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15 Art, Culture And Film Events Happening Online This Weekend(ish)

Watch opera, films and art shows online from the comfort of your couch. Or bed. Or dining room. (Photo illustration by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
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The COVID-19 virus is wreaking havoc on schools, stores, businesses -- and events. As in-person concerts, talks and big gatherings are cancelled and people spend more time at home, LAist is temporarily switching our events column to a "nonevents" column to help us through this time of social distancing.

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Here are a few online offerings from L.A.'s local performing and visual arts organizations and spaces, including opera at home, family art workshops and a pop culture art opening. Plus, films and a festival that were displaced because of COVID-19.

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LA Phil at Home

Although the concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall have stopped for now, members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic are still practicing and creating music. Watch performances of the musicians from their living rooms, dens and studios in a new series, available on the L.A. Phil's website. Also: Tune in Tuesdays through Fridays at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. to hear Gustavo Dudamel's new radio broadcast on KUSC and KDFC, both on air and online. He'll chat with Brian Lauritzen to talk about some of his favorite recordings. Some shows are in English and some in Spanish.

LACO at Home

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents streaming performances that feature concertmaster Margaret Batjer playing a selection of Bach solo violin works, and assistant concertmaster Teresa Stanislav and violist Robert Brophy, who are married, performing a Mozart violin and viola duo. The program will be streamed on Thursday, April 2, with an encore screening on Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m., and later available on demand. A live Q&A takes place both nights at 8:30 p.m.


TV fans were disappointed when this year's PaleyFest was postponed, so the Paley Center for Media is releasing never-before-seen videos of past PaleyFest events on YouTube. Watch conversations with the cast and creatives from shows including black-ish, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Schitt's Creek. On Fridays at 8 p.m., take advantage of Paley Date Night with presentations about television shows that highlight love and relationships.

Lips Together, Teeth Apart

L.A. Theatre Works honors the late playwright Terrance McNally, who passed away on March 24 from complications of COVID-19. LATW offers an audio presentation of McNally's dark comedy that was recorded before a live audience at UCLA in 2012. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, the production stars Kristen Johnston, Steven Weber, Missy Yager and Hugo Armstrong. McNally's play follows two heterosexual couples surrounded by gay vacationers at Fire Island on the Fourth of July.

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Gallery 1988 opens Golden Hour: the art of George Townley online Friday at noon. (George Townley, courtesy of the artist and gallery)

Gallery1988's Art Openings

The gallery debuts two new collections online on Friday at noon. Golden Hour: The Art of George Townley celebrates the beauty of Los Angeles and takes viewers to places that are off-limits right now. Dave Pollot's Passengers puts famous pop culture vehicles painted into thrift shop finds.

Art Share LA's Virtual Gallery & Performances

Every weekday at 2 p.m., the arts organization presents 20-minute performances of featured dancers, spoken-word artists and musicians live on their Zoom channel. On Friday, trumpeter and performance artist Ethan Marks presents "Unstable Connection." Art Share is also turning its Instagram into a virtual gallery. Look for the daily prompt each Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., then create a piece inspired by the theme and tag @artshare_la in a post or story. New shows will be curated.

The Broad Stage at Home

The Santa Monica performance space launches a new weekly series of livestreamed performances, interviews and archival footage. On Saturday at 8 p.m., tune into Red Hen Press Poetry Hour on Facebook Live and YouTube Live

, hosted by Sandra Tsing Loh and featuring the poetry of Major Jackson. On Sunday morning at 11 a.m., tune into the same channels to hear cellist Lynn Harrell perform a living room recital, followed by a conversation with artistic and executive director Rob Bailis. Listen to other performances by SOL-LA Music Academy and other artists.

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation's Family Art Workshops

The foundation teams with the Junior Arts Center to offer free Zoom art workshops every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Families, adults and children are welcome to join. The projects explore patterns from different cultures and are adaptable to simple materials. The projects and materials are posted weekly. When class begins, the teaching artist can answer questions throughout the session.

Enjoy performances from LA Opera from the comfort of your home with LAO's new online programming. (Cory Weaver)

LAO at Home

Every weekday, the L.A. Opera presents online programming on its website that includes Living Room Recitals, rebroadcasts of old performances, sing-a-longs (for kids) and workshops (for adults). On Friday at 4 p.m., tune into a recital with tenor Ben Bliss and bassoonist Dana Jackson.

Wallis Streaming

The Beverly Hills space presents virtual performances and also shares links to art happenings around the web from its collaborators. On Sunday at noon, choreographer Micaela Taylor holds a two-hour dance workshop while Debbie Allen offers virtual dance classes through her Instagram Live.

Uncancelled Music Festival

The Hotel Cafe partners with the UnCancelled Music Festival for a virtual concert experience from April 2 through 9. Watch music from more than 75 artists via StageIt, all while raising funds for Hotel Cafe staff, artists, and the Recording Academy's MusiCares program. Tune in to the Hotel Cafe Stage where you can tip individual artists or pay what you want for the show.

Film Picks

Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder start in Eliza Hittman's poignant drama 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always.' (Angal Field/Focus Features)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

The critically acclaimed drama from director Eliza Hittman (Beach Rats) is being re-released on premium VOD after being pulled from theaters after the coronavirus breakout. The writer-director's film follows teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania who face an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support. Watch performances by Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder, as their characters must cross state lines to access reproductive health services.

Aspen Film: Shortsfest 2020

The Oscar-qualifying film festival moves entirely online, screening shorts through April 5. Watch films by veteran directors and emerging talent featuring Steve Zahn, Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael and Michael McKean. Viewers can buy festival passes or tickets to individual curated programs. Festival-goers will be sent access codes after purchase.
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This dystopian film opened briefly in theaters. In the near future, the village of Bacurau in Brazil mourns the loss of its matriarch, who has died at age 94. A few days later, the village has disappeared from most maps and a drone flies overhead. A band of mercenaries arrives to eliminate the town and its residents. In a genre-bending twist, the community comes together to protect itself. Kino Lorber supports art houses by partnering with local California theaters for these virtual screenings including Alamo Drafthouse, Frida Cinema and Laemmle Theatres. In English and Portuguese with English subtitles.