Cool Picks Sunday December 9, 2012

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1) Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker is currently running at the Benedum Center through December 30th. Director Terrence S. Orr has adapted The Nutcracker to include Pittsburgh scenes such as a Shadyside Mansion and the famed Kaufmann’s Clock. The play explores the wonders of a child’s holiday experience, with a grand score by the composer Tchaikovsky.  Sunday’s performance, 12 p.m. 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown Cultural District.

2) Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, is being presented by the Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory Theatre Company. “The Crucible” examines the hysteria of the Salem witch trials and the persecutions of a teenage girl with a mysterious disease. This play won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1953. Directed by Shirley Tannenbaum. 2 p.m. 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. (Editor’s note: Arthur Miller was married to actress Marilyn Monroe for a time).

3) Renaissance City Choirs is holding its Holiday Concert: Warm by the Fire. The concert features familiar holiday favorites, including a sing-along of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and some newer, “sassier” music to add to an uplifting holiday experience that respects all religious traditions, lifting people up and bringing us all a little closer. 7 p.m. Carnegie Music Hall. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

4) The Steelers take on the San Diego Chargers  1:00 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field. A couple cool places to watch the game in Shadyside and grab some good grub are: Shady Grove (5500 Walnut St., 2nd Floor); William Penn Tavern (739 Bellefonte St.); and The Elbow Room (5533 Walnut St., second floor).