Cirque Dreams Holidaze Begins Two-Day Run; Three Rivers Hockey Classic Opens (CPs Mon., 12/29/14)

1) Oh my goodness! It’s “snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers … and of course Santa, with soaring acrobatics, gravity-defying feats, elaborate production numbers, illusions, and more.” Yep, it’s Cirque Dreams Holidaze, the touring holiday spectacle that is part three-ring circus, part Broadway-style musical, and 100 percent OK for small children as well as adults. Now in its sixth year, the show comes from Florida-based Cirque Productions, which sends out multiple casts to perform across the U.S. The word on the street (and in the press) is that it’s a real crowd-pleaser. 7:30 p.m. tonight, and two shows tomorrow. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District.

Ornaments on a Tree. Photo Credit: Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Courtesy of Cirque Productions.

Ornaments on a Tree. Photo Credit: Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Courtesy of Cirque Productions.

2) Attention sports aficionados: There’s a great opportunity beginning today to watch several NCAA Division I hockey teams battle for the top prize in the third-annual Three Rivers Classic hockey tournament, which is hosted again this year by Robert Morris University. Other teams competing are Penn State, Colgate, and Western Michigan. Both Colgate and Robert Morris are ranked in the top 20 collegiate hockey teams. Colgate and Western Michigan open the tournament in a 4:30 p.m. game; Robert Morris and Penn State face off at 7:30 p.m. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

3) Pittsburgh natives and internationally known Jam rockers Rusted Root are at  Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, with special guest The Alex Kates Band. 8 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale