Combat pandemic weariness.
Brené Brown is on the media circuit promoting her new podcast. I’m listening to her describe the growing weariness that we all are experiencing. She makes the point that in the past we have geared up for a crisis, we got through the crisis and life went back to normal. This pandemic is a lengthy ordeal and we are realizing that life may never go back to ‘normal’. It takes discipline to keep our energies up and our attitudes positive. Here are some ideas that might amuse and distract you.
Broadway Direct has announced that in conjunction with You Tube, Andrew Lloyd Weber is making his musicals available on a new You Tube channel called The Show Must Go On. Every Friday at 2p.m (EST), beginning April 3, an Andrew Lloyd Weber musical will be available for streaming for 48 hours.
The best of British theater is now available for free streaming. Every Thursday night National Theatre Live productions will be free to stream on You Tube for seven days. The program is called National Theatre at Home and launched last week.
Click here for the schedule.
Click here for the National Theatre You Tube channel.
BBC’s Culture in Quarantine program is a new “so-called virtual festival of the arts from the BBC” and “is rooted in the experience of national lock down”. There is a book festival, a puppet show by Margaret Atwood as well as access to exhibitions, performances and museums. The BBC has also started an emergency fund to support artists and creative organizations.
A description of the program is here.
Access the programs here.
Good news! The Good Fight, one of my favorite TV dramas and the offshoot of the The Good Wife series on CBS began streaming Season 4 on April 9th. I can’t wait to get started. You can find it on CBS All Access channel and Amazon Prime. The show stars Christine Baranski and Michael J. Fox. If you’ve never seen it, start binging now.
Watch the trailer.
This is an international group of musicians, playing together from all over the world and playing one of the all-time great songs – The Weight by The Band. It is part of the Playing for Change program. It is moving and excellent! It features Robbie Robertson, one of the original Band members and its leader. Did I mention that Ringo Starr is on drums?
See ASE’s article on Playing for Change – Peace Through Music. Go to the site to hear some of the other songs they’ve done.
Check out MoMA’s art classes! These are MoMA’s free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera. Enroll at any time and go at your own pace. There are 9 courses to choose from and I’m starting with “What is Contemporary Art?”.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the fifth oldest zoo in the country. On March 16th they began their “Home Safari Facebook Lives” on their Facebook page. They will post a Home Safari 7 days a week at 3p.m. The first one featured their world famous hippo, Flora. The safaris will also be posted on their website and on You Tube. I watched the one from today featuring Sir Francis Bacon, the Zoo’s Red River Hog. It’s fun!
Craving a little Shakespeare? Thanks to ASE reader Sandra W., we’ve learned about PBS’s Great Performances which is streaming a Public Theater production recorded live at Free Shakespeare in the Park of Much Ado About Nothing. The New York Times said this production was ‘delicious’.
Browse their other productions while you’re on the site.
Again thanks to ASE subscriber Sandra W. we have learned about TheaterMania. In normal times, TheaterMania is a great source for theater listings, tickets and editorial content nationwide. Due to quarantining, TheaterMania is posting all the shows we can stream at home and other theater news, and it is updated daily. It also lists other organizations and what they are offering. Some are streaming live acting classes, others are showing interviews of playwrights. If you are a theater buff, you will be very happy. Some offerings are free, some are pay-per view. The information is comprehensive and will keep you busy for days.
Click here for a list of shows.
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