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Don’t Miss It! Online Only Briefly Events

LIST OF: Announcements of movies, plays, dance performances, operas, and other entertainment offerings that are time-sensitive, meant to stay accessible online for only a short time, from a few days to a couple of weeks. Some free, some for cost.

Film Center from Your Sofa | Gene Siskel Film Center

With our doors closed, you may be missing the Gene Siskel Film Center -- but we don't want you to miss out on the latest art house films! We're partnering with our favorite distributors to present new and noteworthy independent and international cinema on a screen (very!) near you.

Keep checking in for our updated streaming schedule, noting that new films will continue to be added as they're confirmed. Please also note that each film has its own streaming procedures, pricing, and availability--but none cost more than the price of a movie ticket!

A portion of all proceeds--from streaming films through the Film Center or contributing to our ongoing fundraising initiatives--will help keep the Film Center operating during this time and help ensure we will all watch movies together again at our theaters.

To stay connected in the meantime, we invite you to share your thoughts in the Facebook events we’ve created for each film we’re streaming and to tune in to our “Screen to Screen” discussions, where you can enjoy interactive, virtual Q&As with filmmakers, cast, crew, and other special guests all from the comfort of your sofa (and sweatpants).

Thank you for your generous support during this time. Stay well, stay at home--and we hope to "see you" at the movies!

Screen to Screen
It may seem hard to believe, but other people are still out there. With Film Center: Screen to Screen, we're bringing them to you...from the safe distance of your screen. Enjoy interactive, virtual Q&As with filmmakers, cast, and crew, as well as film critics and other community leaders...all from the comfort of your sofa (and sweatpants). We know that our community of film lovers is just that--a community--and even if we can't watch films together, we can come together to discuss them, screen to screen.

Theatres might currently be on shutdown with us all cooped up at home, but our guide will keep you up-to-date on accessing amazing theatre online (often for free) along with fun stagey features and interviews to keep you entertained - from the comfort of your own sofa! We'll make sure you don't miss a thing.

Tweet by SF Sketchfest(@SFSketchfest)

For the first time in our 19 year history, we are opening our video archives & releasing a new show online as a $5 rental every Tuesday. Proceeds go toward helping our small business afloat, to the performers featured, and to select charities & fundraisers

For the first time ever, we are opening up our video archive of past festival events including panels, tribute conversations, and more! New shows release each Tuesday. Proceeds go toward helping to keep our small business afloat, to the performers featured, and to select charities and fundraisers for fellow independent artists and venues in our comedy community.

Shows are available to watch for 48 hours, starting at the time of purchase. Videos can be watched on most computers, mobile devices and can be streamed via Airplay or Chromecast to your television.

SF Sketchfest is San Francisco’s premier comedy festival showcasing improv, sketch, podcasts, films and more.

Virtual Cinema with the Music Box | Music Box Theatre

Virtual Cinema with the Music Box

While the Music Box doors will remain closed, we’re proud to be able to team up with our frequent partners to provide viewing-at-home options for our amazing audience! All sales will help support the Music Box during our closure, and you can watch powerful new films that would otherwise be playing on our screen.

And to create a true Music Box experience, cue up Dennis Scott on the Music Box Organ before you watch your film!

Please note, these screening links are set up & moderated by their respective film distributors, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter any issues while streaming these films, please email BoxOffice@MusicBoxTheatre, and we will connect you with their support staff.


Stream Full-Length Dance Performances | Ailey All Access

[From Jan 5 2021: I was many this many days old when I found out that the gorgeous man in the photo above illustrating the Alvin Ailey Company online... is none other than founder Alvin Ailey, from an old black-and-white photo digitally texturized for skin color. Oh.]

Ailey is thrilled to share full length videos of the Company performing on stage, streaming free online, directly to your living room!

We know you can’t see the Ailey dancers perform in a theater, so we wanted to make sure you can still find comfort and joy in the beauty of dance by virtually connecting with their performances. For a limited time, Ailey is thrilled to share videos of the Company performing on stage. Watch along with the Ailey community and please consider making a special gift today to help us continue Alvin Ailey’s mission to deliver dance back to the people.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in performance at Lincoln Center: this program includes Wayne McGregor's Chroma, Ronald K. Brown's Grace, Robert Battle's Takademe, and Alvin Ailey's Revelations:

An audio description version of the film is available here:

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Metropolitan Opera | Available 5PM Wednesday - Carmen

The video will be available starting at 5:00PM ET on Wednesday, January 20. In the meantime, please enjoy the remote learning resources available on our main landing page.

A gritty tragedy starring the most famous of all operatic vixens, set among the Romani people in Seville

Metropolitan Opera | Nightly Met Opera Streams

During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

Support the Met and Protect its Future
Hundreds of thousands of people have been tuning in daily to our free performance streams, and many of them have kindly been asking how they can help the Met during this economically perilous time. In response, we have added a “Donate Now” button below. We thank you for your help.

Donate Now

Or, donate by text message: Text METOPERA to 44321 in the U.S. or 1-917-999-0700 for other countries. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Each stream becomes available at 7:30PM ET and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30PM ET the following day, with the exception of the January 22 stream of Tosca, which will be available until January 23 at 12PM ET. The January 23 stream of Manon will begin at the normally scheduled 7:30PM ET.
Week 45
Leading Ladies: Opera’s Greatest Heroines

Monday, January 18
Bizet’s Carmen
Starring Anita Hartig, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. From November 1, 2014.

Tuesday, January 19
Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, Mariusz Kwiecień, and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From February 7, 2009.

Wednesday, January 20
Bellini’s Norma
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. From October 7, 2017.

Thursday, January 21
Verdi’s La Traviata
Starring Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From April 14, 2012.

Friday, January 22
Puccini’s Tosca
Starring Hildegard Behrens, Plácido Domingo, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli. From March 27, 1985.

Saturday, January 23
Massenet’s Manon
Starring Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano, Carlo Bosi, Artur Ruciński, Brett Polegato, and Kwangchul Youn, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From October 26, 2019.

Sunday, January 24
Wagner’s Die Walküre
Starring Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine. From May 14, 2011.
Week 46
The Antiheroes

Monday, January 25
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Starring Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Serena Malfi, Paul Appleby, Simon Keenlyside, Adam Plachetka, Matthew Rose, and Kwangchul Youn, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From October 22, 2016.

Tuesday, January 26
Rossini’s Le Comte Ory
Starring Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Juan Diego Flórez, Stéphane Degout, and Michele Pertusi, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From April 9, 2011.

Wednesday, January 27
Gounod’s Faust
Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Jonas Kaufmann, and René Pape, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From December 10, 2011.

Thursday, January 28
Verdi’s Falstaff
Starring Lisette Oropesa, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Paolo Fanale, Ambrogio Maestri, and Franco Vassallo, conducted by James Levine. From December 14, 2013.

Friday, January 29
Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer
Starring Anja Kampe, Mihoko Fujimura, Sergey Skorokhodov, David Portillo, Evgeny Nikitin, and Franz-Josef Selig, conducted by Valery Gergiev. From March 10, 2020.

Saturday, January 30
Verdi’s Rigoletto
Starring Diana Damrau, Oksana Volkova, Piotr Beczała, Željko Lučić, and Štefan Kocán, conducted by Michele Mariotti. From February 16, 2013.

Sunday, January 31
Verdi’s Macbeth
Starring Maria Guleghina, Dimitri Pittas, Željko Lučić, and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine. From January 12, 2008.

@valsadie’s List: Special Livestreams - Events available online for short window of time-Movies, Plays, Opera, Ballet

Thought these special events were over - but they're not because #COVID19 isn't!

Romeo and Juliet (2019) for Free | Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank | Shakespeare's Globe

Watch Romeo and Juliet for free, our Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production created especially for young people, filmed from Shakespeare’s most famous stage, the Globe Theatre. In return for these free streams, we appreciate any voluntary donations at this time. Your support is critical for our future.

*Romeo and Juliet (2019) YouTube Premiere is available until February half-term 2021. *

YouTube Playlist of production

Romeo and Juliet story
A violent street brawl between their rival families is the prelude to Romeo’s first encounter with Juliet. Despite this, and the fact that Juliet has been promised to another man in marriage, they fall in love. But any plans for their future happiness are cruelly destroyed by renewed violence between the two families – and while the adults remain almost comically preoccupied with their own affairs, among their children a hidden tragedy begins to unfold.

About the production
Packed with love, family feuds and a dose of comedy, Romeo and Juliet is a full-scale, fast-paced 90 minute performance (with no interval) in the Globe Theatre designed to introduce students and families to Shakespeare.

Explore this production through blogs and learning resources at the Romeo and Juliet website:

Digital Stage - Sadler's Wells Theatre

Sadler's Wells presents a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online, to keep you entertained and connected through dance — wherever you are in the world — while our live stages are dark.

Live from the KDT | Center Theatre Group

We’ve transformed the Kirk Douglas Theatre into a TV studio soundstage to bring you exciting performances from our home to yours!

Upcoming events include staged readings of Center Theatre Group projects, performances from our favorite artists, and more!

Digital Stage+ ($10 or free for members). Available on demand beginning October 30.
The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro: 'Oedipus El Rey'

Digital Stage (free). Available on demand beginning November 13.
The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro: 'Mojada'

Digital Stage (free). Available on demand beginning November 20.
The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro: 'Electricidad'

Digital Stage (free). Available on demand beginning November 22.
L.A. Writers' Workshop Festival: 'Christa McAuliffe’s Eyes Were Blue'

Digital Stage+ ($10 or free for members). Available on demand this winter.
Not a Moment but a Movement

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

Over the coming weeks each of the 36 plays in Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home will be able to view on demand free of charge. Once each play has premiered it will be added to the top of the list here and be available until the 30th November.

For more information please visit

The Making of Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

Forced Entertainment present
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home
17 September - 15 November 2020
17 September - 15 November 2020 on and our YouTube channel.

A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A vase for the prince. A matchbox for the
servant. A kitchen table for a stage.
In this ‘At Home’ edition of Complete Works – Forced Entertainment’s audacious project to
retell all 36 of Shakespeare’s plays using everyday items on a table top - the dramatis
personae of household objects return to a domestic setting in a unique staging directly from
the performers’ homes to yours.

is a Forced Entertainment production.
Financially supported by the following partners: Kanuti Gildi SAAL; KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm; The Mondavi Center, UC Davis; PACT Zollverein; Romaeuropa Festival; Shakespeare Festival Neuss; Stanford Live at Stanford University; UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance and UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures. Also presented as part of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s 2020 Time-Based Art Festival and Temporada Alta 2020.

Macbeth | Full Episode | Great Performances | PBS

Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood star in a gripping production of Shakepeare's Macbeth. Their Tony-nominated performances were filmed for television.


Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days

Tune in to our weekly program of vintage radio shows, with producer/host Steve Darnall, broadcast live every Saturday from 1 to 5 pm (Central time) on WDCB 90.9 FM in the Chicago area and world-wide on the Internet at

Listen Now to Our Most Recent Broadcast

Each Saturday's program is available on demand for two weeks beginning the following Tuesday. See schedule below.

Listen to the Previous Week's Broadcast

Theatre In Chicago - Streaming Shows in Chicago Due to COVID-19

With shows cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, many theatres are streaming their productions or posting archived recordings of past performances. Here is a current list of those streaming options.

NOW PLAYING: The Rip Nelson Holiday Quarantine Special

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents the return of America’s favorite has-been funnyman, Rip Nelson (Ed Jones) as he tries to make sense of out of this crazy Covid world, doing what he does best- making people laugh. 

Home | A Christmas Carol—An Audio Play | Goodman Theatre

Experience Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol anew with our FREE audio play. The voices you love—including Larry Yando as Scrooge—and our signature soundscape come to vivid life in your home, streaming December 1 – 31, 2020.


2020 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO! | American Blues Theater

Now at American Blues. Filled with original music and classic holiday carols, this warm “holiday favorite – makes the bell rings every time.”


Chicagoland Offers A Socially Distanced Winter Wonderland - Rebellious Magazine

Luckily, this winter, there's outdoor ice staking, drive-in Christmas flicks, and more to metaphorically embrace:


Welcome to this special archive film of some of our favourite ever performances of incredible letters, taken from the beautiful Freemasons' Hall.

You can watch for free - it's our early Christmas present to you - but, if you can, please do hit the donate button. All donations will support the incredible work of our friends at Choose Love.

Across 2015 and 2016, Letters Live produced 15 shows at the Freemasons' Hall, London. With no two shows being the same. Here is just a small selection of some of our favourite readings from those shows.

Through this run of shows and this video we have chosen to support Choose Love (previously known as Help Refugees) whose vital work provides aid to people fleeing war, persecution and climate change.

Choose Love goes where the need is greatest, filling the gaps and acting where others won’t. Sometimes that means Search & Rescue boats. Sometimes it means providing food or safe, secure long-term housing. Since 2015, they’ve supported over 150 incredible projects in 15 countries and reached over one million people.

In February 2016, Choose Love and The Good Chance Theatre worked with Letters Live to create a very special event in the "Jungle" refugee camp on the outskirts of Calais.

We were honoured to be a part of this extraordinary event and it served to strengthen our conviction that as humans sharing space on the same planet, we have a duty to help in this ever-evolving humanitarian crisis. If you enjoy this video please do donate whatever you can. Your generosity will help ensure that families living in refugee camps this winter have everything from warm blankets and winter clothes, to nutritious food and essential medical care.

And don’t forget to subscribe to the Letters Live YouTube channel, we’ll be bringing you another special film of some of our favourite performances from another beautiful venue - the Union Chapel - available from Sunday 20th December, 7pm GMT.

For more about Letters Live and our shows celebrating the enduring power of literary correspondence through outstanding performances:

For more about the work of Choose Love:

Pasión Latina (Virtual Concert)

Celebrate music of the Spanish-speaking world with a free virtual concert starring and hosted by renowned soprano and Lyric favorite Ana María Martínez.

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center presents Pasión Latina
Celebrating music from the Spanish-speaking world with Ana María Martínez & Friends

Celebrate music of the Spanish-speaking world with a free virtual concert starring and hosted by renowned soprano and Lyric favorite Ana María Martínez.

Presented by The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Pasión Latina also features prominent Ryan Opera Center alumni—Mexican-American tenor René Barbera, Mexican-American tenor David Portillo, Mexican tenor Mario Rojas, and Mexican-American bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba—and two current 2020/21 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members—Mexican soprano Denis Vélez and Puerto Rican baritone Ricardo José Rivera. Members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra will also appear in the concert finale.

These engaging artists will perform a dynamic selection of some of their favorite music from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Argentina, and Spain, with piano accompaniment by Ryan Opera Center music director Craig Terry and current Ensemble pianist Chris Reynolds.

Premiering December 13, 2020, at 6:00 pm CT on Lyric's YouTube and Facebook channels.

Watch on Facebook:

Language: Performed in Spanish and English with Spanish and English closed captions.

Christine Pedi: SNOW BIZNESSS On Demand - BroadwayWorld Events

Dear Santa

All I want for Christmas is Barbra Steisand, Joan River, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews and all my favorite divas stuffed into one big Christmas stocking.”

Well, do you hear what I hear? Musical theatre actress, impressionist and SiriusXM radios ON BROADWAY host Christine Pedi conjures them up in her joyful and triumphant annual holiday celebration SNOW BIZNESS. With a voice as big as the sea (and a tail as big as a kite?) there are comic takes on holiday classics, impressions galore including her legendary “12 Divas of Christmas “ plus a warm & fuzzy seasonal standard or 2.

“City sidewalks” are truly “dressed in holiday style”. In the air you can HEAR the feeling of Christmas as she serenades us al fresco on the front stoop of the New York brownstone of beloved cabaret nightspot Don’t Tell Mamas. Devoted (but responsibly spaced & fashionably masked) hardcore Broadway friends and fans joined in the party.

We may be in a shutdown but let nothing you dismay, you’ll feel comfort and joy and fall on your knees with laughter from this merry & bright Yuletide soiree. She’ll ring out the old and ring in the new with plenty of wit and even more warmth. Everyone leaves with a smile on their face. And this year we need it more than ever.

“There is not a better act than Christine Pedi’s if you want to lift your spirit this season” Cabaret Scenes

Facets : Cinematheque Schedule - Virtual Cinema Screenings

Founded in 1975, Facets is a non-profit cinema arts organization that transforms lives through the power of world, classic, and independent film.

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Virtual Cinema Screenings
Continue to support FACETS through our Virtual Cinema

While our theater is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still watch newly released independent and international films at FACETS.

By purchasing a "ticket" to one of our Virtual Cinema screenings, you help support FACETS mission and filmmakers from around the world who do so much to enrich our shared film culture.

Need help? Check out our FAQs

Mozart's The Magic Flute in full from The Royal Opera - 12 Days of Christmas

This Christmas, stream The Royal Opera's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel - from our house to your house.

David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s glorious opera, transporting us to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzling starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s vocal fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.

The production will be available to watch from 25 December 2020 - 6 January 2021. We will also be streaming The Royal Ballet's Don Quixote over the same period.

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Don Quixote in full from The Royal Ballet - 12 Days of Christmas

This Christmas, stream The Royal Ballet's production of Don Quixote via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel - from our house to your house.

Don Quixote is one of Marius Petipa's much-loved 19th-century classics - its story is drawn from Miguel de Cervantes's classic novel and set to Ludwig Minkus's score. The ballet has long been acclaimed for its virtuoso dancing, beautiful and technically demanding 'vision scene' and the famously bravura and breath-taking Act III pas de deux.

The production will be available to watch from 25 December 2020-6 January 2021. We will also be streaming The Royal Opera's The Magic Flute over the same period.

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