Seven Days in Pittsburgh: December 17-23 | Artwork + leisure | Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theater dancers at Pittsburgh Symphony’s Tapestry of Light: A Christmas Party

Thu., Dec. 17
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is dancing in your living room with Fireside Nutcracker, a virtual production that follows a young girl who falls into a vacation experience full of romance, danger, and magic. While not a personal stage, the show nonetheless features all of the elements that have made it a favorite for generations, including the PBT company’s stunning choreography and timeless Tchaikovsky score. The opening night includes a virtual celebration as well as a front row seat in a popular seasonal tradition from the safety of your own home. 7 p.m. Continuation until Thursday, December 31st. Free. Registration required.

You may think you know Pittsburgh, but there is still a lot to discover. From the Archives: Pittsburgh Revealed 2020 Can Help. This unique selection of moving images presented by City of Asylum was created in or around the Pittsburgh area during the 1930s to 1990s. The 90-minute film even includes home videos by legendary Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris. 7-8.30pm Free of charge with registration.

Fri., Dec. 18
Head to the August Wilson African American Cultural Center for Lit Fridays, a virtual salon with talks and guest appearances. This week, Mental Health will join forces with educator, writer and activist Lacrisha Holcomb, licensed counselor and author Crystal Joseph, and Rowana Abbensetts, a Guyanese-American fiction and poetry writer, the Spoken Black Girl, a mental health and wellness platform, founded, women focus on color. The event will be moderated by the Centre’s literary curator Jessica Lanay. 6 p.m. Free. Registration required.

One of Pittsburgh’s most anticipated annual holiday performances can still be enjoyed at home this year as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra brings its principal conductor and soloist Byron Stripling to the virtual stage with Tapestry of Light: A Holiday Celebration. The traditional performances recorded in the Heinz Hall include “old favorites and new surprises”. A sensory friendly version is also available. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Sat., Dec. 19
Celebrate the Kwanzaa 2020 style with a virtual event from the Kolor-n-Kiln pottery studio. With the Virtual Kwanzaa Chalkboard Class, the participants create a “purpose board” to write down the various meanings of the vacation. While the class is virtual, all materials are provided in a kit that you can use to paint in the comfort of your home. 4 p.m. $ 30.

Sun, December 20th
The Harris Theater @ Home cinema listings will stream a special presentation of The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a family-friendly, recorded show that brings a new twist to an old favorite. The Hip Hop Nutcracker, staged and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, is described by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as a “spectacle of contemporary dance to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music” and takes place in modern New York instead of 19th century Germany. The full-length production consists of a cast of all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist and a performance by hip-hop legend MC Kurtis Blow. Shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Available until January 3, 2021. $ 20.

Monday December 21st
Since we’re temporarily unable to drink in bars due to the pandemic, pour a glass of wine at home and head to Doors Open Pittsburgh for a night out with new friends online. With “A virtual storytelling experience: Holiday joy with machine wines, a truly unique winery experience”, wine lovers can get virtual access to the famous wine cellar under the Roberto Clemente Museum and, if they wish, enjoy a tasting with wine experts. 7:30 pm minimum donation of $ 5. $ 95 for a pre-ordered wine taster.

Tuesday, December 22nd
This is the last chance to see Delta Hill Riders and Magicicada at the Silver Eye Center for Photography. The two photo exhibitions offer a convincing view of two very different worlds. For Delta Hill Riders, Rory Doyle captures the historically overlooked subculture of African American cowboys and cowgirls in the rural Mississippi Delta. Sue Abramson focuses on the strange life cycle of cicadas after 17 years underground and then uses the exoskeletons that the insects shed after their short time on earth. Silver Eye is currently closed, but you can take a virtual walk through the galleries on the Silver Eye website. To see until Thursday, December 31st. 4808 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. Free.

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Virtual Stories with Santa Claus with Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden - PHOTO: PHIPPS CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS

Photo: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden

Virtual Stories with Santa Claus with Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

What’s better than mom or dad reading bedtime stories? Let Santa Claus read them! With Virtual Stories with Santa, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens created a fun vacation activity for kids stuck at home during the pandemic. Put the little ones on their favorite PJs and let the big man from the North Pole read aloud to you penguin and pine cones: a friendship story, a story about a little penguin who finds a lost pine cone in the snow. 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free of charge. RSVP at for zoom link.

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Saige Smith and Karen Baum shoot a scene in A Christmas Carol at the PICT Classic Theater - PHOTO: CATHERINE KOLOS

Photo: Catherine Kolos

Saige Smith and Karen Baum record a scene in A Christmas Carol at the PICT Classic Theater

Wednesday December 23rd
There is something special about going to the theater during the holiday season. While you may not be able to be physically in a theater, the next best thing is to see actors on a livestream production like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The PICT Classic Theater will perform Dickens’ classic story as RadioPlay, streamed on Broadway OnDemand. To be continued until Sunday, January 3rd. $ 18.95 per household.

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