Entertainment briefs

National Aviary expands

its holiday offerings for

children and adults

PITTSBURGH — Visitors to the National Aviary will encounter beautiful new indoor and outdoor light displays and festive decor throughout the hallways, grounds and gardens as they enjoy getting up close with 500 birds representing 150 species from around the world.

Special holiday events include photos with Santa and his penguin helper, a holiday brunch with Santa and Penguin Camp.

The National Aviary will offer extended evening hours, including a festive menu, hot chocolate, cider and adult beverages, and live holiday music performances on Dec. 12, 20 and 26-28.

The National Aviary also will, for the first time, feature light displays on its building and habitats. Illuminated snowflakes will stand out among festoons of lights and wreaths. Also new this year is a decorative, oversized Santa chair in the atrium and a larger-than-life, lighted penguin family in Penguin Point.

Photos with Santa and his penguin helper will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Dec. 15 and 22.

Also, brunch with Santa will have two seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $37 for nonmember adults and $19.50 for nonmember children ages 4-10; and $32 for member adults and $17 for member children. Children age 3 and under are free.

Call (412) 258-9445 to register. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Tickets are transferable but not refundable.

Holiday camps are available for those ages 6-8 on Dec. 27 and for ages 9-12 on Dec. 28.

Call (412) 258-9439 to register. Space is limited.

The National Aviary is located at 700 Arch St. and is open seven days a week.

Jerry Seinfeld to appear

at Benedum in March

PITTSBURGH — Officials with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and JS Touring announced Jerry Seinfeld will return to the Benedum Center on March 8 for two shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale to the general public.

Tickets (starting at $52) will be available online at TrustArts.org, by calling guest services at (412) 456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Ave.

Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. His latest projects include the Emmy nominated web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” and his Netflix special “Jerry Before Seinfeld.” Seinfeld continues to perform nationally and internationally.

Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: “Seinfeld.” The show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice awards, and was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide, and in 2012 was identified as the best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll.

Most recently, Seinfeld has been performing at the Beacon Theatre as part of a year-long residency entitled, “Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand.”

Seinfeld resides in New York City with his wife and three children. He remains active as a standup comedy performer, continuously touring both nationally and internationally.

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ planned at Weinberg Theatre

WEIRTON — the Weir High School Drama Club and the Milton Weinberg Chapter of the International Thespian Society will perform “It’s a Wonderful Life” Friday through Sunday in the Weinberg Theatre.

Sponsors Debra Marino and Corey Miller also are directing the production.

Rehearsals and technical work have are being overseen by Brooke Scopel, Sabrina DiPietrantonia and Elizabeth Doerr as stage managers and stage crew managers.

Leads include Joseph Clutter as George, Jason Groves as Clarence Odbody, Madison Carroll as Mary, Logan Baldauf as Uncle Billy, Dakota Wagner as Mr. Potter and Shalyn Whear as Violet.

Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

For ticket information, contact cast members or Marino at (304) 748-7600.

From staff reports