PITTSBURGH — If you’re looking for some fun events to wrap up January (and kick off February), we have some great events for you to check out!
Saturday, 11:15 a.m. - Heinz Hall
You know the old rhyme - roses are red, violets are blue, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has got a show for you! Join Fiddlesticks and the PSO for this family friendly concert full of musical fun. The orchestra will express their love of friends, family and neighbors through music and an interactive slide show on the big Heinz Hall screen. This special performance begins at 11:15 a.m. and is recommended for families with kids ages 3 to 8. You can arrive at 10 a.m. to meet musicians and ask them about their instruments, learn the Fiddlesticks theme song and make a craft to take home with your kids.
All weekend - Various locations
Over a dozen of your favorite local Greensburg haunts are offering up pre-fixed menus for $35 or less. This is a great opportunity to get out and try a restaurant or cafe you haven’t been to before for a low price. The cost gets you a full three-course meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner, depending on the spot or time of day.
Friday, 4 p.m. - Creative Coffee & Supply
Were you participating in dry January? If yes, you’ll want to end the month strong by stopping by the Open Road Bar Friday night to check out some of your favorite mixed drinks without the alcohol. This pop-up bar at Creative Coffee & Supply on Smithfield Street downtown will be serving nonalcoholic craft beer, sangria, original cocktails and light snacks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
All weekend, 10 a.m. - National Aviary
Escape to the islands this weekend at the National Aviary! Transport yourself to an island oasis and get ready to bird up with new daily activities included with admission! Stroll through hallways lined with breezy palm trees and vibrant florals and roam tropical indoor habitats with lush greenery. You can even feed the lorikeets in their newly renovated habitat or get up close with the flamingos in their wetland home with the new Flamingo Island Adventure.
All weekend - Phipps Conservatory
Looking for another way to avoid the cold dreary Pittsburgh winter? How about the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show at Phipps Conservatory instead! The theme right now is “Out of this World.” This all-new show lets you enjoy hundreds of star-shaped and other-worldly orchids, plus a cosmic collection of tropical bonsai. Escape from the cold and embark on an interplanetary adventure right inside the display rooms of the Victorian glasshouse! Bonsai tree specimens that have been in training for decades are on display, including a select few with traditional white backdrops to emphasize their unique root and trunk formations. If you really want to get into the beach spirit, you’ll get 50 percent off admission on Sunday if you wear a tropical shirt!
Saturday, 7:40 p.m. - The Palace Theatre (Greensburg)
A local legend is taking to the stage in Greensburg this weekend. Donnie Iris will be performing at the Palace Theatre with his band The Cruisers. Believe it or not, the band is actually celebrating its 40th anniversary and what better way to honor their legacy than an intimate show at the Palace. Tickets start at $32 and if you can’t make it this weekend there’s another show next Saturday.
Friday, 7 p.m. - Roxian Theatre (McKees Rocks)
Over in McKees Rocks you can catch a platinum-selling folk artist for another anniversary performance. Singer and songwriter Mat Kearney will be taking the stage at the Roxian Theatre on Friday to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his breakout album, “City of Black and White.” This will be an acoustic performance revisiting some of his favorite songs off that album with a new perspective. Tickets to the show start at $30.
Saturday, 8 p.m. - Benedum Center
You can catch a Grammy Award-winning country group that was recently inducted into the country music hall of fame - Little Big Town - at the Benedum Center. The band just released a new album called "Nightfall,” which is already receiving critical praise for its lead singles “The Daughters” and “Over Drinking.” Expect a good mix of fresh songs off that record and their past chart-topping country hits. To sweeten the deal, if you purchase a pair of tickets you’ll receive a free copy of “Nightfall” on CD. Tickets start at $39.
Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. - Rangos Giant Cinema, Carnegie Science Center
It’s Miyazaki weekend at the Rangos Giant Cinema, where you can catch two of the finest anime features ever committed to celluloid. On Saturday, the theater will be screening "Spirited Away.” This 2003 Academy Award winner for best animated film tells the tale of a little girl trying to free her family from an amusement park full of spirits.
On Sunday you can catch “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” This one’s about a 13-year-old witch whose courier service becomes a staple in her community until she starts to lose her powers. Each show costs $10 for adults and $8 for members.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. - Capa Theater
Now for the drama lovers out there – this weekend is your chance to see Handel’s baroque masterpiece “Alcina.” In this opera, Alcina is a malicious sorceress who lives on an island, tricking men into falling in love with her and then turning them into animals or inanimate objects when she gets bored. But when she captures a chivalrous knight and his fiancée shows up on the island, she is not at all happy about that state of affairs. Can she break the spell and free him? Find out on Friday or Sunday at the CAPA theatre.
Friday, 7 p.m. - PPG Paints Arena
Did you miss the Penguins over the All-Star break? We did too. Thankfully they’re back in action this week with two rivalry matchups. Friday night the Flyers are coming to Pittsburgh looking to pick up where they left off. These two teams faced off in the last matchup before the break. Unfortunately the Pens were shutout 3-0.
Then, on Sunday, the Penguins are on the road against the division-leading Washington Capitals. This is a huge battle for dominance in the Metropolitan, so you definitely won’t want to miss a moment. Pregame coverage starts at noon on WPXI with 11 on the Ice.
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