Out & About: Dec. 18-24

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FILTHY, THE SHOWMAN: Iconic filmmaker John Waters comes to town to deliver “A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier,” an evening of outrageous humor and storytelling 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. For more information or tickets, call 215-232-2100.

 

Theater & Arts

Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a survey of American still life in three decades through Jan. 10, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

 

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

A comedy-thriller based on the classic sleuth, through Dec. 27 at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420.

 

Billy Elliot


Media Theatre presents the story of one boy’s passion for ballet over the boxing ring through Jan. 3, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.

 

The Book of Mormon

The blockbuster musical-comedy about the misadventures of a pair of missionaries who are sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word, through Dec. 27 at Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; 215-923-1515.

 

A Christmas Story: The Musical

The holiday musical-comedy tells the beloved story of a boy and his quest for a BB gun through Jan. 10 at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

 

Drawn from Courtly India: The Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of masterful drawings from the royal courts of northern India through Mach 27, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

 

Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life

The Franklin Institute presents the story of one of the world’s greatest leaders through Jan. 3, 20th Street and the Parkway; www.fi.edu.

 

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

The Pennsylvania Ballet performs the holiday tradition through Dec. 31 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

 

The Glorious Sound of Christmas

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs a holiday concert with Grammy-winning conductor Bramwell Tovey through Dec. 20 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

 

Gremlins

The best Christmas movie ever is screened 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888.

 

I’ll Be Home for Christmas Spectacular

The Philly POPS perform an evening of Christmas classics through Dec. 22 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

 

A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier

The out cult filmmaker entertains 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.; 215-232-2100.

 

Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of the acclaimed photographer’s black-and-white pictures of the 1950s and ’60s through Feb. 21, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

 

Richard Lewis

The comedian performs Dec. 18-19 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001.

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

The beloved TV classic comes to life on stage through Dec. 20 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999.

 

The Skivvies

The underwear-clad comedy-music duo performs through Dec. 19 at Kimmel’s SEI Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

 

This Is The Week That Was

1812 Productions brings back the city’s hottest political comedy through Dec. 31 at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; 215-592-9560.

 

Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of designs by the acclaimed commercial artist through April 3, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

 

The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo and Titian

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring paintings and the creative processes of some of art history’s most important figures through Jan. 10, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

 

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RIOT (GRRRL) NIGHT: The Shondes, Brooklyn-based feminist punk-rock group with out members, comes to town to raise your consciousness 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 267-639-4528.

Music

Maureen McGovern

The award-winning vocalist performs a holiday show Dec. 18-19 at the Rrazz Room, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-422-4580.

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The orchestral rock band performs 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-389-9543.

 

Holidelic

Everett Bradley brings his holiday-funk spectacular to town 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.

 

Keystone A Capella Holiday Show

The Philadelphia-based vocal group performs 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.

 

The Shondes

The rock group with out members performs 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.; 267-639-4528.

 

Nightlife

Butchqueen

A night of performers including Phi Phi O’Hara from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” 9 p.m. Dec. 18 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.; 215-964-9675.

 

Peek-a-Boo Revue: Slay Belles

The burlesque troupe performs a holiday show 9 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888.

 

Holiday Sing-A-Long Brunch

Stonewall Sports stages a musical holiday brunch, with $5 off the $25 admission with the donation of a new hat, scarf or pair of gloves for The Attic Youth Center, from noon-5 p.m. Dec. 19 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. hosted by Brittany Lynn; 215-964-9675.

 

Not Another Gayborhood Show!

Landon Blake andJohn Burd present a show featuring performances by Lydia Kuntmoore, Chikn Nug-it, Honeytree Evil Eye and more 11 p.m. Dec. 18 at Venture Inn, 255 S. Camac St.; 215-545-8731.

Outta Town

It’s a Wonderful Life

The holiday film is screened 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228.