A diverse list of suggestions.
For Art lovers:
The Metropolitan Opera has announced that it will be streaming encore LIVE in HD opera broadcasts nightly at 7:30 for as long as the opera house is closed. Each opera is will be available for 20 hours before it will be taken down. The homepage link will open the performance on the Met Opera on Demand streaming service. It will also be available on all Met Opera on Demand apps. The schedule is found here – as I write this “La Boheme” will begin at 7:30PM and be available until 3:30PM tomorrow afternoon.
Paris Musées is a group of 14 Paris museums that has made high resolution digital copies of 100,000 freely available to the public on their collections website.
PBS’s Art School is fun, informative and for all ages. I haven’t seen all the episodes, but it is a great teaching tool if you have kids at home. Each segment is under 5 minutes. I really liked this one about the use of texture in art. View the episodes here.
Disney Plus is offering a free 7-day trial, and then a subscription for $6.99 a month. The other alternative is Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month. It is a video streaming service that competes with Netflix, HBO Now and Apple TV Plus. A subscription gives access to all the Disney Classics as well as new Disney TV shows, movies, documentaries and shorts.
The New York Times posted a list of “The 50 Best Things to Watch on Disney Plus Right Now”.
This is a cooking show with the tiniest chef ever. He is 6” tall and made of wood, foam latex and metal. He preps vegetables, bakes pies in bottle caps, concocts sauces and chatters away. These are stop-motion videos that last about a minute each. He has a strong cult following of over half a million viewers. No one is going to really learn to cook, but these are adorable, very unusual and quite appealing. See what you think. https://www.thetinychefshow.com/videos
Take your kids to the zoo! The San Diego Zoo website has videos, stories, activities and games.
For Sports and Entertainment fans:
If you were a Big Apple Circus fan like I was, watch “Circus”, a six-part 2010 documentary about the Big Apple Circus. It shows what living the circus life is really like.
Ken Burns has made his Baseball documentary available to be streamed on PBS.
For Book lovers:
The Politics and Prose Bookstore outside Washington, D.C. has moved their upcoming author talks online and made available to be watched live by the public for free using the platform Crowdcast. The schedule is here.
They are also making their book discussion classes available for live video streaming. You will be sent online instructions after signing up to view the class. The charge for non-members is $50.00, $45.00 for members.
Audible is offering free audiobook subscriptions for 30 days ($14.95 a month after 30 days). Scribd is offering free online books, magazines, audiobooks and documents to read for 30 days ($9.99 a month after 30 days).
For History lovers:
If you have never been to the F.D.R. Presidential Library and Museum, now’s your chance! Take a free virtual tour, and after that, join MasterClass, an online learning site with fabulous instructors. $15.00 a month. Listen to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on F.D.R.
For Movie lovers:
Some brand new movies currently in the theaters or about to be are now going to be released on demand instead. Not all current movies will take this route, some are choosing to postpone their release, but many will be available for your living room viewing immediately. Emma was released Friday, March 20th. This is very bad news for theater owners, of course, and we hope everyone will return to their local movie theaters as soon as they reopen. For a list of all the new releases go to BuzzFeed.
For TV Series lovers:
The New York Times has a list of “Comforting Streaming TV Shows for Stressful Times”. This is one of the few series lists that is tailor made for me. I am picky about what I watch, and it must be comforting! Many of the shows on this list I have enjoyed and agree that they fit the bill.
For those with teenagers at home
Darby Fox, a Fairfield County, CT child and adolescent family therapist has just published a book called Rethinking Your Teenager. If you are ‘sheltering in place’ with teenagers, now might be a good time to read it! $11.59
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