Useful and Interesting things to do While Sheltering-in-Place
Here are just a few random and interesting things that I’ve been busying myself with while we’re on lock-down in NY. I thought some of you might find these interesting or have neat things to add. I’m still doing course work –we have weekly meetings on Zoom and I think Fordham was absolutely brilliant in moving all courses online two weeks before NY mandated school closures. I miss seeing my academic friends face-to-face but working from home is kind of cool. Still, because I don’t have a four hour commute each day, I do have a bit more time on my hands than usual (I’m up to my eyeballs in a translation project but I have to do that in small doses or I get sloppy). So here aremy extracurriculars:
1. Thanks to J. Lawrence, I found this course online. It’s run by YIVO Institute for Jewish Studies and is all about “Folksong, Demons, and the Evil Eye in Ashkenazi Culture.” It’s free through August. I thought it would be a nice complement to my Jewish Studies fellowship and also, I’m interested in all sorts of things having to do with the evil eye.
2. Here’s a whole list of free art classes online. I haven’t signed up for any of them yet, but I fully intend to do so as soon as I have a moment.
3. The Metropolitan Opera is doing nightly streaming videos and they’re just awesome. You can access them here. I missed “Barber of Seville” tonight, but last night my entire household got to enjoy Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmelites” — which is based on an actual martydom of 16 nuns during the French Terror. The ending has to be experienced to be believed. Words don’t suffice. Anyway, they are offering a different opera each night.
4. The Royal Danish Ballet has the full performance of Bournonville’s “Napoli” online here. Usually only the third act is performed in the States. It’s an absolutely charming ballet (though I confess, I wish the current ballet master had left it set in the 19th century). I think the Bolshoi is also streaming ballets live. You can learn more about that here.
5. We’ve been watching some of the movies that would normally be in theatres. I’m really delighted that movie companies have allowed several to be offered on amazon for rent on day of release. So far, we’ve watched the new EMMA (not my favorite adaptation, BUT it is gorgeous and totally worth watching. The acting is delightful; I think it has the best casting for Emma’s father I’ve seen so far, and the sets, the gorgeous houses – omg, i would watch it for that alone), The Hunt (totally one of my favorite movies. it has hands down the best female character ever. “Snowball” is badass and I wish every female character were written with half her competence), and over the weekend, “Call of the Wild.” This last one was a book I absolutely loved as a very small child. I don’t think I’d read it since I was 9 or 10. The adaptation relies heavily on CGI but i loved it. It was one of those movies that I almost turned around and watched immediately all over again when it was done. I need to reread the book! Of course, watching the new “Emma” made us start a Jane Austen marathon…
6. Royal School of Needlework offers online courses here. I”m slowly working my way through one, as well as a passel of other embroidery and quilting projects. Eventually they’ll all get done.
7. I’ve been cooking up a storm and while I don’t need online classes, some of you might find these interesting. Apparently, restless chefs are offering free lessons. Check it out here.
8. This is a good time to learn a language too. I’m working to get my German back up to par, and also on my ancient Greek so my language platter is full, but for those of you wanting to get started in a language, check out this list of resources and free courses.
9. Here is a list of virtual museum tours.
10. Finally, I’m catching up on my reading, even participating in a couple of challenges on various groups in goodreads. I always have a “to read” list.
Obviously, I don’t do well with “free time.” lol. I’ve been hearing though about how much some of my more extroverted readers are struggling with the shelter-in-place and lockdowns. Perhaps some of these suggestions will help. 🙂