Hot Ticket: WWE holiday tour Dec. 28 at Consol
Like an elbow drop after you're down for the count, the WWE Live: Holiday Tour brings the year's festivities to an end with an emphatic blow to the skull.
Consol Energy Center will fill with bellowed invectives and grunts of pain Dec. 28, as the big-time wrestling tour comes to Pittsburgh. Dean Ambrose will fight Bray Wyatt, and Roman Reign will have a bout with Rusev, along with appearances by Kofi Kingston, Goldust, The Divas, Cesaro and others.
Tickets are $25 to $90, and the first match is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Details: 800-745-3000 or consolenergycenter.com
Practice makes perfect
Jevon Rushton will provide a New Year's Eve warm-up Dec. 30 at the Backstage Bar, Downtown.
Not that New Year's Eve-ers need any practice to have a good time, but Rushton's show should allow the audience the chance to get their groove revved up.
The drummer is a graduate of Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts School and a one-time student of the great Roger Humphries. Rushton teaches at the Pittsburgh Project on the North Side and plays in any number of projects and settings.
He has performed with trumpeter Sean Jones, bassist Dwayne Dolphin and singer Carolyn Perteete, among others.
His appearance is the year-ending show of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's weekly Happy Hour gigs at its Downtown performance center.
Music will begin at 5 p.m. It is free.
Details: 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org
Taking Root once again
Rusted Root is kicking off the winter with a few national performances. On Dec. 29, they will perform at Jergel's Rhythm Grille in Warrendale.
In honor of its 25th anniversary, the band is touring to support its current release, “The Movement.”
Founder, frontman and guitarist Michael Glabicki says, “ ‘The Movement' is an extremely joyous recording with seriously deep undertones. It is a culmination of everything we have learned. It truly is a career record for us.”
Known for their fusion of acoustic, rock and world music, Rusted Root has recorded eight albums and sold more than 3 million records worldwide and has played with acts like Santana, the Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band and the Allman Brothers Band. Their sound has been featured in films such as “Ice Age” and “Matilda” and on TV shows like “New Girl” and “Charmed.”
The Jergel's show will start at 8 p.m., with special guest the Alex Kates Band as the opening act. Admission is $35, $30 in advance.
Details: 724-799-8333 or jergels.com
Work off that eggnog and those Christmas cookies with an evening of salsa dancing.
DJ Paul Mitchell will provide the tunes for this late-night event that gets your weekend off to an upbeat start.
The fun gets under way at 10 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown.
If you're unfamiliar with salsa, don't let that stop you. The night will start with a free dance lesson to get you in the groove.
The event is open to those age 21 and older. Admission is $5 at the door or free to ticket holders of any Cultural District show from that day.
Details: 412-325-6769 or trustarts.org
You got to move it, move it
Beachburgh Productions will present “Dance, Dance, Dance,” a holiday movement spectacular from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 27 at Futules' Harmar House, 1321 Freeport Road, Harmar.
The event will feature popular dance music including jitterbug, shag, line, cha-cha and swing. Dance lessons will be available from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5, which includes the lessons.
Getting by with a little help from friends
There are just a few days left to see “Dave Klug & Friends,” an exhibit at Panza Gallery featuring four of Pittsburgh's top illustrators.
Klug creates illustrations for Forbes, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal and other publications. He's also responsible for the famous murals at Primanti Bros. restaurants and offers greeting cards and other pet-related art through KlugWorld.com.
Three of Klug's illustrator buddies — George Schill, Stacy Innerst and Wayno — also take part in the group show.
A contract artist for American Greetings, Schill is an award-winning freelance illustrator with clients like Playboy, Disney and Sports Illustrated. Innerst is a children's book and editorial illustrator, and creates works for publications like Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and The New York Times. Wayno is an illustrator, writer and cartoonist whose new Web comic, WaynoVision, launched Dec. 1 on gocomics.com. Prints of the first week's comics are on display.
The exhibit will continue through Dec. 27. Panza is at 115 Sedgwick St. in Millvale and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Details: 412-821-0959 or panzagallery.com
Extra time on the slopes
The ski slopes and snow boarding area at Boyce Park , Plum, will be open extra hours over the holiday break.
Holiday hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 9:30 p.m. fromDec. 26 through 30; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and noon to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 1.
Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to check conditions and operating status beforehand. Regular hours are from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Details: 724-733-4656 or 724-733-4665
The Kerr Museum, 402 Delaware Ave.,Oakmont, will feature “A Victorian Christmas” through Jan. 3.
Visit the museum decorated for the holidays in Victorian style. Visitors will be able to tour all rooms on the home's first and second floors, in addition to the basement and Dr. Kerr's medical office. The museum was home to Dr. Thomas R. Kerr, his wife, Jessie, and daughter Virginia in the late 19th century.
The cost is $8, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students.
Details: 412-826-9295 or kerrmuseum.com
Lights, Country, Action
Overly's Country Christmas at Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Mt. Pleasant Township, continues through Jan. 1.
The drive-through outdoor lighted display features a walk-around Christmas Village. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $12 per car or family van Monday through Thursday, and $15 per car or family van Friday and Saturday.
Inclement weather may result in an early closing or complete closing. Overly's will be limited to drive-through only on Christmas Day.
Details: 724-423-1400 or overlys.com
Flames and flowers
Candlelight Evenings will be featured at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens , Schenley Park,Oakland , through Jan. 11.
Stroll through the Winter Flower Show enhanced by the glow of holiday lights and candlelit walkways. Live musical performances will include Matt Korbanic from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27, East End Kids from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Robert and Bob Erickson from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28, and South Hills Children's Choir from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 30.
Phipps is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will be closed Dec. 25 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 26.
Details: 412-622-6914 or phipps.conservatory.org
Count 'em up
Citizen Science: Christmas Bird Count Trail Walks will be Dec. 27 at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Fox Chapel.
Participants will help count birds for science. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to hike the trails and record the birds that they find as part of the 115th Christmas count.
The outdoor trail walk is suitable for adults and for families with children who are kindergarten-age and older.
There will be a morning session from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is appreciated.
Details: 412-963-6100 or aswp.org
New year's eve
German new year's
A Harmony Silvester Celebration will be from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31 in Historic Harmony, Butler County.
This family-friendly event honors its German heritage by celebrating Silvester (New Year's Eve) in German time. Sylvester activities will begin at 2 p.m. with museum tours, children's activities, food, music and entertainment and a 5K run and 1-mile Fun Run. The countdown to 2015, with a ball drop and fireworks, will be at 6 p.m. — midnight in Germany.
Details: 724-452-7341 or harmonymuseum.org
A ‘Prima' celebration
Festa Italiana di Vandergrift will present “Prima Notte” New Year's Eve Celebration at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at School House Hall, 171 Thorn St., Oklahoma Borough.
Music will be provided by Guy Matone singing Frank Sinatra's greatest hits and DJ Al Rossi.
Tickets are $50, or $90 per couple. The price includes food, draft beer, champagne toast and drink mixers. BYOB.