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The Mix: Riot Fest at the Movies, Lyric Opera’s virtual ball and more things to do in Chicago Sept. 10-16

There are a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online and on-site in Chicago in the week ahead.

Uma Thurman stars in “Kill Bill Vol. 1,” screening as part of Riot Fest at the Movies

Riot Fest on screen

While Riot Fest is a no go this summer, fans can check out Riot Fest at the Movies, at Chicago Drive-In, 7000 S. Harlem, Bridgeview. The two-night event features four films: Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” (7:30 p.m.) and Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill Vol. 1” (10 p.m.) on Sept. 11, and Joel Schumacher’s “The Lost Boys” (7:30 p.m.) and Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” (10 p.m.) on Sept. 12. Tickets are $29.98 per film per car or $49.98 for both films on either night; a two-day pass for all movies is $79.98 or $99.98. Visit

Hershey Felder as George Gershwin
Mark Garvin

Gershwin revisited

Pianist-singer-actor Hershey Felder returns with another of his popular performances streamed live from Teatro della Pergola in Florence, Italy. In “George Gershwin Alone,” Felder tells the story of the great American composer and plays the composer’s best-known songs from “An American in Paris” and “Porgy and Bess” to his groundbreaking “Rhapsody in Blue.” To create the role, Felder had unprecedented access to Gershwin’s personal and professional papers and recordings. The performance benefits theater and arts organizations across the U.S. and Europe including Porchlight Music Theatre, which gets 50% of ticket sales sold through its website. Streams at 7 p.m. Sept. 13; tickets are $55. Visit or

Heather Headley
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Opera love

In place of its annual Opera Ball, the opening event of the season, the Lyric Opera of Chicago presents “For the Love of Lyric,” a virtual concert from the opera house stage. Performers include soprano Renee Fleming, Tony Award winner Heather Headley, soprano Ailyn Perez, bass Soloman Howard and mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges with Doug Peck serving as music director. Members of the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble and the Chicago Children’s Choir also perform. The free stream begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 13. Visit

Spence Warren of “96 Hours.”

Ready, set, go

Links Hall presents “96 Hours,” a pop-up performance festival featuring three teams of artists versed in performance art, dance, puppetry, music and devised theater who will each create an original work in, as the title says, 96 hours. Team A is Ayako Kato, Spence Warren and Nora Sharp; Team B is Dawn Xiana Moon, Lia Kohl and D3won; Team C is Marceia L. Scruggs, Erica Rene and Ben LaMar Gav. The results will by streamed at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Sept. 12, with an encore stream beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 13 (an artist Q&A follows this stream). Tickets are $12 per team or $30 for a festival pass; encore tickets are $30. Visit

“Paper Flower”
Blue Fox Entertainment

A short drive to Asia

The Asian Pop-Up Cinema Film Festival comes to the Drive-In at Lincoln Yards, 1684 N. Throop. The opening night film Sept. 10 is South Korean director Koh Hoon’s “Paper Flower,” a story of life, death, mortality and filial responsibilities. Following are “The Climbers” (Oct. 1, China), “Edward” (Oct. 3, The Philippines), “My Prince Edward” (Oct. 9, Hong Kong), “Beyond the Dream” (Oct. 10, Hong Kong) and a Halloween weekend South Korean action-horror double feature of “Train to Busan” (Oct. 30) and its sequel, “Peninsula” (Oct. 31). Tickets are $15 per car (the Oct. 1 film is free; Oct. 3, a fundraiser, is $150). Visit

“It’s for the Birds (Lights, Liquour, Love)” by Don’t Fret

Double Fret

Colorful portraits of Chicago citizens by Chicago street artist Don’t Fret are currently on display along the downtown River Walk. Now add to that a solo exhibition, “Office Space for Rent,” hosted in a currently empty office space at 1412 W. Belmont (its usual inhabitants are working from home). The free show running from Sept. 12-27 features a collection of new work, from works on canvas to painted planters, which explore the tropes and subtle politics of office life. To make a reservation, visit

Samantha Newcomb and Andrés Enriquez as Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice.”
Lifeline Theatre

Jane & friends

To kick off its new online offerings Lifeline Theatre presents Christina Calvit’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” the eternally popular story filled with romantic entanglements, headstrong rivals and memorable characters. Samantha Newcomb portrays Elizabeth Bennet and Andrés Enriquez is Mr. Darcy; Dorothy Milne directs. The stream is available from Sept. 10-Oct. 4; suggested donation is $20. Lifeline also is offering a new digital membership program with added extras. For more information, visit

A still from Sanaz Sohrabi’s “Notes on Seeing Double.”

Art & voting rights

Weinberg Newton Gallery partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union on the exhibit “Anthem,” which examines voting rights in the United States through the works of Bethany Collins, Jaclyn Conley, Eve L. Ewing, Mike Gibisser, Naima Green, Ellen Rothenberg and Sanaz Sohrabi. The artists explore familiar emblems of American patriotism, along with experiences of collective identity and acts of resistance. Stream it from Sept. 11-Dec. 19. For more information, including three panel discussions of related themes, visit

Mary Houlihan is a Chicago freelance writer