5 free events: Glenn Close stars in ‘Angels in America’ benefit, Frieze London goes online and more

5 free events: Glenn Close stars in ‘Angels in America’ benefit, Frieze London goes online and more

Looking for something to do? Here are five free events to attend virtually this week.

Tuesday

Catch a performance from New York City Ballet

When: Premieres at 8 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 6 and is available until 8 p.m. Oct. 13

Where: The New York City Ballet website and YouTube

With its in-person performances canceled, New York City Ballet is presenting its fall season on the digital stage. The live-captured performances premiere weekly on Tuesdays, presenting a robust roster of ballets and dancers. For its second week of programming, City Ballet will showcase a series titled “Modern Innovation,” featuring “Kammermusik No. 2,” “Opus 19/The Dreamer,” “Movements for Piano and Orchestra,” “Chiaroscuro,” “Red Angels” and “Glass Pieces.”


Wednesday

Write letters with Broadway stars

When: Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Eastern

Where: The Broadway Podcast Network YouTube

Sharpen your pencils and warm up your vocal cords, Broadway is gathering for a letter-writing party to help get out the word to vote on Nov. 3. The slate of Broadway Ambassadors includes casts from the productions “The Book of Mormon,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “Chicago,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Mean Girls,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Beautiful,” “Company” and “Flying Over Sunset.” The event marks another page in the VoteRiders‘ initiative, which hosted virtual letter-writing parties with the cast of “Hamilton” in August and September.


Thursday

Watch theater legends perform scenes from ‘Angels in America’

When: Oct. 8 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern

Where: The Broadway.com YouTube

A host of Broadway stars — including Glenn Close, Nikki M. James, Patti LuPone, Laura Linney, S. Epatha Merkerson, Larry Owens, Andrew Rannells, Jeremy O. Harris and more — will perform selected scenes from Tony Kushner’s epic “Angels in America,” with an introduction by the playwright contextualizing the current health crisis in relation to the AIDS epidemic. Selections include moments from the play that “focus on the experience of living through a plague, reaching through suffering to find hope, and on America striving and failing to reach its ideals of freedom.” The evening will also include special appearances by Alan Cumming, Whoopi Goldberg and Jake Gyllenhaal, and donations benefit the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) Fund to Fight Covid-19.


Friday

Join a conversation with poet Natalie Diaz

When: Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Where: The Greene Space YouTube and website

Hear poet Natalie Diaz discuss her recently published book “Post Colonial Love Poem” as part of the Greene Space’s First Peoples Week — a “multi-day celebration of North American Indigenous life and history.” Other events slated for the festival include an online photography gallery (titled “As Wide as the Sky”) and a special solo performance by folk musician Samantha Crain, which closes out the week on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Of the photography exhibition, curator Maria Hupfield said the works included “point to expanded definitions free of colonial boundaries.”

“Narratives are introduced through text, image, and sound,” she continued. “As future ancestors, the works of these artists speak to the strength of human survival in these unprecedented times.”


Take a spin through Frieze London’s online viewing rooms

When: Oct. 9–16

Where: Frieze Viewing Room; registration here

Gavin Turk, L’Âge d’Or (Green & Red), 2019, Painted Bronze, MARUANI MERCIER, Frieze Sculpture 2020. Photo by Stephen White. Courtesy of Stephen White/Frieze.
Gavin Turk, L’Âge d’Or (Green & Red), 2019, Painted Bronze, MARUANI MERCIER, Frieze Sculpture 2020.
Photo by Stephen White. Courtesy of Stephen White/Frieze.

Beginning Friday, you can stroll through Frieze and Frieze Masters’ online viewing rooms as part of the art fair’s hybrid offerings for Frieze Week in London. One of the art calendar’s hottest events, the sprawling affair had to adapt its white-tent model as the COVID-19 health crisis continues. In addition to its annual sculpture park, live performances and exhibitions around London, the fair is also presenting a virtual iteration for those who can’t make it in person. More than 250 galleries (you can count on some international powerhouses) have installed their digital installations on the platform, which is open through Oct. 16. Frieze Masters will also present an online gallery.

Top Image: Glenn Close as Roy Cohn and S. Epatha Merkerson as Belize in a scene from “Angels in America.” Photo: Justin Zweifach.