What’s streaming today? An ongoing list of arts and culture events to watch

What’s streaming today? An ongoing list of arts and culture events to watch

With many spaces moving digital, here is an ongoing list of what’s happening and when. 

May 25

The Hay Festival
Through May 31; Various times
The Hay Festival will be going online this year as the Hay Festival Digital. The festival will feature “interactive events from more than 100 award-winning writers, global policymakers, historians, pioneers and innovators, celebrating the best new fiction and non-fiction, and interrogating some of the biggest issues of our time.” Events will be hosted on various topics, and speakers include Gloria Steinem, Margaret Atwood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, among others.

TAP Family Reunion
May 25; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Directed by tap dance luminaries Dormeshia, Derick K. Grant and Jason Samuels Smith, the third annual Tap Family Reunion features online dance classes, workshops, livestreamed performances, screenings and artist talks — all taking place virtually.

Parade of Heros
May 25; 11 a.m.
Kathie Lee Gifford hosts a virtual Memorial Day “parade” in honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Gifford will be joined by singer-songwriter Tori Kelly, the Lincoln Way Marching Band, Acapop! KIDS, LL Cool J, Rob Lowe and Mario Lopez.

Wiener Staatsoper Live
May 25; Various times, starting at 11 a.m.
The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) is presenting recordings of past opera and ballet performances every day via its streaming platform, Staatsoper Live. On May 25, you can enjoy a performance of “Don Giovanni” from Jan. 29, 2017, conducted by Adam Fischer.

Nightly Met Opera Streams
May 25; 7:30 p.m.
Every night, an encore presentation from the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series will be available for free streaming on the Met website. Each performance will be available to stream for 23 hours. On May 26, you can watch the Feb. 25, 2012, production of “Ernani,” featuring Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto and conducted by Marco Armiliato.

Nuyorican Poets Café Open Mic Nights
May 25; 8 p.m.
The Nuyorican Poets Café — founded in 1973 by Miguel Algarín, Miguel Piñero and Pedro Pietri — began in Algarín’s living room and later relocated to a larger space at 236 E. 3rd St. The venue was created for artists of color to produce and perform art that was often rejected by the mainstream art world. Nearly 50 years later, and with the weight of the pandemic, the Nuyorican Poets Café continues its cause through online open mic nights Mondays and Thursdays via Zoom.

Monday’s open mic night is hosted by award-winning poet Erik “Advocate Of Wordz” Maldonado, with a theme of “nourishment” — be it food, experience, relationships or otherwise. Thursday’s open mic night is hosted by award-winning poet Caridad “La Bruja” de la Luz, with no theme (allowing all art forms). These non-competitive online events allot five minutes per performer and allow poets to showcase their work amongst a community that has hosted Tony Award-winning performer Sarah Jones and her work “Bridge & Tunnel”; and Elaine del Valle and her piece “Brownsville Bred.”

May 26

Wiener Staatsoper Live
May 26; Various times, starting at 11 a.m.
The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) is presenting recordings of past opera and ballet performances every day via its streaming platform, Staatsoper Live. On May 26, you can enjoy a performance of “La fille du régiment” from Sept. 25, 2016, conducted by Evelino Pidò.

Nightly Met Opera Streams
May 26; 7:30 p.m.
Every night, an encore presentation from the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series will be available for free streaming on the Met website. Each performance will be available to stream for 23 hours. On May 26, you can watch the Feb. 25, 2012, production of “Ernani,” featuring Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto and conducted by Marco Armiliato.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Virtual Salon
May 26; 3 p.m.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is hosting a Virtual Salon Series on Tuesdays. On May 26, the topic will be the “Health Workers of COVID-19.” This salon will feature nurse/theater artist Shannon Burkett, playwright/respiratory therapist Stacey Rose, and internal medicine physician Deborah Topol. Don’t forget to reserve your spot online, as reservations are required.

#ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers
May 26; 5:30 p.m.
As part of the #ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers campaign, Dance/NYC is hosting important conversations with workers in the dance and arts world about current challenges and the future of the arts workforce every Tuesday for twelve weeks. On May 26, join leaders in arts education for a discussion on their vital role in education generally. ASL interpretation and closed captioning available.

May 27

Wiener Staatsoper Live
May 27; Various times, starting at 11 a.m.
The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) is presenting recordings of past opera and ballet performances every day via its streaming platform, Staatsoper Live. On May 27, you can enjoy a performance of “Salome” from Jan. 24, 2020, conducted by Michael Boder.

ALL ARTS Talks Recovery: The Artists
May 27; 4 p.m.
Join ALL ARTS for the second entry into our ALL ARTS Talks Revoery series, focused on how the art world is grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by ALL ARTS artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt, this edition will focus on artists and feature ALL ARTS resident artist Taylor Mac, Paola Prestini of National Sawdust, Aszure Barton of Aszure Barton & Artists, Du’Bois A’Keen and José Parlá of Jose Parla Studio.

“Mad Forest”
May 27; 7 p.m.
Like many productions slated to premiere this spring, Bard College Theater and Performance Program’s production of Caryl Churchill’s “Mad Forest” was canceled before it got to open. Not wanting to let their hard work go to waste, the team behind the play quickly got to work on adapting the work for Zoom, where it was performed April 10 for a rapt online audience. Directed by Ashely Tata, the piece will now have a second life on the Theater for a New Audience (virtual) stage for three special streaming events. The showings are free, but require registration.

Nightly Met Opera Streams
May 27; 7:30 p.m.
Every night, an encore presentation from the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series will be available for free streaming on the Met website. Each performance will be available to stream for 23 hours. On May 27, you can watch the March 29, 1980, production of “Manon Lescaut,” featuring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo and Pablo Elvira and conducted by James Levine.

May 28

Wiener Staatsoper Live
May 28; Various times, starting at 11 a.m.
The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) is presenting recordings of past opera and ballet performances every day via its streaming platform, Staatsoper Live. On May 28, you can enjoy a performance of “Tristan und Isolde” from Jan. 18, 2015, conducted by Peter Schneider.

London Symphony Orchestra: “Stabat Mater”
May 28; 2:30 p.m.
The London Symphony Orchestra’s Always Playing series features a different full-length concert every Sunday and Thursday. On May 28, enjoy Szymanowski’s “Stabat Mater” and Brahms’ German Requiem conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Ailey on Stage: Robert Battle’s “The Hunt”
May 28-June 4; 6:30 p.m.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents Ailey on Stage. From May 28 to June 4 at 6:30 p.m., you can stream a full-length video of Robert Battle’s “The Hunt,” a particularly athletic piece danced by six men to a thrilling percussion score.

The 1599 Project: “Henry V”
May 28; 7 p.m.
Irondale’s original four-hour performance “The 1599 Project” has been reimagined as a four-part series that you can stream online. On May 28, enjoy an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” Each play featured in this series was written in 1599, a plague year in London in which theatres were forced to undergo major changes. In this series, Irondale explores parallels with the pandemic’s impact on today’s theatre community.

Nightly Met Opera Streams
May 28; 7:30 p.m.
Every night, an encore presentation from the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series will be available for free streaming on the Met website. Each performance will be available to stream for 23 hours. On May 28, you can watch the Jan. 5, 2013, production of “Les Troyens,” featuring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel and Dwayne Croft and conducted by Fabio Luisi.

“New Songs Now In Your Living Room”
May 28; 8 p.m.
Produced in partnership with Rosalind Productions, Inc., Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is hosting “New Songs Now In Your Living Room.” Every Thursday, “New Songs Now” gives songwriters a chance to test out new work in a low-key environment. On May 28, composers Grace McLean and Rotana will share selections of their work and engage in a conversation about their songwriting process.

May 29

Wiener Staatsoper Live
May 29; Various times, starting at 11 a.m.
The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) is presenting recordings of past opera and ballet performances every day via its streaming platform, Staatsoper Live. On May 29, you can enjoy a performance of “Don Giovanni” from Nov. 1, 2015, conducted by Adam Fischer.

Royal Opera House: “The Cellist”
May 29; 2 p.m.
The online premiere of the Royal Ballet’s 2020 production of “The Cellist.” You can stream the production on-demand, along with other full-length works from the Royal Opera House, through June 12.

Nightly Met Opera Streams
May 29; 7:30 p.m.
Every night, an encore presentation from the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series will be available for free streaming on the Met website. Each performance will be available to stream for 23 hours. On May 29, you can watch the March 21, 2009, production of “La Sonnambula,” featuring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez and conducted by Evelino Pidò.

May 30

Wiener Staatsoper Live
May 30; Various times, starting at 11 a.m.
The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) is presenting recordings of past opera and ballet performances every day via its streaming platform, Staatsoper Live. On May 30, you can enjoy a performance of “Cinderella – Wiener Fassung für Kinder” (VSO’s version for children) from Jan. 28, 2018, conducted by Witolf Werner. You can also catch a Nov. 25, 2014, recording of “Le nozze di Figaro,” conducted by Sascha Goetzel

Nightly Met Opera Streams
May 30; 7:30 p.m.
Every night, an encore presentation from the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series will be available for free streaming on the Met website. Each performance will be available to stream for 23 hours. On May 30, you can watch the Feb. 10, 2018, production of “L’Elisir d’Amore,” featuring Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan.

May 31

Wiener Staatsoper Live
May 28; Various times, starting at 11 a.m.
The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) is presenting recordings of past opera and ballet performances every day via its streaming platform, Staatsoper Live. On May 31, you can enjoy a performance of Arabella from March 17, 2017, conducted by Peter Schneider.

London Symphony Orchestra: “The Damnation of Faust”
May 31; 2 p.m.
The London Symphony Orchestra’s Always Playing Series features a different full-length concert every Sunday and Thursday. On May 31, enjoy Berlioz’s “The Damnation of Faust,” conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Nightly Met Opera Streams
May 31; 7:30 p.m.
Every night, an encore presentation from the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series will be available for free streaming on the Met website. Each performance will be available to stream for 23 hours. On May 31, you can watch the Oct. 11, 2008, production of “Salome,” featuring Karita Mattila, Ildikó Komlósi, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser and Juha Uusitalo, and conducted by Patrick Summers

Nightly Met Opera Streams
Through May 25, 7:30 p.m.
Every night, an encore presentation from the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series will be available for free streaming on the Met website. Each performance will be available to stream for 23 hours. On May 24, you can watch the April 7, 2012, production of “Manon,” featuring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała and Paulo Szot, and conducted by Fabio Luisi.

“Biter”
Ongoing; on-demand
The sixth installment in the Brick’s archival streaming series is Spencer Thomas Campbell and Ryan William Downey’s 2015 production of “Biter (Every Time I Turn Around).” Described as “a sincere slapstick gore-fest examination of personal prisons and animal urges,” this production is sure to thrill.

“To Master the Art”
Through June 7; on-demand
The Timeline Theatre Company in Chicago is streaming a recording of William Brown and Doug Frew’s “To Master the Art,” a play about Julia and Paul Child’s experience in Paris in the 1950s.

“Stratfest @ Home”
Through June 11; on-demand
The Stratford Festival presents Stratfest @ Home. Starting on May 21, you can catch a production of Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens” for free on the Stratford Festival’s YouTube channel.

Ailey on Stage: Camile A. Brown’s “City of Rain”
Through May 28; on-demand
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents Ailey on Stage. From May 21 through May 28 at 6:30 p.m., you can stream a full-length video of Camille A. Brown’s “City of Rain.” Dealing with the subject matter of grief, this piece draws from a combination of styles and is well-suited to these challenging times.

The London Symphony Orchestra
Ongoing; Various times
The London Symphony Orchestra is streaming several past concerts on their LSO Play site, including Shostakovich’s “Fifth Symphony,” Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and Ravel’s “Bolero,” among others.

New York City Ballet: “Liturgy”
May 22-May 25; on-demand
New York City Ballet presents a digital Spring season. On May 22, enjoy the April 25, 2017, performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s “Liturgy,” featuring Maria Kowroski and Jared Angle, as well as the Sept. 29, 2018, performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s “Carousel (A Dance),” featuring Lauren Lovette and Tyler Angle with Emilie Gerrity, Peter Walker, Kristen Segin and Ralph Ippolito.

“A Streetcar Named Desire”
May 21-May 28; on-demand
National Theatre at Home presents the Young Vic’s 2014 production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” This Tennessee Williams classic was directed by Benedict Andrews and stars Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. Stream this production for free from Thursday, May 21 through Thursday, May 28.

“You Live, You Learn”: A Night with Alanis Morissette
May 19; on-demand
The cast of the Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill” got together with Alanis Morissette for a special livestream event. Featuring performances and conversations, the evening will also see Diane Paulus, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Tom Kitt. Donations made during the steam benefit the Actors Fund.

Harlem Stage 2020 Gala
May 18;
7 p.m.
Harlem Stage held its 2020 gala on a digital stage this year. The event was hosted by award-winning actors LaChanze and Tamara Tunie, as well as award-nominated Celia Rose Gooding. The online affair featured new and archival musical performances by Nona Hendryx, Jason Moran, José James, Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité and others. Special appearances were made by Joy Reid, Bill T. Jones, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, Fab 5 Freddy and Tate Donovan.

“ALL ART Talks: Arts in Recovery”
May 12; on-demand
A live virtual conversation between arts and culture leaders grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by former president of Brooklyn Academy of Music Karen Brook Hopkins and featuring Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak, Harlem Stage managing director James King, Tony Award-winning producer of “Hadestown” Dale Franzen, director of AEA Consulting and chair of the Global Cultural Districts Network Adrian Ellis, and artistic director of American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and Broadway director Diane Paulus. Available on Facebook and the ALL ARTS homepage.

Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration
April 26; on-demand
Hosted by Raúl Esparza, “Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration” streamed live on Broadway.com and the Broadway.com YouTube channel on the 50th anniversary of the Broadway opening of “Company.” The event was a fundraiser for Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP). Performers included Meryl Streep, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Christine Baranski, Donna Murphy, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Aaron Tveit, Maria Friedman, Iain Armitage, Katrina Lenk, Michael Cerveris, Brandon Uranowitz, Stephen Schwartz, Elizabeth Stanley, Chip Zien, Alexander Gemignani and, from the cast of Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company, Ann Harada, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh and Thom Sesma.

Post Malone: Nirvana Tribute
April 24; on-demand
Post Malone will go grunge for a Nirvana tribute. The livestream, set to take place on YouTube, will raise money for the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, established to support the work of the World Health Organization.

“Hal Fischer and Erin O’Toole Talk ‘Thought Pieces'”
April 23; on-demand
Photographer and art critic Hal Fischer talked with San Franciso Museum of Art (SFMoMA) curator Erin O’Toole about the exhibition “Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs by Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips and Hal Fischer.” Presented as part of SFMoMA’s “Museum from Home” programming, the conversation invites viewers to consider San Francisco from a ’70s vantage point.

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“Worldwide Concert for Our Culture: 2020 Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala”
April 15; on-demand
This year’s Jazz at Lincoln Center gala went digital. The streamable event includes performances from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Baqir Abbas, Dianne Reeves, Makoto Ozone and more. Drawing together artists from around the world, the event was billed as a “first of its kind” global experience. Though the gala concert is free, the organization welcomes donations from those who are able. “Our entire ecosystem has sustained devastating losses,” Jazz at Lincoln Center stated, continuing, “but this concert is a very important way to stay alive and sustain our ability to fulfill and further our mission.”

The fifth edition of “Viral Monologues”
April 14; on-demand
“The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues” series released its fifth round of plays — with Broadway royalty Tony Shalhoub, Larry Owens and Stephanie Hsu, among others. The popular project teams an actor with a writer, and within 24 hours, the duo craft a wholly original monologue. This batch of 23 writers matched with performers on April 13 at 6 p.m., and the resulting pieces began to roll-out April 14 at 6 p.m. You can watch the premieres on the organization’s IGTV or on the “24 Hour Plays” website once they are posted.

All times listed in Eastern.

Reporting contributed by Edir Coronado, Joe Harrell, Jake King, Annie Seminara, Britt Stigler and Elizabeth Svokos.