During this stay-at-home moment, everyone is searching for ways to stay calm and purposeful. Given that April is National Poetry Month, have you considered watching a movie featuring poetry? For a calming film marathon, our resident cineaste and English major Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of the best poetry-themed movies, based on real-life and fictional poets and poems and those who turn to poems for solace and inspiration. Further proof, if any was needed, that we should never underestimate the power of a great poem.
With distance learning from home the current situation for little kids from grades K-6, parents are understandably eager to find ways to keep the little ones entertained without introducing bad screen habits (and inappropriate content) during this challenging time. Our correspondent Jillian Tangen – herself a working mother of three – has rounded up the best online entertainment right now for little kids, including animals at zoos, science, movement and dance, art, music and story times. These activities aren’t strictly just for education – but they’re all mom-approved.
Are you looking for books to read at home during this enforced solitary time during the fight against COVID-19? While lots of us are looking for escape, others want even more immersion in the topic of global viruses and contaigon. There are plenty of books out there about pandemics, such as influenza and the Black Plague. Terrifying or comforting? Your call, dear reader. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of the best books – both novels and histories – about global pandemics.
In the world of arts, entertainment and culture, what are the best offerings to watch from home this month? With so many of us confined at home due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, artists and arts organizations of all kinds have adapted. Our ace correspondent Jillian Tangen has rounded up our top picks of the new movies, podcasts, television shows, Broadway shows, live stream concerts, and online museum exhibits – there’s an amazing number of entertainment offerings all over the world to watch at home in April 2020.
You’re probably spending a lot more time watching entertainment and news programming and keeping up on social media from home than ever before. Is it time for you to level up your personal or home video viewing screens? Our ace correspondent (and mother of three young kids who are currently learning from home) Jillian Tangen has rounded up the best video screens on the market right now, both large and small: tablets, smart phones, VR sets, large-screen televisions and gaming consoles for an era of “Peak TV.” And for staying connected (and sane) while maintaining social distance.