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VIRTual or in-Person activities

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Events in red added on or after 6/28/22

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TCAN Silent Film Series:  “The Yankee Clipper”  

Fans of silent movies can see this classic film, made in 1927, on Sunday, August 21st at 4 PM.  CLICK HERE for more information. [P]

 

The 7th Annual Linda Plaut Festival of the Art 

CLICK HERE to see the list of events for this mostly outdoors weekend festival of theater, music, dance and fun activities for kids.  There’s even an early evening showing of “Casablanca.”  Fun for the whole family. [P]

 

New England Conservatory Streaming Concerts 

The New England Conservatory YouTube page allows you to stream over 60 full-length concerts — classical, contemporary, or jazz.  It was last updated on June 9, 2022.   CLICK HERE to begin your musical adventure.

Harvard Museums of Science &Culture

Click on the titles to find out about these events/videos of interest in February:

Š      On the Literacy and Education of Ancient Egyptian Artists,” Free Virtual Public Lecture.

Š      We Dance:  An Exploration of Movement, Foodways, and Environments,” Free Virtual Video and Conversation.

Š      Lessons from Plants,” Free Virtual Book Discussion.

 

  “Black is Queen:  The Divine Feminine in Kush”

In this recorded lecture, Solange Ashby talks about the the prominence of powerful goddesses and queens in the Nubian Kingdom of Kush (now Northern Sudan.) Using temple inscriptions found in Egypt and Nubia, the rich funerary goods found in royal burials, and temple and tomb imagery, she discusses how ancient Africans of the Nile Valley understood female power and presence. Songs from Beyoncé’s recent production “Black Is King” will be woven into this presentation on Kushite queens to emphasize the power and centrality of the African queen mother in her royal family and kingdom.

CLICK HERE to watch the presentation, sponsored by the Harvard Museum of the Near East.

 

MFA:  Athena Reveals Her True Colors

In this 3-minute video, discover new findings on the appearance of an ancient sculpture. See Athena Parthenos in person in our newly opened galleries of art from ancient Greece, Rome, and the Byzantine Empire.  Click here to watch the video.

  TCAN Virtual Performances

The Natick Center for the Arts (aka TCAN) offers a number of musical performances. Click here to see a concert by a classical trio, and click here to choose from a variety of shorter videos of folk and pop.

  “Performance & Ritual in Ancient Egyptian Funerary       
    Practice”

This may not be on your bucket list of things to watch, but it’s possible that something out of the ordinary is just what you need.  So if your interest is piqued, you can click here to see a video lecture offered by the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.

“Top 10 Places to Visit in China”

In these times of pandemic, escapism is not necessarily a bad thing.  Click here for a half-hour whirlwind tour of both well-known and unknown but unusual places in China.  Just enough to fill up an empty moment in your day or widen your horizons for little while.

 

Harvard Peabody Museum Collections online

This site can keep you busy during those long winter evenings.  Take a break from the TV and escape all the disasters surrounding us by visiting the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology.  CLICK HERE for the “Collections Online” site that allows you to look at approximately 700,000 object records and over 600,000 associated digital media records. You can whiz through or go into as much detail as you want.

  Peabody Museum Lectures on YouTube

 

48 lectures, all over an hour, on all sorts of topics from indigenous cultures to the environment to “Teeth and Human Evolution.”  With this video library, you can’t possibly complain about being bored!  CLICK HERE for the list.

 

Frick Collection:  Cocktails with a Curator

           

65 episodes, all filmed in 2020-21, also available on YouTube.  The curator will talk about paintings by Whistler, Monet, Rembrandt, Boucher and others, and sculptures, porcelaine, and various objets-d’art.  a few of these have already been included in the previous OYO offerings or shown during a Friday Cocktail Hour.

[https://www.frick.org/interact/miniseries/cocktails_curator]

 

60 minutes, Tony Bennett’s Last Concert

 

In October 2021, Anderson Cooper did a “60 Minutes” segment about Tony Bennett’s concert with Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall the previous August.  At the age of 95 and suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, Bennett was nonetheless able to sing his old songs, remembering all the words and music.  As you’ll see during the performance, he was completely comfortable before the huge audience and totally enjoyed being on the stage.  Unfortunately, the next day he didn’t remember the experience.  Even if you never were interested in, listened to, or heard of Tony Bennett, the short video is quite moving.  CLICK HERE to view.

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MAY 2021

 

With the end of the pandemic in sight, you may be thinking of traveling again.  Maybe you’ll consider the “New Seven Wonders of World” proposed by the New York Times in 2017.  Click here to see very short videos of each one of these 21st century wonders.

If you’d rather have a more in-depth experience, a longer exposure to a single place, you can watch David Attenborough’s video of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Click here to begin your visit. 

Did you know that Google has a site devoted to art and culture?  Click here to go to the Arts and Culture site (artsandculture.google.com) where you’ll find slide shows (about 10 slides in each one) on world renown sites, museums, and short presentations on artists, composers, and various topics.  The home page will present the “Top Picks” of the day, but you can scroll down and choose from many other possibilities.

How about a virtual tour of the Musée du Louvre in Paris?  Rather than a video or slideshow, you’ll use your cursor to navigate from one room to another, where you can click on a painting, sculpture, or an objet d’art to see it up close or access a detailed description.  Click here to start your visit.

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APRIL 2021

Take a trip on the oldest suspension railway in the world in Wuppertal, Germany, that started running in 1902.  Click here to follow the train on its entire route and here to read about the railway’s history in the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

How about a visit the Guinness Brewery in Dublin to learn about Diageo, the world-leading stout?

 

History buffs may be interested in visiting the website of The Center for American War Letters, a unique and extensive manuscript collection of war letters from every American conflict, beginning with handwritten missives composed during the Revolutionary War and continuing up to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan.   From the site you can access the virtual “Museum of American War letters,” or you can click here to go directly to the museum.

 

Those of you who remember the book or movie, “Mutiny on the Bounty,” you might enjoy a trip to Pitcairn Island.  Click here to view a 36 minute documentary, “Exploring Pitcairn Island by Drone, which offers views you wouldn’t see even if you were there in person.  Note that you will see ads a few times during the video, but you can click almost immediately on “Skip Ads.”

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February 2021

YouTube has a special section called “Biographics,” which has short biographies about nearly everyone worth knowing about.  They’re not glitzy but usually present information objectively.  For example, their video about Fred Rogers, from “Mr. Rocgers’ Neighborhood,” starts with black and white photos from his childhood.  Click here to see the video.

 

January 2021

So you think it’s cold in Massachusetts?  Try northern Sweden in the Arctic Circle.  If that’s what interests you, you can try staying in an ice hotel there.

Click here to find out more about it.

 

Most of us have heard of Billie Holiday, but how much do we really know about her?  Watch this BBC documentary to find out about her life and her art.

 

Stuck indoors in the winter?  Don’t want to travel by plane?  Try a remote visit to Cornwall with Rick Steeves.  You’ll learn a bit about the history and see the beaches and the mountains, the moors and the villages.  And, of course, as with all Rick’s videos, you’ll sample the local cuisine with his “friends.”

 

Explore the Brooklyn Botanical Barden from your armchair.  The website offers a number of possibilities, including a virtual visit to the Rose Garden, a stroll through the Japanese Garden , an article on the garden during the pandemic of 1918, performances in the garden, and more.

 

 

                            DECEMBER 2020

 

  

If you’re feeling nostalgic, you might like some videos about “The Sound of Music.” One option is to watch the ABC news segment about the 40th anniversary of the movie, with the original cast.  You can also see “The Story Behind The Sound of Music,” and conversations, including a yodeling lesson, with Julie Andrews and Maria Von Trapp.

 

Have you ever heard of Florence B. Price?  Click here to learn about her, the first major female African-American classical composer.  Although recognized during her lifetime (1888-1953) her compositions were lost until 2009.  You can also see a performance of her Symphony No. 3 in C Minor.

 

“Dancing with Fred Astaire”

N. T. Binh, a cinematographer and director living in France, made this compilation of dance scenes from Fred Astaire movies for Barbara Dent, an Australian author, to comfort her. Fred dances with Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland, Eleanor Powell, Rita Hayworth, and Cyd Charisse. The  30 minute film has subtitles in French.

 

“Standing on their shoulders” is a virtual tour of the history of women students at Harvard.  Click here for an introduction and a link to the tour.

 

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November 2020

 

Have fun in Paris watching Vincent van Gogh art ALIVE - Atelier des LumiŹres (Paris, France) STARRY NIGHT. Lots of color, a feast for the eyes, and you can sing along!!!

Maggie Smith fans might enjoy an interview with her, which includes a conversation aboout her role in “Downton Abbey.”

How about 1 hour 40 minutes wafting above the Fiji Islands?  A relaxing way to get your mind ff the winter worries.

Learning about past pandemics might depress you or interest you.  If the latter, you can watch  the documentary, “The Spanish Flu and How the World Recovered (1918-1929).”  You can click on “Skip Ads” in the lower right corner  for a better viewing experience.

Visit the 25 Most Beautiful Medieval Towns of Europe.
Touristy, but you get to see old towns from north to south and east to west, all over the continent.  BUT there are ads.  To avoid them, click on “Skip Ads” on the lower right side of screen.  If a Skip Ads box comes up in the middle of the screen: don’t click the words, do click ‘x’ on the right side of the box.
Click here for the YouTube video.
Bon voyage!

 

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