Stuck Inside? Take In Some Culture Online

Here in Ottawa we're still waiting to see if we'll have to endure the tail end of hurricane Sandy (still waiting on a consensus from conflicting local weather reports), but either way it's been a rainy and cold few days. It's always nice to take in some culture on a Friday night, but I'm a lot less prone to venture out to a museum or art show when the weather is so disagreeable. Luckily on a day like today, there are some great art and culture websites to keep anyone entertained (or preoccupied) during storm season...

Movi Kanti RevoFans of Cirque Du Soleil will enjoy this creative browser app which uses gestures and sound to create an interactive experience inspired by the famed circus. From the app:

Movi.Kanti.Revo comes from the Esperanto words for Moving, Singing and Dreaming. It is indeed by gesturing and making sounds that users navigate a beautifully surreal world, follow a mysterious character in her adventure, enjoy surprising Cirque du Soleil performances and live an emotional journey made of love, doubts, hope and dreams.

Web Lab
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In partnership with the Google Web Lab is an interactive experience, live from the Science Museum, London. Make music with people from around the world with the Universal Orchestra, or watch as one of the Google Sketchbots draw a portrait of you from across the web. 5 interesting interactive experiments allow people from around the world to engage with exhibits on display in the museum live and in real time.

Google Art Project

If you haven't yet checked it out, Google Art Project is pretty much Google Street View for museums. With partnerships with art museums from around the world, Art Project lets you explore incredible art and galleries from the comfort of your browser.

Explore museums with Street View technology: virtually move around the museum's galleries, selecting works of art that interest you, navigate though interactive floor plans and learn more about the museum and you explore.

NPR Infinite Player
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A perfect option for a night spent sheltered from the weather, the NPR Infinite Player let you explore the diverse programing of NPR in an attractive browser app. Personally I've always been a big fan of NPR's WNYC Radio Lab podcast, (which you can check out here) but in addition you'll find programs like Fresh Air, All Songs Considered, Tell Me More and TED Radio Hour to bring some culture into your home on a quiet Friday night.

Vimeo Couch Mode
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While you could always just sit and enjoy an old standby and watch a favorite movie, or that latest episode of Game of Thrones, sometimes it's nice to take in something fresh and new. While YouTube is an endless time warp of kitten videos and epic fails, Vimeo offers an incredible range of independent video and film making.

If you feel like exploring some beautiful short films, animations, documentaries and music videos from independent content creators, launch Vimeo in Couch Mode. Their wide selection of staff picked videos will introduce you to hours of incredible independent material from around the world.

Whether you've just had a busy week, or the weather is keeping you to the comfort of your home on a Friday night, it doesn't mean you need to just sit around watching TV. Feeling like a quiet night in? Why not open up a bottle of wine take in some culture online.

(Image: Sean Rioux, screenshots as linked)