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].
During the last few weeks, Boston.com has teamed up with Berklee School of Music student concert producer Victoria Verba to bring readers livestreamed performances spanning genres like classical and R&B. This Thursday at 5 p.m., tune in to see Singer-songwriter and cellist Laufey Lin, who made her solo debut as a cellist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, became a semi-finalist on The Voice Iceland, made it to the finals of Iceland’s Got Talent, and recently released her first single, “Street by Street.”
Brother Cleve has been an illustrious presence in Boston’s bar scene since the ‘70s, and on Thursday he’ll impart his wisdom during a free virtual cocktail class on Zoom starting at 6 p.m. Based out of Paris Creperie in the Seaport, where Brother Cleve helped design the cocktail list, he’ll discuss the history of vodka, highlight unique differences between the spirit’s many iterations, and debut new cocktails that will, we all hope, be available at the Seaport bistro in the summer.
You don’t have to be a climber (or a girl) to appreciate this fitness live stream from Brooklyn Boulders — though it might help. On Thursday at 6 p.m., BKB instructor Jess will lead a 45-minute, total-body circuit class focused on critical climbing muscles, which are probably nice to have toned even if you aren’t the bouldering type.
Is there a better power couple than wine and cheese? Probably not. Which is why Madison Trapkin (founder of Grlsquash and editor of Culture) and Katherine Clary (founder of The Wine Zine) are joining forces on Grlsquash’s Instagram Live for “Why Wine & Cheese?,” a discussion and tasting on the dynamic duo. Tune in Thursday at 7:30 p.m. — they’ve listed a specific wine and cheese to pick up, but you can also just grab your favorite pet-nat and soft cheese from a local wine and/or cheese shop to enjoy.
With the Museum of Science closed for the foreseeable future, staff are hard at work to ensure that Bostonians are still able to access STEM educational resources. One way MoS is accomplishing this is through an impressive daily lineup of live streams with staff and area experts. Friday’s lineup includes a pair of intriguing options: A live stream dedicated to the night sky at 2 p.m., and an Ask a Scientist seminar about COVID-19 at 3 p.m.
To cap off Nights In, a week-long livestream series hosted by Eater, legendary skier Lindsey Vonn will be making smash burger sliders with caramelized onions, mushrooms, and sriracha ketchup. Head over to Eater’s Instagram on Friday at 6 p.m. to watch the Olympian pair sliders with her favorite wine. Fingers crossed her adorable pup Lucy will be joining in on the cooking class.
Harvard Book Store’s virtual author series continues on Friday at 7 p.m. with Mikel Jolett, whose fascinating memoir “Hollywood Park” begins with his childhood growing up in the Church of Synanon, one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults until its disbanding in 1991. From there, the book follows Jolett through a life that has taken him from the streets to Stanford, and eventually to the stage as the founder of rock group The Airborne Toxic Event.
In a different world, Saturday would have been the day to go to Porchfest, Somerville’s beloved citywide concert. Instead, you can tune in on Saturday at 2 p.m. to ONCE Somerville’s virtual venue for Couchfest to see a trio of local musicians: soul-inspired singer Jill McCracken, alt-rock group blindspot, rapper/guitarist Sur5ill x ONCE VV.
After initially leaning on other methods to stay afloat during the pandemic, the Brattle is fully embracing virtual screenings, which allow viewers to watch recent titles at home while contributing a portion of their rental fee to the non-profit theater. One title making its area premiere is 2019’s “Deerskin,” a surreal examination of the mid-life crisis starring Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and Adèle Haenel (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”). Brattle employees especially recommend “Deerskin” to fans of director Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Lobster,” “The Favourite,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”).
We’ll leave it to you to know exactly what your mom wants on Mother’s Day — but if she’s a doughnut and beer kind of person, may we point her towards Harpoon? The brewery teamed up with Union Square Donuts to offer a special Mother’s Day package ($45) containing six Union Square doughnuts, one mixed four-pack of Harpoon beer, and two Harpoon pint glasses. Each brunch kit needs to be pre-ordered for pick up at Harpoon Brewery on May 10 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., after which you can raise a glass to the woman that raised you.