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Pittsburgh Marathon Draws in Thousands
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This weekend, we all welcome DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon back for their annual festivities. The race is expected to feature more than 40,000 runners representing 49 states and over 20 countries.

The course for the race goes over 5 different bridges and offers beautiful city views for runners and onlookers alike. After racing through 14 different neighborhoods, the finish line will have a festival complete with live bands.

Street closures related to the 2017 Marathon have been announced. A release stated the following closure schedule:

“Initial downtown road closures will begin on Friday, May 5starting at 12:00 p.m. on the Boulevard of the Allies between Wood Street and Stanwix Street. This section of the Boulevard of the Allies will remain closed through Sunday.

For Saturday, May 6 events (Pittsburgh 5K and Kids Marathon), North Shore and Downtown road closures will start at 7:15 a.m.on Saturday and continue until 12:00 p.m.
For Sunday, May 7 events (Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay), Downtown road closures will start at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 7and continue around the city through 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.”
Those looking to travel around the city on the day of the race can click here for the map.
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New Menu at Ten Penny
 
Ten Penny is launching its new menu, just in time for the warmer weather. Executive Chef Phil Milton crafted the menu with inspiration from his favorite classic childhood comfort foods, giving them a modern twist. The entrees range from $8 to $20, giving a wide range of Pittsburghers the chance to sample different dishes.
For lunch, Chef Milton highly recommends the biscuit sliders.
“We are doing a pair of housemade buttermilk biscuit (baked fresh daily) sandwiches, with the choice of crispy chicken, braised short ribs, or a unique smoky ham with porter cheddar. These will certainly become a local must have item downtown,” he said.
One of the most sought-after items on the menu is the Ten Penny chicken and waffles. The chicken is cooked to be juicy and tender with a crispy crust. And to go along with it, Chef Milton prepares homemade cheddar and garlic waffles and sweet and spicy maple syrup.
“It is a favorite, must-have item,” Chef Milton said.
Be sure to head down to Ten Penny at 960 Penn Avenue to check out their expansive new menu. You can make reservations onlineor by calling (412) 318-8000.
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Cultural Trust Offers Fun for Kids
There’s no better way to celebrate the warmer season than taking your children to enjoy theater! The EQT Children’s Theater Festival, organized by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will be from May 18-21st. Featuring a number of interactive and outdoor performances, children of all ages are sure to have fun in the sun!
The festival will feature a variety of performances. Kids can see Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play at the Byham Theater, and enjoy a fun filled play with lots of singing and dancing. At the Trust Arts Education Center, a marionette puppet show called Simple Gifts will be playing. At 7th Street and Penn Ave, children can participate in the interactive exhibit called We Built This City, where kids can use cardboard boxes to build a mini city! Children can also see Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters at the August Wilson Center to watch an old African fable be told through captivating performance and song.
The Children’s Festival is a celebration of imagination, wonder, and what it means to be a kid. Whether children are a captive audience to a fun performance, or they are helping produce the art themselves, the Children’s Theater Festival is sure to entertain and empower any kid who attends.
Come down to the Golden Triangle from May 18-21st to enjoy the EQT Children’s Theater Festival. If you’d like to find out more information about other performances, tickets, parking, and general information about the festival, click here.
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BRGR to Open in the Golden Triangle
If you haven’t found your favorite burger joint in Downtown yet, BRGR is here to save the day. A Pittsburgh favorite, BRGR is soon to fill a vacant space in Downtown Pittsburgh, calling 535 Liberty Ave home, the previous location of G&G Noodle Bar.
When browsing BRGR’s menu, it’s clear they are dedicated to creating the best taste and quality for their customers. Their patties are made from “a handcrafted blend of sirloin, chuck, rib eye, and strip specially ground daily.” Their menu also features a number of non traditional burgers, with the options of chicken, turkey, or vegetarian patties, and fish sandwiches.
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Do you have a sweet tooth? Another popular menu item at BRGR is their handcrafted spiked milkshakes and floats. If you are craving dessert but need to drive home, don’t worry! BRGR can make nonalcoholic versions of any of their signature spiked milkshakes or floats.
Conveniently located near Market Square, BRGR will bring another dining option to the Golden Triangle. Rick Stern, the owner and proprietor of S+P Restaurant Group that owns BRGR, is expecting it to open sometime this spring.
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Music City Pittsburgh Weekly Calendar
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The PDCDC Music City Downtown initiative presents our weekly music calendar.

Revel + Roost
Friday, May 5, James Graff playing his songs from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Backstage Bar at Theater Square

Travlin’ entertains with smooth jazz on Tuesday, May 2 at 5:00 p.m.

SPACE Gallery
Open jam sessions every Friday night from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.Eddie V’s

Live jazz nightly. Check out their website for a full calendar.

NOLA
Live blues and jazz Friday and Saturday from 8:00 p.m. to 11: p.m.
Howl at the Moon 
Live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
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Downtown Events this Week:
 
TUESDAY 5/2
Future Tense: GPAC Annual Convening 2017, 8:45 a.m., David L. Lawrence Convention Center
The Reel Story – “Inferno”, 12:15 p.m., Carnegie Library – Downtown & Business branch
Travlin’, 5:00 p.m., Backstage Bar at Theater Square
WEDNESDAY 5/3
PNC Tiny Tots “Our Great Big Backyard,” 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Heinz Hall
THURSDAY 5/4
Arts Out Loud presents Speak Out Loud!, 6:30 p.m., The Peirce Studio at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Education Center
FRIDAY 5/5
Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 6:00 p.m., Howl at the Moon
DJ Big Phil, 7:00 p.m., August Wilson Center
SATURDAY 5/6
Pittsburgh Marathon Expo, Friday 11:00 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Saturday Silver Screen – “Wadjda“, 2:30 p.m., Carnegie Library – Downtown & Business branch
SUNDAY 5/7
Pittsburgh Marathon, 7:00 a.m., Liberty Ave. Downtown
Ongoing Events
Death of a Salesman, Through May 21, Pittsburgh Public Theater
Disney’s Tarzan the Musical, Through May 14, Byham Theater
The Summer King, Through May 7, Benedum Center
Immersive Encounters: the Ascendants, Through May 14, Bricolage Production Company