Welcome to the weekend! It's been an extremely tough week regarding news and world events, so these opportunities for escapism are more important than ever for one's sanity! Aside from the usual fare at mainstream theaters, here are some films and events to help your time off be delightfully weird this weekend.
THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE - (Feb. 3rd-9th) One of my top favorites of 2016, this brilliantly crafted horror thriller is set within the basement of a morgue as a father and son find themselves with an unusual predicament after beginning an autopsy on an unidentified murder victim, whose body appears pristine on the outside. A wild storm rages outdoors as they try to solve the mystery of this curious corpse. Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS - (Feb. 3rd-9th) Fashion designer Tom Ford returns to the director's chair casting Amy Adams as an unhappy gallery owner who receives a novel from her estranged ex-husband. Dedicated to her, the violent book affects her deeply in regard to their past relationship. Slow burn noir thriller filmed with a “story within a story” technique. Times vary. The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
PANIQUE - (Feb. 3rd-9th) (1946, France) Dark thriller exhibiting murder, mob violence, femme fatales, voyeurism, and more. “It's a hellish match in noir heaven.” New restoration. Times vary. The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE - (Sat. at 4pm, 7pm, 9:30pm; Sun. at 4pm) Miyazaki's film follows a young hatter who is cursed by a witch and embarks on a journey to find a way to break the spell and stop a war along the way. Screening is in connection with Uchi-Con 2017. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637. $5. (Animated)
SPADES / Michael Morlock's SUPERNATURAL WORLD - (Friday, 7pm) Boomstick Films presents a double feature every weekend in February at the Patio Theater. 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL.
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
Uchi-Con - (Feb. 4th 10am-6pm) Anime festival featuring gaming, cinema, Asian culture, vendors, speakers, panels, workshops, and more. FREE. Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
Zombie Makeup Tutorial - (Feb. 4th at 6pm) FX artist Colleen Jones (Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn) will be teaching hand-painting and airbrushing painting techniques. Please bring your own kits. Some products will be available for purchase. Chicago Bodypaint & Cosplay, 3908 W. Montrose, Chicago, IL.
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.
Where the Wild Things Are Exhibit - (through Feb. 20th) The Museum of Science and Industry has an ongoing exhibit, Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak. 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.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK - (Feb. 4 at 8pm) Adapted from the classic novel by Susan Hill, Elmhurst College Theatre presents The Woman in Black. 190 Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126. Mill Theatre Box Office 630-617-3005. ($5) Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
THE HAUNTING TALES OF BACHELOR'S GROVE - Local artists and writers are working on a 6-issue comic series in connection with the haunted history of Bachelor's Grove Cemetery. Help fund the project HERE.
GET OUT Advance Screening - (Feb. 6th at 9pm) Adding this one as a sidenote because there are almost 1000 signed up to attend and the venue only holds less than half that amount of bodies. Your best bet to get in to this free screening of horror thriller GET OUT is if you have a student ID. Written/directed by Jordan Peele, produced by Blumhouse. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
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