We’ve rounded up a selection of performances and events to stream this week. Have a favorite performance that we missed? Leave us suggestions in the comments below.
Photographer Cindy Sherman continues her investigation into identity (and its deconstruction) with a new series of 10 large-scale images. Set against vibrant, digitally-manipulated backgrounds, Sherman’s androgynous characters don designer clothing and stare down the camera. You can spend as long as you want gazing back into their eyes courtesy Metro Pictures, which is currently staging the show online, as well as in-person by appointment.
‘Moving Stories’: American Ballet Theatre Film Festival
When: Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: The American Ballet Theatre YouTube
Love dance? Love movies? American Ballet Theatre is releasing a slate of eight films created by dancers (all current members, save for former ABT soloist Alexandre Hammoudi) over the course of two evenings. The short films are enveloped in an hour-long program hosted by principal dancer Misty Copeland and film producer Leyla Fayyaz. A roundtable discussion with filmmakers — Claire Davison, Zhong-Jing Fang, Erica Lall, Duncan Lyle, Jose Sebastian, Eric Tamm, Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside and Hammoudi — will follow the premieres.
The Whitney Museum (which opened Sept. 3) continues its yearlong series on new Latinx art and culture scholarship with a conversation between Arlene Dávila and Adriana Zavala. The two scholars will be discussing Dávila’s recent publication “Latinx Art: Artists Markets and Politics,” which the Whitney describes as “at once an introduction to contemporary Latinx art and a call to decolonize the art worlds and practices that erase and whitewash Latinx artists.”
The New Federal Theatre is celebrating 50 years and its founder Woodie King, Jr., with Octoberfest, a monthlong retrospective reading series encompassing five plays centered on social justice in America. On Oct. 2, catch a virtual stream of the play “Do Lord Remember Me,” written by James DeJongh, directed by Reggie Life, narrated by Beethovan Oden and featuring Ebony Jo Ann, Barbara Montgomery, Roscoe Orman Kim Sullivan and Glynn Turman. The series is dedicated to actor Chadwick Boseman, who died Aug. 28.
Filmmaker Steve McQueen’s three-part, decade-spanning “Small Axe” anthology is screening as part of this year’s New York Film Festival. On Sunday, McQueen will be joined by co-writer Alastair Siddons,
actors Letitia Wright and Shaun Parkes, and collaborators to discuss the making of the series, which comprises the films “Lovers Rock,” “Mangrove” and “Red White and Blue” and turns a lens on London’s West Indian community in the 1970s and ’80s. The event will be moderated by Dennis Lim.
In May, McQueen dedicated the films to George Floyd and other Black people who “have been murdered, seen or unseen, because of who they are, in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere.”
Though they’re not free, you can also catch screenings of the films as part of the New York Film Festival’s virtual slate. More information about tickets here.
Top Image: Micheal Ward as Franklyn in "Lovers Rock." Photo: Parisa Taghizedeh/Amazon Prime Video.