The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

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Holidays roll on

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

It doesn't have to end there.

If you're looking to enjoy more holiday festivity with your family, there are still a few good options:

The Carnegie Museum of Art/Natural History in Oakland is showcasing its "Carnegie Trees 2013: Embracing the Art of Play" (through Jan. 12) along with the Neapolitan presepio (though Jan. 9). Of course, while you're there, you can marvel at the museum-wide 2013 Carnegie International.

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, also in Oakland, presents its Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden, along with Candlelight Evenings, through Jan. 12.

■ The trains are still running through the Carnegie Science Center's Miniature Railroad & Village, North Side.

The Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze offers "A Pittsburgh Christmas," focusing on Pittsburgh Christmases of the late 19th century, through Jan. 5.

■ Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has five more productions of "The Nutcracker" running through Sunday at the Benedum Center, Downtown.



The Harlem Globetrotters are almost as reliable as Santa Claus this time of year.

The razzle-dazzle team, which dates back to 1927, pulls into the Consol Energy Center at 7 tonight with its 2014 Fans Rule World Tour.

Fans were able to choose before the game by an online vote which game-changing rule they would like to see during the exhibition.

They include:

Make or Miss: This quarter starts with two players from each team. In order to get more players on the court the teams need to score. Each time a team scores another player from that team may enter the court. However, for every shot the team misses they lose a player.

Hot Hand Jersey: Both teams have a jersey they can pass among each other to wear during this quarter. The player who is wearing this jersey will be awarded double points when he scores.

Trick Shot Challenge: Each team has three trick-shot challenges during this quarter. If the team makes the trick shot challenge it gets 5 points. If it misses the other team gets the 5 points.

6 on 5: Five Globetrotters will play six opponents.

Two-ball basketball: Yes, two balls at the same time!

Tickets start at $20.50;

Emma Americana

The Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville gets a post-Christmas visit from Big Leg Emma, a Jamestown, N.Y., band known for its Americana roots rock sound.

There's no Emma in the band. Rather, it is fronted by Charity Nuse, who formed the group in 2001 with Steve Johnson.

Rooted in traditional folk, bluegrass and country, the band has shared stages with Rusted Root, Donna the Buffalo, Little Feat and Del McCoury, among others.

The show is at 9 p.m. with special guests The Trainjumpers. Admission is $14;


One man jam

Keller Williams -- aka the "one-man band" of the jam-rock scene -- returns to Mr. Smalls on Friday with two different sides of his persona.

The first set will be a solo looping set and then he'll return with his six-piece Virginia-based R&B band More Than A Little.

Mr. Williams recently released the new album "Funk," culled from two live performances and featuring original tunes and covers of "Once in a Lifetime" and "West LA Fadeaway," among others.

It begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25;


Revisit the Clarks

The Clarks, a Pittsburgh institution since 1986, will take fans back to their college or high school days with shows at the Rex Theater on Friday and Saturday.

The band, which used to be in a club somewhere on any given weekend, is more selective these days, playing its hometown only a handful of times per year.

You can expect good, old-fashioned guitar-rock and "hits" like "Penny on the Floor," "Shimmy Low," "Cigarette" and "Better off Without You."

The Badless open on Friday and The Hawkeyes on Saturday. Tickets are $20; $36 for two-night package. Shows are at 8:30 p.m.


'Lenora!' in Carnegie

Pittsburgh's queen of song and dance takes the stage Saturday at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie for the benefit show "Lenora! Lenora Nemetz Brings Broadway to Carnegie Carnegie Hall."

The Pittsburgh native got her break as a teenager on Broadway in the original "Cabaret" and had a breakout role in "Chicago."

Her numerous credits include "Working," "The Rink," "Anything Goes," "Show Boat," "The Pajama Game," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Some Like It Hot," "Hello Dolly," "Gypsy" and "Oklahoma." This summer she starred in the acclaimed "Side by Side by Sondheim."

"Lenora!" will be followed by a reception.

Tickets are $125 ($90 tax deductible) for reserved seats in the orchestra or $75 ($40 tax deductible) for the balcony. Proceeds benefit the Library & Music Hall and the restoration of its historic facility. or 412-276-3456, ext. 13.


The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy Talk Show presents "The Hipsterization of Pittsburgh" at the Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

It's a comedic exploration of the transition between Yinzer City and Hipsterville. Panelists include Mr. McIntire, Mayor-elect Bill Peduto, hipster entrepreneur Jia Ji and hipsters to be named later.

Admission is $10 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: or 412-325-6769.

Music on the Hills

If you can't wait another year for Christmas music to rev up, check out "Christmas Praise" at 4 p.m. Saturday, Beulah Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCrady Road, Churchill.

Part of the church's Music on the Hill series, the free concert features seasonal selections on flute, harpsichord, organ, piano, handbells, trombone and voice. A potluck dinner will take place after the concert, and donations to that, as well as to the church offering, are welcome.

More at 412-242-4570 or

Led Zep 2

Altar Bar will be a sanctuary Saturday for the Chicago-based tribute band Led Zeppelin 2 -- The Live Experience.

Rather than a greatest hits show, LZ2 re-enacts the live improvisation and onstage interaction of the British giants, who won't be coming around here any time soon.

It begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $13 advance; $15 day of show at

Winter blues

The Gateway Clipper Fleet sails on Saturday with a Winter Blues Cruise headlined by one of the city's top blues bands, Jill West & Blues Attack. In the opening slot is the Washington, Pa.-based Ruby Red and the Dirty Devils

It boards at 7 p.m. and cruises at 8 p.m. Cover is $20. or 412-355-7980.

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