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.

A scene from the Netflix show "Never Have I Ever." –LARA SOLANKI/NETFLIX

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].

SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection

Back in March, the annual South by Southwest tech, music, and film festival was one of the first major events to be canceled due to the coronavirus. Now, viewers will be able to enjoy 39 titles that would have played at the Austin festival for free. South by Southwest inked a deal with Amazon to stream a 10-day film festival from April 27 to May 6, during which viewers will be able to access a range of documentaries, narrative films, short films, and episodic titles with or without an Amazon account. Highlights include “Cursed Films,” a five-part documentary series about some of the most notoriously cursed Hollywood film productions in history, as well as “TFW NO GF,” a documentary about five disaffected young men who have been radicalized by dark corners of the internet. To see the full list of SXSW films playing, visit Amazon’s SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection website.

Hang with Bon Appetit’s Test Kitchen crew 


Brad. Claire. Molly. Chris. The stars of Bon Appetit’s Test Kitchen will host their first-ever live variety show on Friday at 7 p.m., and everyone’s invited. Hosted on YouTube, the event promises cooking challenges and, apparently, cute pets. But if you need another reason to tune in, the variety show also plans to raise money to support World Central Kitchen’s response to COVID-19. Did we mention the cute pets?

Jimmy Fund Bingo Night

More than 400 people are expected to be virtually supporting the Jimmy Fund during its livestream Bingo night this Friday at 7 p.m on the charity’s Facebook page. Boston 25 anchor Tom Leyden will emcee the fundraiser, with fun prizes available for every round and a grand prize at the end of the evening. To receive a bundle of three Jimmy Fund Bingo cards, make a donation of $10 or more by 2 p.m. on the day of the game through the Jimmy Fund website

“Never Have I Ever”

Cambridge native Mindy Kaling has been putting lots of energy into producing shows lately, with her newest arriving on Netflix this week. “Never Have I Ever” is a coming-of-age comedy partially based on Kaling’s own childhood about the life of Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a first-generation Indian American teenager who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations. With a winning supporting cast and fun narration provided by former tennis champ John McEnroe, the 10-episode first season is definitely worth checking out.

Master an Italian dinner for two with Tuscan Kitchen


Need a new date night idea? Nimesh Maharjan, executive chef at Tuscan Kitchen’s Seaport location, will bring date night into the kitchen with two virtual cooking classes this weekend. On Friday at 7 p.m., learn how to make a perfect tagliatelle bolognese and a negroni; on Saturday at 7 p.m., impress your significant other (or cooking companion) with a filet mignon and mushroom risotto and an espresso martini. Both classes require the purchase of a two-person package ($80–$100), which comes with all the ingredients necessary to follow along with Mahargjan’s live demo. Call the Seaport location at 617-303-7300 to reserve your package.

First Fridays: Digital Dance

May is right around the time First Fridays at the ICA really start to heat up, with temperatures climbing high enough to make hanging out on the museum’s back porch a must. That’s not an option right now, but the museum will still attempt to bring the First Friday range of experiences to its Friday evening YouTube livestream at 8 p.m. Check out cocktail-making videos, dance tutorials from Boston duo The Davis Sisters, a performance by multi-hyphenate artist and performer Devlin G, and an after-party featuring 2019 Boston Music Awards DJ of the year DJ Real P.

Sing along with Dorchester Brewing Co.

Singing in the shower: Good times. Singing alongside a rowdy crew with a can of Clapp’s Cream Ale in hand: Even better. Join Dorchester Brewing Co. on Saturday at 5 p.m. for a virtual sing-along with Austin Klipp, who will play some of his favorite cover songs live from Dorchester Brewing’s Hopservatory. A special crowler bundle pack ($30) is available for this Zoom event, and includes one 32-ounce crowler each of the brewery’s V1 Double IPA, Clapp’s Cream Ale, Galaxy Extra Lights, and Blackberry Shrub. The event is free, although any donations will be given to Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester. Registration is required and can be made here

Home with the Pros


If you’re looking to try a new style of exercise while at home, the New England Revolution has released a series of exercise videos starring players in the organization showing off their skills. While enjoying soccer is a plus, most of these calisthenic exercises are a good workout for even the most novice players. To see the full series, check out the Revolution website.

Say cheese with Lamplighter and Formaggio

Dedicate your Sunday night to fermentation as Lamplighter Brewing Co. and Formaggio Kitchen team up to offer a virtual cheese night, with a take-home package that focuses on New England-based cheesemakers. The package, which costs $47.50 and can be picked up on Sunday between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., includes crackers, four cheeses, and a mixed four-pack that compliments each cheese selection. Hop on a virtual chat at 7:30 p.m. to learn about each pairing. Packages must be purchased before Saturday at 4 p.m.


Get inspired while staying inside with ArtsAlive, a new initiative from The Boston Globe that celebrates the arts by providing exclusive videos provided by local theaters, musicians, and museums. New videos will be added every Thursday, and the collection already includes footage from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Huntington Theatre, Museum of Fine Arts, and more.

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