Let’s pretend for a moment that the coronavirus didn’t ratfuck the best month of spring. In this alternate reality, the Strokes and Kings of Leon would be in Guadalajara, Mexico in a few weeks to headline the Corona Capital festival. The 11th-annual rock fest will now take place in September, but we can’t imagine people will still be amped up to attend anything called Corona fest. Personally, we’ll go the tequila and mezcal route for Cinco de Mayo a la Casa and skip the booze entirely for the one-year anniversary of Denver’s Psilocybin Mushroom Initiative approval (May 7). That leaves 29 more nights in May to fill with virtual parties like these that prove there’s life outside Netflix.
Bushwick-based House of Yes is the best club in NYC right now, and it’s keeping the party alive with digital dance parties on Zoom. Originally limited to just 100 people, the parties are now open to all who RSVP as long as they set the mood in their rooms with “LEDs, blinky lights, candles” and wear costumes. Those who just want to spectate (boo!!!!) can do so on Instagram LIVE. This week’s parties include Rosa Perreo (Friday) and Cyber Saturday. Check out a taste of the action here, and visit the House of Yes site for other upcoming events.
Club Quarantine with DJ D-Nice
Deejay and photographer D-Nice is hip-hop royalty as a founding member of Boogie Down Productions (co-instigators of the first-ever rap war back in the mid-’80s), but these days he’s hosting the hottest weekly jam on Instagram Live. The list of celebs who reportedly watched or made guest appearances is ridiculous: Dave Chappelle, Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Fab Five Freddy, Bernie Sanders, Dwyane Wade, Justin Timberlake, Nile Rodgers, Joe Biden, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Janet Jackson, Mark Zuckerberg and Common. Saturday’s jam starts at 3 p.m. (EST) and will feature full sets by Tony Touch, Stretch Armstrong, Clark Kent, Rich Medina and D-Nice.
Frankenstein x Sherlock Holmes
April 30 to May 7
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller both starred in masterful Sherlock Holmes television adaptations in the past decade, and now you can see them take turns playing Victor Frankenstein and his monster. The National Theatre in London is streaming the 2011 Danny Boyle production for free during the first week of May. Watch Cumberbatch as the monster here and Miller (starting at 2 p.m. EST today) here. Next up, the playhouse will stream Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as title characters in Antony and Cleopatra. Check here for future streams.
Global Inheritance (GI) is a Los Angeles-based non-profit that empowers and reinvents activism through artistic creativity. Think top artists painting recycling bins, a 25-foot metal T-Rex crushing your cans and bottles, and a traditional playground set up at Coachella where people cycle, seesaw and swing to generate clean electricity. It’s some pretty fuckin’ brilliant activism. With most people stuck inside, GI introduced a free weekly Movie Club where participants all watch the recommended movies and/or documentaries and then meet up virtually to discuss it with movie critics, producers and the other leading voices behind the scenes. See an example here.
Facebook/Instagram will celebrate all the graduating seniors with a live event that starts at 2 p.m. EST, and Miley Cyrus is scheduled to take part with a live performance of her song “The Climb.”
These “dance nights together, apart” parties take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 5 p.m. (all EST) via Zoom. Participants are encouraged to donate money to the performing DJ and/or coronavirus-related activism. Check out a taste of the action here.
Queens, NYC club Nowadays is streaming live DJ sets every night between 8 p.m. and midnight EST. Check here for the schedule.
Phish’s Dinner and a Movie
Every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. EST, Phish streams one of their live concerts while providing recipes so that everyone can share the same dinner together. While the site has yet to release info on this Tuesday’s screening, Phish streamed a 2016 Las Vegas concert this past Tuesday paired with three Middle Eastern vegetarian recipes from James Beard-winning chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia.
Want a taste of old-school Broadway? Those in-the-know visit Marie’s Crisis, not the theaters around Times Square, to hear drunken show tunes played on a piano in a West Village dive bar. As a former New Yorker, I can attest that this place rocks, and it’s keeping the spirit alive with a Facebook group that’s already 28,000 members strong. Join the group and feel transported to the Drunken/Golden Age of Broadway.
Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room
The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
Yayoi Kusama exhibits can be tough tickets to get, but you can experience the Infinity Mirrored Room online with a musical score curated by the Broad Museum. Per the website, “The Infinite Drone series presents a new, contemplative way of experiencing The Broad’s most popular artwork.”
With a major assist from Google, museums around the world are offering virtual tours, so take the opportunity to check out the Mona Lisa at The Louvre in Paris, the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum in London, the art of Go Hui-dong and Park Su-Geun at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, and my personal favorite, Starry Night Over the Rhone, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Great Wall of China
People’s Republic of China
The entire Great Wall with all its branches is reportedly more than 13,000 miles long, so let’s hope you don’t have time to experience every ancient brick, but it’s at least worth taking a short stroll on one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.