9 of the most intriguing streaming and online art events from April 24-30

Diffusion! You know what it is. You know why we are doing it. Here are some intriguing sounding online events taking place April 24-30. The emphasis is on local projects, although Chicago’s major comedy group Second City is also on hand.

Northwestern Arts Center (NASH)

Keep an eye out for NASH, a lockdown-inspired project that brings local artists to your favorite device: performances by comedians and theater companies; visits to workshops with creators of objects; much more. The plan is to set up a video clearinghouse (each artist / group will have their own NASH page), as well as a web channel with regular programming. NASH plans to launch Friday, April 24 at 5 p.m. on nwartstream.org. At the time of writing, there are already a few dozen artists in several categories: theater (The Seagull Project, Jet City Improv), music (Amy Denio, Early Music Seattle), transdisciplinary artists (Ezra Dickinson, Alice Gosti), more.

NASH has an advisory board to keep equity (of artists, disciplines) at the forefront: Vivian Phillips, Miles James, Simon Okelo, others. For quality control, NASH helps artists polish their streaming with tech tips (plus light rings for those who don’t). Artists and arts organizations are strongly encouraged to continue to apply. More information: facebook.com/groups/nwartstream.

Live from our shows: a virtual advantage for our community of DIY enthusiasts ”

On Friday April 24, the telethon (sort of) launches a double handful of artists from their living room to your favorite device: Kimya Dawson, SassyBlack, Jeremy Enigk, Lisa Prank, Kepi Ghoulie (from the Groovie Ghoulies) and many others . Hosts The Vera Project and Artist Home pledge to donate 100% of the proceeds to “our most beloved unconventional venues and the concert and production workers who make them possible, the majority of whom are not eligible for formal means of support.” institutional ”. Check out the Vera’s Project social media spots (like facebook.com/theveraproject) for more details and links. Starts at 7 p.m.

Physical distancing Intimate conversations with Dani Tirrell

Ace choreographer and CD Forum curator Dani Tirrell is hosting a series of Instagram interviews with Seattle artists. Raised 3pm on Saturday, April 25: Aviona Rodriguez Brown, who started her career as a model kid for Le Bon Marché and has gone on to do a ton of things, from singing Selena songs in contests to acting, the staging and the management. Expect a conversation about the theatrical stuff, weirdness, and portrayal of people of color (good, bad, ugly) on the theater stage. Look here: instagram.com/cdforum.

Ruff reads: “Romeo and Juliet” from the Seattle Shakespeare Company

The downside: In recent weeks, the Seattle Shakespeare Company has had to cancel productions (“Troilus and Cressida”, “Macbeth”), as well as statewide touring productions, school residences and more so, resulting in the layoffs of more than 60 performers, technicians, teachers, and ticket office and house staff. The top: At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, artistic director George Mount is conducting a free 90-minute cut of “Romeo and Juliet,” featuring some of his touring actors: Anuhea Brown, Adrian Padilla, Marquicia Dominguez and others. It’s a great opportunity to see young talent put their raw, out-of-the-box skills to work through a familiar classic. (And for parents, this is a 90-minute home schooling block that you don’t have to complete.) Available at seattleshakespeare.org/ruffreads.

‘Mama’z Muezz’

Monique Franklin’s solo exhibition “Mama’z Muezz” – on American black motherhood, as well as the perspectives of various African-descent mothers throughout history – was directed by the great Valerie Curtis-Newton and premiered in 2014. “Mama’z Muezz” is getting a digital revival courtesy of the CD Forum, followed by a post-show Q&A with Franklin (also a vocal artist known as Verbal Oasis) hosted by CD Forum curator Dani Tirrell. The event is broadcast with night before at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on April 29 via a Zoom meeting. “Mama’z Muezz” is free, but CD Forum strongly encourages support for the artist. More information (including a link to register and links to Franklin’s Venmo, PayPal, and Cash App) at cdforum.org.

Second City: “The last spectacle left on Earth”

If you’ve liked “Saturday Night Live” artists in the past, say, 45 (from Gilda Radner to Tina Fey and beyond), or just comedy in general (Bob Odenkirk, Stephen Colbert, many more ), you liked the artists of The Second City in Chicago. In response to the pandemic, Second City is concocting “The Last Show Left on Earth” Thursdays until at least May 7, which can be viewed via Topic / Boundless Entertainment sites (youtube.com/topicstories, facebook.com/topicstories). The shows are broadcast live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and free for 24 hours. The buffet on April 30 will be hosted by Christina Anthony (“Mixed-ish”) with musical guest Valerie June. Some of the talents that crop up throughout the series: John Hartman (“The Good Place”), Claudia Michelle Wallace (“Key & Peele”), Fred Willard (“Modern Family”, “Best in Show”), heaps others.

Capitol Hill Arts District Streaming Festival

This Capitol Hill talent extravaganza is nascent and evolving rapidly, so we don’t have all the details at the time of this writing. What We Know: The Northwest Film Forum, led by Vivian Hua, hosts and invites 12 groups to schedule 12 festival blocks from April 29 to May 3. There will be many types of programming: music (Capitol Hill Block Party, Crybaby Studios), theater (Washington Ensemble Theater and Annex Theater), literature (Hugo House), dance (Velocity Dance Center), queer / drag (Beauty Boiz), cinema (Longhouse Media), circus noir (SubKulture Cabaret) and more. The CD Forum is also involved, and they do a bit of everything, but it’s a good guess that curator Dani Tirrell (creator of the hit dance / performance piece “Black Bois”, and who, if the list of this week’s broadcast is an indication, has been very busy during the pandemic) will bring something big. Watch bit.ly/caphillarts2020 for more details as they develop.

In conversation: Robert Battle and Donald Byrd

It should be interesting, and not just for dancing heads. On April 18, Spectrum Dance Theater reportedly performed the Seattle premiere of “Greenwood”, choreographer Donald Byrd’s fifth commission (Spectrum Dance Theater) for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The play refers to a horrific 1921 massacre in Greenwood, an affluent area of ​​Tulsa also known as “Black Wall Street”. (A gruesome fact: Eyewitnesses reported that white assailants fired and dropped firebombs from airplanes. In all, 35 square blocks were destroyed.) The performance was postponed, of course. Instead, Byrd had a chat with Ailey’s art director Robert Battle, moderated by Vivian Phillips (available at vimeo.com/409992444). All three are fascinating thinkers – and, according to some, Byrd is congenitally incapable of being boring. This conversation, along with some Spectrum Dances deployed from chests, especially for home viewing, can be found on youtube.com/spectrumdancetheater.

Stay at home with SAM

Since closing its physical locations, the Seattle Art Museum – like others – has made a digital hub, fueling its Facebook and Instagram accounts with sights, facts and activities for people confined to the house. (Examples: Make a home sculpture inspired by John Grade’s “Middle Fork”, this giant tree made of little pieces of wood hanging in SAM’s hall, or draw a song like Georgia O’Keefe did in her painting “Music – Pink and Blue No. 1.”) His Stay Home with SAM posts also show intriguing things behind the scenes such as SAM’s Asian Painting Conservation Center (which deals with things like millennial silk paintings ) and the case of the Weeping Buddha, an 8th or 9th century brass statue cast in Kashmir which, for reasons of molecular chemistry, “weeps” over his body. Plot ? Visit samblog.seattleartmuseum.org for more information.