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10 best things to do inside in Boston this weekend: March 26-29, 2020



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 tips@boston.com.

Coolidge Corner Theatre, which is continuing to pay its staff and hourly employees while its doors are closed, is providing “virtual screenings,” listing three new films on its website that you can rent directly from the film’s distributor while sharing a portion of the profits with the theater. The current selections include “Saint Frances,” a new comedy-drama about a directionless 30-something who finds kinship with the six-year-old she takes care of as a nanny, and “Bacurau,” a Cannes Jury award-winning Brazilian film that blends western and sci-fi genres to tell a small-town tale.

Naomi Levy is saving everyone’s cocktail game by teaching us all how to shake — and stir, blend, and muddle — properly. The award-winning bartender has started offering fun, instructional videos on her Instagram page, where she’s cluing in aspiring home bartenders to the best tips and tricks for making a great drink. Her latest video is dedicated to the proper shake, including what to do when you don’t have a shaker at home.

Ever played a game of Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity and wished you could write your own answer? You can in Quiplash, one of many popular online party games from Jackbox Games. The game gives players suggestive prompts like “The best way to quickly blow a million dollars” or “The worst Vegas casino: ___ Palace” and lets them fill in their own hilarious answers. Players vote on their favorite answers round by round, using your mobile phone. Even Jimmy Fallon is getting in on the action, inviting other celebs to play the game with him for an upcoming episode of his at-home version of “The Tonight Show.” Quiplash is available as a standalone title for $4.99 or as part of Jackbox Party Pack 2 for $12.49 on multiple platforms through the Jackbox website.

With all three of its locations (Brookline, Cambridge, and Newton) closed for the foreseeable future, Down Under Yoga has built an online library of classes that are free to stream. Whether you need 10 minutes of relaxation or 90 minutes of power, Down Under has you covered.

Here’s one way to recreate a restaurant’s ambiance at home: Listen to their playlists. Celeste curates a lively mashup of cumbia, salsa dura, merengue, and vallenato on Celeste Radio, which you can find here. And for that post-dinner drink when you’re looking for a club vibe, South End tiki bar Shore Leave has a Late Night 2020 Spotify playlist that more than does the trick.

Big Night Entertainment Group owns some of the trendiest nightclubs in the Boston area, including The Grand and Memoire at Encore Boston Harbor. With the clubs empty right now, Big Night is putting the party in your living room, tapping a different local DJ to live stream an EDM set on Twitch at 9 p.m. Thursday night’s set will feature Bamboora for The Grand, and Friday will be Tony Clarke for Memoire.

Sports around the world have been canceled, and fans are getting desperate, with competitions that would have previously been considered even too niche for ESPN 8 (“The Ocho”) moving to the forefront. Among those is Marbula One, a slickly produced marble racing league created by Dutch hobbyists Jelle and Dion Bakker. If you burn through the Marbula One competition, older videos of the pair’s DIY marble races are equally entertaining, especially ones featuring sand courses.

As it proved with “Making a Murderer,” Netflix knows how to package true-crime stories into must-watch events, highlighting the most unseemly or outrageous details. That said, even C-SPAN couldn’t have made a boring version of “Tiger King,” the new seven-part docuseries from the streaming giant. Centered around Joe Exotic, a “mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer” who owned more than 1,000 lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!). Exotic’s sprawling empire of associates includes drug traffickers and cult leaders, and did we mention there’s a murder-for-hire plot involved, too? You’ll have to watch to find out more.

You know of Somerville’s Juliet as a delightful dining experience at the edge of Union Square, but did you also know that Juliet chef Joshua Lewin puts together a zine every so often? The latest one is out, and it’s called Bean Zine, aka Cooking in the Time of Corona. You can download it here for free, but you can also purchase a print copy for $10, which will go directly toward funding staff wages.

Movie night with friends is a difficult task right now, but it can be accomplished with Netflix Party, a browser extension for Google Chrome that synchronizes video playback and seamlessly adds a chat sidebar to your favorite Netflix shows. Simply install the extension, queue up your show or movie of choice, and invite your friends to join the gabfest.

 


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