All for art

The Main Line Art Center Members Annual Exhibition offers works including paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints, and ceramics for sale. Standouts include drawings by comic artist Asher Humm, pottery by Kay Moon, and abstracts by Adam Levin. The show opens with a reception Friday and runs to Jan. 4 at the center, 746 Panmure Rd., Haverford. Time: Reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday; gallery hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Admission is free. Information: 610-525-0272 or


On the beat

The innovative tap collective Take It Away Dance performs percussive works by Pam Hetherington, with music by Murmuration and vocals by Dena Underwood, at the Glass Factory, 1517 N. Bailey St. Times: 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 per show. Information:


Star of stage

Tony Award-winner and Illinois native Christine Ebersole performs her cabaret show Big Noise from Winnetka, with an eclectic range of songs by Stevie Nicks, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Ashford and Simpson, and Joni Mitchell, among others, at the McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $70. Information: 609-258-2787 or


Songs of cheer

The marvelous singer Mary Ellen Desmond is joined by saxophonist Larry McKenna, pianist Tom Lawton, bassist Lee Smith, and drummer Dan Monaghan for her annual benefit Comfort and Joy holiday jazz concert at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany, 330 S. 13th St. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $20; $10 seniors and students; benefits the St. Luke's Hospitality Center and the Fikelela AIDS Project of South Africa. Information: 215-253-7915 or


Off the radio

So, Philly Boy Roy is coming home. The radio comedy duo Scharpling & Wurster (TV producer Tom Scharpling and indie-rock drummer Jon Wurster) are best known for the online parody The Best Show, which features a motley crew of callers, such as the two-inch racist Timmy Von Trimble, Tornado Todd (the "Miracle Man from Missouri"), some bass-player named Gene Simmons, and, of course, that Philly Boy, the expert on all things Fluffyan. They will perform live at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Information: 215-232-2100 or