1) One ought to know how big a deal Dickens’ A Christmas Carol really is. In Japan, the novella has been viewed as one of the great works of English literature—“possibly in a league with Hamlet,” as one Japanese scholar wrote. Illustrious actors who’ve played Ebenezer Scrooge on stage and screen include Fredric March, Basil Rathbone, and, memorably, Michael Caine (in The Muppet Christmas Carol, with Kermit and Miss Piggy as Bob and Mrs. Cratchit). In Pittsburgh CLO’s annual production of A Musical Christmas Carol, Scrooge is once again being acted and sung by Tom Atkins. You may remember him as Art Rooney in the one-man show The Chief, so bring your Terrible Towel and enjoy. 7 p.m. Performances through December 21. Byham Theater, 101 6th St., Cultural District. Photo by Matt Polk. (MV)
3) The Pens face off against the Boston Bruins in a 7 p.m. game tonight at the Consol Energy Center. Hopefully the Pens will start to turn things around under the tutelage of new head coach Mike Sullivan. Two head coaches in a row named Mike, interesting. The Pens next game is tomorrow night—at home— versus the Carolina Hurricanes. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.