Jim Brickman Holiday Show at Byham; Thunderbird Cafe Celebrates Chrisparkermas (CPs Tues., 12/23/14)

1) Jim Brickmanthe most charted (30) Billboard Adult Contemporary recording artist—is in concert tonight at Byham Theater. Brickman, also a two-time Grammy-nominated musician, is well known from several concerts he did on PBS TV. His current tour is On a Winter’s Night, where Brickman gently blends holiday songs of new and old with his catalog of hits for a joyous night of music. 7 p.m. 101 6th St., Cultural District.

2) Thunderbird Cafe’s Space Exchange series, which explores progressive jazz in relation to other musical genres, continues tonight with Chrisparkermas, a holiday show with guitarist Chris Parker, who is joined by bassist Paul Thompson, saxophonist Ben Opie, and drummer David Throckmorton. They’ll be performing holiday classics. So put on your favorite Christmas sweater and head on over. 9 p.m. No cover. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

3) Singer/guitarist Nick Marzock is playing a Tuesday night show at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille beginning at 8 p.m. His performance is preceded by a holiday customer-appreciation party starting at 4 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

 

4) Sometimes two film genres can be combined for great effect, like Black Christmas, a holiday horror flick from 1974. It’s Christmas Eve at a college sorority house, but instead of a visit from St. Nick an escaped serial killer shows up because the joint used to be his childhood home. Fa-la-la-la-la la la la la. 9:30 p.m. Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont.

 

5) White Christmas is a perennial holiday favorite with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and the always fabulous Mary Wickes. It’s a backstage show biz story about a bunch of performers who try to lift the spirits of a forgotten war hero. Music and lyrics are by Irving Berlin. The title tune, by the way, has been named by the Recording Industry Association of America as the second-most important song of the 20th century. 7 p.m. Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont.