MESSAGE TO BHV MEMBERS, MAY 22, 2020
This will be the last weekly calendar the program committee issues, and the last compilation of things to do. We’ve provided links to all the sponsors of calendar events and to all the periodical and occasional publications that have been listed over the last eight weeks.
These links should provide a solid basis for further seeking out and sharing with fellow BHV members a performance or program, an image, a book or an article, that moved you, amused you, informed you—or even outraged you! You can get the complete list of articles listed here .
The program committee is grateful to the BHV members who shared their recommendations of things to listen to, to watch, or to read.
Please consult BHV’s regular calendar online for events during these COVID-19 days.
And, the program committee extends a huge thank you to Steve Roop who has done yeoman’s work in creating this calendar for our members.
For the last eight weeks, Steve has provided us links to performances, books, programs, and art. These have made our “home life” much more pleasant and interesting. Thank you, Steve!!
Be well and be safe!
BEACON HILL VILLAGE
ONE-TIME EVENTS, MAY 22-28, 2020
Friday, May 22, 2020
6 pm Arts Emerson. Based on the tenets of Octavia E. Butler’s novel The Parable of the Sower, artist-activist Toshi Reagon’s Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower seeks to create a framework for community organizing, through artistic engagement, around critical Boston-community issues like climate and economic justice. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerNs9G_i3NmCYJbR6egNeNK40rG5OJhykjfoccgxeTu_g0JQ/viewform.
7:30 pm free only until 7:30 pm until 6:30 pm on 5-23. Mozart, Don Giovanni, Metropolitan Opera, https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
Saturday, May 23, 2020
1 pm Berlin Philharmonic plays Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, Debussy’s Prélude à lʼaprès-midi dʼun faune and Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 1; https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/53010
7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-24. Gounod, Faust, Metropolitan Opera, https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
Sunday, May 24, 2020
7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-25. Massenet, Manon, Metropolitan Opera, https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
Monday, May 25, 2020
7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-26. Berlioz, La damnation de Faust, Metropolitan Opera, https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
12 pm “The Coronavirus Pandemic: Stopping the Spread of Misinformation,” Live Q&A with K. “Vish” Viswanath, Professor of Health Communication, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Access on Facebook or here: https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/the-coronavirus-pandemic-13/.
7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-27. Verdi, Ernani, Metropolitan Opera, https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
2 pm The Economic Policy Institute presents William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen discussing their new book, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century. As background, you may be interested also in the 2014 response of Darity, https://www.demos.org/blog/expert-responds-ta-nehisi-coates-reparations, to the June, 2014 Atlantic article by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations,” https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/.
6 pm The Conservation Law Foundation moderates “Air Pollution, COVID-19 Mortality, and Communities of Color,” with participants from the MetroWest Climate Solutions Group, the Union of Concerned Scientists and Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/air-pollution-covid-19-mortality-and-communities-of-color-what-we-can-do-about-it-a-webcast-registration-104835582048.
7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-28. Puccini, Manon Lescaut, Metropolitan Opera, https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
Thursday, May 28, 2020
7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-29. Berlioz, Les Troyens, Metropolitan Opera, https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
LINKS FOR 24/7 RESOURCES, AS OF MAY 22, 2020
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra offers free online concerts, at least for now, with simple signup at https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/news
Andrea Bocelli’s free Easter Sunday Music for Hope concert is moving all through, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1396&v=huTUOek4LgU&feature=emb_logo. But the final few minutes are quite overwhelming (start at 18:38): video of the empty streets and squares of Milan (from whose Duomo the concert originated), Paris, London and New York accompany Bocelli’s powerful rendering of “Amazing Grace.”
Boston Baroque: coming soon free, Mozart’s Requiem and Symphony No. 40, https://baroque.boston/live.
Boston Symphony Orchestra offers new selections from past concerts every week, but all the music released remains available once it’s released, apparently: https://www.bso.org/brands/bso/at-home/bso-at-home-week-2-great-soloists-with-the-bso.aspx
You can get an idea of the BSO’s music homeschooling efforts for these COVID-19 days at https://www.bso.org/brands/bso/at-home/bso-homeschool.aspx
Andrew List, “The Emerald Necklace: A Chamber Symphony in Three Movements,” commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Xengoq5ZmaaCuWgKn-MuWFbrmQGY_Gmz. If a May 31 BSO gala if it not canceled, List’s work will be featured.
Chamber Music Society of New York offers dozens of free solo/small ensemble programs, including historic performances of major classics from CMS’s first 50 years. Some lectures as well. https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/
Handel and Haydn Society offers a number of free archived concerts, including earlier-this-season’s Messiah; all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and his St. Matthew Passion; Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; and the Monteverdi Vespers. https://handelandhaydn.org/hh-listening-room/
David William Hughes, “Songs of Sadness, Satire & Seduction,” Elizabethan and Jacobean songs for solo voice and lute To have been performed at King’s Chapel, Boston March 31, 2020; canceled due to the COVID-19 virus; but happily livestreamed and now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4OesYcIMc.
Juventas New Music Ensemble, on Facebook, has a variety of solo and ensemble oerformances by young musicians focused on contemporary music and emerging composers.
Passim, Cambridge’s venerable emporium of folk, rock and bluegrass, offers livestreamed and recorded concerts: https://www.passim.org/stream/
Rockport (MA) Music offers classical, folk, jazz, pop: https://rockportmusic.org/video-library/
Take Me To the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A92wZIvEUAw
Bob Dylan, “Murder Most Foul”—contending polemics: https://forward.com/culture/442541/bob-dylan-gave-us-a-17-minute-jfk-murder-ballad-for-our-quarantine-uh/ and https://forward.com/culture/music/443087/no-youre-wrong-bob-dylans-17-minute-song-is-a-work-of-epic-genius/?utm_source=PostUp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Culture&utm_maildate=04/03/2020. When, since college, have you read polemics about a pop song—even if its author is a Nobel literature laureate? Dylan’s song is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NbQkyvbw18. And more at https://forward.com/culture/443951/why-bob-dylan-is-getting-another-17-minutes-of-fame/?utm_source=PostUp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Culture&utm_maildate=04/15/2020
Lady Gaga's One World Together concert of great popular singers, including Elton John, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, to raise money for healthcare workers worldwide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzjMqd6KqXg (begins at 6:01:00)
Beethoven—you’ve heard the first movement of the 5th Symphony many times but you’ve never seen it visualized like this! Huge fun and very clever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rhryZzdpME
You don’t have to speak French to get the point of this in-these-times Offenbach riff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiXwh15z1Ew&feature=youtu.be
All at home because of the COVID-19 crisis, musicians from three orchestras nonetheless together (stunningly) to play excerpts from the Beethoven 9th finale, from Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,”and from Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: https://slippedisc.com/2020/03/believe-it-orchestra-plays-beethoven-9th-from-their-homes/
Julliard students Zoom Ravel’s Bolero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqzkn-jX-JU&feature=youtu.be
Arts Emerson has created Together Apart to help its artists and audience stay connected. For background see https://artsemerson.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=together-apart&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=. To sign up for notices about Together Apart events, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerNs9G_i3NmCYJbR6egNeNK40rG5OJhykjfoccgxeTu_g0JQ/viewform.
National Theater (UK) At Home, https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home, has varied offerings while the theater is still closed because of the COVID-19 virus.
Shakespeare Globe Theatre, https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/watch/, has free and for-pay offerings.
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 2016 British co-production by Made at Curve and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, at https://www.curveonline.co.uk/news/watch-our-archive-recording-of-the-importance-of-being-earnest/
Handel’s Agrippina, https://baroque.boston/live-handel-agrippina.
Coming soon: Monteverdi, L’Incoronzaione di Poppea, https://baroque.boston/live
Boston Lyric Opera: Bellini, “Norma,” final dress rehearsal of a performance forced to be canceled because of COVID-19, https://www.classicalwcrb.org/post/concerts-all-boston-lyric-operas-norma
Dutch National Opera:
Willem Jeths, “Ritratto.” The inspiration for this work is Luisa Casati—essentially, a wealthy art groupie who once said, ‘I want to be a living work of art.’ The recent Dutch National Opera world premiere had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 crisis, but the dress rehearsal was recorded. In English (mostly), at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0sK4bAaGtM .
May 22-August 14: Rimsky-Korsakov, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitzeh, https://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/legend-invisible-city-kitezh-dutch-national-opera
Komische Oper Berlin:
May 22-June 17: Oscar Straus, The Pearls of Cleopatra, https://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operettas/pearls-cleopatra-komische-oper-berlin
May 22-July 31: Tchaikovsky, “Eugene Onegin,” available at https://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/eugene-onegin-komische-oper-berlin?utm_source=OperaVision&utm_campaign=5762d2885a-TCHAIKOVSKY+2020+EN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_be53dc455e-5762d2885a-100557506
Tchaikovsky, “Eugene Onegin”—there are several other performances available online besides the above performnce.
Metropolitan Opera (New York), free opera (for the time being): see selections and means of access at https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
Moscow State Stanislavsky Music Theatre, May 22-November 5: Tchaikovsky, “The Queen of Spades,” https://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/queen-spades-moscow-state-stanislavsky-music-theatre?utm_source=OperaVision&utm_campaign=5762d2885a-TCHAIKOVSKY+2020+EN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_be53dc455e-5762d2885a-100557506
Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, May 22-November 6: Shreker, Der Schmied von Gent, https://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/der-schmied-von-gent-opera-ballet-vlaanderen?utm_source=OperaVision&utm_campaign=14946e7ad1-SCHMIED+2020+EN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_be53dc455e-14946e7ad1-100557506
Vienna State Opera--free enrolment for a variety of operas at https://www.staatsoperlive.com/
A spectrum of operas, performed by a spectrum of opera companies, is available (apparently only requiring free enrollment) at https://operavision.eu/en
Starting April 18: “Cendrillon” (“Cinderella”), Paris National Opera, https://www.operadeparis.fr/magazine/cendrillon-replay
Prokofiev, “Peter and the Wolf,” Royal Ballet/Royal Ballet School, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF8iuOW7BwA&list=PLFEuShFvJzBwHtKR0caQY1KZoDGxcZdjM&index=2&t=156s
Handel, “Acis and Galatea,” Royal Opera/Royal Ballet, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmfv7TSCVck&list=PLFEuShFvJzBwHtKR0caQY1KZoDGxcZdjM&index=3&t=784s
The Congolese choreographer and dance artist Faustin Linyekula’s work was among those programmed for this year’s BMW Tate Live Exhibition but cancelled due to the coronavirus. However, Linyekula and those of his collaborators who had already made it to London worked with Tate to stage a one-off, site-specific work, in the disused old industrial plant tanks after only a few hours of rehearsals. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/bmw-tate-live-exhibition-2020?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CRM_May_w2_BMWLive_Faustin_Engaged&sc_src=email_1896802&sc_customer=1438468&sc_lid=137388824&sc_uid=AC9zohon4A&sc_llid=34673&sc_eh=400a56ab0f366ea51#trailer
New York City Ballet offers a succession of recorded performances, https://www.nycballet.com/digitalspring
Tchaikovsky, “Swan Lake” choreography by Marcia Haydée, Ballet de Santiago, https://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/swan-lake-teatro-municipal-de-santiago?utm_source=OperaVision&utm_campaign=5762d2885a-TCHAIKOVSKY+2020+EN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_be53dc455e-5762d2885a-100557506
Siobahn Burke, “12 Places to Watch Dance Online,” The New York Times (April 7, 2020), https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/arts/dance/stream-dance-online-virus.html?referringSource=articleShare
Mania Akbari and Mark Cousins, Life May Be (2014). The Iranian actress and director and the British film maker and historian extend the concept of "essay film" by exchanging a series of video letters. There are startling confrontations involving cultural issues, gender politics and artistic sensibilities. Underlying these may be differences in life situations, with Cousins whimsical when not, according to The Guardian, meandering, while Akbari’s life is shadowed by political danger in Iran, exile and the after-effects of breast cancer. You also get a clear sense of how Akbari works her life experiences into her creative work.
Available through various streaming services, including Prime and Showtime.
Rian Johnson, Knives Out (Amazon Prime TV), a comedy/murder mystery
Alice Rohrwacher, Happy as Lazzaro (Netflix; orig. German, 2018). Lazzaro, a good-hearted young peasant, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination, form a life-altering but very complex bond when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Loveless (2017). An estranged Russian couple going through a brutal divorce both have new partners and want to start over--until their 12-year-old son disappears after witnessing one of their fights. Unflinching, discomfiting, insistent. Widely available for a fee.
Coolidge Corner Theatre, various films available for 5-day rental periods: https://coolidge.org/virtual
The Telegraph (London) offers its take on the best WWII films: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/greatest-second-world-war-film/?WT.mc_id=e_DM1246462&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Edi_New_Reg&utmsource=email&utm_medium=Edi_Edi_New_Reg20200514&utm_campaign=DM1246462
One member recommends:
NOTE: Those with a * are series still releasing. Most shows are available on HBO or Amazon Prime. A series is underlined when it is especially important to watch the 1st episode thru to the end.
Escape from Dannemora
Years and Years
Big Little Lies
The Night Manager
My Brilliant Friend
Better Call Saul*
House of Cards (later seasons are "strange"/original available on BBC too)
Michael Apted, The Up Series. Celebrated documentary series in which fourteen British children, starting in 1964, are revisited every 7 years for over five decades. A portrait of changing lives and changing British society. Bingeworthy! Subscription info at https://www.amazon.com/Twenty-Eight-Up-Part-1/dp/B074MH6MQ1/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Apted+Up&qid=1585829993&sr=8-1
Ken Burns, The Gene: An Intimate History, adapted from the award-winning book of the same name by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-gene/watch
Sarah Burns and David McMahon, East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story (2020), presented by Ken Burns, http://kenburns.com/films/east-lake-meadows-a-public-housing-story/ This history of an Atlanta public housing project, from its construction in 1970 to its demolition in the mid-1990’s, raises searching questions about how marginalized Americans, especially African-Americans, find housing in America and what might be done to improve their lives.
Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watt’s documentary For Sama is “… a miraculous diary of an activist and mother locked down in the siege of Aleppo. Its lessons for our current crisis are uncountable, and it left me devastated, hopeful and humbled with admiration.” A “… work of art that opened my heart and allowed me to imagine war as an emotional reality….” (The Guardian) At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jFHbo0Cgu8 .
Justin Pemberton, “Capitalism in the 21st Century,” a documentary about the best-selling economic treatise by Thomas Piketty, through the Coolidge Theater, https://kinonow.com/capital-coolidge-corner-theatre
D. W. Young, “The Booksellers,” about the quirky, hermetic world of New York’s rare book dealers as they confront the Internet age. Variously available for a fee, including through the Coolidge Corner Cinema, https://coolidge.org/films/booksellers
WGBH/Studio Six, “H20: The Molecule That Made Us,” Episode 2 available through May 27—at https://www.pbs.org/show/molecule-made-us/
Celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted’s 198th birth (April 26) with this documentary, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7tEkv2Rlk8
“Power Trip: The Story of Energy,” PBS, successive Mondays, https://www.pbs.org/show/power-trip-story-energy/episodes/
Homes by the Sea. One BHV member calls it “documentary escapism.” On Netflix, https://www.netflixreleases.com/homes-by-the-sea-2015/
Environmental Film Festival, more than 300 films to choose from, https://dceff.org/watchnow/
Eric Boodman and Craig Walker, photographer, “Photos: One day inside a Boston hospital’s response to Covid-19,” STAT News (May 7, 2020), https://www.statnews.com/2020/05/07/photos-inside-one-boston-hospitals-response-to-covid19/
The Library of Congress has extensive collections online of photographs from many places:
Europe and Other Locations https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2017650192/ (683 prints)
Norway and Sweden: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2001699563/ (156 prints) and Tunisia: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=Tunisia&co=pgz&st=gallery (41 prints)
Cuba and Mexico album: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2004678829/ (51 prints)
Striking views in color of Western Landscapes, https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2005677430/ (41 prints)
Views of Landscape, Architecture, and People – Howard Gottlieb gift, https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2008679712/ (488 prints)
New York: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2004678830/ (110 prints)
Scotland: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2001703567/ (183 prints)
Marc Walter Photochrome Collection: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2017651772/ (366 photos)
Italy: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2001700650/ (319 photos)
Wales: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2001700652/ (166 prints)
Turkey: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2001698827/ (28 photos)
Algeria:¨https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2001696368/ (74 photos)
Holy Land, https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2001698820/ (145 prints)
France: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/coll/item/2001696372/ (519 prints)
Sasha Waters Freyer, “Garry Winogrand—All Things are Photographable,” PBS American Masters Series, (WGBH Passport members only)
Google’s art materials will yield hours of viewing pleasure, https://artsandculture.google.com/ , notably artists online, by the hundreds: https://artsandculture.google.com/category/artist?hl=en&tab=pop ; art movements online, https://artsandculture.google.com/category/art-movement?hl=en ; and museum tours on line, hundreds of them, for travel planning, travel reminiscing or armchair traveling: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en
Google’s extraordinary Frida Kahlo compendium, almost to the point of TMI: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/frida-kahlo . See also Marc Petitjean, "My Father and Frieda (sic) Kahlo: A Love Story," Literary Hub (April 29, 2020), https://lithub.com/my-father-and-frida-kahlo-a-love-story/
Peabody Essex Museum, podcasts (mainly) on art, https://www.pem.org/explore-art/pemcast?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=March26%7C%23PEMfromHomeMembers&utm_content=version_A
The Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibit fell victim to COVID-19 but you get a taste of it at https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/andy-warhol/exhibition-guide?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CRM_Apr_w1_Warhol_ExhibVideo_Engaged&sc_src=email_1807342&sc_customer=1438468&sc_lid=133996738&sc_uid=AC9zohon4A&sc_llid=192835&sc_eh=400a56ab0f366ea51#film. The video is brief but worthwhile.
The Tate Modern’s Aubrey Beardsley exhibit likewise fell victim to COVID-19 but here is a 30+ minute film that may be a satisfying temporary substitute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgsGEAOMtpo See also https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/aubrey-beardsley/exhibition-guide?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CRM_Apr_w3_Beardsley_ExhibitionFilm_Engaged_Curators&sc_src=email_1852060&sc_customer=1438468&sc_lid=135096508&sc_uid=AC9zohon4A&sc_llid=134827&sc_eh=400a56ab0f366ea51#film
Tate Museum, "The Art of Slow Looking.” What happens when we spend time getting to know a single artwork in detail? (podcast, 20 minutes) https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/richard-dadd-130/art-slow-looking?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CRM_Apr_w2_Wellbeing_Engaged&sc_src=email_1807336&sc_customer=1438468&sc_lid=134507772&sc_uid=AC9zohon4A&sc_llid=289367&sc_eh=400a56ab0f366ea51
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, a 5+ hour tour, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49YeFsx1rIw. You know you have the time….
Tour the Louvre, including its Egyptian Antiquities collection, https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs
Tour every exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural at your own pace, viewing 360-degrees and room-by-room, https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/vt3/NMNH/
Tour the extraordinary holdings of Madfrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, https://www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssenmultimedia
Tour Vatican treasures at http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html
The Art Newspaper (UK) has dozens of podcasts about art, artists, art museums and exhibits, the art market, etc.: https://plinkhq.com/i/1280469178/e/?to=page
Architecture: on the Google website, https://artsandculture.google.com/, search “architecture” to access many modules on many aspects of architecture from the Romans to Renzo Piano. One example of what is available: Google’s brief but arresting appreciation of Frank Gehry’s Museum Guggenheim Bilbao, https://artsandculture.google.com/project/guggenheim-bilbao.
See Historic New England’s material on the Walter Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts at https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/gropius-house/
See Historic New England’s material on the Aesthetic Movement treasure in Milton, MA, the Eustis Estate, with its imposing mansion, furnishings and grounds, https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/eustis-estate-museum-study-center/
Baptiste, a spin-off of sorts from the 2016 hit The Missing, finds its eponymous hero, while visiting his daughter in Amsterdam, drawn into a missing persons case that may be connected to human trafficking. All episodes available for streaming on WGBH Passport, at https://www.wgbh.org/baptiste
The English Game (Netflix)—the origins and class-transcending power of English football (aka soccer).
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, available for a fee through Amazon or Amazon/Acorn. See the March 23, 2020 review in Slate, https://slate.com/culture/2020/03/miss-fisher-murder-mysteries-where-to-start-watching.html?sid=5388cd9edd52b81e7a001d96&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=TheSlatest&utm_campaign=traffic
Foyle’s War (series). The classic British detective series, set during and shortly after WWII, debuted in 2002 and ran 8 seasons. Widely available, for a fee; just Google it.
The Windermere Children (PBS), child survivors of the Holocaust brought to Britain for mourning, healing and starting their lives anew. At least for a while it is available on the PBS website at https://www.pbs.org/show/windermere-children/ ; also at https://www.pbs.org/video/the-windermere-children-xcqszh/
World on Fire, dramatizing the early days of WWII in Europe, is now fully available for Season 1, WGBH Passport members only, https://www.wgbh.org/world-on-fire
BOOKS OUR MEMBERS ARE READING
Albert Camus, The Plague (1947). Camus’s classic how-the-Germans-came-to-rule-France novel takes on an eerie relevance in these COVID-19 times.
Barbara Kingsolver, Unsheltered (2018)
James Nelson, All the Brave Fellows (2000)
Richard Powers, The Overstory (2018)
Evan Kindley, “Why Anxious Readers Under Quarantine Turn to ‘Mrs. Dalloway,’ “ The New Yorker (April 10, 2020), https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/why-anxious-readers-under-quarantine-turn-to-virginia-woolfs-mrs-dalloway.
Time hanging heavy on your hands? Cull the worthwhile from the merely long at https://lithub.com/the-50-best-contemporary-novels-over-500-pages/
David Abulafia, The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean (2011). A sweeping tour de force and a quite different view from that of the great French historian
Fernand Braudel in his iconic 1949 The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II.
Alex Beam, Broken Glass: Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth and the Fight Over a Modernist Masterpiece (2020). Beam recounts the torrid relations leading to the creation of Mies’s modernist masterpiece in Plano, Illinois, and how things went south afterwards and wound up in court.
Cyprian Broodbank, The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World (2013). Another epic synthesis of the Mediterranean world.
Anne Case and Angus Deaton, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism (2020). 2015 Nobel economics laureate Angus Deaton joins lead author and his wife Anne Case for a grim, trenchant analysis of the future of the American working class. Everyone who “just cannot understand” Trump’s appeal to many members of that class needs to read this book.
Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (2017). A philosopher’s speculations on the origins of human consciousness.
Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci (2017)
Jonathan Karl, Front Row at the Trump Show (2020)
Erik Larson, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz (2020)
Peter Padfield, Maritime Supremacy and the Opening of the Western Mind: Naval Campaigns That Shaped the Modern World (2000)
Robert B. Reich, The System: Who Rigged It, How to Fix It (2020).
Nancy Seasholes (ed.), The Atlas of Boston History (2019). Wonderful maps and illustrations.
Boston Public Library staffers recommend for these COVID-19 days: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/1224854357/1618679241?_ga=2.77828753.44191416.1587708580-1221845899.1587708580
Wide-ranging discussions of a wide range of current books can be found at the Harvard Book Store Channel: http://www.harvard.com/events/hbs_channel/
Other book recommendations
Grolier Club (NYC), America’s oldest society for book lovers and graphic arts fans, has dozens of talks at https://vimeo.com/user4535612?utm_source=GBW+Videos&utm_campaign=September+2017+Newsletter&utm_medium=email
There are hundreds of book recommendations, new and old, solicited by this sophisticated lit-blog, https://lithub.com/our-personalized-quarantine-book-recommendations-round-4/, and links therein to hundreds more recommendations.
Who borrowed what at Sylvia Beach’s interwar Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company? Check out what was checked out at https://shakespeareandco.princeton.edu/
USEFUL ARTICLES OUR MEMBERS RECOMMEND
COVID-19: the science
BHV members Kim Bottomly and Wayne Villemez—retired immunologist and demographer, respectively—have developed terrific reading lists about various aspects of COVID-19, here and here and here. Kim has a great primer on immunology here. They welcome an ongoing discussion via your comments and questions. They update the readings to assist and reflect this discussion, and as new information becomes available.
Other COVID-19-related article sources
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Department of Public Health.
United Nations, World Health Organization
United States, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Daily press/broadcast sources
Bloomberg Green, https://www.bloomberg.com/green
Bloomberg New Economy Forum
Christian Science Monitor
The Guardian (U.K.)
Los Angeles Times
National Public Radio
National Public Radio, “Fresh Air”
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
Coronavirus Tech Report (issued weekly by MIT’s Technology Review) is free (and excellent, with a wide variety of articles linked from beyond Technology Review, but you need to sign up, at https://www.technologyreview.com/collection/coronavirus/. See also a number of podcasts through Radio Corona, https://www.technologyreview.com/podcast/radio-corona/?truid=2e1bbcc2b722e5b28540ed730b0150cf&utm_source=coronavirus&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus.unpaid.engagement&utm_content=05-13-2020.
The Economist (U.K.)
Foreign Affairs, paywalled, but limited free use is available for sign-in
Foreign Policy. Also see its podcasts at https://foreignpolicy.com/podcasts/?utm_source=PostUp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=21693&utm_term=Subscriber%20Communication%20List&?tpcc=21693.
Foreign Policy Morning Brief
Inside Climate News
London Review of Books. LRB is offering non-paywalled LRB selections, chosen for their “… compulsive, immersive and escapist qualities…” They are wide-ranging but there is “… a complete absence of references to plague, pandemics or quarantine.” https://www.lrb.co.uk/collections/diverted-traffic See also LRB’s wide variety of podcasts and videos, many of which appear to be available non-paywalled on YouTube. See the selections at https://www.lrb.co.uk/podcasts-and-videos
The New Republic. Notable additionally is TNR’s new series, ”The Politics of Everything,” about the intersection of culture, politics, and the media, https://newrepublic.com/tags/the-politics-of-everything.
New York Magazine
New York Review of Books
The New Yorker
Social Science Research Network
T & D World
WBUR City Space, https://www.wbur.org/events, has a number of offerings, COVID-19 related and beyond.
War on the Rocks
Who. What. Why.
Yale Environment 360
CNN, “Tracking COVID-19 Cases in the US,” continuously refreshed data, excellent graphics, some statewide, others county-level , https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-us-maps-and-cases/index.html
Climate Action Tracker, A government roadmap for addressing the climate and post COVID-19 economic crises, April 27, 2020 https://climateactiontracker.org/publications/addressing-the-climate-and-post-covid-19-economic-crises/.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Public Health, COVID-19 Dashboard
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts, Donohue Institute
Financial Times, "Coronavirus Tracked: Has Your Country's Epidemic Peaked?" https://ig.ft.com/coronavirus-chart/?areas=usa&areas=gbr&areasRegional=usny&areasRegional=usnj&cumulative=0&logScale=1&perMillion=0&values=deaths . Charts, data, scenarios….
MIT’s John Sterman has taught at the Sloan School for decades, and he’s an expert on how big systems function and fail. He’s turned his attention to climate change, and strongly urges advocates that the nostrum “let the science speak” just will not cut it. What does work is playing games—specifically here, one that turns hypothetical policy scenarios into climate impacts, projected out to the year 2100. Almost everyone has poor results to start, “poor” defined as having little or no impact on reducing CO2 emissions, so it’s back to the drawing board. Sterman thinks people learn fast. Hmmmm. Anyhow, Bloomberg has somewhat simplified the game—this came from MIT, after all—which you can check out at https://en-roads.climateinteractive.org/scenario.html?v=2.7.15.
Learn more about the game at https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2020-global-warming-simulator/. Learn more about Professor Sterman at Erik Roston, “The Professor Who Turns Climate Change Into a Game,” Bloomberg Green (April 22, 2020), https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-22/the-professor-who-turns-climate-change-into-a-game.
RAND, State Policy Evaluation Tool: The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions, https://www.rand.org/pubs/tools/TLA173-1/tool.html.
Reich Lab COVID-19 Forecast Hub allows you to examine one forecast model or aggregations of them, for projected COVID-19 deaths, US-wide or by state: https://reichlab.io/covid19-forecast-hub/
American Civil Liberties Union
Canada, Province of British Columbia
Columbia University, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Conservation Law Foundation (Boston)
Economic Policy Institute
Environmental League of Massachusetts has a Wednesday series of talks on various topics of environmental concern. For current and prior talks go to https://www.environmentalleague.org/ and scroll down for links to the current talk or to past talks.
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Harvard Environmental Economics Project—COVID-19, climate change, and other environmental policy issues; publications, papers and lectures. https://heep.hks.harvard.edu/
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard University, T. S. Chan School of Public Health, has a series of presentations on many aspects of COVID-19, https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/series/covid-19/.
Harvard University Press, Harvard University Press Blog
Massachusetts Historical Society
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Underworlds,” http://underworlds.mit.edu/, pioneered by the Senseable City Lab and the Alm Lab, proposes to develop a human health census by sampling the “urban gut” at multiple locations through a combination of automatic upsteam samplers, biochemical measurement technologies, data visualization, and the downstream computational tools and analytics, to develop individual readings of particular neighborhoods concerning eating habits, genetic tendencies, drug consumption, contagious diseases, and overall health. Fascinating and, perhaps, a bit creepy.
New America, Open Technology Institute
New England Historical Society
Oxford University, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Pioneer Institute (Boston)
Erin Bromage, https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200511&instance_id=18384&nl=the-morning®i_id=57084094&segment_id=27239&te=1&user_id=cd016458475e39240f90ed668c3248e8
ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES
Boston Athenaeum, https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/visit/covid-19-response, Athenaeum resources to use and enjoy while the Athenaeum is still closed.
Boston Public Library. Massachusetts residents can avail themselves of abundant BPL digital and online resources at https://www.bpl.org/stream-and-download/?utm_source=GBW+Videos&utm_campaign=September+2017+Newsletter&utm_medium=email and at https://www.bpl.org/online-resources/?utm_source=GBW+Videos&utm_campaign=September+2017+Newsletter&utm_medium=email. For access use an valid BPL library card or get one at https://www.bpl.org/get-a-library-card/
Digital Public Library of America, headquartered at BPL Copley Square, https://dp.la/, has numerous online exhibitions, sets of online primary source materials, and online genealogical and scholarly research resources, but its 37+-million items are also completely searchable. It’s also launched a brand new web catalog that allows anyone to browse and directly download any of the more than 6,300 ebook titles available on DPLA’s Open Bookshelf. There’s a bit more guidance and T/A at https://mailchi.mp/dp.la/sharing-dpla-with-your-community?e=0cc9d248a6 .
Read classic novels, children’s books, textbooks and non-English titles, all for free, with no login or library card needed. https://freebooks.dp.la/collection/groups
The Making of America, a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction, is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Browsable by subject. https://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moagrp/index.html
Armchair travel—an extensive and varied collection from Expedia: https://www.expedia.com/things-to-do/from-home?EMLCID=US.MR.DISCOVER.MERCHOTHER.GENERIC&EMLDTL=DATE20200514.SIDX.KEYX.PAID999999999.LANGEN_US.MCIDX.TEST30169.VERSS2.MIDS1-90807_2-87733_3-91017.MOD3462-8-1-0-EMAIL-HERO-EN-US_S2-P16_POS7_BTN13
Avian aria: some fine feathered friends accompany/interpret the ‘Papageno/Papagena’ duet from Mozart’s Magic Flute.
Boston by Foot, https://www.bostonbyfoot.org/, has a number of diversions until it resumes its walking tours.
The Charles River Conservancy has begun a series on the Charles River parks—you can see what’s been covered so far and perhaps, with the maps supplied, plan a (social-distance-appropriate) walk, at https://thecharles.org/news/e-newsletters/bringing-the-parks-to-you/.
Try Trickstercards for nine card games; easy to use—much easier, for bridge players, than, say, BridgeBase, though without all BridgeBase’s bells and whistles. Simple, free enrollment at https://www.trickstercards.com/
Paint-By-Number for Adults, https://paintnumbers.shop/products/custom-paint-by-number-kits-for-adults?gclid=CjwKCAjw3-bzBRBhEiwAgnnLCrBSg-6lIRitZ6wiCu4VPNCJoBXG4vaVd_e75674arrJPjHhMhONUhoCkk4QAvD_BwE#size-chart
George Orwell, “Some Thoughts on the Common Toad.” Spring comes to London, 1946. https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-foundation/orwell/essays-and-other-works/some-thoughts-on-the-common-toad/
For Earth Day—and beyond: Check out this intriguing game where players help NASA classify coral reefs and other shallow marine environments and creatures from locations all over the world! And read about the sophisticated science the game hopes to advance. http://nemonet.info/