In The Raw: The One That Got Away. 937 Liberty Avenue Building. 7 p.m.
In The Raw is a play development laboratory run by Bricolage, a theater production company that works to create a more active theater experience for the audience. In The Raw gives playwrights the opportunity to present a reading of their new work; after the performance, the audience participates in an open discussion with the playwright about the play. The One That Got Away, a new play by Michael McGovern, tells the story of a cocktail party that gets more flirtatious and outrageous as the evening progresses.
Turtle Island Quartet. Carnegie Music Hall. 7:30 p.m.
This Grammy Award-winning quartet, which takes its name from a Native American creation myth, combines classical quartet arrangements with contemporary American music styles. Turtle Island Quartet won a Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2006 with 4+Four and again in 2008 with A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane. Last year, the quartet released Have You Ever Been...?: The Music of Jimi Hendrix and David Balakrishnan, which allaboutjazz.com described as “a great reminder of the influence that Hendrix still holds on contemporary music.”
2011 Building Virtual Worlds Show. Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall, Pa. 4 p.m.
The Entertainment Technology Center presents the work created in its Building Virtual Worlds class, in which students work in small interdisciplinary teams to create a series of short interactive experiences. Two trolleys will be available to shuttle Carnegie Mellon students to and from the show on a first-come, first-served basis. The trolleys, supplied by Molly’s Trolleys, will load up in the UC turnaround from 2:30 to 2:45 p.m. and will bring students back to campus immediately after the show ends.
Christmas Brasstacular. Carnegie Music Hall. 7:30 p.m.
The River City Brass Band will perform with local youth choirs in this iteration of its Christmas Brasstacular concert series. The band, which will perform eight different Christmas Brasstacular concerts in December at different locations in the Pittsburgh area, has been together for almost 30 years. It has been described by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as putting “the fun back into music.”
I Got Next. McConomy Auditorium. 8 p.m.
AB Films presents a free pre-screening of I Got Next, a documentary about the fighting video game scene. It first began as director Ian Cofino’s senior project at Purchase College, but grew from a short documentary into a feature-length production. Cofino, who paid for the entire production of the film himself, traveled to tournaments up and down the East Coast to interview the best Street Fighter players in the country.
Holiday Concert. Rangos Hall, University Center. Noon.
The School of Music presents its annual holiday concert, featuring the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and choirs. The performance will include “Fantasia On Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughan Williams with baritone soloist Daniel Teadt, a voice faculty member at the School of Music, and an a cappella arrangement of the spiritual “The Story of the Twelve.” Due to popular demand, there will be a second performance at 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. While the performance in Rangos is free, the performance at the music hall is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Carnegie Mellon students get one free ticket with their ID at the door.
Occupy Pittsburgh’s International Human Rights Day. The Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave. Noon.
Members of Occupy Pittsburgh will host an indoor rally, followed by a march through the area, in honor of International Human Rights Day. The day honors the anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was the first such global proclamation of human rights. Occupy Pittsburgh has been occupying Mellon Green downtown near the BNY Mellon building for nearly two months.
Beirut. Altar Bar. 8 p.m.
Beirut was originally the brainchild of Zach Condon, a New Mexico native who recorded most of the group’s first album, Gulag Orkestar, in his bedroom. The album, which combines elements of indie folk and Eastern European music, was released in 2006 to overwhelmingly positive reviews: The Guardian described it as “a sublime mix of optimism and resignation.” Since then, Beirut has expanded to include more band members and has released four EPs and two more full-length albums.
Strange Fruit: An Artist Talk With Darin Mickey. Spaces Corners. 7:30 p.m.
Darin Mickey, a photographer, musician, and faculty member at the International Center of Photography in New York City, will discuss his current exhibit at Spaces Corners titled Strange Fruit. Spaces Corners is a small bookshop, gallery, and project space dedicated to contemporary photography. It is located inside the Ice House Artist Studios in Lawrenceville.
The Nutcracker. Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. Through Dec. 23.
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater presents a colorful, grand-scale production of this classic ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This production is set in Pittsburgh at the turn of the 20th century, with scenes that include a Heinz delivery truck and a view from Mt. Washington.