Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo’ at PPG Paints Arena; Januscary Film Festival at Harris Theater (Sat., 1/7/23)

1) In what’s becoming an annual tradition, Cirque du Soleil makes another January visit to Pittsburgh. This year brings us a revival of the popular 2005 production Corteo, that also played here in 2019. Like all Cirque du Soleil shows, it’s in the nouveau cirque form of acrobatics and skits woven around a story line. Corteo’s story may sound grim: a circus clown has a dream in which he imagines his own funeral. But the “funeral” turns out to be a pretext for re-enacting and celebrating high points of the clown’s life. Corteo is said to be spectacular in a stately way, and satisfyingly surreal. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ends tomorrow. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2) A good horror movie can get things heated up. That’s a fantastic reason that the Januscary Film Festival at the Harris Theater, which runs through January 11, is a fun event for this cold month. Now in it’s second year, the festival is back with six different new and classic horror films. Januscary features a one day only Abbott & Costello double feature hosted by Pittsburgh Magazine’s Sean Collier on January 8. Abbott & Costello encounter the Frankenstein and the Mummy in two separate features. Children 12 and under can enjoy this screening completely for free! The five other scary films include Slash/Back, Kids vs. Aliens, Huesera, Thrust!, and Satanic Hispanics. 809 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.

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