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.

Boston, MA -- 03/15/13 -- The Dropkick Murphys performed at TD Garden on March 15, 2013. (Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe) 29giftbox
The Dropkick Murphys. –Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

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].

Get fit with baby goats

Local fitness company  Healthworks Fitness has been putting out great live fitness classes on its Instagram during the pandemic. If you’ve missed them so far, Thursday is the day to get with the program, as Helthworks brings a “baby goat takeover” to its noontime fitness class. Doesn’t sound too baaaa-d to us.

Get your Julia Child fix during WGBH’s Julia Child Week


Each day this week, WGBH has celebrated the food icon that is Julia Child with daily programming on the producer’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch channels, as well as on its website. On Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., catch full episodes of “The French Chef,” interviews with local chefs about how Child influenced their career, Q&As with special guests, and behind-the-scenes footage from Child’s life in Provence. 

Groove to a live performance from Victoria Verba

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., Verba herself will be the featured performer.  Learn more about Verba — the current director of the International Student Jazz Festival in Russia — and vote on which songs she should perform here.

Join Andy Cohen for a cause at Eat.Drink.Give

The host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” will emcee Eat.Drink.Give on Thursday at 9 p.m., a virtual cocktail and dinner party supporting small business relief. RSVP here (the event is free, but donations start at $75) for a night featuring celebrity chef Nyesha Arrington; Tyson Buhler, national beverage director at Death & Co.; Natasha Case, CEO of Coolhaus; and others, and filled with music, entertainment, and conversation (make one of Death & Co.’s award-winning cocktail recipe while you’re at it). Donations benefit the Opportunity Fund’s Small Business Relief Fund

Stream “Space Force”


Without spoiling too much, we can tell you that followers of Wednesday’s scrubbed launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and rocket will have an extra appreciation for the first episode of “Space Force,” Acton native Steve Carell’s new comedy series. Co-created by Carell and “The Office” showrunner Greg Daniels, “Space Force” follows four-star general Mark R. Naird (Carell) as he struggles with the scrutiny (and disdain of his fellow servicemen) as head of the sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force. In our opinion, the show, which hits Netflix Friday, fails to reach terminal velocity in the first few episodes. But with the pedigree of its showrunners and a stacked supporting cast that includes John Malkovich (“In the Line of Fire”), Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”), Lisa Kudrow (“Friends”), Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley”), and the late Fred Willard (“Best in Show”), we have faith “Space Force” will achieve liftoff by the end of its 10-episode season.

Dropkick Murphys and Bruce Springsteen “Streaming Outta Fenway”

Back in March near the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Dropkick Murphys entertained audiences worldwide with their livestreamed St. Patrick’s Day concert. Now, the Boston punk rock outfit is back with a special concert to be broadcast from an empty Fenway Park. On Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m., the band will perform “Streaming Outta Fenway,” a live stream event during which the band will perform on the Fenway diamond for a completely empty park via the band’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch pages. The band will also be joined remotely by rock legend Bruce Springsteen for a special “double play” of one Dropkick song and one Springsteen song. Audiences will be encouraged to donate to three nonprofits: Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America, and Habitat for Humanity, Greater Boston.

Hit the virtual high seas with Maritime Movie Club


If you’re anything like us, after watching a particularly entertaining historical drama film, you head to the internet to learn more as soon as the credits roll. This time, you’ll have more than Wikipedia to satisfy your intellectual curiosity, as experts from the USS Constitution Museum will host a virtual discussion on the film “Master & Commander: Far Side of the World.” The panelists will share clips and relevant historical information from the 2003 Russell Crowe film, which the museum calls “cinema’s most accurate portrayal of life and battle in the age of sail.” The panel starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, so be sure to watch the movie — which is available to rent on various streaming services — on your own before then. 

Talk beer, chocolate, and rice bowls with Aeronaut’s Foods Hub

Somerville brewery Aeronaut is teaming up with its Foods Hub vendors, Carolicious and Somerville Chocolate, for a dinner that combines the best of all three worlds. For $46.50, diners can order a package that includes four Aeronaut beers (Passionfruit Sour Planet, Robot Crush, Double Hop Hop, and Tiny Moons), two Carolicious paballon bowls, and four small-batch Somerville Chocolate bars. Pick up your dinner on Friday between 2 p.m and 8 p.m. at the brewery before hopping on a Zoom call at 7:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet to chat about collaborations and beer pairings.

Drink with your favorite brewer at Fest from Home

It’s sad, but true: It’ll be quite some time before we can gather together for an in-person beer festival. In the meantime, Fest from Home, the Mass. Virtual Beer Festival, will take place on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., inviting imbibers to join 28 breweries to drink and discuss beer on Facebook Live and Zoom throughout the afternoon. For $5 per ticket, the festival will offer live interviews and chats, plus beer walk-throughs with each brewery showcasing one beer. Beers can be picked up at breweries prior to the festival (check out the full lineup here), and all ticket proceeds will benefit Project Bread, a non-profit that addresses food shortages and hunger.

Take a virtual walk for charity

In-person fun runs and charity walks are on hold for the moment, but people have still been able to break a sweat for a good cause remotely, including at this weekend’s  2020 APDA MA 2020 Virtual Walk. Get your steps in from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday while raising money for the American Parkinson Disease Association, which funds crucial Parkinson’s Disease education and research, as well as patient and family support.

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