Ring in 2015 with a month full of terrific cultural events and happenings all around town—from sketch comedy to comfort food. Bid adieu to 2014 with our top 8 events not to miss in January, the second in our new monthly series. For more details, check out our events section each week.


The Second City: Marlena Rodriguez, Alan Linic, Lisa Beasley, John Thibodeaux, Liz Reuss, and Scott Morehead.

1. Pittsburgh Public Theater presents The Second City: January 6 – 10

We can’t think of a better way to welcome the New Year than by LOLing with legendary comedy troupe The Second City. They’ve launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Gilda Radner—to name a few—and now their talented touring show rolls into town for just five nights. Their first show about Pittsburgh since 2008’s Three Rivers Runs Through It, Chicago’s comedy superstars are gearing up to take the Burgh by storm with N’at’s All Folks!, a brand new sketch comedy and improv show directed by Anthony LeBlanc. The irreverent and celebratory roast will have you cracking up via witty jabs and clever commentary featuring local Steel City politics, our world-famous approach to speaking n’at (dubbed “America’s ugliest” accent in 2014), and of course, plenty of sports talk and black and gold humor.

In addition to the local angle, The Second City will perform favorites from their beloved and inimitable repertoire of fast-paced sketch comedy, wacky songs and trademark improv. A who’s who of comedy’s latest best and brightest, the cast features Marlena Rodriguez, Alan Linic, Lisa Beasley, John Thibodeaux, Liz Reuss, and Scott Morehead, along with music director and onstage accompanist Dane Halvorson. A cash bar will be open in the theater’s main lobby. Purchase tickets.

PghRestaurantWeek_6002. Pittsburgh Restaurant Week’s Winter 2015 Celebration: January 12 – 18

This month, let top chefs cook for you. Discover local fare at Pittsburgh Restaurant Week’s 2015 Winter Celebration, where you can savor new dishes and great eateries without breaking the bank. Celebrating “New Dishes for the New Year,” Restaurant Week highlights the wide variety of dining options that Pittsburgh has to offer, drawing patrons from all around the city and surrounding areas. For its 2015 showcase, the highly anticipated culinary celebration spotlights unique local restaurants and invites diners to enjoy new and innovative dishes and fine dining. All participating restaurants will offer three-course fixed-price meals or specials that range in price from $20.15 to $35.15. So whether you’re a city, suburban or rural dweller, head into Pittsburgh to stroll the business districts and enjoy unique and accessible meals.

Participating restaurants—which span many city neighborhoods—include everything from Butcher and the Rye, Arpino Trattoria, Avenue B, Seviche and Tender, Cioppino, Habitat, Isabela On Grandview, Meat & Potatoes, Root 174 and Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina (and many more!). Newly expanded for Winter 2015, participating restaurants now have the option to extend their week-long celebration to include extra bonus days. Also new this year is a special preview weekend running January 9-11th. Don’t miss Restaurant Week’s festive dish-preview Kickoff Party (purchase tickets) on January 8th, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Pittsburgh Opera in the Strip. Attendees will eat for a cause at the kickoff bash, which supports Animal Friends via charity raffles. The Winter 2015 installment also features an invitational food blogger dinner and a private Wrap Party with participating restaurant owners and chefs. View the most up-to-date listing of participating restaurants.

StripDistrictMF3. Strip District Music Festival: January 17

Music festivals are not just for summer anymore. And the Strip is not only about food. 80 bands, 16 hours and 11 venues (and counting!) will make for a great way to spend one very rocking January day in Pittsburgh’s unique Strip District. The debut of this multi-venue, music-based winter festival aims to generate neighborhood excitement and promote awareness about Pittsburgh’s vibrant music community during a time of the year that is generally regarded as a slow period for events.

Showcasing both the recent growth and resurgence taking place throughout the Strip District, as well as connecting music fans to new venues local and regional musicians, the mini-fest runs from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Featuring a wide range of musical genres, styles and sounds, performers include everyone from Cello Fury and Ferdinand the Bull, to Beauty Slap and The Red Western. Added bonus? The pay-what-you-want festival features a unique donation based online payment system. View a complete schedule of bands and list of venues.