5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Dec. 7-9
Making his first appearance in Pittsburgh in more than 20 years this weekend is Grammy-nominated and legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli. He released his first duet with his son Matteo in called "Fall on Me" an emotional collaboration in September that went viral. It's also that time of year to do some holiday shopping at Pittsburgh's award-winning independent craft fair returns with its largest event ever on Dec. 8 Handmade Arcade showcases more than 200 cutting-edge, craft-based artists, designers and makers from all over Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania and the U.S., Handmade Arcade is the region's leading shop-small, buy-local event of the holiday season.
Spend the night on Dec. 8 at the Carnegie Science Center on the North Side and watch the film "Elf" in the Rangos Giant Cinema.
The Pittsburgh Glass Center in the Garfield/Friendship neighborhood is hosting Make-It-Now classes where people can learn how to make their own glass ornaments through a hands-on activity.
If you like to be frightened, get on over to the ScareHouse in Etna will be transformed into a terrifying winter wonderland for a Creepy Christmas event.
Grammy-nominated and legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform at PPG Paints Arena, Uptown on Dec. 8. It's his first time back to Pittsburgh in more than 20 years. As one of the most recognizable and romantic voices in the world, Bocelli has been thrilling audiences for over two decades, counting over 90 million records sold worldwide. In 2016, he was nominated for three Latin Grammy awards including "Album of the Year" and received a 2017 Grammy award nomination for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" for cinema.
An album of brand new music featuring the hottest musical stars on the planet and a stunning duet with his son, @bocelli_matteo .We are delighted that 'Sì' is out now: https://t.co/vLxsJZlBdx #26Oct2018 pic.twitter.com/lRyDo8w2zt— Andrea Bocelli (@AndreaBocelli) October 26, 2018
Made by hand
Pittsburgh's award-winning independent craft fair returns with its largest event ever on Dec. 8 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Handmade Arcade celebrates the cutting edge of craft by connecting creators and consumers through making, sharing and learning. Handmade Arcade is the region's leading shop-small, buy-local event of the holiday season.
Handmade Arcade will also feature an early birdie shopping preview, an all-ages Hands-on Handmade activity Area, fabulous art raffles, a framers' market where you can buy frames and learn about framing, a youth maker alley and music by local disc jockeys.
This year's event includes 239 vendors – 83 for the first time – 18 craft corridor vendors of immerging artists and 16 activities at the Hands-On Handmade area. New this year is the inaugural event The Cutting Edge: A Fundraiser for Handmade Arcade is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the convention center, an opportunity to shop from the more than 170 vendors before the official event starts on Dec. 8. Tickets are $40.
Online ticket sales for Friday night's crafty holiday happy hour, The Cutting Edge: A Fundraiser for Handmade Arcade, will close at 7 PM on Thursday, December 6th! Tickets WILL be available at the door on Friday! Get yours here: https://t.co/2AHPzIe7wm pic.twitter.com/e3QTMFghyG— handmade arcade (@HandmadeArcade) December 5, 2018
Carnegie Science Center on the North Side is hosting Elf: The Sleepover on Dec. 8. This holiday event will include seeing the film "Elf" in the Rangos Giant Cinema, carrying out festive science experiments and creating a delicious hot chocolate concoction.
We're not sitting on a throne of lies . . . you really do get to sleep among our exhibits! Spread Christmas cheer with us on Sat., Dec. 8 at our Elf: The Sleepover! You have until Wed., Dec. 5 to register. ☃️ ❄️ https://t.co/9KcipXbMZQ pic.twitter.com/BlnVOQhxFk— Carnegie Science Ctr (@CarnegieSciCtr) December 1, 2018
The Pittsburgh Glass Center in the Garfield/Friendship neighborhood is hosting Make-It-Now classes where people can learn how to make their own glass ornaments through a hands-on activity. The glass center is a nonprofit, public access school, gallery and state-of-the-art glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art. World-renowned artists come here to make studio glass art. People interested in learning more about glass come here to take a class, explore the contemporary gallery and watch live hot glass demonstrations.
It's best to walk in. The next ornament making class is Dec. 8. And there is a glass sale Dec. 7-9.
Halloween is over but doesn't mean the excitement stops at ScareHouse in Etna. For two nights, Dec. 7-8, the place will be transformed into a terrifying winter wonderland for a Creepy Christmas event. Parental discretion is advised for children under 13. Enjoy "Pittsburgh Zombies: Re-Animated," nocturnia 3-D and infernal darkness with a holiday twist. Guests can also take a photo with creepy Santa Claus. ScareHouse is ranked as one of "America's Scariest Attractions" by Travel Channel.
Spend the holidays with The Family. Two days only, Dec 7th & 8th, experience a new Basement production. Must be 18 or older with photo ID & sign a waiver to enter The Basement. Limited number of tickets are available. The Basement will sell out in advance. https://t.co/iMv0I5dBW5 pic.twitter.com/dZqvAvrQPo— ScareHouse (@ScareHousePGH) December 3, 2018
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.