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News and Culture May 13-20 (and beyond)


HANK’S PICKS FOR UPCOMING ONLINE EVENTS (note each of these venues is offering an ongoing series of events, mostly free, some encourage a donation ).

Online Performance: Matt Baker Plays Gershwin

The National Arts Club presents a special online performance by cabaret star Matt Baker, featuring songs composed by George Gershwin. Australian born-jazz pianist Matt Baker leads a powerful trio in New York City where he has called home since 2010. He performs regularly as a sideman at jazz venues including Birdland and The Blue Note, tours both within the USA and internationally and has released 6 albums, his latest a DVD album “Live at Birdland”.

Stream Favorites from Jewish Film Festival, in partnership with the Film Society and Lincoln Center

Friday, May 15TH: Arturo O’Farrill Performance

(photo of O'Farrill by Matthew Septimus)

Start the weekend energized by an inspiring performance by six-time Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and founder of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill, joining us live from his home via video stream and accompanied by his son and fellow composer, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, hosted by New Sounds’ John Schaefer

They’ll perform their own compositions and improvisations, as well as pieces by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carla Bley and Chico O’Farrill. Plus, Arturo talks about his new album Four Questions, including a new collaboration with Dr. Cornell West.

Wednesday, May 20th, Jazz Concert with the Jazz Museum of Harlem


Since April 20, each Monday will see a new release from City Ballet, The Podcast, with nine all-new episodes featuring discussions on some of the ballets included in the digital season programming. Additional episodes will feature NYCB dancers Silas Farley, Claire Kretzschmar, and Aarón Sanz hosting conversations with current and former NYCB artists, including Patricia McBride who will discuss George Balanchine’s Rubies. City Ballet Podcast is available at and anywhere you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the iHeartRadio app.

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