Porchlight Stream Fundraiser, Transgressive Opera, Noble Discontent — Chicago Theater Report for August 30th, 2020

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Streaming Performances

Lots of news this week but I first wanted to remind everyone that many companies are offering live and pre-recorded shows that can be streamed at home. ChicagoPlays.com is one source for shows, as is HotTix.org. Several productions can be streamed for free, though donations are accepted. Keep in mind that many companies have had to cut back on expenses, which includes marketing and PR, it’s up to all of us to seek out information about these shows so that we can enjoy them and support the work of our theaters. 

Porchlight Music Theatre

The Porchlight Music Theatre is the local Chicago beneficiary for the live-streamed broadcast of Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone – Live from Florence, Italy on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. CDT

Tickets are now on sale and are $55 per household available for purchase at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. This production will benefit national US theatres and arts organizations including Porchlight Music Theatre. Porchlight Music Theatre is a beneficiary of 50% of ticket sales from the live performance sold via Porchlight’s website. Visit PorchlightMusicTheatre.org for tickets and more information.

Transgressive Opera-Theatre’s 20/21 Season

Transgressive Opera-Theatre’s 20/21 season, with the theme of “A Woman’s Agency.” Productions include Beauty’s Truth, The Light In The Piazza, Le Nozze di Figaro, and a special benefit performance of Anna Russell: A Visitation!  All will be streamed throughout the season starting in October. Visit www.transgressivetheatre-opera.org for more information

Noble Discontent: Louisa May Alcott

On September 24th from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Deb Miller will perform the role of Louisa May Alcott in Noble Discontent, a 45-minute theatrical presentation about the life and thought of the famed author, nurse, and activist Louisa May Alcott. Sponsored by the Niles-Maine District Library, this will be a live-streamed performance that can be viewed online. It is free and open to the public, but registration is limited. Visit the Niles-Maine District Library website to sign up online. 

Wine Recommendation: Minuty M Rose 2019

I begin this week’s wine recommendation with a true fact about me: In late spring wine shops around the city begin stocking up on pink wine and putting up signs advertising “rose season.” I always find myself laughing because as far as I am concerned, its rose season every day of the year. I love the stuff. Still, I do appreciate that time of year when shops make a special effort to stock a variety of tasty pink wines.

Lincoln Square’s Augusta Food And Wine at  2312 West Leland Avenue is one such establishment: I love their selection year-round, but come summertime I can find a display of beautifully chosen pink wines next to the register. I opted for Minuty M Rosé 2019: A classic pale-pink, dry rose from Provance. This deceptively simple wine is, to my mind, the perfect sipping rose: Incredibly crisp with hints of strawberry, it’s best on its own, though it can make a nice accompaniment to simple fare, such as roast chicken or grilled veggies. It also comes in a very beautiful bottle, making it a great gift.  

Augusta Food and Wine is just steps away from the Western Brown Line station and is open for socially distanced shopping, though it also offers pickup and even local delivery, although the business is not set up for traditional e-commerce. You can visit the store online at www.augustafoodandwine.com or call:  (773) 784-2314.

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