The top five concert tours, ranked by average box-office gross per city. Includes the average ticket

The top five concert tours, ranked by average box-office gross per city. Includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

v (1) Cirque du Soleil - “Michael Jackson: The Immortal”: $1,924,258; $116.04.

v (2) Taylor Swift: $1,319,188; $69.32.

v (4) Enrique Iglesias: $806,680; $69.00.

v (5) Journey: $680,930; $57.95.

v (6) Foo Fighters: $647,638; $47.97.

“chopped” (10 p.m., food network): Another season of the frantic cooking show “Chopped” gets under way as four chefs are challenged to whip up tasty treats using mystery ingredients. Tonight, they’re told to include rabbit in their main entrees.

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Chamber players offer a concert


The Chamber Players of the Mercer County Historical Society, under the direction of Richard Konzen, will present a free Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the historical society at 119 S. Pitt St.

The concert will feature a variety of classical selections, and a traditional Christmas carol sing-a-long. A cookies and punch reception will follow it in the social room.

A lasagna dinner will be served in the social hall before the concert at 6 p.m. for $5. Reservations are necesseary; call the MCHS before Wednesday at 724-662-3490.

Hoyt releases winter classes list

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The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts has released its class schedule for the winter semester, which will run from Jan. 10 to March 3. Returning are a host of student favorites, including pastels, drawing, Italian, ballroom dance and ceramics.

A recent addition to the children’s programming is a two-day workshop on recycled jewelry making by Nora Gales, who will help participants to transform recycled and common objects into uncommon works of wearable art. Another new children’s offering is a three-day wood-shop workshop led by master carpenter and Hoyt staff member Dale Holzhauser. Potential projects include construction of a birdhouse, planter, bench and box with lid.

Recognized watercolor artist Tom McNickle is offering an eight-week course on landscape painting for beginners and experienced painters. Ghana-born artist and instructor Philip K. Gabah will offer an eight-week course titled “The Art of West Africa.”

David A. Gesue’s six-week course is titled “Great Films of the 21st Century.” Anne Neikirk will teach a one-day workshop, “Preserving Memories,” on digital photography.

Most course fees include materials, and studio time is available for work outside of class. Scholarships are available to those in need.

Go to or call 724-652-2882 for more information.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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