Cool things to do this weekend

Chicago Sun-Times - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - Mary Houli­han, For the Sun-Times

Shap­ing a sound

The doc­u­men­tary “The Cen­ter of Nowhere (The Spirit and Sounds of Spring­field, Mis­souri),” the brain­child of for­mer Sun-Times writer Dave Hoek­stra, was re­leased dig­i­tally this week on Ama­zon, Vimeo and cable on-de­mand net­works. The film ex­am­ines what Hoek­stra calls “Amer­ica’s most over­looked mu­sic scene,” via an ex­plo­ration of how that city’s cul­ture and com­mu­nity cre­ated a fiercely in­de­pen­dent sound that in­flu­enced artists around the coun­try. In­cluded are in­ter­views with Brenda Lee, Merle Hag­gard, Dan Penn, Dave Alvin, Rob­bie Fulks, Jonathan Rich­man and Spring­field’s own Lou Whit­ney, a beloved musician, pro­ducer and front­man for The Skele­tons. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit face­­field­Doc2018/.

Blues Brothers fun

The Chicago Jazz Or­ches­tra is putting the band back to­gether with a 40th an­niver­sary trib­ute to the film “The Blues Brothers” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Navy Pier, Grand and Lake Michi­gan. The free con­cert fea­tures the or­ches­tra plus sax­o­phon­ist Blue Lou Marini from the orig­i­nal Blues Brothers Band and Chicago singer Opal Sta­ples, who per­forms Aretha Franklin’s sig­na­ture songs in­clud­ing “Think” and “Re­spect.” For more in­for­ma­tion, visit navyp­

Oper­atic voices

The Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Cen­ter presents “Lawrence Brown­lee and Friends:

The Next Chap­ter,” a free vir­tual con­cert cel­e­brat­ing Black artists per­form­ing their fa­vorite reper­toire in­clud­ing arias and spir­i­tu­als. In ad­di­tion to host Brown­lee, the per­form­ers are so­prano Whit­ney Mor­ri­son, mezzo-so­prano J’Nai Bridges, bari­tone Will Liver­man and three cur­rent Ryan en­sem­ble mem­bers: tenors Martin Luther Clark and Lunga Eric Hal­lam and bari­tone Leroy Davis. The 90-minute stream is avail­able through Aug. 26 at lyri­c­

Home as in­spi­ra­tion

Ver­mont’s We­ston Play­house, a mem­ber of the Na­tional New Plays Net­work, has asked 14 play­wrights, many fa­mil­iar to Chicago the­ater­go­ers, to pen short plays for “One

Room,” a vir­tual pre­sen­ta­tion that ex­plores the events of this year by look­ing at how home is a space of pos­si­bil­ity and creativ­ity. The play­wrights are David Cale, Andy Bra­gen, Tor­rey Townsend, Vichet Chum, Will Eno, Melissa Li, Dael Or­lan­der­smith, Jen Sil­ver­man, Charly Evon Simp­son, Alena Smith, Noelle Vi­nas, Else Went, Josh Wilder and Kit Yan. Among the ac­tors per­form­ing in the recorded, one-per­son plays are Marin Ire­land, Josh Hamil­ton, Al­fre Woodard and Dana De­lany. The free stream be­gins at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 with a live pre-show dis­cus­sion with We­ston artis­tic di­rec­tor Su­sanna Gellert fol­lowed by the per­for­mances. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit we­st­on­play­

Sci­ence and more

The Mu­seum of Sci­ence and In­dus­try has re­opened with new at­trac­tions in­clud­ing “Su­per­power Dogs,” a film nar­rated by Chris Evans about dogs that fight crime and save lives. And while there is al­ways a lot to see at MSI, tours of the Coal Mine and the U-505 Sub­ma­rine are sus­pended (the U-505 ex­hibit re­mains open), and the Idea Fac­tory and Fu­ture En­ergy Chicago ex­hibits are closed. “Avengers” fans will have to wait a bit longer for the highly an­tic­i­pated ex­hibit “Marvel: Uni­verse of Su­per He­roes,” which has been post­poned to March 4, 2021. MSI’s iconic north doors will be open for en­try for the first time in 15 years and there will be food and drink avail­able on the front lawn, where peo­ple can pic­nic. The mu­seum is open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed­nes­day-Sun­day; ad­mis­sion is free through Aug. 14 with ad­mis­sion after that date $12.95 (ages 3-11) and $21.95. Tick­ets must be re­served in ad­vance and face masks are re­quired. Visit

Drive-in mu­sic

The on­go­ing con­cert series Live from the

Lot turns the live con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence into a drive-in con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence this weekend at Schaum­burg Boomers Sta­dium, 1999 Sprin­ginsguth, Schaum­burg. Kick­ing it off is the trib­ute band Smells Like Nir­vana (7:30 p.m. Aug. 6) fol­lowed by glam-metal cover band Hair­banger’s Ball (7:30 p.m. Aug. 7) and alt-rock duo Lo­cal H (5 and 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8). Tick­ets are $50-$90 a car (limit 6 peo­ple per car) and must be pur­chased in ad­vance. Visit tick­

The U-505 Sub­ma­rine ex­hibit

Lo­cal H

Blue Lou Marini

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