Welcome to part 4 of my guide to streaming arts and culture offerings. Be sure to look at the previous post as well because there will be some ongoing items of interest, and links to one time events are archived or that can lead you to others. All times are Eastern unless otherwise noted. Events are free unless noted with $
A great resource to find streaming events of all kinds, mostly music, is the Nashville Based Do Stuff at Home. Plug in a date, and see a list of what is going on that day.
Ballet/Dance Performances and classes Upcoming:
April 17-26: Royal Ballet. Peter and the Wolf.
April 17-? Royal Ballet. Metamorphosis.
April 17–April 24 San Francisco Ballet. Let’s Begin at the End.
April 19 5 PM American Ballet Theater. Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III in Conversation with Budd Mishkin: Romeo & Juliet at American Ballet Theatre. $5
April 21 8PM: New York City Ballet. Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante. Recorded in the winter of 2017 and featuring Principal Dancers Tiler Peck and Andrew Veyette in the lead roles, Allegro Brillante will be presented with an introduction from NYCB Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford for 72 hours on NYCB’s YouTube channel, Facebook page, and homepage at nycballet.com.
April 22 2 PM: English National Ballet “Wednesday Watch Party” Full length “Broken Wings.” Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s critically acclaimed Broken Wings, featuring Tamara Rojo in the role of Frida Kahlo alongside legendary ballet star Irek Mukhamedov as Diego Rivera.
April 23 7 PM and archived through April 26. Alvin Ailey Dance Company “Night Theater”
April 24 8 PM: New York City Ballet. The world premiere performance of Justin Peck’s Rotunda, filmed on February 26, 2020.
April 24-May 1: An Evening with Natalia Osipova. A program by Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
April 25 12 PM: Bolshoi Ballet “A Hero For our Time.” Available for 24 hours.
April 26 10 PM: Misty Copeland Introduces the world premiere of Deluxe by the BalletBoyz
April 27-May 7. Weekdays. 1 PM: TeMaTe Institute for Black Dance and Culture with Ajara Alghali. Let’s Dance! Introduction to West African Dance. Presented by Sidewalk Detroit.
April 30 8 PM: Heidi Duckler Dance’s The Chandelier scheduled to be performed in the Lovelace Studio Theater & Promenade Terrace at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. A short version, Illuminating The Chandelier, will premiere with a free livestream and will subsequently be available on demand. Registration appears to be required.
Ballet/Dance Performances/Classes Ongoing:
ABT is offering various streaming online classes and daily content for children ABT Kids.
The Bolshoi Ballet’s “We Together” a two hour performance held at the Bolshoi Theater without an audience and streamed to the public is now available on Youtube.
Perm Opera Ballet Theater has a number of full length ballet streams planned. Check their Youtube page to sign up for reminders.
Stuttgart Ballet at Home has various offerings including full length ballets and documentaries.
English National Ballet post a full length ballet and hosts a Wednesday Watch Party every Wednesday at 2 PM Eastern. Their Youtube channel also offers classes.
Carolina Ballet has a number of pre-recorded full-length ballets on offer on its web page.
New York City Ballet offers various streaming classes and workshops.
Sumin Ballet is offering 48-hour streaming access to a pre-recorded performance every Wednesday. Called Hump Day Ballets, the week’s repertoire is chosen by a different company member. Links to the broadcast will be available on the company’s Facebook and Instagram page
For a regular update of schools offering streaming classes see the Virtual Ballet Facebook group.
Virtual Dance Parties
Matthew Way has a daily DJ dance party streaming on Facebook at 6 PM
The Motown Museum in Detroit is holding a Motown Dance Party via its Instagram page every Friday night at 8 PM
The Basement Detroit. Sundays 7-9 PM.
Theater/Film Performances Upcoming:
Now through April 26 Williamston Theater. These Mortal Hosts. This live performance was canceled due to Covid but it is being offered streaming with ticket sales benefiting the performers and the theater. $
Now through April 27 Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland. Commissioned by The Space Arts, the film mixes live capture of performance from the iconic Royal Court Theatre stage production starring Stephen Rhea with location shooting in Belfast.
Now through April 27: Cheek by Jowl Theater A Winter’s Tale.
Now through May 27: Much Ado About Nothing PBS Great Performances. Features Danielle Brooks (“Orange is the New Black,” Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) and Grantham Coleman (“Buzzer,” “The Americans”) as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick. Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (“American Son,” “A Raisin in the Sun”) directs with choreography by Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown (“Choir Boy”).
Now through July 1: Folger Theater’s Macbeth. On Youtube in two parts with a variety of companion videos, interviews and behind the scenes footage.
April 16-23: National Theatre at Home Treasure Island
April 17-24 Various times. The Booksellers documentary. Holding virtual screenings which benefit local cinemas. Check the page for theaters and showtimes. $
April 20 2 PM and available until May 3. The Globe Theater. Romeo and Juliette.
April 21: 5 PM Broadway Cares Tuesday Trivia. Three rounds of musical theater trivia.
April 23 2 PM and available for one week. National Theater’s Twelfth Night.
April 23 to May 14 King Lear. Stratford Theater Festival. Launches with a viewing party at 7PM and runs for three weeks on the Stratford Festival website. Because the festival has been sidelined, they’re presenting a free Shakespeare On Film festival, beginning on the playwright’s birthday, April 23. The curated program is divided into four themes, each of which resonates with things we’re thinking about during the pandemic: Social Order, Isolation, Minds Pushed to the Edge and Relationships. Lear is the first. Once it begins, with several plays running “in rep,” it’ll come to resemble the actual Stratford Festival itself.
April 23 1 PM Happy Birthday, Shakespeare. Lecture by Shakespeare professor Lisa Kander.
April 22-26: The Freep Film Festival has moved online with its program of documentary films. Visit their page for schedule and showtimes.
April 22 7:30 PM: Shakespeare Theater Company lecture. A discussion of Shakespeare’s two early masterpieces, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and why they remain such popular and beloved works. As a new member of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, Shakespeare helps change our understanding of tragedy and comedy, teenage identity, and the magical experience of nature. Also discussed: Shakespeare’s “lyric” period, what makes these works different from what came before, Simon’s thoughts on directing Romeo and Juliet for the National Theatre. Free to Shakespeare Theater Company members, $10 to non-members. $
April 23: Premiere short documentary film. The Fight for Oak Flat, in conjunction with the Sierra Club – Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter. On April 23rd there will be a free online premiere and a virtual zoom discussion panel with the subjects of the film, moderated by the filmmaker. (I didn’t see what time of day but will update when I know.)
April 23 7 PM: MSU Filmetry Festival. Screening a collection of student, faculty and guest filmmakers adapting work from poems featured in RESPECT: The Poetry of Detroit Music. The Filmetry Festival is a collaboration between the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, the Film Studies Program and the Department of English, and the MSU Libraries.
April 25: The Graduate, with Matthew Rhys, Kathleen Turner, Bruce Davison, and John Getz. To stream current and recently broadcast plays from LA Theaeterworks weekly radio series: latw.org/broadcasts#recent.
April 26 5 PM: Original Practice Shakespeare. A Midsommer Night’s Dreame.
April 28 8 PM: Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration. Concert event with starts of Broadway.
April 29 7:30 PM: Shakespeare Theater Company lecture. In 1596, Shakespeare’s son Hamnet dies from the plague. A few years later, his father dies. In 1603, James Stuart becomes King James I of England. We discuss Hamlet, the “poem unlimited” and an endlessly fascinating study of grief and spirituality with its twin in Measure for Measure, a problem comedy that explores the ambiguities and mysteries of authoritarian leadership, the human being’s relationship to the law, and the law’s relationship to all of us.
April 30 2 PM and available until May 7: National Theatre. Frankenstein. with Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein.
April 30 and available until May 21. Stratford Theater Festival. Coriolanus.
May 7 to 28. Stratford Theater Festival. Macbeth.
May 12 7 PM: Chicago Dramatists. Zoom event. A “generative workshop,” playwright Emilio Williams.
Apollinaire Theater Company (Massachusetts) is doing a series of free interactive online play & film script reading gathering (by video meeting). You can to become part of the show — from a safe social distance. Download and read the script, choose your favorite parts and, if your name is drawn, you become part of the production or just sit and watch if you wish. See the web page for their upcoming schedule.
Actor’s Theater of Louisville has launched “Actors Theater Direct” purchase tickets to stream past performances and support the theater. $
Second City improv the current players (and some alumni) from Second City in Chicago are presenting “Improv House Parties.” R.S.V.P. and chuckle along to their antics Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET.
The Actors Fund. Stars in the House. The Actors Fund is hosting miniature Broadway shows every day at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET with stars like Kristin Chenoweth, Patrick Wilson, and Audra McDonald via its YouTube page. The shows are free but donations are gladly accepted.
The Social Distancing Social Club. Streaming comedy show, every day, except for Monday and Thursday, at 8 PM Eastern.
Lionsgate Movies. Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies will be hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis will be joined by special guest celebrities and YouTube personalities. The free movies that will livestream on Fridays at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm
Cirque du Soleil is offering streaming content including show and behind the scenes footage
The Original Theatre Company has two full length productions on offer. Asking for L2.50 or a larger donation. $
National Theatre (London) is streaming a free play every Thursday at 7PM GMT.
The Show Must Go On Online will be streaming all of Shakespeare’s plays in order
Theater without Theater (Instagram) is posting everything from songs from canceled productions to full performances.
Center for Puppetry is offering a regular series of streaming shows and puppet making workshops see their web page for upcoming dates.
offers a 30 Day free trial of its streaming service with performances by the Bolshoi, Royal Shakespeare Company and Classic Spring Theater
Company’s Oscar Wilde season.
Corona Virus Theater Club. Linking writers and actors to produce streaming content.
Keep on Writing 2020 creates a new Twitter length play each day.
Belarus Free Theater is streaming 24 of its productions on Youtube. English subtitles available.
Happenstance Theater’s Moxie production. Winner of two Helen Hayes Awards! Outstanding Costume Design and Musical Direction A theatrical collage inspired by the Great Age of Vaudeville, infused with the joys and struggles of its performers’ lives. In homage to the style and spirit of this immensely popular theatre from the late 19th Century, Happenstance Theater brings old Vaudeville back. $10 rental supports the theater. $
I, China. Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar as told through the eyes of one of the play’s minor characters. The review of this performance in The Guardian says “There’s no shortage of Shakespeare and other live drama to watch online during this period when we are shut out of theatres. But Crouch and Owusu don’t just deliver spellbinding poetry: they urge us to create our own and, most importantly, assure us that we can’t fail.”
Virtual Theater and Learning from Chicago Children’s Theater on Youtube.
Sydney Theatre Company is posting regular videos with actors performing monologues from various plays.
The Intruder. Detroit Theater Collective. “For a limited time” (not specified) “Inspired by ghosts, dark angels, 1960s American soap operas, Hitchcock and Maeterlinck’s Symbolist writing.”
If you’re looking for something cultural to listen to, the Folger Shakespeare Library has a regular Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.
Talking Shorts, an online magazine devoted to short films, has organized the My Darling Quarantine Online Film Festival. Each week, the site will host seven shorts curated by the international film community on the theme of of “dystopia.” Vote on your favorites, and if you’re able, donate to the GoFundMe the site has set up to support both Medecins Sans Frontiers and cultural workers who have been impacted by the various shutdowns.
Cinema Detroit is hosting virtual screenings of indie films. Buy a ticket and they’ll send you a link to stream. $
Cinetopia Film Festival rent and stream independent movies. Support independent film makers. $
Michigan and State Theaters Virtual Cinema. Streaming independent films to support independent filmmakers and the theaters. $
Acme Screening Room. Rent and stream current independent films. $
Music Box Direct. Streaming service that brings international art house films and tv to your living room. 7 Day free trial. $
National Film Board of Canada has more than 3,000 films free online
Netflix has posted dozens of their educational film and programs on Youtube for free.
The historic Redford Theater has been hosting classic film watch parties on its Facebook page. Check there for the next one.
Planet of the Humans climate change-themed documentary directed by Jeff Gibbs and Produced by Michael Moore available via Youtube.
Réveíl: Waking Up French. Documentary on the French-Canadian, Franco-American communities of New England. Available streaming for 30 days.
April 19 2 PM The Kennedys Live-Stream Concert.
April 20 2:30 PM Ukulele Lesson with Raelyn Nelson. (Granddaughter of Willie Nelson)
April 21 4 PM: It’s Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard’s 50th birthday and he has invited everyone to celebrate with him. “Join me for a glass, a song, and a story on my Instagram @thegingerman222”
April 21 9 PM: Music to Stargaze By. Music for this years Lyrids meteor shower. Led Astronomer, Moiya McTier music by Yusuke Yamamoto.
April 23 9 PM: Blackwing Sessions presents Johnny Irion.
April 24 2 PM Royal Opera. Glorianna. Streaming on the Royal Opera House’s Youtube Channel.
April 24 3 PM Leon Gurvich Solo Piano. Original works, film music and improvisations on themes suggested by the audience.
April 26 1 PM: Dutch National Opera 50th Anniversary Gala. Available for one week.
April 26 3 PM: From the Woody Guthrie Center. A discussion with songwriter and musician Jimmy LaFave.
April 26 7:30 PM Birds of Change. Ark Family Room Series.
May 1 8 PM The Accidentals livestream The Ark Family Room Series
May 6 8 PM: And continuing every Wednesday. River Raisin Ragtime Review.
May 10 8 PM Nora Jane Struthers. Americana. The Ark Family Room Series
May 22 11 AM: Michigan Opera Theater Children’s Chorus. The Very Last Green Thing.
The Uncancelled Music Festival. The UnCancelled Music Festival brings together musicians, fans and venues from around the globe for a virtual concert experience to help sustain the music industry.
Club Passim (Massachusetts) is streaming a series of concerts, mostly acoustic/americana each day at 6 or 7 PM. Visit their Live Stream page to see the schedule.
Cafe Lena has a streaming “Stay at Home” series every night at 8 PM.
Rufus Wainwright Livestreaming Daily
Mary Chapin Carpenter is doing songs from her kitchen on Facebook
Will Hoppey, NY Singer-Songwriter, is holding regular living room gigs every Wednesday and Saturday at 6 PM.
Randy Cormier, a Berkshire, MA singer-songwriter and record store owner posts regular streaming performances as well as live record auctions on his Facebook page. Follow to see when the next one is happening.
Jam Happy Hour with musical guests via Zoom. Every evening at 4 PM.
Harry Rollins shares some of his favorites from his music collection and the stories behind them in “Cool Quarantine” KCRW radio.
If you missed Glen Hansard playing live at his house on April 12, you can still catch the video on Youtube.
Pink Floyd is streaming free concert films.
Radiohead is streaming free concert films.
Neil Finn of Crowded House has a daily audio stream at 7PM Eastern. His web page also has a number of videos of his living room performances and performances in his home studio with the Finn brothers.
Tom Chapin and family. Mornings with Papa Tom and The Chapin Sisters continues with live family concerts every weekday at 11 AM Eastern time.
The Metro Times is listing livestreaming events from Detroi
Michigan Opera Theater’s “MOT At Home”
The Metropolitan Opera is offering nightly live streaming.
Paris Opera is screening select performances (including Swan Lake) online free
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Live Streaming on its Youtube Channel
Boston Symphony Orchestra At Home
London Symphony Orchestra performance archive (new concerts streamed every Sunday and Thursday)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Digital Concert Hall, free access if you register before March 31 (voucher code: BERLINPHIL)
Cellist and composer Joshua McClain has been posting morning cello usually at 11:30 Eastern/8:30 Pacific. Check his page for clips and future events.
Fred Hirsch, pianist and composer, is livestreaming a free mini-concert from his home every day at 1 PM on Facebook.
Toronto’s Koerner Hall has a Wednesday 4 PM watch party series. Mostly classical with some other genres. Check their page for upcoming shows.
Gilette Children’s Specialty Healthcare presents live children’s music therapy every Wednesday at 4:30 PM Eastern.
Camera Pacifica Concerts at Home. Archived performances. Every Sunday at 2:30 PM.
The Irish Arts Center in NY has a variety of streaming classes, archived Irish music videos and poetry
While baseball is sidelined, Fenway Park’s organist is giving 30 minute streaming concerts called The 7th Inning Stretch every day at 3 PM.
April 23 1 PM: Virtual Tour of the American Writers Museum
April 23 8 PM: Poetry off the Stage: A virtual reading with Carl Phillips
April 27 7PM: Zen and the Art of Poetry by Women. The Betsy and FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios, working in partnership with the poetry reading series and online literary journal, SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami), are pleased to present a new online series of salons featuring women and women identifying poets. Curated by three major Miami literary voices: Jen Karetnick, Catherine Esposito Prescott, and Caridad Moro-Gronlier. Presenting, Naoko Fujimoto and Freesia McKee.
April 30-May 7: Louder Than a Bomb Poetry Festival for writers aged 13-19
May 1-3 The Bay Area Book Festival has gone virtual. Visit the page for all of the events.
May 2 12 PM: Pages bookstore in Detroit is hosting its first virtual author event with Angie Kim discussing her book Miracle Creek.
May 4 7 PM: Zen and the Art of Poetry by Women. The Betsy and FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios, working in partnership with the poetry reading series and online literary journal, SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami), are pleased to present a new online series of salons featuring women and women identifying poets. Presenting, Mia Leonin and Alexandra Lytton Regalado.
May 11 7 PM: Zen and the Art of Poetry by Women. Virtual salon. Presenting, Cynthia Atkins and Sonia Greenfield.
Unemployed NYC Booksellers launch online bookstore
Insideout Literary Arts/Citywide Poets have daily writing prompts and a virtual poetry slam every Saturday from 3-4 PM.
Reading list of books and authors that were to be featured at the canceled PEN World Voices Festival
Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor has a digital event series called At Home with Literati. Check their calendar to see upcoming author events.
Lockdown Litfest. A series of video chats with literary figures. My favorite is Ben Crystal on Shakespeare’s original pronunciation.
Poet Billy Collins is posting regular videos reading poetry on his Facebook page.
Actor Robert Sheehan reads Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince
David Williams releasing a free children’s audiobook every day for 30 days
Resources from Children’s Literature Authors
Kids Ask Authors podcast. Kids Ask Authors is a great new podcast led by author Grace Lin. You’ll want to check it out. The episodes are between 5-10 minutes each so they are a nice short way to have some discussion about writing and books.
Jennifer Garner has teamed up with a series of celebrity readers to bring children’s books to life.
Storytime with Yuyi Morales. Gather the kids and watch the award-winning author and illustrator read her book “Dreamers” on Instagram.
Dolly Parton is reading children’s stories live various evenings at 7 PM.
Other Arts Upcoming
April 23 1 PM: Al-Rabita Centenary Celebration. The Rabita centennial is a commemoration of an Arab artistic and cultural output that has extended over the past 100 years & continues today.
April 23 6 PM: Online Talk: Supernatural Cats of Japan. Join author and folklorist Zack Davisson for a live chat about the spooky felines. He’ll illuminate the mysterious realm of kaibyō (supernatural cats) with dozens of ukiyo-e prints from his namesake book, Kaibyō. Cat lovers and Japanophiles alike won’t want to miss this in-depth exploration.
April 29 5 PM: “Lets Draw Picasso’s Guitar” class for ages 8-12. $
May 15 8 PM: The Art and Life of Frida Khalo virtual event. La Grange Public Library invites you to a Zoom meeting where art historian Jeff Mishur of Art Excursions will present on the art and life of artist Frida Kahlo. Space is limited to 100 people max. Register in advance for this meeting. https://bit.ly/3aeA9g1
Museum of Modern Art Free Online Classes
2,500 Museums You Can Now Visit Virtually
Virtual tour of the Van Gogh Exhibit that took place in Paris last year
You can now see every MoMA exhibit since 1929
Virtual tour of the International Spy Museum
Virtual tour of Art Omi Sculpture Park
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and other community partners, including the City of Detroit, have teamed up with illustrators from 313 Creative to produce a free coloring book celebrating some of Detroit’s most popular parks to provide kids with creative activities to do while they stay at home.
⠀Each Tuesday from April 14 through May 26, two new images will be released and available to download, print and color on the Detroit Riverfont website.
Free coloring sheets created by artists.
Download thousands of coloring pages from museum collections
Free Shakespeare coloring book
Nikon is offering free online photography classes throughout April
Fast Company’s List of Free Online Drawing Classes by Famous Illustrators
Virtual Tours of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings
Chicago Detours is offering virtual historic tours via Google Street View and images. See their page for upcoming tours.
Virtual NYC Arts. Massive amounts of stuff here.
Playground Detroit. Wednesdays at 5. Playground Detroit hosts a regular Instagram Live series dedicated to visiting the city’s artists inside their own studios for candid conversations and a dose of much-needed creativity.