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Jazz for Festival Enthusiasts
World-Renowned Locals
Live Streams
More Free Online Entertainment

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SERIES KIDS LOVE– Kids will be enthralled for hours with these audiobooks featuring beloved characters and stories.

READ, WATCH, AND LISTEN– Everyone could use a mental break from time to time. Slip into a great story, get fit with a video, or just listen to some music and relax with great titles in this multi-format collection.

GREATEST HITS– Music is a source of comfort for so many people. Check out an old favorite or a new interest with these albums collecting artists’ greatest hits.

ADULT FICTION– Few things are as relaxing as settling in with a good book. Kick back with these stories you’ll love to read.

ALL MOVIES– Turn down the lights, make some popcorn, and settle in on the couch. This collection of movies is good for hours of entertainment!

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hoopla is happy to announce that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be instantly available on both eBook and audiobook until May 31st as part of the hoopla Bonus Borrows collection.


  OverDrive: Access to a vast collection of online media including movies, audiobooks, TV shows, and more.


Jazz for Festival Enthusiasts

Sadly, one of Rochester’s finest traditions had to take a back seat to the Coronavirus this year, but you can still enjoy many of the musicians who were scheduled to appear, through the magic of the web. We’re going out and searching online, so you don’t have to, for some of those artists, and putting links right here for your listening and viewing pleasure. Many of these are archived shows, but we’ll try and keep an eye out for any live streams as well.

Let’s start with a few of the headliners, and please note: this section will be continuously updated with more artists and updated links, so please keep checking back and enjoy the show(s)!

Davina & the Vagabonds
The Allman Betts Band
Cassandra Wilson
The Claudettes 
Kool & the Gang
Me & the Boyz
Todd East / Me And The Boyz – Funky Music Medley – Farewell Performance Water Street Music Hall

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Jeremy Pelt 

Kairos Quartet 

Giveton Gelin

3D Jazz Trio

Stephane Wrembel 

Guitarist Robert Fripp of King Crimson has announced a new weekly music series that will provide listeners with “Music for Quiet Moments.” (Fripp was in Rochester several times over the years, including the 2017 jazz festival.)

Bob James Trio

Lew Tabackin Trio

Connie Han Trio

Brubeck Brothers Quartet Celebrating Dave Brubeck @ 100 

Jason Miles Celebrates Grover Washington

Tuck & Patti

Monty Alexander

Puss N Boots

Sasha Dobson

Puss ‘n’ Boots

Norah Jones does a weekly live stream on Thursdays at 4 PM ET on Facebook.

Spyro Gyra

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Tommy Emmanuel

Wynonna & the Big Noise


World-Renowned Locals


  Rochester Museum and Science Center – While the doors may be closed, the thirst for curiosity rages on…

  Strong Museum of Play – Twelve online exhibits from the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.

  Eastman Museum – The George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the oldest film archives. Explore some of its collections as well as tour the mansion.

  Memorial Art Gallery – Through art, MAG connects people, inspires fun, and ignites discovery.

  Seneca Park Zoo – Seneca Park Zoo inspires our community to connect with, care for, and conserve wildlife and wild places. Nature and animal-based projects for families, children, and adults to do at home!


Live Streams

Go local with City Newspaper’s The Beat Goes On(line) listings of live streams (updated regularly)

From opera to the Grateful Dead, there is an explosion of online music, live and archived, to enjoy while homebound. Some good places to start looking include Brooklyn Vegan and NPR. Facebook and Instagram also have plenty to add to the mix.

Levar Burton Reads: Livestream on Twitter @Lavarburton. Mondays for children at 12:00 pm, Wednesdays for teens/young adults at 6:00 pm, and Fridays for adults at 9:00 pm.


More Free Online Entertainment

  Print & Play: Game seller Asmodee is now offering print-and-play versions of popular games.


  MLB.tv is offering free streaming of 2018 and 2019 games when you log into or create an account.

World Museum Online Tours from Travel & Leisure: Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)

Old Time Radio: Go old-school in your isolation with this bonanza of over 500 old-time radio shows from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Of course, the Shadow and the Green Hornet are here but so are radio adaptions of movies, books like Treasure Island, and stars like Orson Welles and Vincent Price (who are just perfect for this medium). Like Netflix, you’ll never run out.

  Vudu: Watch online or on your favorite connected device with the Vudu app. No subscription, free sign up.

  pluto TV: Ah, the universal question: What is Pluto TV? Well, let’s see. We could toss around numbers like 250+ channels, 170+ content partners, and 20+ million viewers. We could even drone on about our huge library of on-demand content which spans across all genres of movies, news, TV shows, sports, documentaries. But, why complicate, all you really need to know is… it’s free of passwords, it’s free of payments, and it’s free of all those Friday night spats about what to watch.

  Tubi is a video streaming service with a vast library of television shows and movies you can stream from your phone, smart TV or streaming device at no charge. The only catch is that you’ll need to watch some ads while you stream its content.

UbuWeb:  All avant-garde. All the time. Reached the end of Netflix? Finding YouTube too bland? Take a dive down the rabbit hole of UbuWeb, a free repository of audio, video and reading matter from some of the world’s most outré artists. From Samuel Beckett to Captain Beefheart, it’s a treasure trove of the twisted.

What’s New Rochester: A YouTube channel from the City of Rochester including new Pad Lab videos featuring activities you can do at home.

  Crackle is a free to use video entertainment network featuring full-length movies, TV shows, and original programming. It is available on a wide variety of platforms including connected TVs, mobile devices, set-top boxes, video game consoles and online.

  HBO: You can now stream hundreds of hours worth of programming without a subscription, including every season of Barry (yes!), Silicon Valley, and Veep. There are also some family-friendly movies, like The Lego Movie 2 and Pokemon Detective Pikachu.

  IMDb has added many new movies and TV shows to its lineup, many of which were previously available through pay services only.

  The Futon Critic.   TV: now more than ever. And of course, you’re going to need something to help keep track of the endless wave of watching, like when’s that next episode of Riverdale or what’s on Quibi today. Enter the Futon Critic, a portal to all things televised: schedules, grids, news on pilots, and so much more.