2Do this week, Dec. 15-21: Cultural events around Pittsburgh


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TODAY

"Skate With Santa" at the Schenley Park Skating Rink, Overlook Drive, at 1:30 p.m. The festivities include music and refreshments. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for youth (17 and younger) and seniors (60 and older). Skate rental is $2.50. For more info, 412-422-6523 or www.Citiparks.net.

MONDAY AND TUESDAY

Pittsburgh rock all-star B.E. Taylor will perform his popular Christmas concerts at Heinz Hall at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $25.75 to $60.75 at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

TUESDAY

Classical Revolution Pittsburgh, an organization committed to presenting classical music in alternative venues at low or no cost, will meet its mission at a free performance at Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave., Strip District. "Ancient Airs and Dances" will feature works by Bach, Respighi and Handel. More information at www.classicalrevolutionpgh.org.

WEDNESDAY

Pittsburgh plein air painter Barry Shields will conduct an Adult Pop-Up Studio Workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art temporary location, 4764 State Route 30, east of Greensburg. Mr. Shields will demonstrate his charcoal on canvas technique and aspects of acrylic use and perspective. Wine, beer, snacks and materials will be provided, $15. Space is limited, reserve at 724-837-1500, ext. 110. Information: www.wmuseumaa.org.

THURSDAY THROUGH NEXT SUNDAY

Pittsburgh Musical Theater presents "A Lyrical Christmas Carol" at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. Charles Dickens' magical tale of Scrooge, ghosts, Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family returns in this Ken and Jane Gargaro take on the classic that includes seasonal carols and the music of Bach, Mozart and Vaughan Williams. Showtimes, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, $15 in advance general admission, $10 in advance students and $20 at the door, 412-539-0900 ext. 232.

THURSDAY

Jay & The Americans will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall as part of their celebration of the 50th anniversary of "Only in America." The concert also features Charlie Thomas' Drifters ("Save the Last Dance for Me"), Jay Siegel's Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), Johnny Angel and the Halos and others. Tickets, $32.50-$99.50, 412-392-4900 or www.heinzhall.org.

THURSDAY

In conjunction with her Pop-Up Exhibition, "Personal Perception," artist Anna Mikolay will lead an interactive salon beginning at 6 p.m. at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art temporary location, 4764 State Route 30, east of Greensburg (free). Ms. Mikolay's paintings explore the optics of color fields and patterns on surfaces, taking into consideration time, perception, space and how the work activates the viewer's mind. She has most recently been working with Alloy Pittsburgh, a visual and performing arts project developed in collaboration with the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area to create temporary, site-based artworks for the Carrie Furnace National Historic Landmark. Information: www.wmuseumaa.org.

SATURDAY

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents its annual "Home for the Holidays" concert of holiday music at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg. The concert features the All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County and Pittsburgh Opera resident artist Jasmine Muhammad as a soloist. The WSO will perform favorites such as "Sleigh Ride" and "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." Tickets are $10-$39, available at 724-837-1850 or www.westmorelandsymphony.org.

SATURDAY

The Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra will perform a concert of Russian and Rusyn Christmas music at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper St. Clair High School Theater, 1825 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair. The St. Nicholas Rusyn Orthodox Choir of Homestead will join the PCO for the performance. Tickets, available at the door, are $5-$15, free for children 12 and under. More at www.pittsburghcivicorchestra.org.


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