Spring concerts have been a staple of the season, but these days, spring concerts have gone virtual. Check out new concerts featuring Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Sharon Van Etten and the Raconteurs, as well as classic shows by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Roy Orbison and Etta James from the archives of "Austin City Limits," the long-running PBS show featuring intimate concerts with some of the greatest musicians and songwriters in rock, country, blues and more. Visit https://acltv.com.
“Austin City Limits” has opened up its archives and made its concerts available online, including one by Billie Eilish. AJC File
If you like talking about music and learning how your favorite artists create their sound, the Grammy Museum hosts a variety of features including Spotlight, videotaped interviews about craft with artists such as Alice Merton, Common, John Prine and Brandi Carlile. There's also a feature called Music Club in which a single album such as Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." is analyzed and discussed in depth. Go to grammymuseum.org/museum-at-home.
Enjoy the theater
Forced to cancel the 2020 Southern Writers Festival due to COVID-19, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival has launched a series of new, original monologues on the theme of home written by 22 Southern playwrights including Pearl Cleage, Lauren Gunderson, Topher Payne and Mary Lynn Owen. Performed by actors around the country, the series is called "22 Homes" and it launches April 21. Watch them at ASF.net/PlayOn.
Learn a new skill
Everybody is looking for ways to stay active in captivity, and Atlanta Ballet provides a fun opportunity. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at noon, it livestreams dance classes for all ages and genres on its Facebook page at facebook.com/AtlantaBallet.
Want to learn how to master a skill from a pro? Take lessons in cooking from Gordon Ramsay, writing from Margaret Atwood and violin from Itzhak Perlman at masterclass.com. Most classes feature six lessons that last about 10 minutes each. Currently, two-for-one memberships are available for $180. Memberships permit access to all classes.
You can also learn to play chess for free at chess.com.
Learn to play chess for free at chess.com. Contributed by Jim Bridgeman/Bridgeman Studios
Visit a museum
The High Museum of Art has created online exhibitions of featured artists whose works currently hang in the institution's vacant galleries. Check out the photography of North Carolina-based artist Alex Harris, a Georgia native who photographs film sets around the South. "Harris photographs the actors and landscapes that will appear on film," wrote AJC contributing art critic Felicia Feaster in her review of his show, "Our Strange New Land." "But he also pulls back even further to document the tattooed and baseball cap-outfitted male and female crew members working on the sets, positioning spotlights or scrambling up a ladder to record a shot." The show is part of the museum's "Picturing the South" project that has been commissioning new work by Southern photographers since 1996. To see Harris' work, go to high.org/explore.
The High Museum has posted online photographs from its Alex Harris exhibition. Contributed by Alex Harris
Atlanta History Center also boasts a bounty of online exhibitions, videos and archives, including items featured in its "Atlanta in 50 Objects" show, including a first edition copy of "Gone with the Wind, a microphone from WSB Radio's early days and the Pink Pig, a vintage version of the monorail that appeared at Rich's downtown department store every Christmas. Among other features are photo archives from the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition and videotaped oral histories from the Voices Across the Color Line Oral History Project. Visit atlantahistorycenter.com/explore/museum-at-home.