Not all screen time is created equal. There’s Zooming with your sales team and Zooming with a chef in Madrid to make a Spanish stew. There’s scrolling through Netflix for 45 minutes or swapping out that time for a painting lesson. Sign yourself or a loved one up to online classes to break out of the pandemic slump.
Devour Tour’s culinary classes from tapas to sherry
Spain has the best food. Who can prove this? You! After you take a Devour class or two. Beat the post-Christmas blues with Chef Arantxa. Learn how to drink like a Spaniard with Nika’s tutorial on sherry. Offered in small groups (20 screens max), Devour’s classes are truly interactive, perfect for beginners or aces, and last about 90 minutes. Find plenty more offerings for about $25 a class and learn about booking private events (including a paella-making class) at devourtours.com. Want to stay local? Mei Mei offers classes on dumpling making, hand-pulled noodles and more at meimeiboston.com; the Tasting Counter can teach you how to prepare and plate three beautiful dishes in a night at tastingcounterathome.com.
KMW School of Painting community classes
For four decades Katherine Martin Widmer taught painting classes in Somerville. More importantly, she fostered a sense of community and convinced countless skeptics to become life-long artists. After her passing, the school’s fans and friends kept the art going. Now online, the school teaches adults of all stripes from across the city and beyond its borders. For $160, adults can fall in love with painting for an online semester in a fun and nurturing setting. Find your new passion at kmwschoolofpainting.com, and check the site in 2021 for information on adult and kid in-person classes.
Be Yoga online and (safe) in-person classes
Are you or your loved one digging around in the deeps of YouTube searching for some tranquility? Why not skip the impersonal instructional vids and get local (while staying virtual). While Be Yoga does offer in-person classes (limited to seven masked students who are socially distanced), the studio also has loads of live and recorded classes. In the meantime, remember to breathe. Schedule, prices and details at beinunion.com.
Film education via the Criterion Channel
These days, it’s hard to get off the couch. Hey, no judgement here, but why don’t you upgrade from rewatching “Stranger Things” for the third time to a subscription to the Criterion Channel. For $100 a year or $11 per month, the streaming service will entertain and educate. Take a gander at the December lineup and you’ll see the artistic upgrade the service offers: a Mae West retrospective, three features from auteur Terrence Malick, a look at UCLA Film School rebel Julie Dash’s short films, a pair of romantic comedies featuring Kim Novak and Veronica Lake, and loads more. Subscriptions available at criterionchannel.com.