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5 Online Events to Attend from Your Living Room

Online Events

You’ve binged that tiger show on Netflix that everyone’s talking about. You’ve Kondo-ed all your closets and cupboards. You’ve even cleaned your bathroom. So now what?

Quarantine doesn’t have to be boring. As more and more events move from in-person to online, our opportunities to learn, create, and be entertained grow exponentially. We’re no longer limited by things like distance, parking, or even the need to get dressed.

Here are some of our favorite unique experiences that are happening in the coming weeks. While these events are being hosted all over the world, you can join in from your couch (or your bed—we won’t judge!).

Frontier Home Log On Festival/Fundraiser

Frontier Home has hosted many an intimate show and workshop from their quaint log cabin in the heart of Seattle. Now, get your “log on” by attending their virtual one-day festival, with music workshops by day and live streamed concerts by night. 100% of contributions will go to directly to artists associated with Frontier Home. May 10.

Childrens Film Festival Seattle – The Cat’s Meow (All Ages)

Take a break from YouTube cat videos and treat yourself to some cat films! As part of the Childrens Film Festival Seattle, Northwest Film Forum is showing a clowder of cat-centric animated shorts from around the world. Great for feline fans of all ages. May 14, 16, and 17.

Full festival passes available here.

The Stand-Up Seminary

Admit it: you’ve always wanted to be a stand-up comic. Now’s your chance, as Chicago’s Lincoln Lodge helps you take the raw material of your semi-hilarity and mold it into comedic gold! Mic stand not included. May 18.

Intro to iPad Drawing

If oil paints and a drop cloth sound like a dangerous prospect with the kids and the dog at home, why not take a cleaner approach to art? McHenry County College will teach you iPad drawing, painting, effects, and more that will astound your family, brighten your day, and won’t require a carpet steamer. May 19.

Intro to Compassionate Listening – Healing the World from the Inside Out

We may have to be socially distant for the time being, but what better opportunity to foster a deeper emotional bond with our loved ones? Led by Susan Partnow, this 4 session series will help improve and heal relationships through listening, understanding, and compassion. May 23, 30. June 6, 13.

These events are just the tip of the iceberg! Discover more online events and experiences here.

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Case Study: The Quarantine Sessions

How Marina Albero
Uses Brown Paper Tickets
to Keep Music Alive

Who is Marina?

Marina Albero is a freelance jazz musician originally from Barcelona, now based in Seattle. She teaches music and performs in various local and national groups, including her own band. She now runs The Quarantine Sessions, a live streaming music experiment. Prior to starting The Quarantine Sessions, Marina used Brown Paper Tickets to sell admission to intimate house shows.

COVID-19, Gathering Bans, and Social Distancing

In early March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began to escalate in Europe and then in Seattle, Marina watched as her upcoming shows were canceled and postponed one by one. March shows became July shows, and her immediate income dried up. Not only did these cancellations represent a loss of livelihood, but also a loss of community.  She knew that the longer this went on, the harder it would be for artists everywhere to bounce back.

The Quarantine Sessions

The Quarantine Sessions were born from what Marina calls a “survival instinct.” The premise was simple: bring live music experiences to quarantined viewers, while supporting local artists and their communities.

Marina’s first task was to find a venue. While she could live stream from her living room and had done so before, she wanted this experience to be special. She connected with a local studio, The House of Breaking Glass, who agreed to host the performance, allowing Marina to produce a show with top quality audio. “[You can host] a live stream in a house with technology that you have, versus a live online concert with a higher production value,” she says. “For me that is a beautiful difference.”

Her second task was to figure out how to host the event online. Marina wanted the show to be open to everyone, so she decided on a free Facebook live stream with pre-sales and a virtual “tip jar” through Brown Paper Tickets. It was important to her that the performance feel like a concert, not a fundraiser. Listing her event with Brown Paper Tickets provided her with a main landing page for the event that she could use to promote, generate sales, and preserve a familiar event experience for attendees.

I thought that Brown Paper Tickets was my best option. Anybody else who is doing a live stream has the same idea… you have your PayPal, you have your Venmo. But I like the idea of selling tickets to an actual concert.

Marina Albero

On the evening of the show, Marina and her band played an enthusiastic jazz set at the studio and streamed it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Live. Throughout the event, viewers were able to contribute to a virtual tip jar through the Brown Paper Tickets event page.

Marina Albero

The Results

The first Quarantine Session proved that if you make it, people will come. Fans watched, commented, and made contributions from homes across the world.

  • 1,600 viewers
  • 1,200 interactions
  • 135 contributors
  • 50% of contributions happened during the event

The Quarantine Sessions have grown into a weekly Sunday series showcasing local talent out of The House of Breaking Glass. Marina has also received mention in the New York Times.

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