To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events are on hold, we will clue you into at least one local experience — this week: Ormao Dance Company's outdoor performance Out of the Crowd — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support the arts during this difficult time.
Hey all you cool cats and kittens out there in gaming land, there’s a new tabletop game on the scene and it’s all about cats and quilts. Yes, in these troubled times, there are creators out there who know that sometimes all you really need to relax is a warm blanket and a warmer cat. Calico is a cuddly, tile-laying game centered on building cozy quilts for adorable cats. Collect and place puzzle pieces in a predetermined quilt pattern to win. The age recommendation says 13+, but gameplay is actually pretty simple and the sage boardgamegeek.com community has rated it great for kids as young as 10. Of course, you don’t have to be a child to enjoy picking through pretty patterns while extolling the virtues of cats, so feel free to pick it up for yourself. Available now at most retail stores.
If you’ve spent the last few months of social distancing in the kitchen, you’re in good company. Many of your fellow quarantiners have begun experimenting with new foods, tools and techniques to pass the time and eat at home more often. Home Cooking, hosted by Samin Nosrat, author of Salt Fat Acid Heat, and Song Exploder podcast host Hrishikesh Hirway, provides ample tips and tricks for cooking and baking, alongside foodie commentary and fun banter that makes you feel right at home as you perfect the art of home cooking. Available on most podcast platforms.
Memorial: A Novel
What does a family look like? Although perceptions are — slowly — changing to reflect the reality, there is still quite a way to go. Author Bryan Washington is breaking the mold in the realm of fiction with Memorial, a compelling, rich and intimate story of love and family — in whatever form it takes. The story follows Mike as he leaves his partner Benson behind to travel to Japan after learning that his estranged father is dying. Meanwhile, his acerbic mother comes to stay with Benson and the two begin to build a conflicted-yet-meaningful relationship. As Mike and Benson find themselves distanced from one another by more than just miles, they begin to learn new things about love, identity and family, putting the permanence of their relationship in question. Available now.
The Haunting of Bly Manor
The Haunting of Hill House was a standout favorite series for Netflix streamers, with its family drama, hidden ghosts and ghastly plot. Now its creators are back with a new series based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, which tells the tale of a governess sent to care for two children in a house that is not what it seems. They took a page out of American Horror Story’s playbook, so you’ll see a lot of Hill House cast members playing brand new roles. The characters are great, the plot intriguing, and the emotions run high. Available now on Netflix.