Light Up Night Takes Over Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's annual intro to the holiday season grows (again).


Photo by John Altdorfer
 


PITTSBURGH'S ANNUAL INTRO TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON GROWS (AGAIN)

In the pages of our November issue, we covered Light Up Night, by the numbers. On the eve of the big weekend, though, we’ll take a practical approach: As the annual festival continues to grow, what’s the best way to enjoy the festivities?
 
Well, if it’s the actual lights that get you in the holiday spirit, you’re in luck: This year, you can follow lighting ceremonies throughout the city, from Mayor Ravenstahl flipping the switch at the City-County Building (at noon) all the way to the unveiling of the Market Square Season of Lights at 7:15 p.m. In the mood for music? Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers play Market Square at 7:45 p.m.; the EQT Jazzmasters Stage, headlined by the Roger Humphries Quintet (at 8 p.m.), features performers from 5 p.m. until fireworks time; and the Trib Total Media Bridge Party has three acts on the Clemente Bridge, capped off with a performance by No Bad JuJu at 8 p.m. Also, this just in: Kool & The Gang will be stationed outside Macy’s at 6 p.m. to make a special appearance (and to help get the “celebration” started).

And speaking of the fireworks, they’ll blast off at 9:38 p.m. The Clemente Bridge is the natural vantage point, but this is no small display; you’ll be able to see the show from miles away. And don’t forget: The party rolls on to Saturday, with the annual Sounds of the Season parade at 5 p.m. and a full day of music in Market Square, headlined by Jeff Jimerson and Airborne at 7:30 p.m. For a full schedule — and you’ll honestly need one — check out the official Light Up Night website.

(Friday and Saturday, throughout downtown; free; downtownpittsburgh.com)


UFC FANATICS HAVE A NEW HAVEN...AND IT'S NOT A SPORTS BAR

Pittsburgh still isn’t a normal stop for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, so local aficionados have usually found themselves at a fight-friendly watering hole (or shelling out the big bucks for an at-home pay-per-view order) when it came time for a marquee bout. Through a new partnership with Fathom Events, though, fans looking for somewhere to watch this weekend’s welterweight title fight between Georges St-Pierre and interim champ Carlos Condit have some giant screens to check out. Saturday’s card will get the big screen treatment at three local movie theaters: Cinemark Settler’s Ridge, Rave Cinemas Pittsburgh North 11 and the Cinemark Pittsburgh Mills. Leave the bar stool behind; see how the action looks when it’s larger than life.

(Saturday, 10 p.m.; prices vary by theater. Info, tickets: fathomevents.com)


PUBLIC THEATER WOULD LIKE YOU TO MEET A FEW 'GOOD PEOPLE'

On the stretch of Penn between Sixth and Seventh streets, you can find first-class stops for food, show and drinks without even crossing the street. Start with dinner at Meat & Potatoes or Bravo Franco; if you’re willing to walk an extra 15 feet or so, you can add Six Penn to your list of options. Take in a show at the O’Reilly — still Pittsburgh’s best-designed, most comfortable home for live theater — or a more casual evening’s entertainment at the Cabaret at Theater Square next door. End with drinks at the Backstage Bar, often accompanied by live jazz. And this month, you can anchor the trip around the Public Theater’s excellent production of Good People. Read this week’s edition of After Dark for a review!


In Theaters:
New movies coming to Pittsburgh this weekend include the acclaimed Lincoln, already a hit in limited release; this one has some serious Oscar buzz. And don't look now, but things are about to get a lot more adolescent at the multiplex: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 hits theaters to wrap up the teen vampire craze. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 9:15 a.m. to review both Lincoln and Twilight; anyone betting on Kristen Stewart and company as Sean’s pick of the week should re-evaluate their choice. Tune in to 102.5-FM or DVE.com to hear Sean’s reviews!
 
In such politically divided times, sometimes we need a refresher to remind us just how lucky we are. Join Global Solutions Pittsburgh at 6 p.m. tonight at Squirrel Hill’s Carnegie Library for Global Challenges & Local Impacts: Refugees In Pittsburgh, a free Q&A session with local experts about refugees and how they impact our region. Click here for registration and more information.
 
If you haven’t experienced the work of guest curator Mary-Lou Arscott and her collaborative artists, architects and activists — including 2012 40 Under 40 honoree Nina Barbuto — who worked on “Gestures: Intimate Friction,” good news: The exhibit, housed at the Mattress Factory’s Monterey Street annex gallery, has been extended through January 6, 2013. Don’t miss the show that “opens up the building and then reaches in.” Click here for more info.
 

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Best Restaurants 2016

Best Restaurants 2016

Which 33 Pittsburgh-area establishments did our independent Restaurant Review Panel include among its top picks this year? Find them here.
Six Pittsburgh Chefs Who Are Outstanding in Their Field

Six Pittsburgh Chefs Who Are Outstanding in Their Field

In addition to awarding Best Restaurant honors this year, our Independent Restaurant Review Panel also voted to recognize six chefs for their contributions to Pittsburgh’s culinary community in 2015.
Citizen Artist: Vanessa German

Citizen Artist: Vanessa German

German blends a collage of community activism and soul-searching artistry.
PittGirl to Wooers: ‘Not Today Satan, Not Today’

PittGirl to Wooers: ‘Not Today Satan, Not Today’

It only takes one person, one jagoff, one childish, attention-seeking, discourteous jerk to send a woo through PNC Park.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

5 Reasons PyroFest Will Light Up Your Memorial Day Weekend

5 Reasons PyroFest Will Light Up Your Memorial Day Weekend

PyroFest will also include live music, food, a Kids Zone and more.
8 Things You Might Not Know About Kennywood’s Jack Rabbit

8 Things You Might Not Know About Kennywood’s Jack Rabbit

When you compare what it cost to build the coaster in 1920 to what it would cost today, it's obvious Kennywood's owners got their money's worth.
Second New Restaurant Moving into Union Trust Building

Second New Restaurant Moving into Union Trust Building

The upscale seafood eatery is expected to open in late 2016 or early 2017.
Local Filmmaker Celebrates Pittsburgh Food

Local Filmmaker Celebrates Pittsburgh Food

Artist David Bernabo creates a series of films that track various aspects of Pittsburgh's food culture.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sign Up for the 412 e-Newsletter

 

Our new, daily e-newsletter is curated by the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine and is designed to give you the very best Pittsburgh has to offer -- delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign me up!
* Email
 First Name
 Last Name
  * = Required Field
 
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


5 Reasons PyroFest Will Light Up Your Memorial Day Weekend

5 Reasons PyroFest Will Light Up Your Memorial Day Weekend

PyroFest will also include live music, food, a Kids Zone and more.

Comments


Pittsburgh, only cooler
PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

Kennywood Park opens soon and new this season is the return of the famed whale at the entrance of Noah’s Ark. In the name of science, PittGirl paid an early visit to test the squishiness quotient of the whale's all-important tongue.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Richard DeShantz Plans Two New Restaurants at Salt of the Earth Building

Richard DeShantz Plans Two New Restaurants at Salt of the Earth Building

DeShantz owns three other Pittsburgh restaurants and is about to open a fourth.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
The Best 6 Places to Get a Cup of Tea in Pittsburgh

The Best 6 Places to Get a Cup of Tea in Pittsburgh

The quiet rise of Pittsburgh's tea scene gives us a few favorite gems.

Comments


Highmark Stadium Pub Wants Your Attention

Highmark Stadium Pub Wants Your Attention

The in-house tavern at the Riverhounds' home stadium is now welcoming guests during weekdays. But is it worth a dedicated stop?

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Resurrected Penguins Writing Their Story Their Way

Resurrected Penguins Writing Their Story Their Way

These Penguins have been downright unrecognizable, individually and collectively, on the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Flip the Switch: Industrial-Style Lighting Made in Pittsburgh

Flip the Switch: Industrial-Style Lighting Made in Pittsburgh

An electrician by trade, designer Thomas Verscharen creates custom lighting out of repurposed pieces.

Comments


Sean Collier's Popcorn for Dinner

The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The X-Men Would've Done Better in Wonderland

The X-Men Would've Done Better in Wonderland

Reviews of "X-Men: Apocalypse," "Alice Through the Looking Glass," "A Bigger Splash" and "Love and Friendship."

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Get with the (Wedding) Program

Get with the (Wedding) Program

Have you ever considered making programs for your wedding guests? If not, think again and get creative.

Comments


The latest tips and trends to refresh your home.
A Tiny House that's Big on Energy Savings

A Tiny House that's Big on Energy Savings

Spread out across the city for these upcoming events, including a “Tiny House” exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center displayed by the FIY Network.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Duquesne University to Host Small Business Networking Event

Duquesne University to Host Small Business Networking Event

The event will connect hundreds of small business managers and owners and provide useful information to help them take their enterprises to the next level.

Comments