What to do this week, from an out of the office party to a hip-hop holiday party
What’s going on in Pittsburgh this week, December 13-19? Find out here.
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Monday December 13: My neighbor’s party from WQED
Be My Neighbor Day is actually a whole month. Local children are invited to make a âseamlessâ scarf for someone in need. The project kicks off tonight with a virtual story hour and song featuring “Daniel’s Winter Adventure” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”. Until January 14, participating schools and libraries will be holding scarf-making events and handing out “take-out and take-out” kits.
Monday December 13: Virtual Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards
Who will win this year’s prestigious Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards? Celebrate the work of visionary Pittsburgh artists and witness the presentation of the established and emerging artist awards virtually at the ceremony and reception online. Sponsored by The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Foundation and Opportunity Fund, the program offers two grants of up to $ 20,000 to Southwestern PA artists. Free registration.
Monday December 13: Lindsey Stirling at the Benedum Center
Classical violin, acrobatic choreography and electronic music will converge when Lindsey Stirling presents her new Christmas show in town. Experience the âfearless impresarioâ in person to see why she has garnered three billion views on YouTube. To buy tickets.
Tuesday December 14: Pittsburgh Speed ââFriending at Trace Brewing
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
You have heard of speed dating, now try speed friending! Seems like the perfect activity in the midst of the pandemic, doesn’t it? Here to help young professionals ‘make new friends from all walks of life’, the rotating sessions will spark spontaneous conversations and friendship matches. Whether you’re new to the Burgh, wanting to expand your network, or are âsingle and looking to mingle,â now is the time to take the plunge. Free registration.
Tuesday December 14: TRUTHSayers: Yamiche Alcindor at August Wilson African American Cultural Center
The next to lend her voice to the TRUTHSayers series is Yamiche Alcindor. Host of Washington Week, Alcindor is White House correspondent for PBS and contributor to NBC and MSNBC. From the NATO meeting in 2018 to Trump’s meeting with Putin to life on the US-Mexico border, Alcindor is a key voice in “analyzing the most critical issues of our time.” To buy tickets.
Tuesday, December 14: Remembering the McGinnis Sisters: Food and Family Stories
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Before farmers’ markets dotted the area, there were the McGinnis sisters. If you grew up shopping in their markets and still miss them, sign up for this free virtual event led by food historian Dr Ashley Rose Young. Daughter of Sharon McGinnis, Young will be joined by Bonnie McGinnis Vello and Noreen McGinnis Campbell. Hear firsthand stories about Pittsburgh’s famous foodie family, join a conversation about specialty foods and culinary innovation, and learn about historical articles donated by the McGinnis family. Free registration.
Tuesday December 14: Straight No Chaser at the Benedum Center
Forget about college students in stiff blue blazers singing conventional campus songs to ivy towers – Straight No Chaser is here to rewrite the book on a cappella male bands. For her Back In The High Life tour, nine pure human voices will mingle to create captivating sounds, kitsch style and vaudevillian humor. To buy tickets.
Thursday December 16: Out of Office Party at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Is working from home driving you crazy? Tired of the party of ugly sweaters and the Secret Santa gift exchange? Make it an office party for the record books by celebrating away from the office. Arrive alone or with colleagues to sip a punch, create souvenir photos and hit the dance floor with the TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party. Your spirits will feel brilliant surrounded by the magnificent Carnegie trees and the Neapolitan presepio. To buy tickets.
Thursday, December 16: an evening with Rich Engler at the Oaklander Hotel
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Anyone who grew up in Pittsburgh in the 1980s was lucky enough to attend concerts produced by Dicesare-Engler at historic locations such as the Mosque of Syria, Three Rivers Stadium, and the Stanley Theater. Hear firsthand stories about the life and career of Rich Engler as the prominent music promoter launches this new speaker series. At the event hosted by Paul Steigerwald, music fans can experience Engler’s collectible guitars, watch a preview of the new documentary on his life, and purchase his best-selling book. To buy tickets.
Friday, December 17: thrill on the river in Allegheny RiverTrail Park
Bundle up and head to Aspinwall for a vacation daydreaming by the river. Find cool gifts at the European-style craft market and roast marshmallows around the fireplaces. The event will include the unveiling of public artwork made by students of the Fox Chapel area school district in conjunction with Ketchup City Creative, a snow machine and live music by the Rick Laus Jazz Band. To buy tickets.
Friday December 17: Venture Outdoors Owl Prowl Night Hike in North Park
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Call the owls that inhabit North Park and see if they answer. Master naturalist and ornithologist Ray Morris will lead the three-kilometer hike spotlighting nocturnal birds of prey as prowling owls explore one of nature’s most fascinating creatures. To buy tickets.
Friday December 17: Christmas in East Liberty at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church
This beloved East Liberty vacation tradition returns with a concert presented in person and online. Featuring new music from composers Marcus Grant and Mary Beth Bennett, the free concert will feature Brass Roots, East Liberty Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, organists Edward Alan Moore and Ethan LaPlaca, and more.
Friday December 17th: Hip-Hop Holiday Party at Hop Farm Brewing
7:30 p.m. – 12 p.m.
Throw it back at this retro vacation party in Lawrenceville. DJs Big Phil and FEMI, special beer releases and seasonal cocktails will bring old school joy. Drink because the profits go to the Alle-Kiski Hope Center. To buy tickets.
Friday December 17: a musical Christmas carol at the Byham Theater
The Pittsburgh CLO has a lot to celebrate. The company returns to the indoor theater with acclaimed actor Richard Thomas, who will breathe new life into the timeless role of Ebenezer Scrooge. It is also the 75th anniversary of the CLO and the 30th anniversary of the show. To mark the happy occasion, the hall will transform into a winter wonderland with 75 Christmas trees, walking singers and giant nutcrackers. The Charles Dickens classic will dazzle with special effects, Christmas melodies and iconic characters. To buy tickets.
Saturday December 18: Hansel & Gretel at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
Engelbert Humperdinck’s iconic 19th century opera gets a makeover. Follow Hansel and Gretel into the woods, where they stumble across the set of a cooking show. What will happen when the siblings become the guest stars and main ingredients of the show? The film’s premiere features a star-studded cast as well as performances by the Resonance Chamber Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus. To buy tickets.
Sunday December 19: Holiday brunch at the VoliÃ¨re Nationale
11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The brunch went to the birds. If you are looking for a new dining venue for the holidays, the Aviary has you covered. Indulge in a delicious brunch (read: Challah French Toast, Basil Pancakes, and Firecracker Chicken and Waffles) in the quaint Garden Room, accompanied by delicious cocktails and craft beers. Then spend the afternoon exploring the immersive bird habitats. To buy tickets.
Sunday December 19: Made and Found market in Spirit
This carefully curated market comes at the perfect time for holiday procrastiners. With 34 vendors showcasing the area’s best vintage boutiques, independent manufacturers and smaller brands, it’s possible to browse all the products, take your time, and speak directly with the artists and owners without feeling overwhelmed. From vintage denim, home decor and holistic body care, eco-friendly fashion and hand-poured candles, this is the kind of market where you’ll walk away feeling good about supporting small, sustainable businesses.
For more things to do, read the must-see events for December 12 in Pittsburgh.
For live music, check out The 20 Best December and January Concerts in Pittsburgh.