Although we may be cooped up inside, there’s still a lot of arts and culture happening in the virtual landscape.
The Alley Theatre has announced it will be taping its production of 1984, which was cancelled last week, for audiences to screen from home. Last weekend, local band Swimwear Department live streamed a special quarantine concert (which you can still view here) while Art League Houston and the Insomnia Gallery held virtual tours of their new exhibitions. And, of course, the Houston Zoo’s webcams are up and running.
Here are tons of other ways to get your arts and culture fix—for free—without leaving that pillow fort you’ve made on your couch:
- Bummed about missing out on the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities? Well, cry into your green beer no more. Celtic punkers the Dropkick Murphys will livestream a full concert on their social media platforms at 6 p.m. CST on March 17. Earlier in the day, John Legend will grace us with his silky-smooth vocals (3 p.m. CST on Instagram Live).
- Even The Indigo Girls are getting in on the action with a livestream concert at 5 p.m. CST on Facebook on Mar 19.
- In terms of extended sets: Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard will play a solo show every day at 6 p.m. CST for the next couple of weeks. The shows will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook. Meanwhile, Diplo (aka Thomas Wesley) will be hosting nightly live streams, and Americana Highways is hosting Live Music from the Quarantine!, a series of 30-minute live streams by artists every weekday from 7–10 p.m.
- Keith Urban would have played RodeoHouston on March 16 if not for the cancellation, but you can still watch him via a 30-minute set he put online. You can also check out punk-pop singer’s Yungblud’s hour-long livestream, featuring MGK, Bella Thorne and Oliver Tree.
Theater & Opera
- Calling all musical lovers. Some of Broadway’s greatest names are banding together for Stars in the House, a series of mini online concerts where stars of the Great White Way will perform live from their home to raise money for the Actor’s Fund. There will be a new performance daily at 1 and 7 p.m. CST (that’s standard theater show times in New York City, folks), and confirmed guest stars include Laura Benanti, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Idina Menzel, and Raul Esparza.
- Playbill is hosting a watch party of the 1965 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, starting Lesley Ann Warren, at 7 p.m. CST on March 20. Playbill’s Twitter account as well as the Rodgers & Hammerstein Twitter and Instagram will be providing trivia and fun facts throughout as well as offering giveaways.
- The Metropolitan Opera will stream a title from their Live In HD series every night through the duration of its closure (the performances will remain free for 20 hours following the stream). The series kicked off on Monday with Carmen; other performances this week include La Boheme (March 17), La Traviata (March 19), and Eugene Onegin (March 22). Vienna State Opera is also opening its livestream archives. You can see even more operatic productions from across Europe and the UK at eu/en.
- Playwright Lauren Gunderson is hosting playwrighting classes every Wednesday at 1 p.m. CST for the next month on Facebook Live.
- Jacksonville Symphony has made its Give My Regards to Broadway concert available for streaming online. You can also check out Shift: Kennedy Center Bound on Friday.
- The Berlin Philharmonic is temporarily offering online access to all its concerts and films, providing access to hundreds of past performances and upcoming live events, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is hosting several live streamed performances via their YouTube channel.
- Nonprofit 92nd Street Y is livestreaming the vocal recital of mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron, who will perform works by Beethoven and Mahler, at 6:30 p.m. CST March 18.
- Peruse some of the most stunning collections from around the world thanks to Google Arts & Culture’s partnerships with more than 500 museums and galleries, including The Museum of Modern Art and the Van Gough Museum in Amsterdam. You can inspect each museum’s collection by scrolling through images or wander through the corridors using Google’s Street View. Either way, you won’t have to deal with jetlag cutting into your viewing time.
- In replacement of its Hong Kong show, Art Basel has set up online viewing rooms, which will feature more than 2,000 works from 233 galleries, from March 20–25.
- Stuck at home with the kiddos? Mo Willems, author of popular children’s series Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny, is inviting viewers into his studio every Monday for Lunch Doodles. Each session will explore elements of drawing and writing.
- Broadway stars Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen, Pitch Perfect), Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill) and Noah Galvin (The Real O’Neals, Dear Evan Hansen) are hosting a dance party at 2 p.m. CST on March 17.
- Art not really your thing? You can also examine dinosaur fossils and see the Hope Diamond sparkle on a virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History or try to read the Rosetta Stone and pal it up with Egyptian mummies at the British Museum in London.
- The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, home of Fiona the Hippo, has kicked off Home Safari, a Facebook Live series aimed to school-age kids every weekday at 2 p.m. CST. There’s also plenty of footage of everyone’s favorite hippo to keep your kid’s entertained for hours.