Virtual Culture: Creative Times 6

And my guide to virtual arts and culture offerings goes on…

I keep updating this list because I find it uplifting to think about the creativity and the opportunities to experience arts that you normally could not– because it is geographically distant. (Rather than focusing on the things you normally could do and cannot.)

So many artists and arts organizations are offering content that these posts have been getting long. This time, to keep things reasonable, I’m only going to list ongoing events if I have not listed them before. Scroll down to the past articles to see the ongoing events listed there, many of which are still happening.

I’ve converted all the times into my time zone, which is Eastern. Here is a link to covert to your own time. Events are free unless noted with $

There is also a comprehensive list at Cultural Digital Streams.

Theater/Film Performances Upcoming:

Now through 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.

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.

May 7 to 28. Stratford Theater Festival. Macbeth.

May 8 3 PM: Cirque de Soleil “Performing Luzia”. A behind the scenes documentary.

May 8 7:30 PM Michigan Irish Rep’s “Crowded Hour,” originally slated to be performed on stage, will be broadcast as a radio play.

May 12 7 PM: Chicago Dramatists. Zoom event. A “generative workshop,” playwright Emilio Williams.

Ballet/Dance Performances and classes Upcoming:

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 28 8 PM: New York City Ballet. Apollo.

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.

Music Upcoming

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.

Literature Upcoming

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 7 8:30 PM: Quarantine Write-In. Hugo House. Writing prompts, and time to write and share with other writers.

May 7 10:30 PM: Poetry Series: Natalie Diaz. Seattle Arts and Lectures.

May 8 8PM: Solitude Social Club Literary Happy Hour. This is also an ongoing weekly event. Each week they bring a guest writer to discuss how they’re finding happiness through art and literature. Followed by breakout groups.

May 8 2 PM: Pict Classic Theater, “A Walk on the Wilde Side” lecture on Oscar Wilde. The series will continue the following two Fridays.

May 11 7 PM: Zen and the Art of Poetry by Women. Virtual salon. Presenting, Cynthia Atkins and Sonia Greenfield.

Museums and Visual Art Upcoming

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

Other Upcoming

May 4 6 PM: Sidewalk Detroit’s Zoom Art Therapy. “Resilience: Continuing Our Creative Practice in Times of Hardship Week 2: Balancing Emotions.”

May 4 7 PM: Artist interview: Yvette Rock. “Multi-disciplinary artist Yvette Rock will share about her journey exploring the world of nature through a multi-year installation called ‘Nest’ while inviting you to consider embarking on your own ongoing creative projects using found objects and common household materials.”

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