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Your Weekly Holiday-Related Happenings

TUESDAY

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Polygon Comedy: Holiday Explosion!: Anything with the word “Explosion” in the title is probably worth checking out, right? This month, Philly’s independent comedy showcase will feature the wits of stand-up comic Jake Alvarez, followed by the angry local improvisers, Angry People Building Things and improv tag-team Rosen & Milkshake. Your headlining act for the evening is none other than the gals of ManiPedi, the hilarious sketch troupe who you may or may not remember from PW’s cover a few weeks ago. 7:30pm. $5. L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St.

Second Stories: The Worst X-Mas Ever III: If you’re looking for a few laughs tonight, but don’t have $5 bucks to shell out on a cover, just head over to The Dive where upstairs, several funny locals will be sharing their most horrendous/embarrassing Christmas memories, all for your entertainment. So not only are you guaranteed some good chuckles, but you might start conjuring up a few repressed holiday memories of your own—for better or worst. 7pm. Free. The Dive, 947 E. Passayunk Ave.

Christmas Movie Quizzo: If you own a TV, you’ve probably seen Elf, A Christmas Story, Home Alone and Christmas Vacation at least a dozen times. Now finally, you have a chance to put all the useless info you’ve retained about these holiday classics to good use during four rounds of trivia, one movie for each. Perhaps needless to say, come bringing you’re A-game because these are going to be some pretty tough questions. If you can’t make it out tonight or simply want a do-over, the event will be re-hosted Wednesday night with the same drink specials and Christmas tacos. What’s a “Christmas Taco?” I have no idea. Tues., 8pm & Weds., 8:30pm. Free. Drinker’s Tavern, 124 Market St.

WEDNESDAY

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CakeStyle Philadelphia Pop-Up Shop: For one day only, the virtual styling service for busy, modern women will be bringing their holiday selection of designer fashion and accessories into the real world, right here to Philly. Not only will guests will have a chance to win a $1,300 dollar Victoria diamond shaker necklace from local designer, Adornia, but a portion of the day’s proceeds benefit The Hamels Foundation. The shop will be open all day (8am-8pm) and you don’t need to be a sporting club member to check out the designer duds inside. Wednesday, 8am-8pm. Free. The Sporting Club at the Bellevue, 224 S. Broad St.

Spirits & Suds Bar Crawl: Start building up your alcohol tolerance now as you hit as many of the 12 participating bars/pubs/restaurants along E. Passyunk Avenue as your stomach/liver can stand. For just $5 dollars, you’ll get $3 dollar craft beers, $4 dollar cocktails and $5 snacks at select locations as well as your choice of either a Santa or Elf hat and “Santa’s Sipping Stamp Card.” Once you’ve collected five stamps on said card, you’ll be entered to win a $300 in gift certificates, with every additional stamp bettering your odds. The long list of drink and food specials include Art in the Age cocktails at Birra (1700 EPA), $5 dollar nachos at Adobe Café (1919 EPA), cranberry-ginger margaritas at Cantina Los Caballitos (1651 EPA) and a $5 dollar meatball sub at Stogie Joes (1801 EPA). 5:30pm-10pm. $5. Various locations along E. Passyunk Ave.

El Fuego & Philly Improv Theater’s 100% Improvised Baby Jesus’ Menorah Kwanztravaganza & Comedy Spectacular: Don’t be confused by the incredibly long and hilarious title—these are actually just two separate shows, which happen to be taking place in the same venue right after one another. First up is El Fuego, a new holiday musical that takes place after a fire has devastated the North Pole, killing countless innocent elves. The elves that did survive are on strike due to unsafe working conditions. Need I really say more? Afterwards, catch an all-encompassing holiday production in which one of the Philly Improv Theater’s house teams recreates a holiday gathering based on those shared by a few randomly selected audience members. Sounds like a pretty sweet double header, huh? So be sure to make a night of it (and save yourself some cash) by getting tickets to both shows. 7pm/9pm. Through Dec. 31. $12-$35. Skybox @ The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.

THURSDAY

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Bario-Neal Holiday Party: Peruse the selection of handcrafted adornments from this Philly-based jewelry brand while enjoying delicious seasonal cocktails, beer from Yard’s Brewing and treats from Federal Donuts and Yumtown. Don’t feel guilty about splurging on one of Bario-Neal’s since all of their jewelry is made with reclaimed precious metals, ethically sourced stones and low-impact, earth-friendly practices. Also, bring in a new toy for CHOP’s Holiday Toy Drive and in exchange, you’ll receive 40 percent off any one item in the boutique.  5-9pm. Free. Bario-Neal, 700 S. Sixth St.

Nicole Miller’s Annual Men’s Night: For all the fellas out there who wouldn’t know an awesome gift if it smacked them in face, Nicole Miller is coming to the rescue. In addition to complimentary personal shopping and gift-wrapping services, the shop will be serving cocktail, hors d’oeuvres and even a few models. When picking out the perfect gift for the gal(s) in your life, keep in mind that 10 percent of all sales from the event will benefit the Ventri Foundation. So don’t be stingy. 6-9pm. Free. Nicole Miller Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St.


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