So much to see, so little time!

The Metropolitan Opera presents Nightly Opera Streams…but only for a few more days!
Until July 25
The Met’s free streams are ending on July 25, after reaching more than 20 million people around the globe. This week (Week 70) is Puccini Week, and next week hasn’t been announced yet…
View this week’s schedule

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington
By James Ijames | Directed by Taylor Reynolds
In-person at Boscobel through July 30
On-demand through August 15
In his will, George Washington included an order to free his enslaved people upon his wife’s death. Christmas Eve, 1800: George Washington is dead, Martha is battling a wicked fever, and those who have been held in bondage at Mount Vernon wait for the end to come, and the promised hour of liberation. As the night goes on, Martha moves through a fever dream of dizzying theatricality, exploring the hideous and enduring ramifications of America’s original sin. Experience it live at Boscobel, or if you prefer, stream it from the comfort of your couch.
Visit the HVSF website for tickets and more information

Festival Napa Valley
In-person and live stream

July 16, 6:30pm PDT Opening Night with Lisette Oropesa 
An unforgettable recital starring one of today’s most dazzling singers – soprano Lisette Oropesa – who performs in the picturesque outdoor stage at Charles Krug.
July 17, 6pm PDT Saturday at the Symphony 
The program includes the West Coast premiere of Nia Imani Franklin’s Chrysalis Extended and Aldo López Gavilán’s Emporium for solo piano and orchestra.
July 20, 6:30pm PDT The Four Seasons of Napa Valley
With Matt Haimovitz and Chad Hoopes

If you happen to be in California, you can attend all of these events and more in person. For the rest of us, events will be aired on the Festival Napa Valley website. Please note that all times are Pacific Daylight Time.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts presents the premiere of Working Intersections
July 17, 7pm
From July to September, Mahogany L. Browne is Lincoln Center’s first-ever poet-in-residence, curating monthly virtual and in-person events in a residency entitled “We Are The Work”—an artistic call to recharge and unite towards justice within our communities. On July 17, Browne hosts the first virtual event of her residency: Working Intersections, an online collection of poetry readings from some of the most compelling voices in the literary field and Browne’s personal literary heroes and colleagues. Experience the artists that teach, challenge, and fortify her as a mother, writer, and community organizer.
Access the premiere via the Lincoln Center at Home website

The Music Center’s Dance at Dusk outdoor series presents Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Sunday, July 18, 7:30pm PDT
Alonzo King LINES Ballet performs a mixed program that includes The Personal Element, choreographed by King in 2019 with music composed by Jazz composer and pianist Jason Moran. Special guest and New York City Ballet’s Principal Dancer Tiler Peck joins LINES Ballet for a new solo work created specifically for her by King, and rising star Roman Mejia will perform with Peck in the premiere of a new pas de deux, choreographed by King for the two NYCB colleagues.

The evening also includes:
7pm The Music Center’s Body Language, an interactive audience participation project
8:45pm Unwind Under the Stars Free Concert featuring Jens Lindemann

Access all three events via the Music Center website

Summer Cinema with the Mark Morris Dance Group

Bijoux and Double Through the Generations
July 7 – August 4
This new series will feature two free on-demand archival collections, one in July and one in August. The July collection centers on distinct roles and solos performed by different generations of dancers in Bijoux and Double, the second movement from Mozart Dances.  Dancers for Bijoux: Lauren Grant, Teri Weksler, Megan Williams. Dancers for Double: Joe Bowie, Domingo Estrada, Jr., Aaron Loux
Watch the collections on the Mark Morris website

Bijoux and Double Through the Generations: A Live Conversation
Tuesday, August 2, 8pm
Meet the artists featured in this collection during this live-streamed discussion moderated by MMDG Company Director Sam Black. This event is FREE but you must register to receive a link.  Registration will open July 22.
Register for the live conversation on the Mark Morris website

Culture Picks is a weekly feature celebrating the performing arts. The arts are back and there is so much to take in, both live and virtual. PAC staff member Coni Guhl is here to help you sort through it all. Each week we will post her curated selection of events featuring the artists you know and love from The PAC Center Series, plus a sampling of stellar local experiences. Enjoy!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Photo: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington © HVSF