1) Based on the experiences of its creators, Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands is about a couple of folks who attempt that most difficult but enticing of life missions: becoming wildly rich and famous from a talent. Featuring just two actors—and, yes, just two pianos—the musical play is the tale of lifelong buddies who try to inspire one another to success as concert pianists, facing all the eccentric music teachers and backstage squabbling that such a pursuit entails. Conceived in Ottawa in 1994, the play has been produced all across Canada to wide acclaim. City Theatre is bringing it to local audiences for a three-week run (through Dec. 22), starting today. 5:30 p.m. 1300 Bingham St., South Side.
2) On most game days, Pittsburgh is a city united in the belief that the Steelers, Penguins or even, recently, Pirates are the greatest in their respective sports and whatever team they happen to be up against is a pathetic band of sad sacks, and if said opponents don’t suffer a humiliating beat-down, they must have been lucky and/or cheating. Today things are more complicated as the basketball teams of Pitt and Duquesne face off at Consol Energy Center in the City Game. You might want to take an inventory of college bumper stickers on coworkers’ cars before the usual anti-other-team trash talk at the water cooler. 1 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.
3) Tonight at the Rex Theater, The Guns of Brixton—who dub themselves “the only Clash tribute band that matters”—will go through the legendary punk band’s catalogue, chronologically. They’ll presumably move through The Clash’s gruff, spit-and-vinegar-filled beginnings to the mature mix of rock and world sounds of the classic London Calling/Sandinista phase to the baffling pop-rock note on which the band ended. And for a double dose of punk-era imitation, opening the show is NYC’s Pretty Babies, an all-female Blondie tribute. “One Way Or Another,” this show will be a “White Riot”! 8:30 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side.
4) To go along with your chardonnay, tonight Pittsburgh Winery has scored These Lions, a high-emotion local foursome that doesn’t scrimp on melody. Think The Walkmen or The Killers. 7:30 p.m. 2815 Penn Ave., Strip District.