An assortment of free or low-cost online entertainment available during the covid-19 crisis.
Click on the highlighted links to access the digital media.


A delightful set of free 15-20-minute talks, released on most Fridays at 5pm, on famous paintings and
art objects (and the times they came from) in the Frick collection, with an accompanying cocktail

Cocktail talks available for streaming:
Cimabue's "Flagellation of Christ", March 5
David's "Comtesse Daru"     Antico's "Hercules"
Claude's "Jacob, Rachel and Leah at the Well"
Piero della Francesca's "St. John the Evangelist"
El Greco's "Vincenzo Anastagi"     Manet's "Bullfight"
Boucher's "Four Seasons"     Meissen "Swan Service"
Clodion's "Dance of Time"     Bastiani's "Adoration of the Magi"
Hoffman's "Bust of Henry Clay Frick"     Vermeer's "Mistress and Maid"
Lawrence's "Lady Peel"     Murillo's "Self-Portrait"
Monet's "Vetheuil in Winter"     Tiepolo's "Perseus and Andromeda"
Chardin's "Still Life with Plums"     Romney's "Lady Hamilton as Nature"
Mughal carpets     Bronzino's "Lodovico Capponi"
Fragonard's "Progress of Love" series, parts 1 and 2.
Beechey's "Elizabeth Sophia Baillie"     Bottger's Teapot
Ingres's "Comtesse d'Haussonville"     Titian's "Aretino"
"Vase Japon"     Bertoldo's "Shieldbearer"
Veronese's "Choice Between Virtue and Vice" and "Wisdom and Strength"
Vermeer's "Officer and Laughing Girl"
Riesener's Commode and Secretaire     Holbein's "Sir Thomas Moore"
Gainsborough's "Grace Dalrymple Eliot"     Whistler's "Mrs. Frances Leyland"
Barbet's "Angel"     Velazquez's "King Philip"
Boucher's "A Lady on Her day Bed"     Turner's "Harbor of Dieppe"
Constable's "White Horse"     Van Dyck's "Sir John Suckling"
Rembrandt's "Polish Rider"     Bellini's "St. Francis in the Desert"

A fascinating set of free 15-20-minute talks, released on most Wednesdays, on historically,
architecturally, and artistically important destinations, usually associated with artwork
in the Frick collection.

Travel talks available for streaming:
Pittsburgh       Chantilly
Charterhouse, Bruges      Genoa
Grasse, on the French Riviera      St. James's Park, London
Ca' d'Oro, Venice      Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome
Lazienski Palace, Warsaw      Westminster Abbey, London
Mount of Quarantine, Jericho      Santa Maria delle Caarceri, Prato
Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon      San Severino Marche, Italy
Valenciennes, France      Japanese Palace, Dresden
Santa Maria della Scala, Siena      Villa Barbaro, Maser
Osuna        Honolulu



-Large set of Art restoration & appreciation and performance videos, occasional one-time events,
art tours and talks, and beautiful music performances such as "Lachrimae" by John Dowland (1590s).

- Our Labyrinth, Live Performance 1, strange but compelling movements of Egyptian-like figures in an empty Metropolitan Museum, 4hrs 39.5min
Live Performances 2 and 3 also available on this web page.

-Alien Property, Rayyane Tabet tells the story of the ninth-century B.C.E. stone reliefs excavated in the early 20th century at Tell Halaf, Syria 25min
-Inca tunic, 7.3min
-Curator's Cut-The Tomb of Meketre, ca. 1981-1975 B.C., 10.5min
-Cups from ancient Iran, 7min
-Henri Riviere's Visit to Brittany, 6.5min
-Chinese hardstone carvings, 6.5min
-van Vianen's Ewer, 7min
-Nancy Wu on The Cloister from St-Michel-de-Cuxa. 6.75min
-"Self-portrait with two pupils" by Labille Guiard (1785), curator's discussion, 7.5min
-Digital Premiere-The Ninth Hour-The Beowulf Story, a rock noir performance (48.5min).
-Insider Insights - A Closer Look at Winslow Homer, 24min.
- Insider Insights - The Unicorn Purifies Water from the Unicorn Tapestries, 30min.
-Life and work of Alice C. Morse, 1863-1961, book cover designer, 39 min.
-Insider Insights - Facing the Unknown in Ancient Mesopotamia

The Artist Project, very brief talks by artists about their favorite art and culture topics, including Precolumbian Gold,
the harpsichord, Jacques de Gheyn II's "Vanitas Still Life", Jan van Eyck's "The Last Judgment" and many, many more.



-Metropolitan Opera nightly opera stream, scroll down to "Nightly Free Opera Stream",
a different opera every day. Each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day.
Wednesday, Mar. 3: Wagner's "Die Walkure"
Thursday, Mar. 4: Mozart's "Die Zauberflote"
Friday, Mar. 5: Britten's "Peter Grimes"
Saturday, Mar. 6: Dvorak's "Rusalka"
Sunday, Mar. 7: Verdi's "La Forza del Destino"



CMS Front Row 2021: Programs include
Mar. 4 "Through Schubert", Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms
Mar. 18, "Bartok and Beethoven"
Mar. 22, "The art of interpretation: Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Debussy"
Mar. 25, Schumann Quartet
Apr. 1 "Surprising Piano Quartets"
April 5 Pablo Casals
April 12 Ravel's "Sonata for Violin and Piano"
April 15 Orion String Quartet, Haydn and Beethoven
April 22 Paul Watkins plays Mendelssohn and Dvorak
April 26 Boulanger's "Deux Morceaux for Violin and Piano"
Apr. 29 "Monumental Trios", Brahms and Beethoven

National Radio Series (audio only)

- Brandenburg Concerto no. 2
- Brandenburg Concerto no. 4
- Brandenburg Concerto no. 6

-YouTube Weekly Chamber Music Videos
Archive of chamber music videos updated each Tuesday. Archived and playable videos include:
Beethoven "Serenade in D major for Violin, Viola, and Cello"
Bach "Musical Offering"
Ysaye "Sonata in E minor for Violin"
Faure "Sicilienne for Cello and Piano"
Brahms "Quartet in C minor for Strings"
Bach Aria No. 1 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", beautiful
"Throw Bach", a selection of numerous works by Bach and other baroque composers.

- Lecture on famed Viennese composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler, with excerpts from his recordings. 1hr 18min.


JUILLIARD LIVESTREAM CALENDAR, student and faculty performances.



-Bob Marley's Three Little Birds and other classics on YouTube.

- Gotham Early Music Society Midtown Concert, each Thursday, livestreamed 1:15-2:00pm.
Past Midtown Concerts on YouTube.
These are exquisite performances of Baroque and earlier music. Some examples are:
Couperin and Vivaldi (March 4) Vivaldi vs. Bach (both Johann Sebastian and his cousin Johann Ernst)
Antonio Soler, newly discovered Sonatas from the Morgan Library & Museum
Elena Zamolodchikova, harpsichord, Music of the English Virginalists
Gabrielli and Bach: The Scordatura Connection
Filament Performs "Harmony of Nations", beautiful
Ten-course lute, music by Robert Ballard and Michelangelo Galilei
Burning River Baroque - Eccles, Finger, Purcell, Blow

-NY Philharmonic, video of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".

-NY Philharmonic, video of Copland's "Appalachian Spring".

-NY Philharmonic, video of Mahler's "Symphony no. 1".

-Andres Segovia, 48min classical guitar concert at the Alhambra, 1976.


MOVIES STREAMED ON YOUTUBE OR OTHER SERVICE (No memberships needed. May need to click on "buy or rent".)
Typical cost $4 for HD quality. View on laptop/pad or on TV via HDMI cable from laptop.

Burning, hypnotic Korean movie about a Gatsbyesque love triangle. $4 rental.

True Romance, Tarantino' violent but touching 1993 story of a quirky young couple
  mixed up with the mob. $4 rental.

M, marvelous 1931 Fritz Lang thriller starring Peter Lorre. Free.

Citizen Kane, Orson Welles' 1941 classic film about William Randolph Hearst. $4 rental.

Blood Simple, Coen Brothers, striking 1985 film noire, $4 rental.

Europa Report, Sci-Fi movie (with good science and good ratings) about an expedition to a moon of Jupiter.
Free, but with ads.

There Will Be Blood (2007), Early 20th Century oil industry in California, $4 rental.

Parasite, Surprising, somewhat shocking, Korean 2019 film, $4 rental.

Election, 1999 black comedy about a high school election, $4 rental.

Cafe Society, Woody Allen 2016 love triangle film in 1930s setting, excellent Jesse Eisenberg role, $4 rental.


Virtual Screening films, $12:
Feb. 12-26, "Leona", Jewish woman from Mexico City torn between her family and her non-Jewish lover.
Feb. 16-24, "The Vigil", Supernatural horror film set in Brooklyn's Hasidic Borough Park
Feb. 26 - Mar. 12, "Till Kingdom Come", a deep look into the controversial bond between Evangelicals and Jews.

Virtual Programs include:
-Daily Drop-In Meditation
Zoom classes, $5 donation encouraged.
Mon-Fri, 7:30-8:30am.
Mon-Thu, 5:45-6:45pm.


Online lectures and classes in Poetry, Art (Drama, creative arts, painting, drawing), Music,
Health (ie: nutrition, diabetes support, falls prevention), Fitness/Exercise (ie: Latin dance, Belly Dancing, Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba,
chair exercise) and Current Events. Requires personal registration.


DOROT (Hebrew for "Generations")
Wide range of online educational and recreational activities for older adults. Current calendar here. See also Dorot's University Without Walls.
Requires personal registration.


Full-length films available for streaming, at a cost of $4-12 each, include:
Wedding Doll [Mother and young adult daughter when daughter's factory job disappears], 82min
Zaytoun [Israeli pilot shot down over Lebanon and Palestinian boy], 110min
The Kind Words [Family confronting paternity issues], 118min
One Day After Peace [musings on South Africa-style reconciliation], 87min
The Other Story [rebellious young women from orthodox community], 112min
Seven Days (Shiva) [family in wartime situation], 103min
Tuviansky [Israeli army major unjustly executed in 1948], 84min
Kippur [Helicopter rescue crew in Yom Kippur war], 110min
Unsettling [talks with residents of a West Bank settlement]
Beaufort [IDF troops prepare to abandon the fort and return home at the end of the South Lebanon war], 131min
The 90 minute war [mock Israeli-Palestinian soccer game]


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