Community Table Read
The mantra for writer/creator Dan Harmon's sitcom masterpiece Community was always "Six seasons and a movie" but that mantra now has to make room for "oh and a live-streamed cast-reunion table-read of a season four episode with the actual Mandalorian as a guest star to support World Central Kitchen and Frontline Foods." It's kind of a mouthful, yeah, but it's accurate, because that's exactly what's happening on the Community YouTube channel Monday at 2pm. Extra bonus awesomeness: Chevy Chase is not going to be there at all! And, some are speculating the cherry on top of this show's special cast reunion will be an announcement that Netflix has greenlit a Community movie. Wouldn't you want to be there live if that happens?
A Night of Covenant House Stars
The week begins with this gala livestream event (5pm, YouTube, Facebook, Twitch.tv, Amazon Prime Video, Broadway on Demand) helping raise funds for Covenant House, whose mission to serve homeless and trafficked youth literally cannot be closed down by COVID-19. Special guests include Dolly Parton, Stephen Colbert, Meryl Streep, Dionne Warwick, Martin Short, Jon Bon Jovi and Charlie Day, who I'm assuming will not be showing up in his Green Man costume but you never know. Hosted by Broadway legend Audra McDonald and 60 Minutes correspondent John Dickerson.
Mount St. Helens 40th Eruption Anniversary Virtual Story Circle
Washington State Parks and the Washington State Historical Society present a collection of shared memories from The Mount St. Helens Visitors Center Oral History Project, comprising true stories of people who had a deep connection to the area both before and after its historic 1980 eruption. Visit their Facebook page at 6:30pm to hear firsthand just how world-shaking that eruption really was.
Reunited Apart: Back to the Future
Congratulations to Josh Gad, whose fledgling webseries, Reunited Apart, launched with a full cast reunion of '80s "classic" The Goonies and during its airing was presumptively canceled by its host because he figured he was never going to pull something like this off again. But never doubt the Gad, because not only is there now an episode two for you to devour, but it reunites (most of) the cast of Back to the Future, including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue, Mary Steenburgen, Huey Lewis, writer Bob Gale, and writer/director Bob Zemeckis. Crispin Glover did not show up because Zemeckis did him pretty dirty on the sequels, and Tom F. Wilson also didn't show up... but a "mysterious fan caller" did have something to say about that later.
While Phoebe Waller-Bridge was deservedly and rightfully showered with awards for Fleabag season two, it can be argued (and she's made this case herself) that if it wasn't for Andrew Scott as Hot Priest, the season would have never happened at all. But before he was Hot Priest (and before he was Moriarty in the BBC's Sherlock, before that show became flaming crap), he was the guy that playwright Simon Stephens wrote Sea Wall for in 2008. The 30-minute play was then recorded in 2012 after a theatrical run in 2012, and today is the last day you can stream for free on YouTube. And even if this play—and Scott's performance in it—weren't described by multiple critics as "a life-changing experience," the fact it's an opportunity to literally spend a half-hour in a locked room with Hot Priest should be enough to get you to click it.
Mondays with the Maestro
Artslandia presents this weekly hangout with Oregon Symphony Music Director Carlos Kalmar, who spends happy hour with you, every Monday at 5 pm, sharing stories and "exploring the connections between emotionality and music," using highlights from the Oregon Symphony's 2020/2021 season.
Pickathon's Concert a Day: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
I first saw folk rockers Thao & the Get Down Stay Down at laidback hippie-fest Pickathon, and I was not prepared. There's verve and soul in Thao's music, but there's a twisting, vibrant energy, too—and that's why seeing her live is so goddamn fun. If you want to see, hear, and feel exactly what I saw, then tune into this episode of the ongoing Concert a Day series at 1 pm, where that Pickathon performance is being re-streamed to help raise money for MusiCares. And when you're done with that, maybe give their brand new LP a listen or three.