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 claiming that 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 magazine 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.
The Musical Box: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Byham Theater. 8 p.m.
The Canadian band The Musical Box is the only band in the world that has obtained the rights from Peter Gabriel and Genesis to see the archival information for and to perform The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. The Lamb is a double-concept album released in 1974 that focuses on a juvenile delinquent named Rael and his descent into the underworld. Genesis then gave a live performance of the entire album on its world tour, incorporating slideshows, pyrotechnics, and over-the-top theatrics.
Pittsburgh Penguins. Consol Energy Center. 7 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, who are currently first in the NHL’s Atlantic Division, will play against the St. Louis Blues, who are third in the Central Division. The Pens are currently eighth in the NHL in terms of goals scored per game, with an average of 2.9.
Papadosio. Rex Theatre. 9 p.m.
Papadosio is a quintet that combines eclectic musical traditions with modern electronica. The group is made up of Anthony Thogmartin on guitar, keyboard, and vocals; Billy Brouse on keyboard and vocals; Mike Healy on drums; Rob McConnell on bass and vocals; and Sam Brouse on keyboard and vocals. Papadosio has released two full-length albums and one EP.
My Macy’s Holiday Parade. Downtown. 9 a.m.
The 31st annual Macy’s Holiday Parade, presented by WPXI, will begin at the Liberty Technology Center at 2200 Liberty Ave. in the Strip District. Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello (CFA ’00), who plays Alcide Herveaux on True Blood, will be part of the parade, as will Ian Petrella, who played Randy Parker in A Christmas Story. The parade route is Liberty Avenue to Grant Street, right onto Fifth Avenue, left onto Wood Street, and right onto the Boulevard of the Allies.
Brunch in Bloom. Phipps Conservatory. 11 a.m.
The conservatory will serve brunch in its Special Events Hall to celebrate its Winter Flower Show. The show, which has a Nutcracker theme this year, includes cut trees decorated in Nutcracker themes and nearly 2,000 poinsettias.
Maya Apocalypse: 1562 or 2012? Rangos Hall, University Center. 6 p.m.
Amara Solari and Matthew Restall, authors of 2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse, will discuss whether or not the infamous Mayan prophecy that the world would end in 2012 actually exists. They will explain the roots of this myth and the surprising role that 16th-century Spaniards had involving the story.
Space for Cooperation. Carnegie Library Lecture Hall. 6 p.m.
Richard Sennett, a sociology professor at New York University and the London School of Economics, will lecture about “Spaces for Cooperation.” The founder of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU, Sennett is best known for his research on social ties in cities and the effects of urban living on individuals. The lecture is co-sponsored by the School of Architecture, the School of Design, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.