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The Mix: A Nathan Lane-Robert Falls chat and more things to check out online May 21-27

There’s a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online in the week ahead.

Nathan Lane will chat with his former director, Robert Falls, on the Goodman Theatre’s “Live@Five.”
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Intriguing conversations

“Live@Five,” the Goodman Theatre’s new weekly online series curated by artistic director Robert Falls, continues with a conversation with Tony-, Olivier- and Emmy Award-winning actor Nathan Lane, who starred, along with the late Brian Dennehy, in Falls’ 2012 staging of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh.” Watch online at 5 p.m. May 22. (Also at the Goodman, Jocelyn Bioh’s sharp comedy-drama “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” streams through May 31.) Visit

Make some art

Joseph Yoakum’s “Mt. Mourner in Maritine Alps near Diane France by Joseph E. Yoakum” (1968).
© John Faier

Outsider artist Joseph Yoakum’s whimsical landscapes — filled with rolling hills, blue lakes and soaring mountains — are the inspiration for the next edition of Art After Work at 5 p.m. May 21. Viewers with help from educator Paula Santos will use materials easily found around the house to create their own imaginative landscape. For more information on the free online event, offered by the gallery Intuit, go to

Circus arts

“Isolated” by Actors Gymnasium

Young performers from the Actors Gymnasium perform “Isolated” (7:30 p.m. May 23), an original circus theater production devised through an innovative online rehearsal process. Directed by Kasey Foster and Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, the piece looks at what it’s like to be a teenager during this challenging time. To watch free, go to

Homebound music

Marcia Ball
Mary Bruton

Despite the shutdown, music continues at FitzGerald’s with “Live From Where They Live,” a streamed series that visits a selection of the club’s favorite artists in their homes. Next up are Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee’s sister) at 8 p.m. May 21 and Marcia Ball interviewed by former Sun-Times writer Dave Hoekstra at 8 p.m. May 22. Free, donations appreciated. Visit

Finding answers

“Sea Curious” at the Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium’s free children’s video series, “Sea Curious,” takes a deep dive into some interesting questions. Do animals play? What animals have superpowers? Why are some animals slimy? What do animals do at night? Each episode answers a question by exploring and having fun at the aquarium. To watch, go to

Verdi’s masterpiece

Mario Zeffiri sings as Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem in 2013.
© Todd Rosenberg Photography

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra streams a 2013 concert performance of Verdi’s Requiem conducted by music director Riccardo Muti. The event coincides with the anniversary of the world premiere (May 22, 1874) of the landmark piece, which is a signature work for Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Stream at 7:30 p.m. May 22-23 and 1:30 p.m. May 24, on the CSO’s social media channels. Visit

A Tennessee classic

Gillian Anderson in “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
Johan Persson

England’s National Theatre has in recent months been streaming selections from its catalog of plays on its YouTube channel. Next on the roster is Tennessee Williams’ classic drama “A Streetcar Named Desire,” starring Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby as Stella. Watch at 7 p.m. May 21-28, free. Visit

Local filmmakers

“Oh Baby!” by Meghann Artes is one of the films in “Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 6.”

“Chicagoland Shorts” is an annual series featuring work by Chicago film artists. This year’s lineup, Vol. 6, includes documentary, narrative, experimental, video collage and animated works plus Q&As with the filmmakers. The eight films explore stories of self-discovery, family, childhood, sex and death. Stream at 7 p.m. May 21, $5. Visit

Mary Houlihan is a Chicago freelance writer.