Virtual Culture This Weekend

Quarantine may have restricted our movement, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t live culture still out there. We’ve got some weekend livestreams to keep you informed and entertained—across talks, lectures, and performances.

Friday, May 29

Paranormal explorer Jonathan Womack leads a session on the well-documented phenomenon of the out of body experience. Join him for a historical overview of metaphysics in religion and science, from Plato to the CIA’s Stargate program, plus personal experiences, a Q&A, and the latest science on the OBE.

Spend a virtual evening with one of The Frick Collection‘s sculptures, Angel by Jean [Jehan] Barbet (French, act. 1475–1514). Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, continues the “Cocktails with a Curator” series (the drink is the Angel Face, with gin, apricot brandy, and calvados).

Settle in to the kick off of We Are One: A Global Film Festival, which brings together works from dozens of festivals forced to cancel by the coronavirus.

Saturday, May 30

Tune in for some free Brazilian jazz as Jazz Forum @ Home hosts vocalist Débora Watts with pianist John Allen Watts.

For a tour that zooms out about as far as you can go, connect with Brooklyn’s Friendly Neighborhood Astronomer Irene Pease as she leads “Zooming Through the Universe on Spaceship Earth” virtually via Littlefield.

Sunday, May 31

Get two distinct perspectives on what makes you you on a “taste of science” evening. Philosopher Adam Hayden kicks things off, sharing what it’s like to live with brain cancer. He’ll be followed by scientist Bill Sullivan, who’ll explain “how genes work together with the environment and microbes to shape personality and behavior.”

Turnstile Tours teams up with the Museum at Eldridge Street to consider NYC in another time of turmoil. Mark Lower East Side History Month with a program that looks at “stories of mutual aid, charity, and resilience” on the LES of yore.


Beyond things to do in the virtual realm this weekend, keep up with all kinds of talks, lectures and activities all month long. Sign up for Thought Gallery’s weekly Curriculum, the best of smart quarantine culture delivered right to your inbox.