Genre events are flooding the city these next few weekends. Choose wisely!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
MARIO BAVA Film Series - (August 4th-29th) The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Mario Bava: The Baroque Beauties of Italian Horror, a selection of nine films from the highly-admired Italian horror director throughout the month! Bava was known for making magic on a shoestring budget, using effective lighting techniques for creating stunning visuals that turned many of his films into mesmerizing works of art (see Blood and Black Lace). BLOOD AND BLACK LACE screens Saturday at 3pm. KILL, BABY... KILL! screens Saturday at 4:45pm. Check the site for future listings for BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (new digital restoration), A BAY OF BLOOD, THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, and KILL, BABY... KILL (new digital restoration)! (Films newly released in DCP.) Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
DAVE MADE A MAZE - (August 18th-24th) A rom-com in the sci-fi/horror vein. A man creates a labyrinth out of cardboard and gets lost inside. His girlfriend gets a band of misfits and leads a rescue mission. The world inside the maze is constantly changing, and it doesn't help that they're being chased by a hungry Minotaur. Chicago premiere at Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.
Horror at Cascade Drive-In - (August 18th-24th) ANNABELLE: Creation begins at 8pm, while THE DARK TOWER screens at 10pm. Cascade Drive-In. 1100 E. North Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185.
DEMOLITION MAN [35mm] - (August 18th & 19th) Midnight! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
90 MINUTES OF THE FEVER - (August 19th & 20th) Apocalyptic sci-fi/thriller. Saturday at 6pm; Sunday at 5:15pm. Director Michael Sean Hall and actor Glenn Plummer will be present at both screenings! (Part of the Black Harvest Film Festival.) Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
MIFUNE: The Last Samurai - (August 19th at 7pm & 9pm) Documentary exploring actor Toshiro Mifune's life and career (Seven Samurai, Yojimbo). Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
BLUES BROTHERS Screening & Poster Release Party - (August 18th from 9pm-11pm) Galerie F hosts a poster release party to coincide with the screening at the Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. Limited edition “Mission from God” posters ($35) by Adam Hanson Co. Arrive at 9pm to view posters; screening at 11pm.
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
HONEYCRISP - (August 21st at 7pm) Sinema Obscura presents a screening on Monday at Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL 60647.
STARSHIP TROOPERS: Traitor of Mars - (August 21st) CGI animated sequel screening in select theaters.
THE BLUES BROTHERS Outdoor Screening - (August 23rd) The Music Box hosts free movies at Wrigley Park through the 23rd. 3637 N. Clark, Chicago, IL.
Indie Film Festival - (August 19th from 3pm-1am) Cheevies Films and T-Nasty Productions will present a night of independent films, music videos, live music, vendors, and more. FREE! Films include: Leaf Blower Massacre, Murder for Pleasure, Dirty Sanchez, and Clown Dies @ Midnight. Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Avenue, Chicago, IL. All ages.
Wheaton All-Night Flea Market - (August 19th from 3pm-3am) Celebrity guests, vendors, live music. Shop until 3am! DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL 60187.
THE DEATH WORKER and more at Yippie Fest - (August 18th-20th) Taylor Cook's one-act horror play, The Death Worker, will debut at Yippie Fest late Saturday night/early Sunday at 1:30am and on Sunday at 6:30pm. Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Chicago Zine Fest - (August 20th from 11am-6pm) Logan Square Independent Zine Fest. FREE! Hosted at Comfort Station Logan Square, 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Chicago Ghost Tours App - A free app for enjoying audio and photo tours of Chicago's Haunted Archer Avenue is available, courtesy of Edward Shanahan, a fellow ChicagoNOW blogger (check out his blog, Chicago Paranormal & Spiritual). He is also a psychic and paranormal host who has worked on making his app a great addition to fans of Haunted Archer. The app includes 16 locations and 6 cemeteries. Free download! Shanahan also has a free online magazine.
Roger Ebert Inducted into Chicago Literary Hall of Fame - (August 19th) The general public may attend film critic Roger Ebert's induction into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame! Reception 6pm; ceremony 7pm. His colleagues and friends will be giving tributes and Chaz Ebert, his widow, will accept the statue. $5 sugg. donation. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Fl., 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.
The Trouble with Dead Boyfriends - (August 18th & 19th at 8pm) A gory, feminist musical comedy following girls taking their senior dates to the prom, who happen to be actual monsters! MCL Chicago Comedy Theater, 3110 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL. (BYOB)
Machinal - (Aug. 11th-Sept. 24th) Inspired by the true story of the 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, who killed her husband. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614.
Shockheaded Peter - (August 11th - Sept. 16th) Black Button Eyes Productions presents the return of one of the greatest, strangest, quirkiest, most macabre performances to grace the Chicago stage! If you have a penchant for dark humor and puppets, this is a must. The same group that last performed in 2001 will return! Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. (Ages 13+ only.) Tickets.
Improvised Twilight Zone - (Fridays at 8pm through 10/27) Improv comedy using audience suggestions to create three episodes. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
Stranger Thongs: A Stranger Things Burlesque - (June 3rd-Dec. 16) Gorilla Tango Theatre presents a quirky burlesque show with the Stranger Things theme. $28. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
The Veil - (August 17th - Sept. 17th) Set in 1822, this is a historical thriller, ghost story, and a love story all in one. Idle Muse Theatre Company at Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640.
MILLENNIUM PARK SUMMER MOVIES - (June 13th-Sept. 5th) Enjoy free Tuesday movies on a 40-ft. LED screen in Millennium Park. On August 8th, they'll screen THE SHINING and GHOST. Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Great Lawn.
MUSIC BOX THEATRE MOVIES AT WRIGLEY PARK - (June 14th-Aug. 23rd) Enjoy a free summer movie series presented by the Music Box Theatre with a pre-show live performance. Films screen every other Wednesday. 3637 N. Clark, Chicago, IL.
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - (through Oct. 4th) On Wednesdays, arrive early for free screenings of independent, international, unrated films with the theme, “A Taste of Cinema,” revolving around food. Limited seating. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington, 2nd Fl. North, Chicago, 60602.
MOVIES IN THE PARK - (June 2nd-Sept. 7th) The Chicago Park District's annual celebration of summer movies in various Chicago parks returns with a nice selection of family-friendly movies. See free screenings under the stars, including: GHOSTBUSTERS, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2, THE SANDLOT, DROP DEAD FRED, ROGUE ONE, BIG, and many more!
Alternate Reality Art Show - (August 18th at 7pm) Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL 60609. Free parking. Beer sponsored by 3 Sheeps.
Girl Pin Gang “Witchin' Weekend” - (August 18th from 6pm-10pm) Over 25 pin vendors! Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60647.
Summer Exhibits at LUMA - The Loyola University Museum of Art offers three photography exhibitions this summer: Susan Aurinko: Searching for Jehanne – The Joan of Arc Project, Jeffrey Wolin: Pigeon Hill: Then and Now, and Michelle Murphy: Responsive Beauty. To celebrate, the museum offers free admission through November 11th! 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660.
Gregory Jacobsen Art Exhibit - (July 14th-Aug. 26th) “Balm of Body, Spice of Flesh” is a new exhibit displaying Gregory Jacobsen's colorful oil paintings in the spirit of the weird and the grotesque. His works revolve around body horror themes depicting deformities, sexually graphic anomalies, and candy-colored mutations. Zg Gallery, 300 W. Superior, Chicago, IL.
Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist - (June 25th - Sept. 10th) A deep look into the artist's creative process. Hours: Daily 10:30pm-5pm; Thursdays until 8pm. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg - (June 6th - Sept. 24th) Retrospective of over 3 decades of his whimsical work! Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago, Chicago, IL 60611.
Night of the Improvised Horror Anthology - (August 23rd at 10pm) The Second City, 1616 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60614. (Use promo code NIGHTMARE for $5 tix!)
Unearthed Cinema: The Esoteric and Arcane Films of Irving Gamboa - (August 23rd at 8pm) Experimental films with themes of magic, mythology, death, and more. Comfort Station Logan Square, 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Wizard World Comic Convention - (August 24th-27th) Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 9301 W. Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, IL 60018.
NOIR CITY at the Music Box - (August 25th-31st) The Music Box Theatre presents another great round of noir at the end of the month. Gen. admission tickets now on sale!
GOBLIN Live in Concert - (October 25th) Start planning Halloween early with tickets to another rare chance to see Goblin live! Their first stop in North America this year will be in Chicago.
DUSK-TO-DAWN HORROR FEST - (Sept. 23rd) ALIENS, DAY OF THE DEAD, more TBA. Midway Drive-In, 91 Palmyra Rd., Sterling, IL.
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