The Hot List of events this weekend

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Musical Dickens

Charles Dickens' magical tale of Scrooge, ghosts, Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family returns in Pittsburgh Musical Theater's "A Lyrical Christmas Carol," a 1991 version by Ken and Jane Gargaro that includes seasonal carols and the music of Bach, Mozart and Vaughn Williams.

It's at the New Hazlett Theater, North Side, 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 in advance, $10 in advance for students and $20 at the door, 412-539-0900, ext. 232.

Holiday Pops

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Highmark Holiday Pops ends this weekend with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Conducted by Todd Ellison, the concert will feature a guest appearance by the one and only Santa Claus and the one and only Mendelssohn Choir.

Tickets: $22-$99 at 412-392-4900 or

Kron's 'Well'

The Season of the Female Playwright continues with "Well," Lisa Kron's 2006 Tony Award-nominated autobiographical play.

The "multi-character theatrical exploration is about health and illness both in the individual and in a community," the audience is told by Lisa, played by Daina Michelle Griffith. Lisa makes a point that it's not about her chronically ill mother, Ann (Virginia Wall Gruenert), but we know better.

It runs Friday through Dec. 28 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 Sunday at Off the Wall Theater, Carnegie. Tickets: $5-$35 at or 1-888-71-TICKETS.

Baroque concerts

Chatham Baroque performs "Notee di Natale," a concert of pastoral music of Bach, Buxtehude and Scarlatti.

Joining the trio are mezzo-soprano Raquel Winnica Young, Dawn Posey on baroque violin and Adam Pearl on chamber organ.

Performances are Friday (St. James Church, Sewickley) and Saturday (Synod Hall, Oakland) at 8 p.m. and Sunday (Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University, Shadyside) at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10-$27 at 1-888-718-4253 or


Porky and Jay

Porky Chedwick, the popular DJ who also broke race barriers back in the late '40s and '50s on WHOD, will be honored on stage with Richard Nader's Rock and Roll Legend Award at the annual Pittsburgh Holiday Doo-Wop Concert.

The headliner is Jay and The Americans, celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Only in America" and also bringing the hits "Come a Little Bit Closer" and "She Cried."

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.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32.50-$99.50 at 412-392-4900 or

'DVE rock

WDVE moves into Diesel for an all-star set of Pittsburgh rock tonight at the annual Randy Baumann and the 'DVE Morning Show Christmas Show Party.

There will be morning show comedy bits and performances by Joe Grushecky; Donnie Iris; Scott Blasey of The Clarks; Chris Higbee; Bastard Bearded Irishmen; Fist Fight in the Parking Lot; Hawkeyes; 'DVE's Intern Kelly, Kelly McCafferty; The Triggers; Wreck Loose; and Good Brother Earl.

It begins at 7 p.m. at Diesel, South Side. Information:

Chelsey and the Vamps

Chelsey Nicole & The Northside Vamps issue their debut EP, "Love Through the Line," with a release show at Howlers Coyote Cafe in Bloomfield tonight.

The local group, which features members of Wreck Loose and Black Coffee, plays New Orleans-inspired soul, blues and R&B with a heavy dose of horns.

The goal is to "exude a natural air of nostalgia for a sound that has never faded away."

The show begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Go to


WSO Christmas

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 also 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: $10-$39 at 724-837-1850 or

Russian holiday

The Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra will perform a concert of Russian and Rusyn Christmas music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Upper St. Clair High School Theater, 1825 McLaughlin Run Road. 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

Medved Christmas

Pittsburgh folk-rock ensemble The Mike Medved Band returns to Club Cafe for a Christmas show Saturday. It will benefit The Salvation Army & WTAE's Project Bundle-Up, a charity dedicated to helping needy senior citizens and children purchase new winter outerwear in Western Pennsylvania.

The show will feature tracks from the band's debut EP as well as an array of classic holiday music, featuring guest musicians.

"The local music scene is a great place to promote selfless acts of kindness, and as a band we enjoy giving back to the community," the frontman said in a statement.

The show is at 10 p.m. Tickets: $10;


Happy Festivus!

You wouldn't expect Jim Semonik -- frontman for industrial rock band Rein[forced] -- to be one of Pittsburgh's most fanatic Larry David fans.

But that's the case, and so he and his band are the "electronic saviors" of the ninth annual Festivus celebration Sunday at 8 p.m. at Howlers Coyote Cafe in Bloomfield.

Rein[forced] will perform, along with local bands The Lopez, Scott Fry Experience, and Mind Tiger. The evening will include a "Seinfeld" trivia contest, with show-related prizes and pretzels to "make you thirsty." And don't forget the Festivus Pole and the Airing of Grievances. Admission is $5. Call 412-682-0320.

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