NPR Music is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Some will require registration or a subscription, but most will be free, often with digital tip jars and opportunities to directly support artists by buying music and merchandise.
A CHORUS LINE IN QUARANTINE was the brainchild of Jeffrey "Shecky" Schecter who played Mike in the original Broadway revival cast. On March 31st, just around the two week mark of the quarantine, Shecky reached out with a fun proposition to his fellow cast mates to do a clean "mark” through of the opening combo for fun in whatever living circumstances everyone was quarantining in and he (or someone) would throw them together. Enter Heather Parcells (who played Judy Turner in the Revival). She volunteered to edit the project and reached out to everyone from the cast who wasn't on facebook...The comment train started, and the opening combo videos started rolling in from the cast who has been dispersed all over the globe during the decade following the closing of the show, in August, 2008. Cast members live in New York, Japan, Australia, California, Florida, Maine, and New Jersey, to name a few locales. Each cast member began putting their own personal touch on the combination. From fully produced comedic sketches to topical jokes about the pandemic to full out dance explosions, but each maintaining the sheer JOY of getting to dance.
What's your COVID Story?
People over the world are experiencing a health crisis that hasn’t been collectively experienced in hundreds of years. A viral pandemic that has put up literal dividers to a country that was already pretty divided. It can feel pretty isolating and anxiety-ridden.
First Person Arts has always been dedicated to transforming the drama of real-life into memoir and documentary art in order to foster an appreciation for our unique and shared experiences.
We believe that everyone has a story to tell and that sharing our stories connects us with each other and the world. So we are launching The COVID Stories where we want to hear how you are faring as you distance yourself socially.
Even before the pandemic, many of us engaged in art making or art appreciation to help us feel happier and healthier. Some of us draw, sing, dance or write. Others listen to our favorite music or story to feel a sense of calm.
In response to many requests about ways the arts can help us during the pandemic, IAM Lab has created the COVID-19 NeuroArts Field Guide. It offers weekly easy-to-do art activities and simple explanations about the science behind them.
The International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) is a multidisciplinary research-to-practice initiative from the Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University that is accelerating the field of neuroaesthetics.