New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art and now with so much of it online for free, there’s never been a better time to experience it first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined.


  • The Nightly Met Opera Streams this week are two of Wagner’s great pieces, Tristan und Isolde on October 5th at 7:30 pm EST and Parsifal on October 11 at 7:30 pm EST.
  • New York City Ballet’s virtual fall season continues on October 6 at 8:00 pm EST with ballet performances featuring the choreography of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Ulysses Dove.
  • On October 9 at 8:00 pm EST, the second event of the 2020 International Play Reading Festival will feature a podcast listening party of Taxi Radio, a dark comedy about corruption, traffic, and the afterlife written by Thai playwright Nophand.


  • Under the Greenwood Tree is a new documentary premiering October 7 at 8:00 pm EST that features the nearly 200 New Yorkers who performed in The Public Theatre’s 2017 production of As You Like It
  • The Chamber Music Society’s Front Row Artist Series gives an insight into the life and work of some of the most important musicians of our time. This week’s event on October 8 at 7:30 pm EST focuses on New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill.

Artist Talks:

  • Sponsored by the Columbia School of the Arts, the Creative Writing Lecture Series welcomes Catherine Lacey on October 7 at 7:30 pm EST to discuss her novels, short fiction pieces, and creative nonfiction work.
  • On October 8 at 6:30 pm EST, the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture features a discussion with the artists, architects, and creators involved with the newly unveiled Memorial to Enslaved Laborers inscribed with names of the over 4,000 enslaved workers who maintained the grounds at the University of Virginia where the memorial now stands.

Special Events:

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