Virtual Entertainment for May


By Pamela Stern

American Museum of Natural History: The Worlds Beyond Earth, Tickets on sale through May 27th.

Take a journey far beyond our own blue planet to marvel at the latest discoveries from our cosmic neighbors.
You will be able to take a groundbreaking space mission and see breathtaking scenes of our solar system. This is narrated by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Worlds Beyond Earth tells the story of the dynamic worlds that share our solar system and the unique conditions that make life on Earth possible.
Capacity is limited to maintain health and safety.
This presentation is 25 minutes long and tickets are on sale now through May 27.
Visit: https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent/hayden-planetarium/worlds-beyond-earth

BAM Presents DanceAfrica 2021, May 29th through May 31st
This festive Memorial Day weekend tradition returns with virtual offerings, including an evening of premieres on Saturday, May 29 at 7pm

The 44th annual celebration also includes a choreographers’ conversation, a special event for teens, visual arts, FilmAfrica, the digital DanceAfrica Bazaar, and more.

DanceAfrica—the nation’s largest African and African Diasporic dance festival pays homage to the ancestral energy of Haiti, a metonym for Black liberation. Under the artistic direction of Abdel R. Salaam, BAM will produce a unique virtual event of dance, music, and community. The month-long celebration also includes other festival favorites and new programs providing global access to an array of performances, music, film, workshops, conversations, and more.

Photo by Paul Bartlett
Visit: https://www.bam.org/programs/2021/danceafrica

Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Cherry Blossoms/Cherry Esplanade at BBG, Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk have flowered! Many other cultivars are also blooming.

Visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden during cherry blossom season and witness an exuberant display that changes day by day. If you are not a member the prices are: Adults: $18
Students (12+ with ID): $12
Seniors (65+ with ID): $12
Children under 12 attending with an adult: Free

Visit: https://www.bbg.org/visit

Coney Island Luna Park: Are you craving the thrills and chills of going to an amusement park this summer? Well you can virtually go on the Cyclone or the Thunderbolt and a few other rides from the comfort of your own home. You can still feel the excitement and you don’t even have to wait on the long lines while you experience the twists and turns of the roller coasters.

Visit: https://lunaparknyc.com/experience-coney-island-iconic-rides-in-360/

Muslims in Brooklyn: a three-year, multi-faceted public history project designed to amplify the stories of Brooklyn’s Muslim communities and contextualize those stories in the broader history of the borough, the city, and beyond.

Visit: https://muslims.brooklynhistory.org

The Paley Center for Media: Paley Honors Juneteenth

In honor of Juneteenth—commemorated Friday, June 19—The Paley Center presents a curated collection of great moments of some of the most prominent and influential African-American stars and creators in television from Paley Center events over many years.

The Paley Center Honors Juneteenth curated playlist includes the distinct voices of Shonda Rhimes, Lester Holt, Lee Daniels, Ava DuVernay, and many others in conversations with the stars of Pose, Scandal, Key & Peele, Dear White People, Queen Sugar, Blackish, RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and many more.

Visit: https://www.paleycenter.org

9/11 Memorial & Museum: There are both virtual tours and virtual memorial tours. You will be able to take in panoramic views of the rebuilt World Trade Center, while discovering the meaning behind the 9/11 Memorial, learn about what happened on 9/11, and consider how people selflessly responded in the aftermath of the attacks. Tours are live, interactive, and led by Museum staff using Zoom. This 45-minute live tour explores the design and history of the site, highlighting the stories of those affected by the attacks. This is recommended for teenagers and adults.
Visit: https://www.911memorial.org/visit/virtual-tours