Shale Play: Our Brains on Frack. Baker Hall 136. 4:30 p.m.
Anne D’Zmura, the current artist-in-residence in the School of Drama, is currently leading a group of students through a theater-devising process that explores the political, social, economic, and environmental ramifications of Marcellus Shale drilling. D’Zmura, the head of directing at California State University, Long Beach, will discuss her past experiences in the field of ecodrama and present a workshop. The lecture is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon’s Center for the Arts in Society.
Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey. Consol Energy Center. 7 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, who are currently first in the NHL’s Atlantic Division, will play against the Colorado Avalanche, who are third in the Northwest Division. The Pens are currently 11th in the NHL in goals scored per game, with an average of 2.8.
From Waste to Reuse: Dialogue and Brick Cleaning Workshop. Miller Gallery, second floor. 5 p.m.
Members from the Braddock-based art collective Transformazium will lead this workshop on cleaning bricks for reuse. They will discuss how you can save energy and resources by using deconstructed and cleaned building materials, and the way that process can create more local jobs. Transformazium is part of the Miller Gallery’s presentation of the Pittsburgh Biennial, a city-wide celebration of local art.
Mustard’s Retreat. Pittsburgh Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m.
Mustard’s Retreat is a folk music duo composed of David Tamulevich and Michael Hough. The two musicians have been playing together for 35 years and were praised as “a pleasure to hear” by The Michigan Times.
Light-Up Night. Downtown Pittsburgh. 5 p.m.
Downtown Pittsburgh kicks off the holiday season with its evening of festivities. Local bands will play on the Roberto Clemente Bridge, while both One Oxford Centre and the PPG Place Plaza will have their official tree-lighting ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. One Oxford Centre will also have free horse-drawn carriage rides, have live reindeer on display, and celebrate the opening of Pittsburgh Memories, an exhibit of historic photographs that celebrate Pittsburgh during the holiday season.
Night of the Creeps. Andy Warhol Museum. 7 p.m.
An homage to 1950s horror films, Night of the Creeps is a 1986 movie in which alien brain parasites turn humans into zombies. The film’s writer and director, Fred Dekker, and one of its stars, Tom Atkins, will be present to introduce the movie and answer questions after the screening. The movie is being shown in conjunction with the exhibit Heroes and Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross.
Dashboard Confessional. Mr. Small’s Theatre. 8 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Chris Carrabba, the founding member of Dashboard Confessional, will give a solo acoustic performance. Dashboard Confessional has had three gold albums since 2001 and was featured on MTV Unplugged in 2002. The opening act for his performance will be Jarrod Gorbel, an indie rock musician who used to be the frontman for the quartet The Honorary Title.
Lilith Bailey-Kroll and Tyler Phan: Death in the Age of Bardo. Andy Warhol Museum. Noon.
Local artist and yoga instructor Lilith Bailey-Kroll will perform a physical interpretation of the Tibetan Bardo Thödol, literally translated as Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State but best known to the Western world as The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The text, composed in the eighth century by the Buddhist guru Padmasambhava, guides the reader through the experiences that one has after death. Before Bailey-Kroll’s performance, acupuncturist and practicing Buddhist Tyler Phan will give a lecture about the work. The event is part of the Warhol’s 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial: Gertrude’s/LOT exhibition, on view until Jan. 8, 2012.
André Rieu. Consol Energy Center. 6 p.m.
Dutch composer, violinist, and conductor André Rieu will lead his Johann Strauss Orchestra, which he founded in 1987. The orchestra is known for its unorthodox approach to performing classical music: Its performances involve plenty of enthusiasm and joking with the audience.
Pittsburgh Speakers Series: Valerie Plame Wilson and Ambassador Joe Wilson. Heinz Hall. 8 p.m.
Valerie Plame Wilson was a CIA operative until her identity was leaked to the press by government officials in 2003, allegedly in retaliation to an op-ed her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson, wrote in The New York Times that claimed the war in Iraq was unfounded. In their lecture, the couple, whose story was documented in the 2010 major motion picture Fair Game, will lay out the CIA leak controversy and take the audience through two decades’ worth of world politics.
Ra Ra Riot. Carnegie Lecture Hall. 8 p.m.
This indie rock band from Syracuse, N.Y., has been praised by Spin as “one of the best young bands we’ve heard in a really long time” and appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last month. Ra Ra Riot’s concert is presented in conjunction with the Andy Warhol Museum.
Three Rivers Film Festival. Pittsburgh Filmmakers theaters. Through Nov. 19.
Now in its 30th year, the Three Rivers Film Festival presents independent American films, new documentaries, and critically acclaimed foreign films throughout Pittsburgh. The festival presents movies daily at the Harris Theater, the Melwood Screening Room, and the Regent Square Theater. For the full schedule of films, go to www.theaters.pittsburgharts.org.