Marathon Day Runs Pittsburgh; Jay Farrar Brings Country to the City at Club Cafe (CPs Sun., 5/4/2014)

1) You don’t need to be a runner to enjoy all the festivities of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon this weekend. The fun starts bright and early at 7 a.m. for the full, half, and relay marathon runners. As a spectator, though, you get your choice of entertainment, depending on where you decide to park yourself on the course. Many musicians will be projecting their pipes along the route to keep spirits high, and every neighborhood that the races passes through offers some great acts. To name just a few: You can see Anello at 500 W. Carson for a little bit of jazz, psychedelic funk, and hip hop. Brigette Perdue will perform her R&B/pop sounds at the intersection of Fifth and Shady, and DJ MXer amps up runners and spectators alike at E. Carson near Station Square. You can check out a map of the course here, then pick your favorite spot to cheer on the runners—whether it’s in South Side, Oakland, Shadyside, Bloomfield, or elsewhere. 7 a.m. Downtown and surrounding communities.

2) Country music is coming to the big city with singer/songwriter Jay Farrar at Club Cafe. Influenced by Beat author Jack Kerouac, Farrar’s music and lyrics follow the meandering and soul-searching themes that run through Kerouac’s On the Road. Songs like “Hickory Wind” and “Hoping Machine” entice audiences around the country. Get lost in Farrar’s whimsical stylings with special guest Peter Bruntnell. 8 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.

3) Ah, l’amour. The only thing more romantic than a love story is a love story in French, and the mythical story of Orphée delivers at Benedum Center. This two-act opera by Philip Glass creates a modern spin on the ancient Greek tale of the poet and musician Orpheus. With a libretto drawn from the 1950 film Orphée by Jean Cocteau, the opera follows Orpheus’ deal with the devil to bring back his snake-bitten dead bride, Eurydice. Can love trump death? Find out at today’s matinee. 3 p.m. 237 7th St., Cultural District.

4) Second round action continues in the NHL playoffs as the Rangers challenge our Pens. 7:30 p.m. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

5)) Help fight juvenile diabetes at Jergel’s with Rock for the Cure. The family-friendly event features plenty of music including Frequency Unknown, Flashback, High N Dry: The Ultimate Def Leppard Experience, and more. Face painting and raffle drawings are available while you rock out, and proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Center. 1 – 7 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

6) The Pirates take on the Toronto Blue Jays for some inter-league action at PNC Park. Let’s raise the Jolly Roger! 1:35 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore.