We hope you’re healthy, safe andÂ keeping your social distance. We hope you’re feeling ready to meet the weekÂ with resiliency, generosity and patience. But we also hope you can find time to connect with others and do…Â somethingÂ that brings you joy.Â
To that end, we’ve got some amazing things you can do this week “in Detroit,” aka with a Zoom video conference, YouTube, Facebook or Instagram live. We’re inspired by all the localÂ artists, chefs, mixologists, musicians and more who are taking their work virtual and sharing it with us. Send ’em donations when you can.Â
And if you’re putting together a virtual event, have a volunteer opportunity to suggest, want to shout out your fave fitness instructor’s video classes or just want to share what you’re doing to have fun right now, hit reply and give us the scoop.
ðŸ†˜ Feeling helpless? Offer some help. If youâ€™re healthy, pick up cleaning supplies for a quarantined neighbor or buy some groceries for a stranger (this Facebook group is a good place to start). Make sure to still follow best social distancing and safety practices — the United Way of Southeast Michigan has some guidelines for being a good neighbor while taking care of your health and othersâ€™. They also have volunteer opportunities available, whether donating blood or boxing up meals for seniors.
ðŸ§˜ What a timeâ€¦ to get your mind right. Mindful Detroit is hosting free morning meditation on Tuesdays and lunch hour yoga for dealing with anxiety on Wednesdays, via Zoom, for the near future. Teacher Caitlin Brown is great at working across skill levels and has a very calming energy, your editor can attest. Free but donations appreciated.Â
ðŸ“º In our golden age of streaming content, finding something to watch isnâ€™t the problem: Itâ€™s picking from the overwhelming number of choices. Thatâ€™s truly something that isnâ€™t worth spending time stressing over right now. So leave it up to the expert curators at the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival to pick your flick. The annual fest is going virtual March 24-29, with a robust schedule of experimental films streaming online. Itâ€™s totally free, though donations are welcome.Â
ðŸ“– Spend some time reading and thinking about issues related to the current global health crisis, while still disconnecting from the information overload with Planet Detroitâ€™s new environmental book club, in partnership with Book Suey in Hamtramck. The first read is Eric Klinenbergâ€™s â€œHeatwave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago,â€ about the 1995 heat wave that killed more than 700 people. Get reading now — you can sign up here, and order a book from a local shop — so youâ€™re ready for Klinenbergâ€™s online Q&A. Details for that are still TBA. Not ready to commit? Klinenbergâ€™s recent op-ed, calling for social solidarity instead of simply social distancing, has us eager to read more.Â
âœï¸ Watching people get artsy and creative together, not just spectating the pros, has been one of the small joys of this moment. Take those veggie drawing â€œchallengesâ€ you might have seen in IG stories — absurd, pointless and utterly perfect. For more thoughtful inspiration, weâ€™ve been following local artist Lucy Cahill on Instagram. Cahill (@lucyteardrop) has been posting daily drawing prompts, like â€œDraw someone rad who inspires you,â€ and the resulting pictures from her followers. Dig out some colored pencils and find 30 minutes in your sched for the chillest drawing class around.Â Â
ðŸŽ¸ One night only: Pretend itâ€™s a legit weekend night out at Willis Show Bar (â€˜s YouTube channel). Theyâ€™re hosting a Willis at Home stream this Friday and next, with tutorials to make their signature cocktails, perfect to sip during the live music. The shows are fundraisers for the staff and performers, and you can donate at GoFundMe.Â Â
ðŸ³ If youâ€™re sick of cooking alreadyâ€¦ Chef Jonathan Kung of Kung Foods in Eastern Market is helping followers battle kitchen fatigue live on Instagram, with recipes designed for quarantine cooking — follow @kung_food for more. And tune in this Wednesday at 4 p.m. for roasted sweet potatoes, cooking with spices and â€œhow to take a bunch of random shit from your pantry and fridge and put it into a fucking fritatta.â€ Sounds like our energy!Â
ðŸ•º And nothing makes you feel freer than a solo dance party in the solace of your own living room. Especially when itâ€™s DJâ€™d by no less than Lady Fantastic Detroitâ€¦ aka former Detour Emerging Voices fellow and queen about town Sara Aldridge. Until we meet again for a Nothing Elegant dance party at the Old Miami, tune in on IG — and maybe even get featured in Saraâ€™s live video.
ðŸ¤¯ Blowing off steam: Detour member Amber Huntâ€™s response to this crisis is utterly relatable — screaming into the void. If youâ€™re gonna scream, might as well make it Celine Dion, and do it in â€œpublic.â€ Join her for a virtual ScreamCeline meetup Friday, belting out lyrics as loud as you can without pissing off your co-quarantiners. And thatâ€™s the way it is.Â Â