Compiled by SOPHIE BIRD
Although local entertainment groups have been forced to temporarily shutter during the statewide COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) lockdown, there are still ways to support Bloomington’s theater and music scene from home. Below, we’ve compiled a list of local organizations and performers offering entertainment opportunities online.
We are continuously updating this list. If you know of a local entertainer or group providing a similar service, please email [email protected] to have it included in this post.
‘Quarantine Cabaret’ with Cardinal Stage
Stay at home AND stay entertained! Tune in every day at noon to see a new Cardinal Stage star perform a special number or activity from their place of quarantine.
“Due to the coronavirus, we recently made the decision to cancel the remainder of our 2019–20 season and our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Red Feather Bash,” the group wrote in a press release. “To help us weather the storm and stay afloat, we need your help (now more than ever)!”
Viewers can tune in every day at 12 p.m. for special, in-home entertainment. If you like what you see, please consider donating to Cardinal Stage’s emergency fundraising campaign.
Text “Cardinal” to 56651 or visit cardinalstage.org to donate. Every gift, no matter the size, has an immediate impact.
Learn more and tune in here.
Bloomington Playwrights Project Introduces ‘BPPFLIX’
Wishing you could see a favorite show from the BPP? Missing the joy of seeing theatre? The BPP has you covered even when we all have to stay home. Introducing BPPFLIX! For a donation of any amount (to help them through this tough time), you’ll gain unlimited access to 25 of BPP’s hit shows from the past decade in a streaming format.
“We can’t wait until the time we can perform for you again,” a press release stated. “Until that time comes, we have you covered.”
For more information please follow the link here.
Performances available for streaming are listed below:
- The Enlightenment of Percival Von Schmootz (2020).
- Apropos of Nothing (2019).
- The Jedi Handbook (2019).
- Rap Guide to Consciousness (2019).
- Rap Guide to Culture (2019).
- Max Major’s Mind Tricks (2019).
- Out of Orbit (2018).
- Glitches in Reality (2018).
- Calling All Kates (2017).
- Happily After Ever (2017).
- Beating a Dead Horse (2017).
- Front Page Flo (2017).
- Toast (2016).
- Make Me Bad (2015).
- The Life & Slimes of Marc Summers (2016).
- The Bull, The Moon & The Coronet of Stars (2015).
- Island Song (2014).
- Kalamazoo (2014).
- The Blizzard: Game Show Edition (2014).
- Spun: A Brother Sister Rock Musical (2013).
- The Banana Tree (2013).
- The Blizzard Sells Out (2013).
- Three Views of the Same Object (2012).
- Kissing Frogs (2011).
- Artifice (2010).
DJ MADD0G Hosts Online ‘Satellite of Love’ Dance Parties
On Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Bloomington’s DJ MADD0G is live-streaming music on Twitch (twitch.com/djmaddogtrue). On Saturdays, she is continuing her weekly Satellite of Love show, which features ’90s pop music, and on Fridays she will take requests. It’s free to listen, but donations are accepted.
Comedy Attic to Host Virtual Open Mic
For a $5 donation, The Comedy Attic is providing a 100-minute open mic video featuring 15 Bloomington comedians. The video will be sent to donors via email. Donations can be made at comedyattic.com and will go to support staff member pay.
Bloomington Academy of Film and Theatre Launches ‘Coronacopia of the Arts’
The Bloomington Academy of Film and Theatre invites local artists and performers to share their work through its Coronacopia of the Arts live stream on Facebook Live.
Interested artists can register at www.thebaft.org/covid. Donations can also be made at that link.