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:
Hoffman's "Bust of Henry Clay Frick" (from Dec. 18)
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, part 2.
Fragonard's "Progress of Love" series, part 1.
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"
Veronese's "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:
Charterhouse, Bruges
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



- 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.



CMS Front Row 2020, hours-long programs currently available (late December)
-Beethoven Celebration.
-Brandenburg Concertos, all six.

-YouTube Weekly Chamber Music Videos
Archive of chamber music videos updated each Tuesday. Archived and playable videos include:
Schubert "Fantasy in C major for Violin and Piano."
"Throw Bach", a selection of numerous works by Bach and other baroque composers.
Borodin "Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings."
Brahms "Trio in C major for Piano, Violin, and Cello"
Haydn "Quartet in G minor"
Mozart "Quintet in G minor for two violins, two violas, and cello."
Mozart "Sonata in C major for piano, four hands".
Samuel Barber, "Summer Music for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn"
Beethoven, "Septet in E-flat major for winds and strings"
Beethoven, "Quartet in D major for strings"
"Three's a crowd", Brahms' "Trio in A minor for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op 114"
Schubert "Fantasy in C major for Violin and Piano"

-Watch and Listen
Many lectures and recorded works, including Tchaikovsky, Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos, Op. 70, "Souvenir de Florence"
Schubert "Gretchen am Spinnrade" for Voice and Piano
Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Musical Heritage - Fritz Kreisler (see below)
Beethoven Quartet Cycle Lectures
National Radio Series Program 47: Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"
and many more.

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



-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.
Thursday, December 17: Zandonai's "Francesca da Rimini"
Friday, December 18: Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov"
Saturday, December 19: Verdi's "Nabucco"
Sunday, December 20: Wagner's "Gotterdammerung"
Monday, December 21: Mozart's "The Magic Flute"
Tuesday, December 22: Massenet's "Cendrillon"
Wednesday, December 23: Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia"
Thursday, December 24: Puccini's "La Boheme"
Friday, December 25: Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel"
Saturday, December 26: Lehar's "The Merry Widow"
Sunday, December 26: Verdi's "Falstaff"

-Met Stars Live in Concert, a series of current live performances from around the world. Tickets $20.
Performances 1pm, available for on-demand viewing for 12 days. Remaining concerts are:

Saturday, December 19 Angel Blue in New York City



- Gotham Early Music Society Midtown Concert, next Thursday, livestreamed 1:15-2:00pm.
Past Midtown Concerts on YouTube.
These are exquisite performances of Baroque and earlier music. Some examples are:
Antonio Soler, newly discovered Sonatas from the Morgan Library & Museum
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".


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.

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.


Other Israel Film Festival, running virtually, Dec. 3-10, 2020, tickets $13.63 (incl. fees). Films include:
"Laila in Haifa", stories of five women in Haifa.
"Till Kingdom Come", Bond between Evangelicals and Jews, a story of faith, power, and money, revealing
  how America's Right is led by an end-times apocalyptic countdown.
"Kings of Capitol Hill", history of AIPAC.
"Golda", insights into her years as Prime Minister of Israel from an interview in late life.
"A Common Goal" + Q+A: Muslim players on Israel's National Soccer Team have their loyalty questioned
  by all sides while trying to guide their team through the year's biggest international challenge.

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:
One Day After Peace [musings on South Africa-style reconciliation], 87min
The Darien Dilemna [Holocaust story of 1,000 Viennese Jews stranded on the frozen Danube River in 1941 awaiting rescue], 90min
Here and Now [immigrant in the slums of the city of Ashdod forms a hip-hop band], 90min
The 90 minute war [mock Israeli-Palestinian soccer game]
A Mirror for the Sun [struggle for survival on Annapurna]
Doubtful [working with juvenile delinquents in Beersheba]
Unsettling [talks with residents of a West Bank settlement]
Outdoors [couple building a house in Galilee as their marriage falls apart]
A Quiet Heart [young woman pianist in Jerusalem learns to use music as a bridge to overcome towering religious barriers]
Beaufort [IDF troops prepare to abandon the fort and return home at the end of the South Lebanon war], 131min
Saint Clara [7th grade Russian emigre girl in small Negev town has telekinetic powers, torn between keeping her
powers or falling in love], 85min


"Tehran Children" free Book Talk with Author Mikhal Dekel and Gal Beckerman
Tehran Children is the true story of Polish-Jewish child refugees who escaped the Nazis and
found refuge in Iran. 58min

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