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Entertainment in a time of COVID-19
BECAUSE there’s nothing much to do aside from staying home, keeping our hands clean, stress baking or cooking, and worrying about what the “new normal” will bring, here is a list of online movies and performances to help keep you entertained (and distracted) for free.
(Indicated are times in GMT+8 or the Philippine time)
MOVIE NIGHT WITH JAMIE LEE CURTIS
Every Saturday (in the Philippines) until May 8, Lionsgate and Fandango’s Movie Clips YouTube channels will be streaming films. The show, called Movie Night with Jamie Lee Curtis, will be hosted by the actress. On April 25, 9 a.m. Philippine time, the show will be streaming Dirty Dancing (1987) by Emile Ardolino. The week after, on May 2, watch La La Land (2016) by Damien Chazelle, and John Wick (2014) by Chad Stahelski. Aside from the screening, Ms. Lee Curtis will also engage with the online audience via real-time chats and movie trivia.
ONE WORLD: TOGETHER AT HOME
If you missed the livestream of the eight-hour long concert special featuring the likes of Elton John, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Stevie Wonder, et. al., you can still watch it via the Global Citizen YouTube Channel. But if you think eight hours is too long, the same channel is uploading individual performances as well. The event was organized by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization (WHO).
BUYER & CELLAR WITH MICHAEL URIE
American actor Michael Urie will reprise his 2013 role in Jonathan Tolin’s one-man comedy play, Buyer & Cellar, on Monday, April 20, 8 a.m., via the Broadway.com YouTube channel. He plays a struggling actor who takes an unusual job at the Malibu estate of Barbra Streisand. The performance is directed by Nic Cory.
British rock band Radiohead has been uploading some of its concerts via its official YouTube page. Fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band known for songs like “Creep” (1992) and “Fake Plastic Trees” (1995) can watch the concerts Live from a Tent in Dublin (2000) and Live in Berlin (2006).
DAVID GUETTA: UNITED AT HOME
French DJ David Guetta, the man behind the song “Titanium” (2011) featuring singer SIA, held a live concert fundraiser inside his Miami home on Sunday benefitting the World Health Organization and other charities. The two-hour concert is currently available on his YouTube page.
LIVE POETRY READING
Publisher Random House will be holding a live poetry reading program starting April 22, 8 a.m., called Big Ideas Night. “Just because we’re stuck inside doesn’t mean our minds have to be: Big Ideas Night is going online! Big Ideas Night is Random House’s forum for the curious, where innovative authors and moderators take a deep dive into compelling new books and thought-provoking topics,” the publisher said on the event’s page on eventbrite.com. The event features a “diverse lineup of six voices, each reading and performing their work in five-to-seven-minute intervals,” it added. Poets include Olivia Gatwood (“Life of the Party”), Nate Marshall (“Finna”), Jana Prikryl (“No Matter”), Jenny Zhang (“Sour Heart”), Fatimah Asghar (“If They Come for Us”), and Billy Collins (“Whale Day”). Register for the event for free via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/random-house-x-bustle-presents-big-ideas-night-national-poetry-month-tickets-102990786214?aff=Media on Eventbrite.com and join the Zoom virtual event.