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. 

~ Events for Jan. 12 to Jan. 18 ~

[Note: All events are listed in Eastern time. Links subject to change.]

Jan. 12

Art History From Home: Abstract Art in America
When: Jan. 12; 6 p.m.
Led by Grant Johnson, this discussion from the Whitney Museum turns its focus to abstract art in America and walks viewers through a variety of time periods and modes.

Live Artery Primetime: Raja Feather Kelly
When: Jan. 12; 7:30 p.m.
Presented as part of the Live Artery festival, Raja Feather Kelly presents “Hysteria,” a piece that explores pop culture and queer Black subjectivity.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: “Thaïs”
When: Jan. 12; 7:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offering of past opera performances. Catch the Dec. 20, 2008, performance of Massenet’s “Thaïs,” starring Renée Fleming, Michael Schade and Thomas Hampson. Conducted by Jesús López-Cobos.


Jan. 13

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online
When: Jan. 13; 5 p.m.
The Center for Traditional Music and Dance will celebrate three artists or ensembles each week. The series, hosted by Arun Venugopal, continues Jan. 13 with Dan Blacksberg, who interviews musician Eleonore Weill.

Under the Radar Festival
When: Jan. 13; Various performances throughout the day, starting at 5 p.m.
This year’s Under the Radar festival, presented by the Public, continues online with “A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call.” The full line-up can be found here.

La MaMa LiveTalks: Take 14
When: Jan. 13; 6:30 p.m.
Wondering how new works are created and experienced during a pandemic? A host of artists, including Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, Charlotte Lily Gaspard, John Maria Gutierrez, Joshua William Gelb and Katie Rose McLaughlin will join Ryan Leach to discuss residencies and artists’ needs.

“Myths and Hymns”
When: Jan. 13; 6:30 p.m.
Kelli O’Hara, Renée Fleming, Joshua Henry and more will come together to stage the first chapter of Ted Sperling’s digital presentation of Adam Guettel’s “Myths and Hymns.”

Nightly Met Opera Streams: “Der Rosenkavalier”
When: Jan. 13; 7:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offering of past opera performances. Catch the Jan. 9, 2010, performance of Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,” starring Renée Fleming, Christine Schäfer, Susan Graham, Eric Cutler, Thomas Allen and Kristinn Sigmundsson. Conducted by Edo de Waart.


Jan. 14

Under the Radar Festival
When: Jan. 14; Various performances throughout the day, starting at 5 p.m.
This year’s Under the Radar festival, presented by the Public, continues online with “A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call,” “Disclaimer,” “Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran” and an artist conversation. The full line-up can be found here.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: “Armida”
When: Jan. 14; 7:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offering of past opera performances. Catch the May 1, 2010, performance of Rossini’s “Armida,” starring Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Barry Banks, John Osborn and Kobie van Rensburg. Conducted by Riccardo Frizza.


Jan. 15

Open Studio Hour:  Mia Wright-Ross and Yuki Iriyama Gray
When: Jan. 15; 12 p.m.
Museum of Arts and Design artists-in-residence Mia Wright-Ross and Yuki Iriyama Gray are hosting a virtual studio session over Zoom. The duo will talk about the works-in-progress and their creative practices.

Under the Radar Festival
When: Jan. 15; Various performances throughout the day, starting at 5 p.m.
This year’s Under the Radar festival, presented by the Public, continues online with “A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call,” “Disclaimer” and “Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran.” The full line-up can be found here.

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online
When: Jan. 15; 5 p.m.
The Center for Traditional Music and Dance will celebrate three artists or ensembles each week. The series, hosted by Arun Venugopal, continues Jan. 15 with Moris Canate.

ETHEL and Friends
When: Jan. 15; 5 p.m.
End the work week with some tunes from the acclaimed string quartet ETHEL. Composer Ching-chu Hu will join as a special guest.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: “Rodelinda”
When: Jan. 15; 7:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offering of past opera performances. Catch the April 25, 2015, performance of Handel’s “Rodelinda,” starring Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser and Shenyang. Conducted by Harry Bicket.


Jan. 16

Under the Radar Festival
When: Jan. 16; Various performances throughout the day, starting at 2 p.m.
This year’s Under the Radar festival, presented by the Public, continues online with “A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call,” “Disclaimer” and “Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran.” The full line-up can be found here.

Artists in Dialogue: Ralph Gibson and Brian Clarke
When: Jan. 16; 2 p.m.
Join the Museum of Arts and Design for a talk with architecture critic Paul Goldberger and artists Ralph Gibson and Brian Clarke, who will be appearing live from their studios in New York and London.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: “Rodelinda”
When: Jan. 16; 7:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offering of past opera performances. Catch the Dec. 3, 2011, performance of Handel’s “Rodelinda,” starring Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser and Shenyang. Conducted by Harry Bicket.


Jan. 17

Under the Radar Festival
When: Jan. 17; Various performances throughout the day, starting at 2 p.m.
This year’s Under the Radar festival, presented by the Public, continues online with “A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call,” “Disclaimer,” “Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran” and an artist conversation. The full line-up can be found here.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: “Rusalka”
When: Jan. 17; 7:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offering of past opera performances. Catch the Feb. 8, 2014, performance of Dvořák’s “Rusalka,” starring Renée Fleming, Emily Magee, Dolora Zajick, Piotr Beczala and John Relyea. Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.


Jan. 18

The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
When: Jan. 18; 11 a.m.
Brooklyn Academy of Music pays tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr with its annual program, presented this year online in partnership with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric. L. Adams, in association with BRIC. The keynote address will be Alicia Garza, and there will be performances by PJ Morton, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Sing Harlem!, poets Timothy DuWhite and Ashley August, among others.

Those who in Brooklyn can also catch the new art installation “Let Freedom Ring,” by Derrick Adams, Alvin Armstrong, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Lizania Cruz, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Hank Willis Thomas and Jasmine Wahi. Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, the piece is installed on the institution’s billboard at Lafayette and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn and corresponds with the organization’s Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day tributes.

MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!
When: Jan. 18; 3 p.m.
WNYC and Apollo Theater are teaming up with March on Washington Film Festival for a multidisciplinary MLK special.  House Majority Whip James Clyburn, journalist Nikole Hanna-Jones, New York Attorney General Letitia James, holistic health expert Queen Afua, “America’s psychologist” Dr. Jeff Gardere and Dr. Reverend William Barber Jr. are slated to appear, with a performance by poet Leslé Honoré.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: “Carmen”
When: Jan. 18; 7:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offering of past opera performances. Catch the Nov. 1, 2014, performance of Bizet’s “Carmen,” starring Anita Hartig, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Ildar Abdrazakov. Conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.

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“Times x Times x Times”
This year, the annual theater and opera festival PROTOTYPE has adapted to present a dynamic slate of in-person and online events. The series continues with Pamela Z’s “Times x Times x Times,” an immersive sound experience that re-imagines Times Square in three dimensions. To supplement the program, there will be an artist conversation Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. Eastern. A full line-up of shows in the festival can be found here.

“Modulation”
This year, the annual theater and opera festival PROTOTYPE has adapted to present a dynamic slate of in-person and online events. The series kicked off with “Modulation,” a choose-your-own adventure of sorts that allows audiences to wander virtually through a “series of musical and visual experiences that grapple with themes of isolation, identity, and fear.” The piece features works from composers Jojo Abot, Sahba Aminikia, Juhi Bansal, Raven Chacon, Carmina Escobar, Yvette Jackson, Molly Joyce, Jimmy López, Angelica Negrón, Paul Pinto, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Joel Thompson and Bora Yoon. A full line-up of shows in the festival can be found here.

Encores! Inside the Revival: “The Life”
Billy Porter joins Mykal Kilgore, Ledisi and City Center’s Encores! producing creative director Clint Ramos for a discussion about Porter’s 1997 musical “The Life.” The discussion, which features clips of City Center’s Encores! revival of the show, is presented as part of a new digital series, made up of five mini documentaries about the productions staged as part of the program over the years.

“A Christmas Carol”
Through Dec. 24
Catch the Matthew Warchus vision of “A Christmas Carol,” courtesy of the Old Vic theater in London. The performances are livestreamed daily through Dec. 24 and star Andrew Lincoln as Ebenezer Scrooge.

“A Christmas Carol — An Audio Play”
Through Dec. 31
The Goodman Theatre in Chicago is streaming an audio interpretation of “A Christmas Carol” for all to hear. Larry Yando stars and Ebenezer Scrooge.

Taylor Mac’s “Holiday Sauce … Pandemic!”
Through Jan. 2
ALL ARTS artist-in-residence Taylor Mac is presenting a virtual vaudeville version of “Holiday Sauce” — a performance mixtape of art forms, including music, film burlesque, designs by Mac’s long-term collaborator Machine Dazzle and other “random acts of fabulousness.” Presented by Pomegranate Arts, the stream, which promises catharsis, celebrates the release of Mac’s “Holiday Sauce” album, which dropped in November. “Holiday Sauce” is dedicated to Mac’s late drag mother, Mother Flawless Sabrina.

“George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker”
Through Jan. 3
Get your fill of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” with this virtual presentation from New York City Ballet, starring Maria Kowroski as the Sugarplum Fairy, Tyler Angle as Her Cavalier and Megan Fairchild as Dewdrop.

“Until the Flood”
Writer- performer Dael Orlandersmith’s one-woman show “Until the Flood” explores Ferguson following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown. Based on extensive interviews, this theatrical event gives voice to a community grappling with injustice and yearning for change.

The Noël Coward Foundation’s “A Marvellous Party”
Judi Dench. Stephen Fry. Emma Thompson. Kate Burton. These are just three mega-stars appearing in the digital performance celebrating Noël Coward. The show benefits Acting for Others for viewers in the United Kingdom and the Actors Fund for those in the United States.

Royal Albert Home Series
The Royal Albert Home series delivers exclusive sessions straight from artists’ homes, archived for free on their website.

The London Symphony Orchestra: “Opening Concert”
The London Symphony Orchestra’s Always Playing series features a different full-length concert every Sunday and Thursday. On June 11, enjoy the LSO’s 2019/2020 season “Opening Concert,” featuring Emily Howard’s “Antisphere,” Colin Matthews’ Violin Concerto and Walton’s Symphony No 1.

Resistance Revival Chorus Rise Up Rally
The Resistance Revival Chorus’ weekly virtual showcase will present a special “all-message-music edition” of their program, which will be aimed at addressing the “deep wounds of racial injustice.” The evening will be co-curated by musical coordinator Nilusha Dassenaike and musical direct Abena Koomson-Davis. The evening will be hosted by rapid response director Zakiyah Ansari.

Sag Harbor American Music Festival’s “The Best Jams”
AFTEE and Sag Harbor American Music Festival present “The Best Jams,” a virtual jam session featuring local musicians that will support East End Pantries. Across the two-day jam series, musicians will include: Dante Mazzetti, Gene Casey, Hoodoo Loungers, Inda Eaton, Jake Lear, Joe Delia, Ludmilla Brazil, Mama Lee Rose, Nancy Atlas, Points East, Sara Hartman, The 2nd Hands and Winston Ire.

ALL ARTS Talks Recovery: The Wait for Justice 
A panel discusses the current state of racial injustice in the United States and the role arts and culture has played.

Moderated by Executive Director of RestorationART and the Billie Holiday Theatre and Vice President of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Dr. Indira Etwaroo. Featuring British-born, Ghanaian playwright, radio host, international award-winning journalist and executive director of the Armah Institute for Emotional Justice, Esther Armah; associate professor of theater at Dartmouth College, former president of Black Theatre Association, award-winning writer and founder of International Summit for Black Theater, Dr. Monica White Ndounou; American poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, actor, director, singer and songwriter, Carl Hancock Rux; and WQXR Host, Artistic Advisor for The Harlem Chamber Players and board member of the Bagby Foundation and the MacDowell Colony, Terrance McKnight.

“Antigone in Fergusson”
ALL ARTS presents an encore broadcast of Theater of War Productions’ “Antigone in Fergusson,” filmed at Harlem Stage.

“Inspired by the murder of Michael Brown, it includes themes of injustice, resistance, and the value of a life,” writes Harlem Stage. “As the nation rages against yet another murder of a Black man and centuries of injustice, we must ALL insist that Black Lives Matter.”

Watch on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel. Watch anytime on ALL ARTS and Harlem Stage.

Royal Albert Home: Kaiser Chiefs
enjoy an exclusive set performed by the Kaiser Chiefs, the Indie Band known for hits such as “Oh My God,” “I Predict A Riot,” “Everyday I Love You Less and Less,” “Never Miss A Beat” and “Hole In My Soul.”

“Laughter in Lockdown”
Comedians Dave Attell, Judd Apatow, Ray Romano, Wanda Sykes, Pete Holmes, Mo Amer and more are coming together for some laughs and to raise money for comedy workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned to the NY Laughs YouTube channel after the event for more videos to be added. over time.

Royal Albert Home: Imogen Heap
Enjoy an exclusive set performed by Grammy Award-winning artist Imogen Heap. For this set, fans have chosen the setlist.

The 1599 Project: “Henry V”
Irondale’s original four-hour performance “The 1599 Project” has been reimagined as a four-part series that you can stream online. 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.

ALL ARTS Talks Recovery: The Artists
Join ALL ARTS for the second entry into our ALL ARTS Talks Recovery series, focused on how the art world is grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by ALL ARTS artistic director Jörn 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, and Du’Bois A’Keen.

“Biter”
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.

“You Live, You Learn”: A Night with Alanis Morissette
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
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”
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
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
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'”
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”
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”
“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.