What to do this week, from the Januscary film festival to a whiskey walking tour

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Monday January 3: Farm-to-table local online shopping event
10:00 a.m.
Turn a new leaf green in 2022. Curious about the local farm-to-table movement and what the organization has in store – and on the menu – for the New Year? Join the staff at Farm to Table Buy Local on the first Monday of 2022 to learn about upcoming local food events, area farmers’ markets, CSA sales, and food guides. Free registration.

Tuesday January 4: Oklahoma! at the Benedum Center
7:30 p.m.
Experience the quintessential American musical like never before. The Tony Award-winning revival created by visionary director Daniel Fish gives a 21st century twist to the first musical written by the iconic duo of Rodgers and Hammerstein. With a remarkable cast of storytellers reflecting the country’s rich diversity, powerful choreography by John Higgenbotham, and a Grammy-nominated score, this is a bold take on you can’t miss. To buy tickets.

Tuesday January 4: Januscary: Let The Bad In At The Harris Theater
8 p.m.
Fight your way to 2022 when the Januscary Film Festival continues tonight. What will a young supermarket worker do when he finds out that his estranged brother has turned into a vampire? Directed by Conor McMahon, the 2021 film stars emerging Irish talent Karl Rice and Buffy the vampire slayer icon Anthony Head. Buy tickets – if you dare.

Photo by Lindsey Shuey.

Wednesday January 5: Tropical paradise at the national aviary
10 am-5pm
Escape the gloomy winter to a sunny tropical paradise that opens today to kick off the 70th National Aviary Bird University. Immersive programs include a rainforest feed, bat den, and the chance to mingle with a parrot, sloth, and armadillo. To buy tickets.


Wednesday January 5: Januscary: We’re All Going to the World’s Fair at the Harris Theater
8 p.m.
Local horror junkies will get a preview of Jane Schoenbrun’s debut film which premieres in US theaters during this week-long film festival. Grab the edge of your seat as teenage Casey (played by Anna Cobb) plays World’s Fair Challenge, an online horror role-playing game. Both terrifying and tender, the coming-of-age drama explores deprivation, connection, dysphoria, desire, digital existence, and more. To buy tickets.

Thursday January 6: Virtual Biophilia with Phipps
6:00 p.m.
If one of your resolutions is to deepen your connection to the environment, then this community is for you. Anastasia Dubnicay, Project Manager for Capital Projects at Pitt, will discuss renovations to the Hillman Library and the campus wellness and recreation center. Both projects incorporate biophilic design elements to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment and both buildings will be accessible to the public. Free registration.

Maxo Vanka

Maxo Vanka, “Gift for America”. Photo by Rob Long.

Thursday January 6: Vanka Murals Holiday Lights Tour St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church
6.30 p.m.
You have one magical night left to see this local cultural treasure in a whole new light. Inside the National Monument, you’ll start the evening with light refreshments, a visit to the Vanka store, and music from cellist David Bennett. The tour led by a guide will feature the breathtaking “Gift to America” frescoes by Maxo Vanka, created in 1937 and 1941 by the Croatian immigrant. To buy tickets.

Friday January 7: Earth + Environment virtual discussion series
5:00 p.m.
This new virtual discussion series presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center aims to connect prominent Pittsburgh-based artists and scholars with nationally recognized black creators and designers. For tonight’s session, artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss will host a discussion with Amewa Fine Art founder Amina Cooper, art advocate and lawyer Mavis Gragg, and conceptual sound artist Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson. Free registration.

From left to right: Amina Cooper, Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson, Mavis Gragg. Photos courtesy of the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

Friday January 7: John Crist: Fresh Cuts Comedy Tour at Heinz Hall
7:00 p.m.
His first comedy special “I Got Questions” airs on Amazon Prime, he is widely known for his viral videos and he has 4 million fans on social media. But it’s best to see for yourself live and in person why John Crist is one of the meteoric stars of comedy. To buy tickets.

Friday January 7: Peter Samelson at Liberty Magic
7:30 p.m.
The co-founder of New York’s longest-running off-Broadway magic show will make sure you start 2022 with a sense of wonder. Called the “intimate salon magic show,” Samelson’s new solo tour blends sleight of hand, witchcraft, mentalism and comedy in one spectacular performance. The best part is that the audience is a part of the show because Samelson helps people “see the magic that is already in their minds”. To buy tickets.


Saturday January 8: Winter recreation at Boyce Park
9.30am-9pm
Strap on skis, snowshoes or a board because the fun of winter is underway at Boyce Park. Winter adventurers can rent ski and snowboard equipment and sign up for private ski and snowboard lessons. The lodge has reopened this season with concessions, indoor restrooms, and equipment rentals (upper level is closed). Lift tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Boyce Park

Photo courtesy of Allegheny County.

Saturday January 8: NAPO Pittsburgh Virtual Summit
9 am-1pm
Will 2022 be the year you finally organize yourself? The National Association of Organizational and Productivity Professionals (NAPO) is here to help. Perfect timing since January is the month of organization and productivity (yes, it does exist). Sessions will address chronic disorganization, organizing photos, a mindset for change, productivity and a sustainable lifestyle. Participants will get practical tips and valuable resources to get organized and stay organized. To buy tickets.

Saturday January 8: Animal portraits at Contemporary Craft
10 am-1pm
Everyone loves handmade gifts, even our best furry friends. During this workshop led by multidisciplinary artist Jessica Alpern Brown, you will learn easy and fun steps to create a paper cut silhouette using photos of your beloved pet. In just a few hours, you will turn a photo into a precious memory. To buy tickets.

Saturday January 8: Pittsburgh RV Show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
10 am-9pm
January 8-16
Motorhome sales have skyrocketed during the pandemic, as adventurers hit the road to fight cabin fever and explore the country via ‘mobile bubbles’. If you’re considering the RV lifestyle, take a look at the subculture when this top-notch spectacle takes place in the Burgh. Hit the road like Cousin Eddie with 9 acres of RVs from 100 exhibitors and 13 dealerships. You’ll even find campgrounds and resorts to satisfy your travel urge. The best representatives in the industry will be on hand to make your road trip dreams come true. To buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh RV Show.

Saturday January 8: Whiskey Walking Tour in Downtown Pittsburgh
2:30 p.m.
Do you like whiskey and walking? Get rid of some of those holiday candy – and warm up – on this tour highlighting our region’s rich whiskey heritage. Hear how whiskey fueled political, labor and social movements across the region – from the mill to the still – a sample of America’s oldest continuously produced whiskey, and hear about the local revival of craft spirits. Cheers! To buy tickets.

Sunday January 9: history hike: squirrel jump, squirrel sleep at the Frick environmental center
10 am-11:30am
Whether you think squirrels are rats with tails or feed them in your backyard, don’t miss this outdoor family event of children’s literature and winter recreation. Join a Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy naturalist educator for a reading of the “Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep” picture book, written and illustrated by April Pulley Sayre. Then, hike through Frick Park to see local furry acrobats in action. Free registration.

For more things to do, read 10 must-see events this January for kids in Pittsburgh (plus one for moms).

For live music, check out The 20 Best December and January Concerts in Pittsburgh.


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