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What We're Checking Out Online This Week in The Arts

PHOTO: Manuel Harlan/Illuminations | South Pasadena News | Kate Fleetwood and Patrick Stewart star in Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes! A thrilling and chilling production of Macbeth is now streaming on Following a London West End run in December 2007, a sold-out limited engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2008, and an eight-week run on Broadway, director Rupert Goold’s stage production of Macbeth was filmed for television at the end of 2009 with Patrick Stewart in his Tony-nominated performance as the ambitious general, and Tony-nominated Kate Fleetwood as his scheming wife.

Our town troubadour, Brad Colerick, has a new Wine & Song podcast up that features South Pasadenans Non Duo and Jessica Gerhardt. Episode 19 also features Rick Solem, Tom Corbett, Dan & Laurel, Jul Big Green, plus Wednesday Wine Tip. Tune in at

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Puccini’s La Boheme at The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera will be streaming Puccini’s La Boheme on Saturday August 15. This 2014 production stars Kristine Opolais, Susanna Phillips, Vittorio Grigolo, Massimo Cavalletti, Patrick Carfizzi, and Oren Gradus and is conducted by Stefano Ranzani. Sunday evening brings Verdi’s Luisa Miller starring Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Bonaldo Giaiotti, and James Morris, and is conducted by James Levine. is streaming a different production each evening which is available for 24 hours.

PHOTO: Samuel Lee Roberts in Robert Battle’s “In/Side” at

This week presents Robert Battle’s In/Side and Ella. Set to Nina Simone’s haunting rendition of “Wild is the Wind”, In/Side offers audiences an intimate look at a man’s most private struggles. Battle explains with this solo, he aimed to evoke a sense of openness that “reminds us that we’re not alone in our feelings of sadness and isolation and gives us a connection to someone else.”

PHOTO: Robert Battle’s “Ella” at

Originally a solo, Ella was reinvented as a high-energy, comical duet by the Ailey company for its December 2016 opening night gala benefit, “An Evening of Ailey and Jazz” – in anticipation of the legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial in April 2017. Using a live concert recording of Fitzgerald performing the song “Airmail Special”, the piece matches the iconic singer’s virtuosic scatting with lightning-fast, articulated movement in an irresistible tour-de-force that leaves audiences breathless.

As part of the Books in Bloom Virtual Literary Festival, race and social justice educator, Robin DeAngelo helps audiences understand White Fragility and move beyond it toward awareness, accountability and allyship. Based on her #1 New York Times bestselling book “White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”, in this session, DiAngelo will help develop an antiracist framework and accountability practice based on authentic relationships, education, and honest self-reflection. August 20, 4-5pm. Information on this event can be found at