Here are the events you need to know about this week in Pittsburgh: December 7-10.
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Monday, December 7: Pittsburgh Art Auction with Everything But The House
Score something cool for everyone on your holiday shopping list — and support the local arts economy. Running for seven days, this online auction includes work by 100 Pittsburgh artists, with objects spanning painting, sculpture, fiber, photography, printmaking, video and jewelry. Bids start at $1 and proceeds go directly to the artists.
Monday, December 7: Holiday Markets Virtual Tour with Doors Open Pittsburgh
Join German teacher and European Guide Judy Casturo and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership for this virtual celebration of festive holiday markets. Learn about the history of traditional German Christmas markets around the globe and our city’s own example in Market Square. Buy tickets.
Tuesday, December 8: Reflections on Warhol: A Conversation with with Hilton Als and Jessica Beck
Have an artful Tuesday during this online conversation between acclaimed writer and critic Hilton Als and Warhol Museum curator Jessica Beck. Als will discuss his new book on the 1980s AIDS crisis, his research on Warhol and his essays about Jean Michel-Basquiat. Buy tickets.
Tuesday, December 8: Artist Talk with the August Wilson African American Cultural Center
Join mixed-media artists Dominic Chambers, Amani Lewis and Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski for an online discussion about how they use storytelling, fantasy and pleasure to inspire their creative practice and explore Black experiences. Register for free.
Tuesday, December 8: Film Kitchen with Jump Cut Theater
Enjoy independent film and video works made by regional artists from the comfort of home during this screening series broadcast via Twitch.
Tuesday, December 8: Claws Out: A Holiday Drag Musical
Tonight’s “pick-your-price performance” is the perfect time check out this world premiere. Creators Monteze Freeland and Shua Potter, who also star in the holiday drag show, will host a virtual pre-show party with crafts and games. Set in the icy North Pole, the campy musical depicts an epic showdown between Mrs. Rachel Claus and rookie Roberta. Buy tickets.
Tuesday, December 8: Steel City Slam Open Mic & Hang
Grab the virtual mic and express yourself. The welcoming and inclusive donation-based event invites poets of all ages to read works on any subject or in any style. Learn more.
Wednesday, December 9: Rick Sebak’s Rockin’ Christmas Cabana at The Independent Brewing Company
Snow and ice can’t dampen this holiday happening, where WQED producer Rick Sebak will spin records in The Independent‘s heated outdoor patio. Fans can also listen from home via Twitch. In the Winter Market, patrons can shop online or in-person with limited indoor capacity for cards and gifts, tiki-to-go-go kits and beer and wine.
Wednesday, December 9: Pittsburgh Playhouse’s Ordinary Days
A new multimedia play celebrating “the unexpected joys of everyday life” could not be more timely. Merging theatre and film into a new hybrid experience, the innovative virtual production features music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. Created by director Dave Solomon Solomon and Emmy-winning designer Jason Ardizzone-West, the musical follows four characters living in NYC whose lives connect in unpredictable ways. Buy tickets.
Thursday, Dec. 10: Boost Your Online Presence Webinar
Does your business website need a boost? Hosted by Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center, this online workshop will cover topics such as SEO, Google searches, organic results and paid advertising. Buy tickets.
Thursday, December 10: Virtual Pgh Tech Happy Hour
Make it a high-tech happy hour. Join local tech industry professionals and leaders to learn about cool companies, cutting-edge innovations, job opportunities and more. Sip, socialize and network in rotating mini-networking breakout rooms. Register for free.
Thursday, December 10: Design in Conversation: Retail Real Talk
Are you a maker looking to sell your products? Hear firsthand from owners and managers of local shops — including Small Mall, the CMOA Store, PG&H, Contemporary Craft, and love, Pittsburgh — about “what it means to be a craft-centric business” and the realities of selling your work. Register here.
Thursday, December 10: Startups Awards with TiE Pittsburgh
Log on to hear 10 finalists present their 3-minute pitches to audience members and judges. Competing for cash awards and professional development, these early stage entrepreneurs will share their innovative ideas, project progress, market traction and growth potential. Register for free.
Thursday, December 10: Holiday Laser Show in North Park
What do you get when you mix a laser show, a scenic park and a drive-in movie theater? Find out during this first of its kind attraction. Cruise into the North Park pool parking lot where a dazzling 45-minute light show synchronized to holiday music will make your spirits bright. Buy timed tickets.
Thursday, December 10: Looking & Learning ─ On Portraits of Pittsburgh
What can portraits tell us about humanity? Join the Frick Pittsburgh and the Heinz History Center for this online panel discussion exploring the history and politics of portraiture. Explore the collections of both museums, including the Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the National Portrait Gallery exhibition. Register for free.
Thursday, December 10: A Musical Christmas Carol with Pittsburgh CLO
Curl up with a hot toddy, turn the channel to WQED and switch on the holidays. Starring as the inimitable Ebenezer Scrooge is Richard Thomas, best-known for his award-winning role in the hit TV show, “The Waltons.” Go behind the curtain with Thomas and CLO staff tonight during the virtual pre-show event and cast party.
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