Cool Picks brings you the best in Pittsburgh entertainment every day!
1) Clay Aiken, who rose to fame as a contestant on the second season of the popular television show American Idol in 2003, has evolved into an entertainer that has versatility as well as popular success. From singing, acting, producing and writing, in television and on stage, he is also an activist known for working tirelessly for children and people with disabilities all over the world. Notable songs from Aiken include “Solitude,” “Without You,” and “Invisible.” “Clay Aiken: Joyful Noise 2012” is at Greensburg’s Palace Theatre. 7:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St.
2) Mannheim Steamroller will bowl you over with their combination of great holiday music special effects and innovative lighting. 8 p.m. Tonight and tomorrow. Benedum Center. 237 7th St.. Downtown Cultural District.
3) BNY Mellon JazzLive Pittsburgh’s featured musician this evening is Max Leake, a pianist with a rich musical legacy including: working with classic R&B groups, playing the Catskills, cruise ships bands, and performing with other noted jazz performers, composing and arranging for various productions and advertisements. 8 p.m. Backstage Bar at Theater Square. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown Cultural District.
4) “Space Exchange,” the new, experimental “not just jazz” series continues on at Thunderbird Cafe tonight. Check out featured artist Bobby Selvaggio, gaining attention as one of the hottest rising alto saxophonists around. 9 p.m. No cover. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.