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What To Watch To Overcome Cabin Fever: Bob Ross Videos Or The SA Zoo's Live Webcam

The San Antonio Zoo is closed, but they've got live feeds of their animals.
Courtesy of San Antonio Zoo
The San Antonio Zoo is closed, but they've got live feeds of their animals.

Updated Monday, May 4 at 11 a.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at letters@tpr.org.

Bored at home? Have you already checked our list of things you can do this week? No problem. We've got a few more ideas of things you can watch:

  • Stream Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, famed for its association to The Bard, is now streaming many of his plays online! Starting Monday at 1 p.m., The Two Noble Kinsmen will stream for two weeks on the theatre's YouTube channel, but you can find more on its video-on-demand platform.  Next Monday, May 11, the theatre will start streaming Macbeth.

  • Bob Ross programs

Dulcet-toned Bob Ross might be good for what ails you in the age of COVID-19. The Bob Ross YouTube channel has all 403 programs he recorded, and that's all 31 years' worth. A definite respite for the weary, and if you paint along with him, you might just learn a new skill.

  • Champion High School orchestra performs Ode To Joy.

  • San Antonio Zoo Webcam

The San Antonio Zoo is closed, but do you ever wonder what the animals are up to while everyone is at home? Now you can virtually connect with the zoo’s animals, from anywhere.

Audiences can go to the zoo’s new media page on its website to find a collection of videos, including a live webcam of jellyfish, animal chats, Nature Education, “Zoo-It-Yourself” DIY videos and Zen Zoo yoga. Also of note, the zoo’s Facebook page Monday–Fridays at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for live animal chats. Tune in at 10:30 a.m. for Zen Zoo yoga live.

  • At-Home Broadway viewing

You won't get to see anything on Broadway for the near term, but you can see Broadway productions streaming in the comfort of your own living room. Newsies, Sweeney Todd, Rent — we're talking blockbusters here — Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park With George. All available on multiple platforms, all with Broadway casts, and all viewable right there at home.

  • SXSW Short Films

If you were among the thousands of film fans who missed going to the annual SXSW Film Festival in March (since it was canceled), you can now watch almost all of the short films that would have screened at the festival online, thanks to a partnership between MailChimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories.
That includes animated, documentary and plenty of Texas-made shorts, including all films in the Texas High School Shorts category. San Antonio-based Saint Mary’s Hall senior Wilson Jones’s film “Alex” was due to screen at the fest, and you can watch it and all of the featured films here.

Still haven't found what you're looking for? Check out our advice on what to listen to, things you can learn and how to entertain your kids while you're stuck at home.

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