Bay Area events you can stream during ‘shelter in place’ order

San Francisco Chronicle DATEBOOK, March 16, 2020

All public events, including theater productions, concerts and even movie screenings, have been canceled through at least the end of the March in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Six Bay Area counties announced a “shelter-in-place” order for all residents starting Tuesday, March 17, that emphasizes the importance of self-distancing and staying home. The directive begins at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, and will be enforced until April 7. It affects a combined population of more than 6.7 million.

Still, while patrons may not be stepping in a movie theater or a concert hall any time soon, arts organizations are starting to share their work through technology. Check out our running list of live-streamed Bay Area events here.

Editor’s note: Venues and organizations hoping to add their streamed events to this guide should email details to datebook@sfchronicle.com.

Music

Culann’s Hounds: The band is offering a free live-stream of its annual St. Patrick’s Day concert from San Francisco. 7:30 p.m. March 17. www.sfhounds.com

Stephen Steinbrink: The Oakland-based musician and producer will be doing a lockdown live-stream set on his Instagram. He’ll be playing new songs, old songs, covers, and will be taking requests in the comments. 9 p.m. March 17. www.instagram.com/stephensteinbrink

Thao Nguyen: The San Francisco based singer-songwriter will try to entertain your children on a live-stream Q&A, answering only questions submitted by your children or someone else’s. 12:30 p.m. March 18. www.instagram.com/thaogetstaydown

Del Sol String Quartet: In lieu of the Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival originally scheduled for March 21, at Old First Church in San Francisco, the quartet will livestream a performance of music by Ben Johnston, Michael Harrison and Jung Yoon Wie. 7 p.m. March 21. bit.ly/delsolquartetlivestream

Del Sol String QuartetPhoto: Lenny Gonzalez

Theater

American Conservatory Theater: Ticket holders to “Gloria” and “Toni Stone” can now stream those productions, and as a bonus they get one week of access to the catalogue of BroadwayHD, ACT’s streaming partner. New patrons may also purchase streaming capability for a limited time; they’ll get a link to a password-protected site (though they do not get access to BroadwayHD’s catalogue). Both streaming options are available through March 29. $15-$100 sliding scale for new buyers, with ACT’s website instructing: “Pay the price that works for you, and when you choose your price think about the number of people you will watch it with.” 415-749-2228. www.act-sf.org

Mummenschanz: Hammer Theatre Center will livestream “you & me” by Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz. 7:30 p.m. March 16-17. $10. 408-924-8501. www.hammertheatre.com

Dance

San Francisco Ballet: A taped performance of the Ballet’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be available to ticket-holders only. The company will share an access link via email. sfballet.org

Smuin Gala 2020: The live-streamed performance for Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s annual gala, which was scheduled for March 15, is available to ticket holders only. The company will share an access link via email. The recorded performance will be available for ticket holders to view indefinitely. There is also an online auction open until noon March 20.  smuinballetjoinme.org

Entertainment

The Quarantine: Virtual Open Mic: This two-hour live stream event will feature poets, emcees, actors, visual artists and other artists showing off their best work. Interested performers can sign up through the event’s Facebook page. 6-8 p.m. March 18. Participants can access this event on Zoom.us/join with meeting ID: 415-402-7164. bit.ly/virtualopenmic

Movies

Blow the Man Down: A film about two young women from a Maine fishing village, who cover up a murder, was originally intended as a simultaneous Amazon Prime and theatrical release. The theatrical release has been dropped, but the film debuts on Amazon Prime on March 20. www.amazon.com

Trolls World Tour: Universal Studios will be releasing this animated film to both live stream and into theaters on April 10. (It was originally planned to open in theaters only.) The price for a 48-hour rental is $19.99.

Arts and Exhibits

Monterey Bay Aquarium: The aquarium has 11 live-cam streams available to the public through their website. These include Aviary Cam, Monterey Bay Cam, Jelly Cam, and others from the aquarium’s popular attractions. 831-648-4800. www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

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Books

Anna Wiener: The San Francisco author of “Uncanny Valley” had a conversation with writer Robin Sloan over a City Arts and Lectures livestream on Thursday, March 12. The conversation is available to watch on YouTube for anyone who missed it. bit.ly/annawienertalk

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: The  Caldecott Medal-winning children’s author (Knuffle Bunny, Elephant and Pig series) is offering up daily doses of school-time structured fun for the next few weeks. Episodes air at 10 a.m. on YouTube daily. bit.ly/lunchdoodlesmo

Kids

Thao Nguyen: The San Francisco based singer-songwriter will try to entertain your children on a live-stream Q&A, answering only questions submitted by your children or someone else’s. 12:30 p.m. March 18. www.instagram.com/thaogetstaydown

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: The  Caldecott Medal-winning children’s author (Knuffle Bunny, Elephant and Pig series) is offering up daily doses of school-time structured fun for the next few weeks. Episodes air at 10 a.m. on YouTube daily. bit.ly/lunchdoodlesmo

Storytime From Space and Science Time: The Global Space Education Foundation is offering children’s stories read from space as well as educational demonstrations with Canadian astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason on their website.  storytimefromspace.com/library/

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