Engage with the arts via virtual opportunities with TAP and our arts partners.
Tune in to LIVE events
Intuitive Music: New Beginnings: Celebrate new beginnings with an assemblage of world-class improvisers from the worlds of jazz, Latin, and new art music as they embark on a boundary-crossing musical adventure. Tune in to the Fulcrum Point YouTube Channel on January 20th at 7PM central for a live concert followed by an interactive Q&A hosted by Fulcrum Point Artistic Director Stephen Burns with the artists.
Layalina: Join Goodman Theatre on January 30 at 7PM central for a live script reading of Layalina by Martin Yousif Zebari as a part of Future Labs—Goodman Theatre’s newest artistic program to develop works authored and directed by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and other artists of color. Free, registration required.
Such Small Hands: Join Northlight Theatre on Sunday, January 31 at 6:30pm central for a virtual reading of this new drama about love, aging, selfishness, and selflessness. This is your chance to see a play in development. Stay after for a post-show Q&A with the playwright and director. Free with suggested donation, but registration is required.
Carolina Caycedo: Join MCA Chicago on February 11 on Facebook Live at 6PM central for a lively conversation to celebrate the exhibition Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River. The artist, exhibition curator Carla Acevedo-Yates, and Wayuu filmmaker David Hernández Palmar will be there! They’ll explore Caycedo’s Geocoreographies, artistic process, and the exhibition’s themes of environmental justice, feminine genealogies, and the shifting of perspectives in relation to the territory.
New Plays for a New Year: What do you need to say to the world right now? Three playwrights took this question, and used it as inspiration for brand-new, ten-minute plays. Join Victory Gardens for a one-night-only performance of their work on February 12 at 7PM central at New Plays for a New Year. This festival pairs acclaimed directors with a playwright of their choosing, leading to innovative collaborations between some of the most exciting artists working today. Free, but RSVP is required.
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.
Catch up with favorites
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.
Chicago Humanities Festival Video Archive: Past talks and performances to inspire.
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 broadcasts and video archives of past CSO concerts.
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!).
Steppenwolf NOW: A new virtual programming stream featuring breakthrough stories written by America’s most talented voices. The Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage will offer 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 will 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.
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!