Arts & Culture Calendar

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Thursday 31

New Year’s Eve

The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents a New Year’s Eve Party from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Rhythm House Café, 3029 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. Ring in the New Year with the talented Gene Ludwig Organ Trio featuring Jay Willis. DUQ’s Tony Mowod will be the host. Reservations are requested. For more information, call 412-221-5010.

Friday 1

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Smooth jazz

Club Duo presents Smooth Jazz Friday’s New Year’s Day Party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 100 Lytton Ave., Oakland. Start the New Year off in style with special musical guest Hubb’s Groove from Cleveland. DJ Sly Jock will be spinning the hits and Roland Ford and the Line Dance Crew will get the party started. There will also be giveaways. Patrons cannot wear timberlands, jeans and sneakers. For more information, call 412-682-0938.

Saturday 2

‘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 full of onstage joy and backstage drama that tells the 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. However, when the beautiful Deena emerges as the star of the group rather than the full-voiced Effie, the girls are brought to personal and professional crossroads. The performance will run through Jan. 3. Tickets are $22-$66. For more information, call 412-456-1390 or visit http://www.pgharts.org.

Sunday 3

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 will be the Jimmy Ponder Trio and and DUQ’s Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-221-5010 or visit http://www.pittsburghjazz.org.

Monday 4

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 vinyls. Must be 21 years or older. There is no cover. For more information, visit http://www.shadowlounge.net.

Tuesday 5

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. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.pgharts.org.

Wednesday 6

Cirque Dreams

PNC Broadway Across America presents Cirque Dreams: Illumination at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. Audiences of all ages will enjoy as city dwellers reinvent familiar objects, balance on wires, leap tall buildings and redefine the risks of flight in a story filled with astounding occurrences. This show has costumes that come alive to the sounds of jazz, ballroom, pop and more in this original score. Performances will run through Jan. 10. For more information, call 412-392-4900.

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