Culture from Your Couch

Exhibitions, live performances, and classes are on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean art and culture are taking a break. Try these digital alternatives to an IRL event.

As nonessential workers and most school children are sheltering-in-place during the coronavirus crisis, arts and culture organizations have turned concerts, classes, and conversations into digital events.

Those of us lucky enough to stay healthy are staying home while we all attempt to flatten the curve of coronavirus contractions. In between working remotely and managing kid care, there might even be time for some cerebral fulfillment. We’ve rounded up a collection of online courses, events, readings, and tours to keep your cultural bucket half full. 


Wendy MacNaughton Drawing Class: 10 a.m. every day on MacNaughton’s Instagram

Mo Willems Livestream Weekday Doodle 

Google Arts & Culture: Virtual tours of some of the most famous museums around the world and their exhibits

Craft in America: PBS episodes available


Michael Chabon Reads You Bedtime Stories

Storyline Online


The Quarantine: Virtual Open Mic Series: Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary Live: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s Easter in the Park Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary Contest has moved to Instagram 

Funny or Die Free Online Comedy Classes


Yale’s “The Science of Well Being” Online Course 

Stanford University’s Free Online Courses

LACMA’s Online Courses


Readings by Writers: Mondays and Thursdays at 5 p.m.

Pandemic Journal: Short Audio Essays from the New York Review of Books 


NPR’s List of Live Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Shutdown

Broadway Shows You Can Stream 

SFJazz Live on YouTube: New video every Tuesday

Concerts to Livestream During the Coronavirus Outbreak

San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score Series

Nightly Met Opera Streams

Rufus Wainwright Robe Recitals: Posted to Instagram daily 


Virtual Yosemite

Winchester Mystery House Video Tour


Nicole Cronin Yoga Class: Free on Instagram every day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Services at Glide Memorial Church: Sunday services are streamed online at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. weekly


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