Krampus and Killer Piñatas: 25 Weekend Options

Krampus and Killer Piñatas: 25 Weekend Options

December has arrived and that means a deluge of sparkly visions of KRAMPUS will be spreading around Chicago like you've never seen before. Krampus only cares about the naughty children, so many of you (er, I mean, your children) will be safe... Or, not? Santa brings treats for those who have been good all year. Krampus, on the other hand, pretty much does the opposite. If this character gives you the creeps, don't worry. There are plenty of other things to do this weekend, which is seriously overflowing with creepy movies, art shows, and other random madness!

KrampusKrampus Krawl - Head to Elgin on Friday, Dec. 4th to join the festivities for a huge night of Krampus-themed fun. Dress in your horned, fuzzy best or don an ugly Christmas sweater and walk up Riverside Drive and Chicago Street making a few pit stops along the way starting at 6pm at Dog's Paw Brewery (74 S. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL). The Krawl ends at 8pm at Side Street Studio Arts at 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin, IL (see flyer above).

Krampuslauf Art Exhibit - Whether or not you attended the Krampus Krawl (see above listing), the Krampuslauf opening artist reception starts at 8:00pm at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin, IL. $5 sugg. donation.

Svengoolie Santa Appearance - Meet “Sven(ta)” this Friday from 6pm-8pm where you can get an autograph, photo with him, and shop at Comic Collector Book Store, 3246 Harlem Avenue, Riverside, IL 60546. 708-442-0399.

Killer Piñata Premiere - RSVP (email right now to see if there are still seats for this premiere! Pre-party at 7pm; film at 8:30pm. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. 18+ only.

Tarantino and Friends Film Series (Dec 4th-10th) - The Music Box Theatre is celebrating the films that inspired Quentin Tarantino back when he started out working at a video store, plus a few of his own in anticipation for their screening of The Hateful Eight in 70mm this Christmas. Starting Friday, see films like The Killing, Pulp Fiction, Five Fingers of Death, and more! Hit the link for the full schedule. All films are $10 each and in 35mm! (Check out this “I Lost it at the Video Store” book signing/discussion/film event on Tuesday with author Tom Roston and special guests!)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind [35mm] - Catch this Spielberg classic in 35mm at Doc Films Friday at 7pm & 9:30pm and on Sunday at 1:30pm. Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th.

The Forbidden Room. (Image:

The Forbidden Room. (Image:

The Forbidden Room - Strange mystery/comedy/drama filled with dreamscapes and murder directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson. Probably worth it alone to see Udo Kier performing in no less than five roles! Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL. The trailer looks positively mad and I think many of you will enjoy that aspect!

Krampus Movie - The long-awaited holiday terror goodie from director Michael Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat) is finally here and the buzz is good. Find tickets HERE.

The World of Kanako - A proper midnight movie is one that involves a vengeful thrill-fest like this, as a man is searching for his missing daughter, Kanako, and enters a world of depravity. Midnight Friday & Saturday at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL.

Sex, Death, & Visions from the Underground - Collaborative, hallucinatory short films and videos by Emily Esperanza, Greg Reigh, and Abby Young. Screens on Dec. 5th (tickets) at Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark, 2nd Fl., Chicago, IL and on Dec. 8th (tickets) at Hokin Hall, Columbia College Chicago, 623 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL. $8.

Rocky Horror Picture Show [35mm] - Saturday, Dec. 5th at Midnight. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? [35mm] - Tense classic starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on Sunday, Dec. 6th at 7:00pm. Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th.

Free Screening of A Christmas Story - The Patio Theater offers a free viewing of this timeless classic on Sunday, December 6th at 3:00pm. Kids may arrive early to meet Santa from 1pm-3pm. 6008 W. Irving Park Road. NOTE: Free tickets must be picked up at one of the various locations listed within the link!

Maul Santa: The Musical - Zombie rock musical brought to you by the people behind the recent Halloween event, Babysitter Massacre ’78: The Musical. Santa and Mrs. Claus must set aside their differences and join forces to save humanity (and Christmas) from a zombie invasion. The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613. Fridays & Saturdays at 10pm. Runs Dec. 4-19.

Hitch*Cocktails - The nighttime party that just won't quit! Enjoy improv fun Hitchcock-style. Skits are based on audience suggestion. Live jazz band. Wet bar. Actors drink as the plot thickens. $20 ($15 students). Fridays at 10pm at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773-697-9693. Runs through March 25, 2016.

Never the Sinner - Play following the infamous Leopold and Loeb murder trial. Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL. Runs through Dec. 6th.

Chicago Paracon and Film Festival - Paranormal/supernatural movie fest December 6th at the Carl Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641. Only $5 entry.


“That's My Death Mask You're Wearing” by Wangechi Mutu (2004) on display at MCA Chicago.

“That's My Death Mask You're Wearing” by Wangechi Mutu (2004) on display at MCA Chicago.

Surrealism: The Conjured Life - Over 100 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures depicting surrealism are currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue. Runs through June 5, 2016.

Fred Stonehouse apocalyptic art - Curious imagery of devils, winged beasts, skulls, and general ideas of doom by artist Fred Stonehouse are on display at the Carl Hammer Gallery, 740 N. Wells. (RSVP required.) Runs through Dec. 23rd.

Maleficium Dark Art Exhibit - Large dark art exhibition curated by J. Anthony Kosar, includes works by Clive Barker, Greg Hildebrandt, Jordu Schell, and many more. Kosart Gallery, 760 Burr Oak Drive, Westmont, IL 60559. Gallery hours are by appointment ONLY. Please call 630-310-8353. Runs through Dec. 18th. (See my previous post about this exhibit!)

Day of the Dead - Continuing art exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th, Chicago, IL 60608. Runs through Dec. 13th.

Deadly Prey Gallery - It's never a bad time to check out the amazing hand-painted movie posters from Ghana on display at this new gallery owned by brother/sister duo Brian and Heidi Anne Chankin. 1433 W. Chicago. Friday hours: 5pm-8pm. Saturday hours: 2pm-6pm.

Mad as Hell: The Collages of Richard Saholt - Bizarre collages created by WWII veteran Richard Saholt, who suffered from PTSD disorder and schizophrenia before passing away in 2014. “He finally turned to expressing himself by collaging text and pictures in obsessively composed compositions that shrieked of the terror of war and the horror of mental illness.” On display is the work he'd left behind for art historian and curator Michael Bonesteel. Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL. Runs through January 3, 2016.

Return of the Exquisite Corpse - 105 participating artists for the 35th Anniversary group show. The “Exquisite Corpse” drawing method involves three separate people drawing their own interpretation of a body part (unaware what the others are doing) and connecting the three pieces to form a whole (surreal form). Friday, December 4th, opening gallery reception from 5pm-8pm. 311 W. Superior, 1st floor, Chicago, IL 60654. Runs through Feb. 13, 2016.

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie - This zombie-themed Room Escape Adventure continues through the end of December in downtown Chicago. A zombie is chained to the wall in a room where visitors must study clues in order to escape. Solve riddles to get out, racing against a clock. Ages 14+ or parental guidance. Not recommended for small children. Discount ticket option. 408 S. Michigan.

EXTRA! EXTRA! Upcoming events starting Monday, Dec. 7:

Deathscribe - This classy annual festival of horror radio plays presented by WildClaw Theatre will be on Monday, Dec. 7th with various celebrity judges such as actress Deanna Dunagan (The Visit)! Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, Chicago, IL.

Krampus! Christmas Horror Show - Strangeloop Theatre presents Krampus! A horror production on Dec. 7th & 8th at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60640. Two more nights on Dec. 14th & 15th at Underground Wonder Bar, 710 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60654.

Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Goose - This holiday mystery is in its 5th year now at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60660. Ages 10+. Runs Dec. 9 - Jan. 3, 2016.

Dan Mumford - Monochromatic artwork by artist Dan Mumford which hints at sci-fi and fantasy themes. Galerie F, 2381 N. Milwaukee. Runs Dec. 11th through January 3, 2016.

KRampusmovieAnd, to think, December is just getting started! Please enjoy the horror, quirky events, and general weirdness the city and surrounding parts have to offer!

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