The “Buzz” from Buzzelli: Pittsburgh’s Top To-Do’s THIS WEEKEND (12/31 – 1/4)

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by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant.

Here are the Top Five things to do in Pittsburgh the weekend of December 31 – January 4


First of the Night

There’s music, comedy, dance and magic at Highmark’s First Night. Ring in 2015 with Arcade Comedyt Theater, Gemini Theater, Belly Dancers, Caricaturists, Tania Grubbs, Joy Ike, River City Brass, Magician Chris Ruggiero, Comedian Aaron Kleiber, the Pirate Parrot and FIREWORKS! Am I the only one who loves fireworks?!? The event takes place all over Downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday, December 31 into January 1. For more information, go to


Murder on NYE

If you’re looking for a mystery on New Year’s Eve you can go to the New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Spectacular for an Murder Mystery dinner titled, “It’s My Party and I’ll Die if I want to,” it’s improve, murder and champagne at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 164 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park, PA. For more information, go to



The FireWALL dance troupe is causing an “Uproar” over at the Off the Wall Theater in Carnegie. Choreographer Elisa Marie Alaio and the brand new troupe will be dancing up a storm. There show runs concurrently with “Or” also on the Off the Wall stage. “Uproar” will be performed at a matinee at 3:00 pm on January 3 and an evening show on January 4 at the Off the Wall Theater, 25 West Main Street, Carnegie, PA. For more information, go to


Motown in town

Berry Gordy goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul in “Motown the Musical.” Gordy helped launch the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Ease on down to Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. For more information, go to


A Night in the Museum (sort of)

There are two movies about being inside a museum this month, we recommend “The National Gallery.” Critically acclaimed film from master documentarian Frederick Wiseman goes behind the scenes of the National Gallery, a London institution, a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. It is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings.  Through January 1st at The Harris Theater, Downtown.


– MB.




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