Plus, Pittsburgh's Tree of Lights is going dark.
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📈 New COVID-19 rules you need to know

Plus, Pittsburgh's Tree of Lights is going dark.

Hey there, it’s Friday. (It felt good to type that.) 

ICYMI: Yesterday we shared a Proper Pittsburgh Playlist™️ we made with help from readers like you. It's a Top 30 of sorts, featuring some of the best musicians in town. 

And almost immediately we got a ton of new recommendations. What's that mean? It means a followup album is coming. Check back next week for Another Proper Pittsburgh Playlist™️ — double-album energy — with more local acts you won't want to miss. 

But first, we've got lots to cover today, including: New COVID rules, Broadway's Pittsburgh comeback, why Downtown's Tree of Lights is going dark, and the road that "helped make Pittsburgh possible."

What Pittsburgh is talking about

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4 (or so) things to know today

📈 Three weeks of new statewide COVID rules start tomorrow and will include a ban on indoor dining, gyms, casinos, a 50 percent capacity limit on other businesses, and more. The restrictions, announced by Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday amid a sharp, sustained, and often record-setting rise in COVID-19 cases across the commonwealth, will take effect tomorrow and last until Jan. 4th. TribLIVE has the full rundown here. The governor said he hopes COVID-19 vaccines will begin to be made available in Pennsylvania as soon as next week

🎄 Pittsburgh’s Tree of Lights is going dark. The holiday fixture at Point State Park is being retired after more than 30 years because it "violates management practices concerning the historic significance of the site." Pittsburgh Magazine has more on the move here.

🎟 Broadway may be back in Pittsburgh sooner than expected. Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced a new seven-show, in-person PNC Broadway series for fall of 2021, citing "hopeful news of a COVID-19 vaccine," and preparations by the national touring industry. The Post-Gazette has more here on the decision and the lineup.

🏗 There were lots of local real estate headlines yesterday. Here's a quick roundup: 

  • Amazon plans to turn an old Sears outlet space in Lawrenceville into a new delivery station. Not everyone's thrilled. The Post-Gazette has the story here.
  • Plans for a new tower at the former Wholey’s cold storage warehouse on Penn were approved this week after a lengthy back-and-forth. Here's NEXTpittsburgh with more on what the plans wound up looking like.
  • How soon could Target move into the Kaufmann’s building Downtown? A planning commission vote is set for Jan. 12 and construction could begin that same month. 90.5 WESA has an update here.

4 things to make you smile 

🍻 Help launch BREW: The Museum of Beer's online exhibit about Pennsylvanian beer history in a virtual gathering next week. NEXTpittsburgh has the hoppy details here.

😋 The Cannoli Christmas Tree is real and we must have it. Thankfully, TribLIVE is here to tell us where to find it.

🗺 Forbes Road was built during the French and Indian War and put Pittsburgh on the map — quite literally. Here's 90.5 WESA with more on "The road that helped make Pittsburgh possible." 

📸 We love a good odd couple … and this photo roundup of architectural odd couples from Pittsburgh Orbit is right up our alley. 

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Things to do

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🎄 Get into the holiday spirit with "Liza, with a Tree! A Holiday Drag Variety Show" hosted by Schwa de Vivre (Online)

🎶 Tune in for a free livestream of Pittsburgh Opera's Soldier Songs, a libretto about the soldier’s experience (Online)

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


🎉 Hear breathtaking renditions of holiday classics with Pittsburgh Opera's resident artists at the Holiday Hoopla concert (Online)


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


🎭 Join the Riverfront Theatre Company for a virtual performance of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol (Online)

🎉 Mark the end of Aria412's season with a holiday party concert featuring surprise guests and a special white elephant gift exchange (Online)


✋ Get your stampers ready for a virtual Bingo bash benefitting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Western PA/WV chapter (Online)

🌎 Explore your relationship to the environment and our climate in this dialogue organized by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Online)

One more thing ...

Hanukkah started this week, and we hope it's a happy one for everyone celebrating the 8-day festival of lights this year. Will it look different in Pittsburgh? Yes. Virtual celebrations abound and a scaled-back Grand Menorah Parade will take place in Squirrel Hill on Tuesday.

Chag sameach and thanks for reading to the bottom. We'll see you back here on Tuesday.

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