the littlest reveler will be welcome to, uh, revel, and still be home asleep at the usual hour. The

Arden Theatre Company's

daytime event will feature music by

Jeffrey Coon and Ben Dibble

, dancing onstage surrounded by the set of

Sleeping Beauty

, a "miniature burger bar" and "cookie decorating station," karaoke and theater classes. All this and a countdown to 12 - noon, that is. The party gets going at 11:30 a.m. at the company's theater, 40 N. Second St. Tickets are $35; ages under 2 free. Call 215-922-1122.

Classical party

The wonderful violinist

Leila Josefowicz

joins conductor

Rossen Milanov

and the

Philadelphia Orchestra

for a program of works by Strauss, Smetana, Ravel, Brahms and more at 8 p.m. at the

Kimmel Center's

Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $10 to $123. Call 215-893-1999.

In clubland

Hey, how about we make this a New Year's


Eve? Oh. Well, we can still go out: The great Kenn Kweder plays at 8 and 11 p.m. at

the Tin Angel

, 20 S. Second St. Tickets are $15 and $25. Call 215-928-0770. . . . Jam on with

the Disco Biscuits


Keller Williams





at 9 p.m. at the Tweeter Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden. Tickets are $50. Call 856-338-9000. . . . Local punk legends

the Loved Ones



team up at 9 p.m. at

the North Star

, 2639 Poplar St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-787-0488. . . . The sensational, protean pop star

Elvis Costello

plays at 10 p.m. at

House of Blues,

801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Tickets are $68 to $128. Call 609-236-2583.


Them golden slippers

Tune those banjos and practice your strut. The

Mummers Parade

brings in 2008 in the Philly folk artists' inimitable way, starting off at 9 a.m. at Washington Avenue and proceeding north on Broad to Market at City Hall. Admission is free for the parade (but tickets for the Fancy Brigade Finale at noon at the

Pennsylvania Convention Center

, 12th and Arch Streets, are $18). Call 215-965-7676.


The devil's due

In C.S. Lewis'

The Screwtape Letters

, a demonic bureaucrat gives instruction to a neophyte imp on the best way to corrupt humanity. The

Lantern Theater Company's

production of Anthony Lawton's stage adaptation opens with a performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday at

St. Stephen's Theater

, Tenth and Ludlow Streets, and continues on a Wednesday-through-Sunday-schedule to Jan. 13. Tickets are $22 to $35. Call 215-829-0395.


Jazz time

The virtuosic

Denis DiBlasio

displays his talents on the baritone sax, with occasional flute forays, at 7:30 p.m. at the

Collingswood Community Center

, 30 Collings Ave., Collingswood. Tickets are $10; $5 for students. Call 856-858-8914.

Friday & Saturday

The lower depths

Now one the classics of musical theater, Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical


gets a new production at

the Academy of Music

, Broad and Locust Streets, at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $70. Call 215-731-3333.