If there is anything that 2020 has taught us, it’s that the way we experience things will continuously change. But this doesn’t mean it can’t be for the better! In 2021, I am excited to see the way in which we experience entertainment keep on shifting and evolving. Virtual performances have never been so creative! To start off the new year, here are some events you could experience from home or outside.
'Can You Make Hair for Me?' A Virtual Exhibit
On view through Jan. 24
Lesley graduate student and artist Eileen Powers created a collaborative and impactful photographic art project after finding out she had cancer. The artist is showcasing self-portraits of Powers in her exhibit with headpieces and hair that were created by expressive arts therapy graduate students at the university, friends and artists. The project was a way for Powers to show how she coped with loss.
Friday, Jan.8 -Sunday, Jan. 10
Every year for the past 25 years, the New Bedford Whaling Museum has hosted a readathon of “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville. The detailed program is mostly virtual this year, but it’s sure to immerse you in this famous and well-known narrative by including many different activities for you to take part in, including marathon trivia, a virtual talk with the museum’s curator and an AMA session with the Melville Scholars. The main event — the readathon — begins Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and you don’t want to miss out!
Friday, Jan. 8
If you’re looking for a reason to get up and move, this might be the show for you. This digital dance celebration hosted by genderqueer dance party Houseboi will showcase music from Dee Diggs and Mx. Blair and drag performances from Travis Tí, Sham Payne, Dark ‘n’ Stormy and Just JP. Tune in for this virtual fest and put on your most creative outfit. Who says you can’t hit the dance floor at home?
Saturday, Jan. 9
Get outdoors with Aeronaut Brewing Company. Yes, it might be chilly, but the excitement of searching for clues should be enough to keep you warm as you journey from the Aeronaut Cannery across the Mystic river back to the brewery and taproom in Somerville. The 10 clues will be relayed live over text message leading you to the final game-winning question. The scavenger hunt should take 1.5 to 3 hours depending on your mode of transport (foot, bike or car). And after all is said and done, there will be prizes awarded and, of course, beer waiting on the other side. Advanced registration is required.
'Wonder Woman 1984' at the Drive-In
Saturday, Jan. 9
You can watch movies somewhere other than your home or the indoor movie theater. Stay physically distanced and warm by heading to the drive-in and watching a film from inside your car! Pack some snacks, blankets and pillows and take a trip to Revolution Hall, located in Lexington, Massachusetts. The movie starts at 7 p.m., and to ensure you get a good spot, make sure to arrive a little early. Next weekend, event organizers will be hosting a screening of “Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace” in Waltham.