It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a Take Five list, and it feels strange to blog in the middle of such uncertain and frightening circumstances. I genuinely hope everyone out there is feeling well, taking care, and staying safe. Social isolation is extremely important right now to slow the spread of coronavirus. Of course, it’s understandable that being cooped up at home can start to test one’s patience. As a public service, here are five diversions I’ve found during this time. May they keep you all contentedly indoors!
JOE PERNICE’S BARELY MANILOW
It’s been hard to give up live concerts, but musicians’ streams and videos have been an unexpected and welcome silver lining. Joe Pernice just finished a series of reworked Barry Manilow covers on Vimeo, linked through his Twitter page. Apparently an album is coming. Dare I hope for an acoustic deconstruction of “Copacabana”? Fingers crossed…
(P.S. If you’re poking around Vimeo for something peppier once you’re done, Iona Bateman’s 2009 Ash tour mini-documentary is just the thing! If anyone knows any great lost Sloan links, I’d be forever grateful…)
SAN JOSE PUBLIC LIBRARY’S SPRING INTO READING
Summer reading programs are time-honored boredom-busters for all ages. This year, summer has come early thanks to San Jose Public Library and its Spring Into Reading program. You can find details (and prize descriptions!) here. Most libraries are relaxing their e-lending card restrictions during these physical closures, so if you’re a wayward borrower, have no fear. (Meanwhile, your local indie bookstore is likely to welcome an online order right now, Bookshop Santa Cruz included.)
What will you choose to fulfill the four hours of reading needed to complete the program? I’ve just started book one of Hikaru Nakamura’s delightfully original Saint Young Men manga series. San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture has announced John Lescroart’s The Rule of Law as the first pick for his upcoming book club, so I’m curious about that one. What do you recommend? Please leave a comment!
SESAME STREET RESOURCE PAGE
VIRTUAL MUSEUMS AND ARTS PROGRAMS
Local museums such as SFMOMA and institutions worldwide are presenting virtual tours and exhibitions during their physical closures. These aren’t always easy to spot on their websites, so check your favorite’s social media pages. Search engines such as Google Arts & Culture are a useful source, too. Stanford recently made some programs available here.
MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM LIVE WEBCAMS
The Aquarium is not open to visitors right now, but its inhabitants are going strong (and camera-friendly to boot)! Whether you like penguins, birds, jellyfish, or those incorrigibly cute sea otters, watch them all here in real time.
If anyone has additions to suggest, please drop a line! In the meantime, wash your hands frequently, consult a reputable source for your health information, and be kind to yourself and others! We’ll get through this.