Newsies. Benedum Center. Through November 30.
The popular Broadway musical based on the 1992 film flop of the same name, Newsies follows a group of young newspaper boys as they fight for their rights against media mogul William Randolph Hearst. Featuring upbeat song and dance numbers, this musical is a family favorite. Presented by PNC Broadway Across America. Tickets can be purchased at trustarts.culturualdistrict.org.
The Misfits. Altar Bar. 8 p.m.
Come out to the Altar Bar to see the band behind what you probably think is the logo for Hot Topic (the creepy distressed skull). Expect to see the emo kids who never grew up and left the mall. With bands like Revenge Memorial, Weapons of Choice, and Only Flesh supporting, how can this show not be good? Tickets can be purchased at ticketfly.com.
Royal Blood. Altar Bar. 8 p.m.
Known for their sexy rock and roll grooves, Royal Blood is a band on the rise worth taking a look at. Expect to see a diverse spectrum of ages rocking out. There You Are will be playing in support. Tickets can be purchased at ticketfly.com.
Open Studio day. CFA. 5-10 p.m.
At the end of each fall semester, School of Art students open their studios so that the public and prospective applicants can get a behind-the-scenes look at their work. There will be live music, free food, and members of WRCT DJ-ing. How can you resist?
BeethovenFest: The Revolutionary. Heinz Hall. 7:30 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents the first of three weekends devoted to Beethoven’s life and works. This week’s concert features two of Beethoven’s popular symphonies: the profoundly philosophical Fifth, and the joyful, highly-charged Seventh bursting with optimism despite the composer’s total deafness. Performances through Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at trustarts.culturaldistrict.org.
gatherings. 707 Penn Gallery. Through Dec. 31.
One thing that’s hard not to notice about Pittsburgh is the sheer number of churches. A photo project exploring Pittsburgh’s many places of worship, this is certainly an interesting angle from which to capture the city. Admission is free and open to the public.
Obsessions. SPACE Gallery. Through Jan. 25, 2015
Using work that explores personal ritual and cultural trends from six artists hailing from across the United States, this show features a number of different mediums including painting, video, performance, and sculpture.Admission is free and open to the public.
The Nutcracker. Benedum Center. Dec. 5-28.
Everyone and their grandmother knows this classic, but it’s just not the holidays without it. This Pittsburgh-inspired production laces the traditional tale with new surprises and the skill of over 170 dancers. Tickets can be purchased at trustarts.culturaldistrict.org.
Topical Cream. The Frame Gallery. Through Dec. 3.
Topical Cream demonstrates how painting’s rich history and diverse range of styles keeps it a relevant and engaging artform for modern audiences despite our increased access to all sorts of different exciting mediums. This exhibit features works by a number of Carneigie Mellon junior and senior art majors. Admission is free and open to the public.
L’Hotel. O’Reilly Theater. Through Dec. 14.
Six great stars from hundreds of years apart find themselves together in a strange and wondrous hotel. Sounds like quite a set-up for a comey. Featuring a number of dead celebrity jokes and hilarious situations, the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s world premiere of Ed Dixon’s comedy is a great way to get out on the town. Tickets can be purchased at trustarts.culturaldistrict.org.
Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals. Carnegie Museum of Art. Through March 2, 2015.
This retrospective collection examines and celebrates the groundbreaking and rule-bending Pittsburgh photographer’s life and work. Admission to the Carnegie Museum of Art is free with a valid Carnegie Mellon student ID.