Cool things to do this week­end

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Out­door mar­ket

The Pilsen Com­mu­nity Mar­ket, Chicago’s largest Latino mar­ket­place, takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun­days at Plaza Tenochti­t­lan, 1821 S. Blue Is­land. While ad­her­ing to so­cial dis­tanc­ing guide­lines, the mar­ket fea­tures lo­cal fresh food ven­dors, ar­ti­sans and food trucks. There’s no live mu­sic this year but DJ Di­ablo will help set the mood. Visit pilsen­com­mu­ni­ty­mar­ket. wee­

For the 4th

While there will be no fire­works dis­play at Navy Pier this year, there is plenty of free vir­tual fun stream­ing on the July 4 hol­i­day:

“You can’t stop the house.” That’s the slo­gan for the Cho­sen Few Vir­tual Fes­ti­val

(noon-9 p.m.; cho­sen­, this sum­mer’s edi­tion of the Cho­sen Few DJs Mu­sic Fest & Pic­nic. Spin­ning mu­sic are Wayne Wil­liams, Jesse Saun­ders, Tony Hatch­ett, Alan King, An­dre Hatch­ett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn. Spe­cial guests in­clude co­me­dian Deon Cole; Byron Stingily of the house group Ten City, and singer-song­writer Carla Prather, of Poi Dog Pon­der­ing and Mr. A.L.I. Streams from noon-9 p.m. July 4. Also there’s a spe­cial edi­tion of Sum­merDance (6:30 p.m.; sum­ with a salsa dance les­son and mu­sic by Afinca’o.

The Grant Park Or­ches­tra

(6:30 p.m.; per­forms the

1812 Over­ture, “Stars and Stripes For­ever” and more in a record­ing from 2019.

Texas duo

FitzGer­ald’s presents two of its fa­vorite Texas song­writ­ers — James McMurtry and Jon Dee Gra­ham

— in “Song for Song,” stream­ing live at 8 p.m. July 8. For years in a pre-COVID time, the two friends have shared a pop­u­lar Wed­nes­day night gig at Austin’s Con­ti­nen­tal Club. Now they bring their Wed­nes­day night mu­sic to this FitzGer­ald’s stream where, on a split screen, the two long­time friends will trade songs and sto­ries. Free, tips ap­pre­ci­ated. Visit fitzger­ald­snight­

Welles and Wells

A Red Or­chid Theatre and Porch­light Mu­sic Theatre team up for “War of the Well(e)s,” an au­dio adap­ta­tion of a stage play writ­ten by Porch­light artis­tic direc­tor Michael We­ber and di­rected by Red Or­chid en­sem­ble mem­ber Lawrence Grimm. The play tells the be­hind-the-scenes story of Or­son Welles’ 1938 record­ing of the H.G. Wells novel “The War of the Worlds,” which re­sulted in a now in­fa­mous evening of panic and mass hys­te­ria as lis­ten­ers thought what they were hear­ing was a true news re­port. The cast fea­tures 25 ac­tors from around the coun­try. Streams through July 31; tick­ets are pay­what-you-can. Visit are­dorchid

Food fest re­boot

The an­nual Taste of Chicago has mor­phed into Taste of Chicago To-Go (July 8-12), which fol­lows the tra­di­tion of show­cas­ing the di­ver­sity of Chicago’s din­ing scene. An ex­panded Com­mu­nity Eats pro­gram sup­ports more than two dozen neigh­bor­hood restau­rants and food trucks while also pro­vid­ing free meals to non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions serv­ing health­care and other front­line work­ers. There are also are on­line cook­ing demon­stra­tions with lo­cal chefs and a food truck pro­ces­sion (July 8) from down­town to var­i­ous neigh­bor­hood lo­ca­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to tas­te­

Jazz re­turns

Be­cause of the fi­nan­cial and lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges of re­open­ing, most mu­sic venues re­main closed. But one, The Green Mill

Cock­tail Lounge, is at­tempt­ing a res­tart. The leg­endary jazz club is open from 3-11 p.m. daily with two sets of live mu­sic in the evening. But in or­der to stop the spread of the virus, even the mu­sic has re­stric­tions: no vo­cal per­for­mances or wind in­stru­ments; stringed in­stru­ments and key­boards only. Plus the house is cleared be­tween sets as the city has lim­ited pa­trons to two-hour stays. The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broad­way. Ad­mis­sion, $10, $15. Visit green­mill­

Mag­i­cal mo­ments

For the past few months, third-gen­er­a­tion ma­gi­cian Den­nis Watkins, known for his sell­out shows at the Palmer House, has been busy adapt­ing his craft for a vir­tual au­di­ence. His reimag­ined show, “The Magic Par­lour

at Home,” prom­ises to daz­zle au­di­ences with new and in­ter­ac­tive magic and min­dread­ing. And don’t we all need a bit of magic right now? Rec­om­mended for adult au­di­ences. At 7:30 p.m. Fri­days and Satur­days in July (ad­di­tional 9:30 p.m. shows July 3, 10). Tick­ets: $75. Visit themag­ic­par­lourchicag­


Maya-Camille Brous­sard of Jus­tice of Pies will do a Taste of Chicago cook­ing demo.

Terry Hunter


James McMurtry

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