Weekend: Bill Paxton Double Bill, Film Fests, Strangest Things Musical

Weekend: Bill Paxton Double Bill, Film Fests, Strangest Things Musical
In memory of actor Bill Paxton, a double feature tribute of Frailty (2001) and Twister (1996) will screen at the Brew & View at the Vic Theatre this Saturday & Sunday.

This weekend offers quite a bit of entertainment for film fans, as there are several film fests (European Union, Juggernaut Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and the Irish Film Festival) and the Vic Theatre has a two-night only double feature of Bill Paxton's films, Frailty and Twister. His recent untimely death was a great loss to the entertainment industry. A Stranger Things-themed musical, Strangest Things! begins tonight at the Greenhouse Theater.


FRAILTY / TWISTER - (March 4th & 5th) In memory of Bill Paxton, there will be a double feature screening of two of his films this Saturday and Sunday at the Brew & View. Frailty, Paxton's directorial debut, is a dark drama about a man retelling the story of his troubled childhood to the FBI in regards to his highly religious father (Bill Paxton) who claimed visions were telling him to murder demons in human form. Recommended. Frailty 8:05pm. Twister 9:45pm. Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657. Only $5!

JUGGERNAUT SCI-FI/FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL - (March 4th) Otherworld Theatre presents Juggernaut: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival. This 5th annual event will be a day of celebrating sci-fi and fantasy films from around the world at the Music Box Theatre from 11:00am-6:30pm. Paranormal films offered include: The Seal of Corruption, Moth, Kubler Ross, and Shell. Attendees may arrive an hour early for the networking social hour. Filmmaker Q & A sessions and panels. An afterparty will be held at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. Tickets $20 online / $30 at the door or $10 for watching one film block. (otherworldtheatre.org)

EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL - (March 3rd-30th) The 20th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival is back with Chicago premieres of a great selection of films representing all 28 EU nations. This weekend, genre fans may want to see The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (new digital restoration screening Sat. 8pm & Sun. 5:15pm) with director/animator Karel Zeman's daughter Ludmila Zeman and his granddaughter Linda Zeman-Spaleny in person! Dark drama Personal Shopper (starring Kristen Stewart) is a Parisian murder-mystery that takes place within the fashion world (Saturday at 4pm & Wednesday at 6pm). The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

ARRIVAL - (March 3rd-5th) Oscar-winning (Best Achievement in Sound Editing) sci-fi wonder returns to the big screen at the Brew & View this weekend (Friday at 7pm; Sat. & Sun. at 6pm). Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657.

XX - (March 3rd & 4th at 11:45pm) 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. Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

CHICAGO IRISH FILM FESTIVAL - (March 2nd-5th) A selection of Irish films showcasing various genres of both features and short films (dates/times vary). Located at the Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago) and the Gallery Theatre (1112 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago).

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

MULTIPLE MANIACS - (March 5th at 7:00pm) John Waters' sleazy, trippy 1970 classic. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.


Strangest Things! The Musical runs through April 1st at the Greenhouse Theater.

Strangest Things! The Musical runs through April 1st at the Greenhouse Theater.

STRANGEST THINGS! The Musical - (March 3rd-April 1st) The group behind Ladies Night of the Living Dead brings Strangest Things! The Musical. Based on the hit television series, Stranger Things, the story is told through singing and plenty of hits from the eighties. Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Tickets $15.

VERY STILL & HARD TO SEE - (Feb. 23rd-March 18th) Death & Pretzels presents a play written by Steve Yockey, whose writing credits include Supernatural and MTV's Scream TV series. This horror anthology show elaborates on the history of an accursed hotel and its victims, the guests, who are affected by curiosities such as anything from possessive ghosts to a hole in the floor which keeps mysteriously expanding. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL. Tickets: Call the Box Office at 773-598-4549 or go online at gorillatango.com.

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.)

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.


Great White Shark Omnimax Presentation - (through 4/23/17) 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 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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