What to watch. All times East Coast Times

Here are a few of the best events happening Thursday through Wednesday and how to tune in (all times are Eastern).

“Captain” Kirk Douglas of The Roots, Kool & the Gang, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph, Lil Buck, Dionne Warwick, Doug E. Fresh and more will participate in “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater.” The evening will highlight the theater’s 86-year contribution to arts and culture, with guests performing the music of Apollo legends like B.B. King, Patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder — as well as the theater’s contributions to “supporting black art and culture, creating spaces for artists to express themselves freely, and advocating for the safety, dignity and justice for black people worldwide,” the theater said in a statement. The event will also include special tributes, and a series of poems and performances dedicated to the memory of those who have lost their lives because of Covid-19. The benefit is part of the theater’s campaign to raise $4 million to safeguard its future.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Apollo Theater website.

The 92Y is also hosting the singer-songwriter and pianist Tori Amos on Thursday for a conversation with Esquire’s Jeff Gordinier about, among other things, her new book, “Resistance,” a manifesto about harnessing creative energy as a way to foster societal change. Using her own back catalog of songs as a road map, Amos is hoping to inspire listeners during this tumultuous global climate. Topics on the agenda: songwriting, politics, activism and personal liberation. Tickets are $10.

When: 5 p.m.
Where: 92Y Online.

For a week starting Thursday, you can enjoy the 2019 documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of my Voice,” featuring an introduction from the film’s producer James Keach. The documentary, which examines the life and career Ronstadt — one of the world’s best-selling musical artists — is narrated by Ronstadt herself and includes concert footage and interviews with the musicians Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Jackson Browne and more. The livestream is being hosted by the nonprofit BrightFocus Foundation, which supports research and provides public education on brain and eye diseases. Ronstadt has Parkinson’s disease, which robbed her of the ability to sing about a decade ago. The film was New York Times Critic’s Pick. In his review, A.O. Scott said, “Ronstadt’s work, and her words in this film, testify to the multicultural, cross-pollinating vitality of American vernacular music.”

When: 7 p.m., and it will be available through June 10.

Where: The Bright Focus website.

This week, New York Live Arts introduced an online exhibition called “Curating the End Of The World,” presented with the Black Speculative Arts Movement and curated by Reynaldo Anderson, Tiffany E. Barber and Stacey Robinson. According the website, “Curating the End of the World” is “an Afrofuturist commentary” intended to interrogate “the racist pathology and corruption that influences policy around the world.” The exhibition features works by Chloe Harrison, Jessi Jumanji, Jordan P. Jackson, Lovenloops, Zeal Harris, Kimberly Marie Ashby and many others.

When: Now, through June.

Where: The New York Live Arts website.


“If you see one opera this year, make it ‘The Exterminating Angel,’” reads the New York Times headline for the review of this 2017 production. If you missed it then, now is your chance. Conducted by Thomas Adès and starring Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, the show tackles topics that are as relevant now as they were then. “The opera has discomforting timeliness at a time when many Americans feel trapped in partisan battles over elites, economic justice and borders,” Anthony Tommasini wrote in his review. The event is part of The Met’s free series “Nightly Met Opera Streams.”

When: 7:30 p.m., and will remain available for 23 hours.

Where: The Met Opera website, and on all Met Opera on Demand apps.

No one’s ever had a commencement ceremony like this. On Saturday, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Bill and Melinda Gates, Condoleezza Rice, Malala Yousafzai, Taylor Swift, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion and many others are set to take part in YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” virtual commencement, a six-hour event celebrating graduates whose in-person ceremonies were canceled because of the pandemic.

When: 3 p.m.

Where: The YouTube Originals YouTube channel.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center is saluting the world’s top high school big bands with a weeklong festival (which will for the first time be held virtually), “Essentially Ellington,” nicknamed the Super Bowl of high school jazz competitions. Hundreds of students from about 25 high school big bands, the largest group in the festival’s 25-year history, will participate. Events include band performances; interviews; a Q. and A. with a finalist student and Wynton Marsalis, a renown trumpeter and the center’s artistic director; the beloved “cheer tunnel”; and an awards ceremony.

When: Monday at 9 p.m., through June 12 at 9 p.m.

Where: The Jazz at Lincoln Center website, as well as its Facebook and Instagram pages. Register here for Monday’s Zoom event.

Eight New York City museums — the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Galerie New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio and the Africa Center — are joining together to create the first-ever daylong virtual Museum Mile Festival. Throughout the day, each museum will host live and prerecorded programs, virtual exhibition tours, live musical performances and activities for families streamed across their respective websites and social media platforms.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: The day’s events will be listed on each participating museum’s website or social media. Audiences can also check out the hashtag #VirtualMuseumMile on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook throughout the day.

Pearl Jam, Ben Gibbard, Brandi Carlile, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Macklemore, Dave Matthews and other stars from Washington State (and beyond) are gathering virtually for the “All in Washington” concert, to raise money for Covid-19 relief efforts across the state.

When: 10 p.m.

Where: The Amazon Music Twitch channel, and it will be available on Amazon Prime Video after it airs. For those in the Seattle area, the concert will air on the local NBC affiliate.

In her new book, “Our Time Is Now,” Stacey Abrams, an expert on fair voting and civic engagement who ran as the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia in 2018, offers a blueprint to end voter suppression and empower citizens. On Wednesday, Sixth & I, an arts and culture center and synagogue in Washington, is hosting Abrams in conversation with MSNBC’s Joy Reid to discuss the book — which makes the case for robust voter protections, an elevation of identity politics, engagement in the census and a return to moral international leadership. Tickets are $10, or $33 for a ticket and a signed book.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Zoom. You will receive the link after reserving your spot.

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