Creative Times 2

I’ve continued to monitor some of the events and offerings going on online. There are so many now that it is hard to keep up. But here’s just a sampling of the live and recorded art that you can enjoy during lockdown. Some of the ongoing events, classes and resources from the previous post are still active, so take a look there as well. All times are Eastern unless otherwise noted. Events are free unless noted with $.

First, here is how to host virtual watch parties on various streaming services.

Ballet/Dance Performances Upcoming:

April 9 7PM and archived through April 12. Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Judith Jamison’s “Divining”

April 10 11 AM one day only The Bolshoi Ballet is offering its full Nutcracker performance via livestream.

April 11 12:30 PM via Instagram American Ballet Theater’s principal dancers Devon Teuscher and Cory Stearms will discuss how they were slated to perform together in ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie’s Swan Lake at the Detroit Opera House on April 16, and their time in quarantine together.

April 16 7PM and archived through April 19. Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Rennie Harris’s “Lazarus”

April 23 7 PM and archived through April 26. Alvin Ailey Dance Company “Night Theater”

April 17 7 PM BST (2 PM Eastern Time) Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Ballet/Dance Performances Ongoing:

Boston Ballet has released video of dress rehearsals for its delayed performances

Dance themed streaming film: And Then We Danced. Directed by Levan Arkin.  Available via the Olympia Film Society. “A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, AND THEN WE DANCED follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of the talented and rebellious Irakli throws Merab off balance, sparking an intense rivalry and a forbidden desire.” In Georgian with English subtitles. Runtime 113 minutes. Rent the film for $12.00, get 48 hours to view the film online. 50% of the profits will go to your local art house theater!

ABT is offering various streaming online classes. Check their schedule for upcoming streams.

Theater/Film Performances Upcoming:

April 3-26 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. $

April 6 2 PM Eastern/7PM GMT The Globe Theater’s Hamlet streaming on Youtube available until Sunday 19 April.

April 7 12 PM Eastern Bolshoi Theater Opera Boris Godunov

April 9  1 PM: From the Department of Theater and Dance at Wayne State University. Learn choreography from the play Mary Poppins.

April 9 2 PM: Official Jane Eyre, full performance, a collaboration with Bristol Old Vic, filmed by National Theatre Live at London’s National Theatre.

April 10, 7 PM 2 PM Eastern Cosi fan tutte Royal Opera on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

April 10 2 PM Eastern Andrew Lloyd Weber’s full length Jesus Christ Superstar will air on Youtube.

April 10 8PM Actors from the Stratford Festival (Canada) will be doing a staged reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream from their various living rooms. Streaming on Youtube. Set a reminder by following the link and if you miss it live it will be archived there.

April 11 1 PM From the Department of Theater and Dance at Wayne State University. Learn the dialects from the play Mary Poppins.

April 11 6 PM Phoenix, Oregon film. One day only. Presented by the Michigan Theater and State Theater in Ann Arbor. $

twelfth-night-production-photos_-2017_2017_photo-by-manuel-harlan-_c_-rsc_23419857b35fee74f76138967eff00002337f7.tmb-img-912April 11 7:15 PM (Not clear what time zone) Royal Shakespeare Company and Marquee TV are teaming up for a Twelfth Night Online Premiere Watch Party.

April 18 Noon. Shakespeare in Detroit will be performing Antony and Cleopatra via Zoom/YouTube on and again the following day. The link is not yet up, but will be posted on their Facebook page.


Theater/Film Ongoing:

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.

This week’s schedule:

Thurs. April 9, 7:30
(gather 7:00-7:30)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
•Hosted by Andrea Lyman

Friday April 10, 7:30 (gather 7:00-7:30)
A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
•Hosted by David Reiffel

Saturday April 11, 7:30 (gather 7:00-7:30)
Arsenic and Old Lace
by Joseph Kesselring
•Hosted by Andrea Lyman

Sunday April 12, 3:00 (gather 2:30-3:00)
Sense and Sensibility
Screenplay by Emma Thompson Based on the novel by Jane Austen
•Hosted by Brooks Reeves


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.

Cirque du Soleil is offering streaming content including show and behind the scenes footage

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.

Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch from Home

Marquee TV
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.

The Guardian’s List of the “Hottest Front-Room Seats.”


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

Music Upcoming

April 6 3:30 PM Streaming singing lesson “How to Sing Freely” with Arden Kaywin.

April 6-11: The Dennos Musuem Center in Traverse City, MI is holding a “Live and Local” streaming concert series. Most shows start at 7PM visit their page for the full schedule.

April 7 4 PM The Marriage of Figaro Finale Houston Grand Opera Studio video premieres on Youtube.

April 10 6:30 PM Eliza Gilkyson 6:30 PM Album release live streaming show

April 11 4 PM Singer songwriter Gary Owen

April 11 8 PM At Home with Farm Aid featuring Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and John Mellencamp.

April 12 1PM Andrea Bocelli On Easter Sunday, by invitation of the City and of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, Bocelli will give a solo performance representing a message of love, healing and hope to Italy and the world. Livestream on Youtube.  Follow the link to set a reminder.



April 12 4 PM Via Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page. Experience what Maestro Muti calls “the work of a divine architect” in this special encore presentation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on Facebook Premiere. Recorded live September 18, 2014, in Chicago at Orchestra Hall in one of the opening programs of the CSO’s 2014/15 season, this performance features Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and distinguished soloists in one of history’s most powerful and inspiring artistic works.

Music Ongoing


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)

Fred Hirsch, pianist and composer, is livestreaming a free mini-concert from his home every day at 1 PM on Facebook.

The Guardian’s list of classical music and opera to stream

Other Genres Ongoing



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.

The Motown Museum in Detroit is holding a Motown Dance Party via its Instagram page every Friday night at 8 PM

The Irish Arts Center in NY has a variety of streaming classes, archived Irish music videos and poetry

Tom Carradine’s Self-Isolation Cockney Sing-a-Long see his Facebook for upcoming times

Virtual Music Events Directory

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 musician is posting regular videos from his yard on his Youtube channel. (If you like Bon Jovi, give him a listen.)

While baseball is sidelined, Fenway Park’s organist is giving 30 minute streaming concerts called The 7th Inning Stretch every day at 3 PM.

Harry Rollins shares some of his favorites from his music collection and the stories behind them in “Cool Quarantine” KCRW radio.

Matthew Way has a daily DJ dance party streaming on Facebook at 6 PM

Also check out the #keepthemusicgoing hashtag on Youtube. It seems to be mostly classical and musical theater, but there is a long list of original content to go through.

Arlo Guthrie has posted a video from an earlier concert to help get donations for the Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Hudson River revival project after its major fundraising event was canceled due to Covid.

Literature Ongoing

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.

Children’s Lit


April 7 1 PM Story and Illustration. Join Professor Tommy Karr, Director of Theatre Management, as he reads a chapter from the beloved classic, Mary Poppins. An author and illustrator himself, Professor Karr will illustrate a part of the story while he reads!

Children’s Lit


David Williams releasing a free children’s audiobook every day for 30 days

Resources from Children’s Literature Authors
Looking for something useful to do during distancing? The New York Public Library needs volunteers to correct computer transcriptions of oral histories.

Dolly Parton is reading children’s stories live various evenings at 7 PM.

Other Arts Upcoming

April 6 (Beginning) The Tate in London is offering a curated tour of its Andy Warhol exhibition via its Youtube channel.

April 13 (Beginning) The Tate is offering a curated tour of its Aubrey Beardsley exhibition via its Youtube channel.

April 29 5 PM: “Lets Draw Picasso’s Guitar” class for ages 8-12. $






Other Ongoing

Nikon is offering free online photography classes throughout April

Taxi Magazine’s list of celebrity streaming concerts and classes

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Tour of Michigan’s Science Center

Fast Company’s List of Free Online Drawing Classes by Famous Illustrators

Virtual NYC Arts. Massive amounts of stuff here.

Free Shakespeare coloring book

Finally The Social Distancing Festival has a large list of upcoming live streams.


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