Laugh Aid
Remember when the Bridgetown Comedy Festival was still around? It feels like (checks watch) 80 years ago now, but it was a pretty cool time, being able to walk up and down Hawthorne, duck into almost any bar, and catch a set (or 15) from some amazing comics all hustling like hell to make their names as big as they can be. Tonight: the comedy festivals are coming into your living room via Laugh Aid, which subtracts the part where you're bumping into various drunkards up and down Hawthorne to get to the comics, and adds the part where all profits go to Comedy Gives Back's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, and the comics include Marc Maron, Nikki Glaser, Patton Oswalt, Ron Funches, Anthony Jeselnik, Iliza Schlesinger, Cameron Esposito, Preacher Lawson, the How Did This Get Made podcast, and more.
(Sat Apr 4, 4 pm, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook)

Blow the Whistle
The latest installment of Holocene's monthly hip-hop party takes over as DJs Maxx Bass, Illordess, and Bnick bless your living room with an array of party jams from the Bay to the South and everywhere in between.
(Sat Apr 4, 8 pm, Twitch, free)

The iHeart Living Room Concert for America
Laugh Aid isn't the first big celebrity-studded blowout benefit to stream to your screens this year. On March 29, Elton John hosted iHeart Radio's Living Room Concert, ping-ponging around some of the most famous residences in the world as the artists who reside in them played their biggest hits in the hopes of raising a ton of funds for first responders. And if you missed it on the 29th, no big deal: It's still there, and you can watch along like it was live, and most importantly, donate like it was still live, as Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Dave Grohl, and Mariah Carey (among others) stare straight into their cameras and deliver the goods in a way that feels like it's just for you. Did you see clips of the Backstreet Boys coming together for a magical performance of "I Want it That Way?" That came from here! Why aren't you watching already?
(Now Streaming, YouTube, free, all ages)

DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid
Known for fusing heart-quaking electronic with bhangra—a genre with roots in the traditional folk music of the northern Indian state of Punjab—and the soundtracks of Bollywood films, DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid’s dance floor sites are sweaty, glorious chaos, and now those sites include your house, thanks to their livestreams on Twitch.
(Sat Apr 4, 8 pm, Twitch, free)

Drew Lynch
Tonight would have been one of the shows in stand-up star Drew Lynch's three-night stand at Helium, and while we can't have that guaranteed good time (because the Trump administration is not a time for having good things) we can still have this episode of Lynch's podcast, Did I Stutter, appropriately titled "Do You Even Know How to Apocalypse."

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Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong
The Alberta Rose Theatre's annual celebration of Lady Day's life has been postponed until late May, but thanks to amateur archivists on the internet, you can spend some time marveling at her talent by catching up on 1947's New Orleans, a prototype for '50s and '60s "rock 'n' roll" movies, but focused instead on the jazz scene of the late teens and Roaring Twenties. The movie is kind of sweetly corny for most of its runtime, but its centerpiece is a knockout performance by Louis Armstrong and his band, featuring Billie Holiday on vocals in her one and only Hollywood film appearance.
(Now Streaming, YouTube, free, all ages)

If you grew up listening to George Clinton, got high to the Budos Band, and jammed out to Fela Kuti, you're going to enjoy Monophonics. The Bay Area soul outfit employs trippy guitar solos, tight horn lines, and slow but mighty beats that rival the Dap-Kings in funkiness. They've recorded with Blackalicious, played on the same bill as R&B greats like Al Green and Booker T, and their six musicians play with enough energy and girth that they sound like 15. ROSE FINN

The Straight Story
David Lynch? On my Disney+ app? Oh, it's 100-percent true, and it's one of his very best films ever, telling the true story of Alvin Straight, a 73-year-old man who traveled from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, on a riding lawnmower in the hopes of making things right with his estranged older brother. It's the only G-rated title in Lynch's filmography, and after being reassured it wouldn't have all the goldurn cussing in it like Blue Velvet, Richard Farnsworth agreed to star in it, earning himself a Best Actor nomination for his performance. Man, 1999 was one hell of a year.
(Now Streaming, Disney+, $6.99 per month, free trial here)