This year, the art world’s ability to rally and produce engaging and vital works has been a constant glimmer of hope amidst global turmoil. With the revived Friday Five, we bring you our weekly choice of the top five things to check out in the near future—highlights from all over, as well as from the Flynn. And as you enjoy, please consider supporting these artists and arts organizations. Every donation counts. We hope these diverse works from all corners of the art world ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination, and help strengthen and energize our community.
In addition to these weekly selections, we also keep a more comprehensive rolling list of ongoing and upcoming happenings at our ONLINE ARTS GUIDE.
Pay-what-you-can online dance, theater, show choir, and storytelling classes. Simply click "REGISTER" and fill in the amount you wish to pay. Come fuel your imagination while supporting the Flynn and our incredible teaching artists.
Eiko Otake’s Virtual Studio presents a tour and post-election conversation, hosted by Wesleyan University, which re-focuses and reimagines the artist's creative practices in 2020. Eiko is joined by two of her collaborators, Don Christian Jones and Iris McCloughan, who moderate the discussion. RSVP required for access to virtual event. This event will be streamed on both YouTube and Facebook.
How do you perform on stage while dodging two swinging bowling balls and a 52 bucket Guck Machine spews various substances, from molasses to mylar confetti, overhead? Anne Bogart, Elizabeth Streb, and performers from STREB and SITI Company host a virtual event that includes never-before-seen rehearsal footage and a rare opportunity to engage in a Q&A with two titans of contemporary performance. Pre-register for this artist talk held on Zoom. An ASL Interpreter will interpret this discussion. Prior to the gathering, you can stream FALLING & LOVING on demand.
This year, Ragas Live Festival, a 24-hour, 24-set celebration, will be online from November 21 at 7 pm (EST) to November 22 at 7 pm (EST). Now in its ninth year, the immersive experience has expanded to include over 90 artists from 13 cities, including the major torchbearers of traditional and new genres of music, such as Terry Riley, Toumani Diabate, Zakir Hussain, and Betsayda Machado. Register to watch.
This puppet show for young audiences explores themes of refugees, inclusion, and respectful curiosity. Rock the Boat aims to get young audiences thinking about relocation and displacement by addressing attitudes about acceptance of those who come from other countries and cultures. The production—telling the story of a poet in a boat, alone at sea, who suddenly finds his home filling with new characters seeking shelter and safety—provides a narrative in which there is room for everyone in an inclusive society. Available on demand through 11/28.
PLUS Sandglass Theater offers Livestreamed Shadow Puppet Build-Along Workshops 11/27-29.
Produced by Bismillah, LLC and the Fisher Center at Bard, Meshell Ndegecello's Chapter & Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin is a project inspired by Baldwin’s truth-telling treatise on justice in the United States, The Fire Next Time, and our endlessly changing world. Chapter & Verse is a 21st-century ritual tool kit for justice. A call for revolution. A gift during turbulent times.
From September to December 2020, Meshell offers gifts—music, thoughts, meditations, and visual testimonies of resilience—on her website.