Things to Do: Nov. 15-17


The Best Reason to Leave Your House This Weekend
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition
Continues Through April 19
Carnegie Science Center

You really can’t believe you’re seeing some of the stuff in this exhibition.

Mummies of the World, a traveling exhibition that opened last month at the Carnegie Science Center, is not merely a collection of the Egyptian artifacts you’ll immediately associate with mummification. To be sure, there are sarcophagi and their delicately wrapped contents on display — and looking up close at 2,000-year-old teeth will make you consider your place in the world. But the exhibit contains much more than that, including a fascinating exploration of natural mummification — people and animals preserved accidentally by environmental factors.

Is it creepy to share a room with an entire family who died of tuberculosis 250 years ago? Yes. Is it fascinating? Absolutely.

And that’s before you get to the shrunken heads.

The exhibition, which continues through April, is something of a must-visit due to its remarkable contents. It’s also a fine opportunity for a grown-up day at the Science Center; pair it with a movie at the Giant Cinema (by the way, they’re reviving “The Sound of Music” this weekend) and a stop in Roboworld and you’ll quickly remember that this place is absolutely not just for kids.

Sara Bareilles
8 p.m. Friday
UPMC Events Center

I’d like to weigh in on the new UPMC Events Center, a mid-sized arena on the campus of Robert Morris University. The Colonials’ brand-new home basketball court is having something of a coming-out party this month, with a concert from Bob Dylan (which I attended) last Sunday and an appearance by Sara Bareilles this Friday night. It sounds great and the intimacy is impressive; if you get a seat off the floor to the side of the stage, it’ll feel like you’re right on top of the band. The bad news: Parking is a nightmare and finding your seat is clunky. Allow plenty of time to both arrive and make it to your section when attending shows. The logistics notwithstanding, a headlining performance by all-around star — hit Broadway show writer, Tony Award host, multi-time Grammy nominee, televised “Jesus Christ Superstar” actress — Bareilles is more than worth your time.

“The Kitchen Sink”
8 p.m. Friday; 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday; 6 p.m. Sunday
New Hazlett Theater

Attack Theatre presents “The Kitchen Sink,” a mélange of new, reimagined and repertory works. Drawing on original music from 25 years of past productions, directors Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope create new choreography for “Which Came First?”, an interplay between movement and music. Programming includes a reworked and expanded version of 2004’s “Dressed to Remember,” in which a couple reflects on their relationship, and the premiere of “We Were Strangers,” an ensemble work assembled from drawings, ideas and movements contributed by email from past artistic collaborators. — Karen Dacko

Fast Fest
Opens Friday; Continues Through Nov. 21
Row House Cinema

For a while, the “Fast and Furious” series consisted of entertaining-if-forgettable car-racing movies. Now they’re about saving the world from pressing existential threats, landing somewhere between James Bond and “Mission: Impossible” with far more ridiculous performances and references to the importance of family. If you checked out of this series a decade ago, pop back in via Row House’s weeklong celebration. You can even pair your viewing with Brazilian Food (Friday) or thematically appropriate beers (next Thursday).

Cookies and Candles: Autumn Harvest
6 p.m. Friday
The Candle Lab

Candles and cookies and cocktails, oh my! The Candle Lab and the Call Me Crazy Cookie Lady team up to provide an evening of fall festivities at the Lawrenceville shop. First, you’ll mix your own custom-scented candle and design a label. Then, you’ll learn how to decorate six autumn-themed cookies. Bring a bottle of your favorite beer or wine and get your last taste of fall before the holiday season. — Jesseca Muslin

Looking for more things to do this weekend and beyond? Check out our Events Calendar

Nov 22 – Dec 14 all-day

Exhibition features individual and collaborative works by first and second year students in the Department of Art’s MFA Interdisciplinary Visual Arts program.

I Made It! Market @ 31st Street Studios
Nov 23 2019 – Jan 4 2020 all-day

Under the spectacle of half a million Christmas lights, I Made It! Market at Lumaze is a one stop shop for one-of-a-kind finds. From November 23rd to January 4th more than 40 artisans and boutiques will sell items ranging from art, home goods, decor, and apparel at the Strip District’s 31st Street Studios. Tasty baked goods and yummy craft spirits will also be available for gift-giving needs. Live music and delectable food trucks accompany the festive experience for a real-life winter wonderland. All ages are welcome. For more information, visit

Hortus Hibernus @ Sewickley Public Library
Nov 26 2019 – Jan 4 2020 all-day
Hortus Hibernus @ Sewickley Public Library | Princeton | West Virginia | United States

The Sewickley Library display cases will present Hortus Hibernus, a group show centered on botanical themes, on November 26, the show will run through January 4th. Like a conservatory, the artwork will provide a winter garden through artist’s interpretations of the natural world in the form of paintings, prints and ceramics. Artists featured: Vanessa Adams, Ali Karsh, Vanessa Kettering, Soren Lundi, Cicely Murray, Joseph Noderer, Jack Taylor,Mark Vander Heide.

A Journey through Newman’s Advent Sermons @ National Institute for Newman Studies
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm
A Journey through Newman's Advent Sermons @ National Institute for Newman Studies | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Join the National Institute for Newman Studies on Monday evenings in December for a series of reflections on John Henry Newman’s advent sermons, led by Dr. Bud Marr and Dr. Elizabeth Huddleston.

Event Dates:
December 2 | 7:00-8:00 p.m.
December 9 | 7:00-8:00 p.m.
December 16 | 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden @ Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Dec 2 2019 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 12 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden @ Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens | | |

Make plans to experience one of the best holiday attractions and treasured family traditions in Pittsburgh at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden's Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. There’s more to explore at Phipps, with both indoor and outdoor holiday displays encompassing 15 acres. New holiday displays are filled with festive trees, capturing the magic, beauty and splendor of the holidays. Indoors, you'll explore the colorful Forest of Trees, captivating carousel, delightful topiary animals and a visit to the North Pole amidst classic poinsettias and festive flora. Stroll outside to be surrounded by millions of captivating holiday lights! Walk through the mesmerizing Tunnel of Lights, explore all of the incredible holiday tree displays and see the spectacular new Rainbow Glow Tree, exclusively at Phipps. Additional family-friendly activities include new Garden Railroad display, Santa Visits, interactive Find the Snowflakes treasure hunt, kids Discovery activities, crafts and games, Holiday Music Nights and more! Plus, there are picture-perfect #selfie photo opportunities throughout the conservatory, providing the perfect photo backdrop at one of the most Instagrammable places in Pittsburgh. Holiday Huts are open to enjoy hot cocoa, wine and spirits plus enjoy delicious treats, in addition to award-winning Café Phipps for lunch or dinner. Phipps is open til 11pm nightly during the holiday season – visit for operating hours and event updates. All proceeds support Phipps' programs and activities, a 126-year-old non-profit organization, to benefit the community.

Pandora Partners with The IMPROV & Pittsburgh Street Artist Brian Holderman, Unveils Interactive Mural @ Pittsburgh Improv
Dec 5 2019 – Jan 1 2020 all-day
Pandora Partners with The IMPROV & Pittsburgh Street Artist Brian Holderman, Unveils Interactive Mural @ Pittsburgh Improv | Homestead | Pennsylvania | United States

Pandora, the largest music streaming provider in the U.S., has partnered with local Pittsburgh street artist Brian Holderman and Pittsburgh Improv to unveil an interactive, large-scale mural at The IMPROV located at 166 East Bridge St.

The mural celebrates living life at full volume, and has a QR code that leads to a customized playlist by artist Brian Holderman. Channeling the vibrancy and creativity of Pittsburgh, Brian has curated a playlist of tracks that inspired the art featured on the Pittsburgh Improv Comedy Club. The playlist highlights songs from artists such as MF Doom and Joan Jett, as well as comedy tracks from comedian Doug Stanhope.

Take a picture in front of the mural and post it on Instagram and receive a free pass for
2 to a future show!

The world-famous IMPROV has been the cornerstone of comedy on the Waterfront in Homestead since opening in 2002 and is excited to partner with Pandora and artist Brian Holderman to bring this innovative art project to the community. The IMPROV is dedicated to bringing Pittsburgh the biggest and brightest stars in comedy, delivering exceptional service and a quality, laugh-out-loud entertainment experience

Yinzer Scrooged: A Pittsburgh Christmas Carol @ Bricolage Production Company
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Yinzer Scrooged: A Pittsburgh Christmas Carol @ Bricolage Production Company | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Set in present-day Pittsburgh, this comedy is an uproarious parody of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol. In this radio-style rendition, classic characters like the notorious curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the mischievous Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future are not so subtly re-imagined as local Pittsburgh legends and celebrities! Whether you’re a Pittsburgh native or new to the area, you’ll feel right at home.

A longtime fan favorite, our Midnight Radio series takes the form of a classic 1940s radio broadcast. In this show YOU are cast as the live studio audience, so play your part and don’t miss your cue when the applause sign flashes! Always memorable and never at midnight or on the radio, this series brings you back to a simpler time. Plus! Don’t miss our free Happy Half-hour 30 minutes before every show with free drinks and interactive holiday-themed activities! Enjoy a fun night out in our cozy downtown Pittsburgh theater.

Winter In The Woods @ Gateway Lodge
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm
Winter In The Woods @ Gateway Lodge | | |

Snuggle up to two nights in a Fireside Jacuzzi Suite with breakfasts both mornings. Indulge in a Holiday Five-Course Dinner on Saturday evening with live musical entertainment. Add on a Winter Riverside Carriage Ride to your Stay! Let yourself be carried away this winter at the Gateway Lodge. Take a ride on a beautiful horse-drawn carriage in the heart of Cook Forest on each Saturday of the Winter in the Woods Weekends. As you go dashing through the snow along River Road, snuggle close to that someone special and take in the breathtaking scenery. Space is very limited and is open to lodging or dinner guests only, so reserve your spot today. $60 per couple. Contact us for available times. Only interested in dining with us? The Winter in the Woods Tasting Events are on Saturday, December 7th and 14th. Tickets are $120 per couple + $25 per person for wine pairings. *Non-refundable tickets go on sale on 11.16.19. Tax and gratuity are added to ticket sale. Seatings available at 5:30pm and 8pm. Call ahead to reserve at (814) 744-8017.
Sponsor: Gateway Lodge

2019 Pittsburgh Winter Avant-Garde Art; Craft Show @ Teamsters Local Union 249 Banquet Hall
Dec 7 all-day

The holidays are fast approaching! Shop local this holiday season! This large show will feature artists and crafters selling their original handmade items at this beautiful venue! Admission is $3 to the public, children under 12 are free! A portion of proceeds will benefit local non-profit, Girls on the Run. This show is currently accepting vendors. Please email for more information!

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Teamsters Local Union 249 Banquet Hall
4701 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

DATE: Saturday, December 7, 2019

TIME: 10:00am-5:00pm

Ben Avon Holiday House Tour @ Anchor & Anvil Coffee Bar
Dec 7 all-day

Saturday, December 7, 2019
10am-4pm and 6pm-9pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of tour

This year, we proudly present our 2019 Holiday House Tour, where we will offer tours through 8 beautiful homes in the Ben Avon Borough. The homes we have chosen represent a wide variety of architectural styles and designs, as well as diversity in age of the homes. Each is beautifully decorated to not only honor the historical features of the home, but also to demonstrate the unique style and taste of the homeowners. Our homeowners are happy to share their journey with you regarding their home, including any upgrades and changes made. This year we are pleased to present some of the very old historic homes, and some of the newer, more recently built homes. In the older homes, special attention was paid to preserve the original character of the house. The newer homes were carefully crafted to complement the historic borough and its local architecture, while incorporating modern designs. We will also provide our guests with a detailed history of the homes, and of our area in general. This gives our guests a fascinating look back into times past and also see how the newer homes have transitioned across time. For more details, visit: