Events

The Can’t Miss

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Winter Flower Show and Light Garden

By Emerson Andrews and Margaret Welsh
info@pittsburghcurrent.com

 

November 26 

 

The Melting Pot invites friends out to their 3rd Annual Friendsgiving event on Nov. 26 and Nov 27. Three course and four course meal options are available, and pre-registration is encouraged. 4 p.m. 242 W. Station Square Dr. $21.95 – $32.90. 412-261-3477 or meltingpot.com/pittsburgh-pa (EA)

 

November 27

 

Threadbare Cider and Mead hosts a pre-Thanksgiving pizza dinner with vegetarian and vegan menu options in partnership with Humane Animal Rescue. A portion of all bar and to-go bottle orders will be donated to Humane Animal Rescue. Pre-registration is required. 5 p.m. 1291 Spring Garden Ave. Free admission. Threadbarecider.com (EA)

 

Southern Tier Brewers Co. holds their annual Gobblers Ball. Featuring an all-day happy hour with deals on drafts, wine & spirits and appetizers, the party will go on until midnight. 11 a.m. 316 N. Shore Dr. Free admission. 412-301-2337 or stbcbeer.com/taprooms/pittsburgh (EA)

 

November 29

 

TRYP HOTEL hosts a Small Mall Holiday Market on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30. Art, handmade goods and apparel from local artists will be available for sale, with some artists present to take commissions on unique gifts for the holidays. 6 p.m. 177 40th St. Free admission. 412-552-3600 or casey@caseydroege.com (EA)

 

Those looking to avoid the shopping crowds can enjoy a Family Day at the Mattress Factory. Hands-on activities, a hot chocolate bar and music by DJ Dave Zak are just some of the things attendees can experience. Student, senior, veteran and child discounts are available. 1 p.m. 500 Sampsonia Way. $20 general admission. 412-231-3169 or info@mattress.org (EA)

 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens presents their Winter Flower Show and Light Garden from Nov. 29 through Jan. 12. Indoor and outdoor holiday displays cover 15 acres, with a new Rainbow Glow Tree. Family friendly activities as well as a drinks station are just some of the additional benefits. Reservation is required, with student, senior and child pricing available. Members attend for free. 9:30 a.m. One Schenley Park. $19.95 general admission. Phipps.conservatory.org (EA)

 

We learned at the 7th-grade science fair that music helps plants grow. Just think about what it must do for us! On Friday, Nov. 29, head to Spirit for House Plants, an evening of dancing, chilling and (maybe?) a little growth. Resent DJs Michael Kaiser, Ryan Schroeder and Patrick Backeris will provide house and techno grooves, and special guest Brian Bohan AKA Father of Two offers a mix of midwestern dance music, UK sound system culture and global club sounds. 9 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. Free. www.spiritpgh.com (MW)

 

November 30

 

Q92.9 and BOB FM invite those in need of holiday photos to step inside a 20 foot tall Giant Snow Globe this year. Enter raffles for Gold passes to Cedar Point and tickets to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, with a holiday vendor village available for gift shopping. 12 p.m. 8013 McKnight Rd. Free admission. 412-364-1171 or jpavlot@theblocknorthway.com (EA)

 

The Gothees — Pittsburgh’s long-standing purveyors of “bubble goth,” an irreverent mix of ‘60s flower-power pop and ‘80s post-punk gloom — are celebrating a new record. But even if you’ve never heard the band, you’re likely to find the release familiar. Titled The Birds, The Bees, The Monkees & the Gothees the EP, which the band is releasing on white vinyl, features seven tracks, all covers of Monkees songs. And the cover art is a “cover” too (sort of) paying tribute to 1968’s The Birds, The Bees and the Monkees, and features a meticulous and painstaking assembling of authentic Monkees memorabilia and Gothees-related details. The band celebrates the release on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Howlers in Bloomfield. Horehound, Dabris and Dumplings also perform, with art by Murphi Cook. 9 p.m. 4509 Liberty Ave. $8. www.howlerspittsburgh.com (MW)

 

December 1

 

For World AIDS Day, the Andy Warhol Museum holds their thirtieth annual Day With(out) Art. This year’s program, Still Beginning, features new work from a variety of artists covering subjects such as anti-stigma work, public sex culture, and the FDA’s ban on blood donations by gay men. The Allies for Health + Wellbeing will be at the museum to provide information and services for those who have or are at risk of HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections. Student, senior and child discounts are available. 10 a.m. 117 Sandusky St. $20 general admission. 412-237-8300 or information@warhol.org (EA)

 

December 2

 

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City screens Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read. The film, about Pittsburgh-born pianist Erroll Garner, covers the musician’s rise to popularity, his music and his personality for the first time on film. The screening is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-657-6916 or info.sembenefilmfestival@gmail.com (EA)

 

Andy’s at Fairmont Pittsburgh holds a series of Holiday Cocktail classes on Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Students will receive instruction by Andy’s cocktail specialists, hors d’oeuvres, three cocktails and food pairings, recipes and a cocktail shaker. Reservation is required. 7 p.m. 510 Market St. $85. 412-773-8904 (EA)

 

December 4

 

Join REI at Threadbare Cider and Mead for a Holiday DIY. Learn how to take a used bike wheel and upcycle it into a festive wreath. A tour of the cider house and samples will follow the class. All materials are provided by REI, and pre-registration is required. 6:30 p.m. 1291 Spring Garden Ave. $10 for members, $12 general admission. Rei.com (EA)

 

AR Workshop Robinson holds a Chunky Knit Blanket Workshop. Learn the step-by-step process to make a cozy 40” x 50” blanket for yourself or as a gift just in time for the holidays. No needles or knitting experience is necessary. All materials are provided with color choices available, and pre-registration is required. 6:30 p.m. 6511 Robinson Centre Dr. $85. 412-407-9002 or arworkshop.com/robinson (EA)

 

December 5

 

The Heinz History Center puts on a traditional Italian Holiday Concert with Italian standards performed by Vito DiSalvo, Marco Fiorante, and Daniela Pasquini with musical accompaniment. 7 p.m. 1212 Smallman St. $15. Heinzhistorycenter.org (EA)

 

Radio fans and Pittsburghers alike can enjoy the new parody “Yinzer Scrooged: A Pittsburgh Christmas Carol”, presented by Bricolage Production Company. Performed like a radio show, the Dickens’ classic has been updated with Pittsburgh legends and celebrities, while attendees are asked to participate just as a live studio audience. The show runs from Dec. 5 to Dec. 21. A Happy Half-Hour 30 minutes before the show includes free drinks and holiday-themed activities. Student and group pricing are available. 8 p.m. 937 Liberty Ave. $35 general admission. 412-471-0999 or fred@bricolagepgh.org (EA)

 

Though Pile has steadily released records since Rick Maguire started the project in the late 2000s, the band sometimes flies under the radar. It may be because Pile is hard to classify: the Boston-bred quartet moves from straight-ahead singer-songwriterly melodies, to weirdo avant noise, to aggressive post-rock. But those who count themselves as fans are usually fierce in their love, and with good reason. Whichever side you fall on — have you seen the light or haven’t you? — don’t miss your chance to see the band when it comes to the Mr. Roboto Project Thursday, Dec. 5. Calyx and Big Baby open. 7 p.m. 5106 Penn Ave., Friendship. $13. All ages. www.therobotoproject.com (MW)

 

December 6

 

Handmade Arcade is selling tickets to a Preview Party for shoppers who wish to skip the lines on the official opening day. Attendees can speak to the artists and craftspeople, participate in special raffles for artwork and products and enjoy a cash bar. 5:30 p.m. 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. $20. info@handmadearcade.org or handmadearcade.org (EA)

 

See a live radio performance of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott at the Merrick Art Gallery presented by R-ACT Theatre Productions. The show will be performed once on Dec. 6 and once on Dec 7. R-ACT and Merrick members receive discounted tickets, and the show benefits Relay for Life. 7 p.m. 1100 5th Ave. New Brighton. $7 cash at the door. Ractproductions.com (EA)

 

December 7

 

Handmade Arcade opens to the public at the David Lawrence Convention Center for its 15th year. Shop for artwork, crafts and products from local artists and vendors, enjoy a hands-on activity area and participate in raffles. A special Early Bird shopping hour is available for $15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for those who wish to get in early. 11 a.m. 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. Free admission. info@handmadearcade.org or handmadearcade.org (EA)

 

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater holds a Family Dance Party. Kids and parents can enjoy the wintry theme, crafts and treats all while having fun on the dance floor. 12 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave. Free. 412-363-3000 or margo@Kelly-Strayhorn.org (EA)

 

For teens and adults 14 and up with a little dance experience, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is holding a “The Nutcracker” Workshop. Learn the original choreography to this holiday tradition from Marcella Day and Shanna Naider to experience the magic set to Tschaikovsky’s famous score. 1:45 p.m. 2900 Liberty Ave. $60 before Dec. 7, $75 on Dec. 7. 412-281-0360 or pbt.org (EA)

 

December 8

 

Pittsburgh’s Holiday Book Sale for those interested in Indie reads returns for a seventh year, this time at Spirit Hall. Returning and new booksellers will have a wide and unique selection available. Browsers and buyers can partake in cocktails at the cash bar in the saleroom as well as a buffet brunch downstairs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 12 p.m. 242 51st St. Free admission. etsy.com/shop/KarensBookRow (EA)

 

December 10

You know when you go home for Thanksgiving and you find your old box of CDs and you start listening to them on the family stereo and getting weepy? Depending on how old you are (i.e. if you’re my age), you can lean into that feeling at the Rex Theater on Tuesday, Dec. 10. That’s where Sioux Falls emo-pop band The Spill Canvas will be, offering up some true, earnest early-2000s alt-rock feelings. Cory Wells opens, along with — and here’s a real Pennsylvania nostalgia trip — the Juliana Theory. 7 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $20. www.rextheater.net 

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