Had a great time at the Sci-Fi Spectacular Film Festival last weekend. Recap forthcoming. This weekend, there are plenty of things to do in the horror, sci-fi, and weird categories of entertainment. Browse the list for screenings, art shows, plays, and more. “Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
GHOST STORIES - (March 23rd at 8pm) UK horror anthology premieres Friday night. Three tales connected by a wraparound story revolve around a skeptical professor who is tasked with investigating some cases that have been difficult to debunk. Starring Martin Freeman, Andy Nyman, and creature actor Paul Warren (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Guardians of the Galaxy). (Also screens on Thursday, March 29th at 8:30pm.) Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
The CHICAGO EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL - (March 9th-April 5th) The 21st annual Chicago European Union Film Festival offers 61 film premieres from 28 EU nations. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601. Film info HERE.
PAN'S LABYRINTH - (March 23rd-26th at 11:10pm) A cinematic masterpiece by Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
THE LAST PROSECCO - (March 24th at 8pm) Murder mystery/noir about motives behind the Count's mysterious suicide and the very competitive Prosecco business in Italy. A love letter to fine wine. (Also screens Tuesday, March 27th at 6pm.) Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
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 ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [35mm] - (March 24th at midnight) See website for all the rules! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Be sure to catch these genre flicks currently in mainstream theaters: Annihilation, The Strangers: Prey at Night, The Shape of Water, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Unsane.
STAGE (Horror, Sci-Fi, Macabre):
THE 39 STEPS - (March 9th-25th) Hitchcock's great whodunit story adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Magdalene Spanuello. Tickets $25-$30. No children under the age of 5 allowed. Bright Side Theatre, Meiley-Swallow Hall, North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Avenue, Naperville, IL.
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY - (March 2nd-April 15th) Adapted from Oscar Wilde's brilliantly disturbing novel about a truly vain man who is willing to sell his soul for permanent youth. The scene is set in NYC around 1970-1980. City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago, IL 60660.
SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - (March 9th-April 29th) In the mood for bloody meat pies and sweet revenge? See website for information on dinner packages. No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60626.
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 May 25th, 2018.
Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention - (March 23rd-25th) Tattoo artists, seminars, tattoo contests, vendors, guests from Ink Master and more. Special guest Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses). $20 day/$40 for 3-day pass. Children under 12 get in free. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018.
Horror Party at Bucket O' Blood - (March 23rd from 7pm-9pm) Talk movies and more info regarding upcoming fest Windy City Horrorama. Raffles, free coffee, and free beer for those over 21. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Bad Axe Throwing - (Days/times vary) You know you want to... Group rates apply or just do a walk-in for $20/hr. Bad Axe Chicago, 2828 N. Clark (Atrium Level), Chicago, IL. (888) 435-0001.
From Da Grid Art Show - (March 24th from 7pm-10pm) Work by 9 artists who are all Lake View High School alumni. Curated by Revolution Tattoo's Louis Barak. Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60647.
Gun Ballet: The Aestheticization of Violence in Video Games - (March 2nd-June 3rd) View the most common styles of violence in video game history, ranging from beautiful to excessive. Video Game Art Gallery, 2418 W. Bloomingdale #102, Chicago, IL 60647. Regular hours: Wednesdays 5pm-8pm; Sundays noon-5pm or call by appointment 773-668-6797.
RODIN: Sculptor and Storyteller - (EXTENDED through April 1st, 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.
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.
Mind Trap Escape Rooms - Solve the clues to get out within 60 minutes! 299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538. (630) 216-9609.
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.
FLESH: IVAN ALBRIGHT artwork at the Art Institute - (May 4th-Aug. 5th) A nice selection of ghoulishly macabre works by Ivan Albright will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago this spring!
A Celebration of Slashers - (April 28th, all day) Pop Culture Conference with horror-themed panels and keynote speaker, director Rachel Talalay (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Tank Girl, Riverdale, Doctor Who).
HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - (April 12th) Silent with live organ by Jay Warren. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln.
Juggernaut Film Festival - (June 2nd & 3rd) Music Box Theatre. More info soon.
Brushes with Death - (April 21st) Learn about funerary culture. Sells out fast!
Near Death Experience with Neil Tobin - (April 14th & 15th; May 5th & 6th) Interactive, mortality-themed theatre with Neil Tobin. May Chapel, Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL.
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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