Feliz Navidad at Art After 5 and five more things to do in Philly

Feliz Navidad at Art After 5 and five more things to do in Philly
Jimmy Hubbard



Saturday, 9:15 p.m.

Johnny Brenda’s

1201 Frankford Ave.

$20, www.johnnybrendas.com

Celebrating the release of their first album since their nearly career-ending car crash in 2011, Georgia band Baroness is back with “Purple,” featuring 10 tracks of their signature melodic power rock. Tender, and even atmospheric at times, the mood is contemplative even as the vocals are at-the-ready and unyieldingly raw.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Saturday, 3 and 8 p.m.

Wells Fargo Center

3601 S Broad St.

From $32.50, www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Gasp! Oh! Merry Christmas! The sounds of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra are not all horn crescendos and chugging percussion beating to the rhythm of the sleigh. This mixture of symphony performance, rock concert and holiday party is sure to inspire exultations of holiday ecstasy from some serious Christmas lovers.

Feliz Navidad

Friday, 5 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy.

Free with admission, www.philamuseum.org

This week’s Art After 5 celebrates the Christmas traditions of Mexico with live mariachi music and a Mexican folkloric band. Musicians Pedro Villaseñor and Ballet Folklórico Yaretzi perform Mexican classics, encouraging dancing and merry-making from the post-work week holiday crowd.

Tuba Christmas

Sunday, noon and 5 p.m.

Kimmel Center

1500 Walnut St.

Free, www.kimmelcenter.org

One of the world’s quirkiest holiday traditions continues in Philadelphia on Sunday: Tuba Christmas, an open invitation to tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players to gather together to play holiday favorites. Philly’s chapter performs on the Commonwealth Plaza so the holiday horn powwow can be enjoyed by all.

Bobby Zankel

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia Art Alliance

251 S. 18th St.

$15, www.philartalliance.com

Philadelphian Bobby Zankel, leader of the jazz outfit the Warriors of Wonderful Sound, teams up for a night of jazz with double bassist William Parker and the Muhammad Ali Quartet to celebrate the 75th birthday of Philadelphia jazz pianist and special guest Dave Burrell.


Saturday, 8 p.m.

Union Transfer

1024 Spring Garden St.

$25, www.utphilly.com

Supporting their album “What Went Down,” released earlier this year, Oxford, England-based band Foals borrows a pop sensibility from the Gallagher bothers while fitting easily into the American slot of arena rock. This nice niche feels fresh, yet appeals to many. Circa Waves opens.


“Blazing Saddles”

Friday, 7 p.m.

New Liberty Distillery

1431 N. Cadwallader St.


Celebrating one year of distilling, New Liberty Distillery hosts movie night, complete with espresso drinks from Top Hat Espresso Catering and a free cocktail and bag of popcorn with your ticket. New Liberty is the creator of the local line of Kinsey whiskeys, and seasonal cocktails featuring the blends will be on hand.


PAWS Serves 100,000th Animal

Friday, 8:30 p.m.

Barra Rossa,

929 Walnut St.

$20 donation,www.phillypaws.org

Earlier this month, PAWS rescued its 100,000th animal from the streets, a chihuahua mix named Paco, who is up for adoption. To celebrate this truly amazing milestone, PAWS welcomes the public to its holiday party as a gesture of thanks to the good Samaritans and welcoming adopters who help PAWS in its goal of turning Philly into a no-kill city.