Date Night: Hurricane Edition



Last week, we published a date night blog geared toward the ongoing need for social distancing and staying home as much as possible due to the pandemic. The post shared a delicious recipe from the “Side Dish” blog and a few cocktail recipes from mixologist Daniel Victory’s “Drink Up, NOLA” blog.

This week, if a pandemic wasn’t enough to deal with (thanks, 2020), New Orleans is experiencing our regularly scheduled hurricane season.

(As we write this, the internet is having a ball imagining storms Marco and Laura as a couple. In that spirit here’s an LTEC weather update: Hurricane Marco has been downgraded to a tropical storm, effectively jilting Laura and leaving her at the altar. Tropical Storm Laura, on the heels of the breakup, is gaining strength. We all know what happens to a woman scorned, so unsurprisingly, Laura is predicted to become a hurricane soon. Though we hope she realizes this is all for the best and chills out.)

Meanwhile, we’re used to staying home and filling our days and weekends with socially distant activities, but now we have the possibility of adding in bad weather and loss of power. Many people have already charged all devices, and portable chargers, downloaded those Netflix shows and made sure they have all the podcasts needed to get through a power outage.

To help you prepare, and setup a little bit of a date day or night, we’re sharing a list of recommendations from the staff at Renaissance Publishing that include the best things to read, listen to and watch while we’re dealing with the impending storms.

To Watch:

Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)

In the sitcom “Schitt’s Creek,” a wealthy couple — video store magnate Johnny and his soap opera star wife Moira — suddenly find themselves completely broke. With only one remaining asset, a small town called Schitt’s Creek, which the Roses bought years earlier as a joke, this once-wealthy couple and their two spoiled children must give up life as they know it.

Peaky Blinders (Netflix)

Britain is a mixture of despair and hedonism in 1919 in the aftermath of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly minted revolutions and criminal gangs are fighting for survival in a nation rocked by economic upheaval. One of the most powerful gangs of the time is the Peaky Blinders, run by returning war hero Thomas Shelby and his family. But Thomas has bigger ambitions than just running the streets.

You (Netflix)

What would you do for love? For a brilliant male bookstore manager who crosses paths with an aspiring female writer, this question is put to the test. A charming yet awkward crush becomes something even more sinister when the writer becomes the manager’s obsession.

Grace & Frankie (Netflix)

For as long as they can recall, Grace and Frankie have been rivals. Their one-upmanship comes crashing to a halt, however, when they learn that their husbands have fallen in love with each other and want to get married. As everything around the ladies is coming apart, the only thing they can really rely on is each other.



Click here to read the full list.



To Listen To:

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Noble Blood


Noble Blood explores the stories of some of history’s most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the murdered, and everyone in between. The world is full of ill-fated love affairs, bad decisions, and family drama, but for a monarch, the personal will determine the fate of nations. And when you’re wearing a crown, mistakes tend to mean blood.


Stuff You Should Know


If you’ve ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino,
true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.


Girls Gotta Eat

Why do guys just want to meet up with you once then stalk your Instagram forever? Should you ditch the apps and meet people in the wild? How do you get over a breakup when you feel like you’re gonna die? These are all topics discussed on Girls Gotta Eat — a hilarious podcast from Rayna Greenberg (@Rayna.Greenberg) and Ashley Hesseltine (comedian + creator of @BrosBeingBasic).

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White Lies


In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.


Click here to read the full list.


And click here to see which books we recommend to pass the time.




What are you and your significant other downloading to listen to and watch while the power is (possibly) out over the next few days?

Let us know in the comments below.





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