Hotlist: December 2, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our Cheap Seats Partners are canceling or postponing performances. Please visit PITT ARTS’ COVID-19 Arts Update page to learn about Pittsburgh Arts and Culture closures, cancellations and postponed events.

Enjoy these socially distanced and online virtual arts events:


Theatre Superstitions
PICT Theatre Webinar
Friday, December 4, 2020, 2:00 PM
Free with Registration


Turn on the Ghostlight and Pull Up a Chair…As one of the oldest art forms, it is no surprise that the theatre has gathered its own array of odd practices. In the second-to-last webinar of 2020, PICT dives in to the origin of your favorite theatre superstitions. Why do we light a ghostlight? Why don’t you whistle backstage? Why do actors refer to Macbeth only as “The Scottish Play?” Is there magic in these practices, or is it all a myth?  Join Artistic Director Alan Stanford through a 60-minute journey of the theatre’s greatest superstitions. This webinar is appropriate for all ages.


Registration for free HERE.

Live from the West Side: Vanessa Williams
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Saturday, December 5, 2020, 8:00 PM
$30 ticket per household includes access to the livestream performance


Streamed live from New York’s Shubert Virtual Studios join the Trust for Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway, featuring critically acclaimed actress and singer Vanessa Williams. Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold millions of records worldwide, Vanessa has also achieved numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album and Singles charts: Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz.


More information and tickets HERE.

Handmade Arcade Virtual Marketplace
Now through December 6, 2020


Find a gift for everyone on your list, and feel good about supporting small businesses by shopping at the Handmade Arcade Virtual Marketplace! You’ll find one-of-a-kind products from over 130 of the region’s top makers, artists, and crafters in this online celebration of all things handmade. Every dollar you spend goes directly to the individual maker.
Handmade Arcade is committed to keeping you SAFE and CRAFTY by loading your calendar with days of fun, free things you can do at home. Including Virtual Classes, Online Demos and Meet-the-Maker events, Virtual Studio Tours, Raffles, and more.


More information HERE.

Claws Out! A Holiday Drag Musical
City Theatre Company Online Event
Available to stream December 4, 2020 through January 10, 2021
$15.00 for Pitt students ONLY with code CITYUPS
Faculty/Staff may pick your own price for streamed productions.


This is a filmed stage production that is available from December 4, 2020 through January 10, 2021. After attempting to give the north a new look, Mrs. Rachel Claus (Shua Potter) finds herself face-to-face with a contract clause allowing her to be replaced by newcomer Roberta (Monteze Freeland). With her crown in jeopardy, the stage is set for an epic showdown — and the North Pole has never been so icy. From the team that brought you SANTA’S TED TALK last year comes a world premiere holiday drag musical adapted and filmed for the digital screen.


Purchase tickets at

Lauren Tarshis Virtual Event
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Free Event


Lauren Tarshis is the New York Times Bestselling author of the I Survived series, telling stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil.  Her latest heart pounding entry tells the story of two children who battle the terrifying flames of the California Wildfires of 2018 and — despite the destruction — find hope in the ashes. You can watch anytime online, on any device that supports YouTube for one week. A link to view the program will be emailed to you when the video is available.


Register HERE for Free.

PBT’s Fireside Nutcracker
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
December 17 -31, 2020
Free with pre-registration


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Fireside Nutcracker brings the magic of the holiday season to your home! This virtual production adapts the timeless holiday ballet for film, featuring Tchaikovsky’s stunning score, the brilliant ballet of PBT company dancers and classic Nutcracker characters. See PBT from a new perspective and experience Pittsburgh’s favorite holiday tradition like never before.


Pre-register HERE today.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Pittsburgh Public Theater
November 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021
$50. Ticket holders may view the production once during any 24-hour period. All proceeds benefit Pittsburgh Public Theater!


Experience A Christmas Carol unlike any other—past, present or future. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Tony Award® winner Jefferson Mays plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance that must be seen to be believed. Staged exclusively for this production and captured live with breathtaking clarity, this must-watch streaming event conjures the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theater home for the holidays.


Tickets and more information HERE.

Artful Wednesdays now on PITT ARTS YouTube


Did you miss our virtual noontime performances this Fall?
No worries, they can now be streamed on PITT ARTS YouTube Channel.


Click and subscribe to PITT ARTS YouTube HERE.


A Very Merry Pittsburgh
Heinz History Center
Opening November 20, 2020
Admission Free for Children under 17 and Pitt students with valid Pittsburgh campus ID. Adults $18

Beginning Friday, Nov. 20, visitors to the History Center can explore holiday traditions in Western Pa. as part of the new A Very Merry Pittsburgh holiday experience in the museum’s first-floor Great Hall. Visitors can discover how the region’s communities have celebrated Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, and more through the years, and see original artifacts from iconic department stores of Pittsburgh’s past, including Santa’s original chair from Kaufmann’s Santaland and the mailbox where thousands of children mailed their Christmas lists to the North Pole.

Tickets are available online at or at the door.

Front Row: The PSO Virtual Experience
Episode Two:
Originators and Disruptors
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Premieres Friday November 20, 2020 7:30 PM

Led by Guest Concertmaster Alexi Kenney, Front Row: The PSO Virtual Experience continues with Part 1 of a two-part episode, Originators and Disruptors. As an homage to this year’s 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Part 1 is an immersion in Beethoven, looking at his boundary -pushing early and middle periods. Filming Location: Fallingwater + Heinz Hall.

Stream for Free HERE

The Heart Lives Through the Hands- Artworks by Swoon
Contemporary Craft
Through January 2021
Free with timed tickets and safety protocols


Contemporary Craft’s inaugural exhibition – The Heart Lives Through the Hands – in its new, permanent facility in Upper Lawrenceville will feature internationally acclaimed artist Caledonia Curry’s (a.k.a. Swoon) large-scale paper and mixed media artworks. Swoon is the first woman to gain large-scale recognition in the male-dominated world of street art. Her cut paper and hand printed works marry the whimsical to the grounded, weaving in fairy tales, myth, and a recurring motif of the sacred feminine. Tendrils of her own family history—and a legacy of her parents’ struggles with addiction and substance abuse—recur throughout her work. Her exhibiting artwork addresses relationships between people and their built environment and explores how creativity can positively impact communities in times of crisis and change.


Reserve timed tickets HERE.

The Virtuoso Viol: Jaap ter Linden, viola da gamba with Mark Edwards, harpsichord
Chatham Baroque and Renaissance & Baroque
November 2020
Virtual tickets $18


Through May, Chatham Baroque and Renaissance & Baroque will be releasing eight unique, beautifully produced concert videos featuring extraordinary artists.
Back by popular demand after his acclaimed performance of music by Beethoven in November of 2018, Jaap ter Linden returns to Pittsburgh to perform music by some of the most revered composers writing solo repertory for the viola da gamba, including Marin Marais, Georg Philipp Telemann, François Couperin, and J.S. Bach. Joining Jaap ter Linden for this recital is Canadian harpsichordist and organist Mark Edwards, first-prize winner of the 2012 Musica Antiqua Bruges International Harpsichord Competition, and since 2016, an Assistant Professor of Harpsichord at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.


More information and tickets HERE.

August Wilson African American Cultural Center
Like the Shapes of Clouds on Water – Dominic Chambers
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Gallery
Now through December 13
FREE and open to the public.


Great news!  The August Wilson African American Cultural Center has reopened to the public with Dominic Chambers’ Like the Shapes of Clouds on Water exhibition in the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Gallery.  Chambers creates large scale paintings and drawing that reference literary narratives cited in various mythologies, books, and African-American history.
Please note the new procedures and policies in place for the health and safety of visitors, staff, and artists.


Click HERE for more info and new gallery hours.