May Events + Selected NYC Instagram Photos (b) (05/25)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

GD: Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of May we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture,” info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s Selected NYC Instagram Photos (b).

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We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here June 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.

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Broadway theaters closed on March 12 as New York City enacted rules to promote social distancing and slow the spread of Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a show. The NYC theater community has responded with initiatives and online shows to help support its members and entertain audiences via the internet while we’re staying away from crowds.

We’ve put together a sampling of streaming performances you can watch from your laptop or phone:

Broadway, NYC, Virtual NYCKinky Boots. Photo: Matthew Penrod

Broadway HD 
Starting in 2015, this online service began offering HD versions of classic and recent Broadway plays and musicals. You can try it out for free (with a one-week trial) or buy a subscription (from $9 a month) to watch some of your favorite shows. You can see stars like Katherine Hepburn in 1973’s televised version of The Glass Menagerie as well as musical hits like Kinky BootsAn American in Paris and Cats.

Stars in the House 
Broadway actor, director and writer (and radio host) Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, host two shows a day from their house on YouTube. The hourlong shows, which air live at 2pm and 8pm (the usual Broadway start times), raise money for the Actors Fund, helping to provide emergency relief for those unemployed in the theater community.

Living Room Concerts 
Broadwayworld.com has started posting daily concert videos from an array of performers, mainly those whose shows were running before the recent closure of Broadway. They’re posting a new video every day—stars featured include Carolee Carmello (Hello, Dolly!), Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill) and teenager Andrew Barth Feldman, the former lead in Dear Evan Hansen.

Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar
This West Village bar, known for sing-alongs to Broadway show tunes, has taken the experience online. They’re streaming two main sets of songs each evening, usually starting at 4pm, with different pianists tickling the ivories. To watch, join their Facebook group and tune in to “Sing out, Louise” (in the comfort of your own living room). You can also tip the piano players via Venmo or PayPal, with details during each performance.

Download recent shows, like the SpongeBob SquarePants musical, on Amazon  
Many recent shows are available to rent or buy on Amazon and other online streamers, usually in the range of $3–12. Highlights include Rent, taped just before it ended its Broadway run; 2013’s Carousel, via Live from Lincoln Center; 2010 Tony Award winner Memphis; and the original Broadway production of Into the Woods, starring Bernadette Peters.

Virtual Hal Prince Exhibit at Lincoln Center 
In December 2019, the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts opened an exhibit on the late Harold Prince, the legendary Broadway producer behind megahits like The Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd. While the library is closed, you can take a virtual walk-through and 30-minute guided tour of the gallery with Doug Reside, the show’s curator.

Broadway Dreams Live Lessons 
The Broadway Dreams Foundation is hosting free daily lessons, led by some accomplished Broadway-caliber talent, for aspiring actors, singers and dancers. Their lineup has included actors from FrozenHead Over Heels and Chicago. To watch, get the Zoom link from their Facebook page. Sessions begin at 1pm; each day’s links are posted five minutes before class begins, though the schedule is listed earlier than that.

Viral Monologues from 24 Hour Plays 
Every year, the 24 Hour Plays event presents a series of shows that are written, cast, directed and performed in one day with the involvement of talent from the NYC theater community. Now they’re doing a mini version, with online monologues, on their Instagram account. They’re performed by actors like Denis O’Hare and penned by playwrights like David Lindsay-Abaire.

Groove to disco versions of Stephen Sondheim songs
Broadway Records just released the digital version of Losing My Mind, a compilation of Sondheim songs with a dance beat. Conceived by Broadway performer Joshua Hinck and arranger Scott Wasserman, the 12-song album is an expanded version of a popular concert they put on in 2018. The album features singers like Alison Luff (Waitress) and Chip Zien (from the original Into the Woods). You can preview a track, “Unworthy of Your Love,” from Passion; hear the collection on Spotify; or order a copy from the Broadway Records site.

Broadway Backwards 2020 Encore 
Broadway Cares, which produces number of annual AIDS fundraisers, has put together a special encore series of recent star-studded performances from Broadway Backwards, at which performers belt out famous show tunes with gender-swapped roles. They’re also asking viewers to support an emergency fundraiser for actors affected by the Covid-19 crisis—you can make a donation at broadwaycares.org.

Watch Broadway classics like Cabaret for free on YouTube 
These days you may be wondering, “What good is sitting alone in your room?” You can get a very direct answer on YouTube by watching the 1993 version of Cabaret, featuring Alan Cumming in his breakout role. Other star turns worth checking out for free are Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin in American Playhouse‘s 1986 broadcast of Sunday in the Park with George;  Carol Burnett in 1964’s Once Upon A Mattress; Nell Carter in a 1982 broadcast of Ain’t Misbehavin’; Lauren Bacall in 1973’s Applause; Gregory and Maurice Hines in 1980’s Eubie!; and Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra in 1954’s Anything Goes.

Jason Alexander sings on Twitter 
While most people know Jason Alexander as George from Seinfeld, he got his big break on Broadway in a Stephen Sondheim musical (Merrily We Roll Along). He recently went on Twitter to sing a song from the show that got him interested in theater, Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin. The beautiful ballad, “With You,” has a message of love and support we can all use today.

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WFUV Live Online (May 21-27)

Live Online
Frequently:
The Tweedy Show, nightly at 10:30pm
The Mavericks’ Raul Malo, regularly
Rufus Wainwright, daily
David Wax Museum, weekdays at 1p with guests
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Weekly:
Norah Jones, Thursdays at 4pm
Ben Gibbard (Deathcab), Thursdays at 7pm
Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Fridays at 3pm
Todd Snider, Sundays at noon
The Kennedys, Sundays at 2pm
Shawn Colvin, Mondays at 12 noon
Grace Potter, Mondays at 9pm
Josh Ritter, Tuesdays at 7pm
Neil Finn, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6pm
Citizen Cope, Tuesdays
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This Week:
5/20 – Bob Weir with The National
5/20 – Joseph Arthur Guitar Mash
5/23 – Andrew Combs via Outpost in the Burbs
5/23 – Bill Frisell Guitar Mash
5/24 – A Musical Memorial and Tribute with Yo-Yo Ma

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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May Events + Corona Culture (a) (05/24)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.”
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of May we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture,” info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s Corona Culture (a).

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‘Surreal’: What It’s Like to Ride a Motorcycle Through New York Right Now (NYT)  The video of the scooter riding down an empty 7th Ave. is especially interesting.

These Stunning George Steinmetz Aerial Images Show Empty NYC Under Coronavirus Lockdown | Viewing NYC / shown on “CBS This Morning.”
a 6 minute video of a virtual ghost town.

Rockefeller Center’s Art Deco Marvel: A Virtual Tour (NYT)
an informative discussion between NYT architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and historian Daniel Okrent. Don’t miss the great photos of Rocky Center.

‘X-Files’ Gillian Anderson in ‘Streetcar’ (LAT)
In 2014 “The X-Files” actress Gillian Anderson tackled the role of Blanche DuBois, that most psychologically fragile of faded Southern belles, in Tennessee Williams’ drama “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Young Vic in London. Britain’s National Theatre streams an NT Live film of that production.

Now Virtual and in Video, Museum Websites Shake Off the Dust. (NYT)
Critic’s guide to the best online presentations from the world’s leading art palaces and picture galleries.

Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand: Walk Its History (NYT)
A few hundred years in the borough, from the brownstones to the shipyards. The NYT  critic chats with fourth generation Brooklynite and historian Thomas J. Campanella.
Wonderful photos all over the borough, especially Brooklyn Heights.

And just in case you missed it.

Cherry Trees Blossom on Schedule in Closed Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (WSJ)

 

 

 

 

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We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here June 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.

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WFUV Live Online (May 21-27)

Live Online
Frequently:
The Tweedy Show, nightly at 10:30pm
The Mavericks’ Raul Malo, regularly
Rufus Wainwright, daily
David Wax Museum, weekdays at 1p with guests
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Weekly:
Norah Jones, Thursdays at 4pm
Ben Gibbard (Deathcab), Thursdays at 7pm
Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Fridays at 3pm
Todd Snider, Sundays at noon
The Kennedys, Sundays at 2pm
Shawn Colvin, Mondays at 12 noon
Grace Potter, Mondays at 9pm
Josh Ritter, Tuesdays at 7pm
Neil Finn, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6pm
Citizen Cope, Tuesdays
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This Week:
5/20 – Bob Weir with The National
5/20 – Joseph Arthur Guitar Mash
5/23 – Andrew Combs via Outpost in the Burbs
5/23 – Bill Frisell Guitar Mash
5/24 – A Musical Memorial and Tribute with Yo-Yo Ma

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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May Events + The Nifty Nine (05/23)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

GD: Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of May we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos, YouTube videos, or Pinterest Pins. On other days you will find info on the Best NYC Restaurants or Top OnlineTravel Forums with NYC info. We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s The Nifty Nine NYC News sources.

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All the NYCity News You Need to Start Your Day

The New York Times – Regional New York News

AM / Metro New York

Wall Street Journal Greater New York (Region News)

The New York Times – Art and Design

Grub Street – NY Magazine’s Food and Restaurant Blog

Metro / New York Post

amNY Online

The New York Times – New York Today / Daily Briefings

Gothamist: News, Food, Arts and Events

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We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here June 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.

Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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Here is some great information on famous museums offering virtual tours.

These 16 Famous Museums Are Offering Virtual Tours

You can see the masterpieces housed at famous museums with these online exhibits

These kid-friendly museums in NYC and across the globe are offering virtual tours and exhibits, so you can experience culture from your couch.

For many of us, visiting a museum is a luxury we take for granted. While this city offers some of the world’s most masterful works, we rarely take the time out of our busy schedules to see them. That’s why it’s fortunate (and perhaps ironic) that now, while we’re staying home with time to spare, is the time we can lose ourselves in exhibits. The following kid-friendly museums have put their exhibits online for easy virtual viewing. And you don’t just have to stay local—check out some of the world’s greatest institutions. Who said quarantining had to lack culture?

Virtual Tours of New York’s Kid-Friendly Museums

American Museum of Natural History

If you’re nostalgic for that big blue whale, check out these 2,160 items from the American Museum of Natural History’s collection—from dinosaur skeletons to insects. The museum is also offering previously recorded tours on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Children’s Museum of the Arts

The kids are the stars in Children’s Museum of the Arts’ collection of more than 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world. There’s also a rotating series of contemporary artwork by emerging and established artists, including Leon Bibel’s monochromatic seemingly simply prints, and With Liberty and Justice for Some, a group of diverse portraits of U.S. immigrants.

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Now is a perfect time to “wander” through the Cloister’s magnificent monasteries (located in the Bronx but now online), where art and architecture of medieval Europe is on virtual display.

The Frick Collection

The elegant Frick displays 201 works of art on its site, from Rembrandt to Gainsborough, including the Italian paintings and bronzes, Dutch 17th-century works of art, and Chinese porcelains.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

While the Intrepid is usually a hands-on experience, kids can still check out the Concorde G-BOAD and the Submarine Growler, as well as learn about technologically groundbreaking aircrafts and American innovation and bravery.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met’s collection is like a best-of from the last 5,000 years of world art, from Coco Chanel’s designs to A New Look at Vermeer. Think of it as that history class you never took, that’s now available from your couch.

New York Botanical Garden

While NYBG’s gates are temporarily closed, it’s bringing the power of plants to you with a virtual walk through the Spring Landscape. Plus, the garden has a variety of ways to connect with plants and plant-lovers while you’re stuck inside.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy

The conservancy is offering a video series called Tourist In Your Own Town, which includes virtual tours of historic landmarks, including President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace and the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Take a virtual stroll down the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda, past tremendous self-portraits by Catherine Opie and Rashid Johnson’s New Black Yoga exhibit. You can also wander through the galleries of the Tannhauser Collection of Impressionism and Early Modern Art.

Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney’s online collection includes 60 of its most famous paintings from the 20th century, including Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, and Joseph Stella.

Cooper Hewitt

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which holds more than 210,000 objects that range from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary 3-D printed objects, is offering several online exhibits. including Botanical Expressions, which shows how gardens influenced designers including Christopher Dresser, Emile Gallé, William Morris, and Louis Comfort Tiffany; and African American Design, which features objects created by prominent African American designers that date back to 1950.

Virtual Tours of Kid-Friendly Museums Across the Globe

The Louvre

How about a trip to Paris? Grab a baguette (or whatever sustenance your kids haven’t yet eaten) and explore the Louvre‘s Egyptian antiquities and the recently restored Galerie d’Apollon, which houses the famous “Apollo Slaying the Serpent Python,” by Delacroix (1851).

The Boston Children’s Museum

The kids will enjoy this trip through the second-oldest children’s museum in the United States, where they can become dinosaur experts and learn about Japanese culture at the Japanese House, a real two-story townhouse from Kyoto.

British Museum, London

Tour the Great Court or discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies, among hundreds of other artifacts at this famous historical institution.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This famous American-art museum is offering two online exhibits: American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras; and works by Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Check out the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and more than 750 personal letters. You can also find out about Van Gogh’s love life and which books he read.

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WFUV Live Online (May 21-27)

Live Online
Frequently:
The Tweedy Show, nightly at 10:30pm
The Mavericks’ Raul Malo, regularly
Rufus Wainwright, daily
David Wax Museum, weekdays at 1p with guests
mm
Weekly:
Norah Jones, Thursdays at 4pm
Ben Gibbard (Deathcab), Thursdays at 7pm
Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Fridays at 3pm
Todd Snider, Sundays at noon
The Kennedys, Sundays at 2pm
Shawn Colvin, Mondays at 12 noon
Grace Potter, Mondays at 9pm
Josh Ritter, Tuesdays at 7pm
Neil Finn, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6pm
Citizen Cope, Tuesdays
mm
This Week:
5/20 – Bob Weir with The National
5/20 – Joseph Arthur Guitar Mash
5/23 – Andrew Combs via Outpost in the Burbs
5/23 – Bill Frisell Guitar Mash
5/24 – A Musical Memorial and Tribute with Yo-Yo Ma

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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May Events + 6 Top Online Travel Forums (05/22)

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of May we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos, YouTube videos, or Pinterest Pins. On other days you will find info on the Best NYC Restaurants or Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s Top Online Travel Forums.

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6 Top Online Travel Forums.

Traditional travel guides and blogs, whether online or in paper format, give you a lot of content but still have their limitations. Chances are you’ll have specific questions and concerns that they didn’t cover.

online travel forums (the original social media) are one of the best ways to find information you can’t find elsewhere, and to find answers to specific questions. These online communities of travelers are ready and willing to offer their insights and first-hand knowledge.

Which are the best travel forums – the forums with many informed and active members who will answer your questions promptly and accurately? with moderators who will ensure that discussions stay relevant and civil?

Here are my six favorites:

> Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree
An old timer (since 1996) – you can search by destination or interest, search for a travel buddy or just have a chat. 7.1M results for “everything ever.”
Search here for New York City

> Trip Advisor’s Travel Board
Their motto: ”Get the truth.Then go” Search by destination or interest. The New York City Travel Forum has 189K topics and the sidebar “Top questions about New York City” is very helpful.
Search here for New York City

> Frommer’s Community Forums
Not as active as some other forums, but archived topics can be helpful. Search by destinations, trip ideas, tips&tools.
Search here for New York City

> Fodor’s Travel Talk Forums
This is a big one with 2.1M posts for the USA and 3.9M posts for Europe and can be difficult to find what you are looking for. In order to use all the features of the forum, you will need to register.
Search here for New York City

> Flyer Talk Forums
Been around a long time. Heavy, of course, on air travel and airports. But the destinations section has a New York City forum with many posts. Unfortunately, browsing through the threads is time consuming, and the search engine is not very helpful.
Search here for New York City

> Rick Steve’s Travel Forum
This is a Euro-centric Forum, so it won’t be much help for NYCity. But Rick Steves and his travelers have so much good information on the site, including travel technology, I just had to list it. Be sure to use it when you travel to Europe.
Search here for technology tips

Of course, your FaceBook friends and Twitter world may be helpful too.

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We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here June 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.

Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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nycgo.com is the place to go for comprehensive NYCity info. Try this:

There are still plenty of ways to explore the five boroughs while socially distancing. We’ve rounded up online resources from museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters and other venues so that you can experience the best of New York City virtually. Read on for hundreds of ways to connect with your favorite NYC attractions—or discover new ones—from home or wherever you are right now. First, the short version:

Museum galleries

Broadway and other theater

Performing arts

Nightlife

Film

Now a detailed list:

Despite widespread closures and cancellations related to Covid-19 in New York City, there are still plenty of ways to explore the five boroughs while socially distancing. We’ve rounded up online resources from museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters and other venues so that you can experience the best of New York City virtually. Read on for dozens of ways to connect with your favorite NYC attractions—or discover new ones—from home or wherever you’re socially distancing right now.

NYC & Company will promote organizations across the five boroughs that offer virtual experiences online. To be listed, please fill out our participation form.

Kinky Boots, Broadway, NYC, Virtual NYC,Kinky Boots. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Broadway

24-Hour Plays presents a series of shows that are written, cast, directed and performed by the NYC theater community in one day. Now they’re doing a mini version of this, presented on their Instagram account.

Broadway Cares has put together a special encore series of two dozen or so recent star-studded performances from Broadway Backwards, where genders are swapped on famous show tunes.

The Broadway Dreams foundation is hosting free daily Broadway Dreams Live Lessons for aspiring student actors, singers and dancers with some accomplished Broadway-caliber talent.

Broadway HD offers high-definition versions of classic and more recent Broadway plays and musicals. (Note: this is a paid service.)

Groove to disco versions of Stephen Sondheim songs on Broadway Records. (Purchase is required for this too.)

Take a virtual walk-through of the Harold Prince exhibit at Lincoln Center.

BroadwayWorld.com, which covers the NYC theater community, has started posting daily Living Room Concerts from performers in shows that are temporarily closed.

West Village bar Marie’s Crisis has taken its sing-along experience online with two sets of songs each night evening at 4pm. (You’ll need to join the Facebook group to access.)

Stars in the House is a daily live YouTube channel raising money for the Actors Fund emergency relief for those unemployed in the theater community.

Watch Broadaway classics like Cabaret, Once Upon A Mattress and Anything Goes (featuring Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra in 1954) for free on YouTube.

Comedy

Caveat is livestreaming shows.

Littlefield’s weekly stand-up showcase, Butterboy, plans on streaming its show independently on Mondays at 7pm, with $5 tickets available on EventBrite.

The Magnet Theater is streaming some shows.

Stand Up NY is also streaming shows.

Spyscape, NYC, Virtual NYC,Spyscape. Photo: Molly Flores

Family-Friendly Activities

While The Amazing Max is on hiatus from Off-Broadway performances, the Amazing Max himself will offer online magic lessons for kids. (Note: this is a paid service.)

Get your fill of “-ology” (read: science) at the American Museum of Natural History. The institution is also making digital tours of its collection available.

Learn about cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Brooklyn Game Lab has made live game-related programming available to all during NYC’s store closures.

The Children’s Museum of Art has some how-to art projects online.

Historic Richmond Town brings its living history demonstrations online as well as its collection of vintage photographs and other educational resources.

Find out what it’s like inside the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Lincoln Center at Home provides a daily learning activity on Facebook Live through its pop-up classroom; there are regular kid-friendly concerts as well.

Take a history lesson at the Museum of the City of New York.

The New York Hall of Science will help you get an idea about infectious diseases with its Transmissions: Gone Viral interactive comic.

The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library have all kinds of materials available online.

The New York Transit Museum has its Bringing Back the City exhibition online, showcasing how what happens to mass transit in times of crisis.

New Victory Theater is bringing an arts class right into your home.

On Spyscape’s website, learn what kind of spy you would be, do all kinds of puzzles and register to tour the James Bond exhibition, which they plan to make available online.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island remain symbols of hope. Take quizzes to test your knowledge of the sites.

Film

Though BAM’s live cinema is on hold, you can still rent movies to screen at home (tickets are $12 for a 3-day rental) from the institution’s robust film program.

Tune in to Film at Lincoln Center’s Film Comment podcast.

The Paley Center is streaming previously unreleased discussions of popular TV shows like This Is Us, The Office and Parks and Recreation for free on YouTube.

The 10th annual Queens Film Festival will screen 220 independent films from 32 nations on discovered.tv from March 19 to 29.

Watch a selection of short films from Tribeca Film Festival alumni.

Galleries

View Aperture’s special online exhibits on women photographers, and purchase prints and books from their online shop.

Visit the online viewing rooms of David Zwirner, with works by the likes of Jeff Koons, Marlene Dumas and Chris Ofili.

See Gagosian’s installation views of works by Donald Judd, Richard Prince and Roe Ethridge.

Find an online viewing room, available through March 31, for Hollis Taggart’s latest exhibit: the works of abstract expressionist William Scharf. (Note: email sign-up required.)

Lévy Gory offers online viewing rooms of works from Art Basel Hong Kong. (Note: email sign-up required.)

Dorothea Lange. Tractored Out. Childress County, Texas. 1938. Gelatin Silver Print. The Museum of Modern Art. Purchase

Museums and Cultural Institutions

View much of the Alice Austen House collection online, including photographs and texts describing Austen’s life and work.

 The American Folk Art Museum makes its collection of books, paintings, textiles and other works available on its website.

While the Brooklyn Historical Society is closed, you can still visit its collection digitally, with online exhibits on the history of Brooklyn’s waterfront and the borough’s anti-slavery movement.

The Brooklyn Museum will be sharing Art for the Socially Distanced, spotlighting a piece from the collection on their tumblr each day.

The Coney Island History Project includes a compilation of nearly 100 oral histories and a digital archive of photos, which reveal the seaside park’s rich history.

Get a glimpse of El Museo del Barrio’s permanent collection or explore a variety of content on the museum’s YouTube channel.

Virtual tours, an art history library and video lectures make it easy to connect online with the Frick Collection.

Check out a 360-degree view of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum or read art books from its digital archive.

The Jewish Museum offers mobile tours of their collection, featuring the voices of Kehinde Wiley, Isaac Mizrahi and others.

Take advantage of immersive 360-degree videos of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most beloved locations, including The Met Cloisters, The Met Breuer and the Fifth Avenue museum’s Temple of Dendur and arms and armor galleries.

Browse exhibits and listen to audio guides on the Morgan Library website, including I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Engage with the Museum of the City of New York through their online collection, and check out a lecture about their Germ City exhibit on their YouTube channel.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) operates a lively and informative YouTube channel with all sorts of videos about art and artists, including a piece on its Dorothea Lange photography show and interviews with famous directors in the channel’s film section.

Look at photos of the Neue Galerie’s exhibit on Viennese photographer Madame d’Ora and see views of the installation with a video from the exhibit’s curator.

At the New York Botanical Garden online, visitors can explore recent installations, browse horticulture lecture videos and stay up to date with its latest news.

Browse multiple New-York Historical Society exhibitions online.

Take some time to meditate with a two-hour session in the Rubin Museum’s virtual Shrine Room.

The Society of Illustrators features exhibits and more on its website.

Explore the Staten Island Museum’s Women of the Nation Arise! exhibit, which includes archival issues of TheSuffragist and TheWomen Voter magazines.

Check out video highlights on the Whitney Museum of American Art Watch and Listen page, which includes content from their critically acclaimed Vida Americana exhibit.

Met Opera, Virtual NYC, NYC, Performances,Courtesy, Met Opera

Performances

The 92Y is livestreaming some of its offerings for free; others, like an online film lecture series by Columbia University’s Annette Innsdorf (starting March 29), require registration and payment.

The show must go on for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater; watch their at-home performance of “I Been Buked” from Revelations, and visit their YouTube channel for much more.

For the next eight weeks, the Chamber Music Society will release concerts from its 50-year archive every day at 12:30pm.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center blog and Youtube channel are two great resources for adding some music to your time at home.

Joe’s Pub at the Public hosts Live from the Archives, streaming past performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

The Metropolitan Opera has been an innovator for years with its live high-definition broadcasts. Now they’re streaming one opera a day, starting at 7pm.

Stream avant-garde dance performances from the New York Live Arts archive for free; three shows will be featured each week.

 Though the New York Philharmonic canceled the rest of its season, you can still enjoy its music through the NY Phil Plays On platform.

Nowadays has launched Virtual Nowadays, a nightly stream of DJ sets and music discussions beginning at 8pm.

Brooklyn Bridge, Skyline, NYC, Virtual NYC, Photo: Julienne Schaer

Tours

Take a virtual stroll through Central Park—or many other parks in the five boroughs.

The Empire State Building has its audio tour available (in nine languages), with corresponding visuals.

Peruse both lesser known landmarks and beloved historic sites with video tours from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Turnstile Tours will be hosting daily virtual versions of their citywide tours, including up-close looks at the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Prospect Park. (Note: some sessions charge a small fee.)

Viewing NYC has articles, photo galleries and videos that give a virtual first-person look at NYC attractions. Here’s one of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

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WFUV Live Online (May 21-27)

Live Online
Frequently:
The Tweedy Show, nightly at 10:30pm
The Mavericks’ Raul Malo, regularly
Rufus Wainwright, daily
David Wax Museum, weekdays at 1p with guests
Weekly:
Norah Jones, Thursdays at 4pm
Ben Gibbard (Deathcab), Thursdays at 7pm
Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Fridays at 3pm
Todd Snider, Sundays at noon
The Kennedys, Sundays at 2pm
Shawn Colvin, Mondays at 12 noon
Grace Potter, Mondays at 9pm
Josh Ritter, Tuesdays at 7pm
Neil Finn, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6pm
Citizen Cope, Tuesdays
This Week:
5/20 – Bob Weir with The National
5/20 – Joseph Arthur Guitar Mash
5/23 – Andrew Combs via Outpost in the Burbs
5/23 – Bill Frisell Guitar Mash
5/24 – A Musical Memorial and Tribute with Yo-Yo Ma

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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May Events + NYCity on You-Tube & Pinterest (05/21)

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of May we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos, YouTube videos, or Pinterest Pins. On other days you will find info on the Best NYC Restaurants or Top OnlineTravel Forums with NYC info. We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s NYCity on You-Tube & Pinterest.

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There are some very fine YouTube videos and Pinterest Pins that cover New York City and are endlessly fascinating. Here are some of my faves:

YouTube

Treasures of New York: American Museum of Natural History

Central Park – Everything You Need to Know

Best Food Carts in New York City

How to photograph New York City from a Helicopter

The best of New York City in a few days trip

Treasures of New York: The New-York Historical Society

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PINTEREST

NYC

NYC: Explained

NYC Travel Tips

NYC Photography locations

NYC Photography Manhattan

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GD: In the age of Covid-19 this info from City Guide is one of the best sources of info on What’s Happening, even if it’s only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue. Stay Safe.

Things to Do This Week in NYC (5/18-5/25)

(5/18-5/25) The city may be on pause, but there is still plenty of New York City to enjoy. Read on for some virtual culture and touring, in addition to some great restaurants still serving food for pick up and delivery.

VIRTUAL EVENT OF THE WEEK

lower east side festival of the arts

For the 25th year, a handful of stars and over 100 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers, and filmmakers will join forces this weekend, Friday, May 22nd through Sunday, May 24th for the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. Join the Theater for the New City for plays, drama, comedy, dance, music, musicals, cabaret, poetry, readings, puppetry, films, visual art, speakers, and a special children’s festival. There will also be a Saturday night special live concert, beginning at 8pm and featuring  David Amram, Charles Busch, F. Murray Abraham, Penny Arcade, Phoebe Legere, Austin Pendleton, and William Electric Black.  Following their performances, these major LES artists will do a virtual “sit around” and discuss theater, politics, and the human condition. theaterforthenewcity.net

CELEBRATE THE START OF SUMMER WITH A MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SPECIAL

ribbon memorial day nyc

Don’t let a quarantined city keep you away from a New York tradition. Upper West Side favorite The Ribbon is rolling out a Memorial Day Weekend special to help you kick off the unofficial start of summer. A package meal for four ($89) includes The Ribbon’s famed fried chicken—it comes in a basket with three orders’ worth—plus biscuits, ribs, a side of corn on the cob, watermelon, and a slice of Key lime pie tart for dessert. Brews come with the package (a six-pack of Heineken) but you can also add on cocktails, which are $16 each or $34 for a sampler of all three. The options are a two-month barrel-aged Boulevardier, the Ribbon piña colada, and “The Memorial” (the house’s take on a Blue Hawaiian). Available for pickup or delivery from Friday, May 22nd through Memorial Day. theribbonnyc.com/memorial-day

NYC RESOURCES

cosi fan tutti met opera

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.

For just the second time in over 30 years, Fleet Week has been cancelled. On Wednesday, May 20th at 11am learn all about Fleet Week New York, Past and Present in a virtual session.

Although the legendary aircraft carrier that’s now the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is temporarily closed, you can still learn about exploration and innovation with a virtual program on Thursday, May 21.  Intrepid Museum’s Virtual Astronomy LIVE Program to Preview Demo-2 Launch: Astronauts Garrett Reisman and Mike Massimino is a free event looking at the upcoming launch of Demo-2, the first crewed launch of NASA astronauts on U.S. soil since 2011.

Thought Gallery has hundred of additional livestream talks, lectures, performances and more.

The New York Public Library provides access to more than 300,000 FREE e-books and e-audio books.

NYC Health information page for COVID-19.

NYC restaurant world information.

Stream hundreds of Broadway shows (by subscription).

15 Broadway shows you can watch from home.

Broadway performances live—from stars’ living rooms.

The New York City Ballet presents a spring digital season.

Virtual programming will keep you connected to the York Theatre Company.

One World Observatory has made One World Explorer, the attraction’s Digital Skyline Guide, available for remote watching. Virtual helicopter tours of the city’s most iconic sites are available now.

51 New York TV shows and movies.

5 eras of New York to enjoy in books and movies.

2,500 museums and galleries you can visit virtually.

The New York Botanical Garden in bloom from home.

Exploring Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square.

The Top of the Rock launches a brief virtual tour on YouTube.

Livestreamed fitness classes.

Fun at-home activities for kids.

6 podcast series to help you understand New York.

Discover the best of New York, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, through The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s “Tourist in your own Town” Video Series.

VIRTUAL MUSEUMS

Explore the world of design with Cooper Hewitt.

Experience the Intrepid Museum anywhere.

New-York Historical Society from home.

The Brooklyn Museum remotely.

Guggenheim Museum from home.

The Morgan’s exhibitions.

Virtually visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

The Merchant’s House Museum from home.

rubin shrine room virtual tour

You can take a virtual tour of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum of Art. (You can find two hours of meditative chanting as well, if you’re searching out some respite.)

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WFUV Live Online (May 21-27)

Live Online
Frequently:
The Tweedy Show, nightly at 10:30pm
The Mavericks’ Raul Malo, regularly
Rufus Wainwright, daily
David Wax Museum, weekdays at 1p with guests
Weekly:
Norah Jones, Thursdays at 4pm
Ben Gibbard (Deathcab), Thursdays at 7pm
Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Fridays at 3pm
Todd Snider, Sundays at noon
The Kennedys, Sundays at 2pm
Shawn Colvin, Mondays at 12 noon
Grace Potter, Mondays at 9pm
Josh Ritter, Tuesdays at 7pm
Neil Finn, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6pm
Citizen Cope, Tuesdays
This Week:
5/20 – Bob Weir with The National
5/20 – Joseph Arthur Guitar Mash
5/23 – Andrew Combs via Outpost in the Burbs
5/23 – Bill Frisell Guitar Mash
5/24 – A Musical Memorial and Tribute with Yo-Yo Ma

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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May Events and Best NYC Restaurants (05/20)

GD: Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of May we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos, YouTube videos, or Pinterest Pins. On other days you will find info on the Best NYC Restaurants or Top OnlineTravel Forums with NYC info. We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s Best NYCity Restaurants.

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Best NYCity Restaurants

GD: with restaurants closed or only open for takeout, this info is more useful for that glorious time when we have beaten the virus and life has returned to some form of normal.

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan. Seems like there is at least one restaurant on every block. The New York City health department inspected over 10,000 eating establishments in Manhattan alone last year. And the selection of restaurants includes cuisines from all over the world.

Finding a good place to eat is a bit harder. We could start with New York City’s 72 Michelin-Starred Restaurants, but they are more suitable for those on expense accounts or celebrating a special event. No worries. There are many guides to good eating available, if you know where to look.

Here are a few of my favorite guides to the best restaurants in various neighborhoods:

Best Places to Eat in Times Square  (tripsavvy.com)

Best Restaurants in 55 NYC Neighborhoods  (zagat.com)

Where To Eat Uptown in NYC  (fodors.com)

The Definitive Midtown Dining Guide  (thrilist.com)

Where to Eat and Drink Near the High Line (thrilist.com)

The Grub Street Guide to Affordable Sushi in New York  (grubstreet,com)

The Absolute Best Restaurants in the Meatpacking District (grubstreet,com)

11 Tastes of Chinatown  (nycgo.com)

Restaurant Row Guide (nycgo.com)

The 15 Best Places with a Happy Hour in the Upper West Side  (foursquare)

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Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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Broadway theaters closed on March 12 as New York City enacted rules to promote social distancing and slow the spread of Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a show. The NYC theater community has responded with initiatives and online shows to help support its members and entertain audiences via the internet while we’re staying away from crowds.

We’ve put together a sampling of streaming performances you can watch from your laptop or phone:

Broadway, NYC, Virtual NYCKinky Boots. Photo: Matthew Penrod

Broadway HD 
Starting in 2015, this online service began offering HD versions of classic and recent Broadway plays and musicals. You can try it out for free (with a one-week trial) or buy a subscription (from $9 a month) to watch some of your favorite shows. You can see stars like Katherine Hepburn in 1973’s televised version of The Glass Menagerie as well as musical hits like Kinky BootsAn American in Paris and Cats.

Stars in the House 
Broadway actor, director and writer (and radio host) Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, host two shows a day from their house on YouTube. The hourlong shows, which air live at 2pm and 8pm (the usual Broadway start times), raise money for the Actors Fund, helping to provide emergency relief for those unemployed in the theater community.

Living Room Concerts 
Broadwayworld.com has started posting daily concert videos from an array of performers, mainly those whose shows were running before the recent closure of Broadway. They’re posting a new video every day—stars featured include Carolee Carmello (Hello, Dolly!), Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill) and teenager Andrew Barth Feldman, the former lead in Dear Evan Hansen.

Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar
This West Village bar, known for sing-alongs to Broadway show tunes, has taken the experience online. They’re streaming two main sets of songs each evening, usually starting at 4pm, with different pianists tickling the ivories. To watch, join their Facebook group and tune in to “Sing out, Louise” (in the comfort of your own living room). You can also tip the piano players via Venmo or PayPal, with details during each performance.

Download recent shows, like the SpongeBob SquarePants musical, on Amazon  
Many recent shows are available to rent or buy on Amazon and other online streamers, usually in the range of $3–12. Highlights include Rent, taped just before it ended its Broadway run; 2013’s Carousel, via Live from Lincoln Center; 2010 Tony Award winner Memphis; and the original Broadway production of Into the Woods, starring Bernadette Peters.

Virtual Hal Prince Exhibit at Lincoln Center 
In December 2019, the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts opened an exhibit on the late Harold Prince, the legendary Broadway producer behind megahits like The Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd. While the library is closed, you can take a virtual walk-through and 30-minute guided tour of the gallery with Doug Reside, the show’s curator.

Broadway Dreams Live Lessons 
The Broadway Dreams Foundation is hosting free daily lessons, led by some accomplished Broadway-caliber talent, for aspiring actors, singers and dancers. Their lineup has included actors from FrozenHead Over Heels and Chicago. To watch, get the Zoom link from their Facebook page. Sessions begin at 1pm; each day’s links are posted five minutes before class begins, though the schedule is listed earlier than that.

Viral Monologues from 24 Hour Plays 
Every year, the 24 Hour Plays event presents a series of shows that are written, cast, directed and performed in one day with the involvement of talent from the NYC theater community. Now they’re doing a mini version, with online monologues, on their Instagram account. They’re performed by actors like Denis O’Hare and penned by playwrights like David Lindsay-Abaire.

Groove to disco versions of Stephen Sondheim songs
Broadway Records just released the digital version of Losing My Mind, a compilation of Sondheim songs with a dance beat. Conceived by Broadway performer Joshua Hinck and arranger Scott Wasserman, the 12-song album is an expanded version of a popular concert they put on in 2018. The album features singers like Alison Luff (Waitress) and Chip Zien (from the original Into the Woods). You can preview a track, “Unworthy of Your Love,” from Passion; hear the collection on Spotify; or order a copy from the Broadway Records site.

Broadway Backwards 2020 Encore 
Broadway Cares, which produces number of annual AIDS fundraisers, has put together a special encore series of recent star-studded performances from Broadway Backwards, at which performers belt out famous show tunes with gender-swapped roles. They’re also asking viewers to support an emergency fundraiser for actors affected by the Covid-19 crisis—you can make a donation at broadwaycares.org.

Watch Broadway classics like Cabaret for free on YouTube 
These days you may be wondering, “What good is sitting alone in your room?” You can get a very direct answer on YouTube by watching the 1993 version of Cabaret, featuring Alan Cumming in his breakout role. Other star turns worth checking out for free are Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin in American Playhouse‘s 1986 broadcast of Sunday in the Park with George;  Carol Burnett in 1964’s Once Upon A Mattress; Nell Carter in a 1982 broadcast of Ain’t Misbehavin’; Lauren Bacall in 1973’s Applause; Gregory and Maurice Hines in 1980’s Eubie!; and Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra in 1954’s Anything Goes.

Jason Alexander sings on Twitter 
While most people know Jason Alexander as George from Seinfeld, he got his big break on Broadway in a Stephen Sondheim musical (Merrily We Roll Along). He recently went on Twitter to sing a song from the show that got him interested in theater, Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin. The beautiful ballad, “With You,” has a message of love and support we can all use today.

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WFUV Live Online (May 14-20)

Live Online
5/14-17 – Prince concert stream available
5/14 – Indigo Girls play Rites of Passage
5/14 – Jazz Foundation of America #TheNewGig: Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Jon Batiste, Angelique Kidjo and more
5/14-17 – Wavy Gravy’s 84th birthday with archival footage of Bob Weir, Hot Tuna, Bonnie Raitt & Ruthie Foster, Hot Tuna, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle and more
5/14 – The Avett Brothers “Braves Post-Game” Livestream
5/14 – Red Molly via Outpost in the Burbs Facebook
5/15 – Rickie Lee Jones from her Living Room
5/15 – Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires Acoustic Livestream
5/15 – Stephen Clair livestream “not on a sad couch”
5/16 – Sheryl Crow filmed at LOCKN’ 2018
5/16 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers filmed at LOCKN’ 2014
5/16 – Glen Burtnik via Outpost in the Burbs Facebook
5/18 – Shawn Colvin‘s “Sunny Stays Home” series, a Q&A and a song or two
5/18 – A Night Of Covenant House Stars with Jon Bon Jovi, Dolly Parton, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Stephen Colbert, Dionne Warwick & more

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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May Events and NYCity Instagram Photos (a) – (05/19).

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

GD: Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of May we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos, YouTube videos, or Pinterest Pins. On other days you will find info on the Best NYC Restaurants or Top OnlineTravel Forums with NYC info. We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s NYCity Instagram Photos (a).

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Here is some great information on famous museums offering virtual tours.

These 16 Famous Museums Are Offering Virtual Tours

You can see the masterpieces housed at famous museums with these online exhibits

These kid-friendly museums in NYC and across the globe are offering virtual tours and exhibits, so you can experience culture from your couch.

For many of us, visiting a museum is a luxury we take for granted. While this city offers some of the world’s most masterful works, we rarely take the time out of our busy schedules to see them. That’s why it’s fortunate (and perhaps ironic) that now, while we’re staying home with time to spare, is the time we can lose ourselves in exhibits. The following kid-friendly museums have put their exhibits online for easy virtual viewing. And you don’t just have to stay local—check out some of the world’s greatest institutions. Who said quarantining had to lack culture?

Virtual Tours of New York’s Kid-Friendly Museums

American Museum of Natural History

If you’re nostalgic for that big blue whale, check out these 2,160 items from the American Museum of Natural History’s collection—from dinosaur skeletons to insects. The museum is also offering previously recorded tours on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Children’s Museum of the Arts

The kids are the stars in Children’s Museum of the Arts’ collection of more than 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world. There’s also a rotating series of contemporary artwork by emerging and established artists, including Leon Bibel’s monochromatic seemingly simply prints, and With Liberty and Justice for Some, a group of diverse portraits of U.S. immigrants.

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Now is a perfect time to “wander” through the Cloister’s magnificent monasteries (located in the Bronx but now online), where art and architecture of medieval Europe is on virtual display.

The Frick Collection

The elegant Frick displays 201 works of art on its site, from Rembrandt to Gainsborough, including the Italian paintings and bronzes, Dutch 17th-century works of art, and Chinese porcelains.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

While the Intrepid is usually a hands-on experience, kids can still check out the Concorde G-BOAD and the Submarine Growler, as well as learn about technologically groundbreaking aircrafts and American innovation and bravery.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met’s collection is like a best-of from the last 5,000 years of world art, from Coco Chanel’s designs to A New Look at Vermeer. Think of it as that history class you never took, that’s now available from your couch.

New York Botanical Garden

While NYBG’s gates are temporarily closed, it’s bringing the power of plants to you with a virtual walk through the Spring Landscape. Plus, the garden has a variety of ways to connect with plants and plant-lovers while you’re stuck inside.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy

The conservancy is offering a video series called Tourist In Your Own Town, which includes virtual tours of historic landmarks, including President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace and the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Take a virtual stroll down the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda, past tremendous self-portraits by Catherine Opie and Rashid Johnson’s New Black Yoga exhibit. You can also wander through the galleries of the Tannhauser Collection of Impressionism and Early Modern Art.

Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney’s online collection includes 60 of its most famous paintings from the 20th century, including Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, and Joseph Stella.

Cooper Hewitt

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which holds more than 210,000 objects that range from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary 3-D printed objects, is offering several online exhibits. including Botanical Expressions, which shows how gardens influenced designers including Christopher Dresser, Emile Gallé, William Morris, and Louis Comfort Tiffany; and African American Design, which features objects created by prominent African American designers that date back to 1950.

Virtual Tours of Kid-Friendly Museums Across the Globe

The Louvre

How about a trip to Paris? Grab a baguette (or whatever sustenance your kids haven’t yet eaten) and explore the Louvre‘s Egyptian antiquities and the recently restored Galerie d’Apollon, which houses the famous “Apollo Slaying the Serpent Python,” by Delacroix (1851).

The Boston Children’s Museum

The kids will enjoy this trip through the second-oldest children’s museum in the United States, where they can become dinosaur experts and learn about Japanese culture at the Japanese House, a real two-story townhouse from Kyoto.

British Museum, London

Tour the Great Court or discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies, among hundreds of other artifacts at this famous historical institution.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This famous American-art museum is offering two online exhibits: American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras; and works by Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Check out the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and more than 750 personal letters. You can also find out about Van Gogh’s love life and which books he read.

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WFUV Live Online (May 14-20)

Live Online
5/14-17 – Prince concert stream available
5/14 – Indigo Girls play Rites of Passage
5/14 – Jazz Foundation of America #TheNewGig: Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Jon Batiste, Angelique Kidjo and more
5/14-17 – Wavy Gravy’s 84th birthday with archival footage of Bob Weir, Hot Tuna, Bonnie Raitt & Ruthie Foster, Hot Tuna, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle and more
5/14 – The Avett Brothers “Braves Post-Game” Livestream
5/14 – Red Molly via Outpost in the Burbs Facebook
5/15 – Rickie Lee Jones from her Living Room
5/15 – Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires Acoustic Livestream
5/15 – Stephen Clair livestream “not on a sad couch”
5/16 – Sheryl Crow filmed at LOCKN’ 2018
5/16 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers filmed at LOCKN’ 2014
5/16 – Glen Burtnik via Outpost in the Burbs Facebook
5/18 – Shawn Colvin‘s “Sunny Stays Home” series, a Q&A and a song or two
5/18 – A Night Of Covenant House Stars with Jon Bon Jovi, Dolly Parton, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Stephen Colbert, Dionne Warwick & more

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

 

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