5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Nov. 30-Dec. 2
Make "The Nutcracker" part of your weekend and a tradition for a happy holiday season. This classic presented by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre opens Nov. 30 at the Benedum Center, Downtown and features dozens of dancers and over 150 costumes. Another festive event is the 27th annual Nationality Rooms Program Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Cathedral of Learning on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland. For movie enthusiasts, it's the final weekend to catch the costume exhibit "Heroes & Sheroes: The Art and Influence of Ruth E. Carter in Black Cinema" — which runs through Dec. 2 and includes looks from the superhero film "The Black Panther."
On the hard court, the Pitt Panthers take on cross town rival Duquesne in men's basketball in the City Game and this is the first weekend for the Schenley ice skating rink.
A winter wonderland awaits at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" which opens Nov. 30 at the Benedum Center, Downtown. It's Christmas Eve in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh when a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. Journey to a land of enchantment filled with swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and exciting dances set to Tchaikovsky's glorious score. Five lavish scenes, dozens of dancers and over 150 costumes make it one of Pittsburgh's most cherished holiday traditions.
Rooms with views
The 27th annual Nationality Rooms Program Holiday Open House is from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Cathedral of Learning on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland.
Admission is free. This tradition will feature student organization Quo Vadis presentations of the decorated Nationality Rooms, as well as traditional dance performances, foods and crafts. Close to 4,000 guests are expected.
The Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the Cathedral of Learning. Each was designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and governments.
It's almost that time again! Holiday Open House will be on December 2nd from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning. Come see the Nationality Rooms decorated for Christmas and enjoy ethic food, displays, gifts and dancing. You won't want to miss it! pic.twitter.com/XpXldTSeRg— Nationality Rooms (@NRIEPpitt) November 9, 2018
The final days
This weekend is the last opportunity to see the costumes designed by Ruth E. Carter for "The Black Panther" movie.
Carter's costume collection, including items worn in that film, as well as others has been on display at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District. The exhibition — "Heroes & Sheroes: The Art and Influence of Ruth E. Carter in Black Cinema" — runs through Dec. 2. It's being presented by FashionAFRICANA and the history center. There are 75 pieces in the collection.
Cross town men's basketball rivals the University of Pittsburgh (6-1) and Duquesne University (4-1) meet in the 87th annual City Game at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at PPG Paints Arena Uptown. It will be Pitt coach Jeff Capel's first City Game and the second for Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot. Pitt holds a 54-32 advantage and won last year, 76-64.
PREVIEW: The City Game https://t.co/ywavaJCkyt— Duquesne Basketball (@DuqMBB) November 29, 2018
This is the first weekend for ice skating at Schenley Park ice rink. There are three sessions each on Friday and Sunday and four on Saturday, including an adult skate from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Skates are available for rental.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.