An incredibly great lineup of films is screening in the city this weekend. Fans of creepy, enthralling, and weird cinema have some tough choices to make!
UNDER THE SKIN - (Jan. 27th & 31st) This amazing film returns to the big screen for the Gene Siskel Film Center's “New Sensory Cinema” film series running through May 9th. On January 31st, the screening will include a lecture by Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
EVOLUTION - (Jan. 27th-Feb. 2nd) Chicago premiere of a dark French fairy tale following the story of a boy living on a desolate island who discovers another boy's corpse underwater, resulting in more investigations and secrets uncovered. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
LOST HIGHWAY [35mm] - 20th Anniversary screening featuring an 11:30pm pre-show curated by musician Daniel Knox. Expect a loud show! Friday/Saturday at midnight. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
TRAIN TO BUSAN - (South Korea) Little Soo-an Kim is a shining star with serious dramatic chops. Not your average zombie flick, a few peers have described this film as, “Dawn of the Dead meets Snowpiercer.” Worth watching on the big screen tonight and tomorrow at midnight! Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE SUNSHINE MAKERS - (Jan. 27th-Feb. 2nd) The story of chemists Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully comes close to that of Breaking Bad, who set up a lab in California in the ’60s where they manufactured around 4 million doses of the most famous LSD in the world, “Orange Sunshine.” Eventually, their dream begins to unravel with law enforcement close behind. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.
THE HANDMAIDEN - Saturday 7pm & Sunday 3:15pm. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637. $5.
RASHOMON [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 Rashomon screens this Saturday at 3:00pm (and Monday at 6:00pm). 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
BLAZING SADDLES - (Jan. 27th-30th) Only $5! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. (Groundhog Day also screens on the same dates.)
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. RHPS
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN - Saturday, January 28th at 2pm & 7:30pm. Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062.
THE CURIOUS WORLD OF HIERONYMOUS BOSCH - Learn more about the fascinating life and works of Bosch. Sunday, January 29th at 11:30am. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Art Show - (through Feb. 21st) “Tales of the Chicken-Hearted” displays strange, wonderful works by Angel Onofre and Adam Augustyn. Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
Sick Fisher Art Show - (Friday, Jan. 27th) Bader Gallery presents a solo exhibition displaying works by Sick Fisher. 7pm-11pm. 2515 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60616.
Chicago International Puppet Festival - (through Jan. 29th) Discover the wonders of puppetry with events featuring marionettes, shadow puppets, tiny toy puppets, Bunraku puppets, and more. (Dates & locations vary.)
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.
DIAMOND DOGS - (through March 5th) Sci-fi space opera about a group of humans and humanoids getting lost within a futuristic alien world, having breached a realm where they clearly do not belong. Puppetry, body modification, solving clues, and more! $15-$35. Presented by the House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, Chicago, IL.
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 - (Thru 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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