Your #StaytheFHome Chicago Curated Weekend: 11/19 and Beyond
- Drive-In movies!
- In Person Outdoor Concerts and events!
- Evanston Space is closed for the season, but consider donating to help the venue during these weird times
- Art Galleries
- All Star Press is constantly putting up new prints for you to decorate your space with! Check out some of their prints from their Vertical Gallery collab including "THBBPTHBPT!" by Curtisy Readelat, "Free Range" by Cristi López, "Citadel" by Matthew Crumpton, "Midwest Totems" by Roco Drillo, "Floating Gardens" by CZR PRZ, "Skull, Snake & Eagle" by Adam Lundquist, "That's all folks!" by Will Blood, "Sheet Happens" by Body Ruiner, Bear Bones by JC Riveria, Teen Wolf by Joey D, "Divine" (Ego) by Kawaii Suga and more! They also released some excellent JC Rivera hoodies! This week will feature the release of "Sucks Either Way" Original cut out by Skewville X R6D4! This week will feature"Medusa" by Jenny Frison!
- Galerie F has a fun stock of prints from concert posters, pop culture prints and more!
- Rotufugi will be showing Half Curtained and Breathless: New Works by Daniel Danger
- WOMANISH Experience is a cool pop up featuring the work of female and gender non-confirming artists exploring womanhood from a diverse range of perspectives.
- Artisan and Farmer's markets!
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19thAuthors Chat About the Loop and El Tracks @ City Lit Bookstore virtually, 6:30pm WHAT: Author Patrick T. Reardon will talk about his new book, The Loop: The 'L' Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago, with novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller. SO WHAT: Reardon, a Third Coast Review writer, has studied and written about Chicago for more than half a century, including a 32-year career as a Chicago Tribune reporter. One reviewer said Reardon’s “reporting reveals so much we didn’t know about the life (and near death) of those elevated tracks and the colorful cast of Chicagoans—from Pulitzer-winning reporters to corrupt politicians—who secured the Loop’s legacy.” Keller, also a former Tribune reporter, won the Pulitzer for feature writing in 2005 and has written eight novels and four e-novellas. NOW WHAT: The event is free and will be conducted on Zoom. Find the link and more info here. Reardon’s book will be published November 26 by Southern Illinois University Press. CityLit is taking pre-orders now. Editor's' note: While the official CTA spelling of its train system is L, the El (or el) usage is a common literary spelling and El is Third Coast Review's editorial style.
THURSDAY & BEYOND, NOVEMBER 19th - JANUARY 2ndIt’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! @ Zoom, the most festive spot in your home WHAT: The American Blues Theater continues to bring Chicago a live retelling of the Frank Capra classic SO WHAT: Because of the issue caused by the pandemic, The American Blues Theater will be hosting an interactive Zoom version pf the George Bailey focused show! Since the whole thing will be on Zoom, each actor will perform the play live from their own home! Check out the Schedule below!
- Wednesdays: 7:00pm (except December 2, 9 and 16
- Thursdays: 7:00pm (except November 26)
- Fridays: 7:00pm (except December 25 and January 1)
- Saturdays: 4:00pm (except November 14 and 21) & 7:00pm
- Sundays: 3:00pm
- Additional performance on December 31 at 4:00pm
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20th & NOVEMBER 21thFitzGerald’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 livestreaming 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 livestreaming shows on their Facebook page. Check out their lineup for this coming weekend and beyond!
- November 20 - Jenny Bienemann's Haiku Milieu: Book Release Celebration Virtu-Concert - 7:30pm - Free
- November 21 - Beyond Hunger Virtual Benefit Concert with Nathaniel Rateliff and an opening set by Shemekia Copeland & Ronnie Baker Brooks - 7:00pm - $50-$100
- November 25 - LIVESTREAM with ROOKIE - 8:00pm -
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20thStaged - 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 months, 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. The series looks like it has winded down with only this week's November 20 show with Local H on the calendar. Hopefully more shows show up on the docket soon! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $11 for these great shows and are only available a short time after airing
THE WHOLE SELF-DISTANCING WEEKEND & BEYONDWHAT: The 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival gets sent right into your home! SO WHAT: Gene Siskel Film Center will be presenting the first-ever all-virtual edition of the 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival. From November 6 through 30 you will have the opportunity to view most feature films and shorts programs on your favorite device and at your preferred times; find more personal encounters with filmmakers in online discussions, panels, and workshops; join into online viewing parties, networking opportunities, and other fun events! Head over to their website for a full list of films and programming! NOW WHAT: Individual tickets are $10 for general admission ($7 for studnets and $5 for Gene Siskel Center Members) and passes are also available! Virtual Christkindlmarket @ Your place, on the most shopping inclined, internet connected device you have! WHAT: The traditional outdoor market goes virtual! SO WHAT: Due to COVID, this year's edition of Christkindlmarket trades its spots in Loop and Wrigleyville for an even more social distanced online marketplace. So don't fret too much, you'll still be ability to purchase ornaments, German treats, mugs, and more! The virtual market will also include a lineup of online events like a streaming Christkind Story Time every Saturday afternoon starting 11/20, DIY workshops, cooking demos, and more!! NOW WHAT: Head over to their website and check out all the fun! Some of their online events are free, while others are ticketed! Check out their calendar here!
- Friday, November 20 - Visionary Voices Behind the American Songbook with Natalie Douglas - 5:00pm
- Wednesday, December 2 - Book Club with Jonathan Alter — His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life - 5:00pm
- Monday, December 14 - Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham on Black Futures - 7:00pm
- Friday November 20 and every following Friday – LP’s Happy Hour – 5:00pm to 7:00pm – $5 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 enjoy a great night!
- Sunday November 22 – Robbie Fulks – 8:00pm – $15 Robbie Fulks is a Hideout staple and this online residency is sure to deliver the goods for the coming virtual months! This week will feature a special guest: Pete Thomas of The Attractions! Don’t miss out on this great show!
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 $10 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K42ZUUBeHSY 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