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 are now in full swing with new operas available to watch at 7:30 pm EST every night this week! October 12th will feature Lucia di Lammermoor, October 13th with La Fille du Regiment, October 14th with L’Elisir d’Amore, October 15th with Anna Bolena, October 16th with Maria Stuarda, and October 17th with Roberto Devereux.
  • The New York City Ballet is back with the third installment of their Fall Digital Season on October 13th at 8:00 pm EST featuring the choreography of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.
  • On October 16th at 12:00 pm EST, playwright Anne Washburn presents Shipwreck, a new audio play presented through The Public Theatre about “America’s present-day divisions, seen through the eyes of the very recent past.”
  • The International Play Reading Festival Continues on October 16th at 8:00 pm EST with Hong Kong native Candace Chong Mui Ngam’s May 35th, a play set thirty years after the Tiananmen Square massacre where the conversation surrounding the event is still censored by the government.

String Music:

  • The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents its first chapter of the Art of Interpretation series with Brams Violin Sonatas on October 12th at 7:30 pm EST. The program will feature Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 78 and Brams’ Sonata No. 3 in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 108.
  • On October 13th at 7:30 pm EST, the CMS will be presenting Virtuoso Violins, a full-length concert featuring pieces by Georg Philipp Telemann, Richard Strauss, and Gabriel Fauré and complete with a live Q&A with the musicians during intermission.
  • The Calidore String Quartet will kick off the CMS International Quartet Series on October 15th at 7:30 pm EST with selections from At the Octoroon Balls, Quartettsatz, and The American.

Workshops and Special Events:

  • On October 16th at 1:00 pm EST, Paloma McGregor leads Angela’s Pulse: Fishtrap Method Workshop, an interactive event about story-telling and creating community while trying to determine “What do we take with us? Leave behind? [and] Return to Reclaim?”
  • Join Barnard College’s Shange Magic Project in a celebration of Ntozake Shange’s (BC ’70) first posthumously published book on October 18th at 5:00 pm EST with To start with a word and end with a gesture: Celebrating Ntozake Shange’s Dance We Do. The event will begin with an introduction to the text along with previously recorded dance footage and will end with a discussion with a panel of choreographers and dancers, many of whom were featured in the book.

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