Many organizations continue to operate and provide activities, tours, and other experiences during these unprecedented times. WUSF Public Media has put together a list of organizations, both locally and nationally, who continue to provide experiences from the comfort of our homes and also events with safe social distancing protocols in place.
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James Suggs – At The Independent in St. Petersburg every Sunday from 3-5 pm
February 5. 8pm – Sax man Jeremy Carter always finds the sweet spot between Jazz and Soul.
His Soul of Jazz concerts at the Palladium have been consistent sell-outs and audience favorites.
March 5. 8pm– The Florida based Jazz trio La Lucha performs a variety of standards, reimagined pop arrangements and original compositions.
They are joined by world-renowned clarinetist/saxophonist Ken Peplowski and the exciting trumpeter James Suggs.
March 19. 8pm – Singing in both English and Portuguese, Soledade and her band share some classic samba, bossa nova, and American standards, including tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Ary Barroso, Michael Franks and Los Hermanos.
The band features longtime musical director Nate Najar on guitar, multi-instrumentalist Patrick Bettison, Joe Porter on bass, Jean Bolduc on drums and Alvon Griffin on percussion, with very special guest, cellist Yves Dharamraj.
April 9. 8pm – Jazz singer Ona Kirei celebrates the music of Lennon and McCartney in this special Palladium Live concert.
Joining Kirei for This Bird Has Flown is Dominic Walker on guitar, who started the project with her, along with Pablo Arencibia, piano, Alejandro Arenas, bass, and Jean Bolduc, drums.
Jazz Club of Sarasota Events
The Bridge jazz series is a collaborative project with the Jazz Club of Sarasota, Fogartyville/WSLR, and SAMBA, a group of area jazz enthusiasts anxious to bridge the void of excellent jazz performances created by the pandemic.
The Bridge Jazz Series lineup
Thursday, February 18th – Hot Club SRQ and Berimbau
Thursday, March 18th – Michael Ross Trio w/ Fred Johnson
Thursday, April 15th – Gumbi Ortiz and New Groove City; and Synia Carroll
Local Virtual Community Events
The James Museum from Home – Explore The James Museum collection online through art, movies, books, music, family activities and more. Each week the curated content is freshly considered and presented as a new way to experience the museum from home. Visit The James Museum from Home at jamesmuseum.org.
The Dalí Museum – The Dalí Museum offers free virtual tours that allow you to engage with the artwork of the renowned Salvador Dalí through its app and online exhibits. There are several self-guided tours on The Dalí Museum App along with many different exhibitions and collections, including Midnight in Paris, 1929, and Dreams of Dalí.
Florida Holocaust Museum – The Florida Holocaust Museum is providing virtual tours and events to help continue its public engagement of this significant historical event. These virtual events include Testimony Tuesday, Artifact Wednesday, and Lesson Thursday.
The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum – The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum continues to hold a number of special events virtually. These will include Coffee in Common: A Discussion of Race and Politics, The 1619 Brunch, and more! These events can be found on the museum’s website.
Tampa Museum of Art – The Tampa Museum of Art invites you to tune in to their weekly and daily series to learn new insights from artists, curators, and educators about the artwork at the museum. More information can be found on their website.
Lake Wales History Museum – While the Lake Wales History Museum is closed to the public, you can explore the museum and virtual learning from anywhere with online videos, historical online exhibits, virtual tours, and our historic walking tour. There is a wealth of academic lessons for educators and parents, as well. Visit us at www.lakewalesfl.gov/museum, and go to The Virtual Museum.
The Ringling Museum – You can visit The Ringling museum from the comfort of your home! The complex offers a few different opportunities for exploration and discovery with the State Art Museum of Florida, Circus Museum, Ca’ d’Zan mansion, and Bayfront Gardens. The Ringling Museum is currently open to visitors with some alterations to ensure the health and safety of both visitors and staff. For more information, visit The Ringling Museum’s website.
The Bishop Museum – You can visit The Bishop Museum remotely. You’ll find videos about the Museum, about their exhibitions, animals, and even the people who work there! The museum will be adding to this page as they develop new content to share. The museum is also open to the public, Wednesday-Sunday, with adjusted operating hours. Visit the museum’s website for more information.
Asolo Rep Theatre – The Asolo Rep Theatre offers multiple opportunities to engage with the organization remotely. These include online and on-air programs, including Musical Moments, Engage On Air, and Ground Floor Series: Making Musicals. For more information and content like this, visit the Asolo Rep Theatre’s website.
Still Here: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context – Still Here: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context features rarely seen 1939 to 1988 era photographic imagery of the groundbreaking life and photographic practice of Griff Davis. A pioneer international photographer, journalist, U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer, and photo-documentarian, Mr. Davis’ artistic and iconic photographs capture historical moments and figures, lifestyles, personalities and people across a spectrum of political, socio-economic and artistic sectors at the vortex of the Civil Rights Movement and the Independence Movement of Africa. His multi-media work will be fully displayed in context with thematically complementary contemporary artworks by artists Romare Bearden, Emory Douglas, Jacob A. Lawrence, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, and Hank Willis Thomas.
This event will be held at the USF Contemporary Art Museum. The event will run from January 22 to March 6. Reservations will be required to visit USFCAM; masks and social distancing required on campus. Check cam.usf.edu for reservation information and opening status.
Still Here Online Opening Celebration + Conversation – Join us for an opening celebration for Still Here: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context with exhibition curators Dorothy M. Davis, President of Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives; Christian Viveros-Fauné, CAM Curator at Large; and Noel Smith, CAM Deputy Director and Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art. Visit cam.usf.edu for details. To register for this event, click here.
Still Here Online Curators’ Tour – USFCAM Curators Christian Viveros-Fauné and Noel Smith will give a guided tour of Still Here: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context. This event will be held on February 16, at 3:00 PM EST on Zoom and Facebook Live. Visit cam.usf.edu for details.
Marking Monuments – Engaging with the global dialogues confronting colonialist and racist monuments, markers and memorials in public space, Marking Monuments presents a selection of artists’ installations and interventions that challenge, erase and transform dominant histories, offering reimagined representations for equity in public culture. Marking Monuments includes projects by Ariel René Jackson, Joiri Minaya, Karyn Olivier in collaboration with Trapeta B. Mayson, John Sims, and Monument Lab. Marking Monuments is curated by Sarah Howard, USF Curator of Public Art and Social Practice; and organized by the USF Contemporary Art Museum. This event will run from January 22 to March 6. Reservations will be required to visit USFCAM; masks and social distancing required on campus. Check cam.usf.edu for reservation information and opening status.
Marking Monuments Online Symposium – As part of USFCAM’s exhibition Marking Monuments, contemporary artists and leading practitioners in the public art field will discuss their artistic practice and creative strategies to challenge, erase and transform the dominant histories and symbols to offer reimagined representations for equity in the public realm. Panelists: Ariel René Jackson, Karyn Olivier, Joiri Minaya, John Sims, and Patricia Enuji Kim of Monument Lab; Moderator: Sarah Howard, USF Curator of Public Art and Social Practice.
This panel is the first in a four-part symposium series, Monuments, Markers and Memory, that focuses on the critical exploration of power, politics and activism around public monuments and memorials. The Monuments, Markers and Memory symposium series is made possible through a partnership between the Florida Public Archaeology Network; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; USF Department of Anthropology; USF Contemporary Art Museum; New College Public Archaeology Lab; and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and is supported by Florida Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and USF ResearchOne. This event will be held on January 23 at 11:00 AM EST. Visit cam.usf.edu for details. To register for this event, click here. Information on future panels can be found on the Monuments, Markers and Memory Facebook Page.
Marking Monuments Online Curator’s Tour – Sarah Howard, USF Curator of Public Art and Social Practice, will lead an online tour of the exhibition Marking Monuments and discuss the power of monuments to construct history and reflect collective memories of the past, present and future. This event will be held on February 25, at 6:00 PM EST via Zoom and Facebook Live. Visit cam.usf.edu for details.
An Evening with Dorothy M. Davis; The Photography And Life Of Griffith J. Davis: Hosted By The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library – Dorothy M. Davis, President of Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives, will present an illustrated talk focusing on the impact of the photography and legacy of her father Griffith J. Davis (1923-1993), pioneering Black photojournalist, filmmaker, and US Senior Foreign Service Officer.
Plus: live Q&A! The online session will be moderated by Dr. Antoinette Jackson, chair of the USF Anthropology Department. This event is presented by the University of South Florida (USF) Contemporary Art Museum, in partnership with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library (THPL). This event will be held on February 11, at 6:30 PM EST. Visit cam.usf.edu for details.
Florida Railroad Museum & Parrish Playworks – Florida Railroad Museum is hosting a dinner party for its passengers, and Parrish Playworks wants you to solve the murder mystery they are staging. But the show isn’t going smoothly this year, and it looks like an innocent(?) audience member may be poisoned, and three others have close calls. What do a retiring nun, a waitress at a diner, a kindergarten teacher, and a “personal escort” have in common? Very little, except it looks like they’ve all been targeted for murder. But why? And where did the mysterious butler go? The detective who takes charge of the investigation must decide which one is the real intended victim . . . and which one is the murderer. Audience members may have seen and heard more than they’re saying, and they may be called upon to “testify” about things they learned about the victim before her untimely demise. Things can get complicated, even when it’s a Murder in Black and White.
Prizes will be awarded at each show for the guests Best Dressed in black and white attire, and for those who turn in the best and worst guesses to solve the crime. Performances run weekends from February 13—14, 20—21, 27—28, and March 6—7, 2021. Curtain is at 6:00 PM on Saturday evenings, and at 2:00 PM for Saturday and Sunday matinees. Group prices are available, and passengers are encouraged to bring their friends and families to be seated at their own dinner table. For more information, click here.
St. Petersburg Opera Company – The St. Petersburg Opera Company has a number of performances that are sure to entertain. The St. Petersburg Opera Company has free opera performance streams on its YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/StPetersburgOperaCompany. In May, the organization will begin posting its opera’s on Monday’s with a pre-show chat with Maestro Mark Sforzini on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stpeteopera. Also, the organization will hold its annual gala BELLA VOCE virtually this year. Information on the gala can be found here: www.stpeteopera.org/gala.
Creative Pinellas – Creative Pinellas has created a portal for virtual tours and performances on their Arts In page. This connects the community through local artists in Pinellas County. This consists of news, music, film, visual arts, and so much more! More information can be found at creativepinellas.org/artsin.
The Tampa Theatre – The Tampa Theatre is offering virtual cinematic experiences with a collection of new, first-run movies being released via streaming platforms by their film distribution partners. Purchase your virtual ticket on their website.
The Straz Center – The Straz Center invites you to join them on their virtual stage for a number of virtual experiences. Check The Straz Center’s website for more information.
Moving Current Dance Collective – Moving Current Dance Collective uses dances as a catalyst to help change and grow. Now, Moving Current Dance Collective is offering a VIRTUAL moving experience for all ages! More information can be found on their website here: http://movingcurrent.com/newgrounds/
“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play:” Presented by American Stage – This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings dozens of characters and live sound effects, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers a world in which he’d never been born one fateful Christmas Eve. For more information, click here.
New Music Consortium of USF: Virtual Concerts 7pm – The New Music Consortium at USF will be presenting a series of virtual concerts consisting of music by composers previously selected as participants for the USF International New Music Festival. These concerts will be viewable via YouTube live stream on the New Music Consortium YouTube page. For more information, click here.
Galleries of Ringling College – The Galleries program of Ringling College of Art and Design includes exhibitions and activities that celebrate the work and production of students, faculty and alumni. Our six on-campus galleries also host one person, group and thematic exhibitions that include locally, nationally and internationally known individuals. You will always find an exciting new exhibition, artist talk, lecture, or event to attend. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or someone who is curious about new forms of creative expression, we welcome you to expand your perspective. Discover awe-inspiring work and thought-provoking insights from the art world. Explore all the exhibitions online here.
Robison and Guests – USF musicology professor John O. Robison and members of the Bay Baroque Ensemble (Patrick Baran, violin and Keri Grosso, harpsichord) present a varied program of early music from the late Renaissance through the Baroque era on historical instruments. The concert will be streamed here. This will take place on Sunday, January 31, at 3:00 PM.
The Florida Aquarium – Join The Florida Aquarium for daily Facebook Live content through its SEA-SPAN broadcasts. This allows audiences to watch the lovely sea creatures the aquarium has to offer while temporarily closed. The aquarium has also introduced the Virtual Discoveries in STEM, a resource filled with learning opportunities for you at home! This new resource is designed to provide parents and school kids with an abundance of educational resources in this time of closure, social distancing, and homeschooling.
Busch Gardens – Join Busch Gardens of Tampa Bay to view some of the amusement park’s favorite exhibits, rides, and animals. Busch Gardens posts multiple times a week on their Facebook page. You can watch your favorite animals being fed or take a virtual ride on one of the park’s many rollercoasters!
From Hesitancy to Acceptance: the Covid-19 Vaccine – Fire Up Pinellas is pleased to have a panel of local experts who will answer questions from our community to help educate and address concerns regarding the Covid-19 vaccine.
The panel will be moderated by Gwendolyn Reese, President of the African American Heritage Association of St. Petersburg.
• Dr. Allison Messina and Dr. David Berman, pediatric infectious disease specialists;
• Dr. Linsey Grove, public health practitioner, researcher and consultant; and
• Andrea “Andee” Peaten, community immunization liaison
The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions through the moderator. In addition, questions may be submitted up to 24 hours in advance of the Zoom video call to email email@example.com.
Click here to reserve your spot.
You will receive the link to the Zoom Video Call a day before the event.
Cracker Country Rural Florida Living History Museum – Spend a Florida winter Saturday at Cracker Country, Tampa’s only outdoor living history museum. Explore original buildings from Florida’s pioneer past, including the iconic Okahumpka railroad depot, a one-room school house, a well-stocked mercantile, and more. Along the way, meet historical interpreters who are ready to share their practical craft skills that would have been familiar to Florida’s settlers at the turn of the 20th century.
The event will take place on February 20, from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children ages 6-11. Children 5 and under admitted FREE. Advance ticket purchase is required. We regret there will be no onsite ticket sales. Parking is $8 per car, $14 per bus or RV. Please enter the Fairgrounds via the US HWY 301 entrance.
Florida Virtual Community Events
The Nova Southeastern Art Museum – The Nova Southeastern Art Museum in downtown Fort Lauderdale offers virtual tours to explore the museum’s contemporary art collection. The current exhibits include “Happy!,” “I Paint My Reality,” “Transitions and Transformations,” and many more!
Biltmore Hotel – The Biltmore Hotel in Miami is offering virtual tours of this historic hotel. The tours include images of the hotel’s floor plan and images from the hotels Main Lobby ballrooms, the Palme D’Or Restaurant, and the Fontana Courtyard, to name a few.
National Naval Aviation Museum – The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola allows virtual visitors to view the museum’s extensive collection of aircraft’s. This is the world’s largest naval aviation museum and has 150 restored aircraft’s from the Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Florida Talks: At Home – Florida Talks: At Home virtually connects you with some of our state’s preeminent historians, authors, storytellers, and scholars for live programming. For more information, visit: https://floridahumanities.org/programs/florida-talks/.
The Cade Museum – The Cade is now open for general admission on Fridays and Saturdays, from noon to 5 pm, plus Special Summer hours on Thursdays from noon-5 pm from August 6th through August 27th. The museum celebrates the evolving creativity and innovation of individuals. You can also enjoy The Cade Museum from the comfort of your home. Visit www.cademuseum.org for more details.
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum – You can visit the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum from the comfort of your own home! The virtual tour allows you to tour the rooms on the first a second floor, the library, the music room, and even the Pavilion. For more information, visit The Flagler Museums website.
Florida Historic Capitol Museum – The Florida Historic Capitol Museum is offering fun and education virtual experiences. You can visit the museum through its interactive floor plans, text and photo tours, video tours, and audio tours. For more information, visit the Florida Historic Capitol Museum’s website.
Dry Tortugas National Park – You can visit one of the world’s most secluded national parks from the comfort of your own home. The Dry Tortugas National Park is offering both virtual tours and in-person tours. You can find more information listed on their website.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra – The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra offers weekly broadcasts consisting of classical works from renowned composers. You can catch these live performances every Friday at 8pm on the orchestra’s Facebook page.
The Dunedin Music Society – On August 29, The Dunedin Music Society will be holding a Virtual Band Festival of past performances by bands from across the USA & Canada! These performances will be aired live on their Facebook page, YouTube, and website.
Frost Art Museum – The Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University offers virtual tours of their recent exhibits, including Connectivity, Transitional Nature, and Terence Price II.
NSU Art Museum – You can visit the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale virtually! Explore the museum’s vast collection of exhibitions, online series, and other educational resources. Visit the NSU Art Museum’s website for more information.
Walt Disney World – Visit the happiest place on earth from the comfort of your couch! Walt Disney World is allowing you to visit all 4 of their theme parks thanks to Disney’s 360-degree panoramas on Google Street View. Walt Disney World is also currently open at limited capacity. Visit their website for more details.
Kennedy Space Center – Experience Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with Space Visor! Space Visor immerses visitors in a virtual reality experience that takes them to restricted access areas in a virtual world that brings space artifacts to life. Visit the Kennedy Space Center‘s website for more details.
National Virtual Community Events
American Museum of Natural History – The American Museum of Natural History in New York City offers virtual tours of the museum’s exhibition halls. Travel back in time to historical periods by examining artifacts and studying replicas. The museum also offers guided hall tours on its Facebook page.
Smithsonian National Museum – The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. offers a number of virtual tours that guide the viewer through history. You can view past, current, and permanent exhibits on their website.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – You can visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City from the comfort of your couch. Explore the museum’s vast collection of art or take a tour that shows the timeline of history.
The National Park Service – The National Park Service allows you to visit national parks from the comfort of your own home. You can explore the sites and sounds of the nation’s wildlife by visiting their website or social media pages.
The San Diego Zoo – The San Diego Zoo is offering an online guided tour of the zoo’s wildlife called Inside Look Tours. The tour also provides information on how the staff takes care of the animals.
The Georgia Aquarium – Visit The Georgia Aquarium’s website to watch live video feeds of sharks, fish, and even otters!
The Grand Canyon – The National Park Service invites you to visit the Grand Canyon from the comfort of your home. Explore the vast landscape surrounding this wonder of the world through virtual reality. For more information, visit The National Park Service’s website.
Museum of Modern Art – The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is holding virtual views of exhibitions every Thursday through video stories and curator Q&A’s. You can find a list of MoMa’s virtual events on their website.
BB&T Center – The BB&T Center has started a new series called Concerts #FROMYOURCOUCH. This series provides us with concerts from world-famous artists, like P!NK and John Legend, from the comfort of your home. These range from past performances and recently recorded ones from the artist’s homes.
The Art Institute of Chicago – The Art Institute of Chicago is offering virtual tours of the institute’s renowned art collection. Explore art collections filled with impressionism and even fashion.
The Getty Museum – With online art exhibitions, galleries, and other educational resources, The Getty Museum offers several online experiences to keep you and your family busy during your time at home. Visit their website for more information.
National Gallery of Art – The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is featuring multiple online exhibits through Google. These exhibits include American fashion from 1740 to 1895 and a collection of Dutch Baroque paintings from Johannes Vermeer.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, located in Manhattan, is offering free virtual tours and activities during your time at home. In addition, the museum is giving free public access to over 200 artbooks! For more information, visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s website.
MidWeek Mozart with Orli Shaham – Every Wednesday, pianist Orli Shaham will present a new movement of a Mozart piano sonata, available on their YouTube channel! Visit Orli Shaham’s website for more information.
The Smithsonian Museum – The Smithsonian Museum, located in Washington, D.C., is offering virtual of their permanent and visiting exhibits. Take a trip to the Butterfly Pavilion or discover the origins of humans! Visit The Smithsonian Museums website for more information.
The Art Institute of Chicago – Visit The Art Institute of Chicago virtually! The institute’s online resources allow you to view their scholarly writings and art collections from the comfort of your own home. Visit The Art Institute of Chicago’s website for more information.