3 Ways to Avoid Going Stir-Crazy Right Now

Apart from the horrifying impact on health and mortality, the disastrous effect on the economy and the fact that toilet paper is impossible to find right now, easily the worst part about the COVID-19 pandemic is the boredom. We’ll freely admit that when you factor in all those other things the boredom doesn’t scratch the top 10, but for most of us the boredom is the most pressing issue.

We’re all in this together – rich, poor, young, old, all of us are stuck in the house with nothing to do. The South is a rich tapestry of arts and culture, but for all the good it does us we may as well be living in the Sahara Desert if we can’t leave our home to go enjoy it.  But wait. What if the rich tapestry of the South could come visit us? What if we could enjoy it from the social distance of our sofa?

Naturally, we can. Here are three ways to enjoy the South without stepping foot outside.

Bero Bero is the synth driven brainchild of Veronica Garcia-Melendez. After years of working as a sidewoman and inspired by her endless saga of mania and dolor, she has returned to penning her own music. The result has been described as Sade meets Kate Bush.

Stream Your Favorite Local Artists Live

Just because packing music venues doesn’t exactly jive with the rules of social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t see your favorite local acts live. Local musician Michael Gaster started up Quarantine Concerts to give local musicians a chance to perform for a crowd watching live via streaming. Upcoming concerts include local synth-based duo Bero Bero on April 1 and Draucker! on April 4.

Thomas Claxton has joined forces with several other musicians in "The Isolated Session Series"

 

Local musician and frequent entertainer at South events, Thomas Claxton has joined forces with several other musicians in "The Isolated Session Series" presented by Ladylake Entertainment. All performers will take place on the StageIt website and can be accessed for $10. The first performance of the series will take place on April 3 at 3pm EST and feature Jen Majura, guitarist for Evanescence. Performances will follow each Monday and Friday. Click here to learn more 

 

On Hilton Head Island, where the music scene has a long history of coming together in times of crisis, area musician Billy Martini started up a Facebook group called The Dead Rabbit where fans of local music can check out all the local streams. In addition Cranford Hollow frontman John Cranford, manager of Coligny Theatre, has converted his movie house into a virtual music venue, hosting streams from acts like Angie Aparo, Groove Town Assault and Jevon Daly.

Trivia King Barry Kaufman – Wednesday nights at 7pm. 

Keep Your Trivia Game on Point

Frequent South magazine contributor Barry Kaufman has long made trivia his main side gig, and when COVID shut down his packed trivia shows, he took the show online.

Hosting live on Twitch every Wednesday night at 7 p.m., his B-Town Trivia tests your knowledge of everything from sports and pop culture to science and history.  Do you know which supermodel hosted MTV’s “House of Style” in the 90s? Do you know the two NFL players to earn back-to-back Super Bowl MVP titles? Do you know the only bird that can fly backwards?

Then get to B-Town Trivia’s Facebook page and get started.

Spot the Local Ties in Your Most Bingeable Shows

When historians look back on the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020, they are sure to mention a certain show about tigers that pretty much everyone is watching at this point. Following the bizarre story of big cat owner Joe Exotic and the oddball cast of characters around him, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” has become the one thing everyone has rallied around while stuck inside.

But one of those oddball characters may seem extra familiar to those of us in the South. As reported by the Island Packet, Jeff Lowe one tried to open an exotic animal operation in Beaufort. The guy who (spoilers) ends up stealing Joe Exotic’s preserve out from under him got his start just up the river, attempting to open an animal encounter park near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Oh what could have been.

That’s not the only claim our area has to Netflix fame.  You’ll no doubt remember when River Street was closed off for filming of the Netflix series “Ozark” this past June. The episode featuring Savannah is now live and available to stream.