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Today's recommending listening includes a cooking playlist, music that promotes relaxation, and a studying playlist.
Live music beacon Austin City Limits (ACL) is opening its archives as a gift to music fans during the current live music moratorium. The entire slate of programs from the previous two seasons are available for streaming including Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Norah Jones and more.
Art Inspiration - Try It at Home
DIY Storytelling Dice Game
This game involves two or more people collaborating to tell a spontaneous story. Dice with pictures are used to give prompts to the narrative.
We will be making our own dice and drawing our own story prompts. At least two dice are needed, one for potential characters and one for actions. If you want to, you can also include environments and objects or magic powers. You can follow a theme like ghost stories or fairytales. Or just wing it and see what happens.
Supplies: Paper, scissors, something to draw with (pen, pencil, crayon)
If you have a printer at home that works, yay! Click here for a pattern you can print out. If not, here are directions to draw your own pattern.
Instructions: Start with a blank paper and something you can use as a straight edge. If you do not have a ruler you can use a paint stirrer, the edge of a book, or the edge of an envelope. Draw lines equally spaced in both directions to form a grid. Any width is fine, the smaller the space the smaller the dice.
Instructions: Each die takes 6 squares. Four spaces by five spaces (plus room for tabs to attach the sides together. If you do not have glue or tape (like myself) you can make a slot pattern to attach the sides together.
Instructions: Cut out the die. While you are doing that, you can think about what to draw for your prompts. If you are at home with family have them brainstorm ideas.
Instructions: Draw characters on the faces of one die, actions (run, sleep, get lost), environments (desert, island, ocean, forest, . . .), objects (magic wand, goggles, spaceship . . .), whatever you like on the other. Feel free to give your drawings captions. The more dice you make the more complex the game will be. When you are done drawing, fold up your dice and slot or glue or tape them together.
Roll the dice and make up a story based on the character and other elements you land on. Pass the story on to the next person and see how long you can keep it going. You can share your dice rolls virtually, or draw an extra set and put them in the mail to someone who might like to play.
This week, while perusing Hoopla videos to find content to watch while knitting, I found a short documentary on author Maurice Sendak called Tell Them Anything You Want. Director Spike Jonze adaped Sendak's children's book Where the Wild Things Are for film. He interviewed Sendak at his home in Connecticut for a few years beginning in 2003. This not a sugar-coated documentary, or a glorified DVD extra! Despite only being 40 minutes long, the film tackles difficult aspects of Sendak's personal life from his fraught relationship with his parents and why he chose not to have children himself to how the Lindbergh baby kidnapping in 1932 had life-long repercussions for him. A great film for anyone with a short attention span, obsession with death, affinity for prickly personalities, and for the mass of humanity who never feel their accomplishments are enough! -SB
With opening day pushed back to who-knows-when, baseball fans are in limbo. I suggest filling that void with Anika Orrock's The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. A mix of American history, oral history from the players and illustrations from the author, the book tells the story of the brief period when women literally stepped up the plate and were given the opportunity to play hardball. It manages to be a breezy read but still rich with history and stories from the players along with commentary from publications printed during the league's active years. With wonderful illustrations by Orrock, the book gives readers a deep understanding of this historic ten-year period in sports. -GG
Nicole Atkins, 'Goodnight Rhonda Lee'
Part Portishead, part Patsy Cline, all bummer music. It's good for when you're trapped in your house for a long time, not allowed to go near anybody who's been on the outside. - GG
Not sure? Try this review on NPR