1) Amazing Shakespeare fact: just as The Winter’s Tale does not happen in winter, Twelfth Night is not set on Twelfth Night, the traditional end of the Christmas season. Rather, it seems the comedy was first performed at that time of year, and Pittsburgh Public Theater is staging it to help chase away the chill of 2017. Twelfth Night is a gender-identity comedy. The heroine, fair Viola, is shipwrecked in a strange land and poses as a man to get by. This secures her a job with the local Duke but causes trouble when the Duke’s beloved, Olivia, falls in love with Viola while Viola falls for the Duke. The plot thickens with subplots involving Olivia’s rambunctious uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and the weird servant Malvolio. Which leads us to consider a perplexing scholarly question: Why do Viola, Olivia, and Malvolio have names that use the same five letters? What does it mean? 8 p.m. Performances through February 26. At the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (MV)
2) Today at the PPG Paints Arena there’s a showdown between the Motor City and the Steel City as the Detroit Red Wings are in town to take on our Pens. The Pens are trying to peck their way into a nice roost in the playoff picture, so, let’s hope they notch another win in that direction today. 3 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.
3) Are you a tattoo aficionado or would just like to find out more? Well Sarah Miller of Wyld Chyld Tattoo, in Brookline, and who has been featured on Spike TV’s “Ink Masters” is presenting the first annual Bleed Black and Gold Tattoo Expo at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. Greg Piper of Exposed Tattoo in Manassas, Virginia is a co-producer of the event. Today’s highlights include a performance by Captain & Maybelle, America’s favorite sideshow couple (1-2 p.m.), A tattoo Judging contest with awards in several categories (3 – 6 p.m.), and an after party (8 p.m. – midnight). And yes you can get a tattoo and piercing at the show. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 300 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square.