In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, this week’s events beginning March 30th, 2020, can be done from the comfort of your own home (because #socialdistancing). Check them out below, and email us at “info at westsiderag dot com” to tell us about any upcoming events or those we might have missed. Be smart and stay safe, Upper West Siders!


History at Home New-York Historical Society is offering online learning to students and teachers of all grade levels. They will also be releasing Daily Lessons for Teachers & Parents.

Stay at Home Story Time Artist and children’s book author Oliver Jeffers will be live streaming himself reading his books out loud on Instagram.

The Kidville Playground A Virtual community of curated videos, resources, projects, and live streaming. See the full schedule here. FREE 7-day trial.

1 p.m. Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence, Mo Willems, invites you into his studio every day for his lunch doodle. Learn to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing and making together.

2 p.m. Dan Gutman’s Live Read Aloud Join Upper West Sider and children’s book author Dan Gutman who will be streaming a live reading via Facebook  “for all the kids who are stuck in the house suddenly.”

6 p.m. Christine and the Queens French singer-songwriter will play music live on her Instagram. Alongside a 14-minute performance she wrote, “I’ll find a way to deal with the ENNUI. Guests and weird concepts included.”

6 p.m. Virtual Festival Started by a group of Nashvillians, Virtual Festival is a collaborative effort to help local artists survive during difficult times using technology to gain exposure.

7 p.m. Ben Gibbard: Live From Home The Death Cab for Cutie frontman will be streaming songs daily.

8:30 p.m. Katharine McPhee and David Foster Sing-Along Live Streams Former American Idol contestant Katharine McPhee and husband, musician and composer David Walter Foster, will serenade fans in this daily sing-along live stream. Katharine urges, “Email us your requests at and tell us who you wanna see join us!”

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Global Citizen’s Together at Home Concert Series Featured artists include Chris Martin, John Legend, Rufus Wainwright, and Charlie Puth, among others.

Live from Here Radio Variety Show Hosted by musician Chris Thile, American Public Media’s radio variety show “Live From Here,” will feature a mix of music and comedy.

Film at Lincoln Center‘s theaters may be temporarily closed, but you can still head to their Media Center to find videos, podcasts, and photo galleries. There’s also plenty to discover on Film Comment, a website for podcasts, reviews, long-form essays, filmmaker interviews, and more.

 Monday, March 30th

3 p.m. In My Room Music Series Launched by Rolling Stone, this new IGTV series will feature legacy artists as well as up-and-comers. The first episode starred Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson singing his classic songs from his California home.

7 p.m. L Devine The”Boring People” singer announced an online “URL tour,” in lieu of her planned European tour, which has been postponed. Each show she performs will be streamed live on a different platform: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube.

7 p.m. Inside Studio G Garth Brooks will perform songs live from his studio. He posted on his Facebook page, “Monday night at 7pm ET the Queen and I are playing your requests during #StudioG! Post your song requests below and let’s let music connect us during this disconnected time! It’s house cleaning ALL NIGHT LONG #GarthRequestLive !!! love, g”.

7:30 p.m. Met Opera Stream: Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites Starring Isabel Leonard, Adrianne Pieczonka, and Karita Mattila, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From May 11, 2019.

Tuesday, March 31st

12 p.m. ReelPeople, ReelAbilities – NYU Film Competition ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York is honored to partner with NYU Program Board on a university-wide film competition open the NYU student community, including the recent Class of 2019 graduates for films made by, for, and about people with disabilities in an effort to support emerging filmmakers to share stories to promote inclusion and diversity in the film industry. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Met Opera Stream: Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia Starring Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, and Peter Mattei, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From March 24, 2007.

 Wednesday, April 1st

3 p.m. In My Room Music Series Launched by Rolling Stone, this new IGTV series will feature legacy artists as well as up-and-comers.

5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Remote Teacher Workshops New York Historical Society is taking their teacher workshops online. Each week they will offer a one-hour workshop on Zoom designed to help teachers access digital resources, learn exciting new content, and develop remote lessons for their students. New York State teachers may earn 1 CTLE hour per session. Register here.

7 p.m. ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents: Oliver Sacks: His Own Life Film Screening The riveting and profoundly moving life and work of Oliver Sacks, who redefined our 21st-century understanding of the brain and mind. Directed by Ric Burns. 115 Min. Documentary. $15.

7:30 p.m. Met Opera Stream: John Adams’s Nixon in China Starring Janis Kelly and James Maddalena, conducted by John Adams. From February 12, 2011.

8 p.m. Cat Cohen’s “Cabaret Cabernet” Show Comedian Catherine Cohen typically hosted “Cabaret Cabernet” at the LES’ Club Cumming, but now has transitioned to a “work-from-home” version which highlights New York’s best new talent, plus a rotating cast of regulars.

Thursday, April 2nd

7:30 p.m. Met Opera Stream: Verdi’s Don Carlo Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From December 11, 2010.

6:15 p.m. ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents: Kinetics – Where Parkinson’s Meets Parkour After Rose is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, she meets Lukas, a frustrated young man who finds his release through parkour. Together they embark on a journey of discovery and acceptance. Directed by Tom Martin. 51 min | English | UK | 2020 | Narrative. $5.

8 p.m. ReelAbilities Comedy Night – What’s So Funny? A virtual evening of laughs brought to you by top comedians revealing the entire truth about comedy and disability. Hosted by Danny Woodburn. $5.

Friday, April 3rd

1:30 p.m. ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents: 25 Prospect Street A look at the sparkle and struggles of the Prospector Theater—a nonprofit movie theater in Connecticut with a mission of meaningful employment for people with disabilities. Directed by Kaveh Taherian, Andrew Richey. 100 min | English | US | Documentary. $5.

3 p.m. In My Room Music Series Launched by Rolling Stone, this new IGTV series will feature legacy artists as well as up-and-comers.

7:30 p.m. Met Opera Stream: Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles Starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From January 16, 2016.

 Saturday, April 4th

1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents: Shorts Program 1 Featuring: Deaf Love; Boldly Go; Moment to Moment; Tragically Deaf; Sock Guys. Guests: Katie Turinski | Mark X. Cronin | John Lee Cronin | Maxx Corkindale | Michael Attie. FREE.

4:30 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents: Shorts Program 2 Featuring: Bube Maises; The Man of the Trees; Feeling Through; Angel’s Mirror; Iktamuli. Guests: Doug Roland | Anne-Christin Plate. FREE.

1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents: Shorts Program 3 Featuring: What It Feels Like; Fort Irwin; Revel In Your Body; Positive All the Way. Guests: Quinn Else. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Met Opera Stream: Verdi’s Macbeth Starring Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Željko Lučić, and René Pape, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From October 11, 2014.

8:15 p.m. ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents: Our Time Machine Maleonn is one of China’s most influential conceptual artists. When his father, the former director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera Theater, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Maleonn pours everything into an ambitious new theater project, “Papa’s Time Machine.” Directed by Yang Sun, S. Leo Chiang. 81 min | Chinese | China | Documentary | Feature. $5.

 Sunday, April 5th

12 p.m. ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents: The Witch Hunters 10-year-old Jovan’s world is shaken up by a new classmate, who invites him on a spectacular adventure. But in order to become a true hero, like those he daydreams of, Jovan must learn to accept himself and his life with cerebral palsy. Directed by Rasko Miljkovic. 86 min | Serbian | Serbia/Macedonia | Narrative | Feature. $5.

2:30 p.m. ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents: Don’t Foil My Plans Justin, an artist with autism in his mid-twenties, wants to pursue an independent life. But what appears simple on paper is not so easily realized. While learning social norms and professional etiquette, Justin learns to navigate an unpredictable future. Directed by Ben Stamper 49 min | English | US | Documentary | Feature. $5.

4:30 p.m. Beauty, Self-Advocacy + Disability: A Cultural Examination A panel discussion addressing the intersections of disability and self-representation. Hosted by Xian Horn. Panelists: Camilla Barungi: A New York based fashion model, social innovator and cultural & business strategist; Mandi Frantz: A disability advocate, influencer and non-profit leader. She is the Executive Director of KEEN New York. Moderator: Xian Horn. FREE.

6 p.m. Expressions Through Art – Panel Discussion Navigating the topic of disability in art from the perspectives of Ezra Benus and other artists working in different formats. Guest: Rose Buchwald-Mcglennon. FREE.

7:30 p.m. ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents: Amy’s Victory Dance Professional dancer Amy Jordan is run over by an NYC bus. Her first thought is “Am I ever going to dance again?” Her second is “If I survive the night, there will be a victory dance.” Directed by Brian Thomas. 74 min | English | US | Documentary | Feature. $5.

7:30 p.m. Met Opera Stream: Bellini’s Norma Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. From October 7, 2017.