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.

Performances and Films:

  • The 33rd annual Columbia University Film Festival will take place virtually April 23–May 3, 2021, featuring 22 short films, an evening of staged script readings, Q&As, panel discussions, award ceremonies, and social events.
  • Join Carnegie Hall on April 20th at 8:00 pm in welcoming Third Coast Percussion and Movement Art in Metamorphosis, “an intimate program that explores the duality of human nature, illustrating universal themes cast through the experiential lens of young Black men growing up in America today.”
  • East African Jazz Soloist Somi will be premiering her first short film in the absence of things on April 21st at 8:00 pm that highlights her feelings surrounding “the vacancy a performer feels in the absence of the living stage and the spiritual consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on creative practices.”
  • On April 21st at 8:00 pm, filmmaker anGie seah premieres her film Shadow has no name featuring performance, voice, and music set in the Guan Huat Dragon Kiln in Singapore, one of the few historical brick-built kilns left in Asia.


  • On April 18th at 8:00 pm join Ute Lemper in her performance celebration Songs for Eternity that highlights the music and poetry of those who survived the horrors of the ghettos and concentration camps during the Holocaust.
  • Artist Teju Cole presents readings from his story “Radia” paired with musical works by Hildegard von Bingen, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Caroline Shaw, and more.


  • On April 19th at 7:30 pm, in a special combination lecture-performance, pianists Gilles Vonsattel and Wu Han dive into famous musical works and “reveal how artists arrive at their interpretations of specific musical passages.”

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