The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet returns to Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Presented by the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, its concert at 7:30 p.m. includes Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135; Janacek's String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"; and Smetana's String Quartet No. 1, "From My Life." $15-$35; 412-624-4129 or www.pittsburghchambermusic.org.
Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, longtime political observer and author, laments the loss of civil discourse in public dialogue as part of the Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Goodman traces how civility has been shattered in an era of polarized politics, and she suggests how to call a truce. Tickets: $15-$35, www.pittsburghlectures.org or 412-622-8866.
"Fit to Print: Fox Movietone Newsreels (1928-42)" with curator Greg Wilsbacher will be held at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. Mr. Wilsbacher, curator of the Newsfilm Collections at the University of South Carolina -- Columbia, will introduce an hour of 35mm Fox Movietone newsreels from headlines past. The Fox Movietone News Collection at USC provides one of the most detailed snapshots of American and global culture in the decades before television. All films are 35mm, black and white, sound. Tickets $10; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Chatham Baroque welcomes tenor Joseph Gaines for "Continental Christmas," a program of vocal and instrumental holiday music. Among other works, he and the period-instrument ensemble will perform selections from Handel's "Messiah" and Corelli's "Christmas Concerto." Baroque violinist Erika Cutler and organist Alan Lewis join the festivities. 8 p.m. Fri. at St. James Parish, Sewickley; 8 p.m. Sat. at Synod Hall, Oakland; and 2:30 p.m. next Sun. at Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University. $30 (discounts for seniors and students); 1-888-719-4253 or www.chathambaroque.org.