Three weeks into life under mandated social distancing, New Yorkers have been adjusting to this new reality by moving their social lives online.
From virtual dance parties with live D.J. sets to dinners and recipe-sharing over Zoom, they’ve shown that social distancing doesn’t mean giving up social interaction. In fact, it can be a reminder that we are all in this together, and participating in online events can help support local businesses that are now economically vulnerable.
Here are some suggestions for maintaining a New York social life this weekend while keeping a safe distance from other humans:
Happy Hour Art Party
Have your (or your pet’s) portrait drawn live during happy hour. Angelica Hicks, a New York-based illustrator, will choose a selection of photos to draw live, starting at 5 p.m. Participants are encouraged to submit a photo of what they want her to illustrate by 11 p.m. Thursday. During the event, she will recreate photos from the submissions.
Visit the Rockefeller Center’s Instagram page for the live stream.
Queer Shabbat Dinner
Starting at 6 p.m., join Jake Cohen, the editorial director of feedfeed, for a queer Shabbat dinner cooking demo of an easy, at-home chicken soup. The evening is part of a queue of events from Themfest, a queer-focused music and arts festival put on by them, an online magazine from Condé Nast.
“Prominent queer safe spaces were being shut down and queer artists and performers were beginning to lose a lot of their gigs,” said Whembley Sewell, the magazine’s executive editor. Themfest hopes to provide “a space that our community can go to, essentially, everyday a week,” she said.
Night at the Cinema: Americana/I Can Make You Feel Good
Tyler Mitchell, a photographer and filmmaker who debuted his first exhibit this January at the International Center of Photography in the Lower East Side, will host a 24-hour movie and video night. Beginning at 7 p.m., view a stream of feature films, music videos, art interviews and “random internet content.” You can find the full list on Mr. Mitchell’s Instagram account.
Visit the event page to access the livestream. The event is free and open to the public.
From Brooklyn, With Love
Brooklyn Museum’s long-running First Saturdays program is going virtual. Starting at 5 p.m., the museum will celebrate Brooklyn’s vibrant creative community and the power of art with a lineup of events, including a drag tribute to the age of disco by the House of Bushwig and a spoken-word variety show. Participants will also be treated to musical performances and a foil-embossing workshop.
The program will be streamed live on Facebook and Zoom. Visit the website for more info.
Vocabaret: A Variety Show for Word Lovers
Starting at 7 p.m., writers and artists will come together for a night of witty wordplay. This week’s theme explores how colors relate to the various facets of language. Caveat, a bar and live show venue in Lower East Side, will host the event and will offer a pay-what-you-can scale, to help support the performers and staff.
Visit Caveat’s YouTube page for the live performance.
Cherry Bombe Jubilee 2.0
Cherry Bombe, a Brooklyn-based magazine about women in the food industry, will bring its conference to Instagram Live for a one-day celebration to commemorate women in the food space. Starting at 10 a.m., enjoy interviews, demos, a virtual scavenger hunt, snack breaks and more, with a happy hour to end the evening. A portion of the sponsorship fees will support the Freelancers Union, the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, and World Central Kitchen.
The Jubilee is free, with an R.S.V.P. For more information on the lineup and event times, visit their website.
Sari-Sari: A Queer Filipinx Film Series
Sari-Sari Cinema is a weekly screening series by Sari-Sari Studio, a New York-based platform focused on supporting and celebrating the Filipinx diaspora. Starting at 7 p.m., participants will be treated to contemporary and classic films and shorts. This event is part of CLOUD 9, a global collaborative livestream by the collective By Us For Us, and China Residencies.
The screening will be streamed via Kosmi, a digital meetup platform.