Bored, anxious or got the blues during the global pandemic? Throughout Florida, the online community is sharing performances, events and activities designed to stimulate the mind, soothe the psyche and keep the body active. Florida Weekly offers these top picks to keep you occupied during COVID- 19. To submit items for possible future publication, email plain text or Word documents to email@example.com.
1. Stream Local – Key West’s TheatreXP, in partnership with Smith River Films, is offering streaming videos of the original hit plays of Key West playwright Bob Bowersox. Plays available are: “Person of Interest,” “Moment of Grace,” “The Poetry of Hearts,” “The Return” and “Under the Hunter’s Moon.” Also available is “Fresh Ink Shorts,” a collection of original plays penned by Bowersox, Melody G. Moore and Neal Ruchman, originally produced ep- in July 2018 as part of Summer Stage that year. All productions feature top Key West actors. Each play can be rented for $10, which will allow unlimited plays over a three-day period. www.theatrexp.ticketleap.com or www.theatrexp.org. Once the charge has gone through, the renter will be given a URL address for the specific film, and a password that will unlock the play for the specified time. The plays can be viewed on a computer, a Smart TV, an iPad, or a mobile device, as long as you have an internet connection. They are all in 720P HD resolution and quality sound.
2. Birthday Parties – The IMAG History & Science Center offers Virtual Birthday Celebrations for Adults, no kids allowed! Celebrants can gather virtually with up to 15 guests for a unique experience using Zoom for a video and audio party connection. IMAG offers various party themes, including Beers & Gears, a Harry Potter inspired Wizards’ University, and Star Wars-inspired Happy Hour at Oga’s Cantina. Using the IMAG TV studio green screen, costumes and props, the IMAG staff puts on an interactive show and activity for parties lasting 20-30 minutes. For details: theIMAG.org.
3. Museum Challenge – The Getty Museum Challenge, featuring artwork re-created with household items, is sweeping the nation. The challenge: recreate your favorite art using just three objects lying around home, photograph your re-creation, and share it through social media. http:// blogs.getty.edu/iris/gettyartworks recreated-with-householditems by-creative-geniuses-the-worldover/.
4. Cultural Life – A curated list of theater, museums, music and film can be found at www.timeout.com. The site includes diverse cultural life from around the world. For example, digital stages have opened their archives and are broadcasting legendary past performances featuring star actors, boundary-pushing directors and incredible sets and costumes.
5. Museums & Galleries – Virtually visit museums and art galleries via The Google Art Project, which has partnered with more than 1,200 cultural institutions from around the world to archive and document priceless pieces of art and to provide virtual tours of museums using Google Street View technology. After following the link, scroll to about the middle of the options to find the museums and galleries: artsandculture. google.com.
6. Music Online – Listen to music online via NPR Music, which is compiling live audio and video streams from around the world, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Some require registration or a subscription, but most are free, often with digital tip jars and opportunities to directly support artists by buying music and merchandise. https:// www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/al ist-of-live-virtual-concerts- to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown.