Things To Do At Home
This week, check in with NASA’s Perseverance rover, listen to orchestral music or celebrate Eid al-Fitr by making a custard dessert.,
Here is a sampling of the week’s events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication.
Watch a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme,” presented by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The classic opera follows the love and loss of a group of impoverished, bohemian artists living in Paris in the mid-1800s. This performance, which was recorded in 1982, stars Teresa Stratas as Mimi and Jose Carreras as Rodolfo. The performance is free, and will be available to view for 23 hours after the premiere.
When 7:30 p.m.
Hear Deepak Chopra and the neuroscientist Tara Swart explore the cognitive processes related to self-awareness, or metacognition. Dr. Chopra and Dr. Swart will also discuss what cultivating and practicing self-awareness can lead to. This event, presented by the Rubin Museum of Art as part of its Brainwave series, will conclude with a meditation led by Dr. Chopra. Pay what you wish for tickets, but a $15 donation is suggested.
When 6:30 p.m.
Make a dish in preparation for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. The chef Yaseen Jawad will lead viewers through the process of creating Layali Lubnan, or “Lebanese nights,” a dessert made with layers of sweet custard, pistachios and syrup. This event, presented by the Arab American National Museum as part of their “Yalla Eat!” series, is free to attend, and an ingredients list is provided beforehand.
When 5:30 p.m.
Tune in to a talk with the photographer Hassan Hajjaj, presented by the International Center for Photography in New York. Mr. Hajjaj, a Moroccan photographer who has shot celebrities such as Cardi B. and Billie Eilish as well as local community members, will speak about his colorful, pattern-filled photographs and the intersection of fashion and portraiture. Tickets are $9, and attendance is capped at 1,000.
When 1 p.m.
Check in with Perseverance, NASA’s new rover which landed on Mars in February. Isabel Hawkins, a scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and Ron Hipschman, an educator and exhibit developer there, will tell viewers about what the rover found and where it is heading next. This free event, which is hosted by the Exploratorium, is intended for children in middle school and older.
When 4 p.m.
Enjoy a performance of classic musical inspired by love and romance in a presentation by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Under the direction of Keith Lockhart, this encore broadcast will feature music from Tchaikovsky, John Williams and others, and will include guest performances from members of Boston’s dance companies. This concert, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, is free to watch, and available for streaming through June 12.
When 12 p.m.
Stream Roy Andersson‘s latest film, “About Endlessness,” through the Film Forum. The feature, which is in Swedish and has subtitles, examines the nature of human existence and the pain and beauty in everyday life. The film is a New York Times Critic’s Pick, and A.O. Scott describes it as “76 minutes worth of vignettes that are individually somber and cumulatively exhilarating.” Tickets start at $12, and streaming is available anytime for 48 hours after purchase.
Whip up a Saturday brunch with the chef Tommy Nguyen in a cooking demonstration presented by the Detroit Institute of the Arts. Chef Nguyen will teach viewers how to make pho and Ca phe da, or “cafe da,” a traditional Vietnamese drink made from coffee brewed using a metal Vietnamese drip filter, sweetened condensed milk and ice cubes. This event is free.
When 1 p.m.
Gather the family and enjoy a story time presented by the California African American Museum and the Oakland Public Library to celebrate the museum’s exhibit, Enunciated Life, which explores Black spirituality. A librarian will read Tonya Bolden’s “Rock of Ages: A Tribute to the Black Church,” featuring illustrations by R. Gregory Christie. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Attendance is capped at 400.
When 1:30 p.m.
Spend your Sunday participating in the Bay to Breakers virtual race. The 110-year-old race, which is traditionally held in San Francisco, has moved online for the second year in a row. Participants have until June 2 to complete a 12-kilometer run, (about 7.5 miles), and are encouraged to stick with the in-person tradition of wearing their wackiest costumes while running. Registration costs $50, and includes a 2021 finisher medal, a running hat and a beach towel.