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Free Entertainment Online
At this time, many cultural institutions and artists have been sharing content for free, online. We hope to curate links to free entertainment for you and yours. We will be updating this page as new content becomes available.
If music is more your thing, there many fun things to listen to and watch!
- The Metropolitan Opera may have turned off their lights in their theater, but performances from their vast video archives are being posted daily at 7:30pm and will remain on the site for 20 hours until the following evening.
- The Vienna Opera is also streaming performances from their archive.
- The Berlin Philharmonic is also streaming concerts from their site!
- Broadway more your thing? As the Great White Way is now dark, many performers are singing from home and now you can watch them too!
- Or maybe your one to crank the classic rock station in your car. Maybe you should spend some time with the Queen performance from Live Aid. All 16 hours can be found here.
- NPR is also curating a list of free concerts online. They are also updating daily.
- While technically not human music, you can find out who might be chirping in your backyard with Birds of the World.
- The Director of Education at the Portland Symphony Orchestra has put together a great stay at home playlist. Check out their social media on Instagram and Facebook for more!
- The Montreaux Jazz Festival has made 50 concerts from their archives available for free! From Ray Charles to the Wu-Tang Clan, it’s happening in your living room!
- If you’re a musician and are running out of things to play, here is a database of musical scores in the public domain.
- Travel back in time to early Americana with recordings from Alan Lomax.
- Stay tuned to the State Theater’s Facebook page for streaming concerts from local bands and musicians!
- Noonday Concert Series returns via the web!
April 23rd – May 5th – Laura Del Sol Jimenez
May 7th – May 20th – Titus Abbott & Jim Lyden
May 21st – June 3rd Mary Johnston Letellier
- Perhaps you had to cancel some travel plans and you are missing out on some museums. The Smithsonian Institution recently released thousands upon thousands of scans of their collections, which can be accessed, here.
- You can also spend hours scrolling through the million or so public domain images from the British Museum.
- Here is a list of 2500 museums you can visit virtually!
- Some BFA and MFA students have had their thesis project presentations cancelled, so the Social Distance Gallery has them covered. Check out these talented students from across the country!!!
- If YOU are an artist who may need support, the COVID-19 & Freelance Artist site has “aggregated a list of FREE resources and financial relief options for artists of all disciplines.”
- Online shows from five emerging artists.
- The National Film Board of Canada has an amazing collection of over 100 years of Indigenous Film.
- Crackle is a free, ad supported, streaming site for television and film.
- Film shorts from the 2020 South x Southwest film festival.
- Hundreds of films are available from the Korean Film Archive.
- The Portland Media Network (formerly CTN Community Television Network) has recordings here and here.
- Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul, 114 minutes, 2017
This film tells the story of Thoreau in his time and the impact Thoreau’s writings and lifestyle have in our time.
Featuring: Laura Dassow Walls (author, Henry David Thoreau: A Life), Bill McKibben, Howard Zinn, Richard Primack, Megan Marshall, Robert Bly, Wai Chee Dimock, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, Spencer Crew, Darren Ranco (Penobscot), Representative John Lewis, Robert Sullivan, Rochelle Johnson, Kristen Case, and Ron Hoag.
- In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland, 86 minutes, 2011.
Featuring Jazz Legend and host of NPR’s Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. Lots of music and lots of humor. With Dr. Billy Taylor, Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Nnenna Freelon, Renee Rosnes and more.
- The Play At Home project is “a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all.”
- The National Theater in London is streaming a different play every Thursday.
- The Globe Theater in London is streaming a different play every two weeks.
- NASA has some amazing activities for ALL AGES, from their image collection, help with STEM homework, videos, games, and more!
- If you are into history or genealogy, you may want to help preserve a little history for future generations. The Smithsonian Institution invites you to help them transcribe primary documents.
- The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media “has developed more than sixty projects, including online resources for teachers; online collections, exhibits and collecting sites; open-source software; and forums to develop knowledge and build community among those in the humanities working with digital technology.” Take a look at their current and upcoming projects!