NY*Confidential Presents: the Covid-Digital Edition

In Shakespeare’s day the plague routinely shut down playhouses, and while COVID-19 might not kill us all (or more than three percent, globally), it’s rendered everything in the city crazily quiet. Every single theater — from the 1,900-seat Gershwin, to the 80-seat Brick in Williamsburg — has shut its doors. Moreover, as music fans hole up in their apartments with speaker on full-tilt and social distancers catch up on the Bon Iver music videos, artists are trying to grab your attention throughout the outbreak. As NY*Confidential rolled out its latest edition ten days ago, some museums and other venues were still open. They soon began to fall like dominoes across the city. Therefore, the best idea for everyone is to focus on their screens for now, catch up on the creative project for which they came to New York in the first place 20 years ago, and Peloton our way through this. In the meantime, here are a few ideas to stay sane. Check back to this page every day or so for new ideas.

Get a crash course in New York’s place in the fashion world in the comfort of your tastefully decorated apartment. See 200 years of New York Fashion webinar.

BOOK READINGS, TOURS + PERFORMANCE, ETC.

Greenlight Presents Emily St. John MandelThe Glass Hotel: The award-winning author of Station Eleven, returns (virtually!) to Greenlight to launch her latest novel, The Glass Hotel, a portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives. Webinar.

200 Years of New York City Fashion Webinar: A crash-course through the history of fashion in New York, from the revolutionary impact of its ready-to-wear garment industry in the 1800s, to its current role as a global fashion capital. New York Adventure Club, 25 March, 6pm, $10.

The Silver Age of Comics, Rise of the Flawed Superhero Webinar: Explore comic books between 1956-1970 that introduced hyper-realistic superheroes into real-world settings, blurring the lines between fact and fiction. Led by award-winning comic book art illustrator and historian Arlen Schumer. New York Adventure Club, 1 April, 6pm, $10.

92nd Street Y: 92Y will be putting some programs online, and revisit some of 92Y’s previous programs, including book and food talks, dance performances, concerts and more.

Virtual Tour, Guggenheim: iI you’ve never visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s nautilus-inspired Guggenheim building, now’s the time to do so (virtually).

Tourist In Your Own Town: New York Landmarks Conservancy has a video series which takes viewers on tours of historic landmarks (including President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace and the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.

New York Public Library: Though New York City’s library branches are closed, many of the services that they provide — including access to e-books, research materials, and more — are available digitally. Also, the Brooklyn Public Library, andQueens Public Library.

Lots of theatre is now available on TV. It doesn’t beat Broadway, but with HD…

THEATRE (DIGITAL)

The Siblings Play: Delving deep into the psyche of a teenage girl and her two brothers left to raise each other.. How do three teenagers protect, love, fight, and diminish in the wake of their family history and the complexity of growing up with parents who are too young to be parents in the first place. Click link $15.

Broadway HD: Streams Shakespeare to Tony Award-winning blockbusters. Click link $9.

Play-Per-View: A livestream play reading series that raises money for the Actors Fund, the Dramatists Guild, Broadway Cares and other organizations. Each livestream is one-night-only, one time from a solo piece to a musical.

Audible Theater: Producing, recording it and distributing live theatre on its platform as high-concept, storytelling-oriented audio drama.

National Theatre On Demand (for schools): A selection of acclaimed productions available to stream in your classroom, each recorded in high definition in front of a live theatre audience. Free to use, the recordings require no special software.

The Metropolitan Opera: Streams a free series of encore Live in HD presentations on its website — a different show from the past 14 years will be streamed nightly. 7:30 p.m.

The Transit Museum may be closed, but don’t despair — many museums have virtual tours.

CANVAS (DIGITAL)

MoMA Learning Website: Brings together content produced by the Museum and links to great content from other sites, and encourages a thematic exploration of art. On the Tools and Tips page there are downloadable and customizable artwork slideshows, worksheets, and hands-on activities. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A  series of six videos that use spherical 360-degree technology to allow viewers to see the museum — the Great Hall, the Cloisters, the Temple of Dendur, the Met Breuer, the Charles Engelhard Court, and the Arms and Armor Galleries — all from the comfort of a couch.

Whitney Watch and Listen: Whether you’re a first time visitor or a Whitney regular, this tour offers a great introduction to the museum and the ongoing mission of the Whitney’s collection and exhibitions program. 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: During its closure, follow the Museum’s YouTube channel, and find interviews with artists whose works have been recently featured there, including Simone Leigh and Sun Xun.

New-York Historical Society: Online materials range from audio recordings and podcasts to virtual access is available to past exhibitions, including Armory Show at 100, Slavery in New York, and The Vietnam War: 1945-1947.

The Frick Collection: On its website, the museum offers virtual tours of its Upper East Side headquarters, from the Frick’s Fifth Avenue Garden, Garden Court and Fragonard Room.

Watch a few concerts outside of the crowded Radio City Music Hall.

MUSIC

Pitchfork: A daily slate of concert streams, digital gatherings, and other endeavors artists are undertaking.

NEW ON STREAMING THIS WEEK

Emma: Jane Austen's beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation.

The Gentlemen: American expat Mickey Pearson built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain.

The Way Back: Jack Cunningham had everything going for him. A basketball phenom, he could have punched his ticket to college or even the pros — years later, he gets the chance to take back his life when he is asked to coach his alma mater’s struggling basketball team.

Banana Split: April has spent the last two years of high school in a relationship with Nick. In the aimless summer between graduation and college, the newly single April mends her heartbreak by striking up an unexpected friendship with Nick's new girlfriend. 27 March.

SPORT

Always time for a good solitary run or walk to the supermarket.