VLF 2020 extended on Vimeo
DUE to insistent public demand, the Virgin Labfest 2020: Kapit will have an extended run on Vimeo, from July 2 to 15. For two more weeks, theater fans will have a chance to watch plays from the theater festival of untried, untested and unstaged plays on the virtual stage. Sign up with Vimeo to subscribe. Avail of the regular package (P100) to access all the plays, or the premium package (P200) to access the plays with special features. Visit https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vlf2020kapit. All the plays have English subtitles.
REP artists sing Carousel’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’
WITH special permission from Rodgers & Hammerstein and Broadway Asia, Repertory Philippines presents 22 of its theater artists — led by Nikki Gil and Gian Magdangal who were to star in its pandemic aborted production of Carousel — in the latest REPisode with an online performance of Carousel’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” With musical direction and arrangement by Ejay Yatco, the performance was put together in support of the Open House Fundraiser. To donate, visit http://bit.ly/DonateOpenHouse. Every P2,000 raised will help another displaced worker in the performing arts.
Lisa Macuja Elizalde in Romeo and Juliet
BALLET Manila present’s Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s favorite roles from her Swan Song Series for streaming at its official social media pages www.facebook.com/balletmanilaofficial and www.youtube.com/c/balletmanilaofficial. This weekend features Romeo and Juliet, premiering on July 4, 6 p.m. It will be available until July 10, 10 p.m.
Free films on YouTube
CATCH your favorite films for free on the following YouTube channels: Regal Entertainment (https://www.youtube.com/user/regalcinema/featured), Cinema One Originals (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzggCZVkynvnjNV29L9EccA), and TBA Studios (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChh0rmwGvToBd3owvN2vRMg).
Royal Opera House
AS part of its #OurHouseToYourHouse series, the Royal Opera House showcases Wayne McGregor’s ballet titled Woolf Works on its official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/royaloperahouse/). The ballet is based on books by author Virginia Woolf.
Exhibit, playlist on Nat’l Artist Jose Maceda
THE exhibit Attitude of the Mind was one of the activities included in the MACEDA 100 program that celebrated the birth centennial of National Artist for Music Jose Maceda (1917-2004). The exhibit catalog is now available for digital download on the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) website. Accompanying the text of the publication are nine audio tracks which were either based on actual pieces by Maceda or inspired by his musical practice. The exhibition catalog and audio playlist are also available online. Attitude of the Mind ran from Sept. 26 to Dec. 3, 2017 at the CCP’s Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery). To view the exhibition, visit https://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph/events/online/maceda-100-attitude-of-the-mind/detail.
TESOROS Philippine Handicrafts just opened its online store at https://tesoros.ph/ which includes their food products, personal care, fashion, accessories, and souvenir items.
THE Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing offers the Freelipiniana Online Library at bit.ly/Freelipiniana. It contains published literary works — novels, poetry, and anthologies — by Filipino writers and publishers. Read the introduction and how-to at bit.ly/FOLlaunch prior to your visit.
Walang Rape sa Bontok
THE LOCKDOWN Cinema Club initiative, the Habi Collective, and the Concerned Artists of the Philippines present free online streaming of documentaries, with Lester Valle’s Walang Rape sa Bontok on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/400805507. Password: EndRapeCulturePH.
French films online
THE French embassy presents IFCinema a la carte, a festival of films from France and Africa, this month. While in normal years the films are shown in theaters across the country, this year the films will be shown online. Ten full features and 11 short films will be screened online at https://ifcinema.institutfrancaise.com/en/alacarte. All 21 films are subtitled in English and are available online until July 13.
BenCab Museum’s online show
JOHN Frank Sabado’s solo show, Distinction, which is up at BenCab Museum’s Gallery Indigo until Aug. 2, can be viewed online at the museum’s exhibit Facebook page (https://web.facebook.com/pg/bencabmuseum/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3113556848702650). The exhibit features Mr. Sabado’s new series of intricate pen and ink drawings that take a deeper look into the distinct ethnic markers of the peoples of the Philippine Cordillera.
PPO holds online ‘Instruments Petting Zoo’
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines presents the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) in a Musical Instruments Appreciation Series for Children and Families, a virtual “instruments petting zoo” to be held on Sundays. The series focuses on a different instrument every Sunday. The series will see one to two members of the PPO per session who will discuss their musical instrument and demonstrate how it is played. The series aims to promote an appreciation for the individual instruments of the orchestra and its music among children and families. The program is open to the public via Facebook live through the PPO Facebook page.
CAST Recording’s third radio drama: Arnold Bennett’s A Question of Sex is now on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/5bLSOsJPkZnIaEFDfSSHbl?si=ndUICgUUQj-UKIjxEGbW6w&fbclid=IwAR06k5DEB0zRa4b1jCqeglmtENl3lTwCAwlcOiLltwcNGjg84r8qHdhmL-M). Directed by Nelsito Gomez, the reading features Reb Atadero, Sarah Facuri, Cathy Azanza-Dy, and Jeremy Domingo.
National Museum of the Philippines
THE National Museum of the Philippines has released a new coloring set with Larry Dianco’s illustrations of endemic orchids such as the waling-waling. To download, visit https://www.facebook.com/nationalmuseumofthephilippines/photos/a.195151237175869/3282991451725150/?type=3&theater.
J.K. Rowling’s The Ickabog
BEST-SELLING author J.K. Rowling is releasing her new children’s novel The Ickabog online. Ten chapters are currently available, with more chapters to be released over the next several weeks. The book is set for full release in November. Read the chapters for free at https://www.theickabog.com/.
THE National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) presents The National Artists series of Sagisag Kultura TV at the NCCA Youtube (https://tinyurl.com/NationalArtistSeries). Premiering episodes include videos of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, National Artist for Dance Leonor Orosa-Gocquinco, and National Artist for Music Lucrecia Kalisag.
LEARN about Philippine history by visiting various National Historical Commission of the Philippines museums across the country online. To do so, visit https://www.facebook.com/historymuseumsPH/photos/a.474072142988822/769005046828862/?type=3&theater.
Foo Fighters at the Wembley Stadium
THE Foo Fighters’ concert film Live at the Wembley Stadium is now available online at the band’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcwBsntqjmY&feature=emb_title). The show features guest performances by Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.
Jerrold Tarog’s Senior Year
WRITTEN, directed, edited and scored by Jerrold Tarog, the film Senior Year (2010) is now streaming on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/404089376). Set in a Catholic school the story follows the struggles and anxieties of students during their final year in high school.
Dulaang UP’s Adarna
DULAANG UP’s play Adarna (2013) is now streaming online. Adapted by Vlad Gonzales and directed by José Estrella, the story is based on the narrative poem about three princes’ quest to save their ailing father by capturing the Adarna bird which is believed to have curative powers. To watch, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=hV2UPXi1wMA&feature=emb_title.
National Library of the Philippines
THE National Library of the Philippines offers free scholarly eResources including research related to COVID-19. The list of resources come from the National Emergency Library, Cochrane Library (Medical & Health Science), De Gruyter — Journals (Multidisciplinary), and more. To view access links to eResources, visit https://www.facebook.com/NLP1901/photos/a.375779479606724/912930019224998/?type=3&theater.
THE Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers downloadable items from its archives for free. Titles include modern and contemporary art books about Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Vassily Kandinsky, Gustav Klimt and more. The archive is searchable by artist, year, medium and artistic style or movement. Visit the archives, https://archive.org/details/guggenheimmuseum.
IkotMNL tour from home
THE Museo de Intramuros, Ayala Museum, and Presidential Museum and Library in Malacañang Palace have partnered with Google to put their works online. Learn new things at home and visit the museums through a virtual tour: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/malacanang-presidential-museum-and-library; https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/ayala-museum; and https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/intramuros-administration.
LEARN film concepts through interviews and film retrospectives from more than 60 directors, producers, writers, and actors including Bong Joon-Ho, Abbas Kiarostami, Agnès Varda, Spike Lee, Werner Herzog (with Roger Ebert), Jane Campion, Jodie Foster, Todd Haynes, Ang Lee, Jessica Lange, and Clint Eastwood. To watch, visit https://walkerart.org/magazine/series/dialogues-film-retrospectives.
BRITISH rock band Radiohead has been uploading some of its concerts via its official YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/radiohead). 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 benefiting the World Health Organization and other charities. The two-hour concert is currently available on his YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/davidguettavevo).
Frank Lloyd Wright virtual tours
THE Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation is offering #WrightVirtualVisits every Thursdays (1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific time) in participating sites. Check the participating sites at https://savewright.org/news/public-wright-sites-swap-virtual-visits/.
Color Tolkien characters
THE official Facebook page of the late author J.R.R. Tolkien has uploaded an illustration of Smaug the Magnificent from The Hobbit Movie Trilogy Colouring Book. Download the coloring sheet at https://bit.ly/2wKY3lp.
Harry Potter exhibit online
THE British Library’s Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition is available online through Google Arts and Culture. Its features include video clips and sketches, a Q&A with exhibit curator Julian Harrison. To view, visit https://artsandculture.google.com/project/harry-potter-a-history-of-magic.
HOGWARTS Is Here, an online version of the Harry Potter series’ magical school by Harry Potter fans that allows visitors to take courses like the characters from J.K. Rowling’s book series. Various courses include Astronomy, Herbology, History of Magic, and Transfiguration. The website also includes a forum, groups, and library feature. Visit http://www.hogwartsishere.com/.
Color Manolo Blahnik designs
MANOLO Blahnik shares a selection of his original sketches for coloring. The shoe designs are downloadable at https://www.manoloblahnik.com/gb/smile.html.
Podcasts on Philippine crime
STORIES After Dark features podcasts on Philippine true crime and mystery stories. It currently has 14 episodes including The Maguindanao Massacre (2009), The Ozone Disco Fire (1996), and Pepsi Paloma: Rape or Publicity Stunt? Suicide or Murder? (1982/1985). To listen, visit https://www.facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph/.
Palacio de Memoria virtual tour
ART and history enthusiasts can now go on a virtual tour of Palacio de Memoria, the resplendent Colonial Revival mansion, and marvel at its luxurious facilities and hundreds of Euro-Filipino paintings, sculptures, art displays, and historical pieces online. It features the showroom of Palacio de Memoria’s auction house, Casa de Memoria or the Casa, which houses the Lhuilliers’ unrivalled collection of antiques, the Mosphil Lounge, and a passenger plane that was refitted to be a lounge for special occasions. To view the complete Palacio de Memoria’s virtual tour, visit https://www.palaciodememoria.com/tours. For more updates, follow @thepalaciodememoria on Facebook and @palacio.de.memoria on Instagram.
THE Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles offers the Color Our Collections edition for 2020. To view, visit http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/page/11/.