Happy Friday the 13th to all of you horror fans out there! It only happens a few times a year, so why not take note? Chicago has a great amount of offerings going on this weekend, though there doesn't seem to be any Friday the 13th screenings happening publicly... I only wish this list had gotten posted sooner. (Thanks to 2017's offerings of eye infections, I've been half-blind for the past week... Unfortunate timing, as the plan was to get the “Best of 2016” list out early this year. However, the show must go on! Apologies for the lateness!)
Enjoy 35mm screenings, art exhibits, and so much more! Of course, not everything falls into being strictly horror, as there are all sorts of interesting, weird things to do. For example, parents can take their children to learn about sharks or view the Where the Wild Things Are exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.
BOARDINGHOUSE [35mm] - Widely regarded as the first horror film to have been shot on video and later released on 35mm, this film was made by members of New Age rock band Lightstorm, giving a whole different tone to the horror elements by mixing exploitation with spirituality/meditation influences. Screens tonight and tomorrow at midnight! Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
FARGO - This beloved Coen Brothers' cult classic screens at 9:30pm tonight and 1:30pm on Sunday. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637. $5.
SEVEN SAMURAI [35mm] - The Gene Siskel Film Center offers a tribute celebrating the work of legendary Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune by screening a selection of his films from January 7th through February 2nd. A 35mm print of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai screens this Saturday at 3:00pm (and Monday & Wednesday at 6:30pm). 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 Short Film Tour - (1/14, 1/16-1/19) Enjoy a 95-minute film block of 8 film shorts chosen from last year's Sundance Film Festival. Wilmette Theatre, 1122 N.Central, Wilmette, IL 60091.
CLAIRE IN MOTION - (1/13-1/19) Dramatic thriller starring Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) as a woman dealing with the aftermath of her husband's mysterious disappearance and the dark secrets that begin to surface. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - As always, the Rocky Horror fun continues with a full cast performance each Saturday at Midnight at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517. (630) 427-1880.
Galerie F Art Show - Tonight marks the opening of Galerie F's first exhibit at their new location, “Galerie F Trail Blazers” from 6pm-10pm. Seven artists' works will be on display. Horror fans may want to check out prints by “epyon5,” whose unique style includes standout illustrated portraits of horror and pop culture figures. 2415 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Where the Wild Things Are Exhibit - The Museum of Science and Industry has an ongoing exhibit, Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak, running through February 20th, 2017. View 50 artworks in the form of Sendak's illustrations, sketches, and works on paper. Museum hours: 9:30am-4:00pm. Lower level, 5700 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637.
Great White Shark Omnimax Presentation - (through 5/25/17) Examine a shark's reality via divers, conservationists, and scientists during this 45-minute presentation narrated by actor Bill Nighy (Love, Actually). All ages. Museum hours: 9:30am-4:00pm. Omnimax Theater, Lower level, 5700 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637.
Trapped in a Room with a Zombie - Room Escape adventures where guests must figure out clues and puzzles to escape a room they share with a snarling, chained-up zombie. Ages 14+ or must have parent. Fine Arts Building, 408 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605.
Chicago Hauntings Bus Tours - One of the longest-running ghost tours in Chicago, each 2.5 hour tour is led by founder, paranormal investigator, and author Ursula Bielski and her partner, author David Cowan. Routine stops include locations of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Death Alley, gangland sites, murder sites, and more. Departs at the Congress Hotel. For schedules, all tours, and background information, please see ChicagoHauntings.com.
David Bowie Memorial Bash - TONIGHT! Celebrate the life and career of David Bowie through dance and drink at Late Bar from 10pm-4am (with a happy hour from 8pm-10pm). Video clips, DJs, and special performances throughout the night. 3534 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618.
MR. AND MRS. PENNYWORTH - (Dec. 7 - Feb. 19) Fans of puppetry may want to check out this Neil Gaiman-influenced fantasy mystery via Lookingglass Theatre. The Big Bad Wolf mysteriously dies before his story is finished. Fairy tales begin disappearing from their pages, and the Pennyworths must travel through the stories in order to restore things to the way they were before becoming lost forever. Water Tower Works, 821 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL. For info, call 773-477-9257 x125.
THE MOUSETRAP - (Jan. 13 - Jan. 29) Big Noise Theatre Company presents a live performance of Agatha Christie's murder mystery, “The Mousetrap,” at Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 E. Thacker Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016. (847) 604-0275.
HITCH*COCKTAILS - Fridays at 10pm. Improv Hitchcock-style. Skits based on audience suggestion. Live jazz band. Actors drink as the plot thickens! $20 ($15 students). The Annoyance Theater & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
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