Here are a few of the best events happening Thursday through Tuesday and how to tune in (all times are Eastern).
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Teach Script Writing
Thursday at 9 p.m. on Zoom
Is now the time for finally finish that screenplay? If so, the actors and comedians (and Hollywood power couple) Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, along with the screenwriter Steve Mallory, want to help. The trio will host a special live-streamed class, “Writing for TV/Film,” to help raise money for the Groundlings, a Los Angeles-based improvisation and sketch comedy theater and school. (The class costs $50, and all proceeds go to the Groundlings.) Attendees will get tips on storytelling, structure and creating memorable characters. The discussion will be followed by a Q. and A., and the class will be limited to 250 attendees.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Zoom. Enroll here.
Finneas and Phoebe Bridgers Get Noisey
Thursday at 8 p.m. on YouTube
If you’ve had one too many quiet nights in, Vice’s second installment of its livestreamed concert series, Noisey Night In, might be just the thing. Finneas, Phoebe Bridgers, Claud, Alex Lahey, Beach Bunny and Faye Webster will perform, and the show will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: The Noisey YouTube channel
Pepe Romero Live From Spain
Thursday at 2 p.m. on 92Y Online
Pepe Romero, a classical guitar virtuoso and member of the Romero Guitar Quartet, will perform live from his house in Spain. The show will open with a Bach transcription by Romero himself. Also on the program: pieces by Barrios, Tárrega, Torrobo and Rodrigo. Stay tuned after the concert for a chat with Romero and Performance Today’s Fred Child. Tickets are $10.
When: 2 p.m.
Where: 92Y Online. Register here.
‘Unstoppable: Sean Scully and the Art of Everything’
Thursday at 3 p.m. on Cinema Orange
If you ever wondered what a year was like in the life of Sean Scully, one of the world’s most successful living painters — he once identified himself to a MoMA desk attendant by saying, “Sean Scully’s my name, painting stripes is my game” — tune in to this documentary. In it, the Irish-American painter, who has had works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and London’s Tate, flies around the world to open 15 major exhibitions. This event is hosted by Cinema Orange, a screening series from the Orange County Museum of Art.
When: Thursday at 3 p.m. through 3 a.m. Sunday
A 10-Day Global Film Festival Kicks Off
Friday at 7 a.m. on YouTube
As stressful as months of social distancing have been, events like this one offer a silver lining. How many of us would be able to attend a free 10-day film festival otherwise? This program from YouTube and Tribeca Enterprises, called “We Are One: A Global Film Festival,” will include more than 100 films — curated by more than 20 festivals like Tribeca, Cannes, New York and Sundance — as well as music, comedy and panel discussions. Talks will feature Francis Ford Coppola with Steven Soderbergh, Song Kang-ho and Bong Joon Ho, Guillermo del Toro, Jane Campion and Claire Denis. Each program will have a first screening at a scheduled time, but many will be available on demand over the course of the festival. Viewers can donate to Covid-19 relief efforts throughout.
When: Friday at 7 a.m. through June 7.
Where: The We Are One YouTube channel.
Dropkick Murphys and Bruce Springsteen Team Up
Friday at 6 p.m. on YouTube
The lights will be on in Fenway Park on Friday. And while the stands will be empty, the field won’t be. The Dropkick Murphys, an American Celtic punk band, will livestream a full concert from the infield diamond of the Boston ballpark. Bruce Springsteen will join them remotely for what the band is calling a “Fenway Double Play”: playing one song of Springsteen’s and one of theirs.
When: 6 p.m.
‘Laughter in Lockdown’ With Stand-Up Stars
Friday at 8 p.m. on the NY Laughs website
Wanda Sykes, Judd Apatow, Ray Romano, Roy Wood Jr., Carl Reiner, Craig Robinson, Dave Attell, Gary Gulman and many others will try to bring some laughs to our weird reality and raise money for struggling comedians and comedy clubs while they’re at it. The two-hour event, “Laughter in Lockdown,” will be hosted by Mo Amer.
When: 8 p.m.
A Conversation With Cynthia Nixon
Friday at 4:30 on Zoom
Join the Emmy- and Tony-winning actor, and former New York gubernatorial candidate, Cynthia Nixon for an intimate conversation with Emily Mann, the artistic director and resident playwright for the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, N.J. On the agenda: their careers, theatrical history and activism.
When: 4:30 p.m.
Ariana Grande and Martin Short in ‘Hairspray Live!’
Friday at 2 p.m. on YouTube
If you missed “Hairspray Live!,” a television special originally broadcast by NBC in 2016, now is your chance. The show — based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, which is based on the 1988 John Waters film — stars Maddie Baillio, Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Ariana Grande, Andrea Martin and Kristin Chenoweth. Rosie O’Donnell and Sean Hayes also make special appearances.
When: 2 p.m., and it will be available for 48 hours.
A Legendary Led Zeppelin Performance
Saturday at 3 p.m. on YouTube
Led Zeppelin and YouTube have teamed up to stream the renowned concert film “Celebration Day,” which chronicles the rock band’s 2007 tribute concert at London’s O2 Arena for the Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. It was the band’s first headlining show in 27 years and was highly anticipated, with 20 million people applying for tickets through a worldwide lottery. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined onstage by Jason Bonham, the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Video and audio of the concert were released in 2012, winning a Grammy for best rock album.
When: 3 p.m., and it will be available for three days.
David Guetta Spins
Saturday at 7 p.m. on Facebook
David Guetta, one of the world’s most famous D.J.s, will livestream a performance in New York on Saturday to benefit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, Feeding America, the World Health Organization and Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris-Hôpitaux de France. The event, called “United at Home,” will begin after the evening clap for the city’s front-line workers.
When: 7 p.m.
Banding Together for Colorado
Saturday at 8 p.m. on iHeart
The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers, Dave Matthews and many more musical artists are banding together for the Colorado Music Relief Fund, to help all those in the Colorado music industry affected by Covid-19. The three-hour event will include performances and storytelling by musicians, road and stage crew members, music industry veterans and Colorado personalities.
When: 8 p.m.
‘Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical’ Watch Party
Saturday at 8 p.m. on BroadwayHD.com
Gather the whole family for this one. Concord Theatricals — on behalf of The Irving Berlin Music Company and in coordination with BroadwayHD, the Roundabout Theater Company and Playbill — is hosting a live viewing party of “Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin.” The 2016 musical stars the Tony Award nominees Bryce Pinkham and Megan Lawrence, as well as Lora Lee Gayer, Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora and Corbin Bleu. The production, by BroadwayHD, was captured on 14 high-definition cameras at Roundabout’s Studio 54. Follow along with the Irving Berlin Twitter and Instagram, and the Playbill Twitter and Instagram, for trivia, fun facts and giveaways throughout the event.
When: 8 p.m., and it will be available to stream for free for 48 hours.
Where: The BroadwayHD website.
Andrew Barth Feldman’s ‘Virtual Celebration!’
Sunday at 7 p.m.
The young Broadway star Andrew Barth Feldman, who recently concluded his yearlong turn as Evan in the Tony Award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” is hosting a one-night-only virtual event to raise money for the soon-to-be renovated Barbra Barth Feldman Performing Arts Center, (renamed after Feldman’s late mother) at his alma mater, the Lawrence Woodmere Academy in New York. Originally scheduled to be an in-person concert, the event has been restructured to be virtual. The evening will feature prerecorded and live musical performances, skits, original music and many surprises. Skylar Astin, Gaten Matarazzo, Erika Henningsen, Taylor Trensch, Antonio Cipriano, Alex Boniello, Gabrielle Carrubba and more will participate. Tickets go for a suggested donation of $10 to $30.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Those who purchase tickets will receive a private link to stream the event.
A Star-Studded Evening From the Public Theater
Monday at 8 p.m. on Facebook
The Public Theater is holding a one-night-only virtual fund-raiser on Monday to support itself during the pandemic. The evening — hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) — will be packed with performances from and conversations with stars of stage and screen, including Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Antonio Banderas, Anne Hathaway, Sting, Daniel Craig, Jane Fonda, Alicia Keys, John Lithgow, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elvis Costello, Claire Danes, Glenn Close, Oscar Isaac, Audra McDonald, Danielle Brooks, John Leguizamo and Phylicia Rashad. The event is directed by the Tony winner Kenny Leon.
When: 8 p.m.
National Premiere of ‘Parkland Rising’
Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Facebook
The feature-length documentary “Parkland Rising,” a look at the students — including David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin and Emma Gonzalez — who energized a movement for gun safety after the Parkland school shooting, will premiere in the United States on Tuesday, to coincide with National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The film will be introduced by Katie Couric and will.i.am, executive producers on it, and a conversation will follow with its director, the Emmy winner Cheryl Horner McDonough, Manuel Oliver, Greg Kahn, Manju Bangalore and will.i.am, moderated by Couric. Music was provided by the Black Eyed Peas, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam and others. An encore screening will be broadcast on June 5 at 7 p.m.
When: 8 p.m.
‘Let’s Stay (In) Together’: A Benefit for the Apollo
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on the Apollo Theater website
“Captain” Kirk Douglas of The Roots, Kool & the Gang, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph, Lil Buck, Dionne Warwick, Doug E. Fresh and more will participate in “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater.” The evening will highlight the theater’s 86-year contribution to arts and culture, with guests performing the music of Apollo legends like B.B. King, Patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder. It will also include special tributes, and a series of poems and performances dedicated to the memory of those who have lost their lives because of Covid-19. The benefit is part of the theater’s campaign to raise $4 million to safeguard its future.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Apollo Theater website.
Peter Libbey contributed research.
www.nytimes.com 2020-05-28 17:04:20