Candice Millard. Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.
Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President, will speak as part of the Monday Night Lecture series at Carnegie Music Hall.
Give Me a Break. The Gladys Schmitt Creative Writing Center. 8 p.m.
The final student reading of the year will take place in Baker Hall 260. The reading will feature the work of Adria Steuer (senior English major), Austin Moyer (senior creative writing major), Anna Nelson (junior fine art and creative writing double major), Sara Keats (senior Bachelor of Humanities and Arts student), and Matt Finlay (junior creative writing major). After the reading there will be an open mic, and the event includes free pizza and a raffle.
Arlo Aldo. Skibo Cafe. 7:30 p.m.
AB Skibo presents a concert by Pittsburgh-based alternative-folk band Arlo Aldo. The event is free and open to the public.
Convocation: Chamber Music. Kresge Theatre.
A variety of chamber music ensembles will perform in the College of Fine Arts.
The Smashing Pumpkins. Stage AE. 7 p.m.
Nineties alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins will perform at Stage AE. More information and tickets are available at stageae.com.
The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs present a Holiday Concert. Rangos Ballroom. Noon.
Robert Page and Michael Van Camp will conduct a performance of holiday music, including excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, by the Philharmonic Concert Choir and the Repertory Chorus. The concert will also be performed at 8 p.m. the same night in the College of Fine Arts’ Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Winterfest 2012: A Last Day of Classes Extravaganza. Wiegand Gymnasium. 2:30 p.m.
AB Special Events presents its annual end-of-classes celebration, Winterfest 2012. Stop by Wiegand Gymnasium after your last class for free food, raffles, and massive inflatable structures (including a wrecking ball, gladiator jousting, and a Batman-themed bounce house).
The PSO presents Haydn and Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony. Heinz Hall. 8 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 68 and Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will premiere Violin Concerto by PSO 2012-13 Composer of the Year Mason Bates. The concert will also be peformed on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. More information and tickets are available at pittsburghsymphony.org.
Olivia Newton-John with the PSO. Heinz Hall. 8 p.m.
Four-time Grammy winner Olivia Newton-John will perform a special, one-night-only concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. More information and tickets are available at pittsburghsymphony.org.
Portraits of a Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Hunt Library, Fifth Floor. Through Dec. 16.
The exhibit showcases work from 48 American botanical artists who are creating an archive of watercolors and drawings of the plants at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The selected pieces will be displayed with historical printed volumes from the Hunt Institute’s collection. The gallery’s operating hours are available at
White Cube, Green Maze. Carnegie Museum of Art. Through Jan. 13.
The exhibit includes models and drawings by architects and landscape architects who have worked on collaborative projects, focusing on six sites from around the world.
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939. Carnegie Museum of Art. Through Feb. 24.
This exhibit features works ranging from jewelry to furniture that showcase changing tastes in aesthetics and design within the span of nearly nine decades.