Top 5 Virtual Arts Picks: April 3-9

Stuck at home? We’ve rounded up our weekly guide to virtual arts happenings you can enjoy from home. The list includes children’s activities, livestreamed concerts, recorded performances, artist workshops and more!

FRI, APRIL 3: “Friday Flicks” Online Screening Series 

YoFiFest presents “Friday Flicks”, an online screening series featuring evenings of independent films and conversation. This Friday’s film will be Ian Phillips’ documentary Coach Jake, which tells the story of legendary NYC soccer coach Martin ” Coach Jake” Jacobson. The program will begin with a short film, followed by the featured film and finish with a post-screening talkback on Zoom with the filmmaker. Begins at 8pm.

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BEGINNING FRI, APRIL 3: Virtual Clay Classes and Artist Talks

Beginning this Friday, Clay Art Center will present virtual artist talks and demos by several ceramic artists, along with virtual adult and youth classes. Kids ages 7 & up willl enjoy fun, diverse instructional clay projects via Zoom. A series of virtual studio tours, a Gas Kiln Tech Talk, and an artist talk with Madhvi Subrahmanianm will give a brief overview of myths and symbolism embedded in traditional clay work in India.  Times vary.

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BEGINNING FRI, APRIL 3: The Play Group Theatre’s Online Classes

The Play Group Theatre is offering two new online classes via Zoom starting this week: Yoga for Actors and Musical Theatre History. In Yoga for Actors, Hannah Stephens will help participants head into the weekend physically and mentally refreshed and replenished (Fridays at 4pm).  Musical Theatre History, led by Zack Autieri, will examine the rich history of American musical theatre through music, film clips and more (Sundays at 7pm).

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SAT, APRIL 4: Virtual Slow Art Day 

On Saturday, audiences can join Katonah Museum of Art to celebrate Slow Art Day, a global event with a mission to help people discover the joy of art and the art of seeing. Two of the Museum’s docents will provide an in-depth conversation about a selection of works in the Bisa Butler: Portraits exhibition via Zoom. Portraits features Butler’s large quilts that capture African American identity and culture. More details on the event will be posted on the Museum’s Facebook and Instagram feeds on Saturday morning. Begins at 2pm.

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ONGOING: Bedford Playhouse’s Virtual Movie Trivia

This April, Jacob Burns Film Center presents a Virtual Screening Room, featuring new film releases that audiences can enjoy from the comfort of their homes. In partnership with a number of distributors, the Center’s programming staff has selected several films, including Polish drama Corpus Christ and Saint Frances, a comedy-drama about an unlikely friendship. The film screening purchases will provide much-needed support to both the Center and the independent distributors.

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