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Monday, Jan. 10: Virtual Storytelling: Theatres of the Old Northside
Pittsburgh’s love affair with cinema started way before the days of “Batman” and “Flashdance.” Join storyteller Jim Kastner for a virtual tour of the historic nickelodeons and neighborhood movie theaters that once dotted Allegheny City (aka the Northside). Find out what happened to the Garden Theater’s ticket booth, explore the old Spring Garden nickelodeon and hear about the Northside drive-in that literally ended with a bang. Buy tickets.
Monday, Jan. 10: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
After all the turkey basting, cookie baking and cocktail shaking, it’s time to let Pittsburgh’s rock star chefs cook for you. They’re working incredibly hard to power through pandemic challenges and need our support more than ever. With fixed-price multi-course meals, this seven-day feastival explores the theme of New Dishes for the New Year. From Fujiya Ramen, The Commoner and Carmella’s Plates and Pints to McCormick & Schmick’s, Paris 66 and Station — there’s a flavor for every palate and craving.
Tuesday, Jan. 11: Virtual Nature Story: Animals Don’t Wear Pajamas
Put on your favorite jammies and curl up with a blanket for this reading of Eve B. Feldman’s children’s book led by a Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy naturalist educator. Discover how animals sleep, nap and rest in nature and then grab some colorful markers to design your own cozy place for animals to sleep. Register for free.
Tuesday, Jan. 11: Zoom In: Light! with Carnegie Museum of Art
Be illuminated by art as the winter solstice is bringing a wee bit more light each day. Hop online for CMOA’s first virtual tour of 2022 to explore how artists throughout time have used light as a subject matter, artistic tool and expressive medium. Buy tickets.
Tuesday, Jan. 11: Desperate: An Epic Battle for Clean Water in Appalachia
Join City of Asylum for a reading and conversation with author and Pittsburgh resident Kris Maher. A reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Maher will discuss his debut book — a comprehensive account of the seven-year legal battle waged by residents of southern West Virginia against Massey Energy. Joining Maher will be Andrew Conte, director of Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation and author of NEXTpittsburgh’s On Media column. Register for free.
Wednesday, Jan. 12: Hop into History: Architectural Adventures with the Heinz History Center
Pittsburgh’s youngest history buffs are invited to hop into the New Year with the people, places and stories that make Pittsburgh unique. Kids ages 2-5 will investigate paintings of Pittsburgh buildings and design their own addition to the city using Magna-Tiles. Next, participants will see designs by Pittsburgh architect Lou Astorino and create colorful architectural sketches. Buy tickets.
Wednesday, Jan. 12: Livingston Taylor show at Oaks Theater
Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor (you know of his famous sibling, James), is celebrating five decades of music with a retrospective box set, documentary film and commemorative photo book. A longtime faculty member at Berklee College of Music, Taylor has penned several Top-40 hits and has collaborated with Linda Ronstadt, Jethro Tull and Jimmy Buffett. Experience his iconic folk music during this intimate concert in Oakmont. Buy tickets.
Wednesday, Jan. 12: That Golden Girls Show! at the Byham Theater
Running for two nights this week, this puppet parody is just the antidote we need to collectively mourn and celebrate the trailblazing star Betty White. We’re also invited to the epic party commemorating White’s remarkable life and career via the star-studded movie special premiering on Jan. 17 on what would have been her 100th birthday. But before that, don’t miss this puppet sensation satirizing all your fave “Golden Girls” moments. Buy tickets.
Thursday, Jan. 13: Virtual Talk with Terry Miller
Kicking off its in-person Made Local series, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures welcomes writer and Pittsburgh native Terry Miller in conversation with Pitt Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg. With her award-winning memoir, “Behind God’s Back: Finding Hope in Hardship,” Miller examines “childhood and early adult hardships endured growing up in public housing in Pittsburgh’s Arlington Heights,” while also sharing her sobriety journey and her work founding a recovery center. The talk is also available online. Register for free.
Thursday, Jan. 13: Three Rivers Urban Soils Symposium with Phipps
How does the soil under our feet impact urban agriculture, environmental justice and community health? Join regional and national experts and community practitioners to understand the important relationship between soil and our city’s environment. Register for free.
Friday, Jan. 14: Growth + Development: Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Danny Dunson, Emma Osore, Celeste C. Smith
This new series of virtual discussions presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center is connecting prominent Pittsburgh artists and scholars with nationally acclaimed Black creators. Artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss will moderate a discussion with Danny Dunson, director of curatorial services for Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History; Brooklyn-based designer and social entrepreneur Emma Osore; and Celeste C. Smith; senior program officer for The Pittsburgh Foundation and co-founder of 1Hood Media. Register for free.
Friday, Jan. 14: Park After Dark Intro to Snowshoeing at Boyce Park
Always wanted to try snowshoeing but don’t know how to start? Bundle up and join Allegheny County park rangers for this introductory class to learn the basics of snowshoeing. Buy tickets.
Saturday, Jan. 15: Polar Party at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Winter is here so it’s time for this polar party. Chill out and celebrate the coldest days of the year as you learn about polar bear diets and find out how blubber keeps marine animals warm. Follow frosty clues in a scavenger hunt to discover how plants and animals survive in polar environments, meet paleontologists and test your skills in the rockhopper penguin course. Buy tickets.
Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16: Locomotion Weekend at Carnegie Science Center
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cue the Little Eva hit and head to the North Shore for a weekend dedicated to trains. Hop aboard the building-wide extravaganza to check out awesome displays from local hobbyists and train associations, see interactive set-ups and visit the Miniature Railroad & Village. Chug along to The Rangos Giant Cinema to experience the immersive “Rocky Mountain Express” before it closes. Buy tickets.
Saturday, Jan. 15: Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: An Ocean of Color at Phipps
9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
This tropical daycation of “all-star specimens” is arriving just in time to rescue us from the winter doldrums. Wander amidst displays of bright orchids backed by large, colorful foliage, savor aromatic fragrances and let your troubles melt into flowing ponds and fountains. See exquisite fruiting and flowering bonsai trees showcasing a wide variety of species and pruning techniques that have been in training for decades. Buy tickets.
Saturday, Jan. 15: Karl Mullen’s Fire In Your Heart at ZYNKA Gallery
Starting tonight, the walls at Sharpsburg’s ZYNKA Gallery will showcase a Dublin-born multimedia artist with strong ties to the Burgh. Fire In Your Heart features new works on paper, tin and canvas created by Karl Mullen. Depicting poetic figures floating on fields of color, the works explore Irish mythology, family and dreams. Don’t miss the free opening reception, where Mullen will perform songs related to his paintings. While living in Pittsburgh from 1976 to 2004, Mullen was a central figure within the city’s art community as well as the local music scene with his bands Carsickness and Ploughman’s Lunch.
Saturday, Jan. 15: Let Freedom Sing Concert Online Concert
The power of music will celebrate unity and diversity — and raise funds to fight hunger — during the MLK Jr. holiday weekend with this signature concert featuring classic spirituals gospel and jazz standards. Directed by Herbert Jones, the free concert will stream live from Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District. The uplifting evening will showcase the Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh, the MLK Festival Singers, regional choirs and vocalists Chantal Braziel and Anqwenique Wingfield. Donations will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Sunday, Jan. 16: 2,022 Miles Challenge with Venture Outdoors
Think you can traverse 2,022 miles in 2022? Join Venture Outdoors to try new outdoor experiences and accomplish health and wellness goals. How does it work? Participants can walk, run, bike, hike, skate, kayak, swim — the goal is to get moving outdoors. Keep track of your miles, submit your results every month and keep on moving. In addition to feeling fab, finishers will get a medal, free gear, event invitations and prizes. Register now.
Sunday, Jan. 16: Pittsburgh RV Show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
RV sales have soared during the pandemic, as adventurers hit the road to combat cabin fever and explore the country via “mobile bubbles.” Take to the open road like Cousin Eddie with 9 acres of RVs from 100 exhibitors and 13 dealers. Explore options like folding camping trailers and high-end motor homes, see the latest models and check out RV swag to enhance your new lifestyle. Get expert advice from the industry’s top reps who will be on hand to help you make your roads trip dreams come true. Buy tickets.
Sunday, Jan. 16: World Jazz with Tomchess & Ravi Padmanabha
Wind down your weekend with global jazz at Alphabet City and dinner at the venue’s in-house restaurant 40 North. Multi-instrumentalist composers Tomchess and Ravi Radmanabha are teaming up with bassist Eli Namay to celebrate the release of their new album, “Permanence of the Uninterrupted Continuity.” The concert is also available online. Register for free.
For live music, check out The 20 best concerts for December and January in Pittsburgh.