Welcome to part 3 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 $.
But first I want to share my new favorite lockdown video from the Houston Ballet.
Ballet/Dance Performances and classes Upcoming:
April 15 12 PM Bolshoi Ballet’s Le Corsaire
April 16 12 PM Mariinsky Theater Queen of Spades full performance.
April 16 7PM and archived through April 19. Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Rennie Harris’s “Lazarus”
April 18 12 PM Bolshoi Ballet’s Spartacus will stream on the company’s Youtube channel.
April 17 6 AM National Dance Company Wales 1 Hour Company Class presented by BBC Arts
April 23 7 PM and archived through April 26. Alvin Ailey Dance Company “Night Theater”
Ballet/Dance Performances Ongoing:
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.
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.
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.
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:
April 16 2 PM National Theater Live Treasure Island Full Performance
April 17 7 PM Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway. The stream is free, but they are taking donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. The concert will showcase a wide array of Broadway Stars performing various songs from hit Disney musicals.
April 17 10 PM Eastern/ 7PM Pacific. Live reading of The Importance of Being Earnest by Method and Madness Theater
April 17-24 Various times. The Booksellers documentary. Holding virtual screenings which benefit local cinemas. Check the page for theaters and showtimes. $
April 18 (time not listed) The Importance of Being Earnest. LA Theaterworks Audio Theater. L.A. Theatre Works offers audiences free access to state-of-the-art recordings of both contemporary and classic plays, each performed by leading actors of stage and screen. Every Friday, audiences can stream that week’s broadcast online. The Importance of Being Earnest, starring James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl and Matthew Wolf. Past broadcasts are available to download for a fee.
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.
April 18 2 PM. Come Play with Me Theater Company. Arcadia a play by Tom Stoppard. Streamed via Facebook.
April 18 6 PM Virtual Renaissance Festival
April 20 2 PM and available until May 3. The Globe Theater. Romeo and Juliette.
April 22-26: The Freep Film Festival has moved online with its program of documentary films. Visit their page for schedule and showtimes.
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.
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.
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 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
National Theatre (London) is streaming a free play every Thursday at 7PM GMT.
The Show Must Go On Online will be streaming all of Shakespeare’s plays in order
Theater without Theater (Instagram) is posting everything from songs from canceled productions to full performances.
Center for Puppetry is offering a regular series of streaming shows and puppet making workshops see their web page for upcoming dates.
offers a 30 Day free trial of its streaming service with performances by the Bolshoi, Royal Shakespeare Company and Classic Spring Theater
Company’s Oscar Wilde season.
Corona Virus Theater Club. Linking writers and actors to produce streaming content.
Keep on Writing 2020 creates a new Twitter length play each day.
Belarus Free Theater is streaming 24 of its productions on Youtube. English subtitles available.
Happenstance Theater’s Moxie production. Winner of two Helen Hayes Awards! Outstanding Costume Design and Musical Direction A theatrical collage inspired by the Great Age of Vaudeville, infused with the joys and struggles of its performers’ lives. In homage to the style and spirit of this immensely popular theatre from the late 19th Century, Happenstance Theater brings old Vaudeville back. $10 rental supports the theater. $
I, China. Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar as told through the eyes of one of the play’s minor characters. The review of this performance in The Guardian says “There’s no shortage of Shakespeare and other live drama to watch online during this period when we are shut out of theatres. But Crouch and Owusu don’t just deliver spellbinding poetry: they urge us to create our own and, most importantly, assure us that we can’t fail.”
Virtual Theater and Learning from Chicago Children’s Theater on Youtube.
Sydney Theatre Company is posting regular videos with actors performing monologues from various plays.
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
April 16 3:30 Eastern/8:30 London Time Tom Carradine’s Self-Isolation Cockney Sing Along.
April 16 8PM Disney Family Singalong on ABC and ABC.com. Sing your favorite Disney songs along with a star studded cast.
April 16 9 PM Join Josh Groban for a movie night to watch ‘Bridges Live: Madison Square Garden’ for a one-time viewing of the film. Josh Groban will be online to add live commentary to the movie.
April 18 6 PM New York Singer-Songwriter Will Hoppey “Alone Together” concert
April 20 2:30 PM Ukulele Lesson with Raelyn Nelson. (Granddaughter of Willie Nelson)
May 1 8 PM The Accidentals livestream The Ark Family Room Series
May 10 8 PM Nora Jane Struthers. Americana. The Ark Family Room Series
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. It features artists and community-valued venues in the global music industry for an on-going, world-wide music event. It will be hosted on StageIt, the premier virtual live concert platform, and will host multiple digital “stages” simultaneously. Stage lineups will be curated by established music venues (from cities around the globe) along with marquee artists – who will pop in to perform from time to time on their stages.
Cafe Lena has a streaming “Stay at Home” series every night at 8 PM.
Mary Chapin Carpenter is doing songs from her kitchen on Facebook
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.)
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.
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 Detroit
Paris Opera is screening select performances (including Swan Lake) online free
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Live Streaming on its Youtube Channel
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.
Toronto’s Koerner Hall has a Wednesday 4 PM watch party series. Mostly classical with some other genres. Check their page for upcoming shows.
The Irish Arts Center in NY has a variety of streaming classes, archived Irish music videos and poetry
While baseball is sidelined, Fenway Park’s organist is giving 30 minute streaming concerts called The 7th Inning Stretch every day at 3 PM.
April 14 7 PM Mark Twain, His Wit His Wisdom lecture Zoom meeting hosted by Madison Heights Public Library
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.
Poet Billy Collins is posting regular videos reading poetry on his Facebook page.
April 19 1 PM Live story and watercolors. The Curious Garden courtesy the Department of Theater and Dance at Wayne State University.
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.
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 13 (Beginning) The Tate is offering a curated tour of its Aubrey Beardsley exhibition via its Youtube channel.
April 13-15 8 PM each night. “Backstage with a Magician” Hosted by Atlas Obscura. (Doesn’t give a time zone, so I am assuming Eastern.)
April 17 1 PM Our Changing Climate Art Show Virtual Event.
April 29 5 PM: “Lets Draw Picasso’s Guitar” class for ages 8-12. $
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.
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.
Nikon is offering free online photography classes throughout April
Fast Company’s List of Free Online Drawing Classes by Famous Illustrators
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.
Virtual tour of the Van Gogh Exhibit that took place in Paris last year