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The top events ‌in‌ ‌Pittsburgh for Dec. 30-Jan. 5

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Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2022

Thu., Dec. 30

End the year with some laughs when Steve Byrne performs at the Pittsburgh Improv. Byrne grew up in Pittsburgh and has integrated the city into his work, including making it the setting of his three-season long sitcom Sullivan & Son. He currently has specials on Comedy Central, and wrote and directed a semi-autobiographical film about his early start as a comedian. See his return to entertain local audiences. 8 p.m. Continues through Sun., Jan. 2, 2022. 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead. $22-80.

Instrumental electronic jam band Lotus is playing two back-to-back shows at Mr. Smalls Theatre. These shows have unfortunately been postponed. A messge from the band: "Despite our best efforts to pull off this run of shows we have had a positive COVID test today within our group and have no choice but to cancel. Both the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh shows will be rescheduled and hopefully we'll be able to report back with those dates soon. Be safe and we hope everyone emerges as healthy as possible in 2022." The venue says tickets will remain valid for those who wish to attend the rescheduled shows.

Fri., Dec. 31

Be sure to stay safe, mask up, and, most importantly, have fun during Highmark First Night in Downtown Pittsburgh. The annual event rings in the New Year with a whole host of activities. See giant puppets at the parade and even more giant rabbits as part of the public art installation Intrude. There will also be live music performances, acrobatics, fireworks, and much more before the The Future of Pittsburgh Grand Finale and ball drop. Proof of vaccination required for gallery and indoor ticketed events. 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Cultural District, Downtown. Free. Registration required for ticketed events.

Sat., Jan. 1

Come enjoy a night of pure soul music with Soul Sessions: Jeff Bradshaw & Eric Roberson at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. Bradshaw is a soul-jazz and hip-hop funk innovator from North Philadelphia. As a trombone virtuoso, Bradshaw is known far and wide for his unique style, performing with greats like Patti LaBelle and Earth, Wind & Fire. Roberson is a two-time Grammy award-nominated singer-songwriter described as “the original pioneer of the independent movement in R&B/soul music.” Proof of vaccination required for ages 12 and up. 8 p.m. 803 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $57.25.

Sun., Jan. 2

Looking for some unique, kid-friendly entertainment? The Oaks Theater will present the Weird-ly O’mazing Celebration, a family-friendly magic and juggling show celebrating all holidays, from National Cream Puff Day to World Introvert Day. Hosts Weird Eric and O’Ryan the O’Mazing will host the “high-energy” event. A 50-50 raffle will take place to benefit Jamie’s Dream Team, an organization that brings joy to those suffering from serious disease, injury, or trauma. 2 p.m. 310 Allegheny River Blvd.,Oakmont. $10-12.

Mon., Jan. 3

Wind down from the holiday hustle by getting in touch with nature at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The exhibition We Are Nature: A New Natural History offers an interactive experience for visitors of all ages and serves as a follow-up to the museum’s 2017 exhibition We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene. The museum’s website says guests can “share their hopes and fears for the future, contribute to time capsules, and learn how they can work for a healthier, more equitable planet.” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Included with regular admission.

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OKLAHOMA! at the Benedum Center

Tue., Jan. 4

Kick off 2022 by seeing a twist on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical. OKLAHOMA! will make its way to the Benedum Center, giving Pittsburgh audiences a chance to experience the Tony Award-winning revival. This rendition has the same script as the original, but the artistic choices are what truly revive this old story, with a version that’s been described as “funny and sexy, provocative, and probing.” Take in the magic of live theater with this exciting take on a classic. 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sun., Jan. 9. 803 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $33-115.

Wed., Jan. 5

Have a one-of-a-kind evening at Liberty Magic watching the mind reading duo, The Evasons, perform in SECOND SIGHT. The married mentalist duo Jeff and Tessa Evason go by the motto “when minds meet, exciting things can happen,” a phrase that invites guests to come figure out what the hype is all about. Citing strong emotional reactions, laughter, amazement, and a real sense of connection, The Evasons are sure to make an impression, especially because Tessa performs her tricks while wearing a blindfold. 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sun., Jan. 30. 811 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $40-65.

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