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 11 – May 14 ~

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

May 11

Alvin Ailey: “Members Don’t Get Weary”
When: Watch through May 11 at 7 p.m.
Host: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Stream choreographer Jamar Roberts’ blues-inspired piece, “Members Don’t Get Weary.” The choreography is set to the music of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane and explores what it means to “have the blues” in the current American landscape.

The Future of Performance
When: May 11; 6 p.m.
Host: National Sawdust
Listen in as National Sawdust co-founder Paola Prestini discusses the future of the operatic arts and the importance of arts leadership with influential opera director Yuval Sharon.

Netflix’s “Selena: The Series”
When: May 11; 6 p.m.
Host: 92nd Street Y
Have you binge watched the first season of “Selena”? Join the show’s cast and executive producers for a conversation about the upcoming second season and Selena’s remarkable imprint on American culture.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”
When: May 11; 7:30 p.m.
Host: The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offerings of past opera performances. Catch this April 5, 1990, performance of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” starring Carol Vaness, Karita Mattila, Dawn Upshaw, Jerry Hadley, Samuel Ramey, Ferrucio Furlanetto, and Kurt Moll.

“There Is Light”
When: May 11; 8 p.m.
Host: Brooklyn Vegan + Wasserman Music + Twitch
Enjoy the music of Best Coast as part of a livestreamed concert series played exclusively on Twitch. Stay longer for a moderated Q&A with the musicians.

Broadway for Every Breath
When: May 11; 8 p.m.
Host: Shoba Narayan
Help raise funds towards alleviating India’s COVID-19 crisis by attending this virtual concert hosted by Broadway alum Shoba Narayan (“Wicked,” “Hamilton”). Narayan will be joined by an array of Broadway stars for this benefit concert.


May 12

Our Sunday Best: History of Black Milliners and a Hat Exhibition by Kathy Anderson
When: May 12; 3 p.m.
Host: Queens Library
Explore the life and work of Black milliners (women’s hat makers) and learn how they influenced and reinvented American style. This event will feature an exhibition by master milliner Kathy Anderson.

Virtual Adult Storytime
When: May 12; 2 p.m.
Host: Brooklyn Public Library
Join the Brooklyn Public Library for a series of adult storytime sessions that celebrate and commemorate AAPI Heritage Month.

New American Dream: News that Needs Telling
When: May 12; 5 p.m.
Host: The WNET Group
Rhema Bland, Vanessa K. De Luca, Kali Holloway, Patrice Peck and Wendi C. Thomas join moderator Greg Tate for a conversation about how journalism can “empower Black communities and dismantle racist systems.” Presented as part of the five-week “New American Dream” series, the panel marks the third entry into the initiative.

Stream “New American Dream” on the Chasing the Dream YouTube channel at 5 p.m. Eastern.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”
When: May 12; 7:30 p.m.
Host: The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly offerings of past opera performances. Catch this Dec. 18, 1999, performance of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” starring Jane Eaglen, Katarina Dalayman, Ben Heppner, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen and René Pape.


May 13

“Whitman in the Woods.”
When: May 13; 5 p.m.
Host: The WNET Group
ALL ARTS’ inaugural artist-in-residence Taylor Mac (judy) joins ALL ARTS’ first Artistic Director Jörn Weisbrodt to discuss “Whitman in the Woods.” — Mac’s fantastical film exploration of Walt Whitman.

Live From Dizzy’s: Lakecia Benjamin
When: May 13; 7:30 p.m.
Host: Jazz at Lincoln Center
Rising star saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin returns to the Dizzy’s Club stage. Spend a night listening as Benjamin and her quartet explore the music of jazz greats John and Alice Coltrane.

“Open Play”
When: May 13; 8 p.m.
Host: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Need a low-stakes chance to show that artistic project you’ve been chipping away at during quarantine? Participate in “Open Play,” a monthly series that gives artists of all disciplines an opportunity to share five minutes of work with a supportive audience.

Note/Books: “The Night Falls”
When: May 13; 7:30 p.m.
Host: The Center for Fiction + American Opera Project
Opera meets literature in the Center for Fiction’s unique series “Note/Books.” Join the center for libretto readings and song and dance performances of “The Night Falls.” The performance will be followed by a moderated Q&A with the opera’s creators.

“The Destruction of Jane”
When: 7 p.m.
Host: Pure Motion Pictures
Ever wonder what the story of Tarzan looks like from Jane Porter’s perspective? Catch the latest installment of this campy re-imaging of the love story between Tarzan and Jane.

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


May 14

Virtual Special Express Non-Fiction Writers
When: May 14; 11 a.m.
Host: NYC Parks
Adults with disabilities who have an interest in memoir, poetry or nonfiction are invited to register in this weekly writing class.

100 Years | 100 Women Conversation Series
When: May 14; 12 p.m.
Host: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Participate in a series of bi-monthly conversations about the legacy and history of the 19th amendment. This session will explore the need to build and support platforms for under-represented women — including minority women and those with disabilities.

Mother Tongue Film Festival: The Healing Power of Storytelling Roundtable
When: May 14; 5 p.m.
Host: National Museum of the American Indian
Join a special panel of Indigenous filmmakers and curators for a conversation highlighting the healing power of storytelling and the ability of film to connect people from disparate backgrounds.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: “The Audition”
When: May 14; 7:30 p.m.
Host: The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera takes you behind the scenes of its annual National Council Auditions. Watch thousands of hopefuls compete for a cash prize and the opportunity to launch their operatic careers on the Met’s stage.

Phillip Phillips Acoustic Duet
When: May 14; 8 p.m.
Host: No Cap Shows
Watch Phillip Phillips take the stage and perform some of his biggest hits — including “Home,” and “Raging Fire” — as well as premiere a brand new song.

“Stand Up” for Asian Americans
When: April 14; 8 p.m.
Host: Daniel Nardicio + Sam Benedict
Enjoy a raucous night of laughter with a weekend of variety shows celebrating AAPI performers. The event features comedian Margaret Cho, burlesque star Calamity Chang, actor Damian Dragon, and many others. Proceeds will benefit Red Canary Song, a grassroots organizing collective of Asian and migrant sex workers.

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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.