This weekend has a nice selection of options around the city, from movies to annual events like Free Comic Book Day and Chicago Zine Fest. The fine folks in Elgin are celebrating their 5th Anniversary for Monster Mash-Up, where there's no time to wait for October to party like it's Halloween. No complaints there!
With new Twin Peaks episodes on the way (can anyone believe this dream come true is happening? “It is happening again.”), the Music Box Theatre has been paying serious tribute to *everything* David Lynch lately. The huge retrospective series may have ended, but the new documentary, David Lynch: The Art Life, begins its run tonight!
DAVID LYNCH: The Art Life - (May 5th-11th) Highly acclaimed documentary featuring David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, The Elephant Man) as he divulges personal stories reflecting on his art, music, earlier films, and unique outlook on the world. Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
CINEYOUTH FILM FESTIVAL - (May 4th-6th) A free all ages film festival screening over 70 films by filmmakers aged 22 and under from all over the world. Presented by Cinema/Chicago (parent organization of the Chicago International Film Festival), the projects screened will include documentaries, local films, and experimental visions. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
COLOSSAL - (through May 11th) Highly acclaimed dark sci-fi comedy about a woman going through struggles in NYC moves back home and soon realizes she has a bizarre connection to a giant creature wreaking havoc in South Korea. Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60657.
GET OUT - (through May 11th) Still time to catch this great horror flick on the big screen at the Logan Theatre! Times vary. 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [35mm] - (May 6th at midnight) Check the site to see about how to get a Midnight Madness Virgin Kit. 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
THE HITCH-HIKER [35mm] - Ida Lupino's 1953 thriller about a pair of friends on a fishing trip who pick up a sociopathic hitchhiker who warns them in advance of his plans to murder them once he no longer needs them. Screens Monday at 7pm. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
Sinema Obscura's TV PARTY OF 5 Event - (May 8th at 7pm) Sinema Obscura presents a free evening of Chicago-made animated and live action shorts, TV pilots, trailers, and more at Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL 60647.
APOCALYPSE TWINS - (May 4th-6th & 11th-13th) A Dead Whale Productions presents a stage performance of two survivors fighting over things like a dead monkey, who also encounter a mysterious radio transmission. Using a Mad Libs-type script, two shows and two casts. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.
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 - (5/11-6/29) 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.
Monster Mash-Up 5th Anniversary - (May 5th & 6th) A ton of things are happening in celebration of this anniversary for a special Halloween party in May. Vendors, art exhibitions, special guests, a Kids event (and costume contest) on Saturday, and more! They're also screening T-shirts and sweatshirts with the Monster Mash-Up logo on it for free if you bring your own items! Check the link for all the event pages happening this weekend at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin, IL 60120.
Comic Book Day - May 6th is Free Comic Book Day! Check the site to find out what shops are having events near you.
Chicago Zine Fest - (May 5th & 6th) Celebrate small press and indie publishers at this annual festival that offers free workshops and events.
Bloody Reads - Arthur Machen - Bucket O' Blood is hosting another “Bloody Reads” literature event at 9pm on Sunday, May 7th. The topic of discussion will be about author Arthur Machen. They'll be leading a discussion on a newly published collection of stories, as well as his famous work, The Great God Pan. Bucket O' Blood Books and Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL.
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.
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