Looking for creative ideas for brunch, cocktails, art, hiking, shows, shopping and more during the holidays? In between stuffing those stockings and stressing over what to do on New Year’s Eve, check out the local hotspots frequented and recommended by our recent NEXT Up contributors, who share their plans and favorite Pittsburgh events each week. It’s our favorite part of NEXT Up.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.