Citiparks "Mascot Skake" will take place on Saturday at Schenley Park Skating Rink.
Oz on stage
The Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto will be on the Heinz Hall stage this weekend as the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh presents “The Wizard of Oz” tour.
A stage adaptation that originated in London in 2011 travels with a 12-piece orchestra and adds four new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Music director David Andrews Rogers told the PG: “The tour has spared no expense — from a scenic standpoint, it’s huge, and the costumes are amazing. And if you know the journey in the film, you know it never repeats a scene.”
Times are 7:30 tonight, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, plus 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets: $31-$78; trustarts.org or 412-392-4900.
Second City hook-up
“Hooking Up With The Second City” is the Chicago comedy troupe’s take on what we do in the name of love. Pittsburgh Public Theater presents a show packed with sketches, songs and improv, directed by Anneliese Toft with a cast including Ali Barthwell, Kelsey Kinney, Martin Morrow, Charles Pettitt, Jasbir Singh and Casey Whitaker.
It’s at the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $30-$50 ($15.75 for students and 26 and younger); 412-316-1600 or ppt.org.
The Public also will host a master class, 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the O’Reilly, where two cast members will conduct a two-hour improv session geared for actors. The master class is $65 or $100 if paired with a ticket for the 5:30 p.m. Saturday performance. Contact Katie Conaway, director of education and outreach, at email@example.com or 412-316-8200, ext. 715.
Elmo and the gang
Come with happy feet to “Sesame Street Live — Let’s Dance!” where you are invited to dance and interact with Elmo and other friends from the Street. In addition to ongoing dance parties, Elmo uses his imagination to “Do the Robot,” Cookie Monster teaches all “feets” to dance, and Ernie delivers “Shake Your Head One Time.”
“Sesame Street Live — Let’s Dance!” is presented by the VEE Corporation and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at the Benedum Center 10:30 a.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $19.25-$92.25 at trustarts.org or 412-456-6666. The VIP “Sunny Seats” Package features premium seating and a pre-show meet and greet with two “Sesame Street Live” friends; details: trustarts.org.
It’s the last call for “Altar Boyz.” The quintet closes out an extended run at the Cabaret at Theater Square this week. It’s a fun show for anyone who ever has had a boy-band crush, with a spirited spiritual message as an added bonus.
Times are 7:30 tonight and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $44.75-$49.75; clocabaret.com or 412-456-6666.
New laser lineup
MGMT, Journey and Sublime are among the additions to the Carnegie Science Center’s winter laser show lineup, running through March 3.
The matinee (1 p.m. Monday through Sunday) is Laser Beatles Anthology.
Fridays: Laser Journey (5 and 9 p.m.), Laser MGMT (10 p.m.), Laser Sublime (11 p.m.) and Midnight Pink Floyd (midnight).
Saturdays: Laser Beatles (2 p.m.), Laser Journey (5 and 9 p.m.), The Vision Bell: The Best of Laser Floyd (7 p.m.), Laser MGMT (10 p.m.), Laser Sublime (11 p.m.) and Midnight Pink Floyd (midnight).
Admission is $8; $2 members. A second laser show ticket can be purchased by nonmembers for an additional $5; CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Free flying birds
The National Aviary is opening “Nature’s Voice,” its newest indoor free-flight bird show, in the Aviary’s Helen M. Schmidt FlightZone Theater.
Making their first appearance in front of Pittsburgh audiences will be a pair of burrowing owls hatched and raised at the National Aviary, and a palm nut vulture, a species never before seen at the aviary and rarely seen in zoos.
The 20-minute program in the indoor theater space is enhanced by video, music and narration.
Times are 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., except Tuesdays, at 700 Arch St., North Side. Aviary hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information: www.aviary.org.
Big furry skate
Families can hit the ice with some of the city’s favorite furry creatures Saturday for Citiparks’ 29th annual Mascot Skate at the Schenley Park Skating Rink.
More than 30 mascots will appear, including Iceburgh, the Pirate Parrot and Steely McBeam. Parents are encouraged to bring along cameras for photos.
It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Admission: $5; $3 kids 17 and younger; $4 for seniors (60 and older). Skate rental is $3, and skate sharpening is $5.
Information: 412-422-6523 or www.Citiparks.net.
Twelfth Night Gala
Chatham Baroque’s Twelfth Night Gala marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year. The early music ensemble is also celebrating its own anniversary (25 years young) at this annual party, which includes live music inspired by Shakespeare, food and a silent auction of art.
The gala starts at 8 p.m. at the Ace Hotel, 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. “Oberon’s Feast” starts at 6 p.m. at Whitfield, the hotel’s restaurant, and includes dinner and a performance by Chatham Baroque. The gala is $125, $115 for subscribers. Tickets are $200 for both the gala and the dinner. Information: 412-687-1788 or www.chathambaroque.org.
Club Cafe live
Club Cafe on the South Side has a double-header Saturday night:
The 7 p.m. show features cover band Cold Roses playing the music of Ryan Adams, along with Joel Lindsey ($10).
At 10:30 p.m., while the Steelers are playing the Bengals, we get a visit from Automagik, a goofy, energetic pop-rock band from Cincinnati, with Blithehound and City Steps ($7). www.clubcafelive.com.
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