I don’t know what had just been said in this picture, but I can guarantee it was either tasteless, racist, homophobic, misogynistic … or all of the above.

I’m also pretty sure I know who said it – you filthy, degenerate, mind-in-the-gutter piece of humanity (I knew there was a reason you’re my friend).

And if you thought it was impossible to play Cards Against Humanity by Zoom, rethink your prejudices (if you need hack tips, just email me).

If there’s anything positive to come out of this experience of self-imposed quasi-quarantine, it’s this: that we’ve all come up with creative ways to stay connected. Virtual movie nights, cocktail hours, choirs, sex parties (and they’re all just me!). How are you staying connected? I’d really, really love to know.

Yeah, I know we’re all about NOT spreading things around right now. But, we’re no longer just a weekly newsletter. So, if you need a little daily joy in these dark times, and and a way to feel connected to your neighbors as social distancing becomes the new normal – please subscribe. And Tell your friends. We’re stronger together.


How do you explain a pandemic to a child? That’s Talia Haviv’s role, as a child life specialist at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Find out why honesty is always the best policy at w42st.com.

My friend, actor, podcast host, and joyous human, Jeanette Bonner, has been giving me life lately with her Instagram series “Everyday Mundane Quarantine Activities, But Naked.” Because … why would we even wear clothes, amiright? 

Signature series
Signature Theatre launches a new home for live performance, concerts, works-in-progress, panels, social justice conversations and much more, online today. It starts with a conversation with Fires in the Mirror director Saheem Ali! Ask questions in advance with the hashtag #SigSpacePresents, and watch it here.

Just move
Dancer and choreographer (and Hell’s Kitchen babe) Jessica Chen is leading a daily (Monday through Friday) movement session, inspired by her background in dance and gyrotonic. It happens via Zoom at midday, you don’t need a dance background, and all you need is a stool or chair. Classes are pay-what-you-want. Find out more here.

Something for the seniors
Thanks to Kym Harris, who alerted me to the great work her nonprofit OATS is doing with the online Senior Planet programs. It’s all free, and available for anyone aged 60+ – some of those who are feeling most isolated right now. There’s a ton of resources (today’s classes include morning stretch and learn about Zoom), plus there’s a hotline if you get lonely. Find out more here.

Bake something REALLY old
Respect to the New York Historical Society, that has transcribed ancient recipes from the almost-illegible, curly cursive into actual things we can cook. This week’s Recipe of the Week is a lemon cake that looks so simple even I could bake it. Start cooking here.

Watch Disney on Broadway
Taped in November at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Disney’s concert to celebrate 25 years on Broadway comes at you tonight, with a star-studded cast performing songs from the musicals. Watch it here.

Get Funki
Our friends at Funki-Jam have taken their Off-Broadway world music for kids program online. Classes are designed to entertain but also to teach skills including motor development, individuality, and how to become a better global citizen. Check out the semester here.

Invest in art
Thanks to the reader who pointed me in the direction of these two fabulous fund raisers, which make beautiful photography accessible, and also help amazing COVID-19 causes. Donate $200, receive the print of your choice (there is only one available of each print), and your money goes to support the amazing work of Gods Love We Deliver. Or there’s this one, where buying a $150 print sends much-needed funds to Elmhurst Hospital. 

What mundane everyday activity have you done naked lately? Because, hey, no one’s watching … and why would you waste clean clothes?

I’ll go first. Hi everyone, my name’s Ruth, and last week I scrubbed the toilet naked.


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