Welcome to the last Geekend of 2013! There’s a lot of excitement going on this weekend, so get ready to party!
Looking for something creative and fun to do? The Franklin Institute just announced their Special Holiday Programming, which includes the Creation Station, eye and heart dissections, solar observing, and even a liquid air show. All of that is free with museum admission. Also family-friendly is American Fairy Tales playing at the Walking Fish Theatre, which is “a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary interactive show for kids and grown-ups alike, as part of B. Someday’s Family Theatre Series.” It’s $12 and is running Friday at 7PM, Saturday at 7PM, and Sunday at 4PM.
Are you the kind of person who has to see It’s a Wonderful Life every holiday season? Well, you’re in luck, because it will be playing from 12/21 to 12/24 at the Colonial Theatre.
Friday, December 20
Head straight to the Art Museum after work for Art After 5: Christmas Tree-O. “Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O has quickly become a jazzy holiday tradition with their fun-filled concerts.” The show runs from 5PM to 8:45PM and is free with museum admission.
In case you want something a little weirder, you can head to PhilaMOCA for the Mausoleum X-mas Party at 7PM. For $5, you can check out the “Christmas rock opera “Tim Allen and Adam Sandler in the Santa Clause 4: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Santa” performed by Thunderlips and the Ultimate Males. Keyboard Cathy, The Happy Birthday Jesus Band, and Suzanne “Underdog Lady” Muldowney will also be performing.
There’s also the Dirty Franks Holiday Party at 8PM, if you’d rather just go to your favorite bar and drink with friends. “Whatever flavor holiday you are used to celebrating, Dirty Franks extracts the best traditions, good cheer and generall ho-ho-ho to create its own melange.” If you’re looking for a sexier time, head to the Trocadero at 9PM for the Peek-A-Book Revue Holiday Tease-A-Thon. This show costs $20 and is 21+.
There are tons of movies you can check out on Friday night, starting at 9:45 with MST3K: Santa Claus at the Colonial Theatre. Even the first line of the description makes me laugh: “It takes a mere four words to describe the 1959 Mexican film being riffed in this MST3K episode: Festive Holiday Nightmare Fuel.”
At 11PM, the Ambler Theater will be having a screening of Gremlins as part of their Staff Pick Series. The screening will include “quiz questions, prizes, and introductions explaining why the films were selected and giving you an opportunity to better get to know our staff and their film tastes.” There’s also a free beer tasting before the film, if you want to get there early. And of course, at midnight, you can head to the Ritz at the Bourse for a screening – this week, it’s Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Saturday, December 21
There’s plenty to do on Saturday as well, starting with Miracle on 34th Street playing at both the County and Ambler theaters at 10:30AM for $4. After that, at 2PM, you can head to the Colonial Theatre to see A Christmas Story for $9. Christmas movie overload GO!
From 2PM to 8PM you can head to the Trocadero for the Philly Holiday Market, which is meant to “bring a fresh experience to holiday shopping this winter with street wear, apparel, jewelry & accessory brands from the ‘City of Brotherly Love.'” The event is 21+, and I can’t find any ticket price, but if you sign up to become a Heineken Green Room member here, you get in for free.
For those of you who want to end your night laughing, at 7:30PM, Dave Chappelle will be performing at the Tower Theater for $58.50. And there’s another First Annual Holiday Show Extravaganza at South Street Magic at 8PM for $20, in case you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet.
In the mood for something a little sexier? Then you’ll want to head to PhilaMOCA at 9PM for Stanley Kubrick Burlesque by Miss Rose’s Sexploitation Follies. “Join Miss Rose and her cast of fine filmlesquers for a night of burlesque homage to a true master of cinematic style and tension, Stanley Kubrick!” Miss Rose, Minnie Tonka, Hayley Jane, Dottie Riot, Miss Mary Wanna, and Talia Zatanna will all be performing, with “kittening provided by the amazing Asha Lo.” The show is just $12, unless you want front-row seats, in which case you’ll have to shell out $20.
What better way to end an evening than with everyone’s favorite Skeletor? Except he’ll be Skeleclaus for the Holiday Edition of the Karaoke Gung Show. There will be over 6,000 songs to choose from, including holiday songs, and, as always, drink specials. The fun starts at 10PM and admission is free, though you must be 21+ to get in.
There’s nothing going on Sunday, other than the “All weekend” items listed at the top, so take the time to prepare yourself for the holiday onslaught! I recommend taking naps between baking and video gaming.
That’s it for this week’s Geekend! This was the last Geekend of 2013, so I’ll see you again in January. Have a wonderful holiday and stay safe! And don’t forget, if there’s something you want to see featured here, feel free to Tweet at me!