Taking into account the possibility that our time here on Earth might be limited, the indie weekly comedy event otherwise known as The Sideshow is going to entertain audiences with a variety of performances and as quickly as they possibly can. All of the evening’s acts will get no more than 15 minutes to showcase their talents, most having to do their thang in just roughly 5-8 minutes. This includes, Martha Cooney (storytelling), Alison Zeideman (standup), The Kevin McDonald Experience (sketch) and local improv vet Mike Marbach’s reimagined rendition of “The Night Before Christmas.” I don’t know about you, but if shit does indeed happen to hit the fan at some point tonight, I’d like to go out with a smile on my face. Friday, 8-10pm. The Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St.
This will be the last craft event happening around these here parts before Christmas, so if you’ve yet to purchase any handcrafted, local gifts, now is the time. Over 45 handmade and vintage vendors will be in attendance selling everything across the craft spectrum—from ceramics and letterpress items to knitted accessories and silk-screened apparel. There will also be plenty of refreshments courtesy of PBR and performances from four Philly musical acts: The Swinging Foxes, Hezekiah Jones, The Spinning Leaves and Jason Ferraro of the Homophones. Saturday, 12-7pm. $0-$2. 2424 Studios, E. York St.
Once home to the cast of MTV’s Real World, all this weekend TRUST will be transformed into Old City’s North Pole, hosting a slew of family-friendly activities each day. While checking out a colorful new exhibit inside the venue, guests can sample seasonal food and drinks, decorate ornaments and enjoy live music. For the kiddies, The Arden Theater will be offering free princess makeovers in addition to hosting several special performances of Cinderella. Also worth noting: gift wrapping and valet parking will be available, both helping to benefit PAWS, Philly’s largest no-kill animal shelter. Fri., 5-10pm. Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. Free. TRUST, 249 Arch St.
Tomorrow, several members of the always awesome and off-beat local artist collective will be essentially clearing house, slashing prices on a slew of their original artworks, both old and new. From t-shirts and screenprints to records and zines, there’s really no telling what sort of cool shit you’ll find. Participating artists include Max Seckel, Emilia Brintnall, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Will Laren and many, many more. So come, pick up a few one-of-a-kind creations, and help these talented emerging local artists make room in their studios for whatever masterpieces they might have in store for the coming year. Saturday, 12-5pm. Free. Space 1026, 1026 Arch St.
Marking his official return to the local quizzo scene, Philly’s own entertainment maverick, James Bradford is putting a fun new spin on the traditional quizzo format with a night of thematic trivia that includes various special rounds and one final “impossible question.” The theme for the debut night is eras. That’s right, each round will be assigned a different decade (80s-today) with the featured questions covering TV, movies, music, sports and history/current events. Several local retailers will be offering up prizes including Philly Aids Thrift and Passional Boutique. Sunday, 7-11pm. Free. The HeadHouse, 122 Lombard St.