Time for Fun at Byham, Altar Bar Has Reel Big Fish (CPs Sun., 11/17/2013)

1) Many artists work with their hands, and Time for Fun takes that to a whole new level at the Byham Theater. The members of this Russian ensemble use their hands and arms to create a unique blend of images that captivate the audience. Coupled with lighting and music, this whimsical performance is ideal for all ages. While the group’s stint in Pittsburgh begins at the Byham, these hard-working hands will make their way to schools in the suburbs in the coming week. Runs through Nov. 24. 2 p.m. 101 6th St., Cultural District.

2) The distinct ska sounds of trumpets, trombones, and electric riffs make a comeback with Reel Big Fish at the Altar Bar. Part of the Don’t Stop Skankin’ Tour, Reel Big Fish hit the mainstream with their aptly titled 1996 single, “Sell Out.” Tired of selling out, the band began their own record label in 2006 to do what they do best — rock out. With no signs of slowing down, the band puts on a high energy show that includes old favorites like “She’s Got a Girlfriend Now,” as well as songs from their 2012 album Candy Coated Fury, like “I Dare You to Break My Heart.” Dig out your chain wallet and get ready to mosh! Special guests include Five Iron Frenzy, Beautiful Bodies, and Beebs and Her Money Makers. 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.

3) A household name in the country music realm, Trace Adkins spreads holiday cheer at The Palace Theatre with his special called The Christmas Show. Adding a little twang to traditional seasonal tunes like “O Come Emmanuel” and “Silent Night,” Adkins uses his hypnotic vocals to awaken those warm fuzzies within us so familiar to this time of year. His much-awaited Christmas album The King’s Gift, released in conjunction with the current tour, includes a Celtic-country infusion for a whimsical twist on the songs we love the most. 7:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

4) Get your laughs on with comedian Basile, who joins us for a night of fun at the Improv to show that the Greeks are way cooler and funnier than the rest of us. Enjoying success from his comedy series “Growing Up Greek in America,” Basile pulls from his own experiences to create characters and voices that any ethnicity can enjoy. 7 p.m. 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead.

5) It might be early in the season, but the promising Pitt Men’s Basketball team takes on Howard this evening. Welcome our hometown team to the ACC under head coach Jamie Dixon at the Petersen Events Center. 5 p.m. 3719 Terrace St., Oakland.

6) Could a season turnaround be in the works? Watch it unfold as the Steelers take on the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field. With the Lions bringing a 6-3 record into the game, the 3-6 Steelers are in a must-win situation, hoping to stop superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson to keep their playoff hopes alive. 1 p.m. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.