Issues to Do in Western Pa.

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Paint outdoors with the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in the Ligonier Valley or make a Valentine Shadowbox at home with the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

Learn about the ongoing conservation efforts at Fallingwater or the history of the world’s largest architectural plaster cast in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s architecture hall.

Have a laugh with comedians or be amazed at magicians.

These and other virtual education and entertainment options are coming up.

You can find the details here in this week’s Big List.

Art events

• Hold: The inaugural exhibition at Contemporary Craft’s new permanent home at 5645 Butler Street in Upper Lawrenceville has been extended through March 20. “The heart lives through the hands” shows large-format works of art made of paper and mixed media as well as an impressive sculptural installation by internationally renowned street artist Caledonia Curry.

Free entry; Timed tickets are required to ensure social distance.


• Be my Valentine: Teens and adults can create a vintage-style Valentine shadowbox during a virtual pop-up studio on February 10th at 6:30 pm hosted by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Basic materials are provided in a kit. Participants will need scissors, hot glue and paint, and can add other personal details.

The fee is $ 15 or $ 10 for members who pick up the kit. Add $ 8 to ship the kit. Registration closes January 27 at 888-718-4253 or

• Exterior painting: The Southern Alleghenies Art Museum in the Ligonier Valley invites artists to take part in a special winter plein air paint-out from February 18-20 to capture exterior shots of the area. The weekend culminates in a wet show and the sale of the works from 1-4 o’clock on February 21st.

A non-refundable fee of $ 30 is required to register. Cash prizes totaling $ 500 will be awarded. For information and registration, visit the museum at 1 Boucher Lane, call 724-238-6015, or send an email to


• Book publication: Knitting expert Tanis Gray will discuss her latest book and answer knitting questions during a livestream book start on January 28th at 7pm. Grau’s latest knitting pattern book is “Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy: The Official Star Wars Pattern Book”.

The event is hosted by Mystery Lovers Bookshop and Yarns by Design in Oakmont.



• Yuk it on: Arcade Comedy Theater will broadcast these shows on YouTube Live: Talking Tunes With These Few Goons, Thursday at 9:00 pm; and “Arcade Improv Night: Zero Suit + Select Start”, Friday, 9 pm.

For more upcoming shows across all streaming platforms, visit


• Cinema at home: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has launched a new series for the Harris @ Home film series, which will be available for streaming until February 15th. Titles include the documentary “Rock Camp: The Movie,” which brings potential real-life shredders together for teaching rock stars; “The Reason I Jump” examines the experiences of non-speaking people with autism from around the world; and “The Changin ‘Times of Ike White,” about a musical miracle convicted of murder that went offline after an early release and an acclaimed album.


Kid stuff

• Acting out: Gemini Children’s Theater offers winter and spring acting classes at the Ryan Arts Center at McKees Rocks. Classes are offered in four age groups from 4 to 17 years. Topics include creative play, puppetry, story writing, drama, scene work, improvisation, monologue studies, and technical theater skills such as lighting, sound, props, and costume design. The meetings strictly adhere to the CDC security guidelines.


• Good night stories: Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper is the dream queen who guides adventurers through Sleep Squad, a family-friendly, interactive, virtual theater experience offered by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Adapted from children’s stories, the adventures include a desert island visit, dinosaur birthday party, and an intergalactic nightclub. The on-demand production is available through January 31st and was developed as a novel bedtime ritual for children ages 4 to 12.


• I love that: Children can create a “LOVE” collage-style painting on canvas at a Saturday Children’s Virtual Studio on February 6th at 9:30 am hosted by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Specific materials will be provided via an art kit, but participants will also need scissors, acrylic paints and brushes, a hot glue gun, and glue sticks.

The fee is $ 15 or $ 10 for members who pick up the kit. Add $ 8 to ship the kit. Registration closes on Saturday at 888-718-4253 or


• World’s largest: The plaster cast of the west portal of St.-Gilles-du-Gard in the Architecture Hall of the Carnegie Museum of Art is the theme of the programs on January 27th and February 3rd at 1:30 pm. The world’s largest architectural plaster cast was made directly from the original abbey in southern France. Topics include the history of the 12th century abbey, the surrounding region and the importance of the abbey as a stopover on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Visit to register for the Pay-What-You-Wish session.

• Wright stuff: Scott W. Perkins, Fallingwaters Director of Conservation and Collections, will discuss current and upcoming conservation projects and recent acquisitions of the collection at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Fayette County during a Zoom conference on January 28th at 6pm.

The fee for the program sponsored by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation is $ 5.



• Nothing up your sleeve: New York’s longest running off-Broadway magic show “Monday Night Magic” is broadcast live on Mondays at 8:00 pm. Each interactive edition is offered in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and consists of two performers and a question-and-answer session.

The January 25th session will include Jon Armstrong and Jon Stetson, hosted by David Corsaro. Tickets start at $ 20 at


• Roots music: An hour of original music by The Olga Watkins Band will be broadcast on the City of Asylum virtual channel on Thursday at 7pm. The Pittsburgh-based band fuses influences from blues, funk, soul, jazz, reggae and rock with their songs.


• Folk music: Episode 5 of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s “Front Row” online series will be released on Friday at 7:30 pm. “For the People (Part 1)” presents a program of works written by five American female composers over the past 100 years and filmed in the Washington Penn Plastics Hangar and Heinz Hall.


• Too cool for school: The City Theater Company is offering tickets for the digital premiere of the concert film “F *** 7thGrade” by singer / songwriter Jill Sobule, which goes on sale on January 25th. The world premiere production, dubbed the “Rock’n’Roll Celebration of” Coming of Age and Coming Out, “was slated to be the City Theater’s final show of the 2019-20 season before the live performances were pandemic.

The concert version of the show was performed and recorded to an invited audience over three nights at an outdoor drive-in venue in Hazelwood Green. Home viewing prices start at $ 15. To order, visit

• Jazz online: The latest in the BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive at Home series features pianist, composer, producer and educator Alton Merrell. The free online series was produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and features episodes that feature Sean Jones, Kenya and Thomas Wendt.



• One for all, all for one: The Pittsburgh Public Theater offers access to online readings of TJ Young’s “The Inseparables,” a loose adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers,” from Thursday through Sunday at 7:00 pm. The readings are part of the Public PlayTime benefit series “Classics N’at”.

Donations start at $ 10. Information and registration can be found at

Shirley McMarlin is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750,, or on Twitter.

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