Stuff To Do This Week | March 30th - April 5th

Free and virtual things to do this week like Canceled Con, Are You OK?, ESSENCE Wellness House, watch an opera, and more!
March 30, 2020

Ideas for keeping yourself entertained for another week of social distancing

It's a little difficult to know what's going on right now. So, every week we're compiling a list of different virtual events, interesting activities, and more for you to check out. We'll keep updating the list as we find out about stuff throughout the week, so keep checking back.

Monday | March 30th

#Homefest with James Corden

10:00 PM ET | Facebook

James Corden will be hosting an online music festival featuring some amazing artists starting at 10:00 PM EDT tonight! James will be charming his way in between performances by Billie Eilish with Finneas, Andrea Bocelli, BTS, David Blaine, Dua Lipa and John Legend. The virtual event on Facebook and Instagram will be raising money for charity. It will also be available to watch on CBS.

Tuesday | March 31st

ESSENCE Wellness House: A Virtual Summit - Day 1

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST | Register | Schedule

Beauty and fashion magazine, ESSENCE, transitioned its annual conference to be virtual and its talks to be relevant about living healthy during these times. The virtual conference is setting out to provide information about the virus, maintaining financial fitness, staying active, and using this time to recenter yourself.

The conference is running Tuesday, March 31st and Wednesday, April 1 from 9 AM - 4:30 PM EST. Register and find out more info here.

Our Future Planet by PBS Education

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT | Register

If you're a teacher or parent-who-recently-became-a-teacher, this could be a great resource for you! PBS Education's professional learning series to understand how to use video content like Life from Above to teach human-centered problem solving skills. Considering coronavirus is making us understand how big of an impact we can have even through our smallest of actions, this is a great opportunity to encourage children that real change can happen. Let them think about what needs to be done to preserve the planet, and how they might reshape the future.

The session starts runs from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT on March 31st. Register and get more information on the Eventbrite page.

Wednesday | April 1st

April Fools Pranks

We all could use a laugh right now, so why not play an April Fool's prank on the people you're social distancing with? However, if you do choose to play a prank on someone, please be extra conscious about the tone of the prank and make sure you don't really bring someone down. For example, avoid pranks involving being sick, exposed to coronavirus, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, death, or using up excess toilet paper. Get creative and try to come up with a prank where everyone can laugh.

ESSENCE Wellness House: A Virtual Summit - Day 2

Beauty and fashion magazine, ESSENCE, transitioned its annual conference to be virtual and its talks to be relevant about living healthy during these times. The virtual conference is setting out to provide information about the virus, maintaining financial fitness, staying active, and using this time to recenter yourself.

The conference is running Tuesday, March 31st and Wednesday, April 1 from 9 AM - 4:30 PM EST. Register and find out more info here.

Watch The Tsar's Bride (opera)

11:00 AM CDT | Youtube

Go to the opera! Well, don't go, but watch! The famous Bolshoi Theater of Russia is releasing recorded ballets and operas on their Youtube channel.

This week they're showing the 2018 production of "The Tsar's Bride" opera on April 1st at 11:00 AM CDT.

Thursday | April 2nd

Are You OK?

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT | Register

Are you OK? is a virtual series created by Pollen, a media and arts organization dedicated to building communities and bringing people together. Hear from different members of the midwest as they share how the novel coronavirus is affecting them and their community. There's also a live music performance!

Pollen is hosting a session of Are you OK? every Thursday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT. Find out more information and register here.

Friday | April 3rd

Urban Young Professionals' Virtual Happy Hour

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT | Register

LiteWork Events is a group in Boston dedicated to bringing young professionals together. They're focused providing networking opportunities and other social events to provide a community in Boston. This week they're organizing a virtual happy hour for people to meet, share "quarantini" recipes and talk about working from home. This is a really cool group that I know people who have left Boston really miss.

The LiteWorks happy hour is on Friday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM EDT. Find out more information and register here.

Ethical Fashion Talks

Our friends over at Vegan Fashion Week had to postpone their big April 2020 event promoting animal free fashion. Instead they are hosting a variety of discussions regarding animal alternatives, dye testing, and more. If you're interested in fashion design, animal rights, and environmental ethics, this is a great conversation to join!

Vegan Fashion Week is hosting their The Future of Fashion talk on Friday. See the full schedule and register here.

Saturday | April 4th

Canceled Con - Day 1

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM PDT | Register

Andrew Hochradel decided to compile all the cancelled design conferences into one giant conference! The conference is described to have achill vibe while maintaining a variety show type structure. There will be portfolio reviews, design sessions, creative exercises, yoga, guest performances, giveaways and more!

Cancelled Con is happening Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM through 8:00 PM.  For more information check out their website.

EveryBody Sweat (Inside)

9:30 PM - 11:59 PM EDT | Register

Feeling like you need to move? EveryBody Sweat, a tropical fitness dance party is coming online and into your living room! Instead of being on a beach with hundreds of people dancing, you can get your sweat on to some tropical bops.

EveryBody Sweat (Inside) is starting on Saturday, April 5 at 9:30 PM EDT and going until midnight. Get more information here.

Watch Marco Spada (ballet)

11:00 AM CDT | Youtube

A ballet a day keeps the doctor away. That might not be true, but just like on Wednesday, the famous Bolshoi Theater of Russia is releasing recorded ballets and operas on their Youtube channel.

Today, they're showing the 2014 production of "Marco Spada" ballet on April 4th at 11:00 AM CDT.

Sunday | April 5th

Canceled Con - Day 2

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM PDT | Register

Andrew Hochradel decided to compile all the cancelled design conferences into one giant conference! The conference is described to have achill vibe while maintaining a variety show type structure. There will be portfolio reviews, design sessions, creative exercises, yoga, guest performances, giveaways and more!

Cancelled Con is happening Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM through 8:00 PM.  For more information check out their website.

Virtual Brunch with Dana James Mwangi & Friends

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT | Register

Feeling like your life is just empty without going out to brunch with your friends? Well, Dana James Mwangi heard your cries and is inviting you to have a virtual brunch with her friends! Get more details on the brunch's Eventbrite page.

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