Face masks are coming off and the taps are flowing again, but the live entertainment choices in Prague remain thin. For good times this week, look to the Cross Club, Jazz Dock and Cargo Gallery, which is reopening with a party on the river. Classical music fans can get a taste of what they’ve been missing at the National Theater, where a sweet group of singers is offering a one-off opera sampler.
For the most part the best entertainment is still online, but no complaints there. You can stroll down memory lane with the Queen of Soul, share intimate encounters with artists like Emanuel Ax and Rosanne Cash, enjoy a lavish production at the Komische Oper Berlin, or take in a spectacular flamenco dance performance by Karime Amaya (pictured above) – all for free.
Locally, some of the best viewing is in galleries. The Banksy show is opening at Galerie Mánes,where it will remain on display through September. And the annual World Press Photo exhibit is returning to Old Town Hall, offering a gripping view of global affairs. Museum Night, one of the most popular events of the summer, has been moved to October. Church Night offers an edifying alternative, an opportunity to bask in sacred architecture and enjoy uplifting music.
A reminder: Most live events are still subject to crowd limitations and social distancing restrictions, which means fewer tickets are available for performances. So if you don’t want to be disappointed, be sure to make reservations in advance.
Střecha Lucerny: Party on the Rooftop
The summer season is underway atop Lucerna, where three days a week you can enjoy cool drinks and spectacular sunsets.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Spotlight on Aretha Franklin
At this time of intense racial strife, what better balm than the inspirational sound of the Queen of Soul?
World Press Photo Exhibition 2020
At Old Town Hall, a compendium of the most compelling news images of the past year.
Live with Carnegie Hall: Emanuel Ax
One of the world’s preeminent pianists shares tunes and thoughts with other stars of the keyboard.
National Theatre Live: Hamlet
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, screening at Aero.
Galerie Mánes: The World of Banksy
Organizers are promising an “immersive experience” in the work of this iconic street artist.
Flamenco De Sofa: Karime Amaya
The online dance series continues with a performance by one of the most storied names in flamenco (pictured at top).
Live with Carnegie Hall: Rosanne Cash
The singer-songwriter talks and plays music with guests Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello and more.
The Circus Brothers at Cross Club
If you need to jump around and get wild after months in quarantine, this is the band for you.
Cargo Gallery Grand Opening Party
The party and events boat gets back to business with a Latino-themed night of dancing and drinking.
Great viewing online from the Komische Oper Berlin, and great voices live at the National Theater.
Church Night (Noc Kostelů)
An opportunity to take in the grandeur of Prague’s sacred spaces.
The Documents at Jazz Dock
Good-time grooves from a perennial favorite at this riverside venue.
[Lead photo of Karime Amaya by Vojtěch Brtnický]