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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The new cheap seats for the show are in your own home.

The big picture: It's not just hybrid workplaces or schools. In the post-pandemic world, we'll have hybrid performances, too.

What's happening: Over the past year, musicians, comedians and other performers have had to get creative as the pandemic forced cancellations of their live, in-person shows, turning to online entertainment that has worked better than expected.

Why it matters: Even as more and more Americans are getting vaccinated, many are still wary of attending large, in-person gatherings like concerts. Just 33% of Americans say they'd be comfortable going to an indoor concert after the pandemic, per a recent Performance Research survey.

  • For those who want to wait a bit before entering an arena again — and for those who want to hear the live music but don't want to deal with crazy expensive tickets and long lines — the at-home option could be a great solution.

These virtual experiences are no small affair. Pop star Dua Lipa put on a virtual concert in November 2020 that cost $1.5 million and took five months of prep, reports Rolling Stone. The concert drew 5 million viewers — more than 20 times more people than the biggest live show in history.

  • And virtual shows can even build the hype for in-person ones. Concert tickets for Dua Lipa's tour spiked 70% after her livestreamed concert, per Rolling Stone.

The bottom line: Tickets for in-person shows are selling rapidly now as Americans are eager to celebrate the end of a long year and a half at home.

  • But look for virtual show production to become a growing part of the entertainment economy as the pandemic's lessons extend into the post-COVID world.

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Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Winter view from Charlotte as winter storm Izzy creates dangerous conditions in Charlotte, N.C. on Jan. 16. Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A major winter storm was lashing much of the East Coast on Sunday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The big picture: Heavy snow and ice accumulations are "likely to produce hazardous travel," downed trees and more power outages from the Mid-South to the Northeast, per the National Weather Service. Some parts of the U.S. can expect to see up to a foot of snow through Monday.

Updated 12 mins ago - Politics & Policy

British national named in Colleyville synagogue standoff

A law enforcement vehicle sits near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Jan. 16. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

British national Malik Faisal Akram took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue outside Fort Worth on Saturday, the FBI said in a statement.

The latest: Greater Manchester Police, in Northwest England, tweeted on Sunday night that officers had arrested and detained two teenagers in South Manchester for questioning in relation to the siege in Colleyville, Texas, "as part of the ongoing investigation into the attack."

Updated 2 hours ago - Science

Volcanic eruption in Tonga caused "significant" damage

This satellite image of the eruption on Jan. 15 taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). Photo: NICT via AP

Significant damage has been reported in Tonga following an undersea volcanic eruption on Saturday, which covered the Pacific nation in ash and cut off communication lines.

Driving the news: The eruption triggered tsunami warnings across Tonga's islands and in other regions, including the West Coast of the U.S. and New Zealand.