Issues to do in Chicago Dec. 10-16: Songs Box Theatre sing-along, Andrew Hen in concert, Pasion Latina and far more

Holiday getaway classics

As we’re finding out this vacation season, a virus can not get in the way of tradition. With that in head, two beloved holiday motion picture classics are transitioning to push-in experiences this season. The Music Box Xmas Exhibits — “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas” — will receive four screenings every (Dec. 11-24) at Chi-City Travel-In, 2343 S. Throop St. There’s also a recorded edition of the Music Box’s getaway sing-together with property organist Dennis Scott, the New music Box Carolers and, of course, Santa Claus to appreciate prior to the display. Tickets: $41/vehicle. The sing-together also is offered in a stream to enjoy at residence, for $7. Visit

Steve Earle
Tom Bejgrowicz

A friend’s benefit

For the previous five yrs, singer-songwriter Steve Earle has gathered his performer friends for a just one-evening-only concert to increase cash for The Keswell Faculty, an instructional software for kids and youthful grownups with autism. This year the sixth yearly benefit is a streaming occasion. John Henry’s Friends (the event’s namesake is Earle’s son) capabilities digital performances by Earle and his band The Dukes, Emmylou Harris, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, Lucinda Williams and a lot of others. To donate and accessibility the celebration at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, check out

Ana Maria Martinez
Kyle Flubacker

Globe songs

The music of the Spanish-talking earth is celebrated in “Pasión Latina,” a virtual concert starring and hosted by soprano Ana Maria Martinez. Doing some of their preferred songs from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Argentina and Spain are tenors René Barbera, David Portillo and Mario Rojas, bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba, soprano Denis Vélez and baritone Ricardo José Rivera. The totally free live performance streams at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. Check out

Isaac Gomez
Courtesy Steppenwolf

Finding holiday break cheer

The 2nd entry in the Steppenwolf NOW digital phase collection is Isaac Gomez’s “Wally Earth,” presented as a two-act radio engage in co-directed by Gomez and Lili-Anne Brown. In the amusing and poignant enjoy, it is Christmas Eve at the superstore Wally Earth and staff are trying to locate function in a location that has under no circumstances found intent in them. The forged options ensemble associates Cliff Chamberlain, Audrey Francis, Sandra Marquez and Karen Rodriguez with Danny Bernardo, Sydney Charles, Kevin Curtis, Leslie Sophia Perez, Marvin Quijada and Jacqueline Williams. The stream is out there Dec. 16-Aug. 31. Tickets are $75 and contain entry to all six productions in the NOW sequence. Pay a visit to

“Enigma” by Charles Pilkey
Garrett Karp

Going for walks tour

Spending additional time outside? Take a stroll and examine out the 6 new community art sculptures observed on the streets of Wicker Park and Bucktown as section of this year’s Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, an business with a mission to convey artwork to the neighborhoods. The items are Sunghee Min’s “Cube Red” (Paulina and North), Christopher Newman’s “Totem V” (Milwaukee and Damen), Benjamin Pierce’s “Through” (Honore and Milwaukee), Charles Pilkey’s “Enigma” (Honore and North), Fisher Stolz’s “Raptor” (Cortland and Ashland) and Jaci Willis’ “Dream Traveler” (Honore and North). The sculptures continue being on show via following summer months. Stop by

Andrew Bird
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Fowl in character

Andrew Bird’s annual getaway “Gezelligheid” live performance of instrumental violin items is livestreamed not from his regular venue, the Fourth Presbyterian Church, but outdoors amid the mountains, oak trees and orange groves of Ojai, California. Fowl has also produced his first holiday getaway album, “Hark!,” which options a mix of seasonal standards, authentic tunes and covers of tracks by John Cale and John Prine. The concert livestreams Dec. 13 and is offered on demand right up until Dec. 31. Tickets: $20. Go to andrewbird.internet.

Heather’s Li’l Region Calendar by Heather McAdams

New year, new calendar

Typically Heather McAdams’ annual songs-influenced calendar is celebrated with a incredible clearly show in December at FitzGerald’s. Even though there’s no clearly show this year, absolutely nothing can stop the 2021 edition of Heather’s Li’l Not Very Region Calendar. Every single thirty day period attributes a musical act and they are: Nick Lowe, Bonnie Raitt, D.L. Menard, The People, Very small Tim, The Swingle Singers, Herby Remington, Janis Joplin, Dan Hicks, Francoise Hardy, J.J. Cale and The Delta Rhythm Boys as well as a mix of trivia, rates, bios and more. Locate the calendar ($20) at Laurie’s World of Seem (4639 N. Lincoln), Burgoo (1736 W. Greenleaf) and Squeezebox (743 Primary, Evanston). There is also a PayPal/mail selection ($27) PayPal payments to [email protected].

Mary Houlihan is a Chicago freelance author.