TRUE ‘COLOR’ SHINING THROUGH: The Tony Award-winning musical “The Color Purple,” based on the epic film and novel of the same name, returns to Philly for a run of performances Dec. 12-17 at Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-923-1515. Photo: Matthew Murphy
THEATER & ARTS
Walnut Street Theatre presents the beloved musical about the charming orphan through Jan. 7, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.
The Color Purple
The Tony Award-winning musical based on the acclaimed film returns to Philly Dec. 12-17 at Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; 215-923-1515.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Media Theatre presents the musical adaptation of the Disney classic through Jan. 14, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
The Pennsylvania Ballet performs the beloved holiday classic Dec. 8-31 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999.
The Glorious Sound of Christmas
The Philadelphia Orchestra performs its annual Christmas concert series Dec. 14-17 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999.
The comedian seen on “Queer As Folk” performs through Dec. 9 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001.
Hillary Hahn plays Bernstein
The Philadelphia Orchestra performs through Dec. 10 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999.
East Passyunk Pop-Up Dance Performance: A Piece of This Place
Megan Flynn Dance Company presents free performances at the Gateway at East Passyunk Avenue 2 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9 on the corner of Broad and McKean streets; www.flynndance.org.
Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of European designs from the likes of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt and Monet through Feb. 19, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.
Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry
The work of acclaimed designer Urquiola, who creates innovative objects for the home and office, is on display through March 4 at Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.
Arden Theatre presents the classic children’s story through Jan. 28, 40 N. Second St.; 215-922-1122.
The acclaimed dance company, preserving the legacy of African-American choreographers, performs new pieces Dec. 15-17 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999.
The project, initiated by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, with hundreds of collaborators across the city, explores Philadelphia’s changing landscape and tells a story of radical community-building and active resistance through Dec. 10 at Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.
A Philly POPS Christmas
The Philly POPS get into the holiday spirit through Dec. 19 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999.
This Is The Week That Is
1812 Productions presents its annual political-comedy show through Dec. 31 at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; 215-592-9560.
Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma & Thailand
The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center present internationally known and acclaimed photojournalist Mariette Pathy Allen for the first public exhibit of her new works documenting transgender lives and experiences around the world through Jan. 2, 522 W. Maple St., Allentown; 610-347-9988.
WE WISH YOU A ‘HEDDA’ CHRISTMAS: New York City-based drag star Hedda Lettuce comes to town to spread some cheer with a holiday-themed performance 9:30-11 p.m. Dec. 15 at Ruba Club, 416 Green St. For more information or tickets, call 215-627-9831.
Get The Led Out
The Led Zeppelin tribute band performs 8:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; 800-745-3000.
A John Waters Christmas
The out filmmaker performs a spoken-word show 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.; 215-232-2100.
A Soulful Christmas
The Kimmel Center presents a communal gathering of regional choristers performing holiday spirituals and gospel favorites 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999.
The R&B singer and actor performs 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St.; 215-625-3681.
The outrageous holiday-funk revue returns 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.
Fuck Clothes Go Naked
A social nude party designed to make connections, 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Dec. 8 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.; 215-964-9675.
Mimi Imfurst Presents Drag Diva Brunch
Mimi Imfurst, Bev, Vinchelle, Sutton Fearce and special guests perform 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.; 215-606-6555.
The burlesque troupe performs a holiday-themed show 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; 202-730-3331.
DVLF’s annual holiday-fundraiser party and dance provides toys for patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and clients of Action Wellness 8-11 p.m. Dec. 9 at Sky Philadelphia, 1717 Arch St.; https://www.dvlf.org/toy.
Naughty or Nice: Back 2 Basics Holiday Bash The diverse and inclusive queer party gets into the holiday mood 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 9 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.; 215-964-9675.
Liberty Belles Burlesque Revue The burlesque ensemble performs 9 p.m. Dec. 10 at Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.; 215-606-6555.
Martha Graham Cracker
The cabaret star performs a holiday show 8-11 p.m. Dec. 14 at L’Etage, 624 Sixth St.; 215-592-0656.
The drag star performs a holiday-themed spectacular 9:30-11 p.m. Dec. 15 at Ruba Club, 416 Green St.; 215-627-9831.
Kathy Graham: A Swinging Christmas
The jazz and cabaret singer makes her Rrazz Room debut 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Rrazz Room, 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope; 888-596-1027.
The blockbuster holiday comedy is screened 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228.
Tommy Femia is Judy Garland with Special Guest Miss Pumpkin
The singer and impersonator performs 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at The Rrazz Room, 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope; 888-596-1027.
Lucille Carr-Kaffashan “Unwritten”
The singer performs her award-winning show 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Rrazz Room, 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope; 888-596-1027.