It's the weekend. Change things up and fire up these livestreams.
Art-A-Whirl Online Experience
Featuring art demonstrations, virtual studio tours, musical performances, and browsing of over 800 artist shops with shipping and curbside pickup options for purchases. More info and activities at nemaa.org and NEMAA's Instagram and Facebook. 5-10 p.m. May 15; 12-10 p.m. May 16; 12-5 p.m. May 17; Free.
10 With Jen
Jen Boyles hosts a weekly musical discussion series where she connects with DJs, artists, producers, and musicians to ask them 10 questions about music and life. The debut episode features DieselBoy. Livestreaming via Facebook. 8 p.m. Every Fri. from May 7-21; free.
Hotpants Funky Soul Livestream
Find the live links to this dance party on Facebook. It's free, though there is a suggested $5 cover charge; send it via Venmo at @BrianEngel77 (write "4 Hotpants" on a note) or PayPal [email protected]
An Evening of Digital Burlesque
Virtual performances from a variety of Twin Cities burlesque artists presented by Flip Phone. Event will be broadcast on Zoom, with digital tipping for the artists accepted via Venmo and Paypal. Additional info at the Facebook event page. 9 p.m. May 15; Free.
Cocktails at the Castle – At Home!
Virtual edition of ASI's popular Cocktails at the Castle party, feauring interactive activities, recipes for you to make while you're at home, Ah Snaps happy hour sessions, and curated musical playlists from Little Fevers, Andy Cook, Green/Blue, and DJ Jake Rudh. More info at ASI's Facebook event page. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 15; Free.
Macalester College 2020 Senior Thesis Exhibition: Dislocate
Online showcase featuring artwork by Macalester College’s Senior Art Majors. Work can be viewed at macartanddesign.com. Daily from May 13-31; Free.
Open mic night featuring a variety of comedians, hosted by Derek Meyers. Streaming at Meyers's Instagram: @derek_is_meeeee and on YouTube. 9 p.m. every Fri. Free.
A weekly live performance series from the Duluth indie veterans called "It's Friday, I'm in Low." 3 p.m. on Instagram.
Free virtual hangouts focused on Asian American theater, past and present. This week, Theater Mu's artistic director, Lily Tung Crystal, hosts Michelle Krusiec, who portrays Anna May Wong in the new Netflix original series Hollywood. The chat will be broadcast on Facebook Live, and you can register (and donate directly to Mu's artistic community) at theatermu.org. 7 p.m. May 15; free.
Back Catalog Listening Party
Every Friday afternoon, hosts Mother Banjo and Anthony Ihrig bring in some fellow musicians to chat about their music and the stories behind their favorite recordings. The livestream is broadcast on the Back Catalog Listen Party's Facebook page, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. 4 p.m. May 15; free.
We Are Not Disposable
First online exhibition presented by Interact Center for Visual & Performing Arts, featuring work by 44 Interact artists responding to public perceptions about disabilities. The exhibition benefits the Disability Visibility Project. The exhibition can be viewed online. Daily from May 13-31; Free.
Glensheen Mansion Virtual Tour
Glensheen Mansion hosts a 360-degree virtual tour experience led by director Dan Hartman, one of the few people allowed on the estate at the moment. Hartman explores favorite rooms on the grounds, popular locations with guests, and providing access to previously closed spaces and rare items from the collection. There is also a newly launched tour app that has maps and audio descriptions for nearly every room in the mansion, as well as an eye-spy treasure book to help you explore the mansion. Those features can be found at glensheen.org. Virtual tours are weekdays at 8 a.m. CST via Facebook Live. 8 a.m. Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., and Fri. Free.
Not free, but also cool and happening today:
MSPIFF39 Redefined: A Virtual Film Festival
Virtual iteration of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival presented by MSP Film Society, featuring screenings of films that were originally programmed for the 2020 MSPIFF, with virtual Q&As, festival parties each night of the fest, and a virtual kick-off party featuring DJ Jake Rudh playing songs from favorite film soundtracks. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit mspfilm.org. Daily from May 15-23; $10 per film.
Garden Tour and Studio Visit with Alex M. Petersen
Virtual studio visit and garden tour from the local visual artist and educator, with a discussion of his art and process, as well as a Q&A. Presented by Soo Visual Arts Center, and streaming on SooVAC's Instagram. 10 a.m. May 16; Free.
Jewelry & Accessory Makers Mart Online
The Walker's first-ever virtual makers mart, featuring a collection of stylish jewelry and accessories from 24 local artists. Find it on Facebook here. Daily from May 16-June 14; Free.
Trash Catties Brunch Show
It’s not at Mortimers this month, but it’s still a brunch show. Sipping while watching is encouraged. Broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. Sat., May 16 on the band's Facebook and Instagram. Their music is for sale on Bandcamp.
Family Explorations: Meo(w)! Learn Vietnamese with Puppet Denise
Learn how to count in Vietnamese with Puppet Denise as she sings to her sleepy kittens. Led by Denise Hanh Huynh with MK Nguyen and Oanh Vu. RSVP and more info online. 10 a.m. May 16; Free.
The Brave New Workshop Goes Viral
Weekly digital series featuring original episodes filled with humor, storytelling, and interviews, presented by the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre. The series will feature all-new episodes every Saturday night at 8 p.m. streaming on Facebook Live and at www.bravenewworkshop.com. All contributions made during the broadcasts help support the organization while their regular operations must remain closed. 8 p.m. Every Sat. from April 4-May 30; free.
Amanda B. Perry
The Cottage Grove singer-songwriter performs "Live From My Living Room" every Saturday night. She'll sing a couple covers along with her originals. Streaming live on Perry's Facebook page. 7 p.m. May 16; free.
Instagram Live Artist Talks: Aaron Spangler and Theaster Gates
The Walker presents a weekly conversation live on their Instagram featuring a variety of curators and artists discussing their creative responses to the COVID-19 crisis and the way art continues to inform and inspire us. This week's conversation features artists Aaron Spangler and Theaster Gates. 2 p.m. May 16; Free.
Bad Bad Hats
"Islands in the Livestream" is a weekly stream from Bad Bad Hats featuring a set of originals, covers, Q&A, and more. 4 p.m. YouTube.
Saturday Circuit hosted by YWCA Minneapolis
Work out with EG. Find it on Facebook. Saturdays, from 9 to 10 a.m.
Sassy Lassy Trivia
PG-13 online trivia contest. Participants can play alone or pull together a virtual team. More details at the event's Facebook page. 7 p.m. May 16; Free.
The central Minnesota singer-songwriter will perform from his living room every week. "Chances are his wife, kiddos, and three furry friends (hairless cat not as furry) may make an appearance." Streaming via Shines's Facebook. 7:30 p.m. May 16; free.
Live streaming virtual concert from her living room to yours, featuring special guest Cormac Ó Sé. Presented by Celtic Junction Arts Center, broadcast via CJAC Facebook page. The artist will be accepting freewill donations during the concert. 3 p.m. May 16; Free.
Concerts on the Couch: Benefit for St. Stephen's Human Services
Featuring seventeen artists performing throughout the month of May, supporting St. Stephen's work of ending homelessness. All performances will be streamed live on St. Stephen's Facebook page, with donations being accepted online here. 8 p.m. May 16; 8 p.m. May 19; 8 p.m. May 20; 8 p.m. May 27; Free.
Not free, but also cool and happening today:
Acme Insider Zoom Comedy Show
Online comedy show featuring sets from comedians Erica Rhodes, John DeBoer, and Jackie Kashian. Tickets and additional info online. 8 p.m. May 16; $11.
Communion Opening Party 2020
Live virtual concert featuring DJ sets from DJ Minx, Christian James, Nola, Aaron Brooks, Icarus Redux, Neil Fox, and Daniel Paul Cortez, presented by Intellephunk. Donations for the artists will be accepted via PayPal and Venmo during the performances. Streaming live on www.twitch.tv/centrificmpls. 10 p.m. May 17; Free.
Miss Richfield 1981's Bingo Bonanza
Online bingo games streaming live on Facebook and Zoom, hosted by drag cabaret legend Miss Richfield 1981 (Russ King), with trivia and a musical number from the hostess. Registration and more info at playbingobonanza.com. 7 p.m. Every Thu. from April 30-May 31; 2 p.m. Every Sun. from May 3-31; free.
Magic Mirror Virtual Experiences
Pop-up dance classes, craft, story times, slumber parties, game nights, and more hosted by fairy tale princesses via Facebook live. Click "interested" to get updates, and check out a sampling in the "discussion" section of their Facebook page. Free. 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Mother Banjo Sunday Singalong
Every Sunday, Mother Banjo will be streaming a performance on her Facebook page that is heavy on audience participation. Ellen Stanley will lead listeners in folk and gospel tunes that the whole family can sing together. A guaranteed great start to your Sunday morning. 11 a.m. May 17; free.
Shotgun Ragtime Band
The weekly Grateful Sunday gig gone digital. This week, Shotgun Ragtime Band will showcase an acoustic set and an electric set. Tune in for what you’re feeling or stay for both. Livestream via Facebook, with donations accepted via the band's GoFundMe. 5 p.m. May 17; free.
Sunday Supper with Vicky Emerson
"We'll do a recipe, play three songs, and also help someone," the Americana singer says of her new Sunday series. "Think of this show as Mr. Rogers with Chardonnay." Streaming via Emerson's Facebook and Instagram. Donations can be made via PayPal at [email protected], Venmo @Vicky-Wallace, and Patreon. 5 p.m. Every Sun. from April 5-May 31; free.