15 Things to Do in Philly This Week

Mayor Nutter lights the City Hall Christmas tree for the last time, an ugly holiday sweater party at PMA and more as we head into this first week of December.

The Christmas tree at City Hall will be lit this Thursday. | Photo by Kevin Burkett via Flickr

The Christmas tree at City Hall will be lit this Thursday. | Photo by Kevin Burkett / Flickr

The holidays are in full swing as the Philadelphia Museum of Art throws an ugly sweater bash, plus East Passyunk Avenue lights their tree and Choral Arts presents the world premiere of seven new Advent works. There’s also plenty of theater, performance, and author meet-and-greets this week.

Cast of This Is the Week That Was | Photo by John Flak

Cast of This Is The Week That Is | Photo by John Flak

This Is The Week That Is With 1812 Productions

The city’s funniest theater troupe is celebrating 10 years of this annual send-up of politics and media. Through December 31st, various times and prices, Plays & Players Theater. 

Pop-Up Play in a Pub

Inis Nua Theatre presents Last Christmas, a tale starring Adam Altman and written by Welsh playwright Matthew Bulgo. Tickets include the performance, plus a beverage and a meat or veggie pie. December 1-3, 6 pm, $15, Fergie’s Pub.

The Book of Mormon at the Forrest Theatre

What musical has a magical AIDS frog, a spooky Mormon Hell dream song, and a supporting character called General Butt F*cking Naked? This one, which plays an extended Philadelphia run. Through Sunday, December 27th, various times, $67-177, Forrest Theatre.

Leonard Pitts Jr. and Margo Jefferson

The acclaimed authors will present a free reading this Tuesday at the Free Library’s Central Branch. Mr. Pitts is the writer of the recent book Grant Park, and Ms. Jefferson will present selections from NegrolandTuesday, December 1st, 7:30 pm, free, Central Branch of the Free Library.

Jesse Hale Moore at Boot & Saddle

The Philadelphia-based singer, who is influenced by the styles of everyone from Rhye to Fleetwood Mac, plays a holiday set here in town early this week. Tuesday, December 1st, 9 pm, $10, Boot and Saddle.

Curio Theatre Company's "The Bald Soprano" opens this week.

Curio Theatre Company’s “The Bald Soprano” opens this week.

The Bald Soprano with Curio Theatre Company

Director Charlotte Northeast takes on Eugene Ionesco’s classic comedy of manners and small talk in an innovative new staging. Wednesday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 19th, various times, $15-25, Curio Theatre Company.

Ugly Sweater Party at the Art Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is throwing a lively mid-week mixer, featuring a hot chocolate beverage bar, live music by Jessi Teich, a photo booth, and a holiday-card-making station. Wednesday, December 2nd, 5:30 pm, free after admission, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Meet and Greet with Amanda Peet

The author of Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein, will be at the National Museum of American Jewish History for one night only. The event celebrates the children’s book, and kids are welcome. Wednesday, December 2nd, 6 pm, $15, National Museum of American Jewish History.

O Antiphons with Choral Arts of Philadelphia

The renowned vocal ensemble is presenting the world premiere of seven Advent works by seven Philadelphia composers. The work will be juxtaposed with Bach’s Nun komm, der Heiden HeilandWednesday, December 2nd, 7 pm, pay what you wish, Saint Clement’s Church.

A holiday-themed film series at the Roxy kicks off this week with "Lethal Weapon."

A holiday-themed film series at the Roxy kicks off this week with “Lethal Weapon.”

‘Tis the Season Film Series at the Roxy

A monthlong holiday-themed film series begins this week at the Rittenhouse cinema with Lethal Weapon. Other highlights throughout the season include Home Alone (December 16th), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Dec. 23rd), and Edward Scissorhands (Dec. 30th.) Wednesday, December 2nd, 7:30 pm, The Roxy. 

Deck the Ave Tree Lighting Party

Head down to East Passyunk Avenue to celebrate the holidays. There will be live performances from the Alphabet Academy, Andrew Jackson School, the Joe King Trio, and, of course, Santa himself. Thursday, December 3rd, 5 pm, free, Singing Fountain.

100th Anniversary of The Print Center

Join Moon and Arrow and RareCo. for an evening of cocktails and book signings featuring a variety of local and nationally-known authors. Photographs and prints will be available for sale. Thursday, December 3rd, 5:30 pm, pay as you go, The Print Center.

Guests are invited to Deck Passyunk Avenue this week with Santa. | Photo courtesy of East Passyunk Business Improvement District

Guests are invited to Deck Passyunk Avenue this week with Santa. | Photo courtesy of East Passyunk Business Improvement District

City Hall Tree Lighting

Mayor Nutter’s last time with his finger on the switch. The event will be festooned with performances by Philly R&B queen Jasmine Sullivan and young soprano Bobby Hill. Thursday, December 3rd, 6 pm, Courtyard at City Hall.

Greg Louganis at Philadelpia FIGHT

The Olympic gold medalist and renowned HIV/AIDS advocate will be in town to celebrate the work of Philadelphia FIGHT. He’ll be giving a presentation on HIV stigma and education at FIGHT’s annual gala. Read G Philly‘s interview with him hereThursday, December 3rd, 6 pm, $175-250, Loews Philadelphia.

Curtis Presents duende with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble

The innovative Curtis 20/21 Ensemble returns to the Kimmel Center’s SEI Studio for an evening of song and dance. Your ticket includes a complimentary beverage. Thursday, December 3rd, 6 pm and 9 pm, $10, Kimmel Center.

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