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5 Staff Picks this December



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A Wynnewood native better known to many as the Dogist, Elias Weiss Friedman has gifted canine lovers everywhere with a new book. The Dogist Puppies (Artisan Books, 304 pages) is an adorable page-turner, with sharp snaps of the cutest subjects on the planet. This book is the next best thing to a real pup in your stocking.

Visit www.thedogist.com/book

Dec. 2

Santa has been known to take the podium for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Christmas Kids’ Spectacular. Kick off the holiday season at Verizon Hall on Dec. 2 with a celebration of classic holiday songs, including “Sleigh Ride,” music from The Nutcracker, and a slew of sing-alongs.

Visit www.philorch.org.

Dec. 9

Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor may be a degreed folklorist, but his rugged fusion of roots music and rock is far from academic. His latest release, Hallelujah Anyhow, is a minor revelation. On it, the North Carolina-based singer/songwriter sifts out precious kernels of faith and beauty in everyday struggles, all while delivering his most impassioned and focused set of tunes to date.

World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, www.worldcafelive.com.

Dec. 9-Jan. 27

For its forward-thinking new exhibit, Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Glass, the Wayne Art Center examines how female artists made inroads in a form traditionally dominated by men. Curated by the National Liberty Museum’s Dr. Arlene Silvers, it’s the perfect way to cap off a year in which women have raised their collective voice.

413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, www.wayneart.org.

Dec. 14-31

After kicking off its debut season with the far-from-normal Tony-winning rock musical, Next to Normal, the Resident Theatre Company settles into more traditional territory with A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play. For this zingy production, the Charles Dickens classic is reimagined as a 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, as three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on the ride of his life.

226 N. High St., West Chester, www.rtcwc.org.