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Hot Ticket: ‘An Ozark Country Christmas’ dinner and show

Jude Pohl
Anita Spano and Dave Alden star in Judy and Shirley Pohl's 'An Ozark Country Christmas'
Composer Billy Strayhorn
Carnegie Museum of Art
Five massive Colorado spruce trees are on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Five massive Colorado spruce trees are on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland.
Justin Merriman | Trib Total Media
Point Breeze native David McCullough is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author.
The Mattress Factory
Benjamin Sota of Zany Umbrella Circus will teach visitors to The Mattress Factory about the social circus movement.

Producers Jude and Shirley Pohl will salute the long-running TV show “Hee Haw” with their latest show, “An Ozark Country Christmas.”

Building on the success of a similar show they produced in May, the Pohls promise this latest edition will come with new songs and even stupider jokes.

If you want to see how that can be possible, make reservations for the show that will run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The show will be preceded by a ham-and-turkey Christmas dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Cabaret Dinner Theatre, 164 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park.

Tickets are $40 and include dinner, show, tax and tip. Reservations are required.

Details: 724-746-1178

— Alice T. Carter


Suite Strayhorn

Drummer Roger Humphries and singer Spanky Wilson will provide a suite — er, sweet — evening at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty.

They will be the stars of Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash, the annual tribute — Nov. 29 this year — to the composer and Duke Ellington colleague.

The event honors Strayhorn (1915-67), who grew up in the East End after coming here at an early age from Dayton, Ohio. He is the composer of songs such as “Lush Life” and “Take the ‘A’ Train” and is greatly respected for his harmonic creativity.

Besides the Humphries band, RH Factor, the evening will include C Street Brass, an ensemble in residence at Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland.

Before the 8 p.m. concert, there will be a 6 p.m. Count Off reception with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast.

Concert tickets are $25, $20 for residents of East Liberty and $15 for students. Admission to the reception is $75.

Details: or 412-363-3000

— Bob Karlovits


Inspirational discussion

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough will be part of a discussion on an exhibit he inspired at the Senator John Heinz History Center, Strip District.

The author will be part of a Dec. 2 talk on the discovery of the Arabia, a steamship built in the Pittsburgh area that sank in the Missouri River and was discovered in a Kansas cornfield after the river shifted course.

Joining him will be Andy Masich, CEO and president of the center, and David Hawley, who uncovered the boat featured in the display, “Pittsburgh’s Lost Steamship: Treasures of the Arabia.”

Masich says McCullough was an advocate of the display, which looks at Pittsburgh’s role in westward expansion and features many of the household goods that were a large part of the boats cargo.

The talk will begin at 11 a.m. Admission is $25.

Details: 888-718-4253 or

— Bob Karlovits


Trees, please

When it’s time for decorated evergreens, it’s time for the Carnegie Trees.

Five massive Colorado spruce trees will begin their watch at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland in an opening celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3. The event is a holiday fundraiser of the Women’s Committee of the museum, which uses the money to support the site and its collection.

It also provides a time to visit the museum’s Neopolitan presepio, a handcrafted nativity scene of figures created from 1700 to 1830.

The trees and the presepio will be on display through Jan. 5.

The Carnegie Trees celebration is a precursor to the Deck the Halls event at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Carnegie Music Hall just down Forbes Avenue. There, designers will create floral displays and discuss decorating trends.

Admission for the trees celebration is $75, and Deck the Halls is $35. A combination ticket reduces the total to $100.

Details: 412-622-3131 or

— Bob Karlovits

‘Christmas on Corbet’

Celebrate “Christmas on Corbet” from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 29 on Corbet Street, Tarentum.

There will be food vendors, Santa and Mrs. Claus, basket raffles, free hot chocolate and cookies and free gift bags for children. Musical entertainment will be provided by Andy Mangini and Highlands Middle School Choirs.

Details: 724-448-1470

— Trib Total Media


Black Friday can be a circus — if you want

Looking for some family fun in lieu of the Black Friday madness? From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 28, The Mattress Factory on the North Side will host a Family Day. This annual event is the perfect post-turkey-day way to have some good old-fashioned family fun.

Start by learning a circus trick or two from Benjamin Sota, current artist in residence at the museum and the founder and artistic director of Zany Umbrella Circus, the socially conscious street theater/circus company. Sota will give a hand to those who want to know the art of trapeze, the German wheel, juggling and tight wire. Visitors also will learn about the social circus movement and how circuses around the world have been inspiring communities to change for the better.

Families also will be able to explore all three buildings of the museum, attend a mask-making party and partake in other arts and crafts projects. Fresh hot cider and popcorn will be available throughout the day, all included with the price of admission.

The Mattress Factory is at 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors and students and free for children 6 and under.

Details: 412-231-3169 or

— Kurt Shaw

Special event

Flowers and trains

The Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St., Tarentum, will present a Flower Show and Train Display every weekend through Jan. 4.

Hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Featured at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 will be a musical conce rt by the Academy Chamber Ensemble of Pittsburgh. Admission is free. Nonperishable food items will be collected to benefit Allegheny Valley Association of Churches’ Food Bank.

Details: 724-224-9220

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A ‘Super’ time

“Mike Super, Magic and Illusion” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

Super, winner of NBC’s hit TV show “Phenomenon” and a Top 12 finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” will entertain the audience with his magic and mystifying illusions.

Tickets range from $24 to $34.

Details: 724-836-8000

— Trib Total Media


Butler shows its Spirit

The 50th annual Spirit of Christmas Parade will be Nov. 29 in downtown Butler.

A life-size Christmas Candyland, offering games and activities for children, will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the Butler YMCA, North Washington Street, and there will be an outdoor showing of a holiday movie in New Castle Street Plaza.

The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street featuring the lights, sights and sounds of Christmas.

Details: 724-283-1500

— Trib Total Media


Rapid-fire ‘Shakespeare’

From Nov. 28 through Dec. 6, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” will be presented at Butler Little Theatre.

Featured will be all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, performed in 97 minutes by three actors. The performance, for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike, is fast-paced, witty and physical. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12.

Details: 724-287-6781 or

— Trib Total Media

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