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Merrick Art Gallery lights up, “John Boy” plays Scrooge in Pittsburgh and well-known local rockers play benefit show

1. The Merrick Art Gallery gets festive this weekend, with its Yearly Christmas Tree display opening Saturday at 10 a.m. A celebration, sponsored by the Merrick Art Gallery Associates’ Women’s Council, will last until 9:30 that evening and include a Dickens Choir performance, which is composed of singers from Beaver Area High School, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Horse-drawn surrey rides will be offered from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the corner of the Merrick Building on Fifth Avenue and 11th Street in New Brighton.

On Sunday, the Merrick will host a Christmas Concert performed by the Pittsburgh Recorder Society playing a a variety of woodwind instruments. The annual Christmas display will be on view Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided Saturday and Sunday by the Women’s Council. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

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2. TV and Broadway star Richard Thomas (John Boy on “The Waltons”) plays Scrooge in the Pittsburgh CLO’s “A Musical Christmas Carol” opening Friday at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh.

The CLO promises dazzling special effects and a veteran cast of Pittsburgh performers, including Tim Hartman, for the Charles Dickens holiday classic.

Tickets are $33 to $52. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays; noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; noon and 4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23.

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3. Scott Blasey of The Clarks and Ellwood City’s own Jay Wiley of the Hawkeyes will perform Thursday night at a concert raising awareness for the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation.

The high-energy drum- and guitar-led Jim Donovan and The Sun King Warriors will headline the show, hitting the stage at 8:30 p.m. at Level 20 Sports Bar, 1033 Paxton Drive, Bethel Park.

The music starts at 6 p.m. with Tim Vitullo.

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