Pop Rocks: Alternatives During the Most Boring Time of the Year
Beginning July 5, we enter the worst part of the year if you want to be entertained. From the first week of the year's seventh month through approximately Labor Day in early September, prepare yourself for boredom. Sure, this is the traditional time of year that most people go on vacation or spend time with family and friends, but what about on those regular days when you have nothing going on? What about a random Wednesday? What the hell are we supposed to do?
ScarJo in Lucy might be one of your only decent movie options over the next two months.
Because, let's face it, when it comes to the world of entertainment, we are all out of luck.
One of the best retreats in the summer is a cool, dark movie theater. Unfortunately, most of the big summer film releases have already happened. Beyond Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (God, help us), the summer blockbuster season has largely ended. That doesn't mean that there aren't decent movies yet to be seen, but the number will now dwindle to nearly nothing unless you're into cartoon films or The Expendables 3 (ack!).
Recommended Alternatives: Lucy and Guardians of the Galaxy could be very interesting, but a safer bet is streaming some old movies you've never seen before. Try on some Hitchcock for starters.
With fall sweeps still months away, all we have to look forward to is a bunch of rejected shows trotted out during the summer in hopes they might catch on or reality TV. Oh, sure, Bachelor in Paradise sounds AMAZING (if by amazing, you mean awful), but this is the time of year to turn the TV off and look for another form of entertainment...or binge watch series you've never seen before.
Recommended Alternatives: It might be tempting or even entertaining to watch every episode of Dexter in a single week, but maybe try reading a book. No, I'm not joking!
Whether it's art exhibits or the performing arts, this is normally down time for many organizations and museums. It's hard enough to get people to go to the opera without vacation and amusement parks taking priority for most families. There are plenty of good ongoing art installations worth checking out, but you'd be hard pressed to find a good musical or dance performance before this fall.
Recommended Alternatives: Take a class. Maybe you could create some art of your own or learn to dance or be a better cook. And it makes you an active participant instead of just a bystander.