Things to Do This Weekend: March 19-22

Keep yourself healthy, entertained and well fed while practicing good social distancing this weekend.


The Best Reason to Leave Your House This Weekend
Go For a Run

I should stipulate: “None” is a perfectly acceptable selection here, given the particular name of this item. Each week, I select an event, happening or activity that should compel you to leave the comforts of home; this week, we need everyone to stay home as much as possible.

With that said, I’ve been spending a good bit of my newly unassigned time running and walking. Nothing has done a more thorough job of getting my mind off of our shared uncertainties; exercise, especially the cardiovascular kind, is proven to help mitigate anxiety and boost your mood. (Not to mention the obvious physical benefits; if we all play our cards right, we could emerge from self-distancing as a significantly more fit population.)

If you’re not quite up to running just yet, lace up your shoes and head out for a walk. On Monday, I scaled a nearby set of city steps and discovered a dramatic view that has been five minutes from my front door all along. If you doubt your ability to become a serious runner, though, this is a perfect time to push yourself; go out today, try to keep it up for just 3 minutes, rest tomorrow and shoot for 5 minutes the next day. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Pittsburgh is covered with beautiful trails — more so than many other urban centers — and I may feature a few favorites in this space in coming weeks. For now, though, don’t worry about where, when or how far — just get moving.

To-Go Popcorn, Beer and Candy (and a New Release from Universal)
2-9 p.m. Daily
Row House Cinema

The marquee above Row House Cinema now reads, “We Will Get Through This Together Pittsburgh.” Like most national theater chains and independent cinemas in urban areas, the single-screen Lawrenceville movie theater stopped showing movies after Sunday night. In the meantime, however, the theater can help you add a little normalcy to your at-home movie night.

Stop by Row House’s sister business, Bierport, to pick up fresh popcorn, movie candy and beer to bring home for a streaming or DVD viewing. Speaking of streaming: You can still catch a new release without a trip to the theater, as Universal Pictures has announced that current releases “The Invisible Man,” “The Hunt” and “Emma.” are available for at-home rental (via rental services including Google Play, Apple and YouTube) starting Friday.

Knights of the Arcade
9 p.m. Saturday
Online via Twitch

The Knights of the Arcade have been sent back and forth in time and space on numerous occasions, so a quest into the mysterious world of the internet should hardly phase them.

The long-running comedy show turns a “Dungeons and Dragons”-style roleplaying campaign into a comedy show, with a cast of characters improvising through tavern visits, battles and all manner of fantasy-based mayhem. Saturday night, they’ll stream a virtual performance, as a benefit for regular host Arcade Comedy Theater, via game-streaming platform Twitch. (Full instructions on how to view are available on the Facebook event page.) A $10 donation is suggested.

Local Restaurant Delivery and To-Go Service
Your House

We’re maintaining and updating our list of local restaurants offering take-out and delivery services; in coming weeks, I’ll feature some specific recommendations in this space. Check your preferred delivery apps for special offers and considerations (Happy Bellies will wave delivery fees with the code FREE, and GrubHub is deferring commission fees for impacted independent restaurants). Remember to tip big — both driver and restaurants are likely feeling the pinch — and order local when possible.