Arts & Culture

STOCKING STUFFERS: The Skivvies, the scantily-clad comedy-music duo featuring Lauren Molina and out actor Nick Cearley, bring their new holiday show “I Touch My Elf” to town for what is sure t be a wild set of performances, through Dec. 8 at the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio, 300 S. Broad St. For more information, visit

’Tis the season to be jolly. I don’t know about you, but I love the sounds and smells of the season. I get excited the first time I see the twinkling lights go up at Dilworth Plaza and as I walk through the Christmas Village. Catching the “Charlie Brown” soundtrack as I flip through the dials also gets me in the spirit.

I even get a few flutters seeing the promos for the Nutcracker at the Academy of Music. It’s become a yearly tradition to start the season by watching the amazing dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet fly through the air with their annual spectacular performance. I’ve had the pleasure to profile many of them here in this column. This year I got some fun inside information from the ballet’s company manager, Emily Pratt.

SANTA ‘KOZ’ IS COMING TO TOWN: Out Grammy-winning saxophonist Dave Koz brings his annual holiday concert to the area, performing alongside jazz superstars Mindi Abair, Jonathan Butler and Japanese keyboardist Keiko Matsui, 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 856-858-1000. suggests that you throw away your spices after one to four years, depending on the type, which means I’m probably about eight years behind. Luckily there’s a place that can help me restock with the freshest herbs and spices around: The Spice Rack in Chestnut Hill.

Alain Leroy Locke was born in Philadelphia in 1885. He died in New York City in 1954, the architect of the Harlem Renaissance and a figure so massive in black history that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech in 1968, “We’re going to let our children know that the only philosophers that lived were not Plato and Aristotle, but W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke came through the universe.”

As Center City watering holes go, Good Dog Bar has more than enough charm and personality to match its upbeat, cozy-pub atmosphere, decorated with numerous heartwarming photos of man’s best friend. Meanwhile, the menu deftly bounces between high-minded small plates and surefire comfort food.

CRÈME OF THE DRAG CROP: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” all-star and alum BenDeLaCreme is bringing her hit Off-Broadway show “Inferno A Go-Go” to Philadelphia to heat up your holiday weekend with singing, dancing and comedy, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. For more information and tickets, call 215-922-6888.

A comedic legend will be telling tales in New Hope this holiday weekend.

And, with decades of showbiz experience, he has plenty of funny fodder.

The Emmy-winning Bruce Vilanch has starred in hit Broadway plays, written jokes for televised awards shows, been a Hollywood Square and rubbed elbows with countless A-list stars and gay icons. His audience at Cock ’n Bull can expect entertaining anecdotes — if not celebrity dirt.     

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