What’s happening (digitally) in the arts world

Marc-André Hamelin will be the featured guest for Rockport Music’s virtual gala June 27.
Marc-André Hamelin will be the featured guest for Rockport Music’s virtual gala June 27.Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff/file


Pop, Folk & World

PORCH PRIDE: A BLUEGRASS PRIDE QUEER-ANTINE FESTIVAL Pride parades are canceled, so are live concerts, but LGBTQ+ bluegrass association Bluegrass Pride is picking up the torch with 10-plus hours of livestreamed music this weekend. Headliners include guitarist Molly Tuttle and guitar/banjo player Amythyst Kiah. June 27-28, www.bluegrasspride.net

JEFF ROSENSTOCK Right on the heels of surprise release “NO DREAM,” Rosenstock is going live on Instagram with a requests-only show to benefit organizations working toward racial justice and transgender rights. Requests will be accepted until June 29 and cost a $2 donation; more information on the artist’s Instagram. July 1, 9 p.m. www.instagram.com/jeffrosenstock




ROCKPORT MUSIC On June 27 (at 5 p.m.) the estimable pianist Marc-André Hamelin will be the featured guest for Rockport’s virtual gala, with a program that includes his own music and Schubert’s luminous B-flat Sonata (D. 960). Then on July 2, the festival launches “Concert Window,” a new virtual chamber music series, with the Parker Quartet performing works by Mozart, Szymanowski, and Beethoven. www.rockportmusic.org

CELEBRITY SERIES We know the fate of its big-ticket mainstage presentations this spring, but happily the Celebrity Series’s essential Neighborhood Arts program has migrated online, with new content livestreaming regularly and recent performances available on demand. Currently the series includes at-home contributions from Castle of our Skins (including the premiere of Anthony Green’s “Catto’s Courage”); cuatro player Fabiola Méndez; violinist Shaw Pong Liu; tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das, and many others. youtu.be/mSXkFXe6DGkat




BARD AT THE GATE: KERNEL OF SANITY A taped reading of “Kernel of Sanity,‘' Kermit Frazier’s 1978 debut play, is the premiere offering of “Bard at the Gate,” playwright Paula Vogel’s online reading series devoted to under-recognized works. “Kernel of Sanity” is about the complex relationship between a young Black actor and the older white actor to whom he pays a surprise visit. The New York Times described the play’s themes as “marginalization and predation, white privilege and long-simmering rage.” Cast includes Matthew Hancock, Josh Hamilton, and Abigail Breslin. Search “Bard at the Gate” on YouTube or go to www.paulavogelplaywright.com/bardatthegate.


THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME This semi-autobiographical solo play by David Drake, currently the artistic director of Provincetown Theater, was a hit off-Broadway in the early 1990s. A series of monologues about a young gay man’s emergence into political consciousness and activism at the height of the AIDS crisis, “The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me” was transformed into an ensemble piece for a benefit seven years ago. Archival video of that 2013 performance is being presented for one night, sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, with a cast that includes Drake, André De Shields (”Hadestown”), Anthony Rapp (”Rent,” “If/Then”), Rory O’Malley (”The Book of Mormon”), and BD Wong (”M. Butterfly”). June 28 at 7 p.m. www.provincetowntheater.org

WEAR A MASK Steve Young, a Pepperell native and former writer for CBS’s “Late Show With David Letterman” known for his expertise on “industrial musicals,” has teamed up with composer Hank Beebe to write a lighthearted musical PSA urging people to wear masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Young and Beebe, now 93, previously collaborated on the musical finale for the 2018 documentary “Bathtubs Over Broadway.” That documentary is about Young’s quest to find recordings from Broadway-style productions (known as industrial musicals) that were commissioned decades ago by corporations and presented at conventions and sales meetings. “Wear a Mask” is sung by Paige Siegwardt, with accompaniment by former Psychedelic Furs keyboardist Joe McGinty. Search “Wear a Mask” on YouTube.




THE FESTIVAL OF US, YOU, WE, & THEM 2020 Watch a little Haitian dance, try out some flamenco moves, listen to a chat with Cambridge mayor Sumbul Siddiqui… Though this seventh annual Dance Complex celebration shifts to a virtual format this year, the organization aims for it to be as dynamic and inviting as ever. Over two days, the Complex will stream a series of classes, conversations, and performances embracing the wide range of dance styles that normally enliven the building — and the community. Streaming venues include Dance Complex’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube platforms as well as Cambridge Community Television and Central Square Twitch. June 26-27. www.dancecomplex.org/festival-of-us-you-we-them/


Visual Arts

LEDELLE MOE: WHEN Massive stone heads lie on the floor of Mass MoCA’s biggest gallery, like the ruins of a fallen empire. Moe, a South African artist, began contemplating ruins more than two decades ago. For her, ruins are appropriately contemporary in a time of serious tumult. And soon, you won’t have to satisfy yourself with the virtual version; the museum has high hopes of opening in July. massmoca.org/event/ledelle-moe/


WALKING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 Walking since the gyms closed? Boston conceptual artist Heather Kapplow distributes weekly walking prompts through a Google group. Some are simple: “Take a walk where you leave a mark.” Others respond to the moment — on June 7, “let your body imagine freedom from all types of oppression.” The project, which fits in a lineage of walking art (Richard Long, Hamish Fulton), offers humble opportunities for fun and awakening. www.heatherkapplow.com/recent-and-upcoming-events/2020/3/15/walking-in-the-time-of-covid-19





PLANET SCUM LIVE This isn’t a single show, but a collection of oddball offerings brought together under the banner of Chris Gethard’s regular Wednesday night (10 p.m.) talk show. Regular schedule includes “Ikechukwu Ufomado Is Probably Reading Anna Karenina” (weekdays, 9:30 p.m.), “Googy Morning With Riley Soloner” (Saturdays, 11 a.m.), “Dykevice with Robby Hoffman” (Thursdays, 10 p.m.). On Twitch and Instagram under planetscumlive, www.planetscum.live

MARIA BAMFORD: VINDICATED A new hour from Bamford on Zoom, which gets its title from the fact that 2020 seems to have vindicated all of her fear and anxiety that the world is a scary place. Jackie Kashian, a great headliner in her own right, opens this show. June 27, 10 p.m. $15. www.rushtix.com

LIVE ON LOCKDOWN Baratunde Thurston, who spent some of his formative years in comedy in the Boston scene while earning a philosophy degree from Harvard, hosts this twice-a-week event with the stated mission of serving “the public good with useful information, humorous entertainment, and political calls to action.” Thursdays at 10 p.m., Sundays at 6 p.m. On Instagram @baratunde




QUARANTINE CAT FILM FESTIVAL Friday night seems like a good time to tune into this stream, a compilation reel of the cutest, funniest, and bravest feline moments. Row House Cinema cut together 1,100 cat videos to create this 70-minute, family-friendly feature. Available for streaming until July 2, $12, www.thefridacinema.org

PRIDE MONTH VIRTUAL STORYTIME This read-aloud features “Mighty Mary Won’t Cry Today,” a story about a little girl whose two moms teach her it is OK to cry. Storytime will include a Q&A with the author, a live drawing from the illustrator, and a raffle for a signed book, live doodle, and denim bag. Attendees will receive a free e-book and digital coloring pages. June 28, 3 p.m., Free, www.eventbrite.com

FAMILY YOGA CLASSES Hosted by Body & Brain at Riverwalk in Lawrence, this online class gives spouses, parents, and kids the chance to do yoga together. The session will include stretching, relaxing, meditation, and some brain games. Attendees should wear loose, comfortable exercise clothing. July 1, 3:30 p.m., Free, www.eventbrite.com