Hotlist: November 17, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic some of our Cheap Seats Partners have canceled or postponed performances. Please visit PITT ARTS’ COVID-19 Arts Update page to learn about Pittsburgh Arts and Culture cancellations and postponed events, as well as updated safety protocols. 

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Live
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Byham Theater, Downtown
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 8:00 PM
Cheap Seats Tickets $33.50, $42.50 & $51.50

Join host Emily Connor (Emily Marsh) and the world’s greatest – and only – movie riffing robots, Tom Servo (Conor McGiffin), Crow (Nate Begle), and GPC (Yvonne Freese), as they take you on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride through the film Making Contact, imposed by Mad Scientist, Mega-Synthia (Yvonne Freese).

Review Pittsburgh Cultural Trust safety protocols and purchase Cheap Seats HERE.

In the Light
Texture Contemporary Ballet
New Hazlett Theater, North Side
November 19 – 21, 2021
Pre-Sale General Admission – $25, Box Office General Admission – $30, Senior, Student, & Artist – $20


This performance will feature a mixture of new works and past works, including Alan Obuzor’s work Eclipse. Originally premiering in 2015, this piece was created to shine a light on the life and music of the late Eva Cassidy. Artistic Director Alan Obuzor will also be creating a new piece that utilizes light to enhance the visual element of dance in new ways.  Join Texture Contemporary Ballet for their return to the theater and experience the luminosity of dance!


Purchase tickets and review safety protocols HERE.

Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Free for Members and Students with valid Pitt IDs.
Adults $19.95, Seniors $17.95 & Children $11.95


The holiday season isn’t complete without a visit to Phipps, and on Friday, November 19, Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show will return to Phipps’ glowing gardens. With an elegant theme of Sparkle and Shine, guests are sure to delight at the stunning sights and twinkling lights. Phipps has pulled out all the stops for this year’s Winter Flower Show with dazzling new displays of holiday trees, topiaries, exquisitely detailed props, and their signature floral delights, including amaryllis, orchids and more than 1,600 poinsettias. Plus, the beauty isn’t just indoors: after a brief hiatus in 2020, Phipps is pleased to announce the return of their celebrated Winter Light Garden, filling their Outdoor and Discovery Gardens with luminous orbs, trees, fountains, a tunnel of lights and an all-new ice castle display that will mesmerize guests of all ages.


More information and reserve pre-timed tickets HERE.

Strauss Family Favorites
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Heinz Hall, Downtown
November 26 & 28, 2021
Students $15, $20 & $25, Faculty/Staff Start at $25.14


Sparkling waltzes, polkas and more! It’s Thanksgiving Weekend at Heinz Hall, and this year – more than ever – bring family and friends as Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony again offer a generous serving of Strauss family favorites.  And 18-year-old Spanish violin sensation María Dueñas plays Paganini’s dazzling First Violin Concerto.  


Review Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra safety protocols and purchase Cheap Seats HERE.

The Second City It’s a Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Life
Pittsburgh Public Theater
O’Reilly Theater, Downtown
December 8 – 12, 2021
Students $16.50, Faculty/Staff $27.50

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… or at least that’s how the song goes. 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. 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.

Review Pittsburgh Public Theater safety protocols and purchase Cheap Seats HERE.

The Nutcracker
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Benedum Center, Downtown
December 10 – 29, 2021
Students $17, $26, $33, $64 & $83,
Faculty/Staff $22, $32, $44, $69 & $86

Snow settles on the Steel City as a wonderful adventure begins in PBT’s The Nutcracker. Join Marie, her Nutcracker prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy on a journey into the Land of Enchantment. Five fanciful scenes, over 150 unique costumes and Tchaikovsky’s enduring score make The Nutcracker a can’t-miss holiday tradition.

Review Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre safety protocols and purchase Cheap Seats HERE.

Extra Events

2021 Three Rivers Film Festival
Film Pittsburgh
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, East Liberty
Through November 17, 2021
General Admission: $15 per screening


Now in its 39th year, the Three Rivers Film Festival remains the largest—and longest running—annual film festival in Southwestern Pennsylvania. This year’s festival will showcase 32 feature-length films from around the world in every genre including, dramas, comedies, documentaries, and animation. And almost all of the films are Pittsburgh premieres that you haven’t seen anywhere else. In addition to film screenings, there are Q&As with cast and crew, a chance to vote on your favorite films, receptions, and other fun.


Film Schedule, safety protocols and tickets HERE.

William Shakespeare’s As You Like It
PICT Classic Theatre
Through November 20, 2021
Wednesday – Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM
Fred Rogers Studio at WQED, Oakland
$20 for Students/Faculty/Staff with promo code PITT25


Live, in-person theater returns to the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED with PICT Classic Theatre’s first production of the 25th Anniversary Season.

As our characters get lost in the Forest of Arden, mischief, passion, and mistaken identity abound. The perfect show to lift the spirits and open the season!


Purchase PICT tickets and safety protocols HERE.

Summer- The Donna Summer Musical
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust/ PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh
Benedum Center, Downtown
Through November 21, 2021
Student/Faculty/staff tickets $29, $66.35, $79.85 & $102


She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. Featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including Love to Love You Baby, Bad Girls, and Hot Stuff, this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.


Review Pittsburgh Cultural Trust safety protocols and purchase Cheap Seats HERE.

Women of Visions: Celebrating 40 Years
University Art Gallery
Frick Fine Arts Building
Through February 25, 2022
Free and Open to the Public


The University Art Gallery at Pitt presents the 40th anniversary exhibition for Women of Visions. Founded in 1981, Women of Visions is believed to be the longest-running collective of Black women artists in the United States. The 50 works in the exhibition span a range of media, from painting and sculpture to quilts and ceramics. Together, they attest to the powerful voices of Black women, and the unique identity of the WOV artists.

A special installation of paper bag portraits of WOV members by Ashley A. Jones will also be on display in the gallery’s historic rotunda.