By Noni Kigera
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we’re sure many of you are aware of how stressful this time has been. Even though doors are opening up, make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to stay you’re safe and healthy – mentally and physically. Escaping the house for a month-long vacation to the Caribbean may not be an option, but you can escape the world and enter a virtual reality with these live streams and virtual games below. Have a great weekend!
Here’s an option that’s actually interactive and semi-physical. Austin Ale Trail is hosting a beer bingo (21+) across the city of Austin. All you have to do is hop in the whip and get a “crowler, growler, or 6 pack” from your favorite breweries via drive-thru or curbside pick up. Once you get the beer take a photo and post it with the hashtag #beeringo and add it to your #Beeringo Card. The breweries are divided by region and when you’re done checking off each location, post and tag @austinaletrail and @keepAustinBeird for the best prize yet (obviously more beer).
Your couch has been a substitute for a lot of places now – classroom, workspace, theatre, etc – so you might as well add music festival to the list. The SIMS Foundation is virtually “opening” up their lounge for a new concert every weekend at 5pm CST. Set the mood in the background with “performances by nationally recognized artists and Austin favorites.”
Easy Tiger bakery committed to donating 10,000 loaves of bread to the community of Austin that are in need by May 26. Even though they accomplished and surpassed that goal way ahead of schedule, you can still help out by donating or buying bread because people are still in need. It doesn’t stop there. Austin’s first family, the McConaugheys are taking part as well. Tune in on Instagram Live this Friday, May 8 at 8PM CST to bake with Camila Alves McConaughey! (Recommendation: pour a glass of wine so you can act like you were invited for dinner).
On behalf of your family, we’re tired of you yelling. You yell when you sing, watch T.V, talk to your cousin abroad … all that. Please do something calming like yoga. The Shuniya Yoga Collective is offering live stream Kundalani Yoga courses all week so you can take a moment to chill out. Bring along your fellow hunkerdowners as well, and prioritize feeling centered and peaceful. You need a break.
Lollapalooza is not cancelled yet, it’s just in limbo until an official decision is made at the end of May. Have faith, because it could still happen. If hope is kinda low on your end feel encouraged by good memories from prior years on their Lollapalooza vault. “First was The Strokes 2010 comeback concert, and today, Thursday May 7th, the festival has shared the Foo Fighters’ legendary show from 2011.” Turn up to the freebie version of this event and make the most out of the weekend.
Radiohead’s quarantine series has been anything but boring. Playing legendary show after legendary show, this week they got some more heat for us. They’re throwing it back to their 2006 performance at Bonnaroo. Get ready to feel the feels and warn your quarantine homies that it’s about to get ugly. Grab a snack and watch below.
Dan Smith has been virtually touring the world to look back on film classics, which fans then watch and discuss the following week. It’s like homework, but cooler and actually useful. This week’s adventure stops in Germany to watch Tom Twyker’s “RUN LOLA RUN.” Next Wednesday get ready to chat about the film, and get your questions and comments prepared full of analogies and jargon to impress the film fighters. Wear all black and a barrette, so you can truly fit the part. If you head over to Instagram, you can look back at past ‘Distraction Tactics’ IGTV episodes!