Things To Do (Virtually) In New York City This Weekend: April 24-26

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April 24, 2020 - 11:00 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City’s museums, theaters and other cultural institutions may be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there's still plenty of fun to be had from the safety of your home. 

From happy-hour events to live performances, here are some of the virtual happenings taking place “around the city” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s ‘Virtual Astronomy Live’ event 

The Intrepid Museum is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 30th anniversary with a live-streamed event featuring “star-studded guests” and a discussion of “the parallels between isolation in space and the conditions many are experiencing during the current pandemic.” 

When: Friday, April 24, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (recording of broadcast available after event ends)

Cost: Free 

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Rockefeller Center’s ‘Happy Hour Art Party’

Rockefeller Center is hosting a “Happy Hour Art Party” every Friday, and this Friday is no exception. Party “guests” can send photos of people, pets or plants they’re socially distancing with to @rockefellercenter on Instagram, and this week’s happy hour host, illustrator Rebekka Dunlap, will draw them in real time. 

When: Friday, April 24, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Cost: Free

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Each Friday, an NYC artist takes over our IG Live to host a Happy Hour Art Party. This past week @Sam_Kalda drew these one of a kind portraits. Tune into Rockefeller Center’s IG Live, Friday at 5pm EST, to see what’s in store this week.

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The Frick Collection’s ‘Cocktails with a Curator’

If you’re looking for “the perfect mix of cocktails and art,” this is the happy hour for you. Each week, a Frick curator discusses a different piece of art during a virtual, BYOB event on YouTube; this week, the museum’s Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, Xavier F. Salomon, will talk about Anthony van Dyck’s “Sir John Suckling.” 

When: Friday, April 24, 5 p.m. 

Cost: Free

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LaMaMa and CultureHub’s weekly online live performance series

The East Village’s LaMaMa Experimental Theatre Club has teamed up with CultureHub to host a “weekly online live performance series” called “Downtown Variety.” This week’s show will feature artists including Maura Nguyen Donohue, Rue Bainbridge, Mx. Oops, Peter Mark, eugene the poogene, Lola Giouse and Yarie Vazquez. 

When: Friday, April 24, 8 p.m. 

Cost: Free, but a donation is suggested

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The Metropolitan Opera’s At-Home Gala

Forty different artists from around the globe will live-stream performances from their homes as part of The Metropolitan Opera’s “At-Home Gala” this Saturday. The Opera’s General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be hosting.

When: Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m. 

Cost: Free, but a donation is suggested

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Join General Manager Peter Gelb, Music Director @nezetseguin, the @metorchestra and @metoperachorus, and more than 40 exceptional artists worldwide for the Met’s first At-Home Gala. Tune in this Saturday, April 25, beginning at 1PM EDT on, and don’t forget to share your experience of this one-of-a-kind operatic event using #MetAtHomeGala. Photo by Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera #TheVoiceMustBeHeard #ProtecttheMet #MetOperaStreams #MetOpera #Opera #MeetOpera #StayHome #StayatHome #AtHomeGala #MetAtHomeGala

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Dorothy Parker’s New York Virtual Tour

Author and editor Kevin C. Fitzpatrick of Big Apple Fanatics Tours hosts walking tours of writer Dorothy Parker’s New York — and now, the tours have gone virtual via Zoom. A “walking tour without the walk,” the tour will explore “the history of New York, its architecture and development, all tied into the life of Mrs. Parker.

When: Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Cost: $10

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Improv and sketch comedy shows at the Magnet Theater

The Magnet Theater in Chelsea has been live-streaming improv and sketch-comedy shows throughout the pandemic. Two shows will take place on Saturday — a comedy show with Brooklyn-based performer Fred Chong Rutherford in which he explores “friendship” and “grief,” and an improv show called “The Armando Diaz Experience” that will feature monologist Will Clegg. 

When: Saturday, April 25, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Cost: Each show is $12 per ticket

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Thank you to @nytimes for giving us some digital ink and highlighting our efforts during these dark and uncertain times and THANK YOU to everyone in the @magnettheater community who has been showing up for our virtual shows in a very real way. In these coming days we will continue to do everything in our power to keep the light on. #magnettheater #digital #nytimes #improvcomedy #community #nyc *Link to full article:

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The Met’s digital premiere of ‘Black Rock Coalition: History of Our Future’

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting the digital premiere of “Black Rock Coalition: History of Our Future” this weekend. Streaming on Facebook, YouTube and the Met’s website, the performance will comprise “a sonic timeline honoring the Black pioneers who ushered rock and roll into the American collective consciousness.” 

When: Saturday, April 25, 9 p.m. 

Cost: Free

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The Brooklyn Public Library’s poetry workshop

The Brooklyn Public Library is hosting weekly Zoom poetry workshops on Sundays. Writer and human rights professional Emily Sernaker will host this week’s class; all of the workshops focus on “poets who find comfort in the midst of difficulty.” An RSVP is required.

When: Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Cost: Free

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Hand Lettering & Typography Workshop at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Artist Raul Barquet will teach a hand lettering and typography workshop “at” Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden on Sunday. Participants should come prepared with a large piece of paper, a black sharpie, a ruler, a pencil and an eraser. The class will stream on Facebook Live. 

When: Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Cost: Free

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Next up in Snug Harbor at Home: Learn hand lettering and typography on April 26! This FREE livestream workshop is hosted by artist Raul Barquet and explores techniques in the Old Timers, New Starts exhibition. Link in bio!

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