2Do This Week, Dec. 23-29: Cultural events around town

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Highmark Holiday Pops concerts wrap up at Heinz Hall. Conductor Daniel Meyer leads the orchestra and Pittsburgh's "Singing Sheriff" Ricky Manning, as well as vocalist Rachel DeShon and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. Performances are 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$98 at 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

FRIDAY THROUGH NEXT SUNDAY

Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy will perform 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." He also has worked with many Hollywood heavyweights -- besides his brother, Eddie Murphy -- including Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx and Samuel Jackson. His films include "King's Ransom," "Roll Bounce," "Jungle Fever," "Mo' Better Blues," "Harlem Nights," "Vampire in Brooklyn," for which he also was credited as a writer, and 2012's "The Guys Who Move Furniture." Shows are Friday at 8 and 10 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. and next Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27. For tickets or more information, www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.

SATURDAY and NEXT SUNDAY

A Gershwinter Night at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday will feature the Sean Jones International All-Star Quintet with special guest Israeli saxophonist and director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival Eli Degibri. The superstar quintet will include drummer Roger Humphries, bassist Dwayne Dolphin, pianist Alton Merrell, and Sean Jones on trumpet. This tribute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin will include selections from the classic opera "Porgy and Bess." Tickets: $25-$45, www.culturaldistrict.org or 412-456-6666.

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