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Salsa Fridays

Fridays, 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Cabaret at Theater Square 655 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh Downtown


Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

Sat., Dec. 15, 12:30-2 p.m.
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center 951 Old Salem Rd., Greensburg Greensburg

Buy Tickets$10

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Written by: Allison Gregory Directed by: Becky Ziegler Koch Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.'s fun. So when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. 724-414-1220

South Hills Chorale Holiday Concert

Sat., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church 2040 Washington Rd., Upper St. Clair Upper St. Clair

Buy Tickets$20

Sound the Pipes! The South Hills Chorale's annual holiday concerts will open with a wee nod to Scotland. Continuing a 58-year tradition, 90 singers from communities around the Pittsburgh area share their love of music with local audiences, performing familiar and new Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday tunes in joyful celebration of the season. Purchase tickets from Chorale members, on the Chorale's website, at the door, or by emailing 412-221-9109

We Want The Funk Weekend

Sat., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Q: "What is funk music?" A: "Funk is disciplined. Funk is freaky. Funk is space suits and Egyptian iconography. It's huge afros and crazy colors. It is Afrofuturistic and it is always fun." That's just the top layer of Nelson George's 2013 documentary Finding The Funk; if you want a deeper dive, check out We Want The Funk Weekend at August Wilson Center. The film will be screened alongside a lecture from professor/funk historian Dr. Scot Brown. Plus, obviously, a killer lineup of performers, including SOS Band, Brick, Con Funk, plus a DJ battle between Nick Nice and Nate Da Phat Barber at the afterparty. It'll be a disciplined, freaky, Afrofuturistic fun time. 412-471-6070

Happy HorrorDays

Sat., Dec. 15, 7-10 p.m., Fri., Dec. 21, 7-10 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 22, 7-10 p.m.
Haunted Hills Estate 236 Rolling Hills Estate Road, Uniontown Monroeville

Buy Tickets$20

This Holiday season, you're in for a FRIGHT before Christmas! Santa Claus has come to Western PA... and he's not happy. Haunted Hills Estate in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, rated the #2 Haunted Attraction in the state of Pennsylvania, is excited to present Happy HorrorDays for two weekends only: December 14th and 15th from 7-10pm, and December 21st and 22nd from 7-10pm. Try to survive 2 floors of our terrifying Holiday Horrors! Escape the Dangerous Elves, a Krampus, Dark Christmas Creatures, and of course, a run in with the man (soaked) in red himself. 724-984-5915

Miracle on 34th Street

Sat., Dec. 15, 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 16, 2-4:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center One Lincoln Park, Midland

Buy Tickets18,22,25

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When an old man by the name of Kris Kringle gets a job working as Santa for Macy's Department Store, a young girl and her mother begin to suspect there is more to Mr. Kringle than meets the eye. This classic holiday story reminds us to keep the child in all of us alive and well! 724 576 4644 opt 2

The Nutcracker

Sat., Dec. 15, 2-4:30 & 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 16, 2-4:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center One Lincoln Park, Midland

Buy Tickets18,22,25

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Waltzing snowflakes, enchanted toys, and the Sugarplum Fairy take audiences and Clara on a magical journey. Gorgeous dancing, thrilling fight scenes, and the splendor of Christmas, make The Nutcracker a family tradition that will warm your spirit and stay with you for years to come! 724-576-4644

A Christmas Carol

Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.
Carnegie Stage 25 W Main Street, Carnegie Carnegie

When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, it was so popular it sold out by Christmas Eve, five days after publication. Its influence continues to this day; any cheesy movie where a character is visited by a ghost/spirit on Christmas and forced to revisit their life borrows from Dickens. A new theatrical adaptation of A Christmas Carol takes place the Carnegie Stage, reinvented as a one-man show performed by Mark Coffin and directed by Heidi Mueller Smith. In this version, Coffin plays both Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. The story was first performed as a one-man show by Patrick Stewart in 1987.

Boo Humbag! A Slightly-Off Musical Christmas Carol

Sat., Dec. 15, 9 p.m.
Arcade Comedy Theater 943 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh Downtown

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Boo Humbag! An original comedic musical set to the Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol". Delightfully strange while being joyfully weird you'll be singing these songs all holiday season! Join Scrooge, Some Ghosts, Tiny Tim, and of course Elvis as they go on a journey that will ultimately reveal the true meaning of Christmas. (Running into special guests along the way, and accompanied by the Alexei Plotnicov Band.) This one-of-a-kind comedy soon-to-be classic is on limited three-night-run. Give the gift of laughter this holiday season, get your tickets now. 412-339-0608

African Dance Class

Second and Third Friday of every month and Fourth and Last Friday of every month
Irma Freeman Center for Imagination 5006 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh Garfield


American Patriot: Photos by Charlee Brodsky, Poetry by Jim Daniels

Through Dec. 31, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
American Jewish Museum 5738 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill

American Patriot: Photographs by Charlee Brodsky, Poetry by Jim Daniels, a new body of work, is comprised of photographs by Brodsky of American flags that she finds in residential neighborhoods throughout the southwestern PA region. Daniels’ poems are rousing interpretations of Brodsky’s photos. Through the symbolism of the American flag, their collaboration wrestles with the complexities of life in 21st century America, the meaning of the American flag, and the very nature of patriotism and American values. 412-697-3231

Garden Railroad: Memories in Motion

Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Mondays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 10
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh Oakland

Buy Tickets$17.95

In celebration of Phipps' 125th anniversary, this year's all-new Garden Railroad: Memories in Motion takes guests on a journey down the tracks of time, showing the dramatic transformation of the Conservatory from its humble beginnings to its modern-day status as a leader in horticultural display and sustainability — all through the magic of interactive, meticulously detailed garden-scale models! Watch as miniature locomotives chug through landscapes full of live, minuscule plants, showing scenes of Phipps and its Schenley Park surroundings in 1893 and 2018. Plus, guests will delight at interactive, push-button stations that bring these memorable displays to life. 412-622-6914

TRANSFORMATION 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials

Through March 9, 2019, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Contemporary Craft 2100 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh Strip District

Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials features 27 exceptional artists’ artwork that incorporates found objects and materials for personal and global narratives, expressions, and aesthetics. The exhibition seeks out an international selection of artists redefining their medium to create work that is challenging and thought provoking; inviting us all to reconsider our notion of “craft.” This exhibition is free and open to the public from Monday - Saturday, 10AM - 5PM.There will also have complementary hands-on art making experience designed by one of the exhibiting artists, Michelle Stitzlein. 412-261-7003

Nichole Gronvold Roller: Above Ground

Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Thursdays-Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28
BoxHeart Gallery 4523 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh Bloomfield

Buy TicketsFree and open to the public.

From November 13th to December 28th, BoxHeart Gallery is proud to present Nichole Gronvold Roller: Above Ground on exhibit in our main gallery. Roller constructs imaginary spaces; specifically, ambiguous spaces that possess unpredictable gravity or no gravity at all. A means to organize the sensations of both actual and emotional interpretation of place, Roller’s paintings are representational of her thoughts and describe the vivid energy of her invented worlds. 412-687-8858

Chris McGinnis: Arroyo

Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28
BoxHeart Gallery 4523 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh Bloomfield

Buy TicketsFree and open to the public.

From November 13th to December 28th, BoxHeart Gallery is proud to present Chris McGinnis: Arroyo on exhibit in our 2nd floor gallery. McGinnis’ artwork is rooted in site-based research exploring notions of human progress and identity through place. This body of artwork specifically investigates his relationship with Arroyo, a lumber town in western Pennsylvania with an extensive hide tanning industry. 412-687-8858

Comedy on the Rocks

Fridays. Continues through Dec. 31
The Parkway Theater 644 Broadway Ave., Pittsburgh McKees Rocks

Comedy Open Mic. 10 minute sets.

folkLAB's OTHER: multiracial folklore

Through Dec. 16
Community Forge 1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh Wilkinsburg

Theatre company folkLAB was created in 2017 as a place to highlight diverse and marginalized voices in an artform that often leaves them behind. The company’s latest piece, OTHER: multiracial folklore, performed at Community Forge, explores the complications and specific isolation many multiracial people experience growing up. It’s the third installment of in Our Voice, a series that revisits established mythologies, previous iterations of which included FEMME and QUEER. The ensemble includes Jason Gordon, Diane Ghogomu, Brenden Peifer, and Jalina McClarin. A portion of the sales go directly to the artists that help put it together. 412-501-2055

The Nutcracker

Through Dec. 27
Benedum Center 237 7th St., Pittsburgh Downtown


All of the Suddens

Through Jan. 22, 2019
Pittsburgh Glass Center 5472 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh Friendship

An exhibition by Seattle artist Kelly O’Dell exploring existence and extinction, preservation and decay. Inspired by the changing of the seasons in the Pacific Northwest after growing up in the perpetual summer of the Hawaiian Islands, O’Dell’s work shines a light on the devastating impact of the human race on species in the wild and embodies the Latin phrase “memento mori,” meaning “remember death.” 412-365-2145

The Old Curiosity Shop

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 2 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 15
WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio 4802 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh Oakland

Buy Tickets$15 - $48

The story of a journey made by Little Nell, a fourteen year old girl and her Grandfather, the proprietor of the eponymous shop. We follow them and their journey through England as they run from the evil moneylender, Quilp, who seeks the money he lent to the Grandfather as investment, but who's addiction to gambling has brought about his ruin. Quilp wants revenge and he wants Little Nell. The journey takes them through various trials for her and temptations for the Grandfather, and on the journey, they meet with a mixture of kindness and ill fortune. Appropriate for all ages. 412-561-6000


Fridays, Saturdays, 8-10 p.m., Sundays, 2-4 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16
The Theatre Factory Cavitt Ave. & Third St., Trafford Monroeville

Buy Tickets$15 - $20

HILARIOUS CHRISTMAS MUSICAL! A group of nuns who love to entertain, the Little Sisters of Hoboken are taping their first TV special in the cable access studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement.  It will make you laugh and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It's the perfect way to insure your holiday season is merry and bright! 412 374 9200

Midnight Radio's Die Hard N'at

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 2 p.m. and Wed., Dec. 19, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22
Bricolage 937 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh Downtown

Buy Tickets$25-$35

Settle in for a humorous Pittsburgh spin on the 1988 action and, arguably, Christmas movie Die Hard. In a live show complete with old-timey Foley effects and audience participation, Bricolage and Midnight Radio follow wisecracking New York cop, John McClane, as he battles a group of terrorists who crash an office holiday party. Along the way, performers add local touches to the familiar blockbuster tale. Be sure to arrive early for a pre-show happy hour with free drinks and interactive, retro-themed activities. 412 471 0999

Nutcracker at Carnegie Performing Arts Center

Fridays-Sundays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16
Andrew Carnegie Free Library Music Hall 300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie Carnegie

An old fashioned holiday theme is the offering for this year’s Nutcracker as presented by the Carnegie Performing Arts Center. The Nutcracker is being performed for two weekends, beginning on Friday, December 7, and ending on Sunday, December 16. Performances will be held at the Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegie. Performances of the Nutcracker will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are available at the door and are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and children. Stephanie Hrabar of Pittsburgh, a graduate of Goucher College and the Carnegie 412-279-8887

I Love the *80's

Fridays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Continues through Dec. 28
Shenanigans Sports Bar & Grill 10640 State Route 30, Irwin North Huntingdon


Walk-in Vaccine Hours

Tuesdays-Fridays, 8-10 a.m.
Western Pennsylvania Humane Society 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh North Side

412- 321-4625

New Choices Career Development Classes

Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania Women Work 650 Smithfield Street, Suite 520, Pittsburgh Downtown

New Choices is a FREE, comprehensive career program, where you'll learn job search and interview skills, goal-setting, and the confidence to succeed. You’ll update your resume, refresh your computer skills, and learn conflict resolution, budgeting, and time management – plus individualized career coaching and job search assistance. Day/evening classes available starting soon Downtown, or at extended sites throughout Pittsburgh. Whether you're starting out or re-entering the workforce, our 20 years of expertise will make you a stronger candidate. New Choices has helped over 55,000 people find living-wage jobs and build lasting careers! Call to register or for more information! 412-742-4362

Tropical Forest Cuba

Ongoing, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh Oakland

Just in time to think about warm-weather plants, Phipps Conservatory has opened the 12,000-square-foot, 60-foot-high Tropical Forest Cuba, which promises to be an immersive journey through the island’s rich biodiversity. Expect lush vegetation and colorful flowers, but there are also waterfalls and streams, a fish aquarium and a scenic overlook. Educational stations provide information about birds, traditional natural-medicine farmacias and the Phipps Botany in Action research in Cuba. It’s not native to Cuba, but a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline, kin to so many vintage cars on the island, is also available for posing in. -Al Hoff


Community Acupuncture Clinic

Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Yoga Factory Pittsburgh 3418 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh Lawrenceville

Yoga Factory is proud to host Dr. Typer Phan every Friday for a Community Acupuncture Clinic. He is a 5th generation acupuncturist conducting open Acupuncture sessions from 10am-2pm at Yoga Factory every Friday! No appointment necessary, just show up and start healing! $25 per person. 412-513-5000

Walking Tours of The Homewood Cemetery

Ongoing, 1 p.m.
Homewood Cemetery 1599 S Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill

There are few better places to learn about a city’s history than from its cemeteries. Records of people’s lives weren’t kept as thoroughly as they are now, so some of the most fascinating life stories can get lost, especially those of women, who were never in the history books to begin with. Audacious Pioneers: A walking tour of the Homewood Cemetery aims to broaden the understanding of Pittsburgh history by learning about its dead dames, from a palm reading countess to a renowned opera singer. Though it might be tempting, it’s best not to feed the ghosts. 412-260-6305

Artdfact Gallery

Mondays, Fridays
Artdfact 1800 Preble Ave., Pittsburgh North Side

The works of Timothy Kelley & other regional & US artists on display. Sculpture, oil & acrylic paintings, mixed media, found objects, more. 724-797-3302

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