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12 things to do in Philadelphia December 24 to 28

We've got holiday fun and family fun, and things to do when you need a break from both.

THEATER

‘Stomp’

Friday through Dec. 30

Kimmel Center

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1500 Walnut St.

$40-$80, 215-893-1999

www.kimmelcenter.org

With humble roots in street performance, the percussive dance troupe Stomp has grown into a worldwide touring phenomenon. They could have become another fly-by-night novelty act, but they’re constantly updating their repertoire, never just resting on trademark material like their broom and basketball routines. On this tour they debut two new routines involving tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans.

GOING OUT

Matzoball

Wednesday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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1500 Sansom St.

$30-$50, 21+, 212-398-9922

www.matzoball.org

This multi-city Jewish singles event is back for its 28th year, making sure no Jew feels lonely on Christmas Eve. It’s for ages 21 to 49, but the crowd skews young. And since you’re not waking up early for presents under the tree, you might as well party late.

Jungle Bells

Thursday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Barbary

951 Frankford Ave.

$8, 21+

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We already know one thing Santa is bringing for Christmas: a jungle/drum and bass party at The Barbary, starring Trixx, DJ Sixpak, DJ Jefe, DJ Hidro and Vinyl Fatigue, with go-go dancers the Chemical Dolls and Arwen Evylyn and hoop dancers Hoop Mistresses. Your family will have seen enough of you by 9 o’clock. Smell ’em later and head to the club!

FAMILY

Being ______ at Christmas

Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National Museum of American Jewish History

101 S. Independence Mall East

$5-$12, 215-923-3811

www.nmajh.org

This is a day of fun for families who don’t celebrate Christmas, whether they’re Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, agnostic or anything else that can fill in the blank above. There are kid-friendly activities, storytelling, comedy, crafts and movies including the Three Stooges and the Marx Brothers’ “Duck Soup” — which adults will enjoy as much as kids.

Kwanzaa Celebration

Saturday and Sunday

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

701 Arch St.

$10-$14, 215-574-0380

www.aampmuseum.org

Families celebrating Kwanzaa can bring their kids to this two-day event, where they’ll learn, through music, dance, storytelling and crafts projects, everything they need to know about the holiday of the African diaspora, from the significance of the kinara and its candles to the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles. Parents and older kids can explore the museum’s exhibit halls.

DRINK

Boxing Day Beer Festival

Friday, all day

Memphis Taproom

2331 E. Cumberland St.

No cover, 215-425-4460

www.memphistaproom.com

The Memphis Taproom will be offering a wide range of seasonal and holiday beers at this festival. A dollar from each draft beer will be donated to Share Our Strength. The bar will also be collecting canned and other non-perishable foods for Philabundance, in keeping with the tradition of Boxing Day as a time of charity toward the less fortunate.

Winter Beer Festival

Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

World Cafe Live

3025 Walnut St.

$40, 21+, 215-222-1400

www.worldcafelive.com

This festival has seasonal and regular beers to sample from more than 40 breweries, including Avery, Bear Republic, Bells, Breckenridge, Dogfish, Duck Rabbit, Flying Fish, Founders, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, Sly Fox, Southern Tier, Starr Hill, Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher, Yards and many more, plus music from the Whiskeyhickon Boys.

COMEDY

Another Christmas with the Calamari Sisters

Through Jan. 4

Penn’s Landing Playhouse

211 S. Columbus Blvd.

$45-$65, 855-448-7469

www.plplayhouse.com

Italian-American humor is the specialty dish of fictional TV chefs Delphine and Carmela, the Calamari Sisters, but this being an Italian feast, it’s only one course in a wacky mix of song, dance and drag comedy. Since last year they’ve squandered their chance at the big time (i.e., the Food Network), but new dramas have them as occupied as ever.

MOVIES

‘The Shop around the Corner’

Wednesday, 11 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 3:10 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Roxy Theater

2023 Sansom St.

$7, 267-239-2941

www.filmadelphia.org

In this romantic comedy from 1940, Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan play a couple who, while professing dislike for one another, unknowingly correspond as romantic pen pals. It’s basically a low-tech version of “You’ve Got Mail,” which was inspired by the same Czech novel. Frank Morgan, who played the Wizard of Oz, appears as the keeper of the titular shop.

MUSEUMS

Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys

Through Jan. 29

Philadelphia Museum of Architecture

1218 Arch St.

Free, 215-569-3186

www.philadelphiacfa.org

Explores the history of building toys like Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Legos and K’Nex, with examples from the past 175 years right up to recent iterations designed right here in Philly, showing both the recreational and educational value of this perennially popular toy genre. The examples are broken into four categories: engineering, interlocking, modular and stacking.

ART

Leander Fontaine and Jean Plough

Through Sunday

3rd Street Gallery

45 N. Second St.

Free, 215-625-0993

www.3rdstreetgallery.com

German artist Leander Fontaine’s half of this exhibit is called “More Black, White, Weird.” His images of animals have a sparse, wintry beauty resonant with Asian minimalism. Jean Plough’s side, “Equilibrium,” features colorful abstract paintings made according to four rules: She didn’t allow herself to have a goal, change anything, make anything recognizable or become attached to a particular outcome.

MUSIC

Art After 5: Barbara Montgomery Holiday Jazz

Friday, 5 to 8:45 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

26th St. and the Ben Franklin Pkwy.

$14-$20, 215-763-8100

​​www.philamuseum.org

It’s the day after Christmas but you haven’t gotten your fill, have you? It always goes by so fast. Well at least you can come down to the Art Museum, order a cocktails and take in this set from Barbara Montgomery, whose selections focus on those universal holiday themes of giving and friendship that should stay with us all year.

 
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