The Can’t Miss

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By The Pittsburgh Current


New Years’ Eve (December 31)


End the old ring and ring in the new at Highmark First Night 2020. The celebration is open to all ages and features a variety of arts and entertainment. Walk through Prismatica, a modern ice palace on Seventh Street, or enjoy a parade with puppets by Studio Capezzuti. Arcade Comedy Theater, The Zuzu African Acrobats and musician Sierra Sellers are just some of the performers who will be part of the fun. The night begins with Dollar Bank Children’s Fireworks and closes out at midnight with a Future of Pittsburgh Grand Finale. Children five and under can attend the event for free. Check the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust site for a list of specific times and locations for the over 100 performances and activities. 6 p.m. Downtown Pittsburgh. $10 general admission.


December 11


Local vocalist Kenia is joined by guitarist Wesley Amorim and bassist Tony Grey at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City for a fusion of Brazilian music and jazz to celebrate 60 years of Bossa Nova. The performance is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or


December 12


City of Asylum @ Alphabet City hosts a staged reading of Simona’s Search by playwright Martin Zimmerman. Zimmerman, a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter, has a number of credited works, and is part of City Theatre’s Momentum Reading Series. The event is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-435-1110 or


Dreamcrusher is arguably one of the most important artists creating right now, making nihilist queer revolt musik that is high-energy, aggressive, exciting and original–some real punk rock for folks who love to move around and fuck shit up, societally speaking. On Thursday, Dec. 12, Dreamcrusher takes over Collision to throw a banger for all the punk-rock ravers and noise maniacs. Pittsburgh’s W00DY brings their own absurdist hardcore dance tunes to the party. Expect sets by Weather, Bromp Treb and Possessioner too. Come ready to engage and rage is all I’m sayin.’ 8:30 p.m. $8. Contact for more information. 


December 13


The South Hills Children’s Choir presents a wintery concert, “Across the Sweeping Tundra,” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Joined by the Cygnus Quartet, the performance will include music by Ola Gjeilo, John Rutter, Maurice Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, and Antonio Vivaldi, as well as a number of holiday songs. The concert is free with reservation. 7 p.m. 1066 Washington Rd. Mt. Lebanon. Free.


The Andy Warhol Museum hosts a Print Party for 13 to 18 year-olds who wish to learn more about Andy Warhol’s most well-known art techniques. Teens can explore the galleries, participate in discussion and activities and give screen-printing a try for themselves. The party is free with reservation, and spots are limited. 6 p.m. 117 Sandusky St. Free. 412-237-8300 or


The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh open their Off the Wall exhibition, with additional hours through Dec 30. Support local artists by browsing the gallery of original works, all priced under $300. When a piece is bought, it comes off the wall. 6 p.m. 4106 Howley St. Free admission.


Start The Beat with SIKES has been a Pittsburgh podcast institution for a long-ass time, and it has had a pretty dang good year. On Friday, Dec. 13th, SIKES is throwing a big ol’ party to celebrate the good shit in 2019 at REDFISHBOWL Studios. There’ll be a variety of live entertainment, appearances by Queens of NC-17, THRIFTY Podcast, Ghoul on Ghoul, Neon Braniacs and beyond. It’s free, holiday attire is encouraged, egos can be left at the door and fun is mandatory at this one, so leave the boring, cool guy apathy at home. Do not come unless you want to have a good time. 8 p.m. 4327 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Free. 


December 15


Children ages 3 to 7 are invited by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to a two-hour workshop inspired by The Nutcracker. The workshop is for kids with any or no amount of dance experience, and includes dance class, music, costuming and special guests from the holiday classic. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and socks or ballet slippers. Registration is required. 10 a.m. 2900 Liberty Ave. $75.


East End Brewing holds their annual Crafts and Drafts Holiday Market. Shop for gifts from local artists and brewers, and come early to enjoy brunch by Larder of East End. The event is free and family friendly with housemade root beer and ginger ale. 12 p.m. 147 Julius St. Free. 412-537-2337 or


December 16


City of Asylum @ Alphabet City partners with Sembene – The Film & Arts Festival for a screening of Eddie Jefferson Live in Concert, a documentary showcasing the final recorded performance of the late jazz vocalist Eddie Jefferson, a Pittsburgh native born 101 years ago. The documentary will be followed by a Q&A with Richie Cole, Jefferson’s friend and mentee who also stars in the documentary. 7 p.m. 40 W. North Ave. Free. 412-657-6916


December 17


Pittsburgh Winery holds their annual Home for the Holidays concert at the Benedum Center. Listen to Pittsburgh artists such as Scott Blasey, Lyndsey Smith, Billy Price, Margot Bingham, Steeltown Horns and more perform holiday classics and original music. A pre-show wine tasting will be held an hour before the performance for additional cost. The Benedum Center lobby will also be hosting a donation drive to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, with a list of needed items on the event’s Facebook page. 7:30 p.m. 719 Liberty Ave. $29 – $74.


In these winter months, it’s easy to retreat into the comfort and warmth of your own home, softened by the beauty of the snow. Fuck that. Get out of your house and get your aggro back on at Gooski’s on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Spike Pit will be bringing its delightfully ignorant-ass, blistering punk from Cleveland. You could throw empty beer cans or tater tots at them during their set, and it would be okay either way, probably. Pittsburgh hardcore punk heavy hitters Living World and De Rodillas (my personal favorite band in PGH) will be holding it down for the 412, or whatever. 9 p.m. 3117 Brereton St., Polish Hill. $5. 


December 19


Bring your pets to Camp Bow Wow’s first annual Howliday Market at the Ace Hotel. A $10 donation includes a pet photo with Santa, paw print art, entry into Camp Bow Wow’s Daycare Raffle and more. Pet vendors, arts and crafts vendors, a hot chocolate and coffee bar as well as a cash bar will also be on hand during the event. Donations benefit the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, Biggies Bullies, and Humane Animal Rescue, with further donations beyond $10 going to a pet shelter drive. 6 p.m. 120 S. Whitfield St. $10 donation. 412-362-7529 or


A Christmas Story fans should head to DoubleTree Pittsburgh Green Tree for a themed Pop-Up Bar Dec. 19 and Dec. 20. The bar will be decorated with 1940s vintage decor, including the infamous leg lamp, and the film will be streamed continuously. 4:30 p.m. 500 Mansfield Ave. Free admission. 412-922-8400 or


Mannequin Pussy is a rock band with the power to bend genres while making music that is emotionally gutting and powerful. Its latest album Patience oscillates between beautiful confessional moments to “burn it the fuck down” energy, and the band delivers a fiery live performance to match. On Thursday, Dec. 19, Mannequin Pussy will tear it up at the Mr. Roboto Project alongside dreamy, indie rock band Kississippi, another band with the power to wield vulnerability as an emotional weapon. Spacious pop-tinged rock band The Ophelias joins the party too. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $12-15. (MF) 


December 20


The Candle Lab and Call Me Crazy Cookie Lady partner for a workshop on candle-making and cookie decorating. Attendees will learn to make a custom-scented 8 oz. candle as well as decorate half a dozen cookies, all of which are included in the ticket price to take home. The event is BYOB. 6 p.m. 4409 Butler St. $55. or


December 21


Bierport is opening their bottles of Tröeg’s Mad Elf from the last five years. Try the different iterations of this Pittsburgh-favorite Christmas beer from 2014 to 2018 in their taproom. 4 oz. pours and flights are available only while supplies last. 11 a.m. 4115 Butler St. Free admission. 412-904-4248 or


December 22


Strange Roots Experimental Ales partners with Stone’s Throw Farm and their alpacas for a pop-up shop in the brewery and drinks in their beer garden. Featured alpacas include Buffalo Bill and McGregor. 12 p.m. 501 E Ohio St. Free admission. 412-407-2506 or


December 23


Join Sidelines Bar and Grill as they celebrate Festivus. All Full Pint Brewing Products will be on special as attendees Air their Grievances and Demonstrate their Feats of Strength. 5 p.m. 621 Evergreen Ave. Millvale. Free admission.412-821-4492 or


December 24


For holiday movie lovers with an appetite for Chinese takeout, Row House Cinema has it covered with a holiday movie marathon starting Christmas Eve and continuing through Christmas Day. The films being screened are The Muppet Christmas Carol, Die Hard, Krampus and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Those planning to order food should arrive 45 minutes before the movie, and food will be delivered to their seats in the middle of the screening. Food provided by Zen Asian Diner and is not included in the ticket price. 5:30 p.m. 4115 Butler St. $8 matinee, $10 general admission.


December 25


Kat De Lac hosts a “Stuff Yinz Stocking” Free Drag Show and Pot Luck at The Smiling Moose. Hot spiked cider will be on hand, and attendees can participate in a holiday sweater contest as well as enjoy the show. 8 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St. Free. 412-431-4668 or


December 26


“Mummies of the World: The Exhibition” opens at the Carnegie Science Center. View the 125 mummies and related pieces, the largest collection from around the world ever curated. The exhibit will be on display from Dec. 26 to Apr. 19, 2020. 10 a.m. One Allegheny Ave. Free for children 2 and under, $11.95 for kids, $14.95 for seniors, $19.95 general admission.


December 27


For performers and professionals in need of their first or an updated headshot, come to Headshot Popup Pittsburgh at Higher Voice Studio. The event will be held from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30 and includes three professional quality images. 10 a.m. 144 E. Main St. Carnegie. $150.


December 28


Row House Cinema holds a screening of Amélie, with coffee, tea and pastries provided by Madeleine Bakery & Bistro. Ticket price includes refreshments. 10 a.m. 4115 Butler St. $15


For those 21 and up looking for a party from the past, Spirit hosts the 4th Annual “The Upstage Lives” celebration, reviving the experience of the Pittsburgh dance club. DJ EZ Lou, DJ Callisto and DJ Arvin Clay, all former Upstage DJs, will spin of mix of music from the 80s and 90s. 8 p.m. 242 51st St. $15.


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