Something for the Weekend: Things to do in lockdown
- Arusa Qureshi
- 23 April 2020
International art, the best of Scottish blues and a family-friendly rave all from the comfort of your sofa
As lockdown continues and the weather improves, it might be tempting to step outside to bask in the glorious sunshine but we all know it's not worth the risk (unless it's for your government approved daily exercise, of course). We know it's tricky being stuck indoors but folks have been getting hugely creative in recent weeks to ensure that we all have some lockdown-friendly entertainment to keep us occupied. So crack open a window and take your pick from one of the many online events and activities below.
This Friday would have been the opening of Glasgow International, Scotland's biennial
festival of contemporary art, but as with most events due to take place this spring and summer, it was sadly cancelled and postponed to 2021. But to fill the GI void, the team have been hard at work on a new digital programme which will be available from 23 April to 10 May over on glasgowinternational.org. Expect newly-commissioned work by Jenkin van Zyl, Yuko Mohri, Alberta Whittle and Liv Fontaine, as well as pieces by Georgina Starr, Urara Tsuchiya and Sarah Forrest, which were originally meant to feature at the 2020 festival.
The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, which traditionally takes place in July, was also recently cancelled. But to keep the spirit of the EJBF alive, the team behind the popular Edinburgh event have announced Scottish Blues Online, which offers a packed schedule of concerts that will be broadcast on the EJBF Facebook page until Sun 26 Apr. This weekend, enjoy concerts from Dana Dixon, Sandy Tweeddale, Mike Whellans and more.
For a full list of online events or to submit your own, head to our online listings page, which is updated daily.
The Cosmic Shambles network continues to keep us laughing with their regular online events as part of the Stay at Home Festival. This weekend, enjoy The Quarantine Comedy Club with John-Luke Roberts, Josie Long, Siblings, Ahir Shah, Grace Petrie and Jonny and the Baptists on Friday night, and Family Science Club with Helen Czerski, Andrea Sella, Jen Gupta, Zoe Griffiths and Jonny Berliner on Saturday morning. Monkey Barrel are also doing their bit with their special brand of alt-comedy, posting new videos regularly on their YouTube and Facebook for us to enjoy. Plus, don't miss the latest edition of Gilded Balloon's Sofa Set List on Friday at 8pm. This week, host John Hastings is joined by Bec Hill, Lewis MacLeod, Jay Lafferty, Esther Manito, with more to be announced.
Theatre companies around the world have also been getting in on the streaming action, making plenty of older productions available for audiences to watch at home. This weekend, we'd recommend The Royal Court's dark comedy Cyprus Avenue, which you can watch until Sun 26 Apr, the National Theatre's Twelfth Night, starring Tamsin Greig and the Traverse Theatre's Five From Inside, a series of monologues by Rona Munro. On Saturday, don't miss the latest edition of the Quarantine Cabaret live on Instagram, with this weekend's performers including Lou McLean, Sam Small and Ross McCleary.
For the wee ones, Storytime with Little Angel Theatre is a real treat, with a new story told by one of their talented performers uploaded to their YouTube channel everyday at noon. You can also head to their website to download each story's accompanying activity pack. For something entirely different, why not join in with the Big Fish Little Fish Virtual Kitchen Family Rave on Sunday afternoon and have a friendly-friendly boogie? The BFLF weekly Kitchen Rave is streamed on their Facebook page, with different DJs joining in every week.
Did you manage to catch the WHO and Global Citizen's virtual concert One World: Together at Home last weekend? If not, don't worry, because we've put together a round-up of some of the best performances, which are all available to watch on YouTube now. The event, co-organised by Lady Gaga, successfully raised $127 million for COVID-19 relief efforts, and featured the likes of Elton John, The Killers, Lizzo, Billie Eilish and more.
If you're looking for new music, we've got you covered with our playLIST. Updated regularly, it features the best new music around right now, curated by your pals at The List. This past week, we've been blessed by new music from Fiona Apple, Jamie xx, Nadine Shah, Kelly Rowland, Bright Eyes and more. We'd also recommend Nova Twins' debut album Who Are The Girls?, which was released back in Feb. We spoke to the duo recently about the album and their desire to keep progressing in the genre.
In other music news, Dr. Dre's iconic and groundbreaking debut album The Chronic is now available to listen to on all digital platforms. The announcement was made on 4/20 quite fittingly. Finally, if you're trying to keep track of all the music festivals that have been cancelled and rescheduled, let us help you out with our regularly updated round-up.
Many of us are relying on the likes of Netflix to get us through this lockdown period, and thankfully, the film gods have answered our prayers with plenty of weekly releases on streaming platforms. Check out the latest instalment of our weekly film round-up to keep up to date on releases, which this week includes Misbehaviour, The Willoughbys and Circus of Books. We also really enjoyed Extraction, which is out on Netflix from this Friday and the wildly titled Why Don't You Just Die!, which you can watch on demand now.
If you're looking for some classics to watch, we've rounded up some of our favourite Disney animated classics to stream right now, or for something different, check out our recommendations of the best Netflix Originals.
Finally, if like us, you've been devouring podcasts as well as films recently and are looking for some new recommendations, we've rounded up some of the best podcasts to stream right now, including My Favorite Murder, Rule of Three and Out to Lunch.
Follow The List's Staying In is the New Going Out articles for more recommendations, alternative online events, press releases, refund policies, restaurant deliveries and further general information.