THE MIX

Cool things to do this week­end

Chicago Sun-Times - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - Mary Houli­han is a lo­cal free­lance writer. Con­tribut­ing: AP Mu­sic Edi­tor Mes­fin Fekadu

Me­gan in con­cert

It’s Satur­day night fever with Me­gan Thee Stal­lion. The rap star, who launched two No. 1 smashes this year with “Sav­age” with Bey­oncé and “WAP” with Cardi B, will hold her first live vir­tual con­cert on Satur­day at 5 p.m. The hour­long show is be­ing pro­duced by Live Na­tion and tick­ets cost $15. The con­cert will mark the rap­per’s first per­for­mance since she was shot in the foot last month af­ter a party in the Hol­ly­wood Hills.

Metal on film

Me­tal­lica joins the ranks of bands per­form­ing via film at drive-in the­aters across the coun­try in­clud­ing the two area Chicago Drive-In lo­ca­tions: 7000 S. Har­lem, Bridgeview, and 5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy., Hoffman Es­tates. Filmed in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, the con­cert fea­tures ma­te­rial from through­out the band’s nearly four-decade ca­reer. The Cana­dian band Three Days Grace opens the show at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Tick­ets are $115 per car with a six-per­son limit. Visit tick­et­mas­ter.com.

World stage

The In­ter­na­tional Voices Project re­turns with eight free read­ings of works by play­wrights from around the world: “Jau­ria” by Jordi Casanovas, “Take the Rub­bish Out, Sasha” by Na­tal’ya Vorozh­bit, “All Ad­ven­tures Women Do” by Tanja Slji­var, “Testos­terone” by Re­bekka Krichel­dorf, “De­com­posed Theatre” by Matei Vis­niec, “Sec­ond Na­ture” by Pipsa Lonka, “The Boat­man” by Sameh Mahran and “A Dis­tinct So­ci­ety” by Ka­reem Fahmy. Each read­ing is fol­lowed by a talk back and a Q&A ses­sion with mem­bers of the pro­duc­tion. Stream at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­days Sept. 2-Oct. 21. Visit ivpchicago.org.

Songs & sto­ries

While Jeff Daniels (“Terms of En­dear­ment,” “The News­room”) is best known as an Emmy-win­ning ac­tor, he’s also a pro­lific record­ing artist, gui­tarist and song­writer. With his Mid­west­ern straight­for­ward­ness (he grew up in Chelsea, Michi­gan, and still re­sides there with his fam­ily), his live shows blend songs and sto­ries into his own brand of Amer­i­cana. Daniels per­forms a vir­tual con­cert, pre­sented by City Win­ery, at 8 p.m. Aug. 27. Stick around af­ter the per­for­mance for an au­di­ence Q&A. Tick­ets are $15. Visit ci­tywin­ery.com/chicago.

Ir­ish beats

We Banjo 3, a blue­grass band based in Gal­way, Ire­land, and Nashville, gives a nod to its Ir­ish her­itage with a vir­tual mu­sic fes­ti­val,

Fol­low the Light, which brings artists and fans to­gether for a cel­e­bra­tion of com­mu­nity. In ad­di­tion to We Banjo 3, per­form­ers cel­e­brat­ing Ir­ish traditions in­clude Gaelic Storm, Sharon Shan­non, Nathan Carter and The East Point­ers. The live stream be­gins at 4 p.m. Aug. 29. Tick­ets: $12. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit we­banjo3.com.

Re­opened ex­hibits

The New­berry Library, 60 W. Wal­ton, re­opens Aug. 28 with the free ex­hibit “Re­nais­sance In­ven­tion,” an ex­plo­ration of how Euro­peans in the Re­nais­sance em­braced cut­ting-edge tech even as they de­bated its costs to so­ci­ety. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit new­berry.org. Re­open­ing on Aug. 29 is the Driehaus Mu­seum, 40 E. Erie. A new ex­hibit, “PAN: Prints of Avant Garde Europe, 1895-1900,” ex­plores the vis­ual and lit­er­ary arts mag­a­zine PAN, one of the first avant­garde mag­a­zines to fea­ture work by Aubrey Beard­s­ley, Au­guste Rodin, Ge­orges Seu­rat and many oth­ers. Ad­mis­sion is $10-$20. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit driehaus­mu­seum.org.

Blues bash

The Chicago Blues Net­work and the Kala­ma­zoo Val­ley Blues Associatio­n present

“BluesStrea­m: A Chicago/Kala­ma­zoo

Blues Party,” a six-hour cel­e­bra­tion of blues mu­sic, cul­ture and his­tory. Per­form­ers from Chicago in­clude Billy Branch, Johnny Bur­gin, Joanna Con­nor, Katharine Davis, Billy Flynn, Frute­land Jack­son, John Kat­tke, Dave Specter and Har­lan Ter­son; artists from Kala­ma­zoo in­clude Larry McCray, AMays and Blue and Out of Fa­vor Boys Trio. Pay-what-you-can with dona­tions ben­e­fit­ing mu­si­cians and lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions. The party streams from 2-8 p.m. Aug. 30. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit ath­ome­chicagob­lues.com or kvba.org.

Hand­bag full of fun

Hell in a Hand­bag Pro­duc­tions opens its vaults to present “Un­der the Stars with

Hand­bag: A Drive-In Fes­ti­val,” fea­tur­ing films of some of its most pop­u­lar shows: “The Golden Girls, the Lost Episodes, Vol. 4” (Aug. 28-29), “Caged Dames” (Sept. 4-5) and “Be­wil­dered” (Sept. 11-12). The fes­ti­val con­cludes with some­thing new from Hand­bag: “Air­port 1970some­thing,” a screen­ing of the film “Air­port 1975,” dubbed by some of Chicago’s fa­vorite per­form­ers. The screen­ings be­gin at 8:30 p.m. in the park­ing lot of Red Box Work­shop, 4242 W. Bryn Mawr. Tick­ets are $40-$80 and in­clude pop­corn and non-al­co­holic bev­er­age. Visit hand­bag­pro­duc­tions.org.

RICK AGUILAR STU­DIOS

“Caged Dames”

Me­gan Thee Stal­lion

Jeff Daniels

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