Here is a sampling of the week’s events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication.
The multimedia artist Tony Oursler explores how technology touches humanity through blends ofpieces that blend video, painting and collage. In his mesmerizing exhibition “Magical Variations,” , he Mr. Ourslerwraps in everything from 5G conspiracy theories to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
When Through Aug. 16
Travel back to Elizabethan England as the Black Death sets in, with Maggie O’Farrell, the author of “Hamnet” — one of The New York Times’s books to watch for this month. Ms. O’Farrell discusses her novel, in which she imagines the inner workings of William Shakespeare’s family, at a virtual event held by Politics and Prose, a bookstore in Washington, D.C.
When 5 p.m.
Ponder the complexities and consequences of social interactions with the author and podcast host Malcolm Gladwell. His most recent book, “Talking to Strangers,” dives into the topic of first impressions — which, he argues, are often full of misunderstandings — and examines the ripple effect they have on society. Oliver Burkeman, a columnist for The Guardian, joins Mr. Gladwell in conversation. Tickets start at about $6.
When 1:30 p.m.
As part of a celebration for its 50th anniversary, the Ballet Hispánico dance company releases archival footage of “Cada Noche … Tango,” choreographed by Graciela Daniele and performed in 1992. The piece was inspired by Buenos Aires’s passionate underground nightlife from the 1920s and ’30s. The performance is followed by a talk with Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispánico’s artistic director and chief executive, and some of the dancers.
When 7 p.m.
Listen to, and learn about, the Stonehill Recordings made in 1948 by Ben Stonehill, a collector of folklore. He cataloged more than 1,000 songs from refugees of the Holocaust who, at the time, were living at the Hotel Marseilles on New York’s Upper West Side. Miriam Isaacs, a Yiddish scholar, explains more of the back story and the musician Vladimir Fridman performs at an online program hosted by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan.
When 2 p.m.
Unleash your inner writer with the award-winning author Curtis Sittenfeld. She shares her tips for writing short fiction and overcoming mental blocks with Amy Virshup, the editor of Travel and At Home for The New York Times. Send the opening sentence of your short story to [email protected] with the subject line “My Short Story,” and it may be read live.
When 6 p.m.
Missing your ceramics class? The Clay Studio, based in Philadelphia, has an array of tutorials on projects you can do from home without a wheel or other professional equipment. Learn about the importance of underglazing and find out how to make prints from your clay creations.
Start your weekend with a viewing of “Who’s There?,” a play directed by Sim Yan Ying, a performer and playwright from Singapore currently based in New York, and Alvin Tan, the founder and artistic director of The Necessary Stage, a nonprofit theater company in Singapore. “Who’s There?” delves into themes of racial injustices with artists participating from the United States, Singapore and Malaysia all in real time on Zoom. Tickets are donation based, with a suggestion of $10 and a minimum of $1.
When 10 a.m.
Combine snack time and play time with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s mystery taste testing guide, which engages all five senses by suggesting different foods to taste and questions to ask your children. This game is also a good way of subtly encouraging them to expand their palates — studies show that it can take several tries before kids start to like a new food. Best for ages 4 and up.