Sci-fi and horror fans of the Midwest, rejoice! This weekend is absolutely packed with entertainment options around Chicago. C2E2 returns, The Void continues, Donnie Darko is back on the big screen with a new 4K restoration, Béatrice Dalle goes wild in Trouble Every Day, Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy) will be speaking at the Music Box for Sense8 S2 previews, discussion with comics artist/writer Alex Ross, last chance to see a performance of The Woman in Black, and so much more!
DONNIE DARKO: 15th Anniversary - (4/21-4/27) New 4K restoration! Richard Kelly's cult sci-fi oddity returns to the big screen in celebration of its 15th anniversary. Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. (Please note: the 7pm screening on Friday will be the Director's Cut, whereas the rest are the original theatrical version.)
TROUBLE EVERY DAY [35mm] - (4/21 & 4/25) Béatrice Dalle (Inside) and Vincent Gallo (Buffalo ’66) star in this wild horror-thriller involving seduction, cannibalism, violence, and shocking scenes (won't divulge much so you can expect the unexpected)! Lecture by filmmaker Melika Bass on the 25th. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
THE VOID - (4/21-4/27) A police officer finds a bloodied man limping along a deserted road and takes him to a hospital. Mysterious, cloaked figures surround the place while most of the people inside the hospital go mad. The officer tries to protect the survivors, but they soon find a gateway to an incredible evil. The creatures and beasts in this film have been compared to those from the glory days of The Thing, From Beyond, and Hellraiser. Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Sense8 S2 Preview with Lana Wachowski Q&A - (4/23 at 4pm) The ACLU presents a preview of the first episodes of Sense8 Season 2 in collaboration with Netflix, the creators of Sense8, and the Music Box Theatre. Karen Sheley, ACLU of Illinois Director of the Police Practices Project, will introduce the event. Afterward, enjoy a Q&A with Sense8 director and co-creator Lana Wachowski (The Matrix Trilogy, Cloud Atlas)! The new season starts May 5th on Netflix. All sales will be donated to the ACLU. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
SILENT RUNNING [35mm] - (4/22 & 4/23) 1972 sci-fi drama (directed by visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull) shows a future where no more flora grows on Earth and ecologist (Bruce Dern) is ordered to destroy what's left growing in a spacecraft greenhouse, but he wants it preserved for future generations to come. Saturday at 7pm & 9pm; Sunday at 3:45pm. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
GET OUT / THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS - (4/21-4/23) The Cascade Drive-In is offering some exciting films this weekend with the 8th Furious installment at 7:45pm and brilliant horror thriller Get Out at 10:10pm. 1100 E. North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185.
INTERSTELLA 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5stem - (Friday & Saturday) Midnight intergalactic madness with an animated musical adventure following the story told in some of Daft Punk's music videos. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
GET OUT - (4/21-4/27) There's still time to catch this great horror flick on the big screen and the Logan Theatre's got you covered. Times vary. 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
TV Party 4 - (4/24 at 7pm) Sinema Obscura presents a collection of indie film shorts. Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL. (Big thanks to Mike McCune of the Chicago Horror Meetup Group for the information!)
JURASSIC PREY / THEODORE REX - (4/24 at 8pm) Dinosaur double feature with screenwriter John Oak Dalton Q&A. vendors, food/drink specials, giveaways. 21+. Fat Cat Restaurant & Bar, 4840 N. Broadway, 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
THE WOMAN IN BLACK - (Last weekend!) WildClaw Theatre presents live performances of Susan Hill's classic creepy Gothic novel adapted by Stephen Mallatratt and directed by Elly Green. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 3pm. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622. $25. TICKETS.
THE BLOOD LINE: A CTA Horror Story - (April 8th - May 27th) Gorilla Tango Originals presents a tale about subway riders facing a “28 Days Later meets No Exit scenario,” where paranoia and tempers rise as their phones reveal the city being destroyed above them. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.
STRANGEST THINGS! The Musical - (Extended to run April 14th-May 13th!) 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.
ASSAULT ON THE GRINDHOUSE - (4/20-5/11) B-movie interactive, variety-style horror improv where each show reinvents a classic horror or cult film. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.
Discussion with Artist Alex Ross - (4/22 at 3pm) The Modern School of Film presents “The State of the Art” series with a focus on legendary graphic artist Alex Ross at the Lake FX Summit & Expo. Alex will discuss art forms, trends, storytelling, and more. Free event. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL.
C2E2 - (4/21-4/23) The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo is back with a ton of celebrity guests, vendors, artists, and panels. Speaking of panels, horror fans may want to check out the discussion with Dorian Weinzimmer, director and co-writer of CHICAGO ROT, on April 22nd from 7:45pm-8:45pm. He (and other guests) will be discussing the future of horror in film and comics. McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60649.
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.
EXTRAS / UPCOMING FILMS:
David Lynch Complete Film Retrospective - The Music Box Theatre has decided to gift Lynch fans with making their cinematic dreams come true. From April 27th-May 4th, you can see every single David Lynch film on the big screen! This also includes the new documentary David Lynch: The Art Life. Lynch's signature organic coffee will be available at the concession stand. Surprises galore and bonus screenings TBA.
Sci-Fi Spectacular - The annual Sci-Fi Spectacular movie marathon is back and ready to rock your world. Saturday, April 29th, the fest offers gems like DARKMAN, REPO MAN, TOTAL RECALL, VIDEODROME, and more. Special guest Vernon Wells will introduce ROAD WARRIOR! Photos and autographs are free of charge. Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. Tickets are only $20.
Call for Artwork - SideStreet Studio Arts in Elgin wants your creepy 2D & 3D artwork for the 5th Annual Monster Mash-Up! Themes follow Halloween, Day of the Dead, and Classic Monsters. Submit your work online through April 21st at 10am. No late submissions accepted. All work must be dropped off between noon and 3pm on Sunday, April 23rd.
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