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The Urban Gateways Teen Advisory Council has some magic in the works for Spring 2021, including interactive workshops, artist conversations, and more. More events coming soon!

Gram Gallery: The Urban Gateways Teen Advisory Council is delighted to bring you the inaugural Gram Gallery! They are looking for teen visual artists to participate in the virtual art gallery, which will be hosted on the Instagram account @gramgallery.ug (follow in advance!) The gallery opening is scheduled for May 22nd, 2021 and the deadline to register as a creator is May 17th. Artists will receive compensation. Click here to submit artwork(s) and learn more and click here to register for the 5/22 launch event!!

Arts & Teens: Comedic Poetry takes place on May 28th from 5:30-7:30PM central with writer and performer Timothy David Rey! Arts & Teens workshops are low-key, interactive, and free to ALL teens of all experience levels. Meet creators, make something, and leave inspired. RSVP at this link. Brought to you by the Urban Gateways Teen Advisory Council.

A Distinct Society, written and directed by Kareem Fahmy: Join Northlight Theatre on May 16th at 6:30PM CT for a reading of this new drama while it’s still in the development process! RSVP for the link right here. Free, donation suggested. All registered by the premiere date will also receive a link for the post-premiere live Q&A with the artists. The recording will be available through May 20th at 6:30PM.

Urban Gateways’ 60th Anniversary: From virtual performances & festivities to a thought-provoking speaker series, Urban Gateways’ 60th Anniversary calendar of events offers something for everyone.

Open Mic @ Victory Gardens: Join Victory Gardens at 8PM central on First Fridays of the month for virtual open mic night on Facebook Live! Artists of all persuasions and ages are welcome to share 3-5 minute pieces. Each month will focus on a central theme or group of performers. Get the details or sign-up to perform on the VG website.

The Liminal Space: A favorite ritual: Sit alone in an empty, dark theatre, long after the audience and the artists have gone home. This live stream of the Abelson Auditorium at Court Theatre will go on until it’s time to open the curtains once more.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: The Metropolitan Opera is offering free nightly opera streams. Enhance your enjoyment of these by listening to Lyric Opera Commentaries for the synopsis, music, and some historical insight into each piece.

Enjoy Limited-Run Shows On Demand

ENCORE: Goodman Theatre’s Artistic team has curated an exciting look-back line-up of selected favorites from their video vault—including world premieres, a re-imagined classic, and a ground-breaking international collaboration. FREE, on-demand streams are available in this limited-run “encore” opportunity, March 15 – May 9.

  • Measure for Measure, April 26- May 9: Artistic Director Robert Falls’ contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s dark comedy.

Steppenwolf NOW: A new virtual programming stream featuring breakthrough stories written by America’s most talented voices. The Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage offers a dynamic and innovative slate of immersive and visual experiences, radio plays, bite-sized programming, and episodic work crafted and produced for the virtual platform. With this virtual membership, participants unlock access to exclusive Steppenwolf NOW virtual content. Starting in November 2020, members will be notified as new content is available for a one-time viewing session from any computer or mobile device at any time, day or night!TAP members can get a Steppenwolf NOW membership for free by contacting the box office at 312-335-1650. Upcoming performances include:

  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, May 12 – August 31.
  • Where We Stand, June 16 – August 31.

Catch up with favorites

TAPtalks: Live conversations with artists & arts professionals on Instagram Live. Catch up on past TAPtalks on our YouTube channel.

Hello, I Am…Conversations with Artists: TAP and the Urban Gateways Teen Advisory Council present “Hello, I am… Conversations with Arts Professionals.” This series allows for dialogues between teens and arts professionals to learn more about different careers and pathways. Watch previous convos:

Lyric Opera Streaming On-Demand – Experience the magnificent sound of full-scale opera free, whenever you like, with Lyric Opera Streaming On Demand. Revisit some of your favorite Lyric moments, or experience for the first time performances you’ve missed. Luisa Miller (2019), The Queen of Spades (2020), and Die Walküre (2017) are available now and more will be released soon!

Harris Theater’s Virtual Stage: FREE, on-demand access to music, dance, and conversation featuring artists from Chicago and around the world! New content premieres weekly, so keep checking back for exciting performances from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Spektral Quartet, Giordano Dance Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and so many more. Create a free account and you’re on your way!

Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith powerfully explores the roiling currents of American history, race, and politics that exploded in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 and sent shock waves across the nation. Goodman Theatre’s production of Until the Flood is available to watch on-demand through Fall 2023.

MLK Celebration: Watch the Dr. Martin Luther King 10th Anniversary Celebration 2021. Presented by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago in partnership with Black Ensemble Theater.

A Steep Theatre Radio Play: Ike Holter’s Moony is a brand-new 25-minute audio play featuring the work of nine Steep Theatre Ensemble Members!

Something Wicked: Stories for Halloween: These chilling stories from Writers Theatre stand their ground year-round. Dim the lights and listen to an all-star lineup of Chicago actors narrate works from Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Chesya Burke, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Keeping up with the Auditorium: Watch archived #AudTalk interviews with artists and performances from the #AtHomeWiththeAud series.

Explore Chicago Humanities Festival: Find interviews with your favorite authors, conversations with Chicago-based artists and leaders, lectures about world-changing ideas, and much more. Learn something new, deepen your understanding, and get inspired with Explore, a new online hub where you can easily browse topics and discover a wide range of programs from Chicago Humanities.

PITCHing In with Chicago Phil: Playlists curated by Chicago Philharmonic staff and musicians.

Chicago Sinfonietta’s Spotify: Perfect tunes for chilling, studying, and enjoying!

What’s Up? ~with Matthew Sitz~: Court Theatre’s Director of Audience Services, Matthew Sitz, takes time out of his day to chat with some familiar Court faces and play a few games while he has them on the line.

CSO from Home: Listen to the sounds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Video archives of past concerts, newly recorded works, curated playlists, and more for your classical music enjoyment!

Intermission: A weekly update from the Goodman Theatre featuring videos, interviews, recommended reads, and more!

The Infinite Room Podcast: Lookingglass Theatre artists ask the Big Questions—about art and theatre and the planet we live on.

Lyric Lately: Enlightening articles, exclusive artist interviews, behind-the-scenes photos, engaging videos, and more from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The Commons Online: MCA Chicago’s hub for video archives, creative projects, virtual programs, and more!

Half Hour: This podcast features candid, intimate, one-on-one conversations between members of the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble.

Porchlight Friday Night: A mini-concert series from Porchlight Music Theatre (you may have seen their musicals at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts!).

UChicago Presents: Greenroom – Revisit performance archives, read musician interviews, and review histories and art movements that contextualize musicians’ work.

Do a Thing

Ballet Class: Take a virtual class with the English National Ballet. Professional, beginner’s, and chair-based classes are available, designed to be taken at home.  You may recognize them from the Harris Theater for Music and Dance!

Read a Book: Did you know that public libraries have remote options? Check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, flip through eMagazines, and get online homework help. Getting an eCard is easy, too!

This list continues to grow. Check back soon!

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