The Mix: Chicago Home Movie Day, ‘Women of Broadway’ and more things to see and do Oct. 22-28
There’s much to see and do in Chicago in the week ahead, both online and in person.
Northlight Theatre is one of the arts organizations participating in “Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway,” three evenings of music featuring three fabulous performers: Patti LuPone (Oct. 24), Laura Benanti (Nov. 14) and Vanessa Williams (Dec. 5). Expect a mix of Broadway tunes, pop songs and personal stories. At-home audience members can email questions to be answered during the livestream. Tickets: $30 per show, $75 for all. Visit northlight.org/events/women-of-broadway.
Dancing in the city
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago begins its 43rd season with “A Tale of Two,” a new work by choreographer Rena Butler. The 25-minute work, filmed outdoors at various Chicago locations by Talia Koylass, features the entire HSDC company with cameos by Butler, associate artistic director Jessica Tong and artistic liaison Emanuell Alsberry. “Amidst the multiple pandemics of this year, with protests and the attention to racial disparity, I was compelled to make a work that examined my curiosity of why Chicago constantly feels like two cities in one— from the glamour of the Magnificent Mile to the rampant gun violence that heavily affects our youth and the generations to come within disparate communities.” Stream the free performance at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 and 24 and 3 p.m. Oct. 25. Visit hubbardstreetdance.com.
Glimpses of real life
For this year’s version of Chicago Home Movie Day, the Chicago Film Archives have compiled two programs of movies featuring Midwestern home movies from the 1920s to today. The first program (7-9 p.m. Oct. 24) features Hyde Park in the ’20s, the Chicago Railroad Fair in the ‘40s, Brookfield Zoo in the ‘50s, Lawndale in the ’60s and more. The second program (7-9 p.m. Oct. 31) is Halloween-themed with amateur horror films, a Halloween parade, mid-century adult parties and a sure hit — a spooky baby narrating his first month of life. Free, donations appreciated. Visit chicagofilmarchives.org.
A Nashville gem
Like all cultural institutions, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been hit hard by the pandemic. To aid the museum in its ongoing work with exhibitions and educational programs, an impressive list of artists perform in “Big Night (At the Museum),” a free fundraiser hosted by Marty Stuart and streaming at 8 p.m. Oct. 28. And there’s an interesting twist: Performers will be playing historic instruments from the collection. Among the many performers are Miranda Lambertperforming John Prine’s “That’s the Way the World Goes ’Round” with Prine’s guitar, Lucinda Williamsperforming Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone” with Cash’s guitar and Keb MoperformingDobie Gray’s “Loving Arms” with Jimmie Rodgers’ Weymann guitar. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org.
The Wright way
The city of Elmhurst has designated Oct. 24 as Frank Lloyd Wright Day. The centerpieces of the celebration are two exhibits showcasing the great architect and his architectural footprint in Elmhurst (home of the Henderson House, a Prairie-style home built in 1901). At the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill, “Wright Before the ‘Lloyd’” (To Feb. 14, 2021, $15) explores the early work of a young architect. The Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park, offers “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior” (Oct. 23-Dec. 20, free), which focuses on the interior design of Wright’s houses. Visit elmhurstartmuseum.org and elmhursthistory.org.
Modern-day Greek tragedy
Black Lives, Black Words, an initiative that provides local Black artists with a platform, continues its Plays for the People streaming series with two world premieres. “Call for the Wailing Women” (Oct. 22-25), Katrina D. RiChard’s Afro-Centric take on Euripides’ “The Suppliants,” features Allyson Brown and Bianca Laverne Jones as mothers who fight for their sons in different ways and for different reasons. Valerie Curtis-Newton directs. Wole Oguntokun’s “The Emancipation of Yankee Oluwale” (Nov. 19-22) is the story of David Oluwale, a Nigerian who stowed away on a ship headed to the United Kingdom. Directed by Harry Waters Jr. Tickets: $17. Visit blacklivesblackwords.org.
New Philharmonic’s virtual season opens with “The Music of John Williams.” The concert, filmed outdoors at the McAninch Arts Center’s Lakeside Pavilion, features Williams’ cinematic scores from films such as “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and the “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars” series. Includes a talk with conductor Kirk Muspratt. Streams at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 3 p.m. Oct. 25. Tickets: $40; a $99 subscription includes this concert plus a holiday sing-along (Dec. 12-14) and New Year’s Eve concert.Visit atthemac.org/new-philharmonic
Black cats and ravens
Halloween gets classically spooky with AstonRep Theatre’s free streaming radio play adaptation of“Twisted Tales of Poe,”a quartet of stories penned by Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the macabre. Turn out the lights, light a candle and enjoy the dark environs of “The Tell-Tale Heart,”“The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Black Cat” and “The Raven.”The stream, Oct. 26-31, is free, but donations are appreciated. Visitastonrep.com.
Mary Houlihan is a local freelance writer.