First Night Pittsburgh Set to Go; Pens vs. Canadiens New Year’s Eve (Sat., 12/31/16)

"Light-Up Night" takes on a new meaning with Steel Town Fire.

“Light-Up Night” takes on a new meaning with Steel Town Fire. photo: Martha Rial.

1) Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2017 is the biggest New Year’s Eve party in the ‘Burg, and happening all over the Downtown’s Golden Triangle. Musical highlights include Johhny Angel and the Halo’s (Benedum Center, 7 – 7:45 p.m. and 9 – 9:45 p.m.) and Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors (Byham Theater, 6:30, 8:30, and 10 p.m.). The entertainment and attractions lined up for First Night are amazing: bands, dancers, comedians, balloon-animal creators, acoustic musicians, dance lessons, buskers, caricature artists, face painters, clowns, puppets, storytellers, sports mascots, theatrical performances, large scale games, fire performers and ice carvers. Oh, and of course, fireworks! Events start at 6 p.m. and go until midnight. Visit Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2017 for details.

2) The Pens are playing a home game at PPG Paints Arena tonight against the Montreal Canadians. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Then the Penguins are off until January 8 when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning at home.  The Pens are currently in second place, a game behind the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. Let’s go Pens! 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.


3) Happy New Year! Electro-jam band Lotus play their second of two shows at Stage AE. Baltimore-based (but nationally known) Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, who describe themselves as “electro-funk” and their fans as “The Flock,” open. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (CM)

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