Trailer Park Boys in Cultural District; Tropical Forest India at Phipps (CPs Mon., 12/9/13)

1) The Trailer Park Boys are performing in the Cultural District tonight. That’s not an oxymoron, it’s a comedic Christmas production titled Trailer Park Boys that involves a rowdy romp with five guys, alcohol, cheeseburgers, and a search for Santa and the true meaning of Christmas. 8 p.m. Benedum Center. 237 Seventh St.

2) The Hindu of India hold nature in high regard. They believe that it’s good to live in harmony with the flora and fauna of the Earth and that plants and animals have a divine nature. Phipps Conservatory assistant curator of  horticulture Ben Dunigan  and Phipps interpretive specialist Jordyn Melino capture the beauty of the subcontinent with Phipp’s latest exhibit, Tropical Forest India. Dunigan and Melino journeyed to the Western Ghats region of India in 2010, traveling by boat, train, and elephant in order to experience many aspects of the beautiful environment. Their inspiration can be seen in the tropical hall featuring Ayurvedic healing gardens (used in alternative medicine), waterfalls, spectacular colors, and exotic plants, with a temple façade at its entrance. You may go in feeling stressed, but you’ll leave saying Namaste, meaning, I recognize and salute the divine within [people and nature]. 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. One Schenley Park, Oakland.

3) The Balcony Big Band is hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. 8 p.m. No cover. 103 Slade Ln., Warrendale.

4) It’s neighboring state rivalry tonight, as our scrappy Pens take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Consol Energy Center, 7:30 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

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