In U.S. classical music circles, composer Ernst von Dohnanyi became the second most significant Dohnanyi when his grandson Christoph became an acclaimed music director of the Cleveland Orchestra. But Ernst is being appreciated more and more and for good reason. His was a style more traditional European than fiercely nationalist, but that arguably shows how rich the Hungarian music scene was in the first half of the 20th century. A concert at 7:30 p.m. at PNC Recital Hall at Duquesne University celebrates that general legacy with performances of Dohnanyi's Harp Concertino and Bela Bartok's "Contrasts" for Violin, Clarinet and Piano. It is part of the music school's "Budapest on the Bluff" series, fueled by faculty members and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians. $10.
"Forever Young: How Endless Possibility as an American Birthright Shapes Our Cities and Our Minds," an illustrated lecture about the importance of older buildings as historic reminders, will be given at 6 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland. Pittsburgh native Holly Brubach, an internationally known journalist and design consultant, will speak to the transformative power of architectural preservation. The event is co-sponsored by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Seating is limited; reservations are required by Monday to Mary Lu Denny at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-471-5808, ext. 527 ($10, Carnegie and Landmarks members free).
The Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan Presepio announce the start of the holidays at Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland. The Nativity scene, which also includes more than 100 figures depicting 18th-century Italian village life, has been exhibited annually since 1957. The seven 20-foot-high Colorado spruce trees sport decorations inspired by the current exhibition "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939." Both continue through Jan. 6. Free with museum admission ($17.95, seniors $14.95, students and ages 3-18 $11.95, under age 3 and members free). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and until 8 p.m. Thursday. Also open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Year's Eve. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Information: 412-622-3131 or www.cmoa.org.
You better watch out ... You better not cry ... You better not pout ... Holiday Parties. What a drag. Sharon Needles, "RuPaul's Drag Race" season four winner, hosts the Naughty-or-Nice Holiday Bash at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 7 p.m. The event also features music by Tracksploitation. While there, check out the museum's latest special exhibition, "Jeremy Kost: Friends With Benefits." The bash includes hors d'oeuvres and two drink tickets. For tickets, $99, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Already tired of holiday music? The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra offers an alternative at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall, Downtown. The program is the suite from Faure's "Pelleas and Melisande," Mozart's Violin Concerto in G Major and Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances." Music director Lawrence Loh conducts in this free concert (but tickets are required, available at www.pyso.us).
Art exhibition openings usually deliver a good time, but the one for "Royal Portrait Exhibition: A Collaboration of Art & Drag" promises to be performative beyond most as artists and their subjects -- drag queens and kings -- gather from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Erie. All attendees are encouraged to come in drag from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Gay & Lesbian Community Center, 210 Grant St., Downtown. The opening is free. The exhibition continues through Jan. 27. Information: 412-422-0114 or www.glccpgh.org.