Oh hey, interwebs! We’re back at it again with another (mostly) VIRTUAL WEEKEND, so get ready for another hand-picked selection of livestreams (and more) to keep you entertained whilst at home this Memorial Day Weekend. (Just remember to take breaks to gaze out at the horizon or whatever, ’cause EYE STRAIN IS REAL.)
Before we get into all the details re: what’s on deck, here are a few updates ‘n must-reads from the BYT universe this week:
- If you missed our International Museum Day IG Live Takeover w/ the Spy Museum, National Gallery of Art, Nat Geo, Air and Space, Portrait Gallery and more, relive the magic here!
- Here are some real good carry-out and delivery specials for Memorial Day in the DC-area, and here’s a big ol’ grilling guide if you opt for the DIY route! (And here’s what to watch when you are in a food coma.)
- Speaking of MDW, BEER BEER BEER! Take deep-dives into Crooked Run’s Coast and Bluejacket’s Pattern Skies.
- On the music interview front, we spoke with Kentucky-based S.G. Goodman who thinks we oughta burn this place down, and had a digital chat to Franco-American avant-pop duo Faux Real about how theirs is “a stomach band, an intestine project, a visceral venture.“
- On the thinkpiece front, having access to a therapist is a privilege in any form, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t major drawbacks to virtual therapy. (Ex: thin walls, laggy video, your therapist SEEING YOUR HOUSE…)
- And our photo essays continued this week; Matailong Du is making the most of stay-at-home orders by capturing the world from his apartment window, and Chris Suspect gave us a peek inside his new book, Leather Boyz, a look at the gay BDSM scene which is slightly NSFW (NSFWFH?) but V. COOL.
Friday May 22nd
- For starters, most definitely check out BLACK IN SPACE: A VIRTUAL BLACK PRIDE EXPERIENCE, which is a five day virtual series of experiences that celebrate the diversity and resilience of Black LGBTQ+ communities!
- You can also check out BYT’s IG Live programming; today’s 3:30pm ET Weekly Wind Down w/ Glow Club will cover tips ‘n tricks for good sleep, and at 5pm ET Chad Drummond hosts cocktail class!
- If you’re a fan of People Just Do Nothing, you’ll be overjoyed to hear that Kurupt FM will be taking over BBC Three’s YouTube to watch an episode live starting at 2pm ET!
- In terms of tunes, we’ve got Baby’s All Right going live w/ the dance vibes via GOODDROID, Lita and CRY$CROSS at 10pm ET; tickets start at just $5 a pop.
- And if you’re not too busy listening to Carly Rae’s Dedicated Side B (which dropped May 21st) on repeat forever, we’ve also got new albums out from Badly Drawn Boy and The 1975, HUZZAH!
- More into comedy and/or art? Caveat is hosting a new (virtual) round of Modern Whitney at 7pm ET! Tickets start at $5.
Saturday May 23rd
- If you’re down for a day-long Zoom retreat, Free People is doing morning, afternoon and evening sessions based on movement, nutrition, meditation, interior design, style and more! We’re talking “Smoothie School” with Kelly LeVeque, a full body workout with Julianne Hough, dancing with Ryan Heffington…the list goes on. Individual sessions are $20, while a full day pass is $50; proceeds to benefit World Central Kitchen’s Covid-19 relief efforts.
- But we totally don’t blame you if you skip that and go straight for Zaytinya’s Rozay Brunch; they’re launching the at-home version today ft. mezze and a rosé flight for two for $75.
- For intellectually stimulating times, catch art critic Jerry Saltz in conversation with Michael Rips! They’ll be talking about How to Be an Artist starting at 2pm ET on Facebook Live.
- Or if you flippin’ love Fraggle Rock, head over to Moving Image’s panel discussion on Fraggle Rock: Rock On w/ performers and producers! Starts at 7pm ET.
- Whiskey fans should clearly do a virtual tasting with Whiskey Library and Virginia Distillery Co. from 8:30pm ET to 10pm ET; includes four whiskies, and registration ($35) includes a donation to Friends & Family Meal, which supports hospitality industry workers impacted by COVID-19.
- You can also learn how to make cocktails from pantry staples with Gastro Obscura tonight! Virtual class is in session at 8pm ET, and tickets are $20.
- If it’s tunes you’re after, 100% check out La Blogotheque’s presentation of a Julia Jacklin Stay Away Show! Starts at 1pm ET.
- Or if you’re trying to cut a rug, scope Detroit’s Movement At Home (the virtual edition of Movement Music Festival in partnership w/ Beatport) now thru Monday! Ellen Allien, Claude VonStroke and more are all set to appear.
Sunday May 24th
- Caveat is set to host digital versions of Queer Memoir and Masters of Social Gastronomy (themed around NYC’s favorite foods) tonight! Tickets to either/or start at $5.
- Over in tunes territory, Kishi Bashi is set to go live for a Stay Away Show on La Blogotheque at 1pm ET!
- The National Memorial Day Concert is also happening virtually at 8pm ET, so if you’re keen to check that out, PBS has you covered with a YouTube stream.
- Or just d-d-d-d-dance your face off from 5pm to 9pm ET thanks to Nowadays’ virtual presentation of what would’ve been the Mister Sunday season opener! (It’ll be a re-run of Eamon Harkin & Justin Carter from a summer past, but that’s good enough for us!)
Monday May 25th
- Kathie Lee Gifford is set to host the virtual Parade of Heroes starting at 11am ET; you can stream it here.
- Food-wise, like we mentioned, there are loads of carry-out and delivery specials for Memorial Day in the DC-area, and we have a grilling guide if you’re trying to get your hands dirty.
- Or skip the BBQ vibes and hit up a virtual book club instead! Books Are Magic will host NYRB’s discussion of Slow Days, Fast Company by Eve Babitz over Zoom starting at 7pm ET.
- Plus Caveat is set to host a virtual NERD SEARCH, which is allegedly like the American Idol of nerds! Starts at 7pm ET, tickets are $5+.
- AND Uncut Gems hits Netflix today! Watch it, and check out our thinkpiece about the tension between urban vs. suburban identity, amplified by a pandemic, through the lens of Uncut Gems and Bad Education.
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