Heinz Hall Hosts ‘Dancing With the Stars: Live!’; Carnegie Trees and Presepio at CMOA (Thurs., 1/3/19)

1) Hamilton isn’t the only stage show generating high demand for tickets this month. Try the annual one-night-only visit of Dancing with the Stars: Live! Try quickly, though, or try the aftermarket, as the Pittsburgh show was nearly sold out when this story went to the web.  Why such a rush for seats? Perhaps because “Dancing with the Stars” is insanely popular on TV to begin with, and the touring production features a live smorgasbord of every style of ballroom, club, or street dancing seen on the screen, and you just might see local celebrities dancing up there, too. Besides, the whole thing is a spinoff from BBC-TV’s “Strictly Come Dancing”—a series that has been cloned in about 40 countries, from Sweden to Vietnam to our ABC-aired version here in the United States—and if it’s British, it’s high culture, right? 8 p.m. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (MV)

2) The holidays are full of traditions around these parts: Italians have the Feast of the Seven Fishes; Eastern Europeans have their 12-dish supper; and the Elf on the Shelf is here to stay. This year, the Carnegie Museum of Art wants to be part of your seasonal traditions with the Neapolitan presepio, a Pittsburgh tradition at the museum since 1957. This carefully preserved Nativity scene, which covers 250 square feet, offers a glimpse into 18th-century Italy with its life-size figures handcrafted by artisans between 1700 and 1830. While there, enjoy the Carnegie Trees. According to the Carnegie Museum of Art web page, ‘The 2018 edition marks a first-ever collaboration with 57th Carnegie International artist Karen Kilimnik. Five soaring evergreens are decorated according to Kilimnik’s artistic vision, which has been described as “joyful fantasy and a quest for the romantic sublime.”’ Docents are available to speak with visitors of all ages about the presepio from 1–3 p.m. every day.display too which this year focus on the Americas. Both exhibits run through January 7 and are free with museum admission. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 440 Forbes Ave., Oakland.