Looking for something to do this week? Here is a selection of free virtual performances and presentations taking place in New York City and beyond. Find this week’s top picks below.
Cinematography: Shifting the Looking Glass
When: April 20 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Host: The Apollo Theater
Join a talented panel of Black cinematographers as they discuss the innovative ways creatives in their industry are documenting the movements and cataclysms of our time. Panelists include Ayan Baraka, Glenn Cantave, Christian Epps and Emir Fils Aime.
Saving the Filmmaking Arts: “Spaceship Earth”
When: April 21 through April 27
Host: National Gallery of Art
View a curated selection of cinema from around the world with the National Gallery of Art. Every Wednesday, the National Gallery will feature a refreshing new film on its website, which will be free to view for one week. Next up is director Matt Wolf’s “Spaceship Earth,” a film following the participants of Biosphere 2: a two-year experiment seeking to replicate Earth’s atmosphere in an enclosed space.
Immigrant Heritage Week: Bilingual Author Talk with Wenguang Huang
When: April 21 at 11 a.m. Eastern
Host: Brooklyn Public Library
In this bilingual session (English and Chinese), author Wenguang Huang explores the relationship between our family stories and the people we eventually become. Huang crafted his acclaimed memoir “The Little Red Guard” from the threads that his “stubbornly traditional” grandmother wove into his immigrant story.
SummerStage and Nuyorican Poets Cafe Celebrate National Poetry Month
When: April 22 at 7 p.m. Eastern
SummerStage and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe present a showcase of New York City poetry talent, including Caridad de la Luz, reg e gaines, J.F. Seary, Advocate of Wordz, Helena D. Lewis, Suzen Baraka, Ramya Ramana, Carlos Andrés Gómez and Darian Dauchan. Also featuring jazz and conga musical performances by Rome Neal, Andre Chez Lewis, Lonnie Plaxico and Chembo Corniel, this event is a reminder of how ardently talent still burns in the city.
“On Protest and Mourning” Virtual Exhibition
Host: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)
The digital exhibition “On Protest and Mourning” culls together the work of photographers and filmmakers who documented the Black Lives Matter uprisings of the summer of 2020. Featuring visuals by Jon Henry, Vanessa Charlot, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Dee Dwyer, Terrence Jennings and Nadia Alexis, the exhibition highlights Black mothers fearful for the lives of their sons, Black children raised in a tradition of protest, Black women’s indelible presence in the American South and BLM marches across American cities.
Top Image: Still from "Spaceship Earth."