It's officially spring! Normally this would mean cleaning off patio furniture and pulling out the grill with plans of early evening cocktails and burgers with friends. Now that I'm a vegan in a pandemic, it means I'm grilling portobello mushrooms all by myself. Ah, change. It isn't easy, but it isn't all bad either. Here's what I'm digging this week.
1. Crip Camp.
Turns out, Barack Obama is pretty multi-talented. Not only was the guy the President of the ole USA, but he's also (with his wife Michelle) got a production company with some pretty amazing stuff. Higher Ground Productions, the Obama's production company in partnership with Netflix, produces diverse programming. And if Crip Camp is any indication, they're doing a bang-up job. A disabled rights documentary, Crip Camp is as informative as it is lively, compassionate, and eye-opening. An absolutely great pic for anyone feeling hopeless in the time of Coronavirus.
2. The Rockettes.
3. Jon Bon Jovi.
4. Live tunes.
So a few weeks ago, I wrote about live music and how I had been tuning into a lot of virtual local shows. These remain some of my favorites because of the community interaction, but I'm also pretty excited to find daily shows on Live Nation. The shows are pretty diverse and include lots of versatile artists with something for everyone—kid shows, comedy, DJs, country, rock, and more. This week alone you can tune into Drew Holcomb and Rhett Miller on Friday; Marcus Mumford, The Killers, and a show curated by Lady Gaga on Saturday; and Alice in Chains on Monday. The list seems to be updated every day and lots of these shows ask for just a minimum donation.
5. Fancy walks.
The Swell List
We're in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. There's plenty of bad news. Here's what I'm crushing on while in lockdown.