Culture Watch: QC Library Recommends (Aug. 2020)

by Michael Deering

August Culture Watch coming through! Here is our latest roundup of free entertainment and events to enjoy from the comfort of your home. Enjoy!


  • Ongoing: Lincoln Center has the 2013 production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, Carousel, available through September 8.
  • Thursday, August 6 at 5PM: The QC Aaron Copland School of Music has started a new online lecture series called QClass. This week features renowned viola soloist Brett Deubner discussing self management and artistic leadership.
  • Thursday, August 6 at 7:30PM: The Metropolitan Opera’s nightly stream is Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. It will be available until the following evening.
  • Friday, August 7 at 2PM: Lincoln Center brings Ms. Yvonne to explore body percussion and dance in this week’s Pop-Up Classroom that will air on facebook.
  • Thursday, August 13 at 5PM: ACSM Orchestra Director Mark Powell addresses artist strategies to continue growing artistically and personally during pandemic time.
  • Sunday, August 9 at 7:30 PM: The Nightly Opera Stream from The Met Opera is Mozart’s opera buffa Don Giovanni.


  • Ongoing: Noël Coward’s comedy Present Laughter is available until August 29th courtesy of PBS.
  • Ongoing: PBS makes Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing available through September 12.




  • Ongoing: The National Theatre has a unique new program for children. Madame Kalamazoo will send handcrafted tales starring your young one right to your inbox. It is free but will require signing up here.


  • Thursday, August 6 at 12PM: What Makes a Photograph? This is the question being explored during this episode of Art History from Home by The Whitney Museum of American Art. Discuss everyday cell phone shots alongside works from the museum’s collections. It is free but make sure you register!
  • Friday, August 14 at 2PM: Lincoln Center’s Pop-Up Classroom will be using recycled materials to create woven paper projects with Ms. Taryn.
  • Friday, August 21 at 10AM: The Whitney presents Verbal Description Online, a monthly class to allow the visually impaired to experience and appreciate art. This event is free but space is limited, so be sure to reach out to the contact on the event page.
  • Friday, August 21 at 1PM: Have extra wire hangers and milk cartons lying around? Try your hand making suspended sculptures with help from The Whitney during their program Artmaking From Home. Free with Registration.


  • Ongoing: Tuesdays at 3PM: The New York City Ballet is hosting Virtual Access. Free movement classes for individuals with disabilities. Tuesday classes are designed for teens and adults. These classes happen over Zoom. Register for the classes here.
  • Ongoing: Wednesdays at 12PM: The New York City Ballet’s program Virtual Access is for younger participants on Wednesdays. Register for the Zoom classes here.