2Do This Week, Dec. 30 - Jan. 5: Cultural events around town

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MONDAY

Pittsburgh Opera, which has been putting on one of the most elaborate New Year's Eve parties in the region, will do so again this year at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. "Auld Lang Syne" will be a gala concert of Viennese music, with a $75 admission, and a $500 VIP package that adds cocktails, dinner, party and valet parking starting at 6:30 p.m. The concert is at 9:30 p.m. 412-281-0912, ext. 225, or www.pittsburghopera.org.

MONDAY

Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy will perform a New Year's Eve dinner show at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., The Stacks at the Waterfront in Homestead. Mr. Murphy did Emmy-nominated work on "Chappelle's Show," where he created "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories." Tickets, which includes a selection of entrees, dessert and a glass of bubbly, are $60. For tickets and more information, www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.

FRIDAY

Here's another chance to hear one of the world's great pipe organists, Paul Jacobs, when the Washington, Pa., native returns from the Juilliard School to perform at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Carnegie. Jacobs became the first organist ever to grab a Grammy for a solo recording, which he did last year. Besides giving recitals around the country, he is chair of the organ department at Juilliard. His free concert at 7 p.m. Friday is part of the dedication of the church's new organ, built in 2012 by Patrick J. Murphy and Associates. The program includes works by Bach, Schumann, Mozart, and Guilmant. 412-276-1011.

SATURDAY

Flexure, a jazz ensemble that straddles traditional and experimental directions, performs new compositions and improvised pieces -- including a multimedia-enriched experience, at 8 p.m. in the New Hazlett Theater, Allegheny Square East, North Side. Ensemble members include band leader Ben Opie on alto saxophone and electronics, Ian Gordon on trumpet, Chris Parker on guitar, Paul Thompson on bass, David Throckmorton on drums and George Jones on percussion. For tickets, $12 in advance, $16 at the door, Showclix.com.

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