Seven days in Pittsburgh: March 2-8 December | Artwork + leisure | Pittsburgh

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Thu., Dec. 2

The New Hazlett Theater on the North Side brings director, playwright and CMU graduate NaTasha Thompson’s Lavender Terrace to the stage as part of its Community Supported Art Performance Series. The original multimedia production examines Marita Boner’s one-act play The Purple Flower from 1928, a metaphor for racial issues in the US years. “Vaccination certificate or negative COVID test required. 8:00 pm On until Fri., Dec. 3, 6 Allegheny Square East , North Side. $ 15-25.

The Neck Deep Tour is coming to Stage AE to deliver energetic pop punk to the North Side. Neck Deep, a Welsh pop-punk band formed in 2012, is supported by Heart Attack Man, Oxymorrons, Zero 9:36 and Boston Manor. Before the show, we recommend checking out Heart Attack Man’s new EP Thoughtz & Prayerz. Evidence of vaccination or negative COVID test required. 5:00 p.m. 400 N. Shore Drive, north side. $ 42.

Fri., Dec. 3

Help the Thomas Merton Center for Peace and Justice continue their fight for human rights during the Lost and Found: Pop-up Museum and Online Art Auction. The two-day fundraising event – described as the “celebration of community, art and activism” that has kept the center going for nearly five decades – will feature works by 50 artists in a pop-up museum and online auction. There will also be family-friendly interactive exhibits, protest memorabilia, pop-up performances, and free drinks and snacks. 4-10 p.m. Continued through Sat., Dec. 4, 5150 Penn Ave., Garfield. Season tickets. $ 40 recommended entry. Pay-what-you-can-$ 5-250.

Rain check your other plans to have a laugh with Nate Bargatze. The Raincheck Tour, held at the Benedum Center, will feature the stand-up comedian and presenter from Nateland, a podcast described as “the meaningless problems we face every day”. Learn why Bargatze has appeared on multiple TV shows and multiple Netflix comedy specials. 7 p.m. 237 Seventh Street, downtown. $ 31-51.

Sat., Dec. 4

The Italian tenor and multi-instrumentalist Andrea Bocelli comes to the PPG Paints Arena. After performing in piano bars and participating in singing competitions, Bocelli rose to fame in 1994 after winning the preliminary round of the 44th Sanremo Music Festival. In 1998, Bocelli was named one of the 50 most beautiful people in People magazine and later in a duet with Celine Dion in the song “The Prayer”. Don’t miss this highly anticipated tour postponed in 2020. 8:00 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Downtown. $ 80-499.

A local outdoor retailer will partner with several environmental groups to help clean up the Ohio River. Public Lands will partner with Friends of the Riverfront, Allegheny CleanWays and United By Blue to host a family-friendly event that will collect trash along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and West End Bridge. Volunteers who sign up for the cleaning will receive a reusable cleaning kit and limited edition t-shirt, plus hot drinks and a snack from Soul Biscuit. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 800-816 Kroll Drive, north side. For free. Registration required.

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Sensual magic hours with Santa Claus

Sun., Dec. 5

Bring the kids to meet the fun old elf during sensory magic hours with Santa at The Mall at Robinson. The event is presented in collaboration with Autism Speaks and promises a sensitive environment and sensory experience for children with special needs and their families. Every photo purchase benefits Autism Speaks. Come and enjoy yourself and mark the occasion with a festive photo that will look back on many holidays to come. 11 am-7pm 100 Robinson Center Drive, Robinson. Reservation needed.

Mon, December 6th

As part of the Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures Ten Evenings program, author Yaa Gyasi will discuss her famous book Transcendent Kingdom. The work is now a New York Times best seller, following a Ph.D. Stanford candidate whose studies are influenced by her younger brother who died of a heroin overdose. Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Ala., Gyasi has received extensive recognition for both Transcendent Kingdom and her award-winning debut novel, Homegoing. 7:30 p.m. Available virtually online for one week. $ 10-15.

Learn how scientists contribute to environmental policy when the Carnegie Science Center launches its latest Virtual Café Sci. Accompany guest speaker Dr. Patrick Douglas Shirey for The Ecology Policy Lab, a look at how ecology can influence policies that help restore ecosystems and restore endangered species. The certified ecologist and professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh promises to shed light on this important topic. 7-9 p.m. Takes place via Zoom. For free. Registration required.

Tue., Dec. 7

Take in all of the beauty Downtown has to offer this season with Walk the Burgh’s Holiday Lights Tour. The tour lasts until New Years Day and takes guests around downtown to admire architecture, decorations, lights, and more during a breathtaking two-hour walking tour. If the view wasn’t enticing enough, the price also includes vouchers from Walk the Burgh Tours restaurant partners so you can explore the city’s food scene as well. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Continued until Sat. January 1, 2022. 1049 Penn Ave., Downtown. $ 15-25.

Wed, December 8th

If you want to laugh this holiday season, The Second City’s It’s A Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Life at the O’Reilly Theater is the place for you. Join the newest members of Chicago’s longtime improv comedy troupe as they impale the archaic traditions that plague the Christmas season with satirical sketches and songs. Also included are Rich Alfonso, Andrew Bolduc, Jenelle Cheyne, Tim Metzler and Julia Morales. 7.30 p.m. Continued until Sun., Dec. 12, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown. $ 37.25- $ 57.25.

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