Diversions: Dec. 31-Jan. 6
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If you’re the type of New Year’s Eve reveler who wakes up fresh as a daisy on New Year’s Day, hangover-free and ready to do something agonizingly cheerful with your holiday, swing on down to World Cafe Live for “The Sound of Music” sing-along at noon and 7 p.m. Jan. 1, 3025 Walnut St. Fair warning: The early show is a lunchtime show aimed at attracting children, so if you want to spare yourself the sound of a chorus of innocent but tonally challenged voices mangling words to a movie they’ve been forced to watch by their parents who’ve ignored their pleas for a viewing of “Kung Fu Panda” or “Tangled,” you might want to aim for the 7 p.m. screening. For more information, call (215) 222-1400.
If you’re the type of New Year’s Eve reveler who wakes up fresh as a daisy on New Year’s Day, hangover-free and ready to do something agonizingly cheerful with your holiday, swing on down to World Cafe Live for “The Sound of Music” sing-along at noon and 7 p.m. Jan. 1, 3025 Walnut St. Fair warning: The early show is a lunchtime show aimed at attracting children, so if you want to spare yourself the sound of a chorus of innocent but tonally challenged voices mangling words to a movie they’ve been forced to watch by their parents who’ve ignored their pleas for a viewing of “Kung Fu Panda” or “Tangled,” you might want to aim for the 7 p.m. screening. For more information, call (215) 222-1400.
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<b>KEEP THE PARTY GOING:</b> For those who want to keep the debauchery from the previous evening’s festivities rolling, catch Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret, a risqué cabaret show featuring performances by the Liberty City Kings (pictured) and special guest appearances by Peachy LaFever, Sven Handlesbod, the Rev. Pat Firmass, Geppetta and musical guest Nicole Reynolds. Don’t miss a single drop of this show, from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 1 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. For more information, visit facebook/libertycitykings or call (215) 964-9675.
KEEP THE PARTY GOING: For those who want to keep the debauchery from the previous evening’s festivities rolling, catch Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret, a risqué cabaret show featuring performances by the Liberty City Kings (pictured) and special guest appearances by Peachy LaFever, Sven Handlesbod, the Rev. Pat Firmass, Geppetta and musical guest Nicole Reynolds. Don’t miss a single drop of this show, from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 1 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. For more information, visit facebook/libertycitykings or call (215) 964-9675.
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THEATER
Annie

Media Theater presents the musical with comedian Wanda Sykes starring as Miss Hannigan, Jan. 12-23, 104 E. State St., Media; (610) 891-0100.

Black Nativity

Theatre Double presents Langston Hughes’ holiday gospel play, through Dec. 31 at St. Mary’s Chapel, 1831 Bainbridge St.; (267) 575-4888.

Blue Man Group

The wildly popular musical and visual show returns, through Jan. 2 at Merriam Theatre, 250 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

The Borrowers

Arden Theatre Company presents an adaptation of the beloved children’s novel, through Jan. 30 on the F. Otto Haas Stage, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

Caesar’s Palace O’ Fun

The Walnut Street Theatre presents a musical variety show centered around an outrageous lounge lothario, through Jan. 2 at Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion

Cirque’s take on the ancient Chinese circus tradition hits town through Jan. 2 at Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St.; (215) 204-2400.

I Capture The Castle

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents the romantic comedy about 17-year-old budding writer Cassandra and her eccentric family, who live in a crumbling 17th-century English castle, through Jan. 2, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, N.J.; (973) 408-5600.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

The Walnut Street Theatre presents an all-new production of the holiday Broadway musical, through Jan. 9, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Les Misérables

The Kimmel Center presents a new, 25th-anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Jan. 4-15 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Parenting 101: The Musical! The musical comedy about the various stages of raising children is on stage through March 6 at Kimmel’s Innovation Studio, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

This is the Week That Is

1812 Productions presents the smash news comedy returning for its fifth year, through Dec. 31 at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; (215) 592-9560.

The Three Musketeers: A Musical Panto

People’s Light and Theatre Company presents a swashbuckling musical, through Jan. 9, 39 Conestoga Road; (610) 644-3500.

The Understudy

Wilma Theater presents a comedy about a war of wills between actors, through Jan. 30, 265 S. Broad St.; (215) 546-7824.

The Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show

Theatre Horizon presents a comedic nontraditional vision of the holiday, through Dec. 31, 208 Dekalb St., Norristown; (610) 283-2230.

MUSIC
Dr. K’s Motown Revue

The R&B band performs at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; (215) 257-5808.

HaleStorm

The female-fronted rock band performs at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-6888.

Steph Hayes and the Good Problems

The out singer-songwriter and her rock band perform at 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Sarah McLachlan

The singer and Lilith Fair founder performs at 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at Caesars Circus Maximus Theater, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City; (609) 348-4411.

Carrie Underwood

The country singer performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; (609) 317-1000.

Attila Glatz Concerts Presents: Salute to Vienna

The Kimmel Center presents a new cast of European singers and dancers to delight and inspire with famous Strauss waltzes, polkas and operetta excerpts, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 2 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Levi Kreis and Eric Himan

The out singer-songwriters perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 3 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

English Beat

The rock band performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 6 at Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; (215) 257-5808.

Mozart’s Requiem

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs works by the legendary composer Jan. 6-9 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

EXHIBITS
Art of the American Soldier

The National Constitution Center presents the world-debut exhibition of over 15,000 paintings and sketches created by 1,300 American soldiers in the line of duty, through Jan. 10, 525 Arch St.; (215) 409-6895.

Between Now & Then

AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Matthew Ostroff and Amber Dubois, through Jan. 8, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt

The Franklin Institute presents an exhibition of 150 artifacts from Egypt, through Jan. 2, 20th Street and the Parkway; (215) 448-1200.

Eakins on Paper: Drawings and Watercolors from the Collection

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of 10 rarely seen drawings and watercolors that survey the early work of Thomas Eakins, through Jan. 9, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100.

A Glimpse of Paradise: Gold in Islamic Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring the unique status of gold in Islam through a small group of objects drawn from the museum’s collection, through April, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100.

In My Body

Wexler Gallery hosts a retrospective exhibition of works by photographer and mixed-media artist Leah Macdonald, celebrating the diversity and beauty of the female form, through Dec. 31, 201 N. Third St.; (215) 923-7030.

John Folinsbee and American Modernism

Woodmere Art Museum presents a fresh look at the New Hope painter’s life and work, revealing the artist’s move from impressionism toward modernism, through March 6, 9201 Germantown Ave.; (215) 247-0476.

Mark Cohen: Strange Evidence

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of a select group of some 50 of Cohen’s black-and-white and color photographs made over the past 40 years, through March 13, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100.

Pleasures and Pastimes in Japanese Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of costumes, masks and poetry exploring the ways in which leisure time was interpreted across all social classes in Japanese art, through January, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100.

Virtues and Vices: Moralizing Prints in the Low Countries, 1550-1600

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of moralizing prints created between 1550-1600 in Antwerp and Haarlem, through Feb. 27, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100.

DANCE
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

The Pennsylvania Ballet performs the holiday-themed show through Dec. 31 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

FILM
“Sound of Music” sing-along

This is not going to help your hangover, at 7 p.m. Jan. 1 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Summer Wars

The Japanese anime sci-fi/romance film is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 1 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Sullivan’s Travels

The 1941 satirical film is screened 2 p.m. Jan. 2 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

BOOKS
Diaspora Reading Group

The group discusses “Suspension: A Novel” by Robert Westfield, at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

Women’s/Trans Reading Group

The group discusses “Ash” by Malinda Lo, at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

CABARET
Uptown Express

The pop/cabaret band performs at 6 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Bob Egan’s New Hope, Ramada Inn, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret

Philly’s sexiest queer music, drag and burlesque artists perform a risqué cabaret show from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 1 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.; (215) 964-9675.

ETC
Eddie Gossling The comedian seen on “Tosh 2.0” performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001.

Joel McHale

The comedian from “Talk Soup” and “Robot Chicken” performs at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

Mummers Parade Fancy Brigade Finale

Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus performs at the Mummers Parade finale, noon Jan. 1 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; fancybrigade.com/shows_events/newyears_show.php.

Ladies 2000 New Year’s Day

Ladies 2000 hosts a New Year’s Day party with dancers and drink specials beginning at 3 p.m. Jan. 1 at 12th Air Command, 254 S. 12th St.; (215) 545-8088.

The Scene: New Year’s Day Tea

The monthly LGBTQ dance party kicks off the New Year at 3 p.m. Jan. 1 at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St.; facebook/tlbtbproductions.

Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway

The holiday-themed quarter mile displays bustling model trains and buildings, through Jan. 2, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.; www.morris-arboretum.org.

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