The Weekend Guide

Muy bueno.

Rosa Blanca

What: In the dead of winter, Jose Garces’s homage to Cuba and the Caribbean comes right on time; between the sweet plantains, pineapple-dotted guacamole, and pastel interior, you can almost feel the sun.
Why: Wake up to a breakfast of guava turnovers and Spanish omelets if your cravings hit early.
When: Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., 7 a.m.-midnight; Fri. & Sat., 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 707 Chestnut St. (215-925-5555).

The Download
What: Random, wonderful finds across the Interwebs.
Why: Poopy Cat Dolls, The Mambo Kings goes digital, and Love Actually gets a sequel.
When: You’re too pooped to do any real work.
Where: At dailycandy.com.

Hot Tea: Zine Release Party

What: The team of artists doles out hot beverages from its mobile cart along with free copies of its limited-edition book of photos and stories.
Why: Stay for the open mic and peek at Hua Hua Zhang’s eerie puppets afterward.
When: Fri., 6-9 p.m.
Where: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. (215-557-0455).

What: You count a viewing of this tale as integral to your holiday traditions as eggnog, so pull yourself away from the TV and watch it come to life onstage.
Why: The children’s ensemble ups the aww factor.
When: Thru Jan. 5.
Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. Tickets ($10-$95) at 215-574-3550 or walnutstreettheatre.org.

Wreck the Halls Holiday Tour

What: Legendary punk rockers Street Dogs add a twinge of toughness to the season.
Why: The Chosen Ones, The Workhorse III, and Thunder and Glory assist in drowning out the Christmas music playing on repeat in your head.
When: Tonight. Doors, 7 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. (215-232-2100). Tickets ($14 in advance; $15 day of show) at ticketfly.com or at the door ($15).

The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market’s Famous Holiday Show
What: Food trucks and more than 60 vendors converge on the Crane Arts building for an anti-mall extravaganza.
Why: DJs and free beer push you to the last line of your shopping list.
When: Sat., noon-7 p.m.
Where: 1400 N. American St. (215-232-3203). Admission ($2) at the door.

Photo: Nina Cazille / Courtesy of Rosa Blanca

1219 Vine St
bt N 12th & N 13th Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19107
707 Chestnut St
@ S 7th & S 8th Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19106
1026 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
825 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
1400 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19122