Weekend Roundup

Pet adoption, dance parties, comedy shows and much more

Friday, Dec. 9

Stroll through Longwood Gardens during its annual Christmas display featuring more than 500,000 lights, music and dancing (yes, dancing) fountains (9 a.m.).

GALAEI’s Pleasure Rush 101: After School Special kicks off at William Way (6 p.m.) with a frank discussion about sex education and the debut of the video What If: Encounter 4, as well as dancing, drinks and entertainment. Also included: a free pass to ICandy.

Courtesy of Dar Williams

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus presents Nutcracker: A Tale of Sugar Plum Fairies (8 p.m.) at the Prince Music Theater as part of their 30th anniversary season. The show, which features music from around the world, runs through the weekend.

Dar Williams plays the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville (8 p.m.).

Do your part this season and donate a winter coat or toy to the Mazzoni Center during Beer & Cupcakes at The Bike Stop (8 p.m.) where case managers will be selling baked goods and raffle tickets with all proceeds being used to help local kids.

Camp Tabu makes us laugh at Tabu (9:30 p.m.) featuring Cassandra Hoo, Meg Walsh, Dan Eastman and hosts Christine Meehan and Alejandro Morales.

Beagle Tavern in Norristown hosts Karaoke with DJ David (10:30 p.m.).

Saturday, Dec. 10

Courtesy of Pennsylvania Ballet

Hotel Palomar invites pets and their owners to the lobby for “Here Comes Santa Paws” (through the weekend). Take a picture of Fluffy sitting on Santa’s lap and the Kimpton hotel will provide holiday treats for humans and four-legged friends alike.

Check out Christmas Village in Love Park with no shortage of vendors, including our favorites Matthew Izzo and Absolute Abstract (11 a.m.).

Get your daubers ready for GayBingo!: How the BVDs Stole Christmas (7 p.m.) at the Gershman Y. The AIDS Fund is asking everyone to bring a new, unwrapped toy that’ll be donated to children living with HIV and AIDS in the community.

Pennsylvania Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (7 p.m.) at the Academy of Music.

The Dead Milkmen play Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m.).

The GPFFL hosts the holiday JOCKS party at Venture Inn (9 p.m.) with a five dollar cover that gets you a free beer or Finlandia drink.

Courtesy of Finding Shelter

It’s hard to believe that December Arouse is the last one of the year. The party’s at Smokin’ Betty’s (10 p.m.) as the official after-party for Fresh Edition’s First Annual Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Sunday, Dec. 11

William Way hosts the Second Annual Pet Adoption Day (1 p.m.) with Finding Shelter. Not only will you meet adorable animals in need of homes this holiday season, but vendors will be offering everything from training to trinkets during the free event. Guests will also have the chance to win prizes from pet suppliers like Bonejour and Litterpaw.

Cabaret Red Light presents a sexy take on The Nutcracker (7:30 p.m.) at the Painted Bride.

IDOL Superstar is down to the finals at Club 3 (8 p.m.) in Wilmington, Del. Check out the top 12 performers as they compete for the grand prize with proceeds to benefit Delaware Pride.

Planning an LGBT-friendly event? Tell us about it: nmcdonald@phillymag.com