Once again this week, we stay-at-homes have many choices for FREE virtual Broadway shows, opera, concerts, panel discussions, a celebration of the first human mission to space from US soil in nearly a decade.
Grab your favorite beverage and snack and settle in for these virtual events on the calendar this week, Tuesday, May 26 to Sunday, May 31..
Even though these virtual events are FREE, you are encouraged to make a donation to support the group offering the free stay-at-home diversion
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This American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) event celebrates the launch of the first U.S. human mission to space in nearly a decade, as the crew of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to launch on May 27 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida headed to the International Space Station (ISS).
Beginning at 11 am EDT on May 27, SpaceFest at Home offers a series of online engagements that will immerse participants in the science of space travel—past, present, and future.
These will include a special edition of the Museum’s Scientists at Home program in which Museum Curator Ruth Angus will discuss how imagination has led to scientific innovation—including human missions to space, a fun at-home space activity for children on the Museum’s science website for kids OLogy, and a live guided virtual flight that will let viewers blast off from Earth and travel to the ISS and beyond while discussing what it takes to plan a trip to space.
The alll-day festival wirh a watch party of the launch itself, featuring live commentary from Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson and Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty.
SpaceFest programming, which will be accessible via individual links available at amnh.org/calendar/spacefest, includes:.
11 am: Scientists at Home: Imagining Space Exploration: Museum Curator Ruth Angus examines the awe-inspiring leap from imagination to scientific achievement in space exploration. From novelist Jules Verne to astronaut Neil Armstrong, learn how some of the most creative minds spurred unique scientific accomplishments, including human missions to space.
Get inspired by this dynamic presentation to illustrate your own dream of space travel! The May 27 OLogy Challenge, an at-home activity for students from the Museum’s science website for kids, will launch during the program. Submit your illustration for a chance to be featured on the Museum’s OLogy website!
1 pm: Field Trip: Spaceflight Live Watch Party: Ride along with the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty on their mission from Earth to the International Space Station, to the Moon, and beyond. Like mapping out a cross-country car trip, sending humans into space takes a lot of planning. Weather, distance, detours, traffic, and sightseeing all come into play. Experience the thrill of space flight, see the sites, and discover what goes into planning a successful mission to space.
4:05 pm: The Future of Space Exploration with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Watch the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch live from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with commentary from Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson and Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty as they discuss the future for human missions to space.
Viewers interested in asking questions for Neil or Jackie to answer live can send their queries in advance to email@example.com.
Join the NYC Ballet for Wednesday With Wendy, a series of ballet-inspired movement classes taught by NYCB Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan
The virtual classes are suitable for people of all ages and levels of dance training.
Classes are on Instagram Live, and each class will also be available after the livestream concludes on NYCB’s IGTV channel.
- Every Wednesday at 5pm.
Can’t get to Central Park these days? No worries. Let park docents and other experts bring the world-famous park to you, with a different walk each Wednesday.
These virtual insights into Central Park showcase some of the flowers and trees currently in bloom, share Park history, and give you the mid-week recharge that we all so desperately need.
This week’s Wednesday Walk is a 15-minute virtual stroll through Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden, planted with flowers and herbs, shrubs and trees popular in the time of Shakespeare, including those named in his plays and sonnets.
Sign up now to access this FREE live Zoom program that will explore the Garden’s spring blooms and Shakespearean influence.
- Wednesday, 12:30pm.
This week it’s The Reservoir. renamed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Next week, June 3 it’s The Maill, pictured above.
Virtual Selected Shorts: Choose Your Own Reality
During crises, it can be difficult to sort what is true from what’s false, and what’s real from what’s imagined.
In this installment of the Symphony Space series “Selected Shorts,” B.D. Wong, Marin Ireland, D’Arcy Carden and Paul Giamatti will read stories that suggest the nature of reality is tough to pin down even at the best of times.
- 7:30 p.m. on the Symphony Space YouTube channel.
Carnegie Hall Fridays
Each week for the the forseable future, Carnegie Hall is streaming a concert from its archived recordings.
This week, pianist Daniil Trifonov plays romantic selections by Beethoven, Schumann and Prokofiev, in Recital in Carnegie Hall
- Watch it Friday 3am through Monday, June 1st at 3 AM EDT
- Watch here on medici.tv
Friday and Saturday
Friday – Join Dr. Kerry Kelly, who served as chief medical officer for the FDNY (1994-2018) and was herself a 9/11 first responder, speaking about the FDNY’s response to the physical and psychological needs of its members following the 9/11 attacks and the strides made in the treatment and monitoring of first responders.
Dr. Kelly continues to be involved with the WTC Health Program. She is also now focused on the impact of COVID-19 in her community.
- Friday, May 29 at 2pm
- You can attend by visiting 911memorial.org/watch.
Saturday – Each year on May 30, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum marks the anniversary of the formal end of the nine-month recovery operations at Ground Zero with a commemoration.
Normally, this is a group event, but as we all know, 2020 is not normal, so this is a virtual event to honor the courage and sacrifice of all 9/11 rescue, recovery, and relief workers, as well as survivors and members of the lower Manhattan community.
The virtual ceremony will be captioned, and an audio description will also be available.
Every Night this Week
Metropolitan Opera Nightly Opera Streams
Every night of the week, the world-famous Met Opera is streaming a different performance from its repetoire of recorded performances, including operas by Puccini, Verdi and Mozart.
Monday, May 25
Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust
Starring Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine. From November 22, 2008.
Tuesday, May 26
Starring Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From February 25, 2012.
Wednesday, May 27
Puccini’s Manon Lescaut
Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, and Pablo Elvira, conducted by James Levine. From March 29, 1980.
Thursday, May 28
Berlioz’s Les Troyens
Starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel, and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From January 5, 2013.
Friday, May 29
Viewers’ Choice: Bellini’s La Sonnambula
Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez, conducted by Evelino Pidò. From March 21, 2009.
Saturday, May 30
Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
Starring Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, conducted by Domingo Hindoyan. From February 10, 2018.
Sunday, May 31
Starring Karita Mattila, Ildikó Komlósi, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser, and Juha Uusitalo, conducted by Patrick Summers. From October 11, 2008.
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