Friday, May 1: Liberty Magic @ Home
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s new Liberty Magic @ Home series brings world-renowned magicians to its digital theater. Tonight, Liberty Magic Manager Zoe Ruth is hosting magicians Chris Capehart and Jon Tai who will provide a sneak peek of their new show for the Downtown venue’s 2021 season. Viewers can even submit questions for the magicians to answer during the live show. Considered “one of the important forces in magic today,” Capehart has performed in the world’s most prominent theaters. Tai’s unique art form combines card magic and mentalism from all corners of the world, while inviting viewers to be part of the show.
Friday, May 1: A Little Friday Night Music: The Compositions of Lynn Purse
Fans of contemporary electronic music should not miss the next event in Duquesne University’s virtual concert series. Original compositions by Associate Professor of Music Technology Lynn Purse will premiere tonight via the Mary Pappert School of Music’s YouTube channel. Duquesne’s Electronic Ensemble will perform “Watershed” featuring Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra cellist Adam Liu. Then, Daniel Meyer will direct Duquesne’s Symphony Orchestra performance of “Arcadian Tone Poems” featuring Mike Tomaro on saxophone.
Saturday, May 2: Doggie Gym Class with Sterling Yoga
Kristen and Zuzu from Sterling Yoga are here to help you spend quality time bonding with your pup while also improving your pet’s health and well-being. During this therapeutic fitness class designed just for Fido, you’ll learn to safely lead your favorite four-legged friend through strengthening, conditioning, stretching and massage exercises. You’ll even learn about canine anatomy.
Saturday, May 2: YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Healthy Family Day
Its doors may be closed but the YMCA still has great ways for you to stay active during its Healthy Family Day. At 10 a.m., grab the kiddos for a virtual scavenger hunt around your house, in your neighborhood and online to search for objects, answer trivia questions and complete fun tasks. For every task completed in 90 minutes, you’ll earns points for a chance to win prizes. Then at noon, jump on a treadmill or run around the block to participate in the Y’s virtual 5K or Duathlon. Don’t forget to record your time online to compete for cool prizes.
Saturday, May 2: Virtual Britsburgh Festival Live: Making a British Toy Soldier
Lockdown is enforced, but the British are still coming! If you’ve ever admired an exquisitely painted British toy soldier — once beloved by children the world over — then this is the event for you. Toy soldier collector and Britsburgh member Dave Frankowski will teach you how to make your own lifelike keepsake. Soon you’ll be the proud owner of a traditional, glossy painted British guardsman toy soldier to add to your collection. The event is free but you can make a donation to Pitt’s Nationality Rooms Program.
Saturday, May 2: The Compleat Guide to Murder and Mayhem by Will Shakespear
As part of the first-ever Pittsburgh Virtual Fringe Festival, the Brawling Bard Theater will present a virtual production of “The Compleat Guide to Murder and Mayhem by Will Shakespear.” Join Shakespear and his patron as they “seek out inspiration for a new story — and find more than they could have hoped for” in this original work penned by local storyteller and playwright Alan Irvine.
Sunday, May 3: DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Virtual Race
Go the distance — from a distance — and show your solidarity with the running community by participating in the first-ever virtual marathon. Thousands of runners from 43 states and five countries will cross their own personal finish line, earning their medal, event shirt and custom Knockaround sunglasses. Participants can complete their virtual race at home or in another safe space on May 3 or any date. Participants include world champion marathoner Roberta Groner, 1,100-plus charity runners and thousands of youth in the Kids of STEEL program. Also running are the “soul survivors” who have run every Pittsburgh Marathon since 1985. Race along and submit your time here, and don’t forget to share your photos on social media using #MOVEPittsburgh.
Sunday, May 3: Yoga Flow, Meditation and Creative Journaling
Feeling uninspired while stuck at home? Zen it up with Marta on the Move Podcast host Marta Mazzoni. This multi-format class starts with a 60-minute yoga flow session focusing on breath, movement and static holds. Next, a guided meditation will help open your mind to clarity and creativity. After exhaling, put your pen (or pencil!) to paper, as Mazzoni leads a creative journaling workshop using guided prompts designed to spark your imagination. Your body and mind will thank you.
Through May 3: JFilm Festival
JFilm is bringing its 27th annual event right to viewers as a virtual cinema festival. Each day through May 3, cinephiles receive links to engaging Jewish-themed films. Check your inbox for a new film each day! Films are augmented by interviews with filmmakers and JFilm Executive Director Kathryn Spitz Cohan. The curated lineup includes several works that are winners of the Robinson International Short Film Competition.