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COVID-19 Update, May 22, 2020: False Dawn?

The president insists that in the event of a second wave, he won't shut down the country: tinyurl.com/y98l6v6f.

A new study shows that patients treated with the president's preferred COVID-19 drug are at increased risk for irregular heart rhythms and death: tinyurl.com/yb7nowuy.


The CDC asserts that the coronavirus spreads between people, not so much through contaminated surfaces: tinyurl.com/y9v7hsfl.

Scientists from the Obama Administration warn that the government must stockpile medical equipment now against a second wave of infections: tinyurl.com/ycr2vo3t.

Infections spike in South America, with Brazil rapidly approaching disaster-area status: tinyurl.com/yctpec8s.

Food for thought:

A manager with Adamson Systems Engineering argues that the industry must band together to protect the integrity of the live experience: tinyurl.com/y8fyvl2z.

Around the country:

In California:

Cruise ship workers, stuck in San Diego since the pandemic began, are starting to leave, but many more remain: tinyurl.com/yaak7xls.

In Florida:

How a lack of state guidance allowed Spring Break to happen in the face of the pandemic: tinyurl.com/yd473bce.

Miami Beach votes to open its beaches and hotels on June 1: tinyurl.com/y7hfl9rw.

Disney World workers struggle with the state's shambolic unemployment system: tinyurl.com/y7xxfkac.

In April, 13% of the state's workforce was unemployed: tinyurl.com/yaemwdjz.

In Illinois:

A gentleman's club, claiming it was cut out of the Paycheck Protection Program, fights back: tinyurl.com/ych3xnho.

In Nevada:

Gig workers still can't apply for unemployment: tinyurl.com/ycsklu89.

The state's unemployment in April reached nearly 30%: tinyurl.com/yd3rklok.

In New York:

New York City is looking to reopen the first two weeks of June: tinyurl.com/y889o2yc.

The Public Theater fends off having to furlough its staff: tinyurl.com/y6waznng.

Looking to the future, Off Broadway's The Playwrights Realm puts off production plans to become a service organization for writers: tinyurl.com/yd8v4cza.

Off Broadway's Irish Repertory Theatre plans an entire summer season online: tinyurl.com/yal5mskm.

Around the world:

In the UK:

The Society of London Theatres announces a coalition to explore theatre reopening solutions: tinyurl.com/yaljn58a.

And not a moment too soon -- West End/Broadway producer Sonia Friedmans says the country's theatres are "on the brink of total collapse:" tinyurl.com/yacbaom7.


On May 27, at 11:00am EST, Sennheiser hosts a roundtable discussion on the topic of immersive audio. Brian Glasscock of the Sennheiser AMBEO Immersive Audio team will welcome Andrés Mayo and Martín Muscatello for the first in a regular series of presentations and discussions with leading immersive audio practitioners. Registrations are now open at tinyurl.com/y7eftx5q.

Company/association news:

On Tuesday, June 16, NAMM's Advocacy Summit will bring together arts and music education experts and policymakers for an advocacy briefing and training to prepare delegates to contact Members of Congress, as well as state and local officials, about the essential role of music education for every child. It's a message that is perhaps more important than ever before. The half-day event will cover current policy updates, expected funding realities, and a state-by-state snapshot of advocacy action needs and training. Musical "breaks" will be provided by NAMM Fly-In delegates: award-winning hip hop producer, J. Dash, and NAMM Foundation board member, Latin Grammy award nominee, and former New York Yankee, Bernie Williams. Delegates interested in attending may register at tinyurl.com/ybnh6wsb. All sessions will be in Pacific Time. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.

ESTA's PERG releases a draft, for public review, of its return-to-work guidelines: tinyurl.com/y9q9jaup.


The James Taylor - Jackson Browne tour has been rescheduled for May and June 2021: tinyurl.com/ydxlc2uz.


The streaming service Britbox will feature the complete BBC Shakespeare series, starring the likes of Helen Mirren, Robert Lindsay, Brenda Blethyn, John Cleese, Alan Rickman, John Gielgud, and Jonathan Pryce. Subscriptions are $6.99 a month: tinyurl.com/y8ua2unp.

Today at Lincoln Center at Home: At 5:30pm, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centerwill share a special broadcast from iconic locations in Greece. At 7:30pm, the Metropolitan Opera presents Don Giovanni, with James Morris and Joan Sutherland, conducted by Richard Bonynge. At 8:00pm, New York City Ballet presents Christopher Wheeldon's Liturgy and Carousel (A Dance). All times are EST. tinyurl.com/yc3tm9qr.

Seth Rudetsky's Broadway concert series, which first began in Provincetown at The Art House in 2011, will debut as a weekly virtual series entitled The Seth Concert Series. Hosted by beloved musical director and Sirius XM Star Seth Rudetsky, the first event will take place on Sunday, May 31 and will feature Tony award-winning actress Kelli O'Hara. Stage and screen favorites Jeremy Jordan and Jessie Mueller will headline the following two weeks. Each weekly show will premiere Sunday nights at 8:00pm EST with a second showing Mondays at 3:00pm EST for viewers in other time zones like the UK. Tickets are available at www.thesethconcertseries.com for $20.00 (early bird) and $25.00 each.

Weekend reading:

Brighten your day with the extraordinary story of how Broadway scenic designer Edward Pierce, aided by his devoted family and medical team, beat the coronavirus. As a bonus, it opens a window a promising method of treatment: tinyurl.com/y7fu8pgr.

That's all for today. Have a good Memorial Day Weekend. We will return on Tuesday. Stay safe.

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(22 May 2020)

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