10 things to do inside in Boston this weekend

Make the best of being stuck in your home by trying out some of these fun things to do.

Reese Witherspoon in "Little Fires Everywhere." Hulu

Each week, BosTen typically gives readers a list of the best things to do in the Boston area. But with social distancing in full effect, this week’s BosTen — as well as every subsequent edition for the foreseeable future — will be devoted to 10 things to do inside your home this week. Have an idea about what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or email us at [email protected]. Want more like this? Sign up to receive the BosTen newsletter.

Watch two local chefs on “Top Chef Season 17 All Stars”

They’re back! Fox & the Knife’s Karen Akunowicz and Stacked Donuts creator Stephanie Cmar make their “Top Chef” return, this time on “Top Chef Season 17 All Stars,” which premieres on Bravo Thursday night. Watch 15 finalists battle it out to get the coveted grand prize of $250,000. Even better? Watch it while enjoying a homemade meal made from Fox Pasta, Akunowicz’s new takeout service offering fresh pasta and sauces.

Indigo Girls live-stream concert

You’ll be closer to fine if you make some space in your Thursday schedule for the folk-rock stylings of Indigo Girls, who will be the latest musical act to jump on the livestream performance bandwagon when they go live on their Facebook page at 6 p.m. The duo will also make time for a Q&A with fans.

“Little Fires Everywhere”

Movie theaters may have halted releasing new films at the moment, but you can still find new entertainment with plenty of starpower on streaming platforms. That’s what you’ll find with “Little Fires Everywhere,” a new miniseries starring Reese Witherspoon (“Legally Blonde”) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) based on Cambridge author Celeste Ng’s book of the same name. You can watch the first three episodes of the eight-episode saga, which chronicles the journey of the Richardson family and its matriarch, Elena (Witherspoon). When mother-daughter duo Mia and Pearl Warren (Washington and Lexi Underwood) move into the Richardson’s rental property across town, the two families are irrevocably changed. 

Text a Taco

Calling a friend is cool and all, but sending a taco is a real sign of solidarity while we’re all hunkered down at home. Yellow Door Taqueria now lets you send and receive tacos on your phone through their Text a Taco service, which comes in the form of a $5 gift card to use for delivery or in the future at either YDT’s South End or Lower Mills location. 

Death Cab for Cutie

Starting Tuesday, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard began streaming daily performances for fans on the emo group’s YouTube and Facebook pages, with each mini-concert benefiting a different charity. You should be able to tune in for a show on any given night at 7 p.m. EST.

Boston Yoga Union online classes

The loss of physical gyms and yoga studios have driven fitness instructors and personal trainers across Boston to move their classes online. Boston Yoga Union has taken it a step further, launching its own personal platform with twice-daily classes — one in the morning at 9:30 a.m. and one in the evening at 6 p.m. Classes are $15 each.

Peruse Bow Market’s Mini-Mart

Are you having Bow Market withdrawal? Us, too. Now you can shop the entire market — all 30 vendors — on one page at Bow Mini Mart, open 24/7. Purchase gift cards for beer at Remnant Brewing, macarons at Maca, records at Vinyl Index, custom shoes at Adelante, and more. Consider it a gift to your future self.

Listen to the latest episode of “Reply All”

It’s been called “the best podcast episode ever” by the Guardian, and inspired glowing  write-ups from the likes of Vulture and Vice. What is it about “The Case of the Missing Hit,” the latest episode of Gimlet Media podcast Reply All, that has inspired such rapturous praise? Over the course of an hour, hosts Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt help an L.A. filmmaker named Tyler, who has had a very specific song from his childhood stuck in his head. The problem? Despite knowing full verses of the song by heart, and hearing it on top-40 radio, there is no evidence of the song ever existing. What follows is a journey that has to be heard to be believed.

Play a game of “Settlers of Catan” online with your friends

Celtics forward Grant Williams can attest to the fun of a spirited game of Catan, in which players build roads and villages, accumulate resources, and assemble armies in pursuit of victory. Catan classic lets you play online with the exact same rules as the board game, acquiring stores of brick, ore, sheep, wheat, and wood to trade with other players or conquer the board yourself. A company spokesman said in an email that she has also seen people playing the physical game using video chat services like Google Hangouts and Zoom.

Take a digital forest bath

While forest bathing — a form of meditative nature therapy — is traditionally experienced out in, well, nature, now is the time to get creative. On Thursday at 8 p.m., the Forest Bathing Club is offering a free digital forest bath via zoom. Send them a DM on Instagram for an invite — and a chance to virtually escape the confines of your home for greener surrounds.


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