Another fun weekend of weirdness is waiting for you all within the surrounding Chicagoland areas. I'll say it again. You just have to look for it. It doesn't matter what your tastes are. There will always be something of interest if you search hard enough. Or, don't search and just read the Creepout! Trying to help others save time and to maximize their macabre interests by pointing out different options is a strange hobby of mine.
*New addition: Hollywood Show - Celebrity guests (THE WARRIORS cast, John Amos, Diane Franklin, Bai Ling), autographs, photos, shopping, and more. August 15-17 at Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel, 5550 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. Info HERE.
Faces of Eternity Skull Exhibit - Peruvian artist Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio carves incredible skulls from gem crystals and ornamental rock. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. Through November 2nd. More information HERE.
Hitch*Cocktails - Audience suggestion leads actors through an improv Hitchcockian thriller as the actors drink until things get bizarre. Live jazz band. Annoyance Theatre & Bar. Info HERE. (Goldstar member discount tickets) Runs through June 5, 2015!
Music Box Secret Movie - Friday night at midnight, a curious 35mm screening is happening at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport. Also, Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur screens all weekend through next Thursday.
Japanese Summer: Double Suicide - Friday at 7:00pm & 9:15pm. Rare 35mm film that studies the “Death Drive” in Japanese culture. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago. Schedule.
Hotel Transylvania - Surprisingly fantastic, this animated spookshow screens under the stars Friday, August 15th, as part of the Chicago Park District's Movies in the Parks series. Jensen Park, 4650 N. Lawndale. Free.
Hausu - Saturday, August 16th, a 35mm print of this insanely bizarre Japanese film screens at 7:00pm & 9:00pm at Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago. Schedule.
Diane Franklin Q&A - Saturday, fans can meet actress Diane Franklin in the lobby before she introduces Better Off Dead at 7:30pm. Q&A, autographs and pictures. Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville. Please check all info HERE.
Bai Ling Q&A - Saturday, fans can meet actress Bai Ling in the lobby before she introduces The Crow (1994) at 10:00pm. Q&A, autographs and pictures BEFORE the movie. Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville. Please check all info HERE.
Wheaton All Night Flea Market - Movie stars like Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), hearse show, flea market vendors, antiques, food, music, runs all night long starting at 2:00pm. DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187. Info HERE.
Rare 35mm Alfred Hitchcock Films - The Gene Siskel Film Center's 35mm series “Hitchcock: Early, Rare, and Classic” runs through Sept. 4th. Saturday, August 16th, catch the Chicago premiere of presumed lost film The White Shadow (1924) at 3:00pm and Young and Innocent (1937) at 4:30pm. See my previous post about this series HERE.
Rocky Horror Picture Show - Every Saturday, the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Woodridge has a full cast performance of RHPS at midnight with special effects, props, and more. Costumes welcome. Info HERE.
Zombie Outbreak - Live action zombie laser tag experience using state of the art tactical laser weapons in a 12,000 sq. ft. haunted 100-yr-old building. Last weekend! Fri/Sat. 48 W. New York Street, Aurora, IL 60506. For info, call: 630-896-2466. www.2killzombies.com
Clown Torture - The strange, four-channel video art installation by Bruce Nauman continues through August 16th at the Art Institute of Chicago (Gallery 186, Modern Wing).
Blood Drive - Are you a movie fan who wants to donate blood? Hollywood Boulevard's Blood Drive is this Saturday, August 16th, which occurs between 8:00am and 2:00pm. All donors will receive a pass good for two free admissions to the movies! For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact LifeSource at 877-543-3768. Use code WR75. Walk-ins also welcome. Located at 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.
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