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New York Events at Smaller Venues Go On

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After Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced a statewide ban on most gatherings of more than 500 people on Thursday in response to the coronavirus outbreak, many cultural institutions shut their doors. Broadway performances have been halted and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall are among arts centers that have announced shutdowns.

But some presenters have decided to remain open for the time being, especially smaller venues that fall beneath the 500-person threshold. Other organizations have adapted to the ban by offering live streams, online content or visits by appointment. Here is a brief list of cultural attractions that remain open, in one form or another, in New York City.

The situation remains in flux, so before heading out, visit the website of the performance space or organization for the latest updates. Another note: Movie theaters and some other venues may be limiting their audience capacity by 50 percent to allow for social distancing to minimize the chance of infection.

“Harry Townsend’s Last Stand” at City Center Stage II will continue as scheduled.

“Colorstruck” and “The White Blacks” will play through the end of their runs on March 15 at Theater for the New City. Productions opening later in March are also currently scheduled to run as planned.

“The Death of Ivan Ilyich” is running through March 14 as scheduled at the Paradise Factory Theater.

“Echoes in the Garden” at Chain Theater is open through the weekend.

“Perfect Crime” and “The Office: A Musical Parody” will continue performances at the Theater Center.

“Stomp” is planning to continue to run for the foreseeable future at the Orpheum Theater.

The Blue Note Jazz Club is open. Check its online calendar for upcoming performances.

The KGB Bar and the Red Room Speakeasy music venue, and the New York Comedy Club and the Kraine Theater will remain open, with limited seating capacity following the governor’s guidelines. Check for events on the KGB and the Kraine Theater’s websites.

The Stand comedy club is open, and, according to staff, “still laughing.”

92nd Street Y will live stream performances in place of in-person concerts for the next two weeks. Live streams include a recital by the pianist Garrick Ohlsson at 8 p.m. on March 14 and a performance by the mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron at 7:30 p.m. on March 18.


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