Culture To Do From Your Couch

THINGS TO ENJOY AT HOME
With the ban on large gatherings, events that would usually draw us out of our homes have been cancelled. Yet there are still ways to enjoy the things you love! Check out this list of programming, exhibits, live virtual events, and concerts you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. New England Public Media's got you covered to make self isolation feel a little less isolating.

Millpond Live Festival Reimagined

In just a few years, the Millpond Live Festival has become a staple of our region’s summer music scene. This summer, with the arts world turned upside down, the festival has been reimagined as a series of residencies that make space for artists to collaborate, generate new work, and reconnect with audiences in creative ways.

NEPM Summer Fiction Series

Sure, some of your favorite summer pastimes are out of reach this summer, but there’s still the chance to relax with the simple pleasure of reading — with the help of New England Public Media’s annual local fiction series. Most Fridays on Morning Edition we feature an interview with an author from New England who has a new novel out for these lazy days in the sun. As the season progresses, you can hear each interview archived and add to your summer reading list.

Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 15 Edition

Jul 23, 2020

Remembering John Lewis

John Lewis — Get in the Way follows the courageous journey of the civil rights hero, congressional leader, and human rights champion whose unwavering fight for justice spanned more than 50 years. This 2017 documentary will open with a new introduction by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Watch Thursday, July 23 at 8 p.m. on NEPM.

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American Masters "Unladylike2020"

Enjoy digital short films from American Masters “Unladylike2020.” Each animated documentary tells the story of a trailblazing American woman who broke barriers in their male-dominated fields such as science, journalism, sports, and politics. A new film is posted every Wednesday, and there are many available for viewing now.

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Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Premiers Jorgensen Digital Stage with Midsummer Music

Jacob's Pillow 2020 Online Festival

The longest-running dance festival in the United States now comes directly to you with some of the most beloved performances from the past ten years, a curated series of “PillowTalks” with leaders in the field, an online version of the beloved intergenerational movement class Families Dance Together, and a new Master Class Series from The School at Jacob’s Pillow. The virtual festival will run from Wednesday, July 8 through Saturday, August 29.

Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 12 Edition

Jul 2, 2020

Madame Gandhi: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bring you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space. In this Tiny Desk, Madame Gandhi uses music to help elevate and celebrate female voices, from working with primarily queer women BIPOC on tour and video sets, to writing socially-conscious lyrics that challenge the white male-dominated music industry.

Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 11 Edition

Jun 24, 2020

Michela Marino Lerman And Russell Hall: Alone Together Duets

Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 10 Edition

Jun 17, 2020

Memorial Broadcast of Bach’s Mass in B minor

New England Public Radio Classical Music host John Nowacki presents Bach's Mass in B minor in its entirety as a way to commemorate the lives lost to COVID-19, and to offer solace to all who are living through these times together. Enjoy a performance by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann. Tune in to NEPR on Friday, June 19 at 9:30 a.m. for the performance.

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Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 9 Edition

Jun 16, 2020

Jazz à la Mode: Jazz & Civil Rights

Tonight’s Jazz à la Mode will be devoted to Jazz & Civil Rights, with historic recordings by Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Billie Holiday, Archie Shepp, Nina Simone, and Charles Mingus, and contemporary works by Wynton Marsalis, Rene Marie, Christian McBride, Orrin Evans, Marcus Shelby, and others. Jazz à la Mode is hosted by Tom Reney. Catch this special programming on Tuesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. on NEPR.

Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 8 Edition

Jun 15, 2020

A Chat with Western Mass. local Paul Arslanian on Jazz Beat

In the latest episode of Jazz Beat, Tom Reney spoke with Paul Arslanian about his career in jazz. Paul is a veteran pianist who's been a highly visible figure in jazz in Western Massachusetts since 1984. In 2010, he was a co-founder of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, and since then, he's produced a series of weekly performances that feature a guest artist who plays with the Northampton-based Green Street Trio. Arslanian is the Trio's pianist, which also includes bassist George Kaye and drummer Jon Fisher.

Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 7 Edition

May 28, 2020

The Formula: A Video Series On The Science Of Sampling

The Formula is a new NPR video series that takes you inside the creative process of sampling. Five acclaimed hip-hop producers break down their work, demonstrating how specific samples build layers of mood and meaning in songs. Each video is paired with a companion essay by a fellow producer or critic. Watch this space for new episodes every week.

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Decoding da Vinci

Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 6 Edition

May 20, 2020
Live Special with Yo-Yo Ma
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Live Special with Yo-Yo Ma

Tune in to NEPR Sunday for a live performance of J.S. Bach’s six cello suites by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, presented as a memorial for those we have lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities. This performance comes during what would have been the now-postponed final leg of Ma's The Bach Project, a 36-stop, six-continent tour of the complete cello suites. The Project is part of a larger conversation about how culture can help us to imagine and build the world we want. Listen live on NEPR Sunday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m.

Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 5 Edition

May 13, 2020

Tiny Desk (Home) Concert: Braxton Cook

NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts are operating from home these days, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space. The latest episode features Braxton Cook, a Juilliard-trained, genre-jumping artist whose music feels both contemporary and timeless.

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Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 4 Edition

May 7, 2020

Join the NEPR Classical and Jazz Facebook Groups

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going? Join the NEPR Jazz and Classical Facebook groups! Engage in dialogue with other music lovers while maintaining your social distance, and get the chance to talk with some of your favorite NEPR music program hosts.

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International Jazz Day

Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 3 Edition

Apr 30, 2020

Jazz Beat Extra

Catch this special episode of Jazz Beat. Host Tom Reney interviewed Lee Konitz in 2004 before concerts he was playing in Northampton and Cambridge. Konitz died from Covid-19 related pneumonia on April 15 at age 92. He was still touring and recording until social distancing began in March. A major figure in his own right, the Chicago-born saxophonist was associated over the course of his 75-year-long career with the jazz greats Miles Davis, Lennie Tristano, Stan Kenton, Bill Evans, and Brad Mehldau.

Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 2 Edition

Apr 24, 2020

Valley Voices Around the Dinner Table: A Digital Storytelling Series

Valley Voices Story Slam presents "Around the Dinner Table" — a new digital storytelling series! Pioneer Valley storytellers will share six stories over six nights beginning Monday, April 20, and we'll wrap it all up with a digital voting poll. Storyteller videos and the voting polls will be posted on both the Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio Facebook pages at 6 p.m. each night. We can't wait to share around the dinner table with you!

Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 1 Edition

Apr 21, 2020

Valley Voices Around the Dinner Table: A Digital Storytelling Series

Valley Voices Story Slam presents "Around the Dinner Table" — a new digital storytelling series! Pioneer Valley storytellers will share six stories over six nights beginning Monday, April 20, and we'll wrap it all up with a digital voting poll. Storyteller videos and the voting polls will be posted on both the Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio Facebook pages at 6 p.m. each night. We can't wait to share around the dinner table with you!