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.
Students learn or brush up on fundamentals of jazz while exploring its many variations in this pay-what-you-wish online workshop. Class consists of a proper jazz warm-up and stretch followed by a fun, easy-to-learn combination that sharpens the mind.
The Silent Comedy Watch Party is a weekly live-streamed silent film show with live piano accompaniment. The show is co-hosted by film historian Steve Massa and silent film accompanist Ben Model. The shows streams live on Sunday afternoons at 3pm EDT on YouTube, free of charge (donations welcome).
Each episode of The Silent Comedy Watch Party is live about 5-10 minutes prior to 3 pm on YouTube and then archived there for viewing after the livestream ends.
Recorded remotely from locations around the world, Arturo O’Farrill and the mighty Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra are continuing their Sunday night Birdland residency in an online setting. Please join every Sunday at 8:30 pm ET.
From December 2-31, enjoy Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s first-ever online season. In the words of Artistic Director Robert Battle, "this season we look forward to joining with you on a journey of reinvention and reimagination that takes Ailey’s artistry to new heights with excellence, beauty, strength, hope, and love." Celebrating six decades of Revelations, the season will elevate Ailey’s legacy of innovation and excellence with premieres, reinvented classics, interactive workshops, and a series of artist conversations. All events will be free to enjoy on their website, YouTube, and Facebook, with no registration required. The season kicks off December 2 with a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations including Revelations Reimagined.
Time Stands Still is Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies’ play about a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone, Eric Bogosian, and Brian d’Arcy James return to the roles they originated on Broadway.
Proceeds from Broadway's Best Shows' Spotlight on Plays series benefits the Actors Fund. Tickets are sold exclusively through TodayTix on a pay-what-you-can scale starting at $5. Purchasers will receive a streaming link four hours prior to the performance. Barbecue follows on December 10. The shows go live at 8 pm EST and can be viewed for 72 hours afterward.