Social distancing is tough, but you don’t need to resort to repeatedly binge-watching Love Is Blind to fill the hours. A ton of entertainers, musicians, educators, institutions, and other creators are putting out content online right now. Many offerings are available as live stream concerts or experiences, so you can share that essential, communal experience with other people–wherever you might be sheltering.
Anti-Matter “Stay the F*ck Home” Sessions: Norman Brannon of Texas is the Reason hosts a series of “isolation interviews” on Instagram Live with fellow musicians including Geoff Rickly (Thursday), Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amoré), Tim Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz), and others.
Weekdays at noon on Instagram Live
AXS Virtual Home Sets: Ticket-selling giant AXS (one of the AEG companies) is staging tons of online concerts, many from big-name artists. Nic Jaar, Chloe x Halle, Foals, and Josh Ritter have participated; check daily for more.
Daily, various times. Details at axs.com/livestream
Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service): Ben Gibbard will perform live streamed solo sets from his home studio, along with virtual ‘guests’ performing from their own locations.
Daily at 4 p.m. on Facebook Live.
Boiler Room: The global music series will be “streaming from isolation” with some of the world’s top DJs doing live online sets direct from their homes. The site will also be replaying special archive footage.
Visit boilerroom.tv or Facebook for details and schedule
Christine and the Queens: Each afternoon, Héloïse Adelaïde Letissier, aka Christine and the Queens, will stage a short live performance.
Daily at 10 a.m. on Instagram Live.
Diplo: Tune in for a live 90-minute “quarantine mix” DJ set from Diplo’s living room.
Daily at 7 p.m. on Twitch.
Indieheads Festival: Organized by the r/indieheads community on Reddit, enjoy two days of indie pop from Oso Oso, Remo Drive, Joe Dosik, Saint Seneca and others.
April 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Instagram
Insomniac Rewind: The producers of dance music mega-fests EDC, Hard, and more have been recording their artists for years, and are now releasing rare footage of archived sets to bring the festival experience into your living room.
Various times on YouTube
Levi’s 5:01 Live: Iconic denim brand Levi’s reached out to some top-tier friends to put on daily performances. On the schedule: Moses Sumney, Vic Mensa, Sylvan Esso, Questlove, Jim James and many more.
Daily at 5:01 p.m. (get it, 501?) on Instagram Live
Levitt en Vivo: The organizers of summertime concerts at Levitt Pavilion are putting together a weekly streaming concert. Brainstory, Quinto Sol, Blanco y Negro, Cutty Flam, and The Expanders are scheduled.
Wednesday afternoons. Details at levittlosangeles.org
Metropolitan Opera: Met Opera will release video of a previously-staged performance each evening, with each release available only until the next afternoon.
Daily at 4:30 p.m., available via Met Opera on Demand app and at metopera.org
Miley Cyrus: Log on weekdays for Miley Cyrus’ live, hour-long… talk show(?), Bright Minded, featuring workout routines and conversations with celebrity friends.
Weekdays at 11:30 a.m. on Instagram and YouTube
Napalm Records: Several of the metal label’s artists will be performing live-stream concerts or releasing streams of previously unreleased footage from past performances.
Visit napalmrecords.com/corona for archive and schedule. Free; donations to crowdfunding campaigns for artists encouraged.
Neil Young: “Fireside Sessions” streaming concert series
Details to be announced at neilyoungarchives.com
Sofa King Fest: Billed as a “one-stop source for all your couch streaming concert options” Sofa King Fest is creating a platform for artists to steam and solicit donations for their band, crew, and others impacted by the pandemic. Scheduled performers include Disclosure, Melissa Etheridge, Mannie Fresh, and a 24-hour Beatport music stream.
Available at sofa-king-fest.com
Sondre Lerche: From his living room in Norway, Sondre Lerche goes live to play songs and chat with fans.
Various times on Facebook Live
Past Live Stream Concerts: While you may have missed the original live stream, video of most of these events remains archived for you to watch any time. Visit individual websites for details.
FADER FORT: The annual IRL event goes online with a nine-hour stream of live performances, conversations, cooking lessons, and other appearances from over 40 popular artists. March 31, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m on fader.com
The Indigo Girls: The Indigo Girls will go live from home with a live set of acoustic songs plus a question-and-answer conversation with viewers.
March 19 at 3 p.m. on Facebook.
Isol-Aid Festival: Australian musicians including Camp Cope, Courtney Barnett, and Alex Lahey will perform short sets throughout the weekend. The event hopes to raise money for Support Act, a charity supporting artists, touring crews, and other music professionals in need.
March 28 and 29 on Instagram Live
Shenandoah, Michael Ray, Aaron Tippin, T. Graham Brown, Austin Merrill, and Katie Austin: “Keep the Music Playing” Concert from Nashville hosted by Megan Alexander
March 18 at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live. Viewing is free; donations will be suggested for a Nashville-based charity.
TOKiMONSTA: A live stream experience and virtual ‘release party’ celebrates the release of TOKiMONSTA’s new album, Oasis Nocturno.
March 19 at 3 p.m. on Facebook Live.
Waxahatchee & Kevin Morby: Indie darlings Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby will perform live.
March 19 at 6 p.m. on Instagram Live.
Luck Reunion Presents ‘Til Further Notice Festival: Streamed from the individual homes and studios of each artist, in lieu of Willie Nelson’s annual Luck Reunion tradition.
March 19 at 4 p.m. on Twitch and luckreunion.com
Google Arts & Culture Museum Tours: Take a self-guided virtual tour through Google’s archive of top museums around the world, from the Getty to the Musée d’Orsay.
Available at Google Arts & Culture.
GRAMMY Museum: The Recording Academy museum is offering at-home music education lessons and posting unreleased video of conversations with luminaries from Bob Newhart to Billie Eilish.
Conversation schedule and lesson plans on museum website.
Hammer Museum: Join the Hammer online with digital archives, artist profiles, archive footage of conversations and live music performances, and participate in virtual meditation sessions.
Available at hammer.ucla.edu
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes: Take a virtual tour through Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form, guided by curator Dr. Susana Smith Bautista, and Almaraz’s widow, Elsa Flores Almaraz.
March 19 at 5 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram Live.
LACMA: LACMA has redesigned their website to highlight a variety of opportunities for adults and kids to learn, listen, read, watch, and explore the vast art collection
Available at lacma.org
MOCA: MOCA is now “Virtual MOCA” offering a number of interactive programs to keep you connected. The museum is staging online movie nights, family education experiences, workshops, a book club, home visits with artists, and more.
Available at moca.org
Mullin Automotive Museum: Docent-led live tours of museum founder Peter Mullin’s collection of rare cars and motorcycles
March 18 and 20 at 10 a.m. on Instagram Live.
Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County: Explore the world from the safety of your home with NHM’s online programs. They’ve posted fun content from behind-the-scenes details of museum conservation projects to ways to explore Hollywood history or tour the outdoors.
Available at nhmlac.org
Norton Simon Museum: The Norton Simon has gone online with a variety of programming. Spend time with your favorite pieces in their online collection or watch videos and listen to podcasts of expert lectures. For kids, there are fun make-at-home art projects to craft.
Available at nortonsimon.org
Petersen Automotive Museum: Stream a live, hour-long tour of the Petersen’s private vault, lead by collection manager Dana Williamson
Tours offered daily on the museum’s website.
San Diego Zoo Live Cams: Pay a virtual visit to the pandas, polar bears, penguins, koalas, baboons, tigers, or other amazing animals at the San Diego Zoo.
24 hour live cams, available here.
Life & Learning
The Newsette #MakeMorningsBetter Chat Room: Peppy daily news and lifestyle email The Newsette is creating a space for readers to discuss best practices and stay social.
Complete application form to be added to private Slack chat.
Class Central: Thousands of MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) are listed on this site, with classes in every subject matter from universities around the world.
Details vary by MOOC; visit website for details
TreePeople: Local environmental org TreePeople is offering educational programming on topics including local plants, water use, and other issues.
Available at treepeople.org