NY*Confidential: The Covert-Covid-Crazy-Fighting Edition

Times Square on the night of 26 March, as the mounted NYPD stand guard.

The second full week of Corona Virus quarantine finishes today, with NY Governor Andrew Cuomo predicting the apex to hit in 21 days. That means a lot more free time to look at screens or otherwise enrich your lives. Below are lots of ways to do that, but in the meantime, to help those suffering from the coronavirus with immediate access to groceries and medical supplies can go through to Invisible Hands Deliver. In addition to the ill, many of those affected by COVID-19 include businesses, in addition to arts nonprofits, galleries, arts workers, art handlers, and artists. Creative Capital has a comprehensive list of resources for artists, including emergency grants.

Many artist-run spaces and galleries with brick and mortar spaces that employ freelance arts workers and contractors rely on revenue generated from art gallery sales. These spaces do not currently qualify for the emergency relief grants implemented by the city. Signing the New Art Dealers Alliance's petition will help these businesses survive and give artists and art workers a system of support.

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Get your kicks on Route 66 — virtually, with photographer Julien McRoberts.

BOOK READINGS, TOURS + PERFORMANCE, ETC.

Virtual Talk with Artist Aaron Asis: Untapped New York's Artist in Residence Aaron Asis! You may recognize his work recently on Untapped New York, as he has been documenting the surreal streetscapes of New York City during this pandemic. 31 March, 12pm.

Greenlight Presents Robert Reich, The System:The guy whohas served in three national administrations presents an urgent analysis of how the "rigged" systems of American politics and power operate, how this status quo came to be, and how average citizens can enact change. 31 March, 7:30pm.

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.

Greenlight Presents Ben Katchor The Dairy Restaurant. Examination of the biblical milk-and-meat taboo, the first vegetarian practices, and the invention of the restaurant. 1 April, 7:30pm.

'History of Jazz in New York City' Webinar, Listening Party: From Harlem's Cotton Club in the 1920s to the downtown Greenwich Village spots in the 1950s, New York City would eventually become the undisputed Jazz Capital of America. This is the story of the music, musicians, and venues that defined New York's pioneering era of jazz. 2 April, 8pm, $10.

'The Lost & Forgotten Gilded Age Mansions of Fifth Avenue' Webinar: Beginning with the first residence erected in 1834, Fifth Avenue became the home of Manhattan’s wealthiest citizens — but as the decades progressed, the seemingly endless row of lavish brownstone, marble, and limestone mansions began to be replaced one-by-one by office buildings. This is the story of those long-forgotten mansions. 14 April, 6pm, $10.

Virtual Road Trip Down Route 66: Looking to take that epic American road trip you always dreamed of...though from the comfort of your own home? From classic roadside diners to desert ghost towns, it's time to explore the bygone era of one of America's most famous highways, through the lens of one award-winning photographer. 16 April, 6pm, $10.

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.

Virtual Tour of Grand Central: Close to a million people pass through Grand Central Terminal every day, yet very few know of its many stories and secrets Discover the origins and history of the Beaux Arts train station, from its glittering glory days to disrepair and modern quests to save it. Untapped Insiders.

BOOKS TO BUY:

MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman: by Ben Hubbard, the Beirut bureau chief of The Times

Golden Gates: Covers California’s housing crisis, specifically the Bay Area, For those who have no home, what does shelter in place even mean?

Shakespeare in a Divided America: Describes how U.S. performances and interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays over the years have reflected American culture, society and politics.

The Shock Doctrine: Alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory. 

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.

See James Cordon as One Man, Two Guvnors, on the National Theatre Live YouTube channel.

THEATRE (DIGITAL)

National Theatre Live: For the next two months, theatre lovers from around the world can sit down to watch National Theatre Live productions streamed via YouTube into their front room or bed or garden or bath tub or anywhere with bandwidth. 7pm, Thursday nights.

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.

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.

Adjust your screens for some art. Visit the Louvre virtually!

CANVAS (DIGITAL)

Street Art During Corona: As the pandemic has closed museums and galleries across the US, artists have been heading to the street to find a way of making an impact through their work — a collective coping strategy for dealing with Covid-19.

Google Arts & Culture: More than a thousand museums worldwide is partnering with the Search-Engine Giant to get inside — without setting off alarms. Check out: MoMA in New York, the Munch Museum in Oslo, the British Museum, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Today Art Museum in Beijing, The Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam. Other museums with their own virtual tours:

The Prado: Check out 936 Goyas, and their extensive commentaries and videos (with English subtitles), as well as Velázquez, Bosch, Rogier van der Weyden.

The Louvre: Provides everyone with the bandwith, even via iPhone, a virtual tour of the empty galleries, zooming in on favorite artworks.

Getty museum in Los Angeles: A number of online exhibitions on view – including Michelangelo, and another on the history and development of the Bauhaus, as well as its extensive collection and art historical resources. 

NEW YORK MUSEUMS:

Brooklyn Museum: Tune in to our social media channels every day for a new #ArtForTheSociallyDistanced post, featuring our staff's most beloved artworks. Also hear from Molly Seegers, Museum archivist, as she guides visitors through key moments.

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. 

Virtual Tour, Guggenheim: iI you’ve never visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s nautilus-inspired Guggenheim building, now’s the time to do so (virtually). During its closure, follow the Museum’s YouTube channel, and find interviews with artists whose works have been recently featured there.

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.

Comedian Chris Gethard alleviates your COVID-19 depression with a weekly comedy hour.

MUSIC + COMEDY

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

Bands in Town Live: Multi-day music marathon featuring live stream performances from 16 emerging & established artists across all genres. 26-27 March.

Chris Gethard Presents: A weekly live hour of unfiltered comedy. 11pm, Wednesdays.

Symphony Space, Your Space: Comedy debate series Uptown Showdownwith one of our classic throwdowns, The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, featuring Karen Chee (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Carmen Lynch(Inside Amy Schumer) and others.

97-year-old runner George Etzweiler dons his lucky ancient green running shorts, he's not just running to the summit of Mt. Washington; he’s running for Mary.

NEW ON STREAMING THIS WEEK

Crip Camp: Camp Jened is a hippy summer camp in the early 1970s called in which teens hang out, hook up and mess around in the mountains adjacent, both physically and spiritually, to Woodstock. The campers at Jened, however, are all disabled teens, and Jened offers a rare utopia of what a world centered on their perspective could be. Netflix

The Dog Doc: A founding father of integrative veterinary medicine, Dr. Marty Goldstein and his colleagues in South Salem, NY have created a mecca for holistic care, offering hope to scores of previously hopeless animals (and their owners). Amazon Prime

Banff Mountain Film Festival: Some of the artists of the adventure festival made their movies available online at various websites.

  • The Frozen Road: Ben Page sought an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic. Yet the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romanticisms of a Jack London book.

  • For the Love of Mary: When 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler dons his lucky ancient green running shorts, he's not just running to the summit of Mt. Washington, Etzweiler carries something else special with him: The memory of his late wife of68 years.

  • Surviving the Outback: Could you survive alone across hundreds of kilometres of remote outback for a whole month, trekking and sailing on a makeshift raft, with nothing but a time capsule of antique stuff from 1932?

  • The Frenchy: Jacques is an 82-year-old, badass athlete, but the real story is how he inspires us with his contagious love of life, epic tales of survival and his ability to counter aging through laughter.

It Started as a Joke: Feature documentary that chronicles the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival – including a final farewell show. The film celebrates Eugene’s unique brand of humor and his role in the alternative comedy movement. Website

Corpus Christi: Daniel experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a Youth Detention Center, but his criminal record prevents life as a priest.. When he is sent to work at a carpenter's workshop in a small town, he nonetheless accidentally takes over the local parish. Film Movement website.

And Then We Danced: Merab is a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakl, throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire. Music Box Films website.

Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson's young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. Magnolia Pictures’ website.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire: France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse. She observes Héloïse by day and secretly paints her at night. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act. Hulu

Inside the Rain: College film student Benjamin Glass has it all: ADHD, OCD, borderline personality. And he's also bipolar. But Glass is more than his diagnoses and he's determined to prove his genius, until a misunderstanding threatens to expel him from college. Amazon Prime

Never Rarely Sometimes Always: Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship and compassion. Amazon Prime,3 April.

Without anyone able to play armchair quarterback, have some fresh air with a bike ride! Alone!!!

SOCIAL DISTANCING SPORT

Soul-Replenishing Bike Rides: Even with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s PAUSE measures in place, it is still important to get some good solo exercise. Get outdoors and journey to these open-air destinations — six feet from your nearest neighbor.