This weekend is full of indie film love, art, and more genre horror fun. All female-helmed horror anthology ‘XX’ opens tonight, followed by a whole slew of movie features and events happening on Saturday. This list also includes great events coming next week, such as Adam Rockoff's discussion on the importance of using one's failure in the horror industry to an advantage by learning from it and moving forward.
XX - Chicago premiere of a new horror anthology by female directors Karyn Kusama (The Invitation), Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird), Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound), and a debut by St. Vincent (Annie Clark). Sofìa Carrillo connected the segments with wraparound sequences. Friday & Saturday at midnight (also Sun-Tues & Thurs at 9:45pm) Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
ARRIVAL - Oscar-nominated sci-fi wonder returns to the big screen at the Brew & View today through next Thursday. Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657.
DRIFTED / I SEE DEAD GIRLS - (Saturday) Boomstick Films presents a double feature every weekend in February at the Patio Theater. 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL.
FANGS vs. SPURS - Indie film screening at the after party for the Frozen Film Festival. Myths and Legends Brewing Company, 1115 Zygmunt Circle, Westmont, IL 60559.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [35mm] - More RHPS midnight madness Saturday at midnight. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
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
HARDCORE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL - Various independent films and live performances from 3pm-2am this Saturday. Films include Cellar Secret, Inhumane, The Marshalls, Snatched Away, Puppy Love, and more. Movie giveaways! Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport, Chicago, IL 60657. $20 cash at door. 21+ only. Facebook Event Page
THE PERFECT CANDIDATE / SOULTAKER - Monday, Sinema Obscura presents writer/director Joe Randazzo's film, The Perfect Candidate, screening at 9pm, followed by Soultaker at 9:30pm. Both films star Robert Z'Dar and Joe Estevez. Shorts will begin at 8pm. Q&A with Joe Randazzo and Sean Steffen. Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL 60647. ($5 sugg. donation)
THE HOST [35mm] - One night only! Tuesday, February 21st at 6pm, this fantastic, beloved South Korean creature feature graces the big screen, followed by a lecture from Melika Bass, Assistant Professor at SAIC. The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
PRIMER - February 23rd, catch this great time travel film by Shane Carruth (Upstream Color) at 9:45pm. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637.
Mitch O'Connell Art Signing - February 18th, meet local artist Mitch O'Connell, who will be signing from 2pm-5pm. His books, prints, and various artwork will be available for purchase, as well. Mitch is known for his colorful illustrations of horror, sci-fi, and tattoo themes, among many others! Reel Art Collectibles, 6727 Stanley Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402.
Horror Discussion with Adam Rockoff - Author Adam Rockoff leads a discussion with the theme, “Under the Influence: The Horror of Failure” at 6pm Wednesday, February 22nd. Adam will discuss his experiences with the highs and lows of working on projects in the horror industry, adding clips from his film Wicked Lake and a Q&A. Located at Iris Chicago, 200 N. LaSalle, Suite 2175, Chicago, IL. Doors open at 5:30pm. FREE event with secured ticket via registering at EventBrite.
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.
CHICAGO THEATRE WEEK (Various plays) - (through Feb. 19th) Choose from over 100 stage productions in the city of Chicago! Tickets run between $15 and $30.
THE GAME'S AFOOT - (through Feb. 25th) Comedy/mystery written by Ken Ludwig. Set in December of 1936, this thriller revolves around a Broadway star (known for playing Sherlock Holmes on stage) who invites his fellow cast members to his castle for the weekend. After a guest is stabbed to death, the vibe swiftly moves into dangerous mystery territory. Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central, Morton College campus, Cicero, IL 60804.
SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - (through March 19th) The Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60506. (630) 896-6666. (Children under the age of 2 are not allowed.)
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 60642.
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.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK - Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from Susan Hill's classic novel. (March 21-23 preview; opens March 24th) The Den Theatre. $25.
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