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Concerts and shows
DTSP Saved by Streaming: Tune in from the safety of your home to the DTSP Saved By Streaming Facebook page. Saturday’s session at 7 p.m. features Jeremy Thomas at the State Theatre and will have a virtual tip jar posted to support the artist. Sunday’s session is featuring Danielle Mohr.
Daphne and Friends: The Socially Distant Drag Show: Daphne Ferraro has gathered her friends from across the country to present 90-minute virtual drag shows on Instagram to benefit drag queens who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Tune in to the show by following @daphneferrarotall on Instagram. Free. You can tip performers through Venmo. 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Wordier Than Thou Virtual Library Tours: Coronavirus sends local literary organization Wordier Than Thou’s fiction and creative nonfiction open mic series on a virtual field trip. Using Zoom, at 2 p.m. each Sunday, you can be transported to the private libraries of area authors, readers, book collectors and others. This week features Tiffany Razzano, Meryl Lee. Free. 2 p.m. Sunday.
Metropolitan Opera: The Metropolitan Opera may not be able to perform for live audiences right now, but that won’t stop its performers from putting on a show. The Met has launched a free live-stream series with a new opera offered each night. Each stream will start at 7:30 p.m. on respective days, and remain active on the metopera.org homepage for 23 hours. Performances can be streamed on the Met Opera on Demand streaming service and can be viewed on all Met Opera on Demand apps. 7:30 p.m. nightly.
Art and museums
MIZE Gallery: All of its exhibits can be viewed online at chadmize.com
Tour the Dali: Take a virtual tour of the Dalí Museum while sitting on the couch. The museum’s website offers a virtual tour at thedali.org/virtual-tour/. The site takes you both inside the gallery as well as outside, where the museum maintains the Avant-garden. (727) 823-3767.
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art: Visitors can experience The Ringling’s collections online through a virtual museum, and the beauty of the Ringling’s gardens. Free. 9 a.m. daily. emuseum.ringling.org/emuseum/collectionsSarasota. (941) 359-5700.
Kids and family
Ringling Read-Alongs: Watch a Ringling Read-Along video on the museum’s Youtube channel. Then, follow directions for an art-making project inspired by the book. ringling.org/learnfromhomeSarasota. (941) 359-5700.
Sea-Span: The Florida Aquarium has launched its first ever SEA-SPAN Facebook Live “to keep kids learning and adults entertained during these difficult times.” The first video featured their famous lemurs, Lulu, Remy and Annie. Visit the aquarium’s Facebook page at 10 a.m. daily. The aquarium will also post the SEA-SPAN sessions on its website and on YouTube so the shows can be watched on demand. (813) 273-4000.
YMCA Online Fitness Classes: The YMCA has collected a library of online workouts from Les Mills, SilverSneakers and YMCAs across the country, with more being added daily. Staff from Tampa Bay-area Y branches are planning fitness workouts that may be shared in the coming days. See the library of resources on its New Virtual Services page at stpeteymca.org/membership/new-virtual-services. Many classes are free to all; some are for members only. (727) 328-9622.
Pete’s Livestream Zumba: Clearwater’s Pete Cintron leads a live-stream Zumba workout to get your heart pumping. Use meeting ID: 269 395 9599. Donations appreciated at Cash App: $zumbapete or Venmo: email@example.com. 10:30 a.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.
Poetry Contest: April is National Poetry Month and the Safety Harbor Public Library is holding a poetry contest, but it’s not your ordinary poetry contest. Think of it as a mental health exercise. All poems must reflect your fears, frustrations and concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Poets of all ages are encouraged to submit original one-line poems. Winners will be chosen from categories of adult (19 and older), teen (13-18), tween (9-12) and youth (8 and younger). All submissions must be made online at tinyurl.com/uw3vtxy. The contest ends April 18. (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.
Learn from Home with the Ringling: Visit ringling.org/learnfromhome to find art projects families can do at home, lesson plans for teachers, and other activities for students. Parents are encouraged to join the Ringling’s Family Programs Facebook group, where they can find educational and creative projects every week. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 359-5700.
Learn to Thrive During Times of Fear and Uncertainty: In these trying times, people are going through mental anguish, and potentially depression. Doctors Drew and Tanya Gold have set a new “Double Gold Standard”, with techniques to release the stress and thrive during times of fear and uncertainty. They are offering free nightly Zoom calls through May 3 to provide this service. 5:30 p.m. today through May 3. Register in advance at rebrand.ly/doublegoldstandard. (813) 226-7630.
Happy at Home: The city of Tampa has launched a a new influencer marketing campaign, with the hashtag #HappyAtHomeTPA. The city asked Tampa Bay’s top creators to share activities to do while social distancing. To participate, simply tag #HappyAtHomeTPA and @cityoftampa in an Instagram Story. It had more than 100 posts on its first day, including an instructional video on how to do an in-home gel manicure, some drool-worthy pictures of takeout food and some yoga poses to try.
Tell Us About Your Quarantine: Each week, Wordier Than Thou uses Zoom to feature area authors talking about what they are reading and working on during social distancing, how they’re staying sane and their thoughts on what is going on in the world. Free. 7 p.m. Monday. Info at wordierthanthou.com. Hosted through Zoom.
Virtual B.E. Book Club: Go to the Body Electric Facebook page and RSVP for a link to join a discussion of the classic Women Who Run With the Wolves. Free. 6-7 p.m. Wednesday.