W42ST Daily 5/08/2020

I have a blue one with spots, made by my roommate’s mom, and my choice for when I’m in jeans. There’s a red and white spotted one, made by the lovely owner of the dog I walk, for when I’m feeling colorful. A couple of black ones. Classics, obvs. And a bunch of blue disposables, just cuz. I’m talking, of course, about masks. And if you don’t have a wardrobe of sartorial options yet, I’m urging you to start. 

Take a maskie (is that what we’re calling mask selfies these days?) and post it on Instagram, with the #W42ST hashtag. We’ll recruit the help of some of our favorite drag queens and fashionistas to choose the winners. Extra points if you use your creative imagination, like this fabulous couple, who I want to be when I grow up.

The prize, you ask? Glory, my friends. Glory and honor. Get to it.


DISHING IT UP DAILY
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NEW YORK STORIES
In the last four weeks, residents have reported a rising sense of insecurity, feeling afraid to go outside amid scenes of drug deals, graffiti, theft, and people defecating in the street. Is public safety at a new low? Is COVID-19 to blame? Read what the residents, the police, and the politicians have to say at w42st.com.


KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Neighbors, I’ve heard you. Social distancing is not optional. So if you’re running into people who haven’t got the memo yet, take a leaf out of this dude’s book.


DO THESE THINGS
Play for Change
Yo-Yo Ma, considered the world’s greatest cellist, will join other leading musicians in a cross-cultural concert to benefit the Playing for Change Foundation, which provides emergency food and health supplies to communities in need. It stars streaming at 4pm here

Acting from a distance
A new short play festival featuring seven writers, seven rules, and seven plays  – all from the comfort of your home. Keep your PJs on and join the Zoom room here.

Listen to Kathleen Turner
Closing the Distance is a new podcast for the social distancing era – ten short pieces that explore the sudden, seemingly uncrossable distance between people caused by our being sheltered in place. The second episode features Kathleen Turner as a woman whose relationship is over, but who can’t move out. Listen here.

Sing along with the king
Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe star in the 2018 West End run of The King & I, which has a live viewing party tonight at 8pm. It’s free to watch, but donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged. Shall we dance?

Bow to another king
James Earl Jones is King Lear in this 1974 production, filmed for Shakespeare in the Park. Yearn for summer here.

Reverberate to Reich
Conductor Brad Lubman leads Ensemble Signal in Steve Reich’s ‘Double Sextet’ and ‘Music For 18 Musicians’ in this live stream of a  2016 concert at Lincoln Center. Tune up here.

Get happy
It’s happy hour at the Happy House. Which is a double dose of smiles! It kicks off with making a loud noise for our first responders, followed by guest performances, a sexy Panda, and competition prizes. Grab your favorite tipple then join Tom and Henri here.

Dance for joy
This is now my weekly, non-negotiable ritual – 30 minutes of pure, sweaty joy with the beautiful people from Mark Fisher Fitness and their crazy-ass dance party. Tonight’s dress code: the great outdoors (I’m predicting a few bear onesies) – and here’s a taster of the kind of music you can expect. 

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