It’s another great weekend in Chicago with plenty of things to do at home from a long list of amazing virtual plays to watching live streams of music and so much more! Chicago has been opening up more and more, but that doesn’t mean you should take it lightly. If you’re going out to support business during these Covid heavy times, please wear a mask and social distance as best you can. Eventually we’d love to have the curated weekend be back to recommending fun in-person events, but we can only do that by staying home or being extra safe when we go out.
While outdoor/in person events will continue to take a back seat in the #staythefhome version of the Curated Weekend, we’ll still recommend a few events here and there that look safe to attend. Even so, check them out for yourselves and don’t go out if you don’t feel comfortable yet, there’s still plenty to do at home thanks to all the great streaming services.
- Drive-In movies!
- Chicago Drive In Hoffman Estates – this week showing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers Endgame, and some special concerts (see below!)
- Chicago Drive In Bridgeview Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pulp Fiction, La Bamaba and a special concert (see below!)
- Drive-in at Lincoln Yards Lot – This weekend showing A Good Woman is Hard to Find & Whirlybird
- ChiTown Movies – This weekend showing The Lion King & Night of the Living Dead
- Chi-Together Drive-In at Soldier Field – This weekend showing Avengers-Infinity War, Ghostbusters, & Madagascar
- Chicago Drive In Hoffman Estates – this week showing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers Endgame, and some special concerts (see below!)
- Drive-In concerts & comedy
- Thursday August 20 Led Zepplin 2 @ Lakeshore Drive-In 7:30pm – 10:00pm
- Friday August 21 Ekali w/ Birthdayy Partyy @ Lakeshore Drive-In 7:30pm
- Sears Centre Hoffman Estates, IL West Lot Friday August 21 GraveDancer Takeover featuring Hesh and Boomer @ 6:00pm
- Saturday August 22 Anthony Attalla, Inphinity & Dustin Sheridan @ Lakeshore Drive-In 7:00pm
- Saturday August 22 Los De Chicago @ Seat Geek Stadium 3:00pm – 11:45pm
- Saturday August 22 LIVE & LOUD Featuring Loud Luxury @ Sears Centre Hoffman Estates, IL West Lot 6:00pm
- In Person Concerts!
- Friday August 21 King Oliver’s Lawn Partyat Navy Pier’s Water Colors Jazz Series
- Friday August 14th Ben Lamar Gay @ Constellation (there is also a streaming option for those that want to stay home!)
- Art Galleries
- All Star Press is constantly putting up new prints up for you to decorate your space with! This week they’ve teamed up with Vertical Gallery to release Free Range by Cristi Lopez at Noon on 8/20
- Galerie F has a fun stock of prints from concert posters, pop culture prints and more!
- Rotufugi will be showing new work from Shawnimals: Support Systems
- Farmers markets!
And if you’re opting to stay home, then let’s find something fun to do! Whether you’re doing your part in fighting against police brutality, working out, finally watching Hamilton, trying out some new recipes, or whatever catches your fancy; you may still have a few hours in your day that need filling up. There are tons of fun ideas highlighted in this week’s curated weekend including some from previous #StaytheFHome editions where the editors here at Third Coast Review suggested a few things you can enjoy while you’re at home during these social distancing, self-quarantining days!
Since we’re all still in this together, we encourage you to check out Do312’s running list of venues that could use some love! Donate if you can and remember to support them by going to shows once it’s safe to do so!
Stay home and stay safe and healthy. Listen to our healthcare policy experts. Science matters. Wear a mask. Keep washing your hands. And check in on 3CR, where we promote the arts for everyone’s sake.
Let’s stay the fuck inside and enjoy your curated weekend!
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, AUGUST 21st – 23rd
PorchlightPalooza, a Three-Day Festival by Porchlight Music Theatre @ Porchlight’s Facebook page/YouTube Live/theater’s event page, the most theatre-esque spot in you home, Nightly at 7:00pm,
WHAT: A Nice look at Porchlight Music Theatre
SO WHAT: Porchlight’s three-day celebration Friday, August 21, through Sunday, August 23, includes performances of Porchlight highlights from its 25-year history and greetings from celebrities across the country. The free festival includes an exclusive interview by Chicago broadcaster Bill Kurtis with the 2020 ICON Award recipient Joel Grey. Here’s the tentative schedule for PorchlightPalooza:
- Friday, August 21, at 7pm
Celebrating Porchlight Music Theatre’s 25-year history as Chicago’s home for music theater–with songs from throughout the years and a kick-off from co-chairs Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis. The music performances directed by Michael McBride will feature Brian Acker, Adrian Aguilar, Missy Aguilar, Charissa Armon, Jayson Brooks, Caron Buinis, Lydia Burke, David Girolmo, Lucy Godinez, Sharriese Hamilton, Jermaine Hill, Callie Johnson, Donterrio Johnson, Michelle Lauto John Marshall, Jr., Alexis J Roston and Stephanie Stockstill.
- Saturday, August 22, at 7pm
The second night of PorchlightPalooza celebrates Porchlight’s commitment to showcasing emerging artists and nurturing young audiences, with a welcome from co-chairs Rick and Deann Bayless, the presentation of the Luminary Award to Elaine Cohen and Arlen D. Rubin. The music performances directed by Linda Madonia will include E. Faye Butler, Matt Crowle, James Earl Jones II, Heidi Kettenring and Gene Weygandt.
- Sunday, August 23, at 7pm
The conversation between Broadway legend Joel Grey and Bill Kurtis will feature highlights from Grey’s career. The evening also will include performances by Porchlight talents and greetings from artists saluting Grey’s influence on music theater including Bob Balaban, Patrick Cassidy, Kristin Chenoweth, Raul Esparza, Josh Gad, Tom Kitt, David Mamet, Joe Mantegna, Howard McGillin, Mandy Patinkin, Benj Pasek, Bernadette Peters, Lonny Price, Chita Rivera, Susan Stroman, Paul Oakley Stovall, Stephen Wallem and Maury Yeston. Porchlight’s music tribute to Grey is directed by Linda Madonia and stars Andres Enriquez, Erica Evans, Cory Goodrich, Christopher Kelley, Laura Savage and Joey Stone.
NOW WHAT: PorchlightPalooza will be broadcast free on Porchlight’s Facebook page, on YouTube Live and the theater’s event page. More information, including raffle tickets and donation information, is available here.
FRIDAY AUGUST 21st
Eastland: An Original Musical by Lookingglass Theatre Company @ Lookingglass Theatre’s YouTube & Facebook, Somewhere nice and cozy in you home, 5:00pm
WHAT: An excellent show form an excellent theatre
SO WHAT: Lookingglass will offer a 24hr watch party starting at 5pm on Thursday, August 20, as a free online public fundraiser. The Eastland production premiered on Lookingglass’ stage in 2012. It’s the story of the sinking of the Eastland excursion ship at the Clark Street bridge in 1915. The ship was packed with 2500 workers and families from Western Electric’s Hawthorn Works, ready for a lake cruise and a day of family fun. When the ship tipped over and dumped its passengers in the river, 844 were drowned, while herculean efforts were made to rescue the survivors.
NOW WHAT: This virtual event will be streamed on Lookingglass Theatre’s YouTube channel and on Facebook. After the show, viewers are invited to join creative team members Andrew White and Andre Pluess for a post-show conversation. RSVP and donate here.
Ravinia TV @ Ravinia’s YouTube Channel, On the best sounding device that can play YouTube channel, Fridays 7:00pm
WHAT: Some excellent performances to hold you over during this time of no live concerts
SO WHAT: RaviniaTV is a 20-minute weekly variety show webcast on their YouTube channel and Facebook page every Friday. It’s a perfect addition to your Friday night and a nice taste of Ravinia’s programming during these times!
NOW WHAT: Head over to their website and tune in to the show. You can also check out previous episodes of the show!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22nd
FitzGerald’s Online Concerts and Stay-at-Home Truck Concerts @ Their Facebook Page, truck concerts on Saturdays 3pm or any time after on VOD, All Ages
WHAT: Musicians performing at home or in the back of a pickup truck and live-streaming it for all!
SO WHAT: Fitzgerald’s will continue bringing live music to their Berwyn neighborhood and beyond through their Stay at Home Concert Series and regular live-streaming shows on their Facebook page. For the Stay at Home Concerts artists will be playing live from the back of a pickup truck somewhere in Berwyn, encouraging folks to stay home and watch from their porch or through the Facebook livestream. This weekend will feature a Community Trunk Concert with DeeOhGee!
NOW WHAT: Stay home and enjoy the show on Facebook! If you live on the lucky block where the performance is held, watch from your property and maintain quarantine! Fitzgerald’s has also opened their doors and will have live music on their patio.
WHAT: A chance to check out some interesting productions from Manual Cinema’s history!
SO WHAT: Manual Cinema’s 10th Anniversary Retrospectacular! is a month-long virtual birthday party featuring four of the company’s most seminal shows from the past 10 years streaming for free! In addition to the features each week, Manual Cinema will host live, online, virtual talkbacks reuniting each production’s creators, collaborators and fans. Check out the Talk Back lineup below! And see our detailed preview on the Stages page.
- Friday, August 21, Frankenstein
NOW WHAT: Shows will be available here and change out every Monday, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Manual Cinema will also be accepting donations to compensate for lost touring income due to Covid-19.
THE WHOLE SELF-DISTANCING WEEKEND & BEYOND
Staged – Live Concerts from Home @ Audiotree, the spot where you’ve been watching all the best streaming shows these past few months, 9:00pm
WHAT: Live music from Lincoln Hall and Audiotree to make staying at home a little better
SO WHAT: The past few weeks, Audiotree has been putting up amazing live shows on the Lincoln Hall stage, with all the lights and stage presence you remember, for the stay-at-home audience. The shows have been excellent, offering something a little different than typical streaming shows and giving you a nice taste of live music. Check out their August lineup below and get ready for a fantastic concert streaming experience.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $11 for these great shows and are only available a short time after airing
Kane Repertory Theatre’s New Play Lab @ Their Youtube Channel, the most comfortable place in your place, Wednesdays at 7:30pm,
WHAT: A look into the creative processes of playwriting
SO WHAT: Kane Repertory Theatre, based in west suburban St. Charles, is featuring its New Play Lab series. The New Play Lab helps playwrights continue the development of their new scripts and provides a virtual rehearsal room to each selected playwright, connecting them with professional actors from the Kane Repertory ensemble and beyond. The works touch on current issues that make up our cultural landscape such as group identity, femininity/masculinity, political corruption, and morality in sports.
NOW WHAT: The four plays will be workshopped on four successive Wednesdays; tune in on the theater’s YouTube channel.
Virtual Cinema @ Music Box Theatre, unsurprisingly at your home, any time you want to watch a movie,
WHAT: A great way to support a great local theater
SO WHAT: The Music Box Theatre has reopened and you can go catch a myriad of great films like Inception, Magic Mike XXL, & Peninsula live and in person! But if your still feeling hesitant about going out and about during the pandemic, you can still watch great moves and support them online! They are currently screening films via their Virtual Cinema with The Music Box series! Check out films like Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful; Beats; Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine; Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind; Martin Margiela: In His Own Words; I Used to Go Here; Represent; and Jazz on a Summer’s Day this weekend!
NOW WHAT: Digital tickets are $12, so sit back and enjoy! Their door are also open, so if you feel comfortable, put on your mask and go see a movie at the Music Box Theatre!
The Hideout Online @ Hideout’s New online Streaming Home Mixer!, on your favorite streaming device, usually in the evening
WHAT: Miss the good times spent at the Hideout? Well here’s the digital version!
SO WHAT: While we may not be able to properly hang at the Hideout just yet, we can still experience all the dancing, bingo, talk shows, music, comedy, and Robbie Fulks we can handle from home! You just jump on over to Hideout Online to join in on the Hideout digital community. You’ll be able to “tip” the performers via a virtual tip jar that will be split 80% for the performers, 20% for the Hideout, so you’ll be supporting the Hideout community every time you contribute. Check out their schedule below or at their website and get ready for some fun!
- Thursday August 20- Eli Winter ‘Unbecoming’ Record Release Show – 8:00pm – $10 suggested donation
Chicago musician Eli Winter will be stopping by Hideout’s virtual abode to share songs from his second album Unbecoming. With an opening track that spans 23 minutes, Unbecoming shows off Winter’s ambitious compositions that have his wonderful guitar work on display.
- Friday August 21 and every following Friday – LP’s Happy Hour – 5:00pm to 7:00pm – $5 suggested tip
Award-winning country singer, sought-after DJ, and long-time Hideout employee Lawrence Peters will be hosting a weekly happy hour on Hideout Online, from his home to yours. Maybe you’ll tune in for some deep cuts from his lauded collection of records, maybe some Hideout folks will drop in to swap stories about the bar, or maybe LP will even sing ya a tune. Join them with a drink in hand and don’t forget to “tip”
- Monday August 24 – Blue Mondays: Wisconsin: A Deeper Dive – 8:00pm – $5 suggested tip
Blue Mondays is an activist series presented by Indivisible Chicago PAC, Indivisible Chicago Alliance, and Blue Beginning, the Alliance chapter that has been meeting at the Hideout since Trump was elected. Each show will keep you up to date on election events, feature a panel discussion with special guests diving into the week’s topic, and a local musician. This show will be live streamed, but you will be able to find the recordings on the Indivisible Chicago Podcast and for a rebroadcast on WCPT!
- Tuesday August 25 – Grelley Duvall: In My Home In My Prime – 8:00pm – $10 suggested tip
Alex Grelle and the tireless talents of many return to the Hideout’s online platform one last time to raise money for the next Grelley Duvall Show due out this winter! The virtual show will feature the incredible talents of: Josh Anderson, David Brown, John Cicora, Sima Cunningham, Marta Jean Evans, Dorian Gehring, Ricky Harris, Maggie Kubley, Robin Lee, Rob Lindley, Aileen May, Alberto Mendoza, Tim Parker, Keith Ryan, Sarah Sherman, Megan Stalter, Mark Thiel, Mary Williamson and many more!
- Wednesday August 26 – Veggie Bingo and every following Wednesday – 7:00pm – $10 suggested tip
Bingo season starts early! Veggie Bingo returns for a special in-home play edition. “Celebrity” callers will host special games and give you guides. Prizes include jams, local honey and coffee, posters, certificates for veggie delivery, and more. You can play for prizes over at on Zoom, and watch the stream for fun on
NOW WHAT: Head to Hideout Online, tip these fine folks accordingly, and enjoy the Hideout vibes at home!
Film Center from Your Sofa @ The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute, your couch or preferred movie watching spot in your place, pretty much any time
WHAT: The Film Center at Home
SO WHAT:The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute is continuing their excellent series Film Center from Your Sofa .This is a fun way to stay in digital touch with the Film Center and watch some great films from the comfort of home! Enjoy films like John Lewis: Good Trouble, A Girl Missing, My Dog Stupid, Rebuilding Paradise, The Cuban, Song Without a Name, A Thousand Cuts, Days of the Whale (with a special Q&A available with director Catalina Arroyave Restrepo, moderated by journalist, essayist, and educator Esther Cepeda), Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm, H is for Happyness, The August Virgin (starting 8/21), Desert One (starting 8/21)and more! A few films’ availability end today, so head over to their listings and start watching!
NOW WHAT: Digital tickets are $12, so sit back and enjoy!
Music Friendly Distancing @ Empty Bottle’s Youtube channel, at your place,
WHAT: Bring a little bit of Empty Bottle into your home through YouTube!
SO WHAT: Empty Bottle will be practicing #MusicFriendlyDistancing during these stay-at-home days. It’s perfect for those of us needing a little bit of that fun the Bottle would provide. Jump over to YouTube and catch some excellent content! You can check out the rest of the previous #MFD mixes here!
NOW WHAT: YouTube is the place to be! Log on and support the Empty Bottle. You can also send money to the storied venue here.
Hannibal Buress’ Miami Nights @ Youtube, at the most inviting place in your home, any time you need a laugh
WHAT: A new hilarious special from a fantastic comedian!
SO WHAT: Chicago-born Hannibal Buress dropped his new special Miami Nights over the Fourth of July weekend and it’s great! The special was filmed at the end of last year, with the centerpiece of the hour+ special being his arrest in Miami in 2017 (clowning on crummy cops is always funny). Everything about the special feels essential, from the always amazing delivery that comes from Buress’ comedic cadence to the prescient content to the overwhelming entertaining production of the whole affair. Seriously it goes beyond the usual comedian on stage format and does something more throughout!
NOW WHAT: Here’s the link to the special! Start it up whenever you feel the need for a good laugh and enjoy!
Grant Park Music Festival 2020 Virtual Season: Festival Remixed @ YouTube and WFMT, at home with your favorite streaming device, Fridays and Wednesday 6:30pm
WHAT: Live music for your free time
SO WHAT: This year the Grant Park Music Festival went virtual with plenty of great concerts and events being livestreamed online on YouTube and WFMT (both on their website and FM). You can check out our preview of the season here. While the season is officially over, you can still check out their archive of 2020 shows here!
NOW WHAT: Head over to the Festival Remixed website, catch some of the previous shows, and enjoy!!
New Talks and Video Archives @ Chicago Humanities Festival YouTube channel, your favorite browser or YouTube’s app, any time you want some inspiration, All Ages
WHAT: Interesting conversations with interesting people!
SO WHAT: Chicago Humanities Festival brings some of the best ideas to the surface with entertaining programming that captures your imagination. Their website is constantly updated with upcoming talks, so be on the look out for new talks and check out the wealth of previous events in their archives!
NOW WHAT: Head over to their website for more details om upcoming events and take a look at their past events here!
Fun Times with Local Museums @ the comfort of your own home, a various collection of websites, whenever you want a little dose of educational fun, All Ages
WHAT: A chance to explore and help out some great local museums during these quarantine days
SO WHAT: Our incredible Museums editor Mariel Bokor has compiled a great list of interesting programming available from museums like the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, MSI, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium during this stay at home time. Check out part one of the roundup featuring tons of programming suggestions and then head over to part two where you can see even more great museums and info on how to support them!
NOW WHAT: Check out our article and discover something new!
Concerts Live-streams and Local Shows Archives @ Your House, Any time you please, All Ages
WHAT: There’s tons of concerts from Chicago’s yesteryear available online for your enjoyment!
SO WHAT: Oh My Rockness and Do312 has done a fantastic job of cataloging some of the upcoming live-streams from the awesome musical acts out there! Check out Oh My Rockness’ listings here, Do312’s roundup of shows here, and tune in to these great shows from the comfort of home! Do312 have also shared some past Chicago shows that are certainly worth of a watch. There are also so many great local concerts recorded for posterity and what better time to check them all out than during this self isolation period. Audiotree has a fantastic and huge list of sessions with links to band’s websites and merch to help support them even more. In addition to our previous recommendations like Fran, Tasha, KAINA, Divino Nino, and The Ophelias, we also recommend ROOKIE, Emily Blue, Sen Morimoto, Beach Bunny, Tennis, and Gia Margaret! Then head over to their record concerts from Lincoln Hall, Schubas, and beyond to check out Orville Peck, of Montreal, and so many more! JBTV is also a fantastic resource for sessions from bands that have come through Chicago! Just take a look at this playlist of Blind Melon’s ’95 set at Metro! And of course Metro’s Twitter is still doling out daily selections of past shows!
NOW WHAT: Stay home, watch some live music, and be sure to check out your favorite artists’ social media, you never know who might be live streaming next!
Video Games @ Your home PC or Console, As long as it takes, Just check the game rating
WHAT: Video-games for all!
SO WHAT: Check out our games page for some recommendations of what games to download (and avoid) while we’re stuck at home. If you’re a PC user, head over to the Epic Games store as they have released a few new FREE games for you to download includingEnter the Gungeon, God’s Trigger, Sludge Life, and Delores: A Thimble Weed Adventure! There are also tons of free games on Twitch Prime waiting for you to download!
NOW WHAT: Wash your hands and dive head first into some fun games!
The Quarantine Concerts @ Experimental sound Studios, Your best sounding internet connected device, at various times
WHAT: Experimental Sound Studio, Elastic Arts and the Hideout’s Resonance Series come together for a series of amazing livestreamed concerts
SO WHAT: The Quarantine Concerts is collaborative series which aims to give artists a space to share their work and continue earning a living during this time when live, in person, performances have been cancelled due to COVID-19. This is a perfect opportunity to unite the community for a few hours of amazing musicians. This weekend includes Autistic Pride Day Concert, Concert for Chicago Freedom School, and tons more! You can check out their full schedule for the rest of the week here.
NOW WHAT: Head over to their Twitch stream and start watching some great shows. There is a suggested donation of $5 per evening. 100% of the donations contributed during each performance go to the artists who played that night.
Reading Events Online @ American Writers Museum, month of April
WHAT: The American Writers Museum is offering many programs online, including evening author talks and Saturday morning Little Squirrels Storytime.
SO WHAT: Kids can watch Little Squirrels Storytime at 10:30am on Saturdays, with three pre-recorded stories read each time. Watch it on Facebook but videos will also be posted to YouTube and IGTV if you can’t tune in live.
NOW WHAT: These events are free. Check the events calendar and register for author talks. Registration isn’t required for Little Squirrels Storytime.
The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral 30 Digital Plays in 60 Analog Minutes @ The Neo Futurists’ Patreon, one episode a week, 14+
WHAT: Quick plays online!
SO WHAT: The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral! 30 Digital Plays in 60 Analog Minutes is the online adaptation of the Neo Futurists’, ongoing, ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes for a live audience. Since live audiences are still a no-no, this is the perfect way to experience this fun project from home!
NOW WHAT: Join the Neo Futurists’ Patreon page for either $3, $5, or $9 a week (with added incentives in the higher tiers) and enjoy the 30 plays in an hour every week!
Masque of the Red Coronavirus! @ Black Button Eyes Productions, Any time on your computer or mobile device. For 18+.
WHAT: Written by Black Button Eyes Productions producing artistic director Ed Rutherford, this short satirical piece is available online free as a combined script-and-video experience.
SO WHAT: In addition to reading the play, you will see various Chicago artists act out portions of the script on video, recorded remotely. The event includes puppets, burlesque, original music, fire dancing and more in a brief, darkly comedic confection.
With the Red Coronavirus running rampant across the countryside and a vaccine still months away, what’s a Prince to do? Lock himself in a secure bunker in an undisclosed location along with a cohort of his top donors, of course. To prevent him and his rich supporters from becoming bored, the Prince has also brought a few artists into the bunker to entertain the crowd. But as the hour grows later and the night grows weirder, it’s clear that something else has also invaded the party.
NOW WHAT: Settle down for an evening of magical weirdness. Click here and begin reading and watching the videos.
Bring the Zoo to You @ Brookfield Zoo’s Facebook page, when you want to see some animals besides your pets or specifically 11:00am, All Ages
WHAT: A great way to make your kids’ time at home entertaining and educational
NOW WHAT: Join Brookfield Zoo on Facebook every weekday at 11:00am for a “Bring The Zoo To You” Facebook Live featuring one of their animals as well as plenty of educational, informative insight from one of our Animal Care Specialists. If you can’t make it at 11, that’s okay. The video will be saved afterward on Facebook as well as on their YouTube channel.
SO WHAT: Just jump in to the chat at their Facebook page to learn something new
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