Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Pittsburgh's Top 10 Things to Do in November

Your 10 best bets for this month.




 

Nov. 2-3/ Halloween was last month, but who cares! Spooky season forever! Ghosts, ghouls and goblins for life! Or, afterlife. Extend the scaries into November and join Ghosts N’at for a Ghost Hunt held in the historic Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel Downtown, which opened in 1906. Guests and employees have reported strange occurrences and feelings of general unusualness at the establishment — one guest even claimed to have seen the ghost of famed painter Mary Cassatt. See for yourself on a guided tour led by a real paranormal investigator; afterwards, soothe your fear (or your disappointment) with an afterparty paranormal mixer. (107 Sixth St., Downtown; renaissancepittsburghpa.com)
 


 

Nov. 2-11/ I loved all of the assigned reading in high school. There. I said it. But even those who hated reading found something worthwhile in Of Mice and Men — or at least the SparkNotes synopsis of the tale. Prime Stage Theatre brings George, Lennie and their Depression-era world to life this month as they partner with the National Steinbeck Center for the play, in which the two drifters search for the American Dream. Warning: it doesn’t end well. (New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side; 412/773-0700, primestage.com)

Nov. 16-18/ Come one, come all to this year’s PittStop Lindy Hop, a dance weekend specializing in Lindy hop, one of the original styles of swing dance from the roaring ‘20s and early ‘30s. The annual event has been held since 2001, and this year’s lineup offers swing dance and music at seven dance events in three ballrooms near the University of Pittsburgh. (Various Oakland locations; pittstoplindyhop.com
 


photo by nathan j. shaulis
 

Nov. 17/ Glassblowing might sound like something that’s only for professionals, but at the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s most popular Make-It-Now event, anyone can take home a blown glass pumpkin or fused glass pumpkin tile that they helped create — after they’ve had time to cool down for a few days, of course. Walk in a novice, leave an expert (or at least leave as someone who can say they’ve blown glass.) (Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship; 412/365-2145, pittsburghglasscenter.org)

Nov. 27/ Shopping might make you want to drink, but if drinking makes you want to shop, the perfect place for you this month is the Holiday mArt Happy Hour at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts. The pop-up boutique (which continues through Dec. 9) will sell artisan gifts that guests are free to peruse while they sip wine, snack and enjoy live music. Drink wine, get your holiday shopping done. Win, win. (200 Broad St., Sewickley; 412/741-4405, sweetwaterartcenter.org
 


 

Nov. 25/ Womp womp, womp, womp womp womp womp, womp womp. Oh, I’m sorry — you don’t speak Peanuts adult? I was just trying to tell you that one of your favorite holiday movies is coming to Pittsburgh. Adapted from the beloved classic by Charles M. Schulz and featuring the music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas - Live on Stage! features the usual gang and tells the tale of how they discover the true meaning of Christmas. (Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown; 412/456-6666, trustarts.org)
 


 

Nov. 18/ It’s being touted as “the messiest game show on the road” and descriptor words are “slime soaking,” “pie plastering” and “booger busting.” Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live! is based off of what used to be one of my favorite shows, but I’ll admit that I have no clue what that last one means — although I’m sure it will be entertaining. Former longtime host Marc Summers will be calling the shots on this live version of the hit game show, and audience members have a chance to be chosen as competitors, so make sure you wear clothes you don’t care about. (Benedum Center, 237 Seventh St., Downtown; 412/456-6666, trustarts.org)
 


kreepy doll by Daniel Baxter, ceramic mug by Lenore Lampi
 

Nov. 16/ Contemporary Craft wants to remind us that art is part of daily life, and that even things we use and wear regularly — mugs, plates, jewelry, tables — are all art, just functional kinds. Crafted, the group’s annual holiday showcase and sale, encourages visitors to reflect on the things they use and the enjoyment that they bring and will offer handcrafted ceramic goods, home decor, jewelry and apparel made by more than 30 artists from across the United States. (Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Strip District; 412/261-7003, contemporarycraft.org)​

Nov. 14-18/ Do you think you could watch almost 100 movies in five days? You might think your answer is no, but I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. When they’re short films, all bets are off. At the second annual Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 90 to 100 contemporary short films will be shown for the first time, with an emphasis on films that promote intersections between art, technology, cultural tolerance and diversity. In addition to the screenings, there will be Q&As, panel discussions and parties to celebrate independent film. (Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty; 412/363-3000, kelly-strayhorn.org)

Nov. 16/ Sorry, “Frozen” fans, but I can’t picture Idina Menzel as anything but Elphaba from “Wicked.” I guess I’ll have to try, as I assume she’ll leave the green paint at home when she joins Josh Groban in town for his Bridges Tour. Groban, a multi-platinum award-winning singer and songwriter, and Menzel, a Tony Award-winning recording artist, actress and all around boss, will perform at PPG Paints Arena. (1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown; 412/642-1800, ppgpaintsarena.com)

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit Module Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Will the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Bring Home Another Grammy?

The 2018 winners are up again for three potential wins in the 2019 awards.

Adda Coffee and Tea Expands to a Second Location

The coffee house brings its international focus and welcoming atmosphere to the North Side.

The 400-Word Review: Mortal Engines

Another attempt to start a dystopian franchise can't deliver on its strong premise.

Do You Know Uber's Top 10 Pittsburgh Destinations in 2018?

The rideshare company collects data on just about every aspect of the rider experience, including the most frequently visited locations.

Steelers’ Finishing Stretch Smells Like a Tomlin Referendum

In a season that remarkably could still go either way as Christmas approaches, we’re about to find out if Mike Tomlin still has the coaching chops that have allowed him to succeed at such a high level for so long.

The 400-Word Review: The Favourite

The quirky period drama starring Emma Stone is one of the year's best films.

My Favorite Room with Heather Abraham

Each issue, HOME goes inside the room of one of our favorite Pittsburghers.

Look Inside a Home That's a True Gateway to Pittsburgh

After 50 years away, Dick and Vicki Mallary returned to Pittsburgh and spent years painstakingly remodeling a condo in the heart of Downtown.

This Old Pittsburgh House: A Ghost in the Library

It's said that the mischievous spirit of Amanda Bayne Balph still haunts the red brick Victorian home in Bellevue.

“Trocking” Along: Living the Art-Filled Life in Pittsburgh

Patricia Sheahan’s home in the Brewhouse Art Lofts on the South side doubles as a gallery space showcasing her collection of art, antique finds and roadside treasures.

Down to Earth is the Hottest Trend at High Point Market

Get the scoop on the furnishing and decor trends to come out of the influential High Point Market trade show, including a return to natural materials.

Winter 2019: Things We Love

Here are the local gems worth obsessing over.

The Best New Restaurants in Pittsburgh in 2018

Our dining critic picks the eight top openings of 2018 and suggests one more to keep an eye on.

A Guide to Under-21 College Nightlife in Pittsburgh

Guest blogger Sarah Connor helps college kids head out at night, whatever their birth year.

The 400-Word Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The animated wing of Spider-Man's movie world proves to be a groundbreaking step in animation.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Will the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Bring Home Another Grammy?

Will the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Bring Home Another Grammy?

The 2018 winners are up again for three potential wins in the 2019 awards.

Comments

Do You Know Uber's Top 10 Pittsburgh Destinations in 2018?

Do You Know Uber's Top 10 Pittsburgh Destinations in 2018?

The rideshare company collects data on just about every aspect of the rider experience, including the most frequently visited locations.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Adda Coffee and Tea Expands to a Second Location

Adda Coffee and Tea Expands to a Second Location

The coffee house brings its international focus and welcoming atmosphere to the North Side.

Comments

First Look: Seasons in Etna

First Look: Seasons in Etna

David Bulman’s hyper-local, 12-seat restaurant has the potential to become a dining destination.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Fitness: Five Great Trails to Run in the Fall in Pittsburgh

Fitness: Five Great Trails to Run in the Fall in Pittsburgh

Don’t resign yourself to the gym treadmills just yet – fall is one of the best times of the year to get outside and pound the pavement, surrounded by falling leaves and the possibility of grabbing a hot latte on the way home.

Comments

Love Sourdough? Find the Best There Is at These Five Bake Shops

Love Sourdough? Find the Best There Is at These Five Bake Shops

We dove into the local artisan bread scene to find the best places that bake naturally leavened bread in Pittsburgh.

Comments


A Guide to Under-21 College Nightlife in Pittsburgh

A Guide to Under-21 College Nightlife in Pittsburgh

Guest blogger Sarah Connor helps college kids head out at night, whatever their birth year.

Comments

At Jergel's, It's Beers and Grub Near Some Rock and Roll

At Jergel's, It's Beers and Grub Near Some Rock and Roll

The Warrendale venue makes seeing a show feel like an easygoing night out.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Steelers’ Finishing Stretch Smells Like a Tomlin Referendum

Steelers’ Finishing Stretch Smells Like a Tomlin Referendum

In a season that remarkably could still go either way as Christmas approaches, we’re about to find out if Mike Tomlin still has the coaching chops that have allowed him to succeed at such a high level for so long.

Comments

When I Realized the True Meaning of the Army-Navy Game

When I Realized the True Meaning of the Army-Navy Game

As Army veteran and Pittsburgh Steeler Alejandro Villanueva sees it, Army-Navy is football at its core in a setting that transcends the sport.​

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The 400-Word Review: Mortal Engines

The 400-Word Review: Mortal Engines

Another attempt to start a dystopian franchise can't deliver on its strong premise.

Comments

The 400-Word Review: The Favourite

The 400-Word Review: The Favourite

The quirky period drama starring Emma Stone is one of the year's best films.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Overseas Adventures Lead to Pittsburgh Weddings

Overseas Adventures Lead to Pittsburgh Weddings

These couples made the trip that would take them from dating to engaged.

Comments

On Theme Weddings with Style

On Theme Weddings with Style

These brides went beyond a color scheme for their wedding day to work in an entire theme.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Historic Larimer Schoolhouse Will Graduate to Apartment Complex

Historic Larimer Schoolhouse Will Graduate to Apartment Complex

Federal funds will be used to turn to the vacant Romanesque-style building into 35 mixed-income apartments.

Comments

Allegheny County Could Pay You to Convert Your Wood Burning Fireplace

Allegheny County Could Pay You to Convert Your Wood Burning Fireplace

In the hopes of reducing air pollution and improving indoor air quality — particularly for those with asthma — the county health department is conducting a program to convert open-hearth fireplaces into vented gas-burning appliances.

Comments