5 free events to stream, from Neil Gaiman’s ‘Coraline’ to a Prince concert

5 free events to stream, from Neil Gaiman’s ‘Coraline’ to a Prince concert

We’ve rounded up a selection of concerts and events to stream this week. Have a favorite performance that we missed? Email us suggestions at allartsinfo@wliw.org.

Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline”
New York Public Library
Nightly at 6 p.m. through May 18
Fans of the book “Coraline” gather ‘round: This week, the haunting tale will be read aloud by its author Neil Gaiman and guests LeVar Burton, Rosario Dawson and Dakota Fanning. A tale of uncanny adventures and adolescent bravery, the title will be relayed chapter by chapter on the New York Public Library’s YouTube channel and website as part of the institution’s virtual programming. You can catch up on the first two chapters (read by Gaiman) here.

[Curious for more from the New York Public Library? Check out their “Missing Sounds of New York” album, a nostalgic nod to the noises of the city.]

“Asuka” Watch Party
Ballet Hispánico
May 13; 7 p.m.
Ballet Hispánico continues its slate of online offerings with a Facebook watch party of “Asuka,” choreographed by Eduardo Vilaro. Debuted in 2011, the piece marked the first choreographic presentation from Vilaro after he took the helm of Ballet Hispánico as artistic director in 2009. Viewers are invited to stick around for a Facebook Live Q&A with Vilaro and Laura Diffenderfer, choreographer and host of the “Still Spinning” podcast. “Asuka” will be available live and on-demand on the Ballet Hispánico Facebook, YouTube and website.

“Barber Shop Chronicles”
National Theatre
May 14; 2 p.m.
When Inua Ellams’ “Barber Shop Chronicles” landed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater in December, it had just enjoyed an acclaimed run at the National Theatre in London. Inspired by 60 hours worth of conversations, the play takes place across six cities over the course of a single day and spans conversations that reveal the sanctity of the barbershop. The production is directed by Bijan Sheibani and was recorded at the National Theatre.

“Prince and the Revolution: Live”
The Prince Estate
May 14; 8 p.m.
Prince’s March 30, 1985, concert at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY, will make its streaming premiere as part of a three-day-long event presented by the singer’s estate. The presentation, recorded during the band’s “Purple Rain Tour,” will raise money for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and will feature members of the Revolution band — including drummer Bobby Z, guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardists Lisa Coleman and Matt Fink. As a special treat to fans, Bobby Z is slated to take part in a pre-show Q&A with Andrea Swensson (Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Current”) before the program’s May 14 premiere. Audio from the concert, remastered by Bernie Grundman, will be available to audiences to stream or download May 15.

“The Encounter”
St. Ann’s Warehouse
May 15; 2 p.m.
Simon McBurney’s one-man show “The Encounter,” lauded for its immersive use of technology, will be available to stream starting May 15. Unique to the production is its “3-D sound design,” created by Gareth Fry with Peter Malkin. To enjoy, viewers are instructed to wear headphones, into which sounds transmitted from different directions will transport audiences to the play’s sonic landscape. Inspired by Petru Popescu’s novel “Amazon Beaming,” the production was created by the Complicité and captured at London’s Barbican.

The production streams through 5 p.m. May 22, and those curious about the particulars behind the piece can join a virtual public Q&A with McBurney and guests at 2:30 p.m. May 20.