Christian Rapper Lecrae Performs at Stage AE; Carnegie Museum’s Holiday Displays (Mon., 12/4/17)

1) Anomaly is right. In 2014, Anomaly, the seventh studio album by Christian rapper Lecrae, simultaneously went to number one on the Christian charts, the gospel charts, and the Billboard 200—the first album ever to do so. The title track, meanwhile, name-drops OutKast, all while grappling with themes of acceptance. Lecrae co-founded and is the president of the independent record label Reach Records. His sixth album, 2012’s Gravity, became the first hip-hop album ever to win the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album. Unashamed, a memoir, saw him achieve literary success when it peaked at 19th on the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list. His eighth album and major label debut, All Things Work Together from Columbia Records, dropped this year. Lecrae, from Atlanta by way of Houston, is sure to draw a diverse crowd for his show at Stage AE. Aha Gazelle and 1K Phew open. Doors open 6 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (CM)

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 Natural History 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 TreesThis year’s theme is Beloved Children’s Books, featuring trees inspired by The Cat in the Hat, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, The Jungle Book, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 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.


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