“I Have My Eye on a Suite in Baker Street”: Tour the Sherlock Holmes Museum from Your Shelter

A singular addition to our post the other day about virtual tours of museums to enliven your confinement! Our friends at MX Publishing have dug up a video tour of the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker St., N.W., London.

“Then he opened a door and showed us into a large room furnished as a museum.” [PRIO]

Please note that MX is running a #bookstotrees promotion, planting a tree for every book purchased from their site in 2020. They’ve planted 272 trees at the time of this post, with a goal of 1,000+ for the year. You need some more Sherlockiana to read while you’re sheltering, right?

“It is not eight o’clock, and a Wagner night at Covent Garden!”: Opera from Your Couch

Illustration by Sidney Paget, 1891, for “The Red-Headed League”

For those who enjoy opera—even when it doesn’t feature the famous contralto Miss Irene Adler—the Metropolitan Opera in NY is streaming a different performance from their Live in HD series each night, providing one more way to enjoy cultural experiences while confined to your home.

Selected upcoming performances:

  • March 29: Wagner’s Tännhauser (Holmes loved Wagner, per REDC)
  • March 31: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville
  • April 1: John Adams’s Nixon in China
  • April 4: Verdi’s Macbeth

Check the full schedule and available supplementary material at the Met’s site.

Streams can be watched on their website or via the Met app for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TVs. Each performance will be available for 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. Full details on accessing the broadcasts can be found on the website.

Thanks are due again to JeanMarie Zubia!

Art in the Blood: Visit the British Museum and Others While Sheltering in Place

From BBC Sherlock’s “The Great Game”

Our member JeanMarie Zubia (The Persian Slipper) forwards this list of free virtual museum tours to help relieve your cabin fever (and keep you from watching even more hours of Netflix) as we wait out the zombie apocalypse COVID-19:

You can also visit nearly anywhere on Earth via Google Street View.

Important Announcement re Tea on June 13

Eternal optimist Christine Ellis reports that despite the current shelter-in-place order in effect in Oregon, she has not canceled the reservation at Clockworks Tea. However, given the uncertainty about the duration of the restrictions, we are no longer collecting the $35 cost. A final decision will need to be made by mid-May.