Did you know there are 548 episodes in the CW’s Arrowverse series? I didn’t — until my husband and I decided we’d watch everything in order while we’re under shelter in place orders. With five different series and multiple crossovers between them, I created a spreadsheet, so we’d know which episode to watch next. Yes, we are going a little stir crazy.
But re-watching superhero tv series are not the only things we’re doing during this period (which, in Los Angeles, now lasts until May 15). Here’s a list of the five things I’m enjoying during this time.
There’s reading, of course, and I’m working through my virtual TBR pile. But I’m also turning to the library to fill in certain holes. (I don’t own all the In Death series, for example.) The library may be closed, but I can turn to the Libby app to check out ebooks. All you need is your library card. Check with your local library system and see if they use Libby or Hoopla.
I’m learning to use my InstantPot, which has been gathering dust since we bought it over a year ago. The results have been tasty so far. Tonight, we’re doing Chicken Adobo, and I think I’ve figured out the vents so I don’t burn the pot this time.
My biggest joy, however, has been enjoying the musical and theater offerings you can find on the web. The Metropolitan Opera offers a different performance from their catalog every evening at 7PM ET, available until 6:30 PM the next day. I’ve been through a Ring Cycle, wept over La Boheme, and enjoyed a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte set in Coney Island, circa 1950. Tonight’s production is Boris Godunov, which is a little heavy if you’re not a dedicated opera fan. Friday, though, is what promises to be a lush production of Madama Butterfly, with some of Puccini’s most beautiful music. Even if you don’t watch every second, it’s a beautiful soundtrack to fill the house.
If opera isn’t your thing, try something British. Every Thursday, the National Theatre posts a different production on their YouTube Channel. Jane Eyre is currently up, but switches to Treasure Island with Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver on Thursday. Interested in other productions? Check Playbill’s website for American offerings, while Ask the Ushers has more English theatre.
One of the most enjoyable things, though, is Jennifer Ehle reading Pride and Prejudice, with occasional help from her dog. If you follow her on Instagram, you might catch the live readings, but she also posts them on YouTube if you want to catch up with the story so far.
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Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy.