It’s raining down in Boston today, but it’s Friday and we made it through another week.  And that’s not nothing people.  Each week we get through, is one week closer to the end of this crisis. So here is our daily Corona Shut Down Shout Out for Friday, April 3, 2020, full of cool things to look at, watch, drink and eat.  Enjoy.  We’ll be back Monday with more.

1. MFA VIRTUAL LATE NIGHTS

Tonight The Museum of Fine Arts Boston launches it’s 1st ever #InstaLateNites! Tune in at 9:30 pm tonight as host @oompoutloud shares her living room stage with @cakeswagg@dalaunmusic and @djalcide on Instagram Live 🎶 They’re excited to showcase some of the best of Boston’s cultural community—and to provide a platform for the artists who make Boston such a vibrant and dynamic home for all.

The online gathering kicks off the virtual peek at the exhibition “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the #HipHopGeneration,” which would have been the focus of the MFA’s Late Nites celebration that was to take place at the museum tonight.

Don’t miss a special appearance by co-curators @lizmunsell and Greg Tate (@avantgroidd) on the live stream and stay tuned for even more insights into the sights and sounds of the exhibition over the coming week! #MuseumFromHome

2. GET COOKING WITH CHEF JUAN PEDROSA & BOSTON MAGAZINE EVENTS

Photo: : Josh Jamison

Welcome Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston winner Chef Juan Pedrosa of Lolita Tequila Bars into your kitchen TONIGHT! Tune in to Boston Magazine’s Event page on Instagram at 5pm as Juan goes live to cook up his Salsa Adobada Marinated Chicken thighs. Here all you need to cook along with him: Ingredient and equipment listed below:

Ingredients:
(1) 7oz can chipotle in adobo
2oz white vinegar
5 large garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp dried oregano
3 tbls brown sugar
2 tbls tomato paste
Zest of an orange
1 lb bone in or boneless chicken thighs
¼ cup honey or agave
1 cup salsa adobada (recipe above)
Salt and pepper to taste

Kitchen Equipment:
Blender/food processor
Tongs
Oven
Sheet pan (cookie sheet) w/ rack
Mixing bowls
Cutting board
Knives

3. NUTRE MEALS TO THE RESCUE!

In an effort to bring fresh, quality and healthy prepared meals by professional chefs and restauranteurs into households, the Perrina brothers launched Nutré Meal Plans. The North Shore-based meal delivery service offers a diverse selection of meal plans where customers can choose from any combination of healthy, delicious and nutritious options – including those geared towards losing weight. All meals are created by dieticians, prepared by professional chefs and directly delivered to your doorstep.

Due to the current situation we’re all facing, the Nutré team alongside 5 members of the New England Patriots (JC Jackson, Nkeal Harry, Joejuan Williams, Kionta Davis and Shaq Mason) are donating thousands of meals per month to nurses, doctors and medical professionals on the front lines.

People can even go to the website and submit their own donation for a loved one who is a medical professional!

Through the “Feeding Heroes” donation program the Nutré staff pledges to match any amount they receive in donations. For example, if $20 (the value of 2 meals) was donated, Nutré would provide 4 meals to the staff battling the pandemic. Nutré is providing roughly 200 meals for the staff at Lahey Clinic in Peabody weekly in addition to 5 other hospitals within the Greater Boston and North Shore regions (e.g., Lawrence General Hospital, Beth Israel Lahey Health, Lowell General, Mount Auburn and Cambridge Health Alliance.)

In addition, Nutré recognizes that their current and future clientele have been affected financially by the Coronavirus pandemic. So they are working with customers to provide meals regardless of their new financial situation. They believe all customers deserve fresh, healthy and tasty meals, especially in times of distress.

4. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

It’s Friday and there’s e new CirqueConnect hour-long special for you! Enjoy a front-row seat to awe-inspiring moments of some of Cirque du Soleil’s most iconic shows.

At Cirque du Soleil, they offer an escape from everyday life through the delight and whimsy of our shows. Now more than ever, they want to do their little part to spread joy, even from afar, directly to your safe spaces. They welcome you into their fantastic world where awe-inspiring show footage and fan favorite videos will transport you. Just for you, from Cirque du Soleil. Enjoy!

5. JAM WITH BRAD PAISLEY TONIGHT

There’s absolutely nothing better than partying with friends at an outdoor summer concert. As we watch more and more summertime concerts being cancelled due to the Coronavirus, it helps to see so many country artists taking to social media to entertain us as they raise funds to help those most in need.  Some of the country’s best artists are getting creative and bringing the show right to your living room. Take the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour Home Edition for example, they’re bringing concerts right to your screen so you can jam out while being cooped up in the house.

The free LIVE concerts benefit the American Red Cross so you can be charitable while you are being entertained. Tuen in tonight as Brad Paisley performs LIVE on Bud Light’s Instagram at 9:00 p.m. ET.

6.  DRINK VIRTUAL BEERS 

Though we can’t share a beer in-person right now, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to learn about and support the amazing breweries in our communities. So, Craft’d Company is taking its Beers with the Brewers series online with a live stream guided tasting and behind-the-scenes look at each brewery. They’re excited to chat with Idle Hands Craft Ales and learn about their beers: Four Seam – New England IPA, Splitter – New England Double IPA, Helga – Smoked Helles Lager and Edgeworth – American Pilsner.

Drinking the featured beers is NOT required to join in. You can grab one or all four of the beers, or simply crack open a beverage from your fridge as you follow along. Visit the Idle Hands website for taproom to-go hours. Head to Craft’d Company’s Instagram page where they’ll go live at 7pm tonight

7. WATCH FOR PANDA LIVE!

You can watch pandas play LIVE all day long in the yards at Shenshuping Gengda Panda Center in China’s Wolong Valley.  They are filled with bamboo and Pandas, making for some very happy panda residents. Watch live and learn more about pandas on Explore.org, the largest live nature cam network on the planet. They bring nature to you, raw, unscripted, and unedited. Enjoy the natural world as it unfolds in real time in front of their live cameras.

8. OUR COUNTRY LIVE!

ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY  is a new two-hour special to be broadcast this Sunday, April 5 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET) on CBS. The special will feature intimate conversations and at-home acoustic performances with Country Music’s biggest stars, along with clips from past ACM Awards® moments. It will be a night filled with entertainment, hope and reflection, bringing the healing power of music to Americans at a time when they need it most.

ACM PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY will feature performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown & John Legend, Luke Bryan, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Additionally, the special will honor 10-time ACM Award winner Kenny Rogers with performances by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker.  Click here for details. For more information, visit . You can also like Academy of Country Music® on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for more immediate updates.