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The Weekend Guide

Friday, December 08, 2000


CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Display of five 23-foot Christmas trees, decorated with the theme of children's literature, including "Harry Potter," "Goodnight Moon" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," through Jan. 7; Neapolitan Presepio, a miniature Nativity scene, through Jan. 7; Holiday concerts through Dec. 30 at noon on weekdays (except Mondays) and 2:15 p.m. weekends. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. 412-622-3131.

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PLAY Around the World Holiday Celebration with Greek Youth Group, African American storyteller, Hanukkah food, Chinese New Year and more. Center for Creative Play, Station Square. Sun. 1-4 p.m. $4; adults free. 412-281-8886.

CHILD OF THE PROMISE TOUR Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris, Crystal Lewis, Russ Taff, others. Mellon Arena. Fri. 7:30 p.m. $15.75-$34.25. 412-323-1919.

CLAYTON Frick Art & Historical Center, Point Breeze. Tours of the 23-room, turn-of-the-century Frick mansion decorated for Christmas. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m. Through Jan. 10. Call 412-371-0600 for reservations.

COUNTRY MUSIC CHRISTMAS JAMBOREE With Howard Vokes and His Country Boys. Narodni Dom Croatian Lodge, Verona. Sun 3 p.m. 412-826-8330.

DUQUESNE LIGHTS ZOOLIGHTS Pittsburgh Zoo. More than a half-million lights and 120 illuminated animal figures. Also at the zoo is the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum from Wheeling. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly Dec. 1 through Jan. 1. 412-665-3640.

ECKERD CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS Dazzling drive-through Christmas display benefits Project Bundle-Up and various local charities. Hartwood, Allison Park. Sun.-Thurs. 6 to 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 6 to 11 p.m. through Jan. 14. $10 donation per car. 877-LITEUP4.

GATEWAY CLIPPER CRUISES Station Square. Santa Family Fun Cruises -- 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23. Also, Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19. 412-355-7980.

LEMOYNE HOUSE CANDLELIGHT TOUR National historic landmark of the Underground Railroad presents a look at the holidays in 1900. It's combined with tour of the Bradford House. LeMoyne House, 49 E. Maiden St., Washington. Sat.-Sun. 5-9 p.m. 724-225-6740.

LIVE NATIVITY Performance with narration, choral music and live animals. Bradford Woods Community Church, Wexford Run Road. Sun. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 724-935-3135.

NATIONALITY ROOMS Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh. 26 rooms designed to reflect the ethnic heritage of Pittsburgh's immigrants are dressed for the holidays. 412-624-6000.

OGLEBAY WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Six-mile drive-through display features the 12 days of Christmas and animated figures. Oglebay Park, Wheeling. Dusk to 11 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7. 800-624-6988.

OLD ALLEGHENY VICTORIAN HOUSE TOUR Six restored homes decorated for a 19th-century Christmas. Begins at Calvary United Methodist Church, Allegheny and Beech avenues, North Side. There's also a Candelight Dinner Tour Friday night ($65). Fri. 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Sat. noon to 8 p.m.; Sun. 12:30-6:30 p.m. $18. 412-323-8884.

OLIVER MILLER HOMESTEAD South Park. An 18th-century frontier Christmas features decorating and music. Sun. 1-4 p.m. and Dec. 17. 412-835-1554.

OVERLY'S COUNTRY CHRISTMAS More than 1 million lights including new waterfall, giant bonfire, sleigh and wagon rides, gift shop, and holiday toy exhibit. Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Greensburg. 5-10 p.m. nightly; 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sun. through Jan. 7. 1-800-9OVERLY.

PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM Washington. Children and families can ride with Santa on vintage trolleys. Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $6; $5 seniors and kids 2-15. Trolley and Toy Trains continue Dec. 16-17, 23-24 and 26-30. 1-877-PA-TROLLEY.

PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. "Off the Walls" show and sale feature more than 250 works by 75 regional artists, through Dec. 23. Hours: Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m. 412-361-0873.

PPG WINTERGARDEN Stanwix Street, Downtown. "Spirits of Giving From Around the World" features a 32-foot Christmas tree, an exhibit by the Pittsburgh Miniature Society and a display of life-sized Santas and oil paintings representing 16 countries (through Jan. 6). Crafts and entertainment in the Food Court on Saturday by Wacky Time Puppets (noon). Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Closed Dec. 21.

SNOWBIRD FESTIVAL Games, crafts, bird shows, hands-on activities. National Aviary, West Park, North Side. Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 412-323-7235, Ext. 208.

SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. Holiday sale featuring gifts by more than 300 nationally recognized artists, and demonstrations by local artists running Saturdays (through Dec. 30) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This week: ceramics artist Laura McLaughlin. 412-261-7003.

SOUTH SIDE ARTS ALIVE Local artists will create and display their work in shops along East Carson Street. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Santa will greet children 1-3 p.m.)

SWEETWATER CENTER FOR THE ARTS 200 Broad St., Sewickley. The 7th annual Holiday Mart, featuring handmade gifts and jewelry, runs through Sunday, along with Let the Kids Shop Emporium. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 412-741-4405.

TEDDY BEAR TEA Begins at Downtown Lazarus and shuttles to Heinz Regional History Center on Molly's Trolley. Features refreshments, games and storytelling. Sat. 1:30-5 p.m. $5. 412-854-2958.

A VISIT TO BETHLEHEM Recreation of Bethlehem with authentic village and live Nativity. St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland, Cumberland Road, McCandless. Sat.-Sun. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. 412-364-2508.

WESTMORELAND MUSEUM OF ART 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. Holiday Toy and Train Exhibition features five moving trains and trolley depicting life in Western Pennsylvania. There will also be a hands-on area for children. Through Jan. 28. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun., Thurs. till 9 p.m. $3; under 12 free. 724-837-1500.

WPXI-TV CAROL SING Holiday music with local choirs. Lazarus, Downtown. Sat. 7 p.m.


BABES IN TOYLAND Nursery rhyme characters come to life to outwit villains. Comtra Theatre, Cranberry. Through Dec. 23. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m. 724-773-9896.

BABES IN TOYLAND Flatwoods Productions at Curfew Grange, Route 201 South, Flatwoods. Through Dec. 17. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. 724-785-6896.

BILLIE HOLIDAY Sandy Dowe stars in this dinner theater production. Dowe's on Ninth, Downtown. Through Dec 18. Mon. 8 p.m. 412-281-9225.

BLACK NATIVITY Annual musical celebration of Christmas by the African Dance and Drum Ensemble and Kuumba Workshop, using the script by Langston Hughes. Masonic Temple, Oakland. Through Dec. 30. Fri., Sat. and Dec. 28 at 8 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m.; no show Dec. 24. 412-648-2276.

COMMISSARY CAPERS Murder mystery about gossip and intrigue in Hollywood. Cloak & Dagger Dinner Theatre, Holiday Inn Greentree. Through June 10. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m. 412-364-2483.

THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED) Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor's madcap romp through American history from Columbus to Clinton. Penn Avenue Theatre, 4809 Penn Ave., Garfield. Through Dec. 16. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. 412-661-PENN (7366).

CONGREGATION FOLLIES College-style follies skits by five area synagogues -- Adat Shalom, Beth Shalom, Rodef Shalom, Temple Sinai and Tree of Life. Antonian Theatre, Carlow College, Oakland. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. 412-675-0470.

DRY BONES PRODUCTIONS Weekly, G-rated improvisational comedy show. Starlite Lounge, Blawnox. Wed. 8 p.m. 412-322-2372.

FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROVS Audience-participation comedy improv show. Studio Theater, basement of Cathedral of Learning, Oakland. Fri. 11 p.m. 412-363-1904.

A HOLIDAY TALE Gemini Children's Theater at The Factory, 7501 Penn Ave., Point Breeze. Through Dec. 29 (no performances Dec. 18-26). Sat. 1 and 3 p.m.; Sun. and Dec. 27-29 at 1 p.m. 412-243-6464.

INSPECTING CAROL Daniel Sullivan's comedy about a small theater company that meets mishaps while rehearsing for its umpteenth production of "A Christmas Carol." Little Lake Theatre, Route 19 South, near Donaldson's Crossroads, North Strabane. Through Dec. 16. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. 724-745-6300.

INTO THE WOODS Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's fairy tale-based musical. Theatre Factory at Third and Cavitt Avenue, Trafford. Through Dec. 17. Thurs.-Sat. and this Wed. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. 412-374-9200.

KINDERTRANSPORT Diane Samuels' drama about a young child saved from the Holocaust by a little-known effort called Kindertransport. Jewish Community Center, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill. Ends Sat. Sat. 8 p.m. 412-521-8011, Ext. 849.

KIRA THE YOUNG HUNTER Scott Silberstein's dance, theater and storytelling production based on a Grimm's fairy tale that chronicles the adventures of Kira and her animal friends as they save a kingdom from a greedy sorcerer. Playhouse Jr. at Point Park Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. Through Dec. 17 and Jan. 6-14. Sat. 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m. 412-621-4445.

KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE American premiere of German playwright Christoph Hein's sequel to the Arthurian legend. Playhouse Repertory Company at the Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. Ends Sun. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. 412-621-4445.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Stage version of the classic Christmas movie and book by Valentine Davies. Prime Stage at Hazlett Theater, North Side. Ends Sun. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m. 412-394-3353.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Dry Bones Productions at Pittsburgh's Cathedral Hall, McKees Rocks. Through Dec. 20. Wed. 8 p.m. 412-771-4070.

A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL An annual CLO tradition. Pittsburgh CLO at Benedum Center, Downtown. Dec. 7-23. Thurs., Fri. and Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. noon, 4 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 and 7 p.m. 412-263-2560 (groups), 412-456-6666 (box office).

PITTSBURGH SHOWSTOPPERS Music and humor with Pittsburgh connections. Blarney Stone, Etna. Open-ended run; call for dates. 412-781-1666.

QUILTERS Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek's musical, based on an oral history book by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen, tracing the pioneer life of a woman and her six daughters. University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre, Henry Heymann Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, Oakland. Ends Sun. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. 412-624-PLAY.

RAPUNZEL ... LET DOWN YOUR HEIR: AN ENGLISH MADRIGAL Interactive Elizabethan feast of food, song and low drama. Chamber Singers and Madrigal Players of Slippery Rock University at Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle. Sat. 6 p.m. 724-652-2882.

A RIVERSIDE CHRISTMAS Holiday musical. Riverside Dinner Theatre at Riverside Inn, Cambridge Springs, Pa. Through Dec. 17. Dates and prices vary. 800-964-5173.

SANTA AND THE NORTH POLE EXPRESS Winnie Flynn's show about the excitement of Santa's journey and the true meaning of the holiday, with audience sing-alongs of Christmas music. 11th Floor Auditurium, Kaufmann's, Downtown. Sat. 9 a.m. and noon; Dec. 18-20 at 5:30 p.m. (with meal). 412-232-2175.

THE SANTALAND DIARIES David Sedaris' sardonic, idiosyncratic anti-holiday treat about a Macy's elf's daily humiliation. City Theatre at Hamburg Studio Theatre, South Side. Through Jan. 6. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 5:30 and 9 p.m.; Sun. 2 and 7 p.m. (no performances Dec. 24-26). 412-431-CITY.

SORRY! WRONG CHIMNEY! A man moonlights to buy his wife a fur coat for Christmas, but when she discovers he's not working late at the office, she suspects monkey business. Actors and Artists of Fayette County at Scottdale Showtime Theatre, 111 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Fri.-Sat. 8:15 p.m.; Sun. 3:15 p.m. 724-887-0887.

SUSQUEHANNA HAT COMPANY Improvisational comedy. Penn Avenue Theatre, Bloomfield/Garfield. Through Dec. 16. Sat. 11 p.m. 412-661-PENN.

A TAFFETAS CHRISTMAS A 1950s crooning Christmas show. Pohl Productions at the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh-South, across from South Hills Village Mall. Through Dec. 30. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m. (with dinner); no shows Dec. 22-24. 412-279-3881.

WIT Margaret Edson's drama about a brilliant and brutally demanding professor's battle with ovarian cancer. Pittsburgh Public Theater at O'Reilly Theater, Downtown. Ends Sun. Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. 412-316-1600.


THE MILLENNIUM SHOW Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Earth Theater. Every half-hour Fri.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. 1:30-3 p.m. 412-622-3131.

THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB A romantic comedy with gay characters. Melwood, North Oakland. Fri.-Sun. 8 p.m. 412-682-4111.

LITTLE WOMEN 1933 version. GRW Theatre Point Park College Library Center, Downtown. Sat. 1 p.m. 412-281-9545.


MANCHESTER CRAFTSMEN'S GUILD North Side, 412-322-1773. Fri., "Luciano Franchi de Alfaro III, Byzantium Mosaic Workshop," through Jan. 12. Wed.-Sat.: residency with artist; Thurs. 7-9 p.m.: lecture and reception. Closed Sat.-Sun.

SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT Strip District, 412-261-7003. Fri. 5:30-8 p.m., "Ties That Bind," fiber art by Ed Rossbach and Katherine Westphal, through Feb. 17. See below.

STUDIO Z GALLERY South Side, 412-381-6400. Fri. 6-9 p.m., "Silverama," 25th anniversary show featuring artists who have exhibited at the gallery in the last 25 years, through Dec. 30. Closed Sun.-Mon.

WATERCOLORS Downtown, 412-201-4003. Fri., holiday show, through Jan. 7. Closed Sun.

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART 412-622-3131. Museum store: Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., trunk show by artist and jeweler Thomas Mann. See below.

CLAY PLACE GALLERY Shadyside, 412-682-3737. Sat. 5-7 p.m., new work by Kirk Mangus, through Jan. 31. See below

PENN GALLERY Strip District, 412-802-8577. Sat. 7-10 p.m., group show by Robert Villamagna and Elaine Kennedy, through Dec. 30. Closed Sun.-Mon.

MICHAEL BERGER GALLERY Shadyside, 412-441-4282 or 412-431-5140. Sun. 1-5 p.m., "Hallelujah Suite," book of lithographs illustrating the 150th Psalm, and "To Forget the Extermination Is Part of the Extermination Itself," book of etchings by Leonard Leibowitz. Proceeds from Sun. sales benefit Aleph Institute, which ministers to imprisoned Jewish people and their families. Closed Mon.-Tues.


AKRON ART MUSEUM Ohio, 330-376-9185. "On-site Ohio: Kate Budd," through Feb. 11. Daily.

AMERICAN JEWISH MUSEUM/JCC Squirrel Hill, 412-521-8011, Ext. 105. Fine/Perlow and Weis Gallery: "Indifference: The Real Enemy," 10 of 20 oil paintings by Holocaust survivor Fritz Hirschberger, through Jan. 15 (remainder on display at Seton Hill College). Berger Gallery: Winning entries and selected works from the 2000 Holocaust Center Arts & Writing Competition. Many accompanying special events. Daily.

ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM 412-237-8300. "The Arts of Jean Cocteau," more than 300 works, through Jan. 28. Bill "Crutchmaster" Shannon, performance artist, 8 p.m. Dec. 16. Good Fridays: 5-10 p.m. Diaries Forum, Fri. Cash bar, free gallery admission. Weekend Factory: Sat.-Sun. noon-4 p.m. Closed Mon.-Tues. Admission.

THE ART CENTER Butler, 724-283-6922. Holiday Show and Sale, through Dec. 30. Closed Sun.-Tues.

ART INSTITUTE OF PITTSBURGH Downtown, 412-291-6200. "Fiberart 40," biennial exhibition of works by Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh members, through Dec. 28. Closed Sun.

ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF PITTSBURGH GALLERY Downtown, 412-263-2710. Photographs by Sue Abramson and Tim Fabian and cast aluminum by James Myford, through Dec. 22. Noon lecture: Dec. 14, Myford. "Ex Libris: A Show of Artists' Books," artist-made books to reopen the renovated first floor gallery/bookstore, through Dec. 22. Closed Sun.-Mon.

BEDFORD ARTS CENTER 814-623-1538. "Drawing to a Close," through Dec. 22. Closed Sun.-Mon.

BIRD IN THE HAND GALLERY Sewickley, 412-741-8286. Christmas Show, Mexican crafts and art, mixed media, through Dec. 24. Closed Sun.-Mon.

BREW HOUSE SPACE 101 South Side, 412-381-7767. "Systems," by Lynn Cazabon, Patricia Villalobos Echeverria, Todd Pavlisko, Paul Vanouse, Matirza Mosquera, Thomas McGovern, Lowell Brown, Belinda Otero, Suzannah Pau and Brooke Singer, through Dec. 17. Wed. 6-9 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART 412-622-3131. "Visions, Fragments, and Impressions: French Nineteenth-Century Drawings and Bronzes from the Collection of Herbert and Carol Diamond," through Jan. 14. "Aluminum By Design: Jewelry to Jets," opening of international tour, through Feb. 11. "Alumi-Nuts: Collectors' Confessions," eight collections of aluminum decorative and household objects from Pennsylvanians, through Feb. 11. "Neapolitan Presipio," miniature handcrafted Nativity scene, through Jan. 7. Forum Gallery: "Aluminum in Contemporary Architecture," through Feb. 4. The Heinz Architectural Center: "Inside/Out: New Perspectives on the Heinz Architectural Center's Permanent Collection," more than 150 objects from nearly two centuries of architecture, through Jan. 21. Hall of Architecture: Christmas Tree Display with children's literature theme, through Jan. 7. Admission. Closed Mon.

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 412-622-3131. "Lapidary Art," seventh exhibition of works made from precious and semiprecious stones by Gem Artists of North America members, through Jan. 8. "Seasons of Western Pennsylvania: The Photography of Donald M. Robinson," through Jan. 25. Admission. Closed Mon.

CCAC ALLEGHENY CAMPUS Visual Arts Center Gallery, North Side, 412-237-2621. "The Language of Hands," student metalsmith invitational featuring work by college students in Pennsylvania and bordering states, through Fri.

CCAC BOYCE CAMPUS Monroeville, 412-371-8651. Sculpture by Penn Art Association member M. Labye, through Jan. 2. Daily.

CLAY PLACE GALLERY Shadyside, 412-682-3737. "On & Off the Wall" by Ceil Leeper Sturdevant, through Jan. 3. Closed Sun.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART 216-421-7340. "Yasuhiro Ishimoto Photographs: Traces of Memory," through Jan. 3. "Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-Century Design," through Feb. 4. Closed Mon.

DESIGNSPACE PITTSBURGH Strip District, 412-434-0438. "Details," fine furniture by Craig Marcus, Mark Blaustein, Bill James, Max Peterson and Arthur Reitmeyer, through Sun. Wed.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

ECLECTIC ART & OBJECTS GALLERY Emsworth, 412-734-2099. Harry C. Holland Retrospective Exhibit, through Dec. 31. Closed Sun.-Mon.

JOHN EDWARD GALLERY Export, 724-325-2577. Watercolors by Doreen Currie, through Dec. 29. Closed Mon.

EUROP'ART Lawrenceville, 412-578-9801. "Four French Artists," works by Olivier Belot, Monique Dehais-Duteurtre, Francois Duteurtre and Raphael Hauvy, through Jan. 11. Closed Sun.-Mon.

FORELAND STREET STUDIO North Side, 412-321-8664. "The Year 2000 Projects Exhibition" by Patricia Bellan-Gillen, Curlee Raven Holton, Michael Loderstedt, John Foard Lysak and John Thomas Pusateri, through Jan. 10. Closed Sat.-Mon.

FOUR WINDS GALLERY Downtown and Shadyside galleries, 412-682-5092. "Pueblo Artistry" by Linda Tafoya-Oyenque, potter, and Mike Bird-Romero, silversmith, through Dec. Closed Sun.

THE FRICK ART & HISTORICAL CENTER The Frick Art Museum, Point Breeze, 412-371-0600. "From the Sun King to the Royal Twilight: Painting in Eighteenth-Century France from the Musee de Picardie, Amiens," through Jan. 14. Wed. 7:15 p.m.: Ann Sutherland Harris, University of Pittsburgh professor of art and architecture, discusses "The Pleasure Principle: Art and Society in 18th-Century France," $12 ($8 students). Accompanying lectures and family programs. Closed Mon.

GALLERIE CHIZ Shadyside, 412-441-6005. "A Magnificent Seven": jewelry by Caesar Azzam, bronze by Hiram Ball, paintings by Lan Nguyen, drawings by Ruth E. Levine, Kennywood paintings by Adam Maeroff, sculpture by Ibou N'Diaye and Judith Steinberg, through Dec. 24. Closed Sun.-Mon.

GALLERY ON 43RD STREET Lawrenceville, 412-683-6488. Paintings and ceramics by Sigrid Shafagh and Annual Holiday Sale of Fine Art and Crafts by Western Pennsylvania Artists, through Dec. Daily.

GALLERY SPACE Monroeville Public Library, 412-372-0500. Tiny 20-unit apartment building by Pittsburgh Miniature Society, through Jan. 27. Daily.

GARFIELD ARTWORKS 412-361-2262. 65th Annual Open Sculpture Competition, through Dec. 15. Open by appointment.

J.J. GILLESPIE GALLERY McMurray, 724-941-7515. 18th- to 20th-century oil paintings. Closed Sun.

HARLAN GALLERY Seton Hill College, Greensburg, 724-830-1071. "Indifference: The Real Enemy," 10 of 20 oil paintings by Holocaust survivor Fritz Hirschberger, through Jan. 15 (remainder on display at Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill). Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-8 p.m.; Fri. 1-3 p.m.; Sun. 1-4 p.m.

HELIOS ARTS South Side, 412-381-6117. Derek Hess, paintings, through Jan. 31. Closed Sat.-Sun.

HOYT INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS New Castle, 724-652-2882. Holiday exhibits and sales, through Dec. 31. Closed Sun.-Mon. See below.

HUNT INSTITUTE FOR BOTANICAL DOCUMENTATION CMU Hunt Library, 412-268-2434. "Gifts of Winter," art works depicting the beauty of winter, through Feb. 28. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-4 p.m.

HUNT LIBRARY CMU campus, Oakland. "Images of an Industrial Landscape, 1975-1995: Photographs by Gene Levy," through Jan. 31.

INTERNATIONAL IMAGES Sewickley, 412-741-7057. "Yuletide in the Village 2000," mezzotints by Joop Vegter, jewelry by Jen Showe, Czech Art Exhibit to benefit Pittsburgh Ostrava Sister City Committee, through Feb. Closed Sun.-Mon.

LA FOND GALLERIES South Side, 412-431-3337. "Painting in France" by Adelaide La Fond, through Dec. 25. Tuscany Cafe: Paintings by Michael Lotenero, through Dec. 15. Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs, until 9 p.m.

MATTRESS FACTORY North Side, 412-231-3169. Permanent collection. 1414 Monterey St. Galleries: "Visual Sound" Part I, installations by Robin Minard of Canada, Patrice Carre of France and Takehisa Kosugi of Japan, through July 31, 2001. Admission; Thurs. free. Closed Mon.

MCDONOUGH MUSEUM OF ART Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, 330-742-1400. "In Life's Balance," sculpture by Mary Ann Unger, through Jan. 26. Wed.-Sun.

MENDELSON GALLERY Shadyside, 412-361-8664. "At the Windows/The House on Oakhurst," paintings by Judi Collins, through Dec. 23. Wed.-Sat. noon-5 p.m.

MERRICK ART GALLERY New Brighton, 724-846-1130. 18th- to 19th-century paintings. Closed Sun.-Mon.

NORTH HILLS ART CENTER Ross, 412-364-3622. 31st Annual Artisan's Market, through Dec. 30. Closed Sun.-Mon.

ONE WORLD GALLERY Squirrel Hill, 412-421-9500. "Mixing Oils and Watercolors," paintings by Steve Boksenbaum, through Jan. See below.

REGINA GOUGER MILLER GALLERY CMU, 412-268-3618. "Kindred Spirits," works in various media by Marlene Aron, Peggy Lynn Cox, Marilee Keys and Anne Wold, through Dec. 15. Closed Mon.

MORGAN CONTEMPORARY GLASS GALLERY Shadyside, 412-441-5200. "Idols, Icons & Archetypes" by Anna Boothe, Susan Gott, BJ Katz, Lucartha Kohler, Karen LaMonte, Pat Owens and Milon Townsend, through Jan. 18. Closed Sun.-Mon.

O'BANNON ORIENTAL CARPETS Squirrel Hill, 412-422-0300. "Uzbek and Turkoman Top Coats and Hats," through Dec. 23. Closed Sun.-Mon.

ONE WORLD GALLERY Squirrel Hill, 412-421-9500. Steel-wire insect sculptures by William Wessel, through Dec. Closed Mon.

PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS Shadyside, 412-361-0873. "Off the Walls," annual art sale, and "Day With(out) Art," eight panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, through Dec. 24. Admission. Daily.

SILVER EYE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY South Side, 412-431-1810. "Ansel Adams: Photographs from the Polaroid Collection," more than 60 photographs plus memos and postcards written by Adams, through Jan. 27. Thurs. 7:30 p.m.: Sue Abramson, Pittsburgh Filmmakers associate professor, discusses Adams' photos. Many accompanying lectures and programs. Closed Sun.-Tues.

SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT Strip District, 412-261-7003. Holiday Artist Demonstration Series, 11 a.m.: Laura McLaughlin, ceramics, Sat.; Teresa Krzeminski, torch work, Dec. 16; Sera Swan, metal sculpture and jewelry, Dec. 23; Judy Barie, baskets, Dec. 30. Closed Sun. One Mellon Bank Center Gallery: "Judie Barrie: Vessels in Paper," through Feb. 3. Located in Upper Lobby during construction. Daily until 6 p.m.

SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES MUSEUM OF ART Altoona, 814-946-4464. "Antique Dolls: A Holiday Celebration" and "Mirrors of the Heart-Mind: The Rezk Collection of Tibetan Art," through Jan. 14. Closed Mon.

SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES MUSEUM OF ART Johnstown, 814-269-7234. Allied Artists of Johnstown 68th Annual Juried Exhibition, through Dec. 22. Closed Sat.-Sun.

SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES MUSEUM OF ART Ligonier, 724-238-6015. Greensburg Area Cultural Council Annual Juried Art Exhibition, through Jan. 13. Closed Mon.

SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES MUSEUM OF ART Loretto, 814-472-3920. "American Impressionist from the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden," through Feb. 18. Closed Mon.

STYLE AND SUBSTANCE GALLERY Greensburg, 724-834-9299. "Life-scape" by Jo Boyd, through Dec. 30. Closed Sun.

SWEETWATER CENTER FOR THE ARTS Sewickley, 412-741-4405. Holiday Mart, through Dec. 10. Admission. Daily.

THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL GALLERY Downtown, 412-281-8723. "Lumenroom," improvisational installation using light, shadow and color, by Linn Meyers of Pittsburgh and Paul Villinski of New York, through Dec. 20. Closed Sun.

UNDERCROFT GALLERY First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, Shadyside, 412-731-6175. Fiber art exhibit by Ruth Ward and Robin Crawford, through Dec. 28. Tues. and Dec. 19 at noon, artists' lectures. Sun. noon-2 p. m.; Tues-Thurs. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL GALLERY Bloomfield, 412-578-5313. Watercolors by Henry Fiore, through Dec. Daily.

WESTMORELAND MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART Greensburg, 724-837-1500. "ALL ABOARD! The Holiday Toy and Train Exhibition," through Jan. 28. Closed Mon.-Tues.

WOOD STREET GALLERIES Downtown, 412-471-5605. "Granular Synthesis," a multimedia installation combining video and audio elements, through Dec. 16. Closed Sun.-Mon.

ZENITH South Side, 412-481-4833. "For What It's Worth," new works by Greg Karkowsky, through Dec. 31. Closed Mon.



CARNEGIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Annual student production of "Nutcracker." Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, Carnegie. Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. 412-279-8887.

LAUREL BALLET "The Nutcracker" with Westmoreland Symphony. Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Sat. 3 and 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $8-$25. 724-836-8000.

MON VALLEY BALLET THEATRE Annual university and community production of "The Nutcracker Ballet." Steele Auditorium, California University of Pa. Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. 724-938-5943.

PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE George Balanchine's "Nutcracker." Benedum Center, Downtown. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 and 6:30 p.m.; Thurs. 7:30 p.m. 412-456-6666.

PITTSBURGH YOUTH BALLET A cast of more than 300 in this annual production of "The Nutcracker." Upper St. Clair High School. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. 412-835-1250.

PLAYHOUSE DANCE COMPANY Douglas Bentz's "The Jazz Nutcracker," with new scenery by Squonk Opera's Steve O'Hearn and live musical accompaniment by Benny Benack, Jr. Pittsburgh Playhouse, Oakland. Through Dec. 17. Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $12-$14. 412-621-4445.

XPRESSIONS Studio performance. Dance Alloy Studios, Friendship. Fri. 7 p.m. Free. 412-363-4321.


ALLEGHENY BRASS BAND "Holiday for Brass." Marshall Middle School. Sat. 8 p.m. $7; $5 seniors. 724-283-8189 or 412-486-1888.

BUTLER COUNTY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA "'Tis the Season"; children's chorus; John Sciullo, piano. Butler Intermediate High School. Sat. 3 and 8 p.m. $6-$15. 724-283-1402.

BYZANTINE CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH "Byzantine Hymnology of Christmas"; Dr. Nick Giannoukakis, master cantor. Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Oakland. Fri. 7:30 p.m.

CARNEGIE MELLON PHILHARMONIC AND CONCERT CHOIRS Rangos Hall, University Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland. Fri. noon. Free. 412-268-2383.

CCAC ALLEGHENY CAMPUS COLLEGE CHOIR Holiday concert. High Tea at Westin William Penn Hotel, Downtown. Sat. 3:30 p.m.

CCAC ALLEGHENY SHOW CHOIR "Christmas Scrapbook." CCAC Allegheny Campus, North Side. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. $5; $2 children. 412-237-4652.

CCAC NORTH CAMPUS COMMUNITY CHOIR Holiday concert. Wintergarden, PPG Place, Downtown, Sat. noon; Westin William Penn Hotel, Downtown, Sat. 2:30 p.m.

DEAR FRIENDS ENSEMBLE "Light and Splendor." Third Presbyterian Church, Shadyside, Sat. 1 p.m., $6-$8, 412-361-7559; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Highland Park, Sun. 3 p.m., free, 412-361-4038.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR AND CHAMBER SINGERS John Goldsmith, conductor. Duquesne University Chapel, Uptown. Sun. 6 p.m. $5. 412-396-4632.

HEINZ CHAPEL CHOIR Christmas concert. Heinz Chapel, University of Pittsburgh campus, Oakland. Sun. 3 p.m. $5, $10 (advance tickets only). 412-624-4125.

IRISH TENORS Christmas tour. Heinz Hall, Downtown. Sun. 7:30 p.m. Sold out. 412-392-4900.

MESSIAH SING Audience sing-along of Handel's "Messiah" with orchestra. Memorial Park Presbyterian Church, Allison Park. Sun. 2:30 p.m. Donations. 412-364-9492.

MT. HOPE CHANCEL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA Vivaldi's "Gloria" and other holiday music. Mt. Hope Community Church, Penn Hills. Sun. 7 p.m. $6; $2 youth. 412-793-0227.

MT. LEBANON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CHANCEL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA Poulenc's "Organ Concerto" with Gretchen Franz, organist, and "Gloria" with Kathleen Whittaker, soprano. Sun. 7 p.m. 412-531-7131.

OPERA THEATER OF PITTSBURGH Benefit party with performance of Menotti's "The Old Maid and the Thief" and buffet dinner. WQED Studios, Oakland. Sat. 6 p.m. $45. 412-624-3500.

PITTSBURGH CAMERATA "Praises for the Nativity." St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Oakmont, Fri. 8 p.m.; Church of the Ascension, Oakland, Sat. 8 p.m. $6-$12. 412-421-5884.

PITTSBURGH CONCERT CHORALE "A Joyful Noise," with the River City Brass Band. Orchard Hill Church, Franklin Park. Fri. 8 p.m. $15; $5 children. 412-394-3353.

PITTSBURGH FLUTE CLUB Tara Helen O'Connor, in town to perform with the Orion String Quartet, will present a master lesson. First Trinity Lutheran Church, Oakland. Sun. 4 p.m. Free. 412-241-0209.

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA "The Music of Mozart's Time"; Matthias Bamert, conductor; Peter Sullivan, trombone. Heinz Hall, Downtown. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. $18-$59. 412-392-4900.

PITTSBURGH YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Beethoven himself will appear. Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. Sun. 2 p.m. Free. 412-392-3326.

RENAISSANCE CITY CHOIRS "Yule Be Gay: Songs for the Holidays." East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Sat. 8 p.m. $18. 412-394-3353.

RIVER CITY BRASS BAND "Family Holidays Concert." Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, Sat. 8 p.m.; Baldwin High School, Sun. 3 p.m. 412-322-7222 or 800-292-7222.

RIVER CITY YOUTH CHORALE "Holiday Festival Concert"; Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa music. Philip Chosky Theatre, Purnell Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland. Sun. 4 p.m. $6-$8. 412-635-8871.

SHADYSIDE CONCERTS "Music for the Festive Season: Classics to Cabaret," with Daphne Alderson, contralto; John Marcinizyn, guitar; Michael Moricz, piano. First Unitarian Church, Shadyside. Sun. 8 p.m. 412-761-8594.

ST. STEPHEN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH CHOIR Handel's "Messiah." St. Stephen's Church, Sewickley. Sun. 7:30 p.m. 412-741-1790.

ST. VINCENT CAMERATA Christmas concerts. St. Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Sat.-Sun. 8 p.m. $15. 724-537-4579.

THREE RIVERS CHORAL SOCIETY Bach's "Magnificat." Baldwin Community United Methodist Church. Sat. 8 p.m. $5-$10. 724-348-5320.

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AFRICAN DRUMMING ENSEMBLE Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Oakland. Sat. 8 p.m. Free. 412-624-4125.

VERONICA'S VEIL PLAYERS AND HARMONY SINGERS "The Sounds of the Season." Veronica's Veil Auditorium, South Side. Sun. 4 p.m. $6. 412-431-5550.

VILLAGE SINGERS "Christmas Reflections." Crafton United Methodist Church. Sun. 5 p.m.


JULIANA THEORY Club Laga, Oakland. Fri. 7 p.m. Also: Movie Life. $8 advance, $10 at door. 412-323-1919.

CHILD OF THE PROMISE TOUR Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris, Crystal Lewis, Russ Taff, others. Mellon Arena, Uptown. Fri. 7:30 p.m. $15.75-$34.25. 412-323-1919.

JOHN DOE Club Cafe, South Side. Fri. 10 p.m. $8 advance, $10 at door. 412-323-1919.

MARILYN MANSON Mellon Arena. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Also: Cold, Godhead. $28.50-$29.50. 412-323-1919.

FANTCHA Presented by Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. Sat. 8 p.m. $20 advance, $22 at door. 412-394-3353.

KOKO TAYLOR & HER BLUES MACHINE Attic, Oakland. Sat. 10 p.m. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 412-323-1919.

ANTI FLAG Club Laga. Sun. 5:30 p.m. Also: Big Wig, Modey Lemon. $8. 412-323-1919.

JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY Beehive, Oakland. Sun. 10 p.m. $6 advance, $8 at door. 412-323-1919.


JOHN BERRY Holiday show. Capitol Music Hall, Wheeling, W.Va. Sat. 7 p.m. $18.95 and $22.95. 304-234-0067 or 800-624-5456.

IRISH CHRISTMAS CONCERT Music, poetry and dance to benefit Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh. Chatham College's James Campbell Memorial Chapel. Fri. 7:30 p.m. $20; $10 students; $5 kids. 412-394-3900.

KDKA-TV BENEFIT CONCERT The Mystic Knights, Kenny Blake and the KD All-Star Singers perform a benefit for the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund. Dowe's on 9th, Downtown. Sat. 6:30 p.m. $15. 412-281-9225.



ANN'S RESTAURANT Bethel Park, 412-835-9985. Sat.: Toast Band 10 p.m.

BACKDRAFT LOUNGE Baldwin, 412-884-9948. Fri.: Bridge 9:30 p.m.

BALTIMORE HOUSE Pleasant Hills, 412-653-3800. Sat.: 8th Street Rox 10 p.m.

BIG WILLY'S SALOON Baldwin, 412-655-3553. Sat.: Overland, Catapillar Drag 10 p.m.

BLOOMFIELD BRIDGE TAVERN 4412 Liberty Ave., 412-682-8611. Fri.: IMP Band, Sat.: Ray J and the Carousels Polka Band 9 p.m.

CAFE AU LAIT South Side, 412-431-5910. Fri.: Hungry Bill 9 p.m.

EMBASSY SUITES Moon, 412-269-9070. Fri.: KardaZ 9 p.m.

FAIRWAYS LOUNGE North Braddock, 412-271-0506. Fri.: Mark Cyler & High Rollers 10 p.m.

FRANK'S II New Alexandria, 724-668-8772. Fri.: Twilight Machine 9:30 p.m.

HAMPTON INN Hampton, 412-492-1606. Sat.: Danny Burda 8 p.m.

HOORAH'S TAVERN West View, 412-931-3990. Sat.: KardaZ 10 p.m.

J-CITY GRILL Jeannette, 724-527-5005. Sat.: Dave Iglar & Igniters 10 p.m.

JAY'S SPORTS BAR Canonsburg, 724-746-2250. Fri.: Sauce, Sat.: Too Tall Jones 9 p.m.

MINT LOUNGE Monongahela, 724-489-9777. Fri., Sat.: Dave Iglar & Igniters 10 p.m.

NICK'S FAT CITY South Side, 412-481-6881. Fri.: New Invisible Joy, Dead Pressed Flowers; Sat.: Buzz Poets with Billy Elmer 10 p.m.

NORTH PARK DECK HOUSE Cranberry, 724-772-2233. Sat.: Rhubarb 10 p.m.

PETER B'S Sarver, 724-353-2677. Fri.: Mind's I, Sat.: Unwound 10 p.m.

PRICE'S Canonsburg, 724-745-7940. Sat.: Stoney Kurtis 10 p.m.

QUAKER STEAK & LUBE Cranberry, 724-778-9400. Fri.: Fine Line, Sat.: Hy-Winz 9 p.m.

R&B BREWHOUSE Moon, 724-229-0224. Fri.: Voodoo Babies, Sporting Woodrow 10 p.m.

ROCK ANN HAVEN Butler, 724-283-1826. Fri.: Just Plain Joe 9:30 p.m.

31ST STREET PUB Strip, 412-391-8334. Fri.: Blank Stairs, New Burn Naturals, Frampton Brothers; Sat.: Motorhead Tribute with BGA, Silver Tongued Devil, Corpus Christi, Ultimatics, Modey Lemon, Drag Strippers, Aus Rotten, Submachine, Charm School Confidential, Mud City Manglers, Microwaves, Rodfathers, Submachine, Enemies of Yinz, Motor Psychos 10 p.m.

3-B'S Zelienople, 724-452-9959. Sat.: Powerage, Dr. Feel Good 10 p.m.

TILT'S Gibsonia, 724-443-5211. Sat.: Ora 10 p.m.

WHISKEY DICK'S SALOON Strip, 412-471-9555. Sat.: Dicks, Black Sunday 10 p.m.

Rhythm & Blues

BLUE FELLAS Cranberry, 724-772-5757. Fri.: Johnny Smooth, Sat.: Blue Max 9 p.m.

BLUES CAFE South Side, 412-431-7080. Fri.: Michael Todd 5:30 p.m., Mo Black's Magic with Andrea Pearl 10 p.m.; Sat.: Chizmo Charles & Jeff Bell 5:30 p.m., Gary Beloma & Blue Bombers 10 p.m.; Sun.: Tony Janflone & In Sync 5:45 p.m.

CAR HOPS Dormont, 412-561-5015. Fri.: Gary Beloma & Blue Bombers 10 p.m.

CIAO'S Carnegie, 412-276-9914. Fri.: Strange Brew 9 p.m.

THE GLOBE Carrick, 412-882-7096. Sat.: Gypsy and the Crazy Moon Blues Band 9:30 p.m.

KELLY'S RIVERSIDE INN Bridgewater, 724-728-0222. Sat.: Strange Brew 10 p.m.

NOONERS Bloomfield, 412-621-4900. Fri.: Bobby Hawkins 9:30 p.m.

OREGON GRILLE Ross, 412-821-4355. Sat.: Mystic Knights 10 p.m.

PENN BREWERY North Side, 412-237-9402. Fri.: Blues Orphans 8 p.m.

RADISSON Green Tree, 412-922-8400. Fri.: Mystic Knights 9:30 p.m.

ROLAND'S IRON LANDING 1904 Penn Ave., 412-261-3401. Fri.: Occasional Reign, Sat.: Eyewitness Blues 9:30 p.m.

RPM'S Bridgeville, 412-221-7808. Sat.: Glenn Pavone & Cyclones 10 p.m.


BUFFALO BLUES BAR Shadyside, 412-36-BLUES. Sun.: Hardgroove Project 9:30 p.m.

COLONY Greentree Road, 412-561-2060. Fri.: Tommy Earl 7 p.m.; Sat.: Tommy Earl 6 p.m., Rhythm & Blues Express 9 p.m.

CRAWFORD GRILL Hill District, 412-471-1565. Fri., Sat.: Real Silk Band 9 p.m.

FOSTER'S Holiday Inn, Oakland, 412-682-6200. Sun.: Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents Burgh Big Band 7 p.m.

JAMES STREET RESTAURANT North Side, 412-323-2222. Fri.: Dwayne Dolphin Trio, Sat.: Robbie Klein & Friends 8 p.m.

JAZZ AT EMMANUEL 957 W. North Ave., 412-231-0454. Sun.: True Beginning 5 p.m.

LUCCA Oakland, 412-682-3310. Sat.: Bobby Cardillo 8 p.m.

MAX PLANK'S RESTAURANT Wexford, 724-935-7550. Fri.: Lori Russo & St. Anthony, Sat.: Serious Inquiry 8:30 p.m.

PAPARAZZI RISTORANTE South Side, 412-488-0800. Sat.: Johnny Smoothe Quartet; Sun.: Steppin' Out 9:30 p.m.

SEGNERI'S PASTA GRILL Galleria, South Hills, 412-561-PASTA. Fri.: Trio Grande, Sat.: Bobby Negri Quartet 8:30 p.m.

TOO SWEET LOUNGE Homewood, 412-731-5707. Fri.: Bottom Line with Flo Wilson 5 p.m.; Sat.: Tony Campbell Quartet 5 p.m., Smoke Band with Xman 9:30 p.m.


THE ATTIC Oakland, 412-682-2050. Fri.: Bubbles 10 p.m.


DOWN THE ROAD SALOON Becks Run Road, 412-431-2104. Sat.: Midnighters 9:30 p.m.

NARODNI DOM LODGE Verona, 412-826-8330. Sun.: Howard Vokes and His Country Boys plus other area musicians p.m.


BANTAM CAFE Lyndora, 724-283-0061. Fri.: Daddy-O 9 p.m.

CROWNE PLAZA Moon, 412-262-2400. Fri., Sat.: Chuck Corby & Quiet Storm 9:30 p.m.

D'IMPERIO'S Wilkins, 412-823-4800. Sat.: Charley Sanders Trio 8 p.m.

HOT SHOTS South Park, 412-883-6567. Sat.: Daddy-O 9:30 p.m.

PETER'S PLACE Bridgeville, 412-221-5000. Fri., Sat.: Nightstar 9 p.m.

RAMADA INN Penn Hills, 412-244-1600. Fri.: Phil & Roxy, Sat.: Rhythm Method 9 p.m.


BORDERS Northway Mall, 412-635-8011. Fri.: Thom Stevens 7:30 p.m.

CAFE AU LAIT South Side, 412-431-5910. Fri.: Jon & Mike 7 p.m., Hungry Bill 9 p.m.; Sat.: Mike Hirshberg 6 p.m.; Sun.: Haw Flakes 8:30 p.m.

DOWN THE ROAD SALOON Becks Run Road, 412-431-2104. Fri.: Matt Tichon 9:30 p.m.

EBENEZER'S COFFEEHOUSE Allison Park, 412-369-3931. Fri.: Jack McLaughlin, Sat.: Front Street 7:30 p.m.

FIFTH AVENUE PLACE Downtown, 412-544-4654. Fri.: Craig Zinger, noon.

HOLLOW TAVERN Latrobe, 724-520-1210. Sat.: Random Brothers 9 p.m.

JEKYL & HYDE South Side, 412-488-0777. Fri.: Chip Cofome 7 p.m.

PIPER'S PUB South Side, 412-381-3977. Fri.: JD Strum, Sat.: Red Hand Paddy 9:30 p.m.

ROMAN ROOM South Side, 412-431-5910. Fri.: Black Kat 10:30 p.m.

STARBUCKS Mt. Lebanon, 412-563-7813. Sat.: Debby Daff-Siggins 8 p.m.


DOUBLETREE HOTEL Downtown, 412-281-3700. Sun.: Dixie Trio with Ernie Matteo 11 a.m.

JOHNNY'S RESTAURANT Wilmerding, 412-824-6642. Sat.: Statesmen 9 p.m.

LIVING ROOM Bethel Park, 412-835-9772. Fri., Sat.: Zak Stevens 9:30 p.m.

SUBURBAN ROOM Dormont, 412-561-3088. Fri., Sat.: Casual Approach 9:30 p.m.

VFW South Side, 412-431-9252. Fri.: Monarchs 9:30 p.m.


SIP CAFE Shadyside, 412-661-MSKW. Fri.: N.A.T.O. with DJs MSKW1, Dan Strange, Jay Wells 9:30 p.m.


SHEPHERD'S INN CAFE Avalon 412-734-9123. Sat.: Grant Van Leuven 7:30 p.m.


ARGENTINE TANGO Wilkins Community Center, Regent Square, 724-942-3947 or 412-269-1959. Sun. 6:30 p.m.

BALLROOM Elks, Buttermilk Hollow Road, 412-461-3322. Fri.: Music by Arlington Esquires 8:30 p.m.

BALLROOM Elks, Etna, 412-781-0932. Sat.: Music by Frankie Carroll 8:30 p.m.

BALLROOM Dance America, Bellevue, 412-766-8680. Sat. 8 p.m.

BALLROOM Wightman School Community Center, Squirrel Hill, 412-341-0292. Fri. 8 p.m.

BALLROOM Palisades at McKees Point, McKeesport, 412-678-6979. Sat. 9 p.m.

BALLROOM Elks, South Park Road, 412-831-0616. Fri.: Music by Merriman Trio 8:30 p.m.

BIG BAND Coraopolis VFW, 412-771-5247. Sun. 8 p.m.

CONTRA Old Skibo Gym, Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland, 412-731-8661. Sat.: Music by Lackawanna Longnecks 6:30 p.m.

COUNTRY Mt. Lebanon Community Center, 412-561-4363. Sun. 8 p.m.

COUNTRY WESTERN Palisades at McKees Point, McKeesport, 412-678-6979. Fri. 7 p.m.

LATIN Cozumel, Shadyside, 412-621-5100. Sat.: Music by Son Alegre 10:30 p.m.

OLDIES Grandview Golf Club, North Braddock, 412-351-5390. Fri., Sat.: Music by Bill's Mellow Sounds 9 p.m.

SINGLES Holiday Inn, Green Tree, 412-572-5259. Fri.: Sophisticated Singles dance 8:30 p.m.

SWING Edgewood Club, 1 Pennwood Ave., 412-731-8661. Sun.: Music by Swing Shifters 8 p.m.

SWING Blarney Stone, Etna, 412-781-1666. Fri. 9 p.m.

SWING Wightman School Community Building, Squirrel Hill, 412-341-0292. Sat. 9 p.m.


MORE RESTAURANT Oakland, 412-621-2700. Fri., Sat.: Shirley Friedman 7:30 p.m.

TOP OF THE TRIANGLE Downtown, 412-471-4100. Sat.: John T. Radko 6 p.m.


MAX & ERMA'S Robinson, 412-787-7000. Sun.: Comedic Close-Up with Jason Christopher 6 p.m.

SHADOW LOUNGE Shadyside, 412-363-8277. Sat.: Temisan Adaki 8 and 9 p.m.


CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Oakland. Special events: Earth Theater one-year anniversary activities and surprises, Sat.; Bug Open House, Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. New exhibits: Neapolitan Presepio, a miniature Nativity scene (Nov. 24 through Jan. 7); "Seasons of Western Pennsylvania: The Photography of Donald M. Robinson," through Jan. 25. Current exhibits: "T. rex on Trial" lets visitors use scientific methods to figure out whether T. rex was a killer or a scavenger, through Jan. 7; "Earth Theater" is a 68-seat venue, beginning with pivotal events that shaped the planet, Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. 2 and 3 p.m.; Unearth dinosaur and mammal fossil casts using paleontologists' tools at "Bonehunters Quarry," permanent; "What's New on Earth" is a video wall that provides a glimpse of weekly headlines from across the world; "Earth Revealed" shows the planet as if viewed from a space shuttle; "Silver Mines of Laurium, Greece" in Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems; Sound and Light Show in Dinosaur Hall at top of every hour. Tours: Carnegie's Dinosaurs, Sat. 12:15 p.m., Sun. 2:15 p.m.; Pennsylvania Wildlife, Sat. 1 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Museum hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Admission: $6; $5 seniors; $4 kids, students. 412-622-3131.

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER North Side. Special events: Holiday-themed, 2,300-square-foot Miniature Railroad & Village. Laser shows: Fri.: Laser Pop Rox with Backstreet Boys, Britney and more ( 9 p.m.); Laser Grateful Dead (10 p.m.), Laser Kiss (11 p.m.); Laser Pink Floyd (midnight). $8. New Exhibit: "Scream Machines" uses roller coasters, strobes and other displays to teach about physics, physiology, psychology and the history of roller coasters (through Jan. 7). Exhibits: "Seascape" is a live Pacific coral reef with more than 400 species of plants and animals, plus hands-on activities; "Exploration Station" features 115 hands-on activities for kids of all ages, permanent; "The Incredible Tower of Sound" demonstrates sound in motion; submarine tours. Omnimax: "Alaska: Spirit of the Wild" takes you on an adventure over the snow-capped peaks of Mt. McKinley (through Feb. 28); "Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun" is a roller coaster ride (through Dec. 31). Planetarium: "The Sky Above Mister Rogers" features puppet characters from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" introducing and exploring the wonders of the sky; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; Sat. till 9 p.m. General admission: $10; $8 kids, seniors. 412-237-3400.

GATEWAY CLIPPER FLEET Station Square dock. River cruises, Captain's dinner dance cruises, live entertainment, day trips. 412-355-7980.

HEINZ REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. Special event: Current exhibits: "The Beatles: Now and Then" features photos from the band's 1964-65 tour; "What We Wore: Hard Hats to High Heels" looks back at the styles of Western Pennsylvanians through the ages, through early 2001; "Heinz 57" traces the H.J. Heinz Company from teen-age Henry selling vegetables to multinational firm, through spring 2001. Permanent exhibit: "Points in Time: Building a Life in Western Pennsylvania, 1750-Today." Admission: $6; $4.50 students/seniors; $3 for ages 6-18. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 412-454-6000.

NATIONAL AVIARY Allegheny Commons West, North Side. More than 400 colorful birds. Admission: $5; $4 seniors; $3.50 kids 2-12. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 412-323-7235.

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS Schenley Park, Oakland. New exhibit: 1998 Winter Flower Show: Gifts Under Glass features poinsettias, kalanchoes, mums (through Jan. 7); "Garden Railroad" of trains running through European villages. Special events: Candlelight Evenings, when it's open till 9 p.m., run Dec. 12-30; Music by Classical Trio, Sun. 1-3 p.m. Plus, tropical plants, palms, orchids, ferns and desert plants, Discovery Garden. Hours: Tues.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $6; $5 seniors; $4 students; $3 kids 2-12. 412-622-6914.

PITTSBURGH CHILDREN'S MUSEUM Allegheny Center. Special events: Musical games with Professor Migooch, Fri. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Art activities with staff at Fabulous Fridays, Fri. 5:30-7 p.m.; Make a wooden toy with Bill Spoonhoward, Sat. noon-2 p.m.; We're Holden Puppets presents "The Night Before Winter," Sun. 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Current exhibit: "Chagall for Children" is a hands-on exploration of the artist. Museum also features Kids' Climber, The Workshop, a baby play area, multimedia studio. Also, Riverscape, a 1920s Pittsburgh marketplace. Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Admission: $5; $4.50 kids 2-18; under 2 free. 412-322-5058.

PITTSBURGH ZOO & AQUARIUM Highland Park. Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (gates close at 4 p.m.) Admission: $7 weekdays; $8 Sat.-Sun.; $6 for seniors; $7 Saturday and Sunday; $5 kids 2-13; under 2 free. 412-665-3639.


BEAVER AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM No. 1 River Road Ext., 724-775-7174. Open Wed., Sat., Sun.

BEECHWOOD FARMS NATURE RESERVE Fox Chapel, 412-963-6100. The Audubon Society's nature preserve. Five miles of trails through fields, forest, streams, pond and thickets, guided walks, natural history workshops, open daily.

BUSHY RUN BATTLEFIELD Site of British military encounter in 1763 features tours of historic hiking trails, special events and educational programs. Harrison City. Wed.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 724-527-5584.

CAPTAIN THOMAS ESPY POST Andrew Carnegie Free Library, Carnegie, 412-276-3456. Meeting room for veterans of Civil War features relics, records. Tours Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m.

CAR & CARRIAGE MUSEUM Frick Art & Historical Center, Point Breeze, 412-371-0600. Rare, antique autos and horse-drawn carriages, self-guided tours with video, "Pittsburgh and the Automobile." Closed Mon.

CLAYTON Point Breeze, 371-0606. The restored home of Henry Clay Frick. Tours daily except Mon.

FALLINGWATER Ohiopyle, 724-329-8501. House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours daily except Mon. Reservations.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sixth Avenue, Downtown, 412-471-3436. Tours include 13 Tiffany stained-glass windows, after 10:45 a.m. Sun. service.

FRICK ART & HISTORICAL CENTER Point Breeze, 412-471-0600. Garden tours of the 5.5-acre site Tuesdays and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 10 a.m. $3; reservations.

GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE MUSEUM Wilmerding, 412-823-0500. Family artifacts, product exhibits, replica of time capsule. Closed Sun.

JIMMY STEWART MUSEUM Indiana, 724-349-6112. Family portraits, film awards, costumes, photos, posters and film clips. Open daily.

LAUREL HIGHLANDS RAILROAD Route 819, Scottdale, 724-628-0776. Sat.-Sun.: Scenic three-hour train trips with varying destinations and times. Group bookings available.

PASSAVANT HOUSE Zelienople, 724-452-9457. National Register historic house from 1808. Tours Wed. and Sat. 1-3 p.m. through Oct. Tours also include Buhl House, Zelienople's oldest remaining building.

PITTSBURGH CIVIC GARDEN CENTER Mellon Park, 412-441-4442. Classes, lectures and programs focusing on horticulture, gardening, floral design.

RACHEL CARSON HOMESTEAD Springdale, 724-274-5459. Childhood home of ecologist/author. Open weekends. Open Sun.


AIRPORT ICE ARENA Moon, 264-2222. Public skating daily and B-Cubed, an extreme indoor skate park.

FUNFEST ENTERTAINMENT CENTER Freeport Road, Harmarville. Laser storm, cosmic bowling, game center. Open daily. 412-828-1100.

GOLDEN TRIANGLE BIKE RENTALS Eliza Furnace Trailhead, First Avenue and Ross Street. Bike rentals $6 per hour. Adult and youth bikes, screened trailer available for toddlers. Guided group ride 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Eliza Furnace and Panther Hollow; 1 p.m. Sunday, Eliza Furnace to Washington's Landing. 412-655-0835.

ISLAND SPORT CENTER Neville Island, 412-262-3335. Public skating, deck and inline hockey.


BEAVER COUNTY TOURIST PROMOTION AGENCY Monaca, 724-728-0212. Fri.: Signing of authors David H. Wollman and Donald Inman ("Portraits in Steel: An Illustrated History of Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation"), 1:30-4:30 p.m.

BORDERS Monroeville Mall, 374-9772. Sat.: Sheila Hyland signs copies of Early Learning Institute's "Celebrity Cookbook 2000," Sat. 11 a.m.

ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM North Side, 412-237-8300. Fri.: "Diaries Forum" is a panel discussion on diaries featuring artist Felix de la Concha, professors Eric Clarke and Linda W. Rosenzweig, with moderator Diana Nelson Jones, 7 p.m., free.


OPEN MIND BOOKSTORE Sewickley, 412-741-1888. Fri.: Prana, Health and Consciousness: Mind Body Rejuvenation with John Zanath, Fri. 7 p.m., donations; Sun.: Inner Child Awakenings Workshop with Deborah Frantz, 1 p.m., $35.


DONNA BELAJAC CASTING For "Mothman Prophecies" film starring Richard Gere, 7- to 10-year-old Caucasian boy, Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Pittsburgh Musical Theater at 3052 Smallman St. in the Strip District (use side entrance).

BUTLER COUNTY SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION For new Consort of Young Musicians, musicians ages 18 and younger, Sun. 1 to 3 p.m., at Butler County Community College, by appointment 724-283-1402.

GREENSBURG CIVIC THEATRE For "Night Watch," Wed. 7 p.m., at Greensburg Civic & Garden Center, 724-836-PLAY.

SALTWORKS THEATRE COMPANY For "Anne of Green Gables," adults and children ages 12 and up (especially men and boys ages 13 and up), Tues. 6-8 p.m., at Orchard Hill Chapel in Franklin Park, by appointment 724-934-2820 ext. 205.

STAGE 62 For "The Nearsighted Knight and the Farsighted Dragon," actors ages 16 and up, Sun. and Tues. 7-9 p.m., at Andrew Carnegie Free Library Music Hall in Carnegie, 412-429-6262.

STARLIGHT PRODUCTIONS For Arthur Miller's "All My Sons," roles and tech positions, Sat.-Sun., by appointment 412-683-7268.

WESTMORELAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA For entrants for the Young Artist Competition with monetary and concert appearance prizes, Jan. 21 in Cecilian Hall on the Seton Hill College campus in Greensburg, application deadline Jan. 12, $25 registration fee, for applications 724-837-1850.


ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF BUTLER COUNTY For artists to exhibit during the 2002 season; work in all media; send cover letter, resume, portfolio of 10 to 20 labeled slides, and SASE if slide return is desired to Exhibit Coordinator, AABC 2002 Exhibit Schedule, Box 245, Butler, PA 16003-0245; deadline Jan. 1.

PITTSBURGH PROGRESSIVE ARTISTS For "The Art of Trees" winter show; submissions in categories of landscapes, the environment, fantasy & mythology, and trees in literature; for Jan. 14-Feb. 9 show in PPG Wintergarden, Downtown; artists from Tri-State area only; 412-784-8439.

WATERCOLORS GALLERY For new applicants for membership; submit three framed pieces done in water-based media; pick up application at Downtown gallery or call 412-201-4003.


FIRST NIGHT PITTSBURGH For volunteers to work four-hour shifts for First Night celebration Dec. 30 and 31; needed are site managers, fire pod managers, button checkers, activity helpers and ushers; 412-201-7381.

GEMINI THEATER For volunteers for technical and stage management positions for Gemini's New Play Festival; call 412-243-6464.

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