While the coronavirus had been spreading like wildfire across America, it wasn't until this very week, one year ago, that the word pandemic entered our common vernacular, when the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control declared Covid-19 an extreme and immediate threat to public health, followed by state and local government mandating the immediate closure of public gathering places. Business were shuttered and everybody went indoors, into a lockdown of their own choosing. Masks and social distancing came later.
Weekends are particularly important for the performing arts - that's when new shows open, and when concerts attract the largest crowds. For the visual arts, Fridays and Saturdays mean opening receptions and visits from the new and the curious.