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 May 7 – May 10 ~

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

May 7

“The Bridge”
When: May 7; 11 a.m.
Host: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Experience daily dance classes taught by innovative BIPOC teachers. This Friday, Yuka Notsuka will lead a class on “Kinetic Spiral,” which integrates elements of tai chi and contemporary American dance.

Opening Night of Harlem Film Festival
When: May 7; 12 p.m.
Host: Harlem International Film Festival
Catch the virtual opening of the Harlem International Film Festival. Enjoy screenings and conversations about films that span the globe from Harlem to Hong Kong.

At Home with Irish Arts Center: Shrines
When: May 7; 5 p.m.
Host: Irish Arts Center
Enjoy a haunting virtual concert by Brooklyn-based musician Shrines (Carrie Erving).

2021 Online Theater Festival
When: May 7; 7 p.m.
Host: Nuyorican Poets Cafe
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe has partnered with 13 writers to present its 2021 Online Theater Festival. Hear an incredible array of stories from individuals representing all walks of life.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: Berg’s “Wozzeck”
When: May 7; 7:30 p.m.
Host: The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offerings of past opera performances. Catch this Jan. 11, 2020 performance of Berg’s “Wozzeck,” starring Elza van den Heever, Tamara Mumford, Christopher Ventris, Gerhard Siegel, Andrew Staples, Peter Mattei, and Christian Van Horn.


May 8

“Slow Food”
When: May 8 to May 16
Host: International City Theatre
Enjoy a tender comedy from playwright Wendy MacLeod. The production centers on two empty-nesters who wait to find out if their marriage can survive the painfully slow food service at a Greek restaurant.

Open Studio from Home: Madeline Hollander
When: May 8; 11 a.m.
Host: Whitney Museum
Join Whitney educators for this family-friendly exploration of the work of Madeline Hollander and learn to craft otherworldly art with household materials.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”
When: May 8; 7:30 p.m.
Host: The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offerings of past opera performances. Catch this March 7, 2009, performance of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” starring Patricia Racette, Maria Zifchak, Marcello Giordani and Dwayne Croft.


May 9

“Preludes in Concert”
When: May 9; 3:45 p.m.
Host: Southwark Playhouse
Dave Malloy’s play based on the hypnotherapy sessions of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff returns to London’s Southwark playhouse for a virtual performance. Catch this critically acclaimed production about deep depressions and the role of art in recovery.

Christiane Noll: “Coming Alive Again”
When: May 9 to May 30
Host: Theater Works Hartford
Enjoy a moving virtual concert by Christiane Noll, exploring the themes of motherhood and womanhood in our COVID-19 landscape.

The Art Hour Mother’s Day Special
When: May 9; 3 p.m.
Host: Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Haven’t gotten your mom a gift for Mother’s Day yet? Make her one in this interactive art class led by Ralph Joseph.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: Handel’s “Agrippina”
When: May 9; 7:30 p.m.
Host: The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offerings of past opera performances. Catch this Feb. 29, 2020, performance of Handel’s “Agrippina,” starring Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock and Matthew Rose.


May 10

Broadway by the Year: Kander and Ebb
When: May 10 to May 12
Host: The Town Hall
The Town Hall continues its tradition of highlighting different musical eras in Broadway history with a virtual season. This week, celebrate the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb by listening to selections from “Chicago,” “Cabaret” and their numerous Broadway hits.

“Agosto”
When: May 10; 7:30 p.m.
Host: Boston Latino International Film Festival + Harvard’s Cuba Studies Program
Enjoy an earnest film about a Cuban teenager developing his first crush while navigating life in post-Soviet Union Cuba. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer Marcela Esquivel Jiménez, and a recorded message from its director, Armando Capo.

Hunter Biden and Anne Lamont in Conversation: On Addiction, Recovery, Faith and Writing
When: May 10; 7 p.m.
Host: 92nd Street Y
Join authors Hunter Biden and Anne Lamott for an intimate conversation about their respective novels and their journeys through addiction and recovery.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: Puccini’s “La Bohème”
When: May 10; 7:30 p.m.
Host: The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offerings of past opera performances. Catch this Jan. 16, 1982, performance of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” starring Teresa Stratas, Renata Scotto, José Carreras, Richard Stilwell and James Morris.

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Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings by Donna Weng Friedman
Pianist and music producer Donna Weng Friedman releases the EP album “Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings,” produced as a “response to the wave of violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals.” Featuring Weng Friedman and soprano Indira Mahajan, the EP “ aims to promote understanding and tolerance among people of all backgrounds,” and features the works of composers Margaret Bonds, Beata Moon, Florence B. Price and Chinary Ung. Proceeds from the album will be donated to the Korean American Community Foundation.

“My hope is that this album will resonate with people of all ethnicities who are looking for a way to help support our AAPI community,” Weng Friedman, who faced harassment at the start of the pandemic, said. “By listening to each track on ‘Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings,’ they can enjoy the glorious music of incredible but under-represented BIPOC composers and musicians while also making a small but valuable contribution to the AAPI community.”

Mayoral Forum on Culture and Arts
Join New Yorkers for Culture and Arts for a conversation with New York City mayoral candidates, who will discuss moving the city forward through arts and culture. Moderated by Anna Glass and Luis A. Miranda Jr.

Virtual Conversation with Playwright Lynn Nottage
How do our hometowns influence our lives? Historian Kevin Burke asks this question in his series “Your Hometown.” Celebrated playwright Lynn Nottage discusses what it was like growing up in Brooklyn during the late 1960s and 70s.

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.

“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 Ferguson”
ALL ARTS presents an encore broadcast of Theater of War Productions’ “Antigone in Ferguson,” 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.