Cool Picks Sunday December 16, 2012

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1) A holiday favorite, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, makes its holiday concert stop at Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center. This progressive, art rock band delights in putting on Christmas rock operas.  Their latest production, ” The Lost Christmas Eve,” is set in New York City and involves characters who become entwined in an inspirational, enchanted Christmas tale. Performed live for the first time ever,  production values encompass lasers, lights, flames, dancers, choir, and a great sound system.  3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Downtown.

2) You better be on your best behavior if you attend City Theatre’s Sister’s Christmas Catechism. “Sister” is a Catholic school nun who teaches; the audience is her class. The hilarious new adaption of a previous “Catechism” stars Kimberly Richards, who cajoles and chastises the audience for their dress and behavior, telling funny stories all the while. The Christmas show features Pittsburgh area choirs and prizes. “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” was written by Maripat Donovan. Don’t be late (tonight is the last night). 2 p.m. 1300 Bingham St., South Side.

3) The Steelers take on their long time rivals, The Dallas Cowboys, today in Dallas at 4:25 p.m. Cheer on the “black and gold” at Rick’s Sports Bar in Export (10 minutes east of Monroeville, on Rt. 22). Rick’s proudly boasts that they have TV’s “out the wazoo” (including one in every booth ), games, pool, darts, entertainment not to mention a big “Pittsburgh” menu–i.e. large portions and over 40 beers on tap! 5400 William Penn Highway, Export.

4) Another good choice to catch a Steelers game is The Rowdy Buck on South Side. A Steeler trivia contest is held an hour before game time, with prizes and “Rowdy Bucks” given away to winners.  GoldSchlager and Black Cherry Bombs are $3, Coors Light,$2, during the game. 1323 E. Carson St., South Side.