THE MIX

Cool things to do this week­end

Chicago Sun-Times - - WEEKEND PLUS - Mary Houli­han, for the Sun-Times

Man­ual cre­ations

Over the next month, Man­ual Cinema, the mul­ti­me­dia the­ater com­pany, cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary via free streams of four of its sem­i­nal shows: “Lula Del Ray” (July 27-Aug. 3), “The End of TV” (Aug. 3-10), “No Blue Mem­o­ries: The Life of Gwen­dolyn Brooks” (Aug. 10-17) and “Franken­stein” (Aug. 17-23). The fes­ti­val cul­mi­nates in a live Tele-FUN-draiser (8 p.m. Aug. 22), a Covid-re­lief ben­e­fit fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety show and a new 15-minute work cre­ated by the en­sem­ble’s co-artis­tic direc­tors, who also of­fer in­tro­duc­tions to each of the stream­ing shows. Each week’s show is posted on Mon­day at noon; do­na­tions are ap­pre­ci­ated. Live talk­backs with the show’s creators are at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 21. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit man­u­al­cin­ema.com/watch.

RBG’s story Sum­mer-long fun

The Ravinia Dis­trict in High­land Park is fea­tur­ing Dis­trict Do­ings, a se­ries of events con­tin­u­ing through Aug. 28. The ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude kids art classes and mu­sic jam ses­sions at WeOr­bit, mu­si­cal the­ater classes at Chil­dren’s The­ater Com­pany, ukulele classes at Aloha City Ukes, out­door yoga at Shri Yoga Cen­ter, free work­outs at Burn Boot Camp, a free jew­elry-mak­ing event at Dana Reed De­signs and a kids dance party at Soul 2 Sole Dance. There’s also free live mu­sic in­clud­ing Hand­some Man’s Gen­tle­men’s Club (6 p.m. July 25) and An­der­lik, Otto & Church (3 p.m. July 26). Food from lo­cal restau­rants (Abi­gail’s Amer­i­can Bistro, Baker Boys, Piero’s Pizza and more) can be pur­chased and en­joyed in the Ravinia Dis­trict Al Fresco Din­ing Area.

Dis­trict Do­ings takes place along Roger Wil­liams Av­enue be­tween Bur­ton and Pleas­ant. For more in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing class fees and a live mu­sic sched­ule, visit face­book. com/raviniadis­trict.high­land­park

Leg­endary ladies

When The Ba­ton Show Lounge re­lo­cated from River North to Up­town in 2019, it added a wel­come dash of sass to the neigh­bor­hood. Now its leg­endary shows have been ex­tended to a pa­tio where fe­male im­per­son­ators are per­form­ing on an out­door stage. The Ba­ton’s pa­tio is open 4:30-11 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day and noon-11 p.m.

Satur­day-Sun­day. Ba­ton in­door shows also restarted when the city went to Phase 4 of the re­open­ing plan; shows are at 8 and 9:30 p.m. Thurs­day-Sun­day. Reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended. The Ba­ton, 4713 N. Broad­way. Visit the­ba­ton showlounge.com.

Amer­i­can mu­sic

Cabaret per­former Ann

Hamp­ton Call­away, one of the lead­ing cham­pi­ons of the Great Amer­i­can Song­book, has launched a stream­ing per­for­mance se­ries, “The Call­away Hide­away,” tak­ing place the last Sun­day of the month. The first con­cert, “Diva Power!,” fea­tures Call­away cel­e­brat­ing songs made fa­mous by leg­endary women in­clud­ing Bar­bra Streisand, Judy Gar­land, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Bil­lie Hol­i­day, Peggy Lee, Edith Piaf, Etta James and more. The per­for­mance streams at 4 p.m. July 26. Tick­ets: $20. Visit annhamp­ton­call­away.com.

Blake & Gwen & Trace

After the suc­cess of Garth Brooks’ drive-in movie con­cert, there was sure to be an­other. Cue coun­try mu­sic star and “The Voice” judge Blake Shel­ton, who now joins in this pan­demic trend ac­com­pa­nied by his gal pal, singer Gwen Ste­fani, and fel­low coun­try per­former Trace Ad­kins. Event or­ga­nizer En­core Live says these “all-new per­for­mances will be filmed ex­clu­sively for each one-night-only event and in­clude cin­e­matic in­ter­views and sto­ry­telling.” The con­cert is screened at 9 p.m. July 25. Lo­ca­tions in­clude the Chicago Drive-In The­ater in Hoff­man Es­tates; the Chicago Drive-In The­ater in Bridgeview; the El­gin Cinema in El­gin; the McHenry Out­door The­ater in McHenry, the Har­vest Moon Drive-In in Gib­son City, and the Route 66 Drive-In in Spring­field. Tick­ets are $114.99, and each ad­mits one pas­sen­ger car, truck or SUV with up to six peo­ple. Visit tick­et­mas­ter.com/en­core-blakeshel­ton.

KEVORK DJANSEZIAN

Blake Shel­ton and Gwen Ste­fani will per­form a con­cert for drive-ins.

Man­ual Cinema’s “No Blue Mem­o­ries: The Life of Gwen­dolyn Brooks” will stream for free Aug. 10-17.

Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg

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