Enjoy your weekend and prepare for a very large events list next week!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
The CHICAGO EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL - (March 9th-April 5th) The 21st annual Chicago European Union Film Festival is back, presenting 61 film premieres from 28 EU nations. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
THEY REMAIN - (Mar. 9th-15th) A pair of scientists are sent to study abnormal activity at a cult's campground and find a mysterious artifact that disrupts their lives. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL.
THE IRON ROSE - (March 9th & 10th at midnight) Haunting, macabre tale of a couple lost in a cemetery. A few of French director Jean Rollin's films are being presented at the Music Box Theatre by author Matthew Clark in anticipation of his book and LP release, Cathode Love. FASCINATION screens on March 30th & 31st. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THOROUGHBREDS - (through March 15th) Noir-ish thriller about two teenage girls (Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy) who rekindle their friendship after a long estrangement to plot a murder. Also starring Anton Yelchin. Times vary. Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL.
MAD MAX 2: The Road Warrior - (March 9th-12th) Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, 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
METROPOLIS - (Mar. 14th - SOLD OUT) Live organ performance by Jay Warren at the Davis Theater! 4614 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.
STAGE (Horror, Sci-Fi, Macabre):
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.
FAUST - (March 3rd-21st) Presented by The Lyric Opera of Chicago. Faust wants to be young forever, so he sells his soul to the Devil. Naturally, things go awry. (Sung in French with English translated via projection.) 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606.
NO SLEEP Podcast with WildClaw Theatre - (March 11th at 6pm) Horror fiction podcast event at Space, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202.
SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - (March 9th-April 29th) In the mood for bloody meat pies and sweet revenge? Previews March 9th, 10th, & 11th. 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 March 23rd, 2018.
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.
Animalium - (March 9th from 7pm-9pm) Adam Nardi's solo exhibition exploring man vs. beast. Northeastern University, Fine Arts Building, Fine Art Gallery 217, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625. Exhibit runs through March 16th.
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.
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.
First Jason - (March 10th from 7pm-3am) Drummer Fabian Arroyo's birthday bash with live bands: First Jason, Johnny Vomit, Spare Change, Vicious Attack, Battle Royale, and Ammunition. Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60607. (312) 226-6300.
Near Death Experience with Neil Tobin - (March 10th & 11th; April 14th & 15th; May 5th & 6th) Interactive theatre, dinner, and discussion with Neil Tobin about topics such as funeral homes, legacy planning, and more. May Chapel, Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N. Ravenswood, 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.
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.
VICTORIA PRICE / HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL - (Mar. 16th) Meet Victoria Price! She'll be speaking about her father, Vincent, and will introduce a screening of House on Haunted Hill. Tickets are only $10 pre-sale! Free autographs and photos. Hollywood Palm Cinema, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540.
The SCI-FI SPECTACULAR - (March 17th) Chicago's annual sci-fi film festival returns with guest VICTORIA PRICE, a slew of genre films, and more! Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. (Look out for a big blog post on Victoria's return to Chicago and her events soon!)
SCI-FI SPIELBERG Film Series - (March 16th-22nd) The Music Box Theatre will be screening READY PLAYER ONE on 70mm! To get fans in the mood, they'll be screening five of the beloved director's films before the release: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, MINORITY REPORT, WAR OF THE WORLDS, and A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Zombie Leprechaun Outbreak - (March 16th & 17th) Live action laser tag with zombies! Basement of the Dead, Aurora, IL.
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!
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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