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Thursday 24

Jazz jam

CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 25 years or older and dress code will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.

Friday 25

Merry Christmas

Saturday 26

‘The Nutcracker’

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents ‘The Nutcracker’ at 2 p.m. at the Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is the story of Marie and the adventures of her Nutcracker. The show takes place in Pittsburgh and includes the Kaufmann’s clock, a Heinz delivery truck and a view of Mt. Washington. There will also be a 7 p.m. performance. The show will run through Dec. 27. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.pgharts.org.

Sunday 27

Sunday night jazz

The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents The Sunday Night Jazz Concerts from 7-10 p.m. at the Rhythm House Café, 3029 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. The featured entertainer for Big Band December will be Benny Benack Big Band and DUQ’s Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-221-5010 or visit http://www.pittsburghjazz.org.

Smooth groove

Bonedog Records presents Smooth Groove at 8 p.m. at the Palisades Ballroom, 501 Water St., McKeesport. This event is a dual CD release party for Bonedog Artists, David Avery and Stevee Wellons. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 412-678-3955 or visit http://www.bonedogrecords.com.

Monday 28

Jam session

AVA Lounge presents a Weekly Live Jazz/Jam Session with The Interval Trio & Friends at 9 p.m. at 126 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Every Monday jazz fans can enjoy great music from some of the best musicians. DJ J. Malls will spin the vinyl. Must be 21 years or older. There is no cover. For more information, visit http://www.shadowlounge.net.

Tuesday 29

‘Dreamgirls’

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Pittsburgh Symphony’s PNC Broadway Across America presents “Dreamgirls” at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. This is a story of an up-and-coming, 1960s singing girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. Hopeful talents Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson and Effie White are performing as The Dreamettes when ambitious agent Curtis Taylor Jr. discovers them. He lands them a job as backup singers for the soul and rock ‘n’ roll sensation James “Thunder” Early and begins to guide their quickly rising career. The performance runs through Jan. 3. Tickets are $22-$66. For more information, call 412-456-1390 or visit http://www.pgharts.org.

JazzLive

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education & Community Engagement presents JazzLive from 8 p.m. at Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. Every Tuesday some of Pittsburgh’s talented jazz musicians will perform. The featured artist this week will be Kenny Blake. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.pgharts.org.

Wednesday 30

Kwanzaa celebration

The Jazz Workshop Inc. presents the Culture of Kwanzaa and Jazz from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Homewood Carnegie Library, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. For more information, call 412-244-0480 or 412-731-3080.

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