Between songs during her superb September performance at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival, someone asked Sierra Ferrell where she was from. Her response: “Jupiter.” Actually, she’s from West Virginia. But her classic country voice is otherworldly—like Patsy Cline beamed in from another galaxy. Dripping with personality, her eclectic new album, Long Time Coming, will make you swoon.
Explore the nature of bodily presence is this unique exhibition, where disembodied artifacts challenge viewers with varying interpretations of the self, invisibility and otherness.
Check out work from over 60 juried artisans. Mediums include ceramics, glass, jewelry, leather, painting and more at the Haverford Community Recreation and Environmental Center. Visit haverfordguild.org. Visit philamuseum.org
West Philadelphia born and raised, Will Smith makes a rare on-stage appearance in his hometown, but he won’t be rapping. Instead, he’ll chatting about his multifaceted career—and most likely his new memoir, Will—at this speaking event. Visit themetphilly.com
Even if you don’t plan on running, it’s always fun to cheer on the more than 30,000 participants in one of the nation’s top marathon events. There’s also a half marathon and an 8K run. Visit philadelphiamarathon.com
Longwood Garden’s annual illuminated extravanganza beautifully contrasts fire and ice. Warm up by the fire pits, watch the fountain displays choreographed to holiday music, and soak up the half-million lights throughout the vast property. Visit longwoodgardens.org
Ebenezer Scrooge’s rocky journey of self-reflection never gets old. And here it’s performed by one of the region’s most treasured theater companies. Visit hedgerowtheatre.org