28 June 2020

Sequestrian Arts | June 28, 2020

What is/are Sequestrian Arts?

With the world in lockdown due to Covid-19 (link to the CDC info site), many people are stuggling, practically, emotionally, and creatively. As a long-time creative & librarian I thought I might be able to help by doing what I do best: finding/sharing information. Below is part a series I am developing on the Sequestering Arts. The notion is to provide links to interesting, comforting, & creative online resources that you can explore & enjoy while home- or place-bound.

The series can be accessed via the image link at left or this link.


  • Richard II | Free Shakespeare on the Radio | WNYC In Collaboration with The Public

    [From website] "RICHARD II will be broadcast in four parts nightly from Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 for listeners in the New York tri-state area and will stream nationwide at WNYC.org."

  • Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (UK) | THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES by Kendall Feaver, directed by Katy Rudd | YouTube | Runtime: 2:07:51
    https://youtu.be/BJlpxSouCOk | Audio described: https://youtu.be/l6ucmPkFJe0
    [Play description] "Anna is coming of age. Possibilities are unfurling in front of her and she’s ready to take control. But her mother’s been standing guard all these years, taking care, editing the choices. When Anna makes a decision that could affect the rest of her life, can Renee stand by and watch? From writer Kendall Feaver comes a family story full of heart and humour, of a young woman trying to take control and a mother compelled to protect her. Winner of a Judges Award at the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. (CONTENT WARNING The show contains frank discussion of mental illness throughout. There is a scene containing an attempted overdose at the end of Act One and Act Two contains graphic scenes depicting a woman suffering from extreme mental distress.)"

  • Brave Spirits Theatre | Online Play Readings

    [Info] "Brave Spirits Theatre spent the month of May exploring the history play genre in a series of live online readings of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Now, you can watch recordings of seven readings, featuring the works of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Peele, and the ever-popular “Unknown” on their YouTube page. Keep an eye out for a new upcoming date for their live reading of John Ford’s Perkin Warbeck."

    [About BST] "Brave Spirits Theatre is dedicated to plays from the era of verse and violence, staging visceral and intimate productions of Shakespeare and his contemporaries with a focus on female artists and feminist perspectives."

  • American Players Theater | Out of the Woods - Live Play Reading Series

    [From website] "We are excited to announce a new play reading series: Out of the Woods, play readings performed and recorded live. APT’s Core Acting Company, alongside some other great APT actors, will be reading a selection of plays using Zoom virtual meeting software. The readings are streamed live and recorded by PBS Wisconsin. Play readings will be posted on Fridays at 7:00 PM CT on their website: pbswisconsin.org, and free to view, with all six plays available July 17 through July 26."

  • Scottish Ballet | The Rite of Spring | YouTube | Runtime: 37:20

    [From description] "Stay Home with Stravinsky Experience the bold and electrifying rhythms of The Rite of Spring from the comfort of your own home. Following a critically acclaimed UK tour, Christopher Hampson's The Rite of Spring is now being broadcast in full for free to audiences worldwide. The performance was filmed at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh in October and is available to stream online from 7pm BST Wednesday 27 May until 30 June 2020. Age guidance: 12+ (Contains some scenes of violence)."

  • Earth Virtual Milonga! | Next milonga - June 28th

    [From website] "The Earth Virtual Milonga (EVM) is a FREE virtual party where people from all over world meet up via the Zoom platform to do what they love to do most: to listen, watch, and dance TANGO!" (New milonga every 2 weeks.)


  • The King's Singers | "You are the New Day" (John David, arr. Peter Knight) | YouTube

    NOTE: When vinyl record albums were still a thing I bought one of The King's Singers' solely to hear their rendition of "You Are the New Day." So it was a delight to see the latest group of the King's gents with a new version.

  • Brandon Acker | Introducing Gut Strings | YouTube | Runtime: 7:33

    [From Acker's About info]: "Brandon J. Acker is a sought out classical guitarist and specialist in early plucked instruments. Recent achievements include two debut CDs released by Jester Recordings and a highly praised collaboration with the creators of Les Misérables in the English language premiere of their musical La Revolution Française. He received 1st prize in the 2010 Society of American Musicians competition. He has toured extensively in the UK and Canada with Chamber Opera Chicago and performed with notable groups such as The Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, The Joffrey Ballet, The Chicago Philharmonic, The Newberry Consort, Music of the Baroque, Opera Lafayette, Haymarket Opera, Third Coast Baroque, Bella Voce and more. He's been praised for his "Salient licks on the theorbo and baroque guitar" by the Milwaukee Sentinel."

  • Stage@Seven: Beethoven: Violin Concerto | Christian Tetzlaff / Andrés Orozco-Estrada|May 2020 | YouTube | Runtime: 44:12

    [From description] "Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Frankfurt Radio Big Band live! hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony Christian Tetzlaff, Violin Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Conductor Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto D major op. 61 I. Allegro ma non troppo II. Larghetto III. Rondo Beethoven cadenza arranged by Christian Tetzlaff.
    Note: In accordance with the current restrictions imposed by the Corona pandemic in Germany, this livestream series currently only features ensembles up to chamber orchestral size. The required minimum distances are respected. Streaming is also carried out in a reduced setting."

  • Compare & Contrast time! | LA CUMPARSITA (Composed in 1916)

    "La Cumparsita" is a famous tune typically played at the end of a tango milonga/dance event. It signals the closing of the time the dancers have spent in close communion. Here's a translation of part of the lyrics.

I always remember you
with the divine affection
I had for you.
And you are everywhere,
part of my life,
and those eyes that were my joy
I look for them everywhere
and I can’t find them.

Here are several versions of them for you to enjoy, compare, and, perhaps, dance to!



  • Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (3-time Hugo award winner) | “Africanfuturism: Disrupting Science Fiction”| Her talk from the 2020 Igbo Conference | Runtime: 1:15:15

    [From description] "Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism for children and adults. Her works include WHO FEARS DEATH (in development at HBO into a TV series), the BINTI novella trilogy, THE BOOK OF PHOENIX, the AKATA books and LAGOON. She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus and Lodestar Awards and her debut novel ZAHRAH THE WINDSEEKER won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. Her next novel, IKENGA, will be in stores August 2020. Nnedi has also written comics for Marvel, including BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING and WAKANDA FOREVER (featuring the Dora Milaje) and the SHURI series, an Africanfuturist comic series LAGUARDIA (from Dark Horse) and her short memoir BROKEN PLACES AND OUTER SPACES. Nnedi is also cowriter the adaptation of Octavia Butler’s WILD SEED with Viola Davis and Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu. Nnedi holds a PhD (literature) and two MAs (journalism and literature). She lives with her daughter Anyaugo and family in Illinois."

  • A collection of free [text] books from Springer

    [From website] "To help support everyone during Covid-19, Springer has released a ton of free textbooks. This is great, but their web page for this is not super friendly, and expects you to download some Excel sheet to figure out what they have on offer.This web page hopes to make it easier to access all this knowledge."


  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Asides podcast series

    [From website] "Inspired by Shakespeare’s “asides”—moments when characters speak directly to the audience and pull them into the story—this podcast shares the world of theater making from our home on Chicago’s Navy Pier. ASIDES shares valuable insights from our team of scholars, conversations with artists, and questions from our listeners to dive deeper into work happening at Chicago Shakespeare."


  • Alexander McQueen, Designer | Research Library | PDF download link included

    [From website] "Alexander McQueen’s personal collection of reference books was intrinsic to his development as a designer. The National Art Library at the V&A holds some of the books that were key to his creativity."

    NOTE: The actual library is not what's posted here. The PDF is a detailed, annotated list of the collection.

    BONUS ITEM: See Ami Waring from the McQueen design team demonstrate how the panther from the tailor’s quilt patchwork is created. | Runtime: 4:10 | https://youtu.be/dz6WaWlbTnA

  • 175 Years of ScotWays | YouTube | Runtime: 21:19

    [From description] "A recorded talk on the story of ScotWays — the body with a mission to uphold public access in Scotland. The organisation was established in Edinburgh in 1845 to tackle the problem of paths being blocked in the city. Richard Barron, Chief Operations Officer at ScotWays, gives a whistle-stop tour of the UK's oldest outdoor recreation organisation. Learn about the events and characters involved in ScotWays development and the battles to protect the public's right of access."

  • A Thames Mudlarking Find from the Workhouse - Mudlarking the River Thames with Nicola White | YouTube | Runtime: 25:09



  • How to Use Masks during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    [From web page] "As lockdown restrictions ease in the US, many cities and states still require wearing a mask to help stop the spread of COVID19. Our illustrated guide explains what you should know about face coverings, and offers best practices for personal protection. A series of simple steps outlines the answers."

13 June 2020

Sequestrian Arts | June 13, 2020


What is/are Sequestrian Arts?
With the world in lockdown due to Covid-19 (link to the CDC info site), many people are stuggling, practically, emotionally, and creatively. As a long-time creative & librarian I thought I might be able to help by doing what I do best: finding/sharing information. Below is part a series I am developing on the Sequestering Arts. The notion is to provide links to interesting, comforting, & creative online resources that you can explore & enjoy while home- or place-bound.

The series can be accessed via the image link at left or this link. 



Theater | Theatre
  • Stratford Festival on Film | Love's Labour's Lost | Runtime: 2:42:40
  • National Black Theatre | NBT @ Home | Videos
    Playlist: https://youtu.be/PiohTzKjq6o
    [From description] " About the series: NBT @ Home is a weekly series of artists in the NBT family engaging in one-on-one discussions with other creatives on topics including theater and the arts, community, health, and more." ⁣⁣
  • Miracle Theatre | The Importance of Being Earnest | By Oscar Wilde | Video | Runtime: 1:53:06

    [From description] "Miracle Theatre presents ‘the funniest play ever written’. Set in 1912 with the Titanic sinking, mass production just beginning on the Morris Oxford and the Turkey Trot causing outrage across the dance floors of polite society, this tale of the strange contents of a handbag found at Victoria station cries out for the sort of surreal treatment that has become Miracle Theatre's hallmark."
    "Cornwall's award winning Miracle Theatre produces a rich mix of touring theatre, always with a unique comic style, joyful use of language, immediate visual appeal and suitable for anyone & everyone - and we'd like to share the love with viewers around the world!"
  • Compass Collective | Imagine

    [From website] "Created in isolation by young people from across the UK, the film combines spoken word, animations, lockdown stories and songs, and invites everyone to celebrate the creativity and contribution of those seeking sanctuary in tumultuous circumstances.The film will be released for free across the Globe’s social media channels on Saturday 20 June, Refugee Day. Migration Matters Festival will host a live Q&A with members of Compass Collective that evening. Further details can be found on their website and social media channels."
  • National Theatre (UK) | The Madness of King George | June 11-18, 2020 | Mark Gatiss as George III

Dance | Movement
  • New York City Ballet: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1986) | Runtime: 1:45:53
  • HALLELUJAH - A Circus/Queer Film | By Matthew Richardson | Runtime: 5:33

    [From description - see full notes] "Hallelujah” is a queer/circus concept about religion and the importance of choosing kindness regardless of our differences or beliefs. Religion is a tough subject for many in the LGBTQ community, and this piece is a reflection of the struggle and rejection we often feel. It tells the story of an individual troubled by the hate in the world and his partner who is fighting to lift him up, to remind him he is beautiful exactly how he is. My message is that religion should inspire more kindness and open arms, even towards those you may not understand."

  • Symposium | Theresa Ruth Howard “Dark Muse: Balanchine and Blackness” | The Museum at FIT  | Runtime: 24:35
    [From description] "Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse was The Museum at FIT’s 23rd academic symposium. The one-day event explored the ways in which twentieth-century ballerinas and their glamorous, romantic costumes profoundly inspired modern fashion. Theresa Ruth Howard danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem and was a founding member of Armitage Gone! Dance. Founder and curator of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet, a website documenting nearly 500 dancers of color, Howard has become an internationally recognized teacher, lecturer, and consultant."
  • Dance-Tryptich (1/3): Songhay Toldon | Interview (text) & Video | Runtime: 6:36

    JJ Note: Toldon's choreography is eloquent and powerful, his dancing poignant, aggressive, and allusive.

  • Pompeii Live from the British Museum | Video | Runtime: 1:27:27

    [From description] "In 2013 we broadcast live from our blockbuster exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. This 90 minute broadcast presented by Bettany Hughes and Peter Snow includes interviews with Rachel De Thame, Giorgio Locatelli and Mary Beard. Please be advised this recording is BBFC rated as 12A and contains some sexual imagery and swearing, viewer discretion is advised."
  • Vikings: Live from the British Museum | Video | Runtime: 1:28:52
    [From description] "The Vikings are coming... again! In 2014 we followed on from the success of Pompeii Live with another live broadcast- this time from the exhibition Vikings: life and legend. Here is that broadcast, presented by Bettany Hughes and Michael Wood, featuring the largest Viking warship ever found, Roskilde 6 along with interviews with Viking scholars from across the world. Michael and Bettany explore the viking world from the homelands to its farthest reaches, Viking ship craft, trading, warfare and religion are brought to life through the spectacular objects that were brought together for this blockbuster exhibition. This video has a BBFC rating of 12A and contains descriptions of graphic violence that some viewers may find distressing, viewer discretion is advised."
  • Cincinnati Zoo | Daily "Home Safaris"
  • [9:56 Hours] Train Journey to the Norwegian Arctic Circle, WINTER [1080HD] SlowTV

  • Public Domain Review | Old English Customs Extant at the Present Time (1896)

    [From website] "Some of the old English customs that Peter Hempson Ditchfield describes in this fascinating late Victorian book are still familiar today. Carols and plum pudding for Christmas, hot cross buns on Good Friday, the maypole on May Day remain familiar features, if not of common English experience, at least of nostalgic imagination. But many other customs will be completely unfamiliar to twenty-first-century readers."
  • QueerReader.com
    http://queerreader.com/  (Has an RSS feed link)
    [From About page] "Dean Van de Motter is the editor and publisher of QueerReader.com.  The purpose of QueerReader.com is to provide information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender readers seeking quality literature"
  • U.S. Copyright Office YouTube Channel

    JJ: Their new instructionals are quite good.

  • Jean-Marie Leclair:  Sonata III "Un poco Andante"
    Performed by: Saskia Birchler - Violin, second half 18th Century & Miguel Rincón -  14c Archluth by Andreas V. Holst
  • African Music | African Conga Drums | Traditional African Drum Music | Video | Runtime" 3:02:35
  • NPRs "Tiny Desk Concerts now has a Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts channel on YouTube
    Playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy2PCKGkKRVYPm1tBwoX45ocAzuhVyvJX
    [From description] "The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts, bringing you performance sessions from across the country."
  • Elementary, My Dear Soundtrack | Tedium.co | By Andrew Egan

    [From website] "Tedium takes you from foggy London to the Australian Outback and even into the 22nd century as we look at some of the amazing theme songs produced by the various versions of Sherlock Holmes."
  • 10 Contemporary Black Classical Composers | Alternative Classical
  • Library of Congress | The Boccaccio Project | See site for daily weekday concerts 15-26 June 2020

    [From website] "In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we draw on Boccaccio’s example to offer some musical responses. We have asked 10 pairs of composers and performers to write and perform brief solo works to be premiered online over the course of 10 weekdays in June."

  • The Irish Blessing - over 300 churches from our island sing a blessing over Ireland and beyond | Video | Runtime: 6:50

    [From description] "Individuals from 300 Christian churches and organisations located in every county on the island submitted self-recordings of vocals and instruments which have been compiled by our creative team to produce this music video - we hope you receive a blessing as you watch it." Click ""CC" for closed captioning.
  • The Silent Watcher  | YouTube Channel
    [from About] "Here you will find a unique and original collection of highest quality relaxing videos. ALL of the footage and ambient sounds on this channel are personally recorded, edited and produced by me and are not available anywhere else. The purpose of these videos is to help in healing and re-balancing the mind, body and spirit, by helping people experience moments of peace, clarity and relaxation. Produced with attention to detail, the videos are available in 4K UltraHD or FullHD resolutions and high definition audio for full immersion and a realistic experience."

  • Alphonso Dunn | Pen & Ink Drawing Tutorials | Ballpoint pen portrait demo

    JJ: I'm gearing up to take some online drawing courses. I have Dunn's books and am hauling together my drawing tools. Here's the link to Dunn's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/LighterNoteProd

    Also noteworthy in this video is that the subject of the portrait is Black author/activist James Baldwin. See this 1962 essay of his from The New Yorker, "Letters From a Region of My Mind" https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1962/11/17/letter-from-a-region-in-my-mind

  • Easiest Self-haircut 2020 | How to Cut Your Own Hair (best for white men/women with short styles;)

    JJ Note: I've been Bob's barber for years now. I've let him trim my hair . . . once . . . two weeks ago, and only in back. This video tempts me to try a self-trim, not quite as short--but it shows me how to use the tools we have.
  • Warp Earth Catalog
    [From website] "Warp Earth Catalog is a weekly mixtape of ideas to inspire, inform, enable and energize creativity and positivity in a time of global disruption and uncertainty. Based on the classic countercultural guide the Whole Earth Catalog and its credo of ‘access to tools’, these are tools for strength, awareness and thoughtful entertainment. From wherever in the world we are, let’s support each other, make things and help maintain the ecosystem of independent creativity."
  • Can We Escape From Information Overload? | 1843 Magazine | By Tom Lamont

    An artist tries to live in total darkness for 30 days.
  • This Mural in Queens Highlights COVID-19’s Impact on People of Color | An image of a brave doctor, large enough to be seen from space.

    [From website] "In the parking lot of the Queens Museum, at the heart of one of the American neighborhoods most impacted by the coronavirus, a masked face now looks up at the sky, large enough to be seen from space. This is the face of the late medical doctor Ydelfonso Decoo, who was thinking about retirement before the pandemic struck. Rather than retire, he treated coronavirus patients from his community, and subsequently died of COVID-19."

    JJ: This is an astounding work of public art. Included is a description of its inception and video about its making.
  • Architecture Hub | Belgian Guy Creates An Archive Of Ugly Belgian Houses | Via The Mind Circle
  • Mind Circle | Artist Paints Beautiful Flowers on All Over The Walls During Quarantine https://themindcircle.com/paints-walls/

    JJ Note: see the website of the artist too: Nathalie Lété



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