“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
GET OUT - (March 30th; April 1st) Best Original Screenplay 2018 Academy Award Winner! An important–and wholeheartedly freaky–film that smartly dives straight into social discussions while simultaneously causing both laughs and existential chills. Times: Friday 7:00pm & 9:30pm and Sunday at 1:30pm. (DCP) Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
THE SHAPE OF WATER - (March 31st; April 1st) Winner of 4 Academy Awards! Find out why this lovely film by director Guillermo del Toro won Best Picture 2018. Times: Saturday at 7:00pm & 9:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
The CHICAGO EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL - (March 9th-April 5th) The 21st annual Chicago European Union Film Festival offers 61 film premieres in multiple categories from 28 EU nations. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601. Film info HERE.
FASCINATION - (March 30th & 31st) Midnight French horror surrealism by director Jean Rollin. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
BLADE RUNNER (1982) - (March 30th-April 2nd) Ridley Scott's 1982 dystopian sci-fi noir. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. (Also screening: Annihilation, Ready Player One, Black Panther, and The Death of Stalin.)
THE HOST [35mm] - (April 1st at 7pm) Wonderful monster movie by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. Part of Doc Films' Korean New Wave series. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
READY PLAYER ONE [70mm] - (March 30th-April 5th) Steven Spielberg's new sci-fi adventure via a 70mm presentation! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
HAVE YOU SEEN MY MOVIE? - (March 30th at 2pm; March 31st at 3pm) Clip montage of over 100 films of various genres to create a unique experience. Part of the Chicago European Union Film Festival. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
Chicago Filmmakers Open Screening - (March 31st from 8pm-10pm) Bring in your work (20 min. or less in length)! Odd animations, experimental work, music videos, insane comedies, and more. 5720 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660. (Parking and building are on Hollywood Ave.) Free. Please register on website.
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
Sinema Obscura Event: Spring Formal at the VCR - (March 31st at 5:45pm; April 3rd at 8:15pm) 9pm-Midnight. Local films and live music. See link for info to request location from hosts.
BENNY'S VIDEO - (April 3rd at 7pm) Part of a retrospective series screening films by director Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Amour). Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
Be sure to catch these genre flicks currently in mainstream theaters: Annihilation, The Quiet Place, The Strangers: Prey at Night, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Unsane.
STAGE (Horror, Sci-Fi, Macabre):
3rd Annual Fool's Ball - (March 31st from 6pm-11pm) Locked Into Vacancy's annual fundraiser event featuring live performances, drinks, dining, and a silent auction with donations to over 20 Chicago businesses (such as tickets to WildClaw Theatre's latest chilling production). Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door and will ensure your entry, complimentary appetizer bar, and all performances. My Buddy's Bar, 4416 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60640.
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.
DOWN THE ROCKY ROAD AND ALL THE WAY TO BEDLAM - (April 5th-May 13th) Otherworld Theatre presents a sci-fi cyberpunk tale of a broken family dealing with the death of a daughter. An android named Zelazny struggles with conflicted feelings, dealing with her own evolution while the house of Bedlam is collapsing. Nox Arca Theatre, 4001 N. Ravenswood #405, Chicago, IL 60613.
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.
Bloody Reads #27 White is for Witching - (April 4th from 9pm-11pm) Horror reading series discussing Helen Oyeyemi's witchy book! 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.
Surface vs. Sap Sculpture Exhibit - (March 31st from 6pm-9pm) Work by Lauren Carter and Nico Gardner. Comfort Station Logan Square, 2579 N. Milwaukee, 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 - (through April 1st) 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.
On/Off Grid - (April 6th-June 3rd) Curated by Lydia Fu in the Gallery/Café, this exhibit displays contemporary Asian American and Asian Diasporic artists who've explored ideas and dreams regarding society's relationships with technology. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, 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.
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.
Walker Stalker Con / Heroes and Villains Fan Fest - (April 7th & 8th) Two cons for the price of one! Can't beat that with a stick. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. (Please note: the official hotel is sold out, so look for nearby hotels.)
C2E2 - (April 6th-8th) The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo returns for a weekend of fan festivities in the form of photo ops, celebrity guests, panels, screenings, and more. McCormick Place (South Building), 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL.
WildClaw Theatre's Future Echoes - (April 27th-May 27th) See previous post in link to learn more! The Den Theatre, Chicago, IL.
Juggernaut Film Festival - (June 2nd & 3rd) Music Box Theatre. More info soon.
Satanic Panic - (April 13th from 7pm-midnight) Good vs. Evil! 40+ visual artists, designers, and performers. Vendors, interactive characters, games, photo ops, and more. SAIC MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603.
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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