Winter 2022-23|volume 16|Issue 2

    What’s New?

    An update of goings-on that reflect the continuing verve and vitality of the Strip District and Lawrenceville

    Free Admission for Kids at the History Center This Holiday Season

    The Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh is offering free admission for kids aged 17 and under now through January 8, 2023, at the Senator John Heinz History Center, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, and Fort Pitt Museum.

    On select dates this season, visitors can take a photo with Santa in an exact replica of the chair from Kaufmann’s Santaland. Old Saint Nick will appear from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, December 10 and 17. On Christmas Eve (Saturday, Dec. 24), Santa will appear from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Santa visits are included with regular museum admission.

    A Heinz Center special installation explores Pittsburgh holiday traditions. Artifacts and images displayed in the Great Hall reveal how Western Pennsylvanians have celebrated major winter holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, and Kwanzaa over the years. Visitors can also explore memorable objects from Kaufmann’s Santaland and see the mailbox where thousands of Pittsburgh children mailed their Christmas wish lists to the North Pole.

    The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception, has added rare artifacts and historic images to its “Super Steelers” exhibition that examine the life and career of Franco Harris.

    The Heinz History Center Museum Shop is a one-stop shop for uniquely Pittsburgh gifts. From Heinz ketchup pajamas to a new Franco’s Italian Army sweatshirt, the Museum Shop’s “Holiday Gift Guide 2022” offers one-of-a-kind gifts for Pittsburgh fans. Shoppers can visit or the museum daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; no museum admission is required to visit the shop.

    Senator John Heinz History Center
    1212 Smallman St. / 412-454-6000

    Genuine Italian Cuisine at Colangelo’s


    Colangelo’s is a friendly, family-operated business in the Strip, located beside La Prima (with a common walkthrough). They serve homemade pasta, paninis, pizza, and pastries baked fresh daily. Colangelo’s recently updated the entrance with a new sign—but the same old-world Italian greeting is always there when you walk through the doors. And during this festive season they will be offering delicious holiday baked goods.

    207 21st St. / 412-281-7080

    Cioppino Holiday Features for 2022

    As usual, exceptional dining and holiday fare are the hallmarks of the Strip’s Cioppino Restaurant in December 2022. Here’s what’s on the menu:

    Christmas Entree: Osso Bucco (with saffron risotto, green beans, crispy onion ring, demi … $50).

    Christmas Dessert: Triple Chocolate Cake (dark chocolate cake, milk chocolate mousse, dark chocolate buttercream, dark chocolate curls … $10).

    New Year’s Eve Entree: Surf & Turf (20-oz. boneless ribeye, demi-glace, foie gras butter; lobster tail, beurre blanc; broccoli … $90).

    New Year’s Eve Dessert: Raspberry Champagne Mousse Trifle (champagne cake, raspberry champagne mousse, fresh whipped cream, fresh raspberries, gold leaf … $12).

    The restaurant’s Osteria is offering a Christmas Takeout Package for Four, consisting of a house salad, lasagna, and tiramisu, with bread and oil.

    Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar
    2350 Railroad St. / 412-281-6593

    OnPar Now Welcomes Three New Golf Professionals

    A bright, open space in the newly renovated Terminal Building, OnPar Now is Pittsburgh’s premier indoor golf venue that offers golfers of all ages and skill levels a welcoming, inclusive environment to learn, practice, and play golf.

    OnPar Now has just announced the addition of three new LPGA and PGA instructors to their team! Customers can now book lessons with golf professionals Karen Bennett, Kevin Shields, and Grant Barracchini, who are ready to give their customers the best experience in golf instruction possible.

    “We are delighted to have Karen, Kevin, and Grant as the newest additions to the OnPar Now team,” says Jan Receski, founder and CEO of OnPar Now. “This accomplished trio is composed of individuals who not only have impressive resumes but are passionate about golf and helping people enjoy the sport. We are excited to be working and collaborating with such an exceptional group.”

    OnPar Now
    Strip District Terminal, Smallman St. / 412-849-1617

    PaPa J’s Opens on Smallman Street


    Opened this summer to rave reviews, the new PaPa J’s Twin Plaza is sure to attract diners seeking outstanding Italian food and excellent service. With homemade Italian dishes, and homemade gelato, this is a welcome addition to the Strip. The restaurant’s L-shaped configuration allows parties and smaller groups to be accommodated with ease.

    PaPa J’s Twin Plaza
    2016 Smallman St. / 412-429-7272

    Holiday Fun in the ’Burgh

    This year the holiday family offerings in Pittsburgh will be abundant and more pleasantly crowded than in the socially restricted seasons of recent years. Here’s a big list of what to seek out from now through early January for a memorable, festivity-filled local holiday experience. And don’t forget to visit these organizations’ websites for further information.

    Handmade Arcade Holiday Market (David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Dec. 2 and 3, 2022).

    The Lawrenceville Cookie Tour (holiday shoppers sample fresh, homemade cookies; the event trolley makes stops throughout Lawrenceville and Penn Ave.; Dec. 10 and 11, noon-5:00 p.m.).

    Glowland (Oakland’s month-long winter festival with art installations, live music, and lights, through Dec. 17, 2022).

    The Peoples Gas Holiday Market / UPMC Rink (Market Square, through Dec. 24; and nearby festively decorated UPMC Rink at PPG Place, through Jan. 8, 2023).

    Zoo Lights Drive-Thru (Pittsburgh Zoo, select dates through Dec. 30, 2022).

    Holiday Happenings at the National Aviary (Season’s Greetings Saturdays, Holiday Brunches, Holiday Lights and Late Nights; select dates through Dec. 30, 2022).

    Highmark First Night Pittsburgh (New Year’s celebration with fireworks, Pittsburgh Cultural District, Dec. 31, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023).

    Kennywood Holiday Lights (through Jan. 1, 2023)

    The Pittsburgh Crèche (replica of the Vatican’s nativity scene; U.S. Steel Tower, through Jan. 6, 2023).

    Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden (Phipps Conservatory, through Jan. 8, 2023).

    Carnegie Trees: Holiday Splendor / Neapolitan Presepio (annual installation and decoration of the Carnegie Museum’s trees, together with 18th-century Naples nativity scenes; through Jan. 8, 2023).

    The Magic of PBT’s Nutcracker Returns in December


    The Nutcracker, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s holiday classic, takes the stage for a three-week run from December 9 through 28 at the Benedum Center. This is the 20th year that PBT will be performing The Nutcracker based on the choreography and concept by former PBT artistic director Terrence S. Orr. The annual production features Tchaikovsky’s classic score as well as costume and set designs by Emmy-winning designer Zack Brown.

    “Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker is a magical experience for families year after year,” says PBT acting executive director Kathryn Gigler. “The stunning costumes, beloved characters, and Pittsburgh touches like the Kaufmann’s clock make it a holiday classic. We love performing this ballet, and can’t wait to see audiences back at the Benedum again this December!”

    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
    2900 Liberty Ave. / 412-281-0360
    (Benedum Center)

    Row House Cinema’s Miyazaki Week


    Lawrenceville’s Row House movie theater is offering a very special holiday treat with its series of the greatest animated films of our time, all by the legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. A week of multiple showings of five of the director’s Studio Ghibli fantasies starts December 2 (many are in the original Japanese, but also see showtimes on their website for subbed and dubbed versions).

    The films in the series are: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) … My Neighbor Totoro (1988) …Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) … Porco Rosso (1992) … Howl’s Moving Castle (2005).

    Row House Cinema
    4115 Butler St. / 412-904-3225