Shop Holiday 2013: Gifts for music, dance and theatre fans

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A gift that may last just a couple of hours can create memories that go on and on -- just ask any fan who has attended the live event of his or her dreams.

Want to go big for a music fan? Upcoming Consol Energy Center concerts include the Jay Z: Magna Carter World Tour, 8 p.m. Jan. 21 ($42.90-$143.20), and Cher: Dressed to Kill Tour, 7:30 p.m. April 2 ($33.20-$155.20), both at or 1-800-745-3000. The tours offer VIP packages. For example, for Jay Z, the range is $325-$695, with the high end including a front-row seat, dinner, parking pass, T-shirt, tour gift item and more.

"Peter and the Starcatcher," a "Peter Pan" prequel that soars on the magic of clever theatrics, is a gem in the PNC Broadway Across America -- Pittsburgh series. The family-friendly play with music is based on the illustrated Dave Barry-Ridley Pearson novels ("Peter and the Starcatchers," Hyperion, box set $34.99). Single tickets for this May 20-25 show at Heinz Hall go on sale Jan. 17, so put the books under the tree with some pixie dust and a promise. More at or 412-392-4900.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents the Highmark Holiday Pops and conductor Todd Ellison with the Mendelssohn Choir, plus guest vocalists and trumpeter George Vosburgh, at Heinz Hall Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 20-21. Tickets are $21-$99 at or 412-392-4900.

The world premiere of "Judge Jackie Justice," a CLO Cabaret commission by homegrown songwriters Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, will soon be in session at the Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown. The curtain goes up Jan. 30 on a musical comedy that parodies TV judges and talk-show antics. Tickets are $39.75-$44.75 at or 412-456-6666.

Pittsburgh Dance Council presents Wendy Whelan in "Restless Creature," with choreographers including Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham, recent recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant." Post-Gazette dance critic Sara Bauknecht says the buzz was huge for the work's premiere at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival last summer, and it's a coup to get it here so soon. The performance is March 22 at the Byham Theater, Downtown ($19-$55 at 412-456-6666 and

There seems to be a little something for everyone in "100.7 STAR Presents O Starry Night," with The Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne, Gavin DeGraw, The Fray, Five for Fighting and The Plain White T's at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Petersen Events Center, University of Pittsburgh campus, Oakland. Tickets are $49 in advance at or 1-800-745-3000.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "with orchestra" offerings this season are "Swan Lake," Feb. 13-16, and "Don Quixote," April 11-13, at the Benedum Center, sandwiching "3x3," March 7-16, at the August Wilson Center. "3x3" includes Dwight Rhoden's "Smoke 'n Roses," set to live vocals by Etta Cox. A three-show package to this trio is $39-$290.25 at or 412-456-6666.

Pittsburgh Public Theater's Masterpiece Season includes a single musical, Stephen Sondheim's "Company." The musical about Manhattan couples and a bachelor reconsidering his love life as he turns 35 includes songs such as "Being Alive," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Another Hundred People." At the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown, Jan. 23-Feb. 23. Tickets are $35-$55 at or 412-316-1600.

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