Low goes Insta Live

"It’s Friday, I’m in Low," the band posted last week — with an announcement that it would be performing at 3 p.m. CST every week on Instagram Live.

Low is streaming concerts Fridays on Instagram Live. (2018 file / News Tribune)
Low is streaming concerts Fridays on Instagram Live. (2018 file / News Tribune)

If you missed last week’s inaugural virtual concert featuring Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk, which included the new song “Days Like These,” it was more than music. Twitter ravers called it a “day-brightener” and noted Sparhawk’s thoughtful words on grief. Fans are already requesting songs for this week’s go-round.

Low plays at 3 p.m. April 10 on Instagram Live.

Mike Scholtz's documentary "Riplist" is now available for streaming. (Image courtesy of Scholtz)
Mike Scholtz's documentary "Riplist" is now available for streaming. (Image courtesy of Scholtz)

RIP roarin’ movie now streaming

Untested coping mechanism: fighting grim with grim. Wrenshall filmmaker Mike Scholtz’s documentary about a group of friends who compete yearly in a celebrity death pool is now available for streaming at twincitiesfilmfest.org. The organization has launched a new on-demand streaming service that includes more than a dozen picks.

"Riplist," a feature-length film stars a mix of characters ranging from those who take its yearly draft very, very seriously, to a professional death investigator who is actually pretty bad at finding famous people with a year or less left to live.

It's an on-brand story for Scholtz, who is good-humored and has an eye for charming quirkiness. (One of his other films is about competitive jigsaw puzzling.)

“Riplist” is available at twincitiesfilmfest.org. Price: $5.99.

Julie Gard's  very now poem is available in Unbroken journal. (2016 file / News Tribune)
Julie Gard's very now poem is available in Unbroken journal. (2016 file / News Tribune)

The art of now-now

In a world where it’s now completely bizarro to see, on TV or in movies, people shaking hands or congregating, consider this: There is already art for The Now.

Julie Gard is a prose poet who, poem-by-poem, offers paragraph-sized portraits of domestic life — even when it means social distancing.

With “Viral Two Step,” a piece published recently on unbrokenjournal.com, Gard considers the new realities of self-checkout, oil changes, essential workers, space.

Gard, an associate writing professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, released the collection “Home Studies” in 2015.

“Viral Two Step” is available at unbrokenjournal.com.

Mystery movies at Zinema 2

Matthew Dressel, who is basically a pandemic entertainment hero (at least for humans with virtual arts and entertainment needs), is firing up a weekly mystery movie through Zinema 2, where he is in charge of programming.

On Wednesday nights, for $5, viewers can watch a movie of his choice. The one you just missed had an alien theme.

Next week’s hasn’t yet been announced.

Please note: Dressel has a certain style of movie he favors. It might not be your first pick, but it will definitely make you more well-rounded and potentially better at trivia if you tune in.

Midnight Movies at 7 present’s Matt’s Movies at 7 p.m. April 14. Tickets: $5 at zeitgeistarts.com.

Instagram user tedhansen_art shared this work for the @artsmia project from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. (Instagram)
Instagram user tedhansen_art shared this work for the @artsmia project from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. (Instagram)

Be the art on Instagram

The Minneapolis Institute of Art gave a call-out to its staff, then its Insta followers: Scroll through the museum’s collection collections.artsmia.org, pick a favorite, recreate it at home and tag @artsmia on Instagram to share it. The results: clever veil work, pets in period costumes, busy stuffed animals.

This seems like a good use of various costumes, yard tools, kitchen appliances and gooey globs of whatever. If you’re not into the performative side, just scroll #miafromhome and #inspiredbymia.

Take a virtual circle tour today on Facebook. (2018 file / News Tribune)
Take a virtual circle tour today on Facebook. (2018 file / News Tribune)

Another side of Superior

This might not be the best time for a road trip around Lake Superior — but it’s never a bad time to take a virtual road trip around the grandest of Great Lakes.

Lake Superior Circle Tour Adventure Guide is hosting a watch party — a series of videos from along the route, whether you want to do some post-COVID-19 dreaming, or to just take in the vistas without consulting your pesky gas tank. There is an option to interact with fellow couch-travelers.

Circle Tour watch party is at 2 p.m. April 9 on the Lake Superior Circle Tour Facebook page.