Virtual Culture: Creative Times 7

My weekly list of virtual things to do.

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 $

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 May 28. Stratford Theater Festival. Macbeth. You can also watch a virtual round table with the cast.

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 14 through June 4: Stratford Theater Festival. The Tempest. Preshow at 6:30 PM and live viewing party at 7.

May 22-24: A variety of events. The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. Music, dance, theater, poetry.

May 26 3 PM: Speaking Shakespeare lecture with professor and author James Shapiro

Theater Film Ongoing

The Sequestered Micro Short Film Festival


Ballet/Dance Performances and classes Upcoming:

May 11 and available for two weeks: San Francisco Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet.

May 13 10 AM: Cinderella (ballet) Perm Opera and Ballet Theater

May 14 5:30 PM Jean Appolon, Movement Workshop. Presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston.

Music Upcoming

May 13 7 PM: Virtual Jazz Jam celebrating Louis Armstrong.

May 14 8 PM: Prince and the Revolution full concert available streaming through May 17 with a special 1 hour pre-show at 7.

May 18 1 PM: At Home Cabaret. The National Arts Club Presents Mark Nadler.

May 20 1 PM: National Arts Club presents pianist Matt Baker playing Gershwin.

May 22 11 AM: Michigan Opera Theater Children’s Chorus. The Very Last Green Thing.

Literature Upcoming

May 26 7 PM: The Art of Poetry Virtual Open Mic. Hosted by Detroit Writing Room.


Museums and Visual Art Upcoming

May 13 11 AM: Museum Crawl: The Pre-Raphaelites, Birmingham Museum Trust, UK.Museum Crawl is a collaboration between The Newark Museum of Art and a different institution each session.

May 13 5 PM: A Virtual Tour of Greenwood Cemetery with Monument Sculptor Karin Sprague

May 14 1 PM New York Adventure Club tour of rebellious New York artists, the three waves of artistic rebellion between the 1880s and the beginning of World War II. $

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.

Museums Ongoing

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka virtual tour via Youtube



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