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Watch Saturday morning cartoons and eat cereal

PhilaMOCA kicks off a monthly series: Saturday morning cartons and sugary cereal. Swing by (doors open at 11:30) for 100 minutes of nostalgia. Anything that aired between the 1960s-1990s is fair game including popular favorites, short-lived gems, and forgotten oddities. And yes, the commercials of your childhood are included.

Where: PhilaMOCA at 531 N. 12th St. 19123

When: January 13, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

How much: $5


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Show off your keyboard skills at Synth Night

The Secret Synth Society Philadelphia has an intimidating sounding name, but if you've always wanted to share your love of noodling around on keyboards, this group is for you. Newcomers are welcome at the monthly meetings, where members show off and share gear, jam, network and have fun. No skill requirements to join.

Where: BridgeSet Sound at 710 South St., 19147

When: January 2, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How much: Free


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Alternative Mummers Parade and fest in Kensington

After the strut down Broad, a couple progressive Mummers troupes (the Rabble Rousers and the Lobsters) are taking the party back to the neighborhood. A march through Kensington and down Frankford Avenue will culminate in a party outside Philadelphia Brewing Co. and the Lost Bar. Expect outdoor hot cider and cake, and more fun inside. Processions starts at 1 p.m., fest at 4 p.m.

Where: Philadelphia Brewing Co. at 2440 Frankford Ave., 19125

When: January 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Free


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Remember Heath Ledger with a showing of ‘A Knight’s Tale’

This January will mark a decade since actor Heath Ledger took his own life. The Philadelphia Film Society pays tribute with a showing of one of his early hits, Brian Helgeland's 2001 comedy "A Knight's Tale." If you know it well, even better, because there's a themed Quizzo before the movie, with prizes given out as the credits roll.

Where: Prince Black Box at 1412 Chestnut St., 19102

When: January 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

How much: $13; seniors $12


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51st annual Kwanzaa Celebration in West Philly

The Kwanzaa Cooperative, The National Association of Kawaida Organizations and the Black Writers Museum host their annual celebration of the winter holiday with a candle lighting ceremony, a kids area, live entertainment, market vendors and speakers. This year's talks will be led by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Dr. Segun Shabaka.

Where: West Philadelphia High School at 4901 Chestnut St., 19139

When: December 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

How much: $7; kids & seniors $5


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Revisit Washington’s Crossing, indoors

The big Christmas Day re-enactment of George Washington actually crossing the Delaware River was called off due to high winds, but if you (or the little ones) want to experience the moment, you can do it indoors. The Independence National Historic Park's Ranger Program is putting on a half-hour show with film and discussion at 3 p.m. both Sat and Sun.

Where: Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S. at 420 Chestnut St., 19106

When: December 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to December 31, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

How much: Free


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Acoustic live show at Rustic Music

This Wash West musical instrument store is hosting its first-ever live show. Neo-folk/rock artist Dan Montgomery will play, accompanied in the second set by Gus Cordovox on accordion and drums. Montgomery promises to play his season-appropriate classic, "I Hate New Year's Eve."

Where: Rustic Music at 259 S. 10th St., 19107

When: December 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How much: Free


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Fur Ball happy hour supports rescue animals

Morris Animal Rescue is hosting a series of happy hours to help with the costs of the org's big gala benefit (the Fur Ball). Expect discounts on beer (brewed on-site), cocktails and snacks — all proceeds go to the cause.

Where: Philadelphia Brewing Co. at 2440 Frankford Ave., 19125

When: December 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


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Learn up on champagne in time for New Year’s Eve

Want tips on what kind of bubbly to buy for Dec. 31? Join sommelier Toya Woodland at this Brewerytown tavern for a quick session in all things champagne. She'll offer tastes of Pommery Brut NV, JCB 21 cremant from burgundy, Vilarnau Cava and Berlucchi Franciacorta Brut NV as she explains how it's made and which bottles are worth a splurge.

Where: 2637Brew at 2637 W. Girard Ave., 19130

When: December 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: $20


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William Way annual Christmas potluck

Don't want to be alone on Dec. 25? People of all faiths (or no faith) are welcome at this LGBT Community Center's annual potluck Christmas dinner, a general celebration of joy and caring. Call to say what dish you're bringing (if you can't bring anything this year, you're welcome anyway).

Where: William Way LGBT Community Center at 1315 Spruce St., 19107

When: December 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How much: Free


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See why making Japanese mochi treats is an artform

Right next to the Regional Rail station in Ardmore is a Japanese grocery and sushi counter, which is hosting a one-day "Mochitsuki Festival." Throughout the afternoon, experts will be demonstrating the traditional way of making the dessert called mochi, which is done by pounding sticky rice with a wooden mallet in a hollow tree trunk. Taste samples after each performance and even try your hand at it.

Where: Maido at 5 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, 19003

When: December 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How much: Demos and sample free


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Spend Xmas Eve with a bunch of beer geeks

If you're not doing the family thing on Christmas Eve, head out on the town to Varga Bar's annual party. Expect lots of rare beers and discounts on others, plus special snacks like fried PB&J and Mickey Mouse pancakes.

Where: Varga Bar at 941 Spruce St., 19107

When: December 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to December 25, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


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Live ice carving in Franklin Square

If you're looking for a distraction after last-minute gift shopping or a place to take visiting family, catch a live ice carving demo in Old City. You can watch sculptures appear out of blocks of frozen water right before your eyes.

Where: Franklin Square at 200 N. 6th St.

When: December 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How much: Free


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Everything you need to know about Kwanzaa

CNN commentator and activist Marc Lamont Hill's Germantown bookstore and cafe is up and running and hosting events. This one will see presenter Maisha Sullivan-Ongoza lead people through the history, principles, and mission of the seven day festival that celebrates African and African American culture and history.

Where: Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books at 5445 Germantown Ave., 19144

When: December 23, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How much: Free; seating is limited


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First-ever Kwanzaa celebration at Boathouse Row

Boathouse Row will light up for Kwanzaa for the first time ever. MLK Drive will be closed to traffic between Eakins Oval and Sweet Briar Drive at 5 p.m., and a drum line procession from Paine’s Park to the Fish Ladder will begin soon after. 

Where: Boathouse Row at Fairmount Fish Ladder, Schuylkill River Trail, 19131

When: December 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.