Great weekend for horror movie fans! Watch Selma Blair and Nic Cage in Mom and Dad, a gory, nasty entry that should make horror fans happy. My Friend Dahmer also opens tonight, which has very positive ratings already. Haunted house fans, please be sure to check back for the Valentine's-themed haunts happening soon. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
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.
MOM AND DAD - (Jan. 19th-25th) Selma Blair and Nic Cage star in this gory, macabre comedy as a married couple who have joined in on the mass hysteria that lasts for 24 hours, which causes them to engage in violence against their children. Times vary. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.
THE RAID: Redemption - (Jan. 19th & 20th at midnight) Midnight madness from Indonesia! A good bet if you need to get energized before going out for some late night dancing. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
SMALL TOWN CRIME - (Jan. 19th-25th) Ultra-violent, humorous, modern film noir. Times vary. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.
DEEP RED / PUPPET MASTER - (Jan. 19th at 7pm) Free screening of Argento's masterpiece Deep Red (uncut) and the new restoration of Full Moon's ’89 classic puppet film we all know and love. Hosted by local directors Matt Storc and Stephen Tramontana (Killer Piñata). BYOB. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
MOTHER! - (Jan. 20th at 7pm & 9:30pm; Sunday at 4pm) Aronofsky's bizarre film that quickly polarized audiences last year. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
THE SHAPE OF WATER - (Daily) Times vary. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. (Also screening at other venues. The Logan is pretty great for meeting up with friends in the lounge for food and drinks with plenty of seating and movie posters galore!)
2046 [35mm] - (Jan. 21st at 7pm) Wong Kar-Wei's 2004 romantic sci-fi thriller. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
ALIEN - (Jan. 21st & 24th) Screening nationwide for two days in select theaters. Illinois locations: Goodrich Quality Theaters in Batavia, Oswego, Peoria, and Savoy. Another option is the IMAX in Portage, IN. Sponsored by Flashback Cinema.
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 BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET [35mm] - (Jan. 22nd at 7pm) John Sayles' classic sci-fi. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
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. 21st at 8pm) Performers create three all-new episodes from audience suggestions. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Performances on Sundays running 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.
Vampires vs. Unicorns: Floor Wars Tournament and Signing Event with Artist Travis Lampe - (Jan. 19th from 6pm-9pm) Rotofugi teams up with Yumfactory Games to host a tournament for the new throwing card game VAMPIRES vs. UNICORNS: Floor War. Free to play. No experience needed! Win prizes. Chicago artist Travis Lampe will be in attendance to sign copies of the game. Rotofugi Gallery, 2780 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614.
Freak Show Art Show - (Jan. 20th & 21st) Artworks on display with nods to a variety of oddities with live performances and more. Saturday 5pm-11pm and Sunday 1pm-10pm. 18+. (Limited capacity.) House of Liquid Mercury, 12945 Western Avenue, Blue Island, IL 60406. $5 entry.
Art, Magic, & Kitchen Sale - (Jan. 20th-22nd) Estate sale, arts and crafts. Nitecap Coffee Bar, 1738 W. 18th, Chicago, IL 60608.
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) 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) 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.
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.
Horror screenings at Doc Films - Ginger Snaps, Prevenge, The Babadook, Drag Me to Hell, Julia's Eyes, Under the Shadow, and Death Becomes Her! Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
WILD BEASTS [35mm] - (Jan. 26th & 27th) Music Box Theatre!
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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