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Monday 10 January: Virtual storytelling: Theaters in the old north side
Pittsburgh’s love affair with the cinema started long before the days of “Batman” and “Flashdance”. Take storyteller Jim Kastner on a virtual tour of the historic Nickelodeons and cinemas in the neighborhood that were once scattered across Allegheny City (also known as Northside). Find out what happened to the Garden Theaters ticket booth, explore the old Spring Garden nickelodeon and hear about the Northside drive-in that literally ended in a bang. Buy tickets.
Monday, January 10: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
After all that turkey bashing, cake baking and cocktail shaking, it’s time to let Pittsburgh’s rock star chefs cook for you. They work incredibly hard to meet pandemic challenges and need our support more than ever. With multi-course meals at a fixed price, this seven-day celebration explores the theme of New Dishes for the New Year. From Fujiya Ramen, The Commoner and Carmella’s Plates and Pints to McCormick & Schmick’s, Paris 66 and Station – there is a taste for every taste and desire.
Tuesday, January 11: Virtual Natural History: Animals do not wear pajamas
Put on your favorite jammies and curl up with a blanket for this reading of Eve B. Feldman’s children’s book led by a naturalist at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Experience how animals sleep, lurk and rest in nature, and then take some colorful markers to design your own cozy place for animals to sleep. Sign up for free.
Tuesday, January 11: Zoom in: Light! with the Carnegie Museum of Art
Be enlightened by art as the winter solstice brings a little bit more light each day. Hop online for CMOA’s first virtual tour of 2022 to explore how artists over time have used light as a subject, an artistic tool, and an expressive medium. Buy tickets.
Wednesday, January 12: Jump into History: Architectural Adventures with the Heinz History Center
10: 30-11: 30
Pittsburgh’s youngest history buffs are invited to jump into the new year with the people, places and stories that make Pittsburgh unique. Kids ages 2-5 will explore paintings of Pittsburgh buildings and design their own addition to the city using Magna-Tiles. Next, participants will see designs by Pittsburgh architect Lou Astorino and create colorful architectural sketches. Buy tickets.
Wednesday, January 12: Livingston Taylor show at the Oaks Theater
Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor (you know his famous siblings, James), celebrates five decades of music with a retrospective boxset, documentary and memoir photo book. Taylor is a longtime faculty member at Berklee College of Music and has written several Top-40 hits and has collaborated with Linda Ronstadt, Jethro Tull and Jimmy Buffett. Experience his iconic folk music during this intimate concert in Oakmont. Buy tickets.
Tuesday, January 11: Desperate: An Epic Battle for Clean Water in Appalachia
Join the City of Asylum for a reading and conversation with author and Pittsburgh resident Kris Maher. A reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Maher will discuss his debut book – a comprehensive account of the seven-year legal battle that residents of southern West Virginia have waged against Massey Energy. With Maher, Andrew Conte, director of Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation and author of NEXTpittsburgh’s On Media column. Sign up for free.
Wednesday, January 12: That Golden Girls Show! at Byham Theater
This puppet parody is just the antidote we need to collectively mourn and celebrate the groundbreaking star Betty White. We are also invited to the epic celebration that celebrates White’s remarkable life and career through the star-studded film special that premieres on January 17 on what would have been her 100th birthday. But before that, do not miss this puppet sensation that satires all your favorite “Golden Girls” moments. Buy tickets.
Thursday, January 13: Virtual Talk with Terry Miller
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures launches its own Made Local series and welcomes author and Pittsburgh native Terry Miller in conversation with Pitt Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg. With her award-winning memoir, “Behind God’s Back: Finding Hope in Hardship,” Miller explores “the difficulties of childhood and early adulthood endured growing up in public housing in Pittsburgh’s Arlington Heights,” while sharing her sobriety journey and her work to create an improvement. center. The lecture is also available online. Sign up for free.
Thursday, January 13: Three Rivers Urban Soils Symposium with Phipps
How does the soil beneath our feet affect urban agriculture, environmental justice and public health? Join regional and national experts and local GPs to understand the important relationship between land and our city’s environment. Sign up for free.
Friday, January 14: Growth + Development: Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Danny Dunson, Emma Osore, Celeste C. Smith
This new series of virtual discussions presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center connects prominent Pittsburgh artists and scholars with nationally acclaimed black creators. Artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss will moderate a discussion with Danny Dunson, director of curatorial services for Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History; Brooklyn-based designer and social entrepreneur Emma Osore; and Celeste C. Smith; senior program officer for The Pittsburgh Foundation and co-founder of 1Hood Media. Sign up for free.
Friday, January 14: BNY Mellon Grand Classics at Heinz Hall
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra starts 2022 with a soaring production featuring iconic composers such as Rachmaninoff, Verdi, Strauss and Ravel. The concert is conducted by Lorenzo Viotti and features the famous British classical pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Buy tickets.
Friday 14. January: Park After Dark Introduction to Snowshoeing at Boyce Park
Have you always wanted to try snowshoes, but do not know how to start? Get together and join Allegheny County Park Guards for this introductory class to learn the basics of snowshoeing. Buy tickets.
Saturday, January 15: Polar Festival at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Winter is here, so it’s time for this polar party. Relax and celebrate the coldest days of the year while learning about polar bear diets and finding out how lard keeps marine animals warm. Follow frost-clear tracks in a shack to discover how plants and animals survive in polar environments, meet paleontologists and test your skills in the rockhopper penguin course. Buy tickets.
Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, January 16: Locomotion Weekend at the Carnegie Science Center
Keep an eye out for the little Eva hit, and head to the North Shore for a weekend dedicated to trains. Hop aboard the building-wide extravaganza to see amazing exhibits from local hobbyists and train associations, see interactive setups and visit the Miniature Railroad & Village. Head to The Rangos Giant Cinema to experience the immersive “Rocky Mountain Express” before closing. Buy tickets.
Saturday, January 15: Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: An Ocean of Color at Phipps
This tropical day cation of “all-star specimens” arrives just in time to save us from the winter swallow. Take a walk among exhibits of bright orchids backed by large, colorful foliage, enjoy aromatic scents and let your problems melt into flowing ponds and fountains. See exquisite fruit and flowering bonsai trees that showcase a wide variety of species and pruning techniques that have been in training for decades. Buy tickets.
Saturday 15 January: Karl Mullen’s Fire in your heart in ZYNKA Gallery
From tonight, the walls of Sharpsburg’s ZYNKA Gallery will feature a Dublin-born multimedia artist with strong ties to Burgh. Fire In Your Heart offers new works on paper, tin and canvas created by Karl Mullen. The works depict poetic figures hovering on color fields, exploring Irish mythology, family and dreams. Do not miss the free opening reception, where Mullen will perform songs related to his paintings. While living in Pittsburgh from 1976 to 2004, Mullen was a central figure in the city’s art scene as well as the local music scene with his bands Carsickness and Ploughman’s Lunch.
Sunday, January 16: 2,022 Miles Challenge with outdoor venture
Do you think you can cross 2,022 miles in 2022? Join Venture Outdoors to try new outdoor experiences and reach your health and wellness goals. How does it work? Participants can walk, run, cycle, hike, skate, kayak, swim – the goal is to get moving outdoors. Keep track of your miles, submit your results each month and keep moving. In addition to feeling great, the finalist will receive a medal, free equipment, invitations to events and prizes. Register now.
Sunday, January 16: World Jazz with Tomchess & Ravi Padmanabha
Relax on your weekend with global jazz in Alphabet City and dinner at the on-site restaurant 40 North. Multi-instrumentalist composers Tomchess and Ravi Radmanabha team up with bassist Eli Namay to celebrate the release of their new album, “Permanence of the Uninterrupted Continuity.” The concert is also available online. Sign up for free.
For more things to do, read 10 events not to be missed in January for kids in Pittsburgh (plus one for moms).
For live music, check out the 20 best concerts for December and January in Pittsburgh.