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Plus, Chris Collinsworth fumbles.

Hey there, it’s Friday

And we start today with a big round of applause for all the folks who donated to charity this Giving Tuesday. If you're wondering, like we were, just how much they gave up, Pittsburgh Magazine's Give Big Pittsburgh online portal alone counted more than $2.7 million donations to 458 Pittsburgh-area nonprofits between Tuesday and Wednesday.  

If that sounds like a lot, that's because it is. The magazine says it "obliterated previous first-day totals." 

So kudos to you-dos, and remember: You can give anytime to charities like these

Here's what else we have for you today: Why Allegheny County isn't shutdown yet, a look back at 10 years of Stage AE, Chris Collinsworth apologizes to Steelers Nation, and a Pittsburgh playlist collabo between us and you. 

Golden. | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @CrazyCityLady

What Pittsburgh is talking about

📈 Allegheny County still hasn't ordered a shutdown despite record-setting COVID-19 cases and growing concern about local hospital capacity. Why? The county's top doctor says shutdowns pose their own public health risks around hunger and housing security — especially with many safety nets now dried up. 90.5 WESA has the full story here.

📚 A ban on deliveries of physical books to Allegheny County inmates has been reversed following pressure from advocates and questions about the move's constitutionality. The ban applied to books sent to inmates by friends and family members and cited contraband concerns as the reason why. A limited number of e-books were offered instead. Pittsburgh City Paper has more here on what the reversal means

➡️ More than $19 million will be paid by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to survivors of sexual abuse by its priests. An independent mediator awarded the funds to 224 claimants, which averages to $85,879 each. The payments will be made through an out-of-court compensation fund that was launched in the wake of 2018's grand jury revelations. Click here for more from the Post-Gazette.

🏈 Sports broadcaster Chris Collinsworth is apologizing for saying he was "blown away" by female Steelers fans' knowledge of the game. The comment, delivered during Wednesday's matchup against the Ravens, went a little something like this: “In particular, the ladies that I met. They had really specific questions about the game. I’m like, ‘Wow.’ You’re just blown away by how strong the fans are here in this town.” Deadline has more on the fallout here.

🖼 An online auction featuring 100 Pittsburgh artists starts today and continues through Dec. 10. Bidding starts at $1 for each of the 177 paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and photos on the block. Learn more here from 90.5 WESA.

🔊 Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Stage AE with a look back at 10 of the venue's most memorable moments — everything from Wiz and Mac to Primus to Tommy Lee. Join the Post-Gazette for a trip down memory lane here.

🍺 Brew: Museum of Beer has been in the works for four years and still isn't open — but it's about to launch its first exhibit later this month … virtually. It'll be an online tour of Pennsylvania's beer history, from Penn’s Colony to our current craft beer craze. Post-Gazette has more details here.

Music city

Cue the music. (📸: @theinclinepgh

We need a favor

Like many of you, we got a look back at our most listened-to tracks of the year this week in the form of our personalized Spotify Wrapped playlists

And like many of you, we were shocked at some of them (we don't remember all that Fergie) and disappointed that we didn't see more yinzers on there. That's where you come in. 

We recently asked our Instagram followers to tell us about the local musicians who've been their go-tos this year. Now we're asking for yours. Reply to this email and let us know and we'll share the whole list.

If all goes according to plan, next year's Spotify playlist will be a real banger. Thanks in advance.  

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Things to do

Submit your events to our calendar.


🎻 See the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform from Heinz Hall to Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild to The Andy Warhol Museum in this virtual concert (Online)


❤️ Celebrate the season while supporting The Joe Beretta Foundation, a local nonprofit that raise funds for end-stage heart failure patients (Online)


📸 Learn how 3D photogrammetry is used to document archaeological research and museum collections with this seminar from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Online)


🎤 Join the latest installment of "What Black Pittsburgh Needs To Know" from 1Hood Media — multiple dates (Online)

Friday, December 11

🎄 Get tickets to see actor Scott P. Calhoon portray Charles Dickens in this one-man performance for the holiday season (Online)

Monday, December 14

👀 Peek inside one of Pittsburgh's most unusual mansions — the Bayernhof Museum — with this Doors Open Pittsburgh virtual event (Online)

One more thing ...

Yes, even demon-spawn like Krampus follow public health guidelines in a pandemic. 

The "half-goat, half-demon" is a fixture of Central European Christmas folklore. It's also the main attraction of an annual celebration in Pittsburgh's Market Square. 

But that celebration is going virtual this year because, well … you know. 

It kicks off Saturday on Twitch with a rebroadcast of last year's Sleigher performance and live appearances from Krampus on the screen and in the chat. Auf wiedersehen and happy weekend. We'll see you back here on Tuesday.