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More Fall and Winter Programming in the Cultural District!

Mon, Nov 8, 2021

Written by: Becca Hansborough

The days may have become shorter and the nights colder but there’s still plenty of things to do in the Cultural District. For information about our current gallery exhibitions and signature series, check out our last blog and keep reading for more fun events happening this November and December.

Rebirth Brass Band, North Mississippi Allstars, and Cedric Burnside in Shake & Holla

Tue, Nov. 9, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. | Byham Theater

Shake & Holla is a brand-new tour that showcases foot-stomping Mississippi "hill country" blues and the funky, syncopated sounds of New Orleans brass. Touring together for the first time ever, the Grammy-nominated and Blues Music Award-winning North Mississippi Allstars will be joined by the legendary Rebirth Brass Band in a musical celebration of two great southern musical traditions. Also appearing with them is blues guitarist, vocalist, and drummer Cedric Burnside, a Grammy-nominated artist in his own right, as well as the grandson of legendary Fat Possum recording artist RL Burnside. For one special night, these three artists will be playing their own favorite selections as well as collaborating throughout the show on a grab bag of great songs, exploring the musical connection between the Mississippi Delta and Bourbon Street.

A Drag Queen Christmas

Thu, Nov. 11, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. | Byham Theater

Celebrate the holiday season with your favorite drag queens performing live on stage in A Drag Queen Christmas. Hosted by Trinity The Tuck and Peppermint, strap in for a magical night of fun with holiday classics and naughty shenanigans performed by Denali, Crystal Methyd, Heidi N Closet, Miz Cracker, Jan Sport, and Sasha Velour!

Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE

Thu, Nov. 18, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. | Byham Theater

Following the wildly successful “Watch Out for Snakes! Tour” in 2017, the “30th Anniversary Tour” in 2018, and “The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour” in 2019, Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE returns to the Byham Theater in its all new production! Join host Emily Connor and the world’s greatest – and only – movie riffing robots, as they take you on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride through the film Making Contact, imposed by Mad Scientist, Mega-Synthia. Sit in the same theater with your favorite characters and experience this long running comedy phenomenon in a universally-acclaimed LIVE event.

Kara Spotlight Series at the Greer Cabaret

Fri, Nov. 19 - Sun, Dec. 12, 2021 | Every Weekend

Join the Pittsburgh CLO every weekend this holiday season for the Kara Spotlight Series, a new series at the Greer Cabaret that shines a spotlight on some of Pittsburgh's greatest performers, featuring Allan Snyder, Billy Mason, Caroline Nicolian, Chris Laitta, and Drew Leigh Williams.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Fri, Nov. 26 - Sat, Nov. 27, 2021 | Three Showtimes | Benedum Center

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in this popular and dazzling family holiday spectacular. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!

Black Violin: Give Thanks

Thu, Dec. 2, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. | Byham Theater

Grammy Award nominated Violinists Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste return to Pittsburgh in Black Violin: Give Thanks, using a blend of classical, contemporary, and urban sounds, featuring music from their newest project Take the Stairs.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage

Fri, Dec. 3, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. | Byham Theater

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A Charlie Brown Christmas - Live on Stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they put on their own Christmas play and ultimately discover the true meaning of the season. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Live on Stage! is a present the entire family will enjoy.

The Second City It's a Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Life

Wed, Dec. 8 - Sun, Dec. 12, 2021 | O'Reilly Theater

Presented by Pittsburgh Public Theater and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Second City invites you to laugh along as they skewer all the washed-up, broken-down traditions that tend to plague the holiday season in It's a Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Life.Chicago's renowned comedy crew serves up a delightful mix of satirical sketches and songs to keep you in a jolly mood right until the snow melts.

Lindsey Stirling

Mon, Dec. 13, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. Benedum Center

Lindsey Stirling returns to Pittsburgh to share her groundbreaking vision of cinematic violin-driven electronic music with audiences. Since the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the electronic music impresario, violinist, dancer, and artist quietly and humbly became one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars.

Straight No Chaser

Thu, Dec. 14, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. | Benedum Center

Straight No Chaser along with their massive fanbase and long list of accomplishments set to take over the Benedum Center this holiday season! Get ready for a capella like you've never heard it before, as the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices come together to make extraordinary music.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Thu, Dec. 30, 2021| 7:30 p.m. | Benedum Center

Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and one of hip hop’s founding fathers, MC Kurtis Blow, who opens the show with a short set.

First Night Pittsburgh

2022 Fri, Dec. 31, 2021 | Cultural District

Returning live and in person, First Night Pittsburgh is completely free and open to the public for everyone to celebrate into the new year! We recently announced that this year’s Williams Sing-Off Competition at First Night will be judged by Special Guest Adam Pascal. Keep an eye out for the full line-up of programming that will be announced on Nov. 1 at trustarts.org/firstnightph.

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