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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. https://bit.ly/3aeA9g1

Museums Ongoing

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka virtual tour via Youtube

 

 

Quarantine Binge: Netflix’s “Into the Night”

Tom, get your plane right on time….

So last night I binge watched the entire six episode Belgian science fiction mini series “Into the Night” on Netflix.

It’s hard to know if the thriller lands a different way in a pandemic than it would otherwise. I don’t fully remember life before the pandemic. I vague recall I was less likely binge a full series.

If the idea of watching a dystopian scenario in which nearly the entire human population is wiped out by a phenomenon that makes the sun toxic is not too off-putting to you just now, I recommend it. It does a great job of sucking you into its world as you watch a small band of airline passengers in a race against time to survive the night.

The story begins in the Brussels airport as a late night flight to Moscow is just preparing to board. Odd things are going on in the background. An internet celebrity is talking to a friend in another part of the world and she collapses. On the screen over the bar is a news story showing people lying face down. (If the sun kills everyone on contact, who was supposed to have recorded and broadcast these images? We’ll put that aside for the moment, and chalk it up to what I like to refer to as “exposition hell.”) As the flight begins pre-boarding, with just a handful of passengers inside, a man pushes down an armed guard, grabs his weapon and storms the plane shouting about the sun. Thus the action begins. Unless the plane keeps flying west and staying in darkness everyone on board will die.

You know those quarantine house lists that people have been sharing on social media? Where they list groups of famous people and ask which house you’d want to be stuck in? Well, this plane is almost entirely populated with people you would not want in your quarantine house.

[Mild spoilers in this graph] The characters have their moments, but what a bleak view of human nature this tale has. In spite of the fact that this airplane contains the last living human beings on the planet, as far as anyone knows, a fair amount of the drama centers around various characters scheming to get other characters kicked off their airborne life raft. This isn’t just banishing them from the village– it’s choosing to murder them. (Even characters possessed of skills that might help them survive.) I would like to think that if there were a great die-off the survivors would band together a bit more.

[Ok, you can come back now.] This show will take you for a fast-paced ride and you might just find that before you know it you’ve unintentionally watched the full series in one night.

 

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.”

Virtual Culture: Creative Times 5

Welcome to my ongoing catalog of virtual arts and culture offerings. Before I start my answer to TV Guide, I want to highlight one particular event– the one I am doing. This Sunday I’ll be talking about my book “Oscar’s Ghost.” I’m excited about it because it is the first time I will be able to give a talk in one place while having people throughout the world all attend in the same “room.”

 

Ross Douglas

Sunday, May 3, 3 PM Eastern (New York) Time. Join Laura Lee, author of “Oscar’s Ghost” for a discussion of the posthumous feud over Oscar Wilde’s legacy. Years after Oscar Wilde’s death, two of his closest friends, Lord Alfred Douglas and his literary executor Robert Ross– both had been Wilde’s lovers–engaged in a bitter battle over Wilde’s legacy and who was to blame for his downfall and early death. The centerpiece of the conflict was Ross’s handling of Wilde’s prison manuscript, De Profundis, which was written in the form of a letter to Douglas, full of recriminations. The bitter feud had ramifications for how the story of Oscar Wilde was told and remembered. The link to join the zoom discussion will be posted on the Oscar’s Ghost Facebook page.

Ok, now that I’ve got that out of the way. Here are some of the cultural opportunities this week and beyond.  I keep updating these as time permits and things come to my attention, so bookmark this to check in to find things to do.

As always, feel free to look back at some of the earlier posts on the subject because some of those events will either be ongoing or you can follow the links to find upcoming events I didn’t have an opportunity to list.

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 $

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 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.

May 3 12 PM: Bolshoi Ballet “Bright Stream.”

Ballet/Dance Performances/Classes Ongoing:

ABT is offering various streaming online classes and daily content for children ABT Kids.

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.

The company of Michael Flatley (Lord of the Dance) is offering regular Irish dance classes and other content via Youtube.

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

School of Nashville Ballet has streaming classes every Monday through Saturday at noon.

For a regular update of schools offering streaming classes see the Virtual Ballet Facebook group.

Theater/Film Performances Upcoming:

Ending 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.

Ending April 27: Cheek by Jowl Theater A Winter’s Tale

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.

 

April 27-May 3. Hampstead Theater Company. The Arrest of Ai Wei Wei.

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 2 2 PM: Arab Film Series. Short films all screened at a previous AANM Arab Film Festival.

May 7 to 28. Stratford Theater Festival. Macbeth.

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

Theater 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. See the web page for their upcoming schedule.

Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theater has a streaming monologue series and is planning some future streaming events.

Soup Soup Theater has made their canceled production of Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant available for free on Youtube.

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.

Open Clasp Theatre Company. Key Change. Winner of The Carol Tambor ‘Best of Edinburgh’ Award 2015, Key Change premiered in New York in 2016 and was the prestigious New York Times Critics’ Pick.

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.

Pandemic Players of Baltimore are staging various plays Zoom style. See their Youtube page for the full length offerings.

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.

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.

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.

Film Ongoing

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. $

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Virtual screening room has international, documentary and independent films to rent. $

National Film Board of Canada has more than 3,000 films free online

Kate Lain’s “Cabin Fever” extensive list of experimental films, organized by mood.

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.

Hyperallergic’s list of experimental film to enjoy in lockdown.

Music Upcoming

April 23-26 and April 30-May 3 11 AM-7 PM: Jazz Festing in Place. Radio station WWOZ’s version of the canceled New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

April 28 7:30 PM: Rory Block Home Concert 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.

Music Ongoing

Rock/Pop/Americana/Folk/Country/Jazz

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.

Other Genres

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.

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.

Literature Upcoming

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.

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.

Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle has moved its literary events online.

Hugo House, a writer’s hub in Seattle, has various literary events scheduled.

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

Children’s Lit

Ongoing

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 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

Museums Ongoing

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

Take a virtual tour of the Museum of the American Revolution

Coloring Books

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

Other Ongoing

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.

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Virtual Classroom

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.

Creative Times 4

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.

Theater 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. 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.

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.

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.

Film Ongoing

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.

Music Upcoming

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.

Music Ongoing

Rock/Pop/Americana/Folk/Country/Jazz

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.

Other Genres

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.

Literature Upcoming

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.

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.

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

Children’s Lit

Ongoing

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

Museums Ongoing

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

Coloring Books

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

Other Ongoing

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.

Creative Times

While theaters and clubs are shuttered, artists are finding new ways for us to be “alone together” as singer-songwriter Will Hoppey is calling his regular dining room “tour.”

As my second career is ballet master class tours, I started out to make a list of virtual ballet classes offered by our studios. It turns out someone else is doing that quite well. (The best way to find out about upcoming virtual ballet classes and to discuss logistics with other teachers and students is the “Virtual Ballet” Facebook group.)

But I wanted to put together a list of some of the arts offerings that are out there in the virtual world. Many of your favorite artists and arts organizations are making classes and shows available during this time, but my personal favorites are the low tech creations by sidelined artists stuck in their houses who want to reach out to the rest of us stuck in our own houses. People are reaching out all over the world with their senses of humor intact. I’m uplifted by all of the creativity and desire for connection on display.

I love this one from the dancers of the Moissiev Ballet Ensemble.

Ballet dancer Danil Simkin also has some funny quarantine videos on his Facebook page.

Here are some of the other things that I’ve compiled for your streaming pleasure and edification:

Ballet/Dance Performances Upcoming:

March 27, 7PM GMT (3 PM Eastern Time) Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

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

Ballet and Dance Classes

ProBallet Ilya Kuznetsov’s Youtube/Instagram channel has online classes every day. Here’s one featuring Maria Alexandrova and Vladislav Lantratov of the Bolshoi Ballet.


CLI Studios. Free live dance classes

Dance Center of San Antonio. Register for online classes, with corrections.

Louisville Ballet Facebook Live Streaming Classes, March 13-April 5.

  • 3/15 12:30 -1:00 pm Intermediate Ballet Barre
  • 3/18 6:00 – 6:30 pm Pilates
  • 3/21 11:00 – 11:30 am Beginning Ballet Barre

Visit their web page for more information.


Pop-Up Ballet from Principal Ballet, Reston.  March 16-20
Free streaming Ballet class perfect for kids under 7 at 10:35 AM.

Ballet with Rebecca Lemme. Video of 40 minute barre class.

Debbie Allen has been offering a series of classes. Follow her Twitter for announcements of upcoming events.

Broadway alum Tommy Bracco (Pretty Woman: The Musical, Newsies)
launches #QuarantineCombo, a dance video series on Youtube.

Pointe Magazine and Dance Spirit have the hashtag #Livingroomdance going on their social media. Share your home routines.

Ballet/Dance Resources:

Dance Magazine’s list of virtual classes.

Dance Spirit magazine has put together a list of online classes. 

Pointe Magazine’s List of Online Dance Courses (Mostly for a fee)

Resources for Moving Dance-Based Pedagogy Online

Theater/Film Performances Upcoming:

March 24-29: 58th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival  The festival will be live streaming its entire program for free!

March 22-April 2: Boston’s ReelAbilities Film Festival
(running March 22 through April 2), devoted to films about people with
disabilities, will also be presenting movies and discussions online for
free.

March 26-29: Apollinaire Theater Company (Massachusetts) is doing a series of free interactive online play & film script reading gathering (by video mAeeting). 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. Tentative Schedule

Thurs. March 26, 7:30 (gather 7:00-7:30)

Sonia Flew

by Melinda Lopez

•Hosted by Andrea Lyman

Friday March 27, 7:30 (gather 7:00-7:30)

Jaws

by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. Based on novel by Peter Benchley

•Hosted by David Reiffel

Saturday March 28, 7:30 (gather 7:00-7:30)

Out of Sterno

By Deborah Zoe Laufer

•Hosted by Andrea Lyman

Sunday March 29, 3:00 (gather 2:30-3:00)

Dr. Stragelove

By Stanley Kubrick & Terry Southern, Based on the novel “Red Alert” by Peter George

•Hosted by David Reiffel


March 27-29: Botton Dog Theater Company has made the one man show A Wilde Fan availalbe on Youtube.

April 3 7PM BST (2 PM Eastern) Acis and Galatea, Royal Opera on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

April 5 1 PM: Shakespeare in Detroit will host a live abbreviated reading of Taming of the Shrew

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

April 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.

Theater/Film Ongoing:

 Theater

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.

Cinema Detroit is hosting virtual screenings of indie films. Buy a ticket and they’ll send you a link to stream.

Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch from Home

Helen Mirren reads Shakespeare

Patrick Stewart Reads Shakespeare’s Sonnets (His Twitter feed)

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.

Playbill has a regular feature going of new videos put out by sidelined actors.

The Guardian has a list of its choices for the best streaming options

Film

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.

Music Upcoming

Classical

March 28, 8 p.m. Boston Artists Ensemble presents French Connection

March 29, 3 PM.  Boston Lyric Opera’s Norma Free on Demand starting March 29.

Norma, starring Elena Stikhina, conducted by Music Director David Angus, which was shuttered due to the health crisis, will be available for Free
On Demand audio streaming on the websites blo.org/norma and classicalwcrb.com and accessible for the next month.

Other Genres


Club Passim (Massachusetts) is streaming a series of concerts in upcoming days, mostly singer/songwriters.

Thursday, 3/26 – Zachariah Hickman’s Parlor of PlayfulnessZachariah will be livestreaming HERE at 8pm EDT

Folk, Singer/Songwriter

Friday, 3/27 – Trace BundyTrace will be livestreaming HERE at 3pm EDT
Acoustic, Guitar
Saturday, 3/25 – Matt Smith’s 50th Birthday Watch Party Set 1“Rebroadcast” from Feb. 12th!

We’ll be hosting a watch party on FaceBook at 6pm EDT 
Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Celtic 

Sunday, 3/29 – Peter Mulvey
Peter will be livestreaming HERE at 7pm EDT
Singer/Songwriter, Fiddle, Folk Pop

Music Ongoing

Classical

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

Pianist Igor Levit presents daily (or nearly so) Hauskonzerte via Twitter

Operawire’s list of opera companies offering free livestreams

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.

Other Music

First a few more videos from artists around the world:

Virtual Music Events Directory

Broadway World Living Room Concerts

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. See his Facebook page for times and dates.

Virtual Corner Club
I’ve created an interactive Spotify List where you can share the music of some of your favorite local artists whose gigs have been canceled during social distancing. Add the music of the folks you’d been going out to see on the weekend (please no more than three tracks by any one
artist) and share the list. We can all discover some great new artists.

Museums/Art

Lunch Doodles with Kennedy Center Artist in Residence Mo Williams 

Google’s Interactive Frida Khalo Exhibit

Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums 

My Modern Met’s List of “Eclectic” Online Exhibits 

Online Art Challenges

10 University Art Classes You Can Take for Free Online

Literature

Unemployed NYC Booksellers launch online bookstore 

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.

Insideout Literary Arts/Citywide Poets have daily writing prompts and a virtual poetry slam every Saturday from 3-4 PM.


Other

Taxi Magazine’s list of celebrity streaming concerts and classes

Virtual Field Trips

Resources for Artists

Springboard list of Emergency Resources for Artists 

Article on How Musicians Can Ask Fans for Support 

Large List of Resources for Opportunities and Relief for Freelancers 

Creative Capital’s List of Artist Resources

Backstage Magazine has listings
for paid voice over jobs that can be done remotely. To get access to
the application pages you must be a paid subscriber.

Robert Rauschenberg Emergency Grants.  An emergency grant program that provides one-time grants of up to $5,000
for medical or dental emergencies.  The grants are available to visual
and media artists, and choreographers living anywhere in the United
States or U.S. Territories.

Michigan Music Alliance has created a fund to help musicians

Emergency Grants for Museum Curators

Of course, this is just the stuff that has been coming across my radar. I’ll keep you posted as I find out about more.

Down the Memory Hole: Donald Trump’s 1999 Presidential Flirtation

You rarely hear much these days about Donald Trump’s 1999 shot at the presidency as the candidate of the Reform Party. Because I enjoy going through old newspaper archives, I thought I would take a look back at commentary on Trump’s campaign (or was it really a PR campaign? The commentators were not sure) of 20 years ago.

Fri, Oct 29, 1999 – Page 19 · Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) · Newspapers.com

Thu, Dec 2, 1999 – Page 19 · Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut) · Newspapers.com

Thu, Dec 2, 1999 – Page 19 · Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut) · Newspapers.com

Thu, Dec 2, 1999 – Page 19 · Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut) · Newspapers.com

Mon, Oct 25, 1999 – 1 · The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, New Mexico) · Newspapers.com

Thu, Nov 4, 1999 – Page 7 · South Florida Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) · Newspapers.com

Donald Trump views on abortion, 1999.Donald Trump views on abortion, 1999. Sun, Nov 28, 1999 – Page 108 · The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Florida) · Newspapers.com

Wed, Sep 22, 1999 – 22 · The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) · Newspapers.com

Sun, Nov 28, 1999 – 60 · The San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, California) · Newspapers.com

Sun, Jan 23, 2000 – Page 3 · Herald and Review (Decatur, Illinois) · Newspapers.com

Sun, Nov 28, 1999 – 60 · The San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, California) · Newspapers.com

Tue, Nov 16, 1999 – 12 · The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) · Newspapers.com

Mon, Nov 29, 1999 – 9 · Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) · Newspapers.com

Thu, Oct 21, 1999 – Page 14 · Tallahassee Democrat (Tallahassee, Florida) · Newspapers.com

Wed, Dec 8, 1999 – 3 · The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) · Newspapers.com

Thu, Nov 18, 1999 – 8 · The Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Thu, Nov 18, 1999 – 8 · The Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Wed, Dec 8, 1999 – 3 · The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) · Newspapers.com

Thu, Dec 9, 1999 – 50 · The San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, California) · Newspapers.com