There's actually quite a decent selection of films currently playing in theaters, so the movie portion of this list is a little slim this weekend. I recently went to see The Shape of Water and it was just as incredible as I'd hoped. Guillermo del Toro doesn't disappoint because he makes the kind of films that he–a monster fan–would want to see. He's a master storyteller in the fantasy realm, creating worlds that fellow dreamers want to live inside and feel like they belong. A true work of art.
There are some goodies screening next week (linked at the base of this post), such as Suspiria, Mom and Dad, The Raid: Redemption, and My Friend Dahmer.
Something tells me the sudden drop in temperature and icy streets may keep the crowds at home, but there's always plenty of entertainment to be had for those willing to brave the harsh elements. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS - (Jan. 12th & 13th at midnight) Teens head to the woods and insanity ensues. To say anything more would spoil the fun. Great choice for a midnight movie. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
BIRDBOY: The Forgotten Children - (Jan. 12th-18th) Haunting animated story following an anthropomorphic bird-child in a post-apocalyptic land. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER - (Jan. 13th at 7pm & 9:30pm; Sunday at 4pm) Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
THIS IS SPINAL TAP - (Jan. 12th-15th) Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
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
Insidious: The Last Key and The Shape of Water are also in mainstream cinemas this weekend!
STAGE (Horror, Sci-Fi, Macabre):
Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe - (Jan. 5th-28th) Black Button Eyes Productions presents the Chicago premiere of this musical after the success of their previous production Shockheaded Peter. Nevermore offers haunting music and poetic storytelling. Edgar Allan Poe seemed to be as mysterious as his stories. This play blends the truth with fiction. The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. (On Jan. 19th, celebrate a toast to Poe's birthday after the show.)
Hitch*Cocktails - (Fridays at 10pm) Alfred Hitchcock-themed improv skits based on audience suggestions. Live jazz band, parlor games. Actors must drink as the plot thickens. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Runs through March 23rd, 2018.
Improvised Twilight Zone - (Jan. 14th at 8pm) Performers create three all-new episodes from audience suggestions. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Runs through Feb. 11th, 2018.
29th Annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival - (Jan. 13th-Feb. 25th) $12 advance online / $15 at the door or pay what you can. Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston, Chicago, IL.
Slay Bells Ring - (Jan. 13th, 2018) Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Skellington Manor, 420 18th St., Rock Island, IL 61201.
LIVING LIGHT: Photos by the Light of Bioluminescent Bacteria - (Through Jan. 27th) Artist and scientist Hunter Cole creates images of human figures illuminated by the alluring, glowing blue light coming from bioluminescent bacteria. Symbolizing mortality, a time-lapse video screened will depict the bacteria growing and dying against a musical score based on protein sequences found in the bacteria. On the exhibit's last day, attendees will get to see the glowing bacteria in person through a living microbial art installation. Cole has a PhD in genetics and teaches a Biology Through Art course at Loyola University Chicago. ARC Gallery, 2156 N. Damen, Chicago, IL. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat. 12pm-6pm; Sundays 12pm-4pm.
ELIZABETH ERNST: Shady Grove Nursing Home - (Jan. 5th-Feb. 24th) Opening reception is Friday from 5pm-8pm. Solo exhibition with a focus on aging circus entertainers who have now retired to a nursing home. Her work is quite interesting. Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior, Lower Level, Chicago, IL 60654.
LEE GRANTHAM: Reverse Acrylic Paintings - (Jan. 5th-Feb. 24th) Opening reception is Friday from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Solo exhibition of stylized pop culture imagery painted in reverse on Plexiglass. Jean Albano Gallery, 215 W. Superior, Chicago, IL 60654.
RODIN: Sculptor and Storyteller - (through March 4th, 2018) Seeing Auguste Rodin's famous sculptures up close and personal is definitely an experience to remember and cherish. Hours. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL.
WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE AGE OF AQUARIUS - (through March 11th, 2018) British visionary, poet, and artist who greatly impacted American artists. This exhibit seeks to display those influences of non-conformity and self-expression. Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, IL 60208.
Handmade Market Chicago - (Jan. 13th from noon-4pm) 30+ sellers. The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60622.
Another Dimension Book Reading Series - (Jan. 15th at 9pm) Bucket O' Blood Books & Records hosts event #25 of their sci-fi book club with a discussion about Harlan Ellison's short fiction series Deathbird Stories: A Pantheon of Modern Gods on Monday. 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
A.J. FINN and GILLIAN FLYNN Author Book Discussion - (Jan. 16th at 6pm) Author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) joins author A.J. Finn to discuss Finn's new psychological thriller, The Woman in the Window. Open to the general public. Readers Hall, American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60601.
TOURS, ESCAPE ROOM:
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.
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.
SUSPIRIA - (Jan. 18th at 10pm) (DCP) Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637. (Future Thursday screenings include: Ginger Snaps, Prevenge, The Babadook, Drag Me to Hell, Julia's Eyes, Under the Shadow, and Death Becomes Her!)
MOM AND DAD - (Jan. 19th-25th) Selma Blair and Nic Cage star in this macabre comedy as a married couple partaking in a mass hysteria event where parents go full homicidal for a 24-hour period. Times vary. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.
MY FRIEND DAHMER - (Jan. 19th-25th) A look at what young Jeffrey Dahmer's life was like in his early high school years before becoming a serial killer. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
B-FEST - (Jan. 26th) Annual 24-hr movie festival in Evanston returns!
THE DARK CRYSTAL - (Feb. 25th & 28th) In theaters soon! Tickets go on sale January 12th.
Windy City Horrorama Film Festival - (April 27th-29th) New independent film festival to debut at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.
Times are subject to change.
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