Chicago Is Getting a Star Wars Pop-Up Bar for May 4

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Just in time for May the Fourth, Star Wars fans in Chicago are getting their own pop-up bar inspired by the beloved sci-fi franchise. Replay Lincoln Park, a bar devoted to vintage arcade games on Chicago’s North Side, is transforming into the Wretched Hive Cantina this weekend.

Between Friday, May 4 (also known as Star Wars Day) and Sunday, May 6, the front bar at Replay Lincoln Park will be transformed into a cantina straight out of George Lucas’s dreams. The bar will be serving up specialty cocktails like the Dark and Stormy Trooper and Wretched Blue Milk along with the local Revolution Brewing’s Galaxy Series beer. There will be costumed Star Wars characters to take pictures with and a live cantina band. If that's not enough, on Thursday—the night before the official opening—Replay Lincoln Park is hosting a Star Wars-themed trivia night where cosplay is encouraged.

If you get tired of nerding out over Ren-Tinis, you can always switch things up with the bar’s 60 arcade games. But we know you’ll probably be too busy trading Solo: A Star Wars Story predictions in advance of the May 25 premiere.

Pop-up bars are all the rage right now, both in Chicago and beyond. Just a few months ago, a gastropub in the city’s Ukrainian Village transformed itself into a pop-up inspired by The Shining. Replay Lincoln Park is no stranger to pop-ups itself, either—the bar has recently hosted pop-up bars themed around TV shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rick and Morty, and The Simpsons. Washington, D.C., meanwhile, has an entire venue called Pop Up Bar (PUB) that opens on a temporary basis throughout the year, redesigning itself each time around pop culture touchstones like Games of Thrones or the upcoming royal wedding. What can we say? People love a themed cocktail.

Space Force: The Office's Greg Daniels and Steve Carell Aren't in Scranton Anymore

Steve Carell stars in Greg Daniels's Space Force.
Steve Carell stars in Greg Daniels's Space Force.
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Greg Daniels and Steve Carell helped to make TV history when they collaborated on NBC's The Office. Now they've teamed up again for a brand-new show—and they're clearly not in Scranton anymore.

Daniels, who developed the American adaptation of The Office and co-created Parks and Recreation, is back with another workplace comedy—this time for Netflix and taking place in space. Space Force will follow Carell as the protagonist, and also stars big-name actors such as Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow, and John Malkovich. As the title indicates, it's believed to be a spoof on Donald Trump's military branch of the same name.

This week, the first official images for Space Force were released, showing Carell and his co-stars in action—and it appears the beloved actor will have his hands full as the head of the Space Force.

In addition to starring in the series, Carell is also its co-creator (alongside Daniels) and one of its executive producers. Space Force will arrive on Netflix on May 29, 2020. In the meantime, you can check out some of the early images from the series below.

John Malkovich stars in Space Force
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Steve Carell and Lisa Kudrow in 'Space Force'
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Jimmy O. Yang in Space Force
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Steve Carell and Ben Schwartz in 'Space Force'
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YouTube Will Air a Different Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical for Free Each Friday

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
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Broadway may have temporarily shut down all productions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, but Andrew Lloyd Webber is here to make sure that musical theater aficionados still get their fill of top-notch content for the foreseeable future.

According to Broadway Direct, Webber’s production company, The Really Useful Group, has partnered with Universal on a new YouTube channel called “The Shows Must Go On!,” which will air a different Webber musical each Friday at 2 p.m. EST on YouTube. If you can’t tune in right at that time, don’t worry—the show will stay posted for 48 hours after it airs.

The series debuted last Friday, April 3, with 1999’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which stars Donny Osmond in the titular role and an ultra-talented supporting cast with Richard Attenborough, Maria Friedman, Joan Collins, and more. This week’s offering, tying in nicely with Easter, will be the 2012 Live Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Tim Minchin, Melanie C—a.k.a. the Spice Girls’ Sporty Spice—and Ben Forster. (If you’re interested in comparing it with 2018’s live concert version with John Legend and Sara Bareilles, you can catch that on NBC this Sunday.)

The schedule for future Fridays hasn’t been released yet, but Webber did mention in the announcement that it’ll include what he calls “the most important one, my disaster musical, By Jeeves,” a 1975 production based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic stories. Other potential productions that could be part of the series include The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, School of Rock, and, of course, Cats.

In addition to full-length Broadway musicals, the channel will also post individual songs and behind-the-scenes content about how musicals go from stage to screen. You can subscribe to the channel here so you don’t miss any opportunity for a living room singalong.

[h/t Broadway Direct]

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