5 free events to stream, from Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’ to ‘Classic Whitney’

5 free events to stream, from Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’ to ‘Classic Whitney’

We’ve rounded up a selection of concerts and events to stream this week. 


ALL ARTS Talks: The Wait for Justice 
When: June 4; 4 p.m.
Where: The ALL ARTS Facebook, YouTube channel and website

The ALL ARTS Talks series continues with “The Wait for Justice,” an all Black panel moderated by Dr. Indira Etwaroo, executive director of RestorationART and the Billie Holiday Theatre and vice president of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

Focused on the current state of racial injustice in the United States and the role of art, the conversation will feature Esther Armah, British-born, Ghanaian playwright, radio host, international award-winning journalist and executive director of the Armah Institute for Emotional Justice; Dr. Monica White Ndounou, associate professor of theater at Dartmouth College, former president of Black Theatre Association, award-winning writer and founder of International Summit for Black Theater; Carl Hancock Rux, American poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, actor, director, singer and songwriter; and Terrance McKnight, WQXR Host, Artistic Advisor for the Harlem Chamber Players and board member of the Bagby Foundation and the MacDowell Colony.


Ailey on Stage: ‘Lincoln Center at the Movies’
When: June 4; 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater website

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s weekly series “Ailey on Stage” continues with the 2015 performance film “Lincoln Center at the Movies,” featuring the company in Wayne McGregor‘s “Chroma,” Ronald K. Brown‘s “Grace,” Robert Battle‘s “Takademe,” and Alvin Ailey‘s “Revelations.” The performances will be available to stream until June 11 at 6:30 p.m, after which the company will show “The Ailey Spirit Virtual Gala.”

And in case you missed it, on Wednesday the company released the poignant video “We Dance,” featuring text written and performed by Hope Boykin. Ailey dancers appear throughout the film to explore “their movement through pain and heartache.”


‘Let’s Stay (In) Together’: A Benefit for the Apollo
When: June 4; 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Apollo Theater website

The Apollo Theater is bringing together “captain” Kirk Douglas of the Roots, Kool & the Gang, Gary Clark, Jr., Will Clhoun, Dionne Warwick, Doug E. Fresh and more for a special livestream event. The evening will feature tributes and performances of music by Apollo legends, including B.B. King, Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder. “Music has the incredible power to connect, transform and heal,” said the theater in a statement. Though the event is free, donations made during the benefit will go toward the theater’s emergency relief fund and micro-grants to support local merchants and small businesses in the 125th Street neighborhood.


New York Live Arts: Bill T. Jones and Dr. Reynaldo Anderson
When: June 5; 5 p.m.
Where: The New York Live Arts Instagram

Bill T. Jones continues his digital series “Diary: Pause/Intermission” with a discussion between the choreographer and Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, curator for Live Ideas 2021. Taking place on the New York Live Arts and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Instagram accounts, the diary sessions give insight into how Jones and the company are continuing to stay creative amid the COVID-19 crisis.


Joe’s Pub: ‘Classic Whitney: Alive!’
When: June 5; 8 p.m.
Where: The Joe’s Pub YouTube channel

Kevin Smith Kirkwood channels Whitney Houston in this retrospective concert honoring the late artist. Featuring a full band and backup singers (who double as special guests), the performance reconstructs some of Houston’s live concert banter and re-enacts some of her most iconic musical moments. Billed as the “ultimate Whitney tribute from the ultimate Whitney fan,” the concert was recorded live at Joe’s Pub on Nov. 9, 2015.

Top Image: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, "Still, We Dance." Photo by Normand Maxon.